COMPETITIONS

UPDATED 09/08/2021

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

NEW LISTING
Flash Fiction Friday

Opens: 5 pm on the fourth Friday of the month
Closes: at 11.30 pm on the same Sunday of that weekend
Open to: NSW writers subscribed to the newsletter
Theme: Short story prompt
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Mystery gift to the value of $50

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

AUGUST 2021
01/08/2021
 
Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Courage…
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $12
PrizeFirst: $250 Hawkeye Publishing Gift Voucher & anthology cover art based on story, Top 40 published
02/08/2021
 
The Peter Blazey Fellowship
Open to: Australian citizen or resident with a publishing record
Theme: None
Accepts: Biography, Autobiography and Life Writing
Size: Curriculum vitae of two pages, synopsis of one page and 5,000 word extract of a work in progress
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $15,000 & access to support and facilities from The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts
06/08/2021
 
King of the Ranges Written Bush Poetry Competition
Open to: All
Theme: None
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Accepts: Bush Poetry - Serious
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $10 for first two then $10 per poem thereafter, (Optional critique: $10)
PrizesFirst: $100, Second: $30, Third: $20
*
Accepts: Bush Poetry - Humorous
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $10 for first two then $10 per poem thereafter, (Optional critique: $10)
PrizesFirst: $100, Second: $30, Third: $20
*
BEST OVERALL: $200 and name inscribed on the Outback Heritage Trophy
06/08/2021
 
SAETA Spring Poetry Festival
Open to: Students and teachers in Australian Schools
Theme: None
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Accepts: Students in Yr 11 - 12 - Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Entry fee per school to cover administrative costs. $10 for corporate member schools and $20 for non - member schools
Prize: $50 x 2
*
Accepts: Students in Yrs up to Yr 10 - Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Entry fee per school to cover administrative costs. $10 for corporate member schools and $20 for non - member schools
Prize: $50 x 2
13/08/2021
NEW LISTING
Deborah Cass Prize for Writing
Open to: Australia early career writer (see website) who was born overseas or at least one parent born overseas
Theme: Reflects at least in part of the migrant experience
Accepts: Fiction or Non-Fiction Prose
Size: 3,000 words (can be part of a larger work)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $3,000 plus three-months mentorship with an established writer
15/08/2021 Book Pipeline Unpublished Contest
US COMPETITION
  01/06/2021 : Early Deadline
  15/08/2021 : Regular Deadline
  05/09/2021 : Late Deadline
  10/09/2021 : 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: Early Deadline: $US 45, Regular Deadline: $US 55, Late Deadline: $US 60, Extended: $65
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
15/08/2021
 
BR4B Seeking Asylum Poetry Prize
Open to: Anyone living in Australia
Theme: Time for a Home
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $300, Second: $150, Third: $50
16/08/2021
 
Melton City Council Short Story Competition
Open to: Live, work or study in the City of Melton or be a library member
Theme: None
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Accepts: Short Story - Adult (18 years and over)
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  First: $750, Second: $500, Third: $250
*
Accepts: Short Story - Teenage (Year 7 to Year 12)
Size: 1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
*
Accepts: Short Story - Junior B (Year 4 to Year 6)
Size: 1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
*
Accepts: Short Story - Junior A (Prep to Year 3)
Size: 1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100

19/08/2021
 

 

Lane Cove Literary Awards
Open to: Over 16 years, Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia and must be living in Australia at time of entry
Theme: Open
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Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $2,000
*
Accepts: Memoir (Own life)
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $1,500
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines and more than 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $1,500

OTHER PRIZES
THE BURNS BAY BOOKERY YOUTH PRIZE (16 - 24 years): $500
WISE SAGE PRIZE (65+ years): $500
20/08/2021
 
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 understanding and applying mathematics make the world a better and happier place?"
Accepts: Essay
Size: 600 - 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $1,250, Second: $750, Third: $500
20/08/2021
 
The Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award
Open to: Australian women over the age of 18
Theme: About Australian Culture (Broadly defined)
Accepts: Collection of poems
Size: 50 - 80 pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $40,000 and publication with Vagabond Press
22/08/2021
 
The Good Oil Writer's Award
Open to: Residents of Australia, Kiribati, the Philippines and Japan - countries where the Sisters of the Good Samaritan live and minister
Theme: Inclusivity
Accepts: Reflection, Opinion, Profile, News feature
Size: 800 - 1,200 for articles, no limit for poetry
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200
27/08/2021
 
Boroondara Literary Awards
Open to: Australian Residents, Young Writers: Live, Work or study in the City of Boroondara
Theme: Open
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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
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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
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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
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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
29/08/2021
EARLY BIRD
 
Shore Scripts Short Film Fund

US COMPETITION  29/08/2021 : Early Deadline
  30/09/2021 : Regular Deadline
  31/10/2021 : 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 preceding 18 months
Theme: None
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Accepts: Short Film
Size: 2-30 pages
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: $US 40, Regular Deadline: $US 45, Late Deadline: $US 50
Prize:
First: $US 15,000 production budget grant, Free camera equipment from Arri Rental, Full production support from Shore
Second: $US 10,000 production budget grant, Free camera equipment from Arri Rental, Full production support from Shore

Top 5: Feedback, Script read by judges, Industry Roster & Directors, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course, Final Draft 11 Software
Top 15: Script read by judges, Industry Roster & Directors, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course
30/08/2021
 
Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition

NOTE: SUBMISSIONS IN HARD-COPY BRAILLE, A WORD DOCUMENT, SIMBRAILLE or a DUXBURY-readable file
Open to: Australian Residents who are legally blind, or have low or no vision, People's Choice: Open
Theme: Growing
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Accepts: Adult (Over 18) - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
PrizeFirst: $350, Second: $150
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Accepts: Adult (Over 18) - Poem/Song Lyrics/Limerick
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
PrizeFirst: $350, Second: $150
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Accepts: Adult (Over 18) - Article/Opinion
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
PrizeFirst: $350, Second: $150
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Accepts: Senior Student (13 - 17 years) - Short Story/Poem/Song Lyrics/Limerick/Blog
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
PrizeFirst: $350, Second: $150
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Accepts: Junior Student (12 years and under) - Short Story/Poem/Song Lyrics/Limerick/Blog
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
PrizeFirst: $350, Second: $150

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Accepts: People's Choice - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
PrizeFirst: $350, Second: $150
30/08/2021
NEW LISTING
Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award
Open to: Emerging writers residing permanently in the ACTregion
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10 for ACT Writers Centre members, $15 for non-members
PrizesFirst: $600
30/08/2021
 
The Masters Review Summer Short Story Award
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
30/08/2021
 
Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Competition
Open to: Authors throughout Australia and New Zealand
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Theme: Topic inspired by any poem or story in A Book for Kids by CJ Dennis
Accepts: Open - Marian Mayne Prize - Poetry
Theme: Environment / Climate Change
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
Theme: Environment / Climate Change
Size:  500 words
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
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Accepts: Poetry written by adults for children
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100, Chosen by group of local children: $150
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Accepts: School Students – Preps to Grade 4 - Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: $75, Third: $50
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Accepts: School Students – Grade 5 to Year 8 - Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: $75, Third: $50
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Accepts: School Students – Grade 9 to Year 12 - Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: $75, Third: $50
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

31/08/2021
 
Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry collection
Size: 16 - 24 pages
Entry Fee: €25
PrizeFirst: €1000, publication and 25 copies, Second:  €500, publication and 25 copies
In addition, the winning poets will also be offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at the Cork International Poetry Festival.
31/08/2021
 
Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Short Story Competition
Open to: Australian School Children
Theme: Open
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Accepts: Section 1 - Short Story - Yrs 10, 11 & 12
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
PrizeFirst: $150
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Accepts: Section 2 - Short Story - Yrs 7, 8 & 9
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
PrizeFirst: $125
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Accepts: Section 3 - Short Story - Yrs 5 & 6
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
PrizeFirst: $100
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Accepts: Section 4 - Short Story - Yrs 4 and under
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
PrizeFirst: $50
31/08/2021
 
Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award
Open to: Permanent residents of Australia
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $500
31/08/2021
 
NWF/Joanne Burns Micro-lit Award
Open to: Australian citizens or residing in Australia, and over 18
Theme: Travel
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 200 words
Entry Fee: $15 for up to three, Hunter Category: $10 for up to three
Prize: $300
31/08/2021
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Kind
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
31/08/2021
 
Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Open to: Women citizens/residents of Australia
Theme: Crime & Mysteries with an active woman protagonist - check conditions for specific themes
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 for Sisters in Crime Members, $25 for non-members
Prizes:
Swinburne University Award (First)$1,500 plus trophy,  
Simon & Schuster Award (Second):
 $1,000,
The Sun Bookshop/Wild Dingo Press Award (Third): $600,

Affirm Press Award for Best Young Writer (for writers 18 or under): $500,

The Monash University Award for Best New Writer (for writers 19 - 25 years): $500,

Melbourne Athenaeum Library ‘Body in the Library' Award: $1,250; runner up $750,
Booktopia Publisher Services Award for Best Environmental Mystery: $750,

Clan Destine Press Award for Best Cross-Genre Story: $750,

Every Cloud Productions Award for Best Mystery with History Story: $750,

Kerry Greenwood Award for Best Malice Domestic Story: $750,
Viliama Grakalic Award for Best Art and Crime Story: $750,

Writers Victoria Crime and Punishment Award for the Story with the Most Satisfying Retribution: Studio Residency at the Old Melbourne Gaol (Value $660),
HQ Fiction Award for Best Thriller: $500,
ScriptWorks Award for a Great Film Idea: $500,
Liz Navratil Award for Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist Story: $400
31/08/2021
 
Sentinel Poetry Book Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry collection
Size: 20 A4 pages
Entry Fee: £25
PrizeFirst: £300 & publication & 20 copies of their collection, Second: £200, Third: £100
31/08/2021 Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition

UK COMPETITION
  31/05/2021 : Early Deadline
  31/07/2021 : Regular Deadline
  31/08/2021 : Late Deadline
Open to: All where each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $US 50,000 in writing fees.
Theme: None
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Accepts: Feature script
Size: 80-120 pages (additional fee if over this length)
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: $US 45, Regular Deadline: $US 55, Late Deadline: $US 65
Prize:
First: $US 10,000, Script read by judges, Industry Roster & Directors, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course, Final Draft 11 Software, Choice of Free Pass to Raindance, Flickerfest or Vancouver Film Festival

Genre Winners in Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller & Horror : $US 1000, Script read by judges, Industry Roster & Directors, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course, Final Draft 11 Software
Each Genre's Top 5: Script read by judges, Industry Roster & Directors, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course
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Accepts: TV Pilot - First episode
Size:
 1 Hour: 40 - 70 pages
  1/2 Hour: 5 - 30 pages
Entry Fee:
 1 Hour: Early Deadline: $45, Regular Deadline: $US 55, Late Deadline: $US 65
 1/2 Hour: Early Deadline: $40, Regular Deadline: $US 50, Late Deadline: $US 60
Prize 
1 Hour: First:
 $US 5,000, Script read by judges, Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course, Final Draft 11 Software, Choice of Free Pass to Raindance, Flickerfest, or Vanvouver Film Festival
1 Hour: Second: $US 1,000, Script read by judges, Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course, Final Draft 11 Software 
1 Hour: Top 10: Script read by judges, Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers,  Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course
1/2 Hour: First: $US 5,000, Script read by judges, Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course, Final Draft 11 Software, Choice of Free Pass to Raindance, Flickerfest or Vancouver Film Festival
1/2 Hour: Second: $US 1,000, Script read by judges, Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers, Script development with Shore Scripts, Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course, Final Draft 11 Software
1/2 Hour: Top 10: Script read by judges, Industry Roster, Introduction and Meetings with Hollywood Agents and Managers,  Free enrolment to Ultimate Screenwriting Course
31/08/2021
 
The Betty Olle Poetry Award
Open to: All
Theme: Australian
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Accepts: Open - Australian Bush Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First: The 'Betty Olle' Poetry Award & $500, Runner-Up: Certificate & $200, Highly Commended: Certificate
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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
31/08/2021
 
What's Your Story?
Closing Date:  31/08/2021
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SHORT STORY
Open to:
  Victorian Residents over the age of 18 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: $500
*
POETRY
Open to:
  Victorian Residents over the age of 18 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: $500
*
CREATIVE STORY WRITING - 5 -12
Open to:
  Students aged 5 to 12 who live or go to school in Stonnington
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizesFirst: $150 prize-pack of books
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CREATIVE STORY WRITING - 13 -18
Open to:
  Students aged 13 to 18 who live or go to school in Stonnington
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizesFirst: $250 prize-pack of books
SEPTEMBER 2021
01/09/2021
 
Outstanding Short Story Competition
Open to: Writers based in Australia and New Zealand, 16 years and older
Theme: "Ooops!" (Have relevance to the broader Australian LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer + community)
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Not mentioned
03/09/2021
 
Pens Against Poverty
Open to: Students in grades 3-10 (needs a teacher or parent to submit/endorse the entry)
Theme: Time for Change
Accepts: Short Story or Poem
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Winners and Highly commended selected from multiple grade levels, prizes not specified
09/09/2021
 
KSP Short Fiction Competition
Open to: Australian residents and citizens
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 (10 to 18 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
10/09/2021
 
Junior Journo
Open to: Year 3 - 6 students in Western Australian Schools
Theme: Seven options on website
Accepts: Articles
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $100 book vouchers from Fremantle Press
14/09/2021
NEW LISTING
Bass Coast Prize for Non-Fiction
Open to: Writers living, working or studying in Gippland, or have a strong conenction with teh Gippsland region
Theme: Pertaining to the Gippland region, issues or people
Accepts: Prose or poetry
Size: 4,000 - 10,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $5,000, Second: $3,000, ThiredL $2,000
15/09/2021
NEW LISTING
ARKfest Short Play Competition
Open to: Australian writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Play
Size: 10 minutes (1,500 words), no more than 8 in the cast with minimal props/set
Entry Fee: Nil 
Prize: Up to 30 plays performed. Awards for Best Script, Best Production, People’s Choice for Best Productions, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress
15/09/2021
 
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 
16/09/2021
 
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: Life in Australia outside the major cities
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 Issues Summit in Canberra (details on website)
16/09/2021
NEW LISTING
SBS Emerging Writers' Competition
Open to: Australian residents, aged 18 and over, who are not published authors of a book
Theme: Between Two Worlds: stories from a diverse Australia
Accepts: Memoir
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $5,000, Second: $3,000, Honorable Mention x 2: $1,000
17/09/2021
 

Poem Forest
A tree will be planted at Mount Annan for every entry recieved
Open to: Australian student or young person (aged 18 and under) or an accredited teacher
Theme: Nature
*
Accepts: Lower primary ( F - Year 3) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $500, book packs ($100), certificates

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Accepts: Upper primary ( Years 4 - 6) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $500, book packs ($100), certificates

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Accepts: Lower secondary (Years 7 - 9) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $500, book packs ($100), certificates

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Accepts: Upper secondary (Years 10 - 12) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $500, book packs ($100), certificates

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Accepts: Threatened species (F - Year 12) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $500, book packs ($100), certificates

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Accepts: Accredited Teacher (All ages) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $500, book packs ($100), certificates

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Australian Botanic Gardens ( F - Year 12) award for local entrants: Tour of the Gardens

23/09/2021
 
Hugo Throssell Writing Award for Youth
Open to: All studenst who live, or go to school, in the Shire of Mundaring
Theme: Use one of the photo prompts, themem of war and remembrance
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Accepts: Junior (9 - 12 years) - Essay or short story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $50 and certificate, Highly commended and commended: Book prize and certificate
*

Accepts: Senior (13 - 17 years) - Essay or short story
Size: 700 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $100 and certificate, Highly commended and commended: Book prize and certificate
30/09/2021
 
Hammond House Competitions
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: Stardust
*
SONGWRITING COMPETITION
Accepts: Lyrics or Performed Song
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
PrizeFirst:  £100
*
INTERNATIONAL LITERARY PRIZE
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
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INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
PrizeFirst:  £500, Second:  £50, Third:  £20
*
SHORT FILM SCREENPLAY
Accepts: Screenplay
Size: 10 pages
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
PrizeFirst:  £250
30/09/2021
 
KSP Poetry Competition
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
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Accepts: Poetry - Open
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First: $200, one weeks' residency at KSP Writers' Centre & certificate, Second: $150 & certificate, Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - Youth (12 to 18 years of age)
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25
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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
30/09/2021 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
*
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

30/09/2021
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Rooster
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
30/09/2021
 
Scribes Writers - 'Short Takes'
Open to: All
Theme: None
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Accepts: Short Story (Not Fan Fiction)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prize:First: $200, Runner-up: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates
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Accepts: Memoir
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prize:First: $200, Runner-up: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates
30/09/2021
NEW LISTING
Southern Cross Short Story Competition
Open to: Writers over the age of 18
Theme: Turning Away
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 ($15 for Ballarat Writers members)
Prizes: First: $1,000, Second: $400, Third: $100
30/09/2021
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: £14 (free critiques for writers 16 and under)
Prizes: First: £200 & publication in Anthology, Second: £100, Third: £50

OCTOBER 2021
01/10/2021
 
Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: One-Act Play
Size: 30 - 45 minutes, see T&Cs for staging requirements
Entry Fee: $40
Prizes: The Eleanor Nimmo Prize for Best Play: $5,000, Second: $2,000, Third: $1,000, Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award: unspecified cash amount
04/10/2021
NEW LISTING
Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 70 lines
Entry Fee:
Online entry - Subscriber: $15,
Online entry - Non-Subscriber: $25,
Online entry & ABR Online Subscription: $80,
Online entry & Print subscription (Australia): $100,
Online entry & Print subscription (NZ and Asia): $190,
Online entry & Print subscription (Rest of World): $210
PrizesFirst: $6,000, Shortlisted entries x 4: $1,000
08/10/2021
 
Silver Quill Written Competition

Open to: All
Theme: Australian
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Accepts: Open Serious
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Open Humorous
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Novice
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Junior (5 - 12 years old)
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Not mentioned

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Accepts: Junior (13 - 17 years old)
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Not mentioned

*
Accepts: Local (Avon Valley)
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: Not mentioned

10/10/2021 Blue Draft Screenwriting Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: EARLY BIRD: 30/06/2021, REGULAR: 10/10/2021, LATE: 30/11/2021
Open to: Aged 18 and over as at 01/01/2021
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
15/10/2021
NEW LISTING
Lambing Flat Regional Writing Competition

Closing Date: 15/10/2021
Open to: All
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Short Story - Adult Open
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize:First: $200, Second: $75, Third: $25

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Accepts: Poetry - Adult Open
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize:First: $200, Second: $75, Third: $25

*
Accepts:
 Short Story - Junior Primary (Years 1 - 3)
Size: 250 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $30, Second: $15

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Accepts: Poetry - Junior Primary (Years 1 - 3)
Size: 15 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $30, Second: $15

*
Accepts:
 Short Story - Primary (Years 4 - 6)
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $50, Second: $20

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Accepts: Poetry - Primary (Years 4 - 6)
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $50, Second: $20
*
Accepts:
 Short Story - Secondary (Years 7 - 9)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $100, Second: $30

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Accepts: Poetry - Secondary (Years 7 - 9)
Size: 25 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $100, Second: $30

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Accepts:
 Short Story - Secondary (Years 10 - 12)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $100, Second: $30

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Accepts: Poetry - Secondary (Years 10 - 12)
Size: 25 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $100, Second: $30
15/10/2021
 
MiNDFOOD Short Story Competition
Open to: Australian and New Zealand residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: Approximately 2,000 words (about 100 words either side is fine)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:Australian First: AU$1,000, New Zealand First: NZ$1,000
29/10/2021
NEW LISTING
F(r)iction Competition - Fall
US COMPETITION
Open to: All over 13
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Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,001 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 15
PrizesFirst: $US 1,000 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
*
Theme: 
None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 1,000 words per piece
Entry Fee: $US 10. $US 12 for 3
PrizesFirst: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Three pages per poem
Entry Fee: $US 10, $US12 for 3
PrizesFirst: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
30/10/2021
 
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
31/10/2021 Anthology Poetry Award
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 
EARLY BIRD: 31/07/2021
REGULAR: 31/10/2021
Open to: All
Theme: 'Freedom'
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: EARLY BIRD: €10, REGULAR: €15
Prizes: €500 & one year subscription to Anthology Magazine
31/10/2021
 
Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Opening Chapter of a Novel with Synopsis
Size: Opening chapter up to 3,000 plus one page synopsis
Entry Fee: £10, £18 for 2, £26 for 3 (£25 for optional critique)
Prize:First: £500, Second: £200
31/10/2021
 
Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers Award
Open to: Indigenous Australian students (Kindergarten to Year 12) studying in NSW
Theme: One of three themes: "I’ve got you covered", "Oops!", "What a feeling"
Accepts: Short Story, Play, Poem. Group work accepted for Year K-3 to encourage shared learning
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Prizes from $50 up to $500 and Encouragement Awards from $20 up to $250 will be awarded to students from Kindergarten to Year 12 for Poetry and Short Story or Play.
Prizes of up to $250 will be awarded for Kindergarten to Year 3 Group work
31/10/2021
 

Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition

Open to: All
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $4.40, 4 for $15
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: Twelve Six months subscription to Positive Words
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 32 lines
Entry Fee: $4.40, 4 for $15
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: Twelve Six months subscription to Positive Words

31/10/2021
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Potato
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
31/10/2021
NEW LISTING
Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize
Open to: All
Theme: New Beginnings
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $10 for up to two entries
PrizeFirst: $200, Second: $50, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates
31/10/2021
NEW LISTING
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: £5, 2 for £8, 3 for £10, 4 for £12, 5 for £14, 7 for £16, 10 for £22
PrizeFirst: £250, Second: £125, Third: £75, High Commendation x 3: £30, Commendation x 3: £20, Special Mention x 3:  £10
31/10/2021
 
The Bedford Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
*
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, For Young Writers: £100
*
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, For Young Writers: £100
31/10/2021
NEW LISTING
The Best of Times Short Story Competition
Open to: All (except stories that have previously won a prize or certificate in prior Best of Times
Theme: Humorous
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
PrizesFirst: 75% of entry fees, Second: 10% of entry fees, Third place: 5% of entry fees, highly commended and commended certificates 
NOVEMBER 2021
05/11/2021
NEW LISTING
Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
Open to: All
Theme: "New Beginnings" & 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
12/11/2021
NEW LISTING
Ken Scarlett Award
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: Spirit of Place OR one of the selected artists/sculptures OR public outdoor sculpture
Accepts: Essay
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $3,000
21/11/2021

 

Celebrate Caves Through Your Creativity
Open to: All
Theme: Caves and Karst in Australasia
Accepts: Poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, journalism
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $500 Ledlenser voucher
NOTE: There are visual and audio categories and a $1,000 grand prise award across all entries

30/11/2021
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Dimple
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
30/11/2021
 
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 (see website for length of full manuscript)
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
DECEMBER 2021
03/12/2021
 
The 2022 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
*
Accepts: Junior Secondary - Years 7 to 9
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $300 plus flights and accommodation to the Gold Coast, Tickets to Somerset Storyfest, Access to meet with authors and publicists
*
Accepts: Senior Secondary - Years 10 to 12
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $300 flights and accommodation to the Gold Coast, Tickets to Somerset Storyfest, Access to meet with authors and publicists
03/12/2021
 
The 2022 Somerset 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
17/12/2021
 
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)
24/12/2021
NEW LISTING
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, 2 x Highly Commended: $100 and certificate, Novice: $100 and certificate, Junior: $100 and certificate
31/12/2021
 
Audioarcadia.com's Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: Aged 18 plus
Theme: Adventure, Travel and Science Fiction
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $USD 8.45
Prize: Percentage of royalties
31/12/2021
 
Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Contest
US COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $350 USD, Second: $200 USD, Third: $100 USD
31/12/2021
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Anticipation
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
31/12/2021
NEW LISTING
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
FEBRUARY 2022
28/02/2022


 

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
Prize:First: £500, Second: £200, Third: £100

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