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The following information has been extracted from other websites and no assurance can be given as its correctness.

Give your hard work the best chance to win, make sure that you follow the entry requirements!

If the entry conditions don't specify it, then generally you can submit the same entry to different competitions at the same time - but if your entry places in one then you should inform the organisers of the other competitions. It is then up to them whether your entry is disqualified or not.

Allow for time to post and double-check closing dates, particularly if the organiser is in another time zone. This is becoming more important to check as we are being more frequently approached by international competitions to be included on our list.

 

NEW LISTINGS THIS MONTH

Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition
CYA - Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition
CYA - Hatchlings Competition
Future Leaders Writing Prize
Henry Lawson Festival
KSP Commemoration Anthology Competition
KSP Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition
KSP Poetry Competition
KSP Short Fiction Competition
Laura Literary Awards
Mulga Bill Writing Award
Poetica Christi Press Poetry Competition
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
Tenterfield's Oracles of the Bush
Tethered By Letters Spring Literary Contests
The Future Visions Award
The Henshaw Competition
The Monologue Adventure
The Moth International Short Story Prize
Victorian Bush Poetry Championships - Written Section
What Matters? NSW/ACT


THROUGH THE YEAR

AWC Furious Fiction
Opens: 5pm (Sydney/Melbourne time) on the first Friday of every month
Closes:
55 hours later (midnight, Sunday)
Open to: 17 years and older
Theme: Story prompt provided
Accepts:
Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
Not mentioned but looks to be nil
Prize
:First:
$500

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
Quarterly competitions - see website
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
£5 for one story, £8 for two stories

Prize
:First:
£300, Second: £200, Third: £100

Needle in the Hay
Closing Date:
Weekly and Monthly competitions - see website
Open to: Per entry details
Theme: Per entry details

Accepts: Per entry details
Size: Per entry details
Entry Fee: Per entry details

Prize
:
Per entry details

The Writing Quarter Competition
Closing Date: Last day of the month
Open to: Aged 18 or over
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:$30 via Paypal

 

CLOSED JANUARY 2019

Memoria Podcast Competition
Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival - Written Bush Poetry Competition
Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition

Calibre Prize
King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays
The John O'Brien Literary Awards
black & write! Writing Fellowships
The Fantastica Prize


FEBRUARY 2019


The Nature Conservancy Nature Writing Prize
Closing Date: 01/02/2019
Open to:
Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia
Theme:
Writing of Place
Accepts: Essay
Size: 3,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $30
Prize
: $5,000

The Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award
Closing Date: 03/02/2019
Open to: Australian resident or Australia living overseas, and over 18
Theme: None
Accepts: Collection of short prose, may contain audio-visual content & hyperlinks, may contain some previously published work
Size: 30,000 words
Entry Fee: $25 (Students/Concession: $20)
Prizes
: First: $3,000 & offered a digital publication agreement, Runner-up x 2: $1,000 & offered a digital publication agreement

Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
Closing Date: 04/02/2019
Open to:
Indigenous writers who are 30 years or younger, Australian Citizen or permanent residents of Australia

Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $5,000, publication and offered a place as Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College for up to three months.2 x Runner-up: May be awarded

Newcastle Short Story Award

Closing Date: 4/02/2019
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, over 18 years
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$16.50
Prize
: First: $3,000, Second: $1,700, Third: $1,000, 3 x Highly Commended: $200 to $250, 2 x Commended: $100  4 x Hunter Region Writers Awards: Value $100 to $120

Text Prize
Closing Date: 08/02/2019
Open to: Permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand
Theme:
Written for Young Adults or children (NOT picture books)
Accepts:
Fiction or non-fiction
Size: 20,000 -  120,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prizes
: A publishing contract with an $10,000 advance

NEW LISTING
Victorian Bush Poetry Championships - Written

Closing Date: 08/02/2019
Open to: All
Theme:
None
*
Accepts:
Silver Brumby Poetry Award - Serious
Size: 120 lines
Entry Fee: $10 (plus $10 if wish critique)
Prizes
: First: $150 & trophy, Second: $70, Third: $30

*
Accepts:
Corryong Larrikin Award - Humorous
Size: 120 lines
Entry Fee: $10 (plus $10 if wish critique)
Prizes
: First: $150 & trophy, Second: $70, Third: $30


Forty South Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 17/02/2019
Open to: Citizens of Australia and New Zealand or Australian permanent residents
Theme: Island or Island-resonant
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize
: $500

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
17/02/2019
Open to:
New authors (never had a full-length work published) and 16 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction/Short novel, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £6
Prizes
: First: £300,  Publication in MTP Winter Anthology and Anthology Title based on the winning entry's title, Second: £200, Publication in the MTP Winter Anthology, Third: £100, Publication in the MTP Winter Anthology

NEW LISTING
KSP Commemoration Anthology Competition
Closing Date:
22/02/2019
Open to:
Australian residents and citizens
Theme: One of three criteria available on website
*
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 3,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20
Prizes
: First:
$100 & publication, S5 x Commended/Highly Commended: Certificate and publication
*

Accepts: Non-Fiction
Size: 3,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20
Prizes
: First:
$100 & publication, S5 x Commended/Highly Commended: Certificate and publication
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20
Prizes
: First:
$100 & publication, S5 x Commended/Highly Commended: Certificate and publication
*

OVERALL WINNER: Weekend residency at the KSP WIters' Centre

E J Brady Short Story Competition

Closing Date:
28/02/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
"Gabo Prize" Very Short Story
Size: 700 words
Entry Fee: $8 (add $2 if posted)
Prize
: $500
*
Accepts:
"Mallacoota Prize" Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $12 (add $2 if posted)
Prizes
: First: $2,000, Runner-up: $300, Encouragement Award: $100
*
Accepts:
"Betka Prize" Humorous Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $10 (add $2 if posted)
Prizes
: First: $1,000


Flash 500 Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
28/02/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
£7, £12 for 2, £16 for 3, £20 for 4
Prize
:First:
£500, Second: £200, Third: £100

NEW LISTING
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 28/02/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
£5, 2 for £8, 3 for £10, 4 for £12, 5 for £14, 7 for £16, 10 for £22
Prize
: First: £250, Second: £100, Third: £50, High Commendation x 3: £30, Commendation x 3: £15

 

MARCH 2019


NEW LISTING
Mulga Bill Writing Award
Closing Date:
04/03/2019
Open to: All
*
Theme: We are one
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
:
First: $500, Second: $150
*
Theme: Myths and Legends
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 25 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
:
First: $200, Second: $50

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Closing Date:
11/03/2019
Open to: 18 years and over and who live in the state of Victoria
Theme: Biograpical
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $500
 
The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
11/03/2019
Open to: 18 years and over and who live in the state of Victoria
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry

Size:
30 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
:
First: $500

NEW LISTING

Tenterfield's Oracles of the Bush
Closing Date: 15/03/2019
Open to: Adult sections: 17 and over, Children's sections: must be attending school
Theme: Aussie Mates
*
Accepts:
Section 1. Adult  Bush poetry with a humorous theme
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $400
*
Accepts:
Section 2. Adult  Bush poetry celebrating "Aussie Mates"
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: First: $400
*
SECTIONS 3 - 5 : Adult's Performance categories
*
Accepts:
Section 6. Infants

Size: 4 - 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $50, Encouragement Prize: $25
*
Accepts:
Section 7. Primary: 9 years and under

Size: 10 - 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $50, Encouragement Prize: $25

*
Accepts:
Section 8. Primary: 10 years and over

Size: 12 - 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $50, Encouragement Prize: $25
*
Accepts:
Section 9. Secondary

Size: 12 - 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $50, Encouragement Prize: $25
*
SECTIONS 10 - 12: Children's Performance Categories



Peter Carey Short Story Award
Closing Date: 21/03/2019
Open to: Australian residents 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
2,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
:
First: $1,000, Runner-up: $500, Best Local Entry: $250


The Young Adas
Closing Date:
25/03/2019
Open to: aged between 14 - 18 years and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250


The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 25/03/2019
Open to: All
Theme: "Shakesfeare"
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $300, 2 tickets to the Community Play performance & a handcrafted timber quill, Local prize: Collins Bookstore voucher & 2 tickets to the Community Play performance, Young writer under 18: Collins Bookstore voucher & 2 tickets to the Community Play performance

GRIFFITH REVIEW 66: The Novella Project VII Competition

Closing Date:
29/03/2019
Open to:
Australian and New Zealand authors
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Novella - fiction or non-fiction
Size:
15,000 - 25,000 words
Entry Fee:
$60, Griffith REVIEW subscribers = $30
Prizes:
Pool of $25,000

NEW LISTING
Henry Lawson Festival

Closing Date: 29/03/2019
Open to: All
*
Theme:
Australian
A
ccepts: Section 1: Class 1: Traditional Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $20
Prize
: First: $450, Second: $200
*
Theme:
Australian
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 2: Humorous Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $20
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 3: Free Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $20
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 4: Verse by High School Student (under 18 years by closing date)
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $150, Second: $50
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 5: Verse by Primary School Student
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $50 & Medallion, Second: $25 & Medallion, Highly Commended: Medallion
*
SECTION 1 OVERALL WINNER: Festival Patron's Statuette
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 2: Class 1: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $200
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 2: Class 2: Short Story by High School Student (under 18 years by closing date)
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $150, Second: $50
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 2: Class 3: Short Story by Primary School Student
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $50 & Medallion, Second: $25 & Medallion, Highly Commended: Medallion
*
SECTION 2 OVERALL WINNER: Harold Goodwin Memorial Statuette




British Theatre Challenge
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/03/2019
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Play

Size:
One Act, running time 10 - 30 minutes, more than one actor
Entry Fee: £16
Prize
: First: 5 plays selected: Given a full performance at  a London theatre - developed by professional directors - performed by professional actors - given written assessments by theatre professionals - considered for publication - filmed in performance by Mini Mammoth Films, Public Choice Award: Previously a cash award, Mini Mammoth Film Award: One play turned into a short film

Limnisa Short Story Competition
GREEK COMPETITION

Closing Date: 30/03/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Inspired by the picture on the website: You're NEXT
Accepts:
Short Story

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil but must share on social media, (£35 for a professional evaluation)
Prizes
: First: One week Writers' Retreat or Workshop in 2019 or 2020 at Limnisa (near Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece). All inclusive: Full board, 7 nights accommodation in single room, optional daily yoga sessions, literary evening, use of all Limnisa facilities: beach, bikes, international library etc. OR five online sessions of personal tutoring, Second: 50% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above) OR a free online session of personal tutoring or feedback on written work., Third: 50% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above). OR a free online session of personal tutoring or feedback on written work.2 x Runners up: 25% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above).

NEW LISTING

The Henshaw Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/12/2018
Open to: All over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: £6, Optional Feedback: £12
Prizes
: First: £200 & publication in Anthology, Second: £75, Third: £25

 

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/03/2019
Open to: Over 16
Theme:
Poetry written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: €12
Prize
: €1,000


W B Yeats Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
31/03/2019
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10 for first entry ($4 each entry thereafter)
Prizes
: First: $500, 2 x Second: $75, Commendation: Certificate

 

APRIL 2019


NEW LISTING
Tethered By Letters Spring Literary Competition
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 05/04/2019
Open to: All
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Creative Non-Fiction
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 10
Prizes
: First: $US 500 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 1,000 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: $US 8 or 3 for $US 12
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: three pages
Entry Fee: $US 8 or 3 for $US 12
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication

NEW LISTING

CYA - Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition
Closing Date: 07/04/2019
Open to:
Check website
Theme:
None
*
Accepts: Picture book - text only for pre-school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $20.50

Prizes
: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
*
Accepts: Picture book - text only for primary school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $21.50

Prizes
: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
*
Accepts: Picture book - Non-Fiction - text only for primary school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $21.50

Prizes
: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
*
Accepts: Chapter book
a) Text only for young primary aged children
b) Text only of older aged children (Middle Grade)
Size: First 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $21.50

Prizes
: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
*
Accepts: Fiction for Young Adults
Size: First 5,000 words with synopsis
Entry Fee: $21.50

Prizes
: First: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
 
*
Accepts: Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture book or Illustrated Middle grade novel - any age group within CYA
Size: 3 pages, up to 500 words
Entry Fee: $21.50

Prizes
: 15-minute editor critique valued at $250, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher
*
Illustration section using extracts provided on website

NEW LISTING
CYA - Hatchlings
Closing Date: 07/04/2019
O
pen to: 8 - 18 years old and not been published in book format within the CYA genres.
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Picture book - text only for pre-school or primary aged children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $14
Prizes: First: $100, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
*
Accepts: Chapter Book and Young adult novels - text only for older primary aged children/Young Adult
Size: First 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $14
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
*
Accepts: Graphic Novel and Illustrated Picture Book OR Middle Grade Illustrated Novel
Size: See website
Entry Fee: $14
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $60, Third: $40, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher

NEW LISTING
Laura Literary Awards
Closing Date:
12/04/2019
Theme: None
*
THE FLINDERS NEWS PROSE AWARDS
*

SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
*

SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Short Story

Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
*

SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
9 - 12 years
Accepts:
Short Story

Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
*
SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 8 years
Accepts:
Short Story

Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15
*

THE CJ DENNIS POETRY AWARDS

*
SECTION 5 - OPEN

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
*
SECTION 6 - OPEN BUSH POETRY

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Bush Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
*

SECTION 7 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
*

SECTION 8 - JUNIOR
Open to:
9 - 12 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
*
SECTION 9 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 8 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15



NEW LISTING
The Monologue Adventure: Voices of Women

Closing Date: 14/04/2019
O
pen to: Adult living women writers residing in Australia
Theme: Stormy Seas, Safe Harbour
Accepts: Monologue written in the first person for a woman
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: 12 - 15 monologues: $100, performed and filmed


ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 15/04/2019
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
$25 ($15 for ABR subscribers and full-time students) or choose to subscribe with your entry (see website)
Prizes:
First:
$5,000, Second: $3,000, Third: $2,000, Commended x 3: Share of $2,500 pool


The Fogarty Literary Award
Closing Date: 22/04/2019
Open to:
Western Australian authors aged between 18 and 35
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Adult Fiction, Narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction
Size:
50,000 - 120,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First: $20,000 and publishing contract with Freemantle Press


Bronze Swagman Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Australian
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $20 per entry form, up to 3 poems per form
Prizes
: First: $500 & Bronze statuette of the Swagman, Runner-up: $200 & trophy, Highly Commended: Certificate


National Henry Lawson Society Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Our (Australian) Heritage
*
Accepts:
Category A: Traditional Rhyming Verse
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $300, Third: $150
*
Accepts:
Category B: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First:  $600, Second: $300, Third: $150
*
Accepts:
Category C: Free Verse
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First:  $600, Second: $300, Third: $150

NEW LISTING
Poetica Christi Press Annual Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 30/04/2019
Open to: Australian residents aged 16 years and over
Theme: Love's Footprint
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $7, 3 for $20
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $100



The Valerie Parv Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2019
Open to:
Aspiring or Emerging writers - check website for full definition
Theme:
Romance/Romantic elements
Accepts:
Novels
Size:
10,000 plus 1,000 word synopsis
Entry Fee:
$110, $44 for RWA members
Prizes: First:
  1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv


The Wombat Award

Closing Date: 30/04/2019
Open to: Children 12 years and under
Theme: Our Heritage

Accepts: Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $100 + $100 of books for their school library, Second: $75 + $75 of books for their school library, Third: $50 + $50 of books for their school library

MAY 2019


Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
01/05/2019
Open to: Over 16
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £9
Prizes
: First: £1000, Second: £500, Third: £250, Shortlisted x 17: £100


Questions Writing Prize

Closing Date: 01/05/2019
Open to: 18 - 30 years
Theme:
None

Accepts:
Fiction or Non-fiction
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $2,000

NEW LISTING
What Matters? NSW/ACT
Closing Date: 10/05/2019
Open to:
Students in NSW and ACT
Theme:
What matters to you and why
*
Accepts:
Year 5 & 6: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$350, full-day creative writing workshop & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 &full-day creative writing workshop
*

Accepts:
Year 7 & 8: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$350, full-day creative writing workship & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 & full-day creative writing workshop
*

Accepts:
Year 9 & 10: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$350, a day at ReachOut.com to meet team and receive professional training as well as opportunity to be paid $200 to produce a feature article for ReachOut.com & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200
*

Accepts:
Year 11 & 12: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$350, 1 year membership to WritingNSW and opportunity to participate in a one-day writing workshop & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200

 

OVERALL WINNER (across NSW/ACT and Tasmania): Ipad. trophy, invited to spend a day at the Museum of Australian Democracy




SAETA Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 24/05/2019
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Reception  to Yr 1
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 2 & Yr 3
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 4 to Yr 6
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 7 & Yr 8
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 9 & Yr 10
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 11 & Yr 12
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
.


NEW LISTING
Future Leaders Writing Prize
Closing Date: 31/05/2019
Open to: Year 11 & 12 students in Australian Secondary Schools
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction or Non-fiction
Size: 800 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize: First:
$1,000

JUNE 2019


The Bath Novel Award
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 02/06/2019
Open to:
International writers yet to be traditionally published, 16 years or over
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Unsigned novel written for adults or young adults
Size:
First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis (Full novel must be at least 50,000 words)
Entry Fee:
£25
Prizes:
First:
£2,500, Most promising Longlisted novel: Online professional editing course worth £1,800, Short listed: manuscript feedback & literary agent introductions

NEW LISTING

The Moth International Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION

Closing Date: 30/06/2019
Open to: Over 18
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: €15
Prize
: First: €3,000, Second: a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel), Third: €1,000.



University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
30/06/2019
Open to:
18 years and over
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
50 lines and no more than 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
$20 per poem if submitted by 28/02/2019. $25 if submitted after that date. Tertiary (university) students - $15
Prizes:
First:
$15,000, Second: $5,000


JULY 2019

NEW LISTING
The Future Visions Award
Closing Date:
01/07/2019
Theme:
The Future

Open to: All
Accepts:
Short Fiction
Size: Unpublished within specified time frame: 3,500 - 7,000 words, Published: 10,000 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prizes
: First:
$500

 

NEW LISTING
Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 05/07/2019
Theme: Location

*
Open to: Poets 18 years and older
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for each thereafter
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate

*
Open to: Primary School Student
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Open to: Secondary School Student
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate

NEW LISTING

KSP Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition

Closing Date: 19/07/2019
Open to: Adult: Western Australian residents, Youth: Australian resident
Theme:
Change
*
Accepts:
Youth (8 - 18) - Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First (WA Resident): $100, certificate & goody bag, Second (WA Resident): $25, certificate & goody bag, Youth Interstate Award: $25 & certificate
*
Accepts:
Adult - Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First (WA Resident): $100, certificate & goody bag, Second (WA Resident): $50, certificate & goody bag



Science Talent Search
Closing Date: Postal: 19/07/2019, Electronic: 21/07/2019
Registration by 27/05/2019

Open to: Primary and Secondary students in Victoria
Theme: Destination Moon: more missions, more science  plus set topics as listed on website/handbook
Accepts:
See handbook

Size:
See handbook
Entry Fee: See handbook
Prize: See handbook

 

To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/07/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Humorous
Accepts:
Short Story

Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee:
    Early bird until 30th April 2019: £11, £18 for 2, £22 for 3
    Thereafter: £13, £21 for 2, £26 for 3
Prize: First: £1,000, your head on the cover of a book and the opportunity to star in the winner’s video, riding a Harley Davidson to Hull, Second: £500, Third: £250,  3 x Highly Commended: £100, 14 x Shortlisted: £50

AUGUST 2019

Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards
Closing Date: 22/08/2019
Theme: Specific reference to an Australasian Rural experience, "New Beginnings"
*
Accepts: Open Writers Award - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
All
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prizes
: First: $1,000
*
Accepts: Snowy Hydro Upper Murray Writers Category - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
Local residents of Towong, Tumbarumba, Indigo, Wodonga & Albury Shires
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $500
*
Accepts: Local Photo Story Competition - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
Local residents of Towong, Tumbarumba, Indigo, Wodonga & Albury Shires
Size:
100 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: Cash and vouchers

SEPTEMBER 2019

JJ and Lydia Eden Prize

Closing Date: 06/09/2019
Open to: South Australian Yea
r 10 students attending a Department for Education school (NoteL maximum of three entries per school)
Theme: "Does knowing the past make the present a happier and better place"
Accepts:
Persuasive text

Size:
800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $1,250, Second: $750, Third: $500


NEW LISTING
KSP Short Fiction Competition

Closing Date: 27/09/2019
Open to:
Australian residents and citizens
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Short Fiction - Open
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20

Prize
:First:
$300, plus one weeks' residency at KSP Writers' Centre & certificate, Second: $150 & certificate, Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts:
Short Fiction - Youth (10 to 18 years of age)
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
:First:
$100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25


OCTOBER 2019

 

NEW LISTING
KSP Poetry Competition
Closing
Date: 11/10/2019
Open to: Australian residents and citizens
Theme: None

*
Accepts: Poetry - Open
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20

Prize
:First: $300, one weeks' residency at KSP Writers' Centre & certificate, Second: $150 & certificate, Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts:
Poetry - Youth (12 to 18 years of age)
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25

* Annette Cameron Encouragment Award for an unpublished WA Poet
Accepts:
Poetry - (Over age of 18)
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20

Prize
:First: $100