AUSTRALIAN WRITERS' RESOURCE

COMPETITIONS

UPDATED 05/01/2021

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

 

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

JANUARY 2021
01/01/2021
 
black&write! Writing Fellowships
Open to: Writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia
Theme: None
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Accepts:
 Adult Fiction and Short Story collections
Size: Minimum 50,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
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Accepts:
 Young Adult Fiction
Size: Minimum 40,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
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Accepts: Poetry
Size: Minimum 30 poems
Entry Fee: Nil
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Accepts:
 Children's book
Size: No word count requirement
Entry Fee: Nil
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Prizes
: Two winners will each receive: $10,000, manuscript development with black&write! and publication opportunity with Hachette Australia

06/01/2021
 

 

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

07/01/2021
NEW LISTING
Griffin Award
Open to: Citizen or permanent resident of Australia
Theme: Display an authentic inventive and contemporary Australian voice
Accepts: Play (unproduced and unpublished)
Size: At least 60 minutes
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizesFirst: $10,000, Runners-up x 4: $1,000
13/01/2021
 
The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize 
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All over 18
Theme: Food and Drink must be at the heart of the tale
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: £15
PrizesFirst: £10,000, an inscribed award, read by an actor and uploaded, 3 x Runners up: £250
15/01/2021
 
Calibre Essay Prize
Theme: None
Open to: All
Accepts: Non-fiction essay
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $25 (or $15 for ABR subscribers)
PrizesFirst: $5,000, Second: $2,500
18/01/2021
EXTENDED DATE
Kuracca Prize for Australian Literature
Open to: person of Australian residence, nationality, birth or cultural relation (including entrants who are seeking asylum)
Theme: None
Accepts: See below
Size: 
Fiction, Essay, Memoir, Creative Non-fiction: 3,000 words
Poetry: 88 lines
Cartoon, Graphic Story: 1800mm wide by 255 mm high
Digital or audio: 5 minutes
Entry Fee: $20, $12 for Overland subscribers, Nil for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrants
PrizesFirst: $5,000, Runners-up x 2: $1,000
21/01/2021
NEW LISTING
Shore Scripts Podcast Competition

UK COMPETITION
Open to: All where each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $US 30,000 in writing fees.
Theme: Works as a serialised episodic show
Accepts: Podcast script (fiction)
Size: 10-40 pages (additional fee if over this length)
Entry Fee: $55
PrizeFirst x 2: $US 1,000, Scripts produced into a pilot podcast episode with budget of $5,000

22/01/2021
NEW LISTING
Aniko Press Summer Flash Fiction Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Flight
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 100 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: Publication on website and social media, copy of "Throat" by Ellen Van Neerven, plus copy Aniko Press Magazine, Second: Publication on website, plus copy Aniko Press Magazine 
31/01/2021
 
Stringybark Open Short Story Competition
Theme: Have a link to Australia, suitable for audience aged 16 and above
Open to: All
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $14, $26 for 2, $36 for 3
PrizesFirst: $350, publication, ebook, paperback, choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (Value $400), Second: $250, publication, ebook, paperback, choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (Value $300), Third: $125, publication, ebook, paperback, choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (Value $175), Highly Commended x 30: Publication, ebook (Value $5)
31/01/2021
 
The Masters Review Winter Short Story Award for New Writers

US COMPETITION
Open to: Emerging writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 6,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 20
Prizes: First: $US 3,000, Second: $US 300, Third: $US 200

FEBRUARY 2021
01/02/2021 The Cloncurry Prize - The Spirit of Cloncurry
Open to: Australian citizens, permanent residents or Australian passport holders living in Australia, over 18 years
Theme: Spirit of the Outback
Accepts: Poetry
Size:  No more than 2 pages 
Entry Fee: $25
Prizes: First: $10,000, Runner-up: $1,000, People's Choice Award
02/02/2021 Clearway 2021: Entanglement
Open to: Women writers residing in Australia, over 16
Theme: Entanglement
Accepts: Short works in the first person as a woman
Size: 800 words (3 minutes reading)
Entry Fee: $15.00
Prizes12 - 15 monologues: $100, performed
07/02/2021
 
Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award
Open to: Australian resident or Australia living overseas, and over 18
Theme: None
Accepts: Collection of short prose, may contain audio-visual content & hyperlinks, may contain some previously published work
Size: 30,000 words
Entry Fee: $25 (Students/Concession: $20)
PrizesFirst: $3,000 & offered a digital publication agreement, Runner-up x 2: $1,000 & offered a digital publication agreement
09/02/2021
NEW LISTING
The Nature Conservancy Nature Writing Prize
Open To: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia over age of 18
Theme: Writing of Place. Setting of an Australian landscape
Accepts: Essay
Size: 3,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
PrizeFirst: $7,500, Highly Commended (The Rosina Buckman Award): Two week self-catered writing retreat residency at Life at Springfield in the Southern Highlands of NSW
16/02/2021
NEW LISTING
Forty South Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize
Open to: Citizens of Australia and New Zealand or Australian permanent residents
Theme: Island or Island-resonant
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words

Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $500
21/02/2021
NEW LISTING
Microflix Writing Award
Open to: Anyone living in Australia and Australians living overseas
Theme: Inspiring to a filmmaker to adapt to the screen
Accepts: Short Prose
Size: 400 words

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $500, small fee if adapted into film
26/02/2021 Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize
Open to: Australian and New Zealand residents
Theme: Crime or Thriller

Accepts: Manuscript
Size: 70,000 - 100,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil (check)
Prize:First: Publishing contract with advance against royalties of $25,000
28/02/2021 Flash 500 Short Story Competition
Open to: All
Theme: None

Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £7, £12 for 2, £16 for 3, £20 for 4
Prize:First: £500, Second: £200, Third: £100
MARCH 2021
18/03/2021
NEW LISTING

Peter Carey Short Story Award

Closing Date: 18/03/2021
Open to: Australian residents 18 years and over

Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: First: $2,000, Runner-up: $1,000, Best Local Entry: $500

28/03/2021
 
KSP Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition
Open to: Western Australian residents
Theme: Voices
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Accepts:
 Youth (under 18) - Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $5
PrizesFirst: $100 & certificate, Second: $25 & certificate
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Accepts:
 Adult - Short Story
Size: 1,200 words
Entry Fee: $10
PrizesFirst: $100 & certificate & goody bag, Second: $50 & certificate
30/03/2021
 
British Theatre Challenge
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Play
Size: One Act, running time 5 - 30 minutes, more than one actor
Entry Fee: £16
PrizeFirst: 5 plays selected: Given a full performance at  a London theatre - developed by professional directors - performed by professional actors - given written assessments by theatre professionals - considered for publication - filmed in performance by Mini Mammoth Films, Public Choice Award
31/03/2021
 
Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Open to: 18 years and over and who live in the state of Victoria
Theme: Biographical
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $500
31/03/2021
 
Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Open to: 18 years and over and who live in the state of Victoria
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: $15 for 2 poems
Prize: First: $500
31/03/2021
 
FAW Tasmania Nairda Lyne Award
Open to: All
Theme: Suitable for children aged 8-12 years
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: $100 & winner's name inscribed on a plaque in the State Library Launceston Branch, Best Tasmanian Entry: Hobart Bookshop voucher
31/03/2021
 
TCK Publishing Poetry Awards
US COMPETITION

Open to: Over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Up to 5 poems totalling no more than 500 words
Entry Fee: US$ 5
Prize: US$ 1,000
31/03/2021
 
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Open to: Over 16
Theme: Poetry written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 150 lines
Entry Fee: €14
Prize: €1,000
31/03/2021
 
W B Yeats Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 31/03/2021
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10 for first entry ($4 each entry thereafter)
PrizesFirst: $600, 2 x Second: $100, Commendation: Certificate
31/03/2021
 
Young Adas Short Story Prize
Open to: aged between 14 - 18 years and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: About something that matters to the writer
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $250
APRIL 2021
01/04/2021
NEW LISTING
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
14/04/2021
 
Newcastle Short Story Award
Open to: Australians living here or abroad, over 18 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $16.50
Prize: First: $3,000, Second: $1,500, Third: $1,000, 2 x Highly Commended: Value $250 to $500, 3 x Commended: Value $100 to $200  3 x Hunter Region Writers Awards: Value $100 to $250
18/04/2021
 
The Fogarty Literary Award
Open to: Western Australian authors aged between 18 and 35
Theme: None
Accepts: Adult Fiction, Narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction
Size: 50,000 - 120,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $20,000 and publishing contract with Freemantle Press
25/04/2021
 

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

30/04/2021 Bronze Swagman Award
Open to: All
Theme: Australian
Accepts: Bush Poetry

Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $25 per entry form, up to 3 poems per form
PrizesFirst: $500 & Bronze statuette of the Swagman, Runner-up: $200 & trophy, Highly Commended: Certificate
30/04/2021
NEW LISTING
Furphy Literary Award
Open to: Australian residents, 18 years and over
Theme: Australian Life in all it's diversity
Accepts: Fiction or Narrative non-fiction
Size: 5.000 word 
Entry Fee: Not mentioned
Prizes: First:  $15,000. Second: $3,000, Third: $2,000
MAY 2021
01/05/2021
NEW LISTING
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
PrizeFirst: $2,000
05/05/2021
 
Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Open to: Over 16
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £9
PrizesFirst: £1000, Second: £500, Third: £250, Shortlisted x 17: £100, The Sansom Award (Bristol Writer): £100
07/05/2021

 

Laura Literary Awards

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

15/05/2021
NEW LISTING
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
21/05/2021
NEW LISTING
SAETA Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 21/05/2021
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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
*
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
15/05/2021
NEW LISTING
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: Pauline Walsh for Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $8 or $30 for 4
PrizeFirst: $150, Second: $50
31/05/2021
NEW LISTING
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
31/05/2021
 
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: £28 (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
JUNE 2021
30/06/2021
 

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

AUGUST 2021
31/08/2021
 

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

 

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