COMPETITIONS

UPDATED 02/05/2022

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.

 

NOTE: SOME OF THESE HAVE BEEN PUT ON TEMPORARY HOLD SO MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FIRST

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

 

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

MAY 2022
01/05/2022
 
Future Leaders Writing Prize
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

 
01/05/2022
 
Questions Writing Prize
Open to: Australian, 18 - 30 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction or Non-fiction
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $2,000 prize pool

 
02/05/2022
 
ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
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: $6,000, Second: $4,000, Third: $2,500

 
02/05/2022 Shore Scripts Short Film Fund

US COMPETITION

 Spring Season

 28/02/2022 : Early Deadline
 31/03/2022 : Regular Deadline
 02/05/2022 : Late Deadline

  Fall Season

 29/08/2022 : Early Deadline
 30/09/2022 : Regular Deadline
 31/10/2022 : Late Deadline

Open to: All where each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $US 50,000 in writing fees in the last 18 months.
Theme: None
Accepts: Short film scripts, web-series pilots, animations, and proof-of-concept shorts for TV series and Features. We also accept short film projects in production seeking Finishing Funds.
Size: 2 - 30 pages
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: $US 40, Regular Deadline: $US 45, Late Deadline: $US 50
Prizes:
First: $US 10,000, Free Camera Equipment Rental, Production support, film sent to 300+ Industry Pros & Directors. Second: $5,000, Free Camera Equipment Rental, Production Support, film sent to 300+ Industry Pros & Directors. Top 5: Script feedback from Judges, scripts sent to 300+ Industry Pros & Directors. Top 15: Script read by award-winning Judges, Industry Roster & Directors, plus FREE access to the exclusive writers’ forum – The Script
04/05/2022
 
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

 
04/05/2022
NEW LISTING
The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation Writing Competition
Open to: Aged 16 and over
Theme: Inspired by Jane Austen
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizesFirst: Recorded as an audiobook and published worldwide

 
06/05/2022
 
Banjo Paterson Writing Awards
Open to: All
Theme: Australian content
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Accepts: 1. Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prizes: First: $2,000
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Accepts: 2. Contemporary Poetry
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prizes: First: $2,000
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Accepts: 3. Children's Writing Awards (16 years and under)
Size: Short Story: 1,000 words, Poetry: 30 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes: First: $200, Second: $100, Third: $100

 
06/05/2022
 
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 3a – JUNIOR
Open to: 11 - 12 years
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $25
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SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to: 9 - 10 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

 
06/05/2022
 
What Matters?

Open to: Australian Students in years 5 to 12
Theme: What matters to you and why
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Accepts: Year 5 & 6: Opinion piece
Size: 600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $350 & Allen & Unwin book pack & full-day creative writing workshop , Runner-up: $200 & Allen & Unwin book pack & full-day creative writing workshop
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Accepts: Year 7 & 8: Opinion piece
Size: 600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $350 & Allen & Unwin book pack & full-day creative writing workshop , Runner-up: $200 & Allen & Unwin book pack & full-day creative writing workshop
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Accepts: Year 9 & 10: Opinion piece
Size: 600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $350 & Allen & Unwin book pack  & a day at ReachOut.com to receive professional training and opportunity to produce a feature article, Runner-up: $200 & Allen & Unwin book pack
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Accepts: Year 11 & 12: Opinion piece
Size: 600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $350 & Allen & Unwin book pack & 1 year membership to Writing NSW and one-day writing workshop, Runner-up: $200 & Allen & Unwin book pack

OVERALL WINNER: $1,000. trophy and from the Museum of Australian Democracy: a curated selection of books. The winner's library will receive a donation from the Museum and the Learning team will connect live to their classroom for a bespoke Digital Excursion program
GRAHAM FREUDENBERG AWARD: Fly winner and an adult to Canberra to shadow Political speechwriters and journalists in the Press Gallery at Parliament House & two night’s accommodation

 
14/05/2022
 
ZineWest 2022
Open to: New writers with a Western Sydney connection, aged 16 years and over
Theme: Open
Accepts: Word-based works
Size: Able to be printed in an A5 magazine format
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $400, Second: $300, Third: $200, Commendations: Giarmondo Titles, Editor’s Award: Book award, Best PoemBest Prose: Certificate, Best Image: $100, Best Image runner-up: Book award

 
15/05/2022
 
Boree Log Award for Bush Verse
Open to: All
Theme: Australian Bush Theme
Accepts: Bush Verse
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $8
Prize: $100 plus trophy and certificate

 
15/05/2022
 
Eastwood/Hills FAW Literary Competition
Open to: All
Theme: None
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Accepts: Category 1: Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $8 or $30 for 4
PrizeFirst: $150, Second: $50
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Accepts: Category 2: Phillippa Holland Award for Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  $8 or $30 for 4
PrizeFirst: $150, Second: $50
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Accepts: Category 3: Alan Russell Award for Memoir
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:  $8 or $30 for 4
PrizeFirst: $150, Second: $50
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Accepts: Category 4: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $8 or $30 for 4
PrizeFirst: $150, Second: $50

 
16/05/2022
 
Northern Territory Literary Awards
Open to: Resides in Northern Territory
Theme: None
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Accepts: Brown's Mart Theatre Award
Size: Performance time of more than 30 minutes
Entry Fee:  Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000, NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass, complementary double pass to the 2023 Brown’s Mart season
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Accepts: Charles Darwin University Creative Non-Fiction Award
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:  Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $500, NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass, complementary double pass to the 2023 Brown’s Mart season

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Accepts: Charles Darwin University Essay Award
Theme: Topic relating to Northern Territory
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:  Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000, NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass, complementary double pass to the 2023 Brown’s Mart season
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Accepts: Flash Fiction Award
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:  Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $600, NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass, complementary double pass to the 2023 Brown’s Mart season
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Accepts: Kath Manzie Youth Award (12 - 18 years as of 1 January): Short story or poetry
Size: 3,000 words or 300 lines
Entry Fee:  Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $600, NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass, complementary double pass to the 2023 Brown’s Mart season
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Accepts: NT Writers' Centre Poetry Award
Size: 300 lines
Entry Fee:  Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000, NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass, complementary double pass to the 2023 Brown’s Mart season
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Accepts: Zip Print Short Story Award
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:  Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000, NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass, complementary double pass to the 2023 Brown’s Mart season

 
16/05/2022
NEW LISTING
The Westwords/Ultimo Prize
Open to: Australian citizen or resident, NOTE: either the writer or the manuscript needs to have a connection to Western Sydney
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction or narrative non-fiction, aimed at an adult readership
Size: 60,000 - 90,000 words, Synopsis: 600 words, Bio: 300 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $5,000, a week at Varuna and a publication deal

 
20/05/2022
 
The Margaret Hazzard Short Story Competition
Open to: Women writers residing in Australia and New Zealand (or members residing overseas)l
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $15 (For members: $10 or $25 for 3)
PrizeFirst: $300, Second: $150, Third: $75

 
21/05/2022
 
SAETA Young Writers Award
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

 
21/05/2022
 
Seniors Card Short Story Competition
Open to: New South Wales Seniors Card holders
Theme: “Celebrating Diversity”
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Publication in anthology

 
25/05/2022 Book Pipeline Unpublished Contest
US COMPETITION
  10/03/2022 : Special Entry
  25/05/2022 : Early Deadline
  20/08/2022 : Regular Deadline
  05/09/2022 : Late Deadline
  15/09/2022 : Extended (Coverfly & Submittable) Deadline
  
Open to: 18 years and older
Theme: None
Accepts: Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Non-fiction
Size: First 5,000 words approx and 1-3 page synopsis (Full manuscript generally 50,000 - 120,000 words)
Entry Fee: Special Entry: $US 35. Early Deadline: $US 45, Regular Deadline: $US 50, Late Deadline: $US 55, Extended: $60
First in each category:  $US 2,500. Immediate circulation to publishers, agents, editors and other execs, Consideration from producers seek projects for film and TV adaptation, Additional reviews of other books for potential circulation and invitations to annual writers and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media
2 x runner-ups in each category:  Immediate circulation to publishers, agents, editors and other execs, Consideration from producers seek projects for film and TV adaptation, Additional reviews of other books for potential circulation and invitations to annual writers and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media

 
27/05/2022
 
Poetry d'Amour
Open to: All
Theme: Love
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 2, $25 for 3, $30 for 4
Prizes: First: $500 plus opportunity to perform, Runner-Up: $200 plus opportunity to perform, Highly Commended x 2: Certificate, Commended x 2: Certificate, Youth Incentive (Under 21): $100 and opportunity to perform

 
29/05/2022
REGISTRATION CLOSES
 
Science Talent Search
Open to: Primary and Secondary students in Victoria
Theme: Glass: More than meets the eye
Accepts: See handbook
Size: See handbook
Entry Fee: Individual: $9, Group of 2 students: $17, Class Research Project : $30
Prize: See handbook

 
30/05/2022
 
Grieve Writing Project

Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents and over 18 (Organisers hoping to open to New Zealand as well, see T&Cs on website)
Theme: Grief and loss
Accepts: Prose or poetry
Size: Prose: 500 words, Poetry: 36 lines
Entry Fee: $16.50

Prizes:
NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief): $1,500
Pettigrew Family Funerals: $1,000
PalliativeCare New South Wales: $500
All About Grief - story or poem about grief or loss after the death of a child: $300
Goodgrief MacKillop Family Services for story or poem about grief or loss other than death: $250
Griefline – story or poem about grieving the loss of a love one during COVID: $300
Lake Macquarie Memorial Park: $250
Newcastle Memorial Park: $250
blue knot foundation: $100
Story or poem about the work (the natural world, or the social or political world) x 2: $100
Calvary: $200
David Lloyd Funerals: $200
White Lady Funerals: $200
Simplicity Funerals: $200
Mindframe: $100
The Compassionate Friends: $100
NSW Health Hunter New England Local Health District: $100

 
31/05/2022
 
Best Australian Yarn
Open to: Australian residents, 12 years or older
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $30,000, Short listed: $1,000, Regional Winner: $3,000, Youth Prize: $2,000, Readers' Choice: $2,000 , Western Australian Prize: $4,000

 

31/05/2022
 

Bridport Prize
UK COMPETITION
Open to: Aged 16 and over
Theme: None
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Accepts: Poetry
Size: 42 lines
Entry Fee: £10
PrizeFirst: £5,000, Second: £1,000, Third: £500, Highly Commended x 10: £100

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Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: £12
PrizeFirst: £5,000, Second: £1,000, Third: £500, Highly Commended x 10: £100

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Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 250 words
Entry Fee: £9
PrizeFirst: £1,000, Second: £500, Third: £250, Highly Commended x 5: £100
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Young Writer Award:  £500

 
31/05/2022
 

Fiction Factory First Chapter & Synopsis
UK COMPETITION

Open to: Aged 16 years and over
Theme: None (but not Children's or Young Adult)
Accepts: First Chapter of a novel plus synopsis
Size: 5,000 words plus synopsis
Entry Fee: £18 (£38 with optional assessment)
PrizeFirst: £500 and an appraisal, Shortlisted x 5: Appraisal

31/05/2022
 

Fiction Factory Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Proceeds to be donated to the Ukraine Emergency

Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £3
PrizeFirst: £100 plus feedback on five poems and one hour mentorship Zoom call, Shortlisted x 5: Supportive Critique

31/05/2022
 
Furphy Literary Award - Junior and Youth
Open to: Australian Residents and live or attend a school within the Goulburn Valley
Theme: None

Accepts: Youth (13 - 17 years): Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $300, Second: $100, Third: $50
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Accepts: Junior (Up to 12 years): Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $300, Second: $100, Third: $50
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Accepts: Youth (13 - 17 years): Poetry
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $300, Second: $100, Third: $50
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Accepts: Junior (Up to 12 years): Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $300, Second: $100, Third: $50

 
31/05/2022
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Nurture
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

 
31/05/2022 Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: EARLYBIRD: 28/02/2022, REGULAR: 31/05/2022
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction/Short novel, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: EARLYBIRD: £5, REGULAR: £7
PrizesFirst: £1,000,  Publication in MTP Anthology and Anthology Title based on the winning entry's title, Second: £500, Publication in the MTP Anthology, Third: £250, Publication in the MTP Anthology, Runners-up x 5: £50, Publication in the MTP Anthology

 
31/05/2022
 
The Australian / Vogel's Literary Award
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents aged under 35 years on 31 May 2022
Theme: None
Accepts: Unpublished manuscript: Fiction, Australian History or biography
Size: 50,000 - 80,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: An advance against royalties plus prize money totalling $20,000

 
31/05/2022
 
The Bath Novel Award
UK COMPETITION
Open to: International writers yet to be traditionally published
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: £29 (sponsored places available for writers on low income)
Prizes: First: £3,000, Most promising Longlisted novel: Online professional editing course worth £1,800, Short listed: manuscript feedback & literary agent introductions

 
31/05/2022
 
The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest
US COMPETITION
Open to: Emerging writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Flash fiction
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 20 (covers 2 stories)
PrizeFirst: $US 3,000, Second: $US 300, Third: $US 200

 
JUNE 2022
01/06/2022
 
Stuart and Hadow Short Story Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $25 (Members: $15)
PrizeFirst: $1,000, Second: $300. Third: $100

 
02/06/2022
 
Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize
Open to: Australian citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $6
Prizes: First: $3,000, Highly Commended x 2: $500

 
03/06/2022
NEW LISTING
Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival Short Story Competition
Open to: Students from Years 3 to 12
Theme: Open
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Accepts: Years 3 & 4: Short Story
Size: 300 - 400 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $70, Second: $30, Third: $20
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Accepts: 
Years 5 & 6: Short Story
Size: 300 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $80, Second: $40 Third: $30

Accepts: Years 7 & 8: Short Story
Size: 400 - 600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $100, Second: $50, Third: $40

Accepts: Years 9 & 10: Short Story
Size: 600 - 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $200, Second: $70, Third: $50

Accepts: Years 11 & 12: Short Story
Size: 800 - 1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $250, Second: $100, Third: $80

 
05/06/2022
NEW LISTING
Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize
Open to: Residents of Australia & an Indigenous Writer
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $2,000 & publication, Highest Quandamooka entry and short listed: Publication

 
05/06/2022
NEW LISTING

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

 

05/06/2022
NEW LISTING
Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $15, $10 concession
PrizeFirst: $1,000 & publication, Runner Up: $500 & publication, Highest QLD entry: Paid performance opportunity & publication

 
05/06/2022
NEW LISTING
XYZ Award for Innovation in Spoken Word
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: None
Accepts: Recorded Poetry
Size: Under 3 minutes
Entry Fee: $12, $10 Concession
PrizeFirst: $1,000 and publication Highest QLD entry: Paid performance opportunity & publication

 
10/06/2022
 
Make Your Own Story Book Competition
Open to: Western Australian Students, PP to Year 8
Theme: None
Accepts: Picture Books and Story Books (See website)
Size: 5,000 words, Page size: A5 to A4, Maximum cover size: 34cm x 25cm
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: Three prizes awarded in each category:
- Years PP to 2 - Picture Book
- Years 3 to 4 - Picture Book
- Years 5 to 6 - Picture Book
- Years 7 to 8 - Picture Book
- Years 3 to 4 - Story Book
- Years 5 to 6 - Story Book
- Years 7 to 8 - Story Book
Students may work with a partner, maximum of two students per book

 
13/06/2022
NEW LISTING
The Big Issue Fiction Edition
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 500 to 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: $500 for each author published

 
15/06/2022
 
Four Seasons Project - Poetry - Part Two
Open to: All
Theme: Autumn
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit (but use common sense)
Entry Fee: $5
PrizesFirst: $50 & copy of anthology, Highly commended x 2: $25 & copy of anthology

 
17/06/2022
 
IEU QLD & NT Literary Competition
Note: Limitations of entries per School
Open to: Students in years 5 -12 and teachers from all schools across Queensland and from independent schools across the Northern Territory.
Theme: None
*
Accepts: A. Years 11-12
1. Poem, 2, Short Story,  3. Non-fiction Prose
Size: Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 600-1,500 words, Non-fiction prose: 600 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Not specified: Up to $300
*
Accepts: B. Years 9-10
1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size: Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 500-1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Not specified: Up to $300
*
Accepts: C. Years 7-8
1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size: Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 500-1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Not specified: Up to $300
*
Accepts: D. Years 5 - 6
1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size: Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 400-800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Not specified: Up to $300
*
Accepts: E. Staff: Short Story
Size: 800-2,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Not specified: Up to $300

 
17/06/2022
 
Much More Than Words
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: None, but entry must be accompanied by a photo you have taken that enhances the theme of your entry
Accepts: Short Story, Article or Poem
Size: 250 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100

 
17/06/2022
 
RD Walsh Memorial Writing for the Environment Prize
Open to: Australian Citizens
Theme: Peace and Sustainability
*
Accepts: Fictional Prose - up to 18 years
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $500, Runner-up: $100, Pat Strong Award for a Young Writer: $100
*
Accepts: Fictional Prose - 19 - 25 years
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $500, Runner-up: $100
*
Accepts: Fictional Prose - over 65 years
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $500, Runner-up: $100

 
21/06/2022
NEW LISTING
Wild Words Summer Soltice Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: Inspired by one of four quotes on website
Accepts: Poetry, fiction, non-fiction prose
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: £7
PrizeFirst: one hour 1-1 mentoring session with Bridget Holding 

 
24/06/2022
 
Ros Spencer Poetry Prize
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 2, $25 for 3, $30 for 4
PrizeFirst: $1,001, Second: $299, Highly Commended x 2, Commended x 2

 
27/06/2022
 
Newcastle Poetry Prize
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, aged over 18 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Poem or Suite of poems
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: $33
Prize: First: $15,000, Second: $5,000, Third: $1,000, Local Award: $250, Harri Jones Memorial Prize (for a poet under 36 years): $500, Commended x 2: $250

 
30/06/2022
 
Audio Arcadia's General Fiction 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

 
30/06/2022
 
Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Competition
US COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $350 USD, Second: $200 USD, Third: $100 USD

 
30/06/2022
 
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Open to: School Students enrolled in Australian education facilities
Theme: Optional theme: In My Opinion
*
Accepts: Lower Primary (Years K - 3) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  
    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 for up to 3 poems,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80

PrizeFirst: $300, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $150 & prize pack
*
Accepts: Upper Primary (Years 4 - 6. Year 7 in SA) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: 
    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 for up to 3 poems,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80

PrizeFirst: $400, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $200 & prize pack

*
Accepts: Assisted Learning Primary Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  
    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 for up to 3 poems,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80

PrizeFirst: $400, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $200 & prize pack
*
Accepts: Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 9) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:   
    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 for up to 3 poems,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80

PrizeFirst: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
Accepts: Senior Secondary (Years 10 - 12) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  
    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 for up to 3 poems,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80

PrizeFirst: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
Accepts: Assisted Learning Secondary Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  
    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 for up to 3 poems,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80

PrizeFirst: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
DAVID MAHER AWARD: $250, trophy & prize pack
KURRUMBEDE AWARD:
PRIMARY SCHOOL AWARD: $250, trophy & prize pack
SECONDARY SCHOOL AWARD: $250, trophy & prize pack


SCHOOLS’ AWARD:
PRIMARY SCHOOL: $1,000, trophy & prize pack
SECONDARY SCHOOL: $1,000, trophy & prize pack

30/06/2022
 
Gloria Anderlini (FAWQ) Memoir Competition
Open to: All
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Memoir
Size: 3,000 to 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: First: $300, Second: $100, Third: $50

 
30/06/2022
 
Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards

Open to: Residents of Victoria who are unpublished writers
*
Theme: None
Accepts: The Dorothy Porter Award for Poets
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

PrizeFirst: $2,000
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Narrative non-fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

PrizeFirst: $2,000
*
Theme: Set in Melbourne
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

PrizeFirst: $2,000
*
Theme: True life experience, uniquely Victorian story of Australia's First People
Accepts: Life Writing Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Writers
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

PrizeFirst: $2,000
*
Theme: Living with a Disability
Accepts: Self Told Stories by Writers Living with a Disability
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

PrizeFirst: $2,000
*
OVERALL WINNER: $10,000

 
30/06/2022
 
Maureen Freer (FAWQ) Literary Competition
Open to: All
*
Theme: "The Appointment"
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for three
PrizeFirst: $300, Second: $100, Third: $50
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for three
PrizeFirst: $300, Second: $100, Third: $50
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for three
PrizeFirst: $300, Second: $100, Third: $50

 
30/06/2022
 
Poetry London Prize
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: £8 (£4 for subscribers) (Free entries for writers on low incomes)
Prize: First: £5,000, Second: £2,000, Third: £1,000
30/06/2022
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Pink
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

 
30/06/2022
 
Rose Frankcombe Short Story Award
Open to: All
Theme: Joy
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10 for up to 2 entries
Prize: Not mentioned

 
30/06/2022
 
Scribes Writers - "Poetic Licence"
CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES
 
30/06/2022
 
Society of Women Writers NSW Inc - National Short Story

Open to: Female writers who are Australian Citizens or permanent residents, aged 18 years or overs
Theme: Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Short Story - Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $40, ($30 for members)

PrizeFirst: $500, Highly Commended: $250, Commended: $100
*
Accepts: Short Story – Non-Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $40, ($30 for members)

PrizeFirst: $500, Highly Commended: $250, Commended: $100
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $20, ($15 or $40 for 3 for members)
PrizeFirst: $300, Highly Commended: $200, Commended: $100

 
30/06/2022
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: £14
Prizes: First: £200 & publication in Anthology, Second: £100, Third: £50

 
30/06/2022
 
The Moth International Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Open to: Over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 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

 
30/06/2022
 
The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize
UK COMPETITION
Open to: Writers who have not published a book-length work of fiction, life-writing or poetry (excluding self-published works or poetry chapbooks)
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Poetry (up to 3 poems = a single entry)
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £10, £16 for 2
Prize: First: £1,000 & publication, Shortlisted: publication
*
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £10, £16 for 2
Prize: First: £1,000 & publication, Shortlisted: publication
*
Accepts: Life Writing
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £10, £16 for 2
Prize: First: £1,000 & publication, Shortlisted: publication

 
30/06/2022
 
Wells Festival of Literature Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: Open
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 35 lines
Entry Fee: £6
Prizes: First: £1,000, Second: £500, Third: £250, Local Prize: £100
*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: £6
Prizes: First: £750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Local Prize: £100
*
Accepts: A Book for Children (age 9 and up)
Size: First two chapters or 20 pages, whichever is shortest, plus a synopsis of up to 2 pages (Shortlisted entrants may be asked for complete manuscript)
Entry Fee: £6
Prizes: First: £750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Local Prize: £100
*
Accepts: Young Poets (16 - 22 years old)
Size: 35 lines
Entry Fee: £3
Prizes: First: £150 plus 1 year's subscription to The Poetry Society, Second: £75 plus 1 year's subscription to The Poetry Society, Third: £50 plus 1 year's subscription to The Poetry Society

 
JULY 2022
01/07/2022
 
S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award
Open to: Journalists
Theme: Crime
Accepts: Fiction or Non-Fiction
Size: Fiction: 2,000 - 5,000 words, Non-Fiction: 1,800 – 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $50 plus booking fee
Prize: Unspecified

 
04/07/2022
 
ACU Prize for Poetry
Open to: Australian residents. Any International student currently studying at an Australian University may also enter
Theme: Hope
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $25
PrizeFirst: $10,000, Second: $5,000, Third: $3,000

 
04/07/2022
 
Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards
Open to: Students in years 3 - 12 studying in the Mid West Region
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Prose
Size: 1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 5 & 6 - Prose
Size: 1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 5 & 6 - Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Lower Secondary - Year 7 & 8 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Lower Secondary - Year 7 & 8 - Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Middle Secondary - Year 9 & 10 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Middle Secondary - Year 9 & 10 - Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Upper Secondary - Year 11 & 12 - Prose
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Upper Secondary - Year 11 & 12 - Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned

 
08/07/2022
NEW LISTING
The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Open to: Unpublished Australian citizen or residents aged 18 years or older
Theme: Adult Fiction and Adult narrative non-fiction
Accepts: Fiction and narrative non-fiction
Size: First three chapters (Max 20,000 words), 1 page synopsis, chapter breakdown (no more than 2 pages), author’s statement (750 words)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $10,000 and Hachette Australia’s 12 month mentorship program

 
15/07/2022
 
E. M. Fletcher Writing Award
Open to: residents of Australia, over 18 years of age
Theme: Family history/genealogy theme
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 words, plus 25 word inspiration statement
Entry Fee: $30 ($20 for members)
Prize: First: $1,000, Runner Up: $500, Member Prize: $100 FHACT voucher

 
15/07/2022
NEW LISTING
Vallum Award for Poetry
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Total no more than 6 pages
Entry Fee: $CDN 30 for up to three entries (includes 1 year digital subscription)
PrizeFirst: $CDN 750 & publication, Second: $CDN 250 & publication

 
29/07/2022
 
Boroondara Literary Awards
Open to: Australian Residents, Young Writers: Live, Work or study in the City of Boroondara
Theme: Open
*
Accepts: Open Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $1,500, Second: $1,000, Third: $500, Keith Carroll Award: $500
 *
Accepts: Young Writers (Boroondara) - Junior -Years 5 - 6 - Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
*
Accepts: Young Writers (Boroondara) - Junior -Years 5 - 6 -  - Prose
Size: 300 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
 *
Accepts: Young Writers (Boroondara) - Middle -Years 7 - 9 - Poetry
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $450, Second: $300, Third: $150
*
Accepts: Young Writers (Boroondara) - Middle -Years 7 - 9 -  - Prose
Size: 500 - 900 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $450, Second: $300, Third: $150
 *
Accepts: Young Writers (Boroondara) - Senior -Years 10 - 12 - Poetry (also open to young people not in secondary school, aged 15 to 18 years as of 1 January)
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200
*
Accepts: Young Writers (Boroondara) - Senior -Years 10 - 12 -  - Prose (also open to young people not in secondary school, aged 15 to 18 years as of 1 January)
Size: 900 - 1,300 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200

 
29/07/2022
 
Friends of the Wollongong City Library Local History Prize
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: History of the City of Wollongong (see Guidelines for more detail)
Accepts: Local History Paper
Size: 5,000 - 10,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $5,000

 
29/07/2022
NEW LISTING
Young Tasmanian Writers' Prize
Open to: Tasmanian students enrolled in Year 7 to 12
*
Theme: 
Refer to story starter ideas on website
Accepts: Year 10 - 12: Short Fiction
Size: 800 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $8
PrizesFirst: $300 & publication with School receiving 12 months subscriptions to TASMANIA 40 South magazine, Runner up x 2: $30 Fullers Bookshop voucher

Theme: 'Transformation’, ‘Renewal’  or ‘Enchantment’
Accepts: Year 7 - 9: Short Fiction
Size: 700 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $8
PrizesFirst: $300 & publication with School receiving 12 months subscriptions to TASMANIA 40 South magazine, Runner up x 2: $30 Fullers Bookshop voucher, Peter Sharp Memorial Award: $100

 
30/07/2022
 
Mary River Press Services Short Story Prize
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

 
30/07/2022
 
The Nandewar Poetry Comptition
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $5, $10 for 3
PrizesFirst: $150 & Trophy, Second: $100, Third: $50

 
31/07/2022
 
Anthology Poetry Award
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 
EARLY BIRD: 31/07/2022
REGULAR: 31/10/2022
Open to: All
Theme: 'Dreams'
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: EARLY BIRD: €10, REGULAR: €15
Prizes: €500 & one year subscription to Anthology Magazine

 
31/07/2022
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Cloud
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

 
31/07/2022
NEW LISTING
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

IRISH COMPETITION

Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: €19
PrizeFirst: €2,000, publication in the literary journal Southword, Featured reading at the Cork International Short Story Festival, a week-long residency at Anam Cara Retreat, Second: €500 and publication in Southword, Shortlisted x 4: €250 and publication in Southword

 
31/07/2022
NEW LISTING
Stories of Life

Open to: Not mentioned
Theme: Spiritual moments/events from your life that speak of your Christian faith (See website for more detail)
*
Accepts: Short Story - Open
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $10, Nil for under 18
PrizeFirst: $300, $100 Omega Writers voucher & one-year Omega Writers membership, Second: $200 & one-year Omega Writers membership, Third: $100 & $50 Omega discount coupon, Youth Award: $100

*
Accepts: Short Story - Open
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, Nil for under 18
PrizeFirst: $300, $100 Omega Writers voucher & one-year Omega Writers membership, Second: $200 & one-year Omega Writers membership, Third: $100 & $50 Omega discount coupon, Youth Award: $100

AUGUST 2022
01/08/2022
 
Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Water Under the Bridge
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

 
24/08/2022
NEW LISTING
Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All aged 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £6
PrizeFirst: £1,000 & a week’s poetry course, Second: £500, Third: £250

 
29/08/2022
NEW LISTING
Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Competition
Open to: Authors throughout Australia and New Zealand
*
Theme: Topic inspired by any poem or story in A Book for Kids by CJ Dennis
Accepts: Open - Marian Mayne Prize – Poetry – 16 years and over
Theme: Inspiration from the world around us
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
 *
Theme: Topic inspired by any poem or story in A Book for Kids by CJ Dennis
Accepts: Open - CJ Dennis Society Prize - Short Story – 16 years and over
Theme: Inspiration from the world around us
Size:  500 words
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
Accepts: Poetry written by adults for children  – 16 years and over
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100, Chosen by group of local children: $150
*
Accepts: School Students – Preps to Grade 4 - Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: $75, Third: $50
*
Accepts: School Students – Grade 5 to Year 8 - Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: $75, Third: $50
*
Accepts: School Students – Grade 9 to Year 12 - Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: $75, Third: $50

 
31/08/2022
NEW LISTING
Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition
Open to: All
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Category A: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $150 & Certificate, Second: $100 & Certificate
*
Accepts: Category B: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $150 & Certificate, Second: $100 & Certificate

 
31/08/2022 Anthology Short Story Award
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 
EARLY BIRD: 30/04/2022
REGULAR: 31/08/2022
Open to: All
Theme: 'Courage’'
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: EARLY BIRD: €10, REGULAR: €15
Prizes: €500 & one year subscription to Anthology Magazine
31/08/2022
 
Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Poetry Competition
Open to: Australian School Children
Theme: Open
*
Accepts: Section 1 - Poetry - Yrs 10, 11 & 12
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5
PrizeFirst: $125
*
Accepts: Section 2 - Poetry - Yrs 7, 8 & 9
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $5
PrizeFirst: $90
*
Accepts: Section 3 - Poetry - Yrs 5 & 6
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $35
PrizeFirst: $65
*
Accepts: Section 4 - Poetry - Yrs 4 and under
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: $5
PrizeFirst: $50

 
31/08/2022
 
Jean Stone Poetry Award
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $500
31/08/2022
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Somebody
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

 
31/08/2022
NEW LISTING
The Betty Olle Poetry Award
Open to: All
Theme: Australian
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Accepts: Open - Australian Bush Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $15 (2 poems)
Prize: First: The 'Betty Olle' Poetry Award & $500, Runner-Up: Certificate & $200, Highly Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts: Junior (12 years and under) - Australian Bush Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: The 'Betty Olle' Junior Poetry Award & $100, Runner-Up: Certificate & $50, Highly Commended: Certificate

 
SEPTEMBER 2022
01/09/2022
 
Rhiza Edge Short Story Competition
Open to: Australian authors
Theme: Cultural Diversity
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeShort-listed authors: Copy of anthology and either $50 credit with Wombat/Rhiza or $50 cash

 
08/09/2022
NEW LISTING
KSP Short Fiction Competition
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: None
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Accepts: Short Fiction - Open
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize:First: $300, plus one weeks' residency at KSP Writers' Centre & certificate, Second: $150 & certificate, Commended: Certificate
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Accepts: Short Fiction - Youth (up to 17 years of age)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25

 
15/09/2022
NEW LISTING
The Moth Nature Writing Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Open to: Over 16
Theme: Nature writing
Accepts: Prose and Poetry
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: €15
Prize: €1,000 and a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France 

 
16/09/2022
NEW LISTING
 
Heywire Competition
Note: Audio, Video and Photo story categories available
Open to: Australian Residents aged 16-22 and not living in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth or Sydney
Theme: True story about an aspect of your life
Accepts: Audio, Video, Photos or Text
Size: Video & Audio: 2 - 4 minutes, Photos: 10 images, Text: around 400 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize (awarded to 33 to 40 people): Opportunity for story to be produced for ABC and an all-expenses paid trip to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra (details on website)

 
19/09/2022
NEW LISTING
The Van Diemen History Prize
Open to: Australian citizens or Australian Permanent residents
Theme: Tasmanian History prior to 21st century
Accepts: History Paper
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $500 and publication, Selection of best entries also published

 
23/09/2022
 
Poem Forest
A native tree will be planted in The Australian Botanic Garden for every entry received
Open to: Australian student or young person (aged 18 and under) or an accredited teacher
Theme: Nature
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Accepts: Lower primary ( F - Year 3) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $500, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate, Highly Commended: book from Magabala Books
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Accepts: Upper primary ( Years 4 - 6) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $500, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate, Highly Commended: book from Magabala Books
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Accepts: Lower secondary (Years 7 - 9) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $500, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate, Highly Commended: book from Magabala Books
*

Accepts: Upper secondary (Years 10 - 12) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $500, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate, Highly Commended: book from Magabala Books
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Accepts: Threatened species (F - Year 12) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $500, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate, Highly Commended: book from Magabala Books
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Accepts: Accredited Teacher (All ages) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $500, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate, Highly Commended: book from Magabala Books
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Threatened Species Prize ( F – Year 12): $500, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate, Highly Commended: book from Magabala Books

Australian Botanic Gardens ( F - Year 12) award for local entrants: Family tour, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate

 
29/09/2022
NEW LISTING
KSP Poetry Competition
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
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Accepts: Poetry - Open
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First: $300, one weeks' residency at KSP Writers' Centre & certificate, Second: $150 & certificate, Commended: Certificate
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Accepts: Poetry - Youth (10 to 17 years)
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
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Annette Cameron Encouragement award for an unpublished WA poet
Accepts: Poetry - (Over age of 18)
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First: $150

 
30/09/2022
NEW LISTING
Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £9
PrizeFirst:  £1,000, a free creative writing course of the winner's choice and publication, Runners-up x 2: £200


 
30/09/2022
NEW LISTING
Hammond House Competitions
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: Changes
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Accepts: Lyrics or Performed Song
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
PrizeFirst:  £100
*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
PrizeFirst:  £1,000, Second:  £100, Third:  £50
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
PrizeFirst:  £500, Second:  £50, Third:  £20
*
Accepts: Script
Size: 10 pages
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
PrizeFirst:  £250
*
Accepts: Comedy Sketch or Stand-up Script
Size: Sketch: 4 sides of A4. Script: 2 sides of A4
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
PrizeFirst:  Performance at the Festival

 
30/09/2022
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Comedy
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

 
30/09/2022
NEW LISTING
New England Thunderbolt Prize

Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: Crime
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Accepts: The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for youth entries (Under 18)
PrizeFirst: $500
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Accepts: The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Non-Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for youth entries (Under 18)
PrizeFirst: $500
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Accepts: The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for youth entries (Under 18)
PrizeFirst: $500

OTHER PRIZES
THE NEW ENGLAND AWARD: $250
EMERGING AUTHORS AWARD (Over 18): $250
YOUTH AWARD: $150

 
OCTOBER 2022
07/10/2022
NEW LISTING
The Eden School Prize
Open to: South Australian Year 10 students attending a Department for Education school (Note: maximum of three entries per school)
Theme: "How can participation in sport and/or physical activity make the world a better and happier place?”
Accepts: Essay
Size: 600 - 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $1,250, Second: $750, Third: $500

 
31/10/2022
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Box
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

 
31/10/2022
NEW LISTING
The Bedford Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: 17 years and over
Theme: None
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Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £7.50, three of £15 (Full time students: £5, three for £10)
PrizeFirst: £1,000, Second: £200, Third: £100, Bedford Prize: £100, Cygnature Prize (25 years and under): £100
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Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £7.50, three of £15 (Full time students: £5, three for £10)
PrizeFirst: £1,000, Second: £200, Third: £100, , Bedford Prize: £100, Cygnature Prize (25 years and under): £100

 
NOVEMBER 2022
30/11/2022
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Member
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

 
DECEMBER 2022
31/12/2022
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Curry
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

 

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