COMPETITIONS

UPDATED 01/01/2023

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.

 

AWC Furious Fiction

Opens: 5pm (Sydney/Melbourne time) quarterly
Closes: 55 hours later
Open to: 17 years and older
Theme: Story prompt provided
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $500

Flash 500 Flash Fiction 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


Little Stories, Big Ideas
Closing Date: Quarterly competitions - see website
Open to: Australian Secondary School Students
Theme: See website
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Accepts: Any literary style - Year 10 - 12
Size: 100 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: VentralIP Hosting and Domain Name Package (value $140), Second: Express Media membership and latest issue of Voiceworks magazine, Third: $50 voucher from Readings Bookstore

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Accepts: Any literary style - Year 7 - 9
Size: 100 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $50 voucher from Readings Bookstore, Second: StoryCraft Writing Mentorship

 

THROUGH THE YEAR

JANUARY 2023
03/01/2023
 
Orna Ross Green Stories Novel Prize
UK COMPETITON
Open to:  18 years and over
Theme:  Illustrating the difference between simply raising awareness of green issues and embedding green solutions (TBC by July)
Accepts: Novel
Size: 3 chapters: 4,000 - 10,000 words (First chapter, selected chapter that showcases how the theme is addressed, one further chapter), Synopsis: 500 - 1,000 words, final work to be 50,000 - 100,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: £1,000, Runner up: £500

 
06/01/2023
 
The Henshaw Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All over 16 (However, younger writers may submit a story to receive a free critique)
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: £6, Optional Feedback: £14
PrizesFirst: £200, Second: £100, Third: £50

 
08/01/2023
NEW LISTING

Opens 02/01/2023
 

Spectrum Comms. Summer Stories - Week 1
Open to: NSW residents
Theme: Published on website and social media at start of week
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: 5 - 11 years: $50 book voucher, 12 - 17 years: $50 book voucher, 18 years and older: $50 book voucher

08/01/2023
 
Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: Let Nature Thrive
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Accepts: Poetry - 18 years and over
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee:  £4
PrizeFirst: £200, Second: £70, Third: £50
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Accepts: Poetry - 12 to 17 years
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: £100, Second: £40, Third: £30
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Accepts: Poetry - Up to 11 years
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: £50, Second: £20, Third: £15

 
08/01/2023
NEW LISTING

Write4Fun Summer Online Writing Competition
Open to: Australian students: Kindergarten to Grade 12 (as in 2022)
Theme: None
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Accepts: Short stories & poetry - Under 8 years
Size: Short story - 500 words, Poetry - 16 lines and 64 characters wide
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $200 JB Hi-Fi Gift card & copy of anthology, Highly Commended: $50 Office Works Gift card & copy of anthology
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Accepts: Short stories & poetry - 9 - 12 years
Size: Short story - 500 words, Poetry - 16 lines and 64 characters wide
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $200 JB Hi-Fi Gift card & copy of anthology, Highly Commended: $50 Office Works Gift card & copy of anthology

*
Accepts: Short stories & poetry - 13 - 15 years
Size: Short story - 500 words, Poetry - 16 lines and 64 characters wide
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $200 JB Hi-Fi Gift card & copy of anthology, Highly Commended: $50 Office Works Gift card & copy of anthology

*
Accepts: Short stories & poetry - 16 years and over
Size: Short story - 500 words, Poetry - 16 lines and 64 characters wide
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $200 JB Hi-Fi Gift card & copy of anthology, Highly Commended: $50 Office Works Gift card & copy of anthology

 

15/01/2023
NEW LISTING

Calibre Essay Prize
Theme: None
Open to: All
Accepts: Non-fiction essay
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $30 (or $20 for ABR subscribers)
Prizes: First: $5,000, Second: $2,500

 

15/01/2023
NEW LISTING

Opens 09/01/2023

Spectrum Comms. Summer Stories - Week 2
Open to: NSW residents
Theme: Published on website and social media at start of week
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: 5 - 11 years: $50 book voucher, 12 - 17 years: $50 book voucher, 18 years and older: $50 book voucher

 

16/01/2023
 

Kings Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Play
Size: 10 minutes, characters: 1 to 6
Entry Fee: Not specified, was $CAD 15 last time
Prize: First: $CAD 300, Second: $CAD 150, People's Choice Award

 

22/01/2023
NEW LISTING

Opens 16/01/2023

Spectrum Comms. Summer Stories - Week 3
Open to: NSW residents
Theme: Published on website and social media at start of week
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: 5 - 11 years: $50 book voucher, 12 - 17 years: $50 book voucher, 18 years and older: $50 book voucher

 

28/01/2023
NEW LISTING
 

The Geelong Regional Libraries & Deakin University Local Word Writing Prize
Open to: Australian residents over 16 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Prose fiction and creative nonfiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $2,000 & one hour mentoring session with a Deakin University writing practitioner, Commended: $250

 

29/01/2023
NEW LISTING

Opens 23/01/2023

Spectrum Comms. Summer Stories - Week 4
Open to: NSW residents
Theme: Published on website and social media at start of week
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: 5 - 11 years: $50 book voucher, 12 - 17 years: $50 book voucher, 18 years and older: $50 book voucher

 

30/01/2023
NEW LISTING

Living Landscapes Writing Competition
Open to: South Australian residents
Theme: the natural environment of Port Adelaide Enfield
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Accepts: Short Story - up to 12 years
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $200 book voucher
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Accepts: Short Story - 13 to 20 years
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $500 & Writers SA membership
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Accepts: Short Story - Over 20 years
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $500 & Writers SA membership & Port Envionment Centre membership

 

30/01/2023
NEW LISTING

Tom Collins Poetry Prize
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $12 ($10 for Members)
Prizes: First: $1,000 , Second: $300, Third: $100

 

31/01/2023
NEW LISTING

black&write! Writing Fellowships
Open to: Writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia
Theme: None
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Accepts: Adult Fiction and Short Story collections
Size: Minimum 50,000 words
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Accepts: Young Adult Fiction
Size: Minimum 40,000 words
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Minimum 30 poems
*
Accepts: Children's book
Size: No word count requirement
*
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: Two winners will each receive: $10,000, manuscript development with black&write! and publication opportunity with Hachette Australia

 

31/01/2023
 

Dolors Alberola Poetry Prize
SPANISH COMPETITION
Open to: All (in any official language)
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry collection
Size: 500 - 800 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: Translation in another European language, publication of the collection as a bilingual edition, 50 copies of the book, royalties and subsidiary rights, Finalists: Publiction of the collection (Spanish edition), 10 copies of the book, royalties and subsidiary rights

 

31/01/2022
NEW LISTING

Gippsland Writers Network Summer Writing Competition
Open to: Citizens and residents of Australia
Theme: Home
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $10 ($5 for GWN members)
Prizes: First: $200, Second: $50 book voucher, Third: $30 book voucher

 

31/01/2022
NEW LISTING

Maribyrnong Young Writers Competition
Open to: Members of Maribyrnong Libraries aged 6 to 16
Theme: None
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Accepts: Short Story - 6 to 8 years old
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $100 book voucher
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Accepts: Graphic Short Story - 6 to 8 years old
Size: 3 pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $100 book voucher
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Accepts: Short Story - 9 to 12 years old
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $125 book voucher
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Accepts: Graphic Short Story - 9 to 12 years old
Size: 5 pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $125 book voucher
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Accepts: Short Story - 13 to 16 years old
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $150 book voucher
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Accepts: Graphic Short Story - 13 to 16 years old
Size: 10 pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $150 book voucher

 

31/01/2023
 

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Open to: Over 16
Theme: Poetry written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: €15
Prizes: First: €1,000 plus a week at Circle of Misse in France, Second: €500, Third: €250

 

31/01/2023
 

The Masters Review Winter Short Story Award for New Writers
US COMPETITION
Open to: Emerging writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 6,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 20
Prizes: First: $US 3,000, Second: $US 300, Third: $US 200

 

31/01/2023
 

The Plaza Prizes: Crime: First Chapters
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: Crime / Mystery Thriller
Accepts: Opening chapters plus Plot synopsis
Size: 5,000 words (Synopsis: 300 words)
Entry Fee: £20 (£10 for subsequent entries) - can apply for free entry under Bursary Scheme
Prizes: First: £1,500 plus online publication, one-to-one tutorial and detailed feedback, Second: £300, Third: £100

 

31/01/2023
 

The Plaza Prizes: Memoir: Opening Chapters
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: Memoir
Accepts: Opening chapters plus Plot synopsis
Size: 5,000 words (Synopsis: 300 words)
Entry Fee: £20 (£10 for subsequent entries) - can apply for free entry under Bursary Scheme
Prizes: First: £1,500 plus online publication, one-to-one tutorial and detailed feedback, Second: £300, Third: £100

 

31/01/2023
 
VII International Playwriting Contest
SPANISH COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None – for young audiences (not children or adults), not musicals
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Accepts: Category A - Play
Size: 60 minutes - 2 hours
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: €2,400 for the writer, translation to another European language, publication and public reading, plus economic aid for performances within two years after publication (Value: €4,800), Short list: Consideration for publication
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Accepts: Category B - Play
Size: 30 minutes - 1 hour
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: €1,000 for the writer, translation to another European language, publication and public reading, plus economic aid for performances within two years after publication (Value: €3,200), Short list: Consideration for publication
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Accepts: Category C - Play
Size: 10 – 30 minutes
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: €400 for the writer, translation to another European language, publication and public reading, plus economic aid for performances within two years after publication (Value: €3,200), Short list: Consideration for publication

 
FEBRUARY 2023
10/02/2023
NEW LISTING

SHE of Mind and Body
Open to: All
Theme: One of the previous SHE exhibition titles:
                - SHE who can
                - SHE who discovers
                - SHE who explores
                - SHE who dreams
                - SHE who must be obeyed
                - SHE of mind and body
Accepts: Any writing style
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $1,000, Under 18: $500, Highly Commended: book prize

 

12/02/2023
 

Stringybark Open Short Story Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Have a link to Australia, suitable for audience aged 16 and above
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $15, $28 for 2, $39 for 3
Prizes: First: $500, publication, ebook, paperback, choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (Value $560), Second: $300, publication, ebook, paperback, choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (Value $360), Third: $150, publication, ebook, paperback, choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (Value $210), Fourth: $50, publication, ebook, paperback, choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (Value $110), Highly Commended x 25: Publication, ebook (Value $5)

 

14/02/2023
 
Forty South Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize
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 plus publication, Finalists: Publication

 
19/02/2023
 
Voices of Women - Embellishment
Open to: Women writers from Australia and the United States
Theme: Embellishment
Accepts: Short works in the first person as a woman
Size: 800 words (3-4 minutes reading)
Entry Fee: $20.00
PrizesEach selected monologues: $100, performed

 
26/02/2023
 

Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize
Open to: Residents of Australia & an Indigenous Writer
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $2,000 & publication, Highest Quandamooka entry and short listed: Publication

 

26/02/2023
 

Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize
Open to: Queensland residents for past 2 years who haven't previously published a book of poetry
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Manuscript of 48 - 100 pages
Entry Fee: $30, $20 Concession
Prize: First: $2,000 & a publishing contract with UQP, Runner Up: Chapbook publication with Queensland Poetry

 

26/02/2023
 

Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $15, $10 concession
Prize: First: $1,000 & publication, Runner Up: $500 & publication, Highest QLD entry: Paid performance opportunity & publication

 

26/02/2023
 

XYZ Award for Innovation in Spoken Word
Open to: Australian residents and aged 18+, must be able to participate in the residency and performance final
Theme: None
Accepts: Recorded Poetry
Size: Maximum of 5 minutes per poem
Entry Fee: $15, $12 Concession
Prize: First: $1,000 and publication,  Highest QLD entry: Paid performance opportunity & publication, Shortlisted x 4: chosen to participate in Artist Residency Program

 

28/02/2023
EARLY BIRD

Anthology Poetry Award
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 
VERY EARLY BIRD: 28/02/2023
EARLY BIRD: 30/06/2023
REGULAR: 31/10/2023
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: VERY EARLY BIRD: €10, EARLY BIRD: €12, REGULAR: €18
Prizes: First: €1,000 & one year subscription to Anthology Magazine, Second: €250, Third: €150

28/02/2023
 
Flash 500 Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
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 (optional critique: £25)
Prize:First: £500, Second: £200, Third: £100

 
28/02/2023
NEW LISTING

Letter Review Prize for Poetry
US COMPETITION
Open to:  All
Theme:  None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 70 lines
Entry Fee: $15 USD, $25 USD for 2 poems, $30 USD for 3 poems
Prizes: First: $400 USD, Second: $250 USD, Third: $150 USD

 

28/02/2023
NEW LISTING

Letter Review Prize for Flash Fiction
US COMPETITION
Open to:  All
Theme:  None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $10 USD, $18 USD for 2, $25 USD for 3
Prizes: First: $300 USD, Second: $200 USD, Third: $100 USD

 

28/02/2023
NEW LISTING

Letter Review Prize for Short Stories
US COMPETITION
Open to:  All
Theme:  None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 USD, $35 USD for 2, $45 USD for 3
Prizes: First: $600 USD, Second: $250 USD, Third: $150 USD

 

28/02/2023
 

Minds Shine Bright Writing Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Confidence
Accepts: Poetry, Short Stories, Short scripts and Flash Fiction
Size: Poetry: 260 lines, Short Story: 1,000 – 5,000 words, Short Script: 5,000 words, Flash fiction: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes: Overall winner: $1,600, Category winner x 4: $800, Commended: $175, 15 further entries: Small gift

 

28/02/2023
 

The Plaza Prizes: Poetry
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: £14 (£7 for subsequent entries) - can apply for free entry under Bursary Scheme
Prizes: First: £1,000, Second: £300, Third: £100

 

MARCH 2023
01/03/2023
 
Growing Up Indian in Australia
Open to: Writers of Indian descent (see website)
Theme: Growing Up Indian in Australia, lived experience
Accepts: Non-fiction
Size: 1,000 - 4,000 words
Entry fee: Nil
Prize: Publication

 
03/03/2023
 

Mulga Bill Awards
Open to: All
Theme: Gold
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Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes: First: $500, Second: $150
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Accepts: Poetry
Size: 25 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes: First: $200, Second: $50

 

07/03/2023
REGN DATE
NEW LISTING

Artz Blitz
Open to: All
Theme: Secret theme emailed on 10 March 
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Accepts: Short Story - Adult
Size: 300-500 words
Entry Fee: $20, Concession: $15
Prizes: Not specified
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Accepts: Short Story - Youth (13 - 17)
Size: 100-300 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: Not specified
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Accepts: Short Story - Junior (12 and under)
Size: 100-300 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: Not specified
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READERS' CHOICE AWARD: Not specified

VISUAL ARTS SECTION AVAILABLE

 

10/03/2023
 

Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Open to: 18 years and over and who live in the state of Victoria
Theme: Biographical
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $500

 

10/03/2023
 

Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
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: $500

 

10/03/2023
 

Jennifer Burbidge Short Story Award
Open to: Australian Writers
Theme: Disability in an Australian Setting
Accepts: Fiction or Nonfiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $500

 

10/03/2023
 

Young Adas
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: $250

 

15/03/2023
 
KSP Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition
Open to: Youth: Australian Residents. Adults: Western Australian residents
Theme: After Midnight
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Accepts: Youth (under 18) - Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizesWA First: $100 & certificate & copy of anthology, WA Second: $25 & certificate & copy of anthology, Interstate award: $50 & certificate & copy of anthology, Shire of Mundaring resident encouragement award: $25 & certificate & copy of anthology
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Accepts: Adult - Short Story
Size: 1,200 words
Entry Fee: $10
PrizesFirst: $100 & certificate & copy of anthology, Second: $50 & certificate & copy of anthology, Shire of Mundaring resident encouragement award: $25 & certificate & copy of anthology

 
16/03/2023
NEW LISTING

Peter Carey Short Story Award
Open to: Australian residents 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: First: $2,000, Runner-up: $1,000, Best Local Entry: $500


 

17/03/2023
NEW LISTING
Tenterfield's Oracles of the Bush - Looming Legend Competition

Open to: All
Theme: Community Threads
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Accepts: Section 1. Adult - Bush poetry with a humorous theme
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $400
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Accepts: Section 2. Adult - Bush poetry celebrating "Community Threads”
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $400
*
SECTIONS 3 - 5 : Adult's Performance categories
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Accepts: Section 6. Infants

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

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

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Accepts: Section 8. Primary: 10 years and over
Size: 12 - 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $50, Encouragement Prize: $25
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Accepts: Section 9. Secondary
Size: 12 - 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $50, Encouragement Prize: $25
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SECTIONS 10 - 12: Children's Performance Categories

 

30/03/2023
NEW LISTING

Daisy Utemorrah Award
Open to: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons living in Australia
Theme: None (but consider the description of the award on the website)
Accepts: Junior or Young Adult Fiction
Size: Generally 20,000 - 100,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books

 

31/03/2023
 

Northern Beaches Writers' Competition : Art & Words Project
Open to: Australian citizen or resident, over 18
Theme: Rain
Accepts: Fiction or Non-fiction
Size: 2,500 words (plus at least one copyright-free image)
Entry Fee: $15
PrizesFirst: $250 & online publication, Second: $100 & online publication, Northern Beaches Commendation Award: $100 & online publication

 

31/03/2023
NEW LISTING

Short Stories Unlimited Short Story Competition - Open
Open to: All
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: First: $200 & copy of anthology, Second: $100 & copy of anthology, Third: $50 & copy of anthology, Highly commended x 2: $20 & copy of anthology

 

31/03/2023
 

The Plaza Prizes: Literary: First Chapters
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: Open
Accepts: Opening chapters plus Plot synopsis
Size: 5,000 words (Synopsis: 300 words)
Entry Fee: £20 (£10 for subsequent entries) - can apply for free entry under Bursary Scheme
Prizes: First: £1,500 plus online publication, one-to-one tutorial and detailed feedback, Second: £300, Third: £100

 

31/03/2023
 

The Plaza Prizes: Prose Poetry
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: £10 (£5 for subsequent entries) - can apply for free entry under Bursary Scheme
Prizes: First: £500, Second: £200, Third: £50

 

31/03/2023
NEW LISTING

The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition
Open to: All
Theme: "Two’s Company"
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

 

31/03/2023
 
To Hull and Back Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 
EARLY BIRD: 31/03/2023
REGULAR: 30/06/2023
Open to: All
Theme: Humorous
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee:
   
EARLY BIRD: £13, £21 for 2, £26 for 3
    REGULAR: £15, £24 for 2, £30 for 3
PrizeFirst: £1,200, your face on the cover of the anthology,  a trip to Hull on a Harley Davidson, Second: £600, Third: £300,  3 x Highly Commended: £150, 14 x Shortlisted: £50, 20 x Longlisted: Free early bird entry for next competition

 
31/03/2023
 

W B Yeats Poetry Prize
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $11 for first entry ($3 each entry thereafter)
Prize: $1,000

 

APRIL 2023
12/04/2023
 

Under the Silver Tree Short Story Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Underground
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First: $1,000, Highly Commended: $100, West Darling Arts Award to a writer from Western Region: $500, Totally Addicted to Hair Award for a writer under 26: $100

 

30/04/2023 Anthology Short Story Award
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 
VERY EARLY BIRD: 31/12/2022
EARLY BIRD: 30/04/2023
REGULAR: 31/08/2023
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: VERY EARLY BIRD: €10, EARLY BIRD: €12,  REGULAR: €18
PrizesFirst: €1,000 & one year subscription to Anthology Magazine, Second: €250, Third: €150

 
30/04/2023
NEW LISTING

Bronze Swagman Award
Open to: All
Theme: Australian
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $25 per entry form, up to 3 poems per form
Prizes: First: $1,100 & Bronze statuette of the Swagman, Runner-up: $300 & trophy, Highly Commended: $100 & Certificate, Tim Borthwick Memorial Award: $100 & trophy

 

MAY 2023
01/05/2023
NEW LISTING

The Writing Prize
Open to: Australians aged forty years and under
Theme: Why is 'A Voice to Parliament' important and how will it be of benefit to Australia?
Accepts: Original writing
Size: 4,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $10,000

 

15/05/2023
NEW LISTING

Short Stories Unlimited Poetry Competition - Open
Open to: All
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit (but use common sense)
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes: First: $50 & copy of anthology, Highly commended x 2: $25 & copy of anthology

 

31/05/2023
 
Diverging Worlds Short Story Competition
Open to: Australian or New Zealand author
Theme: Distopian or Steam Punk, suitable for 12+ to read
Accepts: Short Story
Size: Not mentioned, check website
Entry Fee: $16.50, Seniors/students: $11,. School Entry: $44
Prize: $100 voucher and copy of the publication

 
JUNE 2023
21/06/2023
NEW LISTING

Wild Words Summer Solstice Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: Inspired by one of five quotes on website
Accepts: Poetry, fiction, non-fiction prose
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: £7
Prize: One hour 1-1 mentoring session with Bridget Holding 

 

30/06/2023
 
TCK Publishing Flash Fiction Contest
US COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: US$ 10
Prize: US$ 1,000

 
30/06/2023
 
TCK Publishing Poetry Awards
US COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Up to 5 poems totalling no more than 500 words
Entry Fee: US$ 5
Prize: US$ 1,000

 
JULY 2023
31/07/2023
NEW LISTING

Short Stories Unlimited Poetry Competition - Urban
Open to: All
Theme: Urban
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit (but use common sense)
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes: First: $50 & copy of anthology, Highly commended x 2: $25 & copy of anthology

 

31/07/2023
NEW LISTING

Short Stories Unlimited Short Story Competition - Urban
Open to: All
Theme: Urban
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: First: $200 & copy of anthology, Second: $100 & copy of anthology, Third: $50 & copy of anthology, Highly commended x 2: $20 & copy of anthology

 

AUGUST 2023
01/08/2023
 
Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Detour/s
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $250 Hawkeye Publishing Gift Voucher & anthology cover art based on story, Top 40 published

 
OCTOBER 2023
31/10/2023
NEW LISTING

Short Stories Unlimited Poetry Competition - Rural
Open to: All
Theme: Rural
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit (but use common sense)
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes: First: $50 & copy of anthology, Highly commended x 2: $25 & copy of anthology

 

31/10/2023
NEW LISTING

Short Stories Unlimited Short Story Competition - Rural
Open to: All
Theme: Rural
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: First: $200 & copy of anthology, Second: $100 & copy of anthology, Third: $50 & copy of anthology, Highly commended x 2: $20 & copy of anthology

 

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