AUSTRALIAN WRITERS' RESOURCE

COMPETITIONS

UPDATED 01/11/2020

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.

AWC Furious Fiction

Opens: 5pm (Sydney/Melbourne time) on the first Friday of every month
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

 

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

Write from the Heart Microfiction
Closing Date: End of Month at midnight
Open to: All
Theme: As chosen by prior winner
Accepts: Microfiction
Size: 100 words
Entry fee: $2 entry fee plus 50 cents to cover Paypal charge (or Nil entry fee but prize rolled over to next month)
Prize: Nominated charity: 50% of entry fees, First: 28% of entry fees, choose next charity and theme, Second: 8% of entry fees, Third: 4% of entry fees

 

THROUGH THE YEAR

NOVEMBER 2020
01/11/2020

Mary River Press Services Short Story Competition
Open to: 16 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $5, Pensioner/Student: $3
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: $30, Third: $10

06/11/2020

Simpson Prize Competition
Open to: Year 9 & 10 students
Theme: How do lesser known stories from the Western Front expand our understanding of the Australian experience of the First World War?
Accepts: Essay
Size: 1,200- 1.500 words (body of essay)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: (Subject to COVID19 Restrictions) : Winner from each State: Attend briefing program in Canberra, travel overseas to historic sites (incorporating Anzac Day commemorations), Runner-up from each State: Attend briefing program in Canberra

13/11/2020

Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 13/11/2020
Open to: All
Theme: "Isolation" & reference to alcohol and/or drugs
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1.500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: First: $1,000 & 1 year membership to Writers Victoria, Second: $100, Third: $50

15/11/2020
 
The Masters Review Chapbook Award for Emerging Writers
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 
15/11/2020
Open to: Emerging writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction or Non-fiction prose
Size: 25 – 40 pages
Entry Fee: $US 20
Prizes: First: $US 3,000 + print&digital publication + 50 contributor copies
16/11/2020

Judith Wright Poetry Prize
Open to: Emerging poets
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $20 ($12 for subscribers)
Prizes: First: $6,000 and publication, Second: $2,000 and publication, Third: $1,000 and publication

16/11/2020

Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize
Open to: All
Theme: Travel
Accepts: Short Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 ($12 for subscribers)
Prizes: First: $5,000 and publication, 2 x Runner-ups: $750 and publication

20/11/2020

The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest
US COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 150 lines
Entry Fee: $US 22 for up to three poems
PrizeFirst: $US 1,500 & publication

20/11/2020

The New Guard Machigonne Fiction Contest
US COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 22
PrizeFirst: $US 1,500 & publication

29/11/2020

The Bath Children's Novel Award
UK COMPETITION
Open to: International writers yet to be traditionally published
Theme: Open
Accepts: Unsigned novel written for middle grade or young adults
Size: First 5,000 words plus 300 word synopsis
Entry Fee: £28 with sponsored places available for writers on low income
Prizes: First: £3,000, Most promising Longlisted Novel: Edit Your Novel the Professional Way on-line course, Shortlist Prize: Manuscript feedback plus literary agent introductions

30/11/2020

Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: EARLY BIRD: 30/09/2020, DEADLINE: 30/11/2020
Theme: Expectations
Open to: All
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: EARLY BIRD: €10, DEADLINE: €15
PrizesFirst: €500, one year subscription and publication

30/11/2020
 
Blackened Billy Verse Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Relevant to Australia or Australians
Accepts: Bush Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $10, 3 for $25, Optional Feedback: $10
PrizesFirst: $500 plus trophy and certificate, Second: $250 plus certificate, Third: $150 plus certificate, Highly Commended x 5: $50 plus certificate, Commended 5: Certificate
30/11/2020

Blue Draft Screenwriting Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: EARLY BIRD: 30/06/2020, REGULAR: 30/09/2020, LATE: 30/11/2020
Open to: Aged 18 and over as at 01/01/2020
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Film
Size: 15 minutes
Entry Fee: EARLY BIRD: $USD 30 (Gold Members: $USD 24), REGULAR: $USD 40 (Gold Members: $USD 32), LATE: $USD 50 (Gold Members: $USD 40)
Prize: Production deal

30/11/2020

Dungala-Kaiela Writing Awards
Open to: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a connection to the Goulburn Valley region
Theme: Open
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Accepts: Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Elder (65 years and over)
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $200
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Accepts: Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Open (19 years and over)
Size: 500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $400
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Accepts: Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $150
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Accepts: Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Junior - Prep to Grade 6
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $75
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Accepts: Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Open (19 years and over)
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $400
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Accepts: Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $150
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Accepts: Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Junior - Prep to Grade 6
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $75

Accepts: Poem/Lyric/Rap - Elder
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $150

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Accepts: Poem/Lyric/Rap - Open (19 years and over)
Size: 6 - 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $200
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Accepts: Poem/Lyric/Rap - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 6 - 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $100
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Accepts: Poem/Lyric/Rap - Prep to Grade 6
Size: 5 - 10 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $50

30/11/2020

Dusty Swag Award
Open to: All
Theme: Australian Bush
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Accepts:
 Juniors (Primary)
Size: Short Story: 200 words, Poetry: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $50, Second: $25

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Accepts:
 Seniors (Secondary)
Size: Short Story: 750 words, Poetry: 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $50, Second: $25

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Accepts:
 Adults
Size: Short Story: 1,000 words, Poetry: 60 lines
Entry Fee:  $10
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: $50

30/11/2020 Jackie's Spring Competition
Closing Date: 30/11/2020
Open to: Adults who write for kids
Theme: Open
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Accepts: Verse Story
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: Includes picture books, subscription to the kidlit ezine “Pass it On”, 3 hours of editing service, sign up to Metre Matters Course
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Accepts: Rhyming poem
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: Includes picture books, subscription to the kidlit ezine “Pass it On”, 3 hours of editing service, sign up to Metre Matters Course
30/11/2020

Joe O'Sullivan Writers' Prize
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: 'Closed Doors'
Accepts: Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 2,000 - 4,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
PrizeFirst: $1,000

30/11/2020

Positive Words Mini Competition - November
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Sinking
Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize: Six months subscription to Positive Words

30/11/2020

The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: €7, 5 for €30
PrizeFirst: €2,000, Residency (one week) at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Accomodation and board at the Cork International Poetry Festival in March 2021, publication, Second: €500, publication, Third: €250, publication, 10 x runners-up: €50, publication

30/11/2020 The Joyce Parkes Women's Writers' Prize
Open to: Australian Women
Theme: Welcome'
Accepts: Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
PrizeFirst: $500
DECEMBER 2020
04/12/2020 The 2020 Somerset National Poetry Prize
Open to: All current secondary school students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
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Accepts:
 Junior Secondary - Years 7 to 9

Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $300 plus flights and accommodaton to the Gold Coast, Tickets to Somerset Storyfest, Access to meet with authors and publicists
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Accepts:
 Senior Secondary - Years 10 to 12
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $300 flights and accommodaton to the Gold Coast, Tickets to Somerset Storyfest, Access to meet with authors and publicists
04/12/2020 The 2020 Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition
Open to: All current secondary school students attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
Accepts: Novella

Size: 8,000 - 20,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
PrizesNational winner: $2,500 and a full editorial report from Penguin Random House (Australia), State Winners: Unspecified cash prize and personalised advice from Penguin Random House (Australia). Flights and accommodation to the Gold Coast, Tickets to Somerset Storyfest
15/12/2020 Tom Collins Poetry Prize
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
PrizesFirst: $1,000 , Second: $300, Third: $100
18/12/2020
NEW LISTING
Hal Porter Short Story Competition
Open to: Australian writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story

Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $1,000
18/12/2020 Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: 
Manuscript - see website for more information
Size: 80,000 words
Entry Fee: $45
Prize: Author Coaching, Structural Edit and Line edit (Value $2500)
24/12/2020
 
The Kembla Flame
Open to: All
Theme: Uniquely Australian
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $6, $10 for 3
PrizeFirst: "The Kembla Flame" trophy, $300 and certificate, Second: $200 and certificate, Third: $100 and certificate, Novice: $100 and certificate, Junior: $100 and certificate
31/12/2020
 
Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/12/2020
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $350 USD, Second: $200 USD, Third: $100 USD
31/12/2020 Audioarcardia.com's "General" Themed Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: Aged 18 plus
Theme: None
Accepts: 
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $USD 8.45
Prize: Percentage of royalties
31/12/2020 Positive Words Mini Competition - December
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Toys
Accepts: 
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize: Six months subscription to Positive Words
31/12/2020 The Moth Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Open to: All over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry

Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: €15
PrizesFirst: €6,000, Runners-up x 3: €1,000, Commended x 8: €250 - Winners published in the spring 2021 issue of The Moth
31/12/2020
NEW LISTING

V International Playwriting Contest
SPANISH COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
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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, plublication 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, plublication and public reading, plus economic aid for performances within two years after publication (Value: €3,200), Short list: Consideration for publication

JANUARY 2021
06/01/2021
NEW LISTING

The Henshaw Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: £6, Optional Feedback: £12
PrizesFirst: £200, Second: £100, Third: £50

13/01/2021
NEW LISTING
The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize 
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All over 18
Theme: Food and Drink must be at the heart of the tale
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: £15
PrizesFirst: £10,000, an inscribed award, read by an actor and uploaded, 3 x Runners up: £250
15/01/2021
NEW LISTING
Calibre Essay Prize
Theme: None
Open to: All
Accepts: Non-fiction essay
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $25 (or $15 for ABR subscribers)
PrizesFirst: $5,000, Second: $2,500
FEBRUARY 2021
02/02/2021
NEW LISTING
Clearway 2021: Entanglement
Open to: Women writers residing in Australia, over 16
Theme: Entanglement
Accepts: Short works in the first person as a woman
Size: 800 words (3 minutes reading)
Entry Fee: $15.00
Prizes12 - 15 monologues: $100, performed
26/02/2021 Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize
Open to: Australian and New Zealand residents
Theme: Crime or Thriller

Accepts: Manuscript
Size: 70,000 - 100,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil (check)
Prize:First: Publishing contract with advance against royalties of $25,000
28/02/2021 Flash 500 Short Story 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
Prize:First: £500, Second: £200, Third: £100
MARCH 2021
30/03/2021
NEW LISTING
British Theatre Challenge
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Play
Size: One Act, running time 5 - 30 minutes, more than one actor
Entry Fee: £16
PrizeFirst: 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
31/03/2021
 
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
PrizeFirst: $500
31/03/2021
 
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 for 2 poems
Prize: First: $500
31/03/2021
 
FAW Tasmania Nairda Lyne Award
Open to: All
Theme: Suitable for children aged 8-12 years
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: $100 & winner's name inscribed on a plaque in the State Library Launceston Branch, Best Tasmanian Entry: Hobart Bookshop voucher
31/03/2021
NEW LISTING
W B Yeats Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 31/03/2021
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10 for first entry ($4 each entry thereafter)
PrizesFirst: $600, 2 x Second: $100, Commendation: Certificate
APRIL 2021
25/04/2021
NEW LISTING

The Valerie Parv Award
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

30/04/2021 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
PrizesFirst: $500 & Bronze statuette of the Swagman, Runner-up: $200 & trophy, Highly Commended: Certificate
MAY 2021
05/05/2021
NEW LISTING
Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Open to: Over 16
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £9
PrizesFirst: £1000, Second: £500, Third: £250, Shortlisted x 17: £100, The Sansom Award (Bristol Writer): £100
07/05/2021
NEW LISTING
 

Laura Literary Awards

Theme: None
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PROSE AWARDS
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SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to: All
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $200
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SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to: 13 - 18 years
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $50
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SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to: 9 - 12 years
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $25
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SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY
Open to: 5 - 8 years
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $15
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THE CJ DENNIS POETRY AWARDS
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SECTION 5 - OPEN
Open to: All
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $200
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SECTION 6 - OPEN BUSH POETRY
Open to: All
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $200
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SECTION 7 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to: 13 - 18 years
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $50
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SECTION 8 - JUNIOR
Open to: 9 - 12 years
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $25
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SECTION 9 - JUNIOR PRIMARY
Open to: 5 - 8 years
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $15

JUNE 2021
30/06/2021
 

Henry Savery National Short Story Award
Open to:
 Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: First: $400, Second: $100

AUGUST 2021
31/08/2021
 

FAW Tasmania Poetry Prize
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize:First: $150, Runner-up: $50

 

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