COMPETITIONS

UPDATED 02/12/2022

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.

 

AWC Furious Fiction

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

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition

Closing Date: Quarterly competitions - see website
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories
Prize:First: £300, Second: £200, Third: £100


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

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

 

THROUGH THE YEAR

DECEMBER 2022
01/12/2022
 
The Masters Review Novel Excerpt Contest
US COMPETITION
Open to: Emerging writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Excerpt from unpublished novel
Size: 6,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 20
PrizesFirst: $US 3,000 and consultation with an agent Second: $US 300 and agent feedback, Third: $US 200 and agent feedback

 
02/12/2022
 
Growing Up Torres Strait Islander in Australia
Open to: Writers of Torres Strait Islander descent (see website)
Theme: Growing Up Torres Strait Islander in Australia, lived experience
Accepts: Non-fiction
Size: 1,000 - 4,000 words
Entry fee: Nil
Prize: Publication

 
02/12/2022
 
The Somerset National Poetry Prize
Open to: All current secondary school students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
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Accepts: Junior Secondary - Years 7 to 9
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $300 plus flights and accommodation to the Gold Coast, Tickets to Somerset Storyfest, Access to meet with authors and publicists
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Accepts: Senior Secondary - Years 10 to 12
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $300 flights and accommodation to the Gold Coast, Tickets to Somerset Storyfest, Access to meet with authors and publicists

 
02/12/2022
 
The Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition
Open to: All current secondary school students attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
Accepts: Novella
Size: 8,000 - 20,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
PrizesNational winner: $2,500, State Winners: Unspecified cash prize, flights and accommodation to the Gold Coast, Tickets to Somerset Storyfest, Access to meet with authors and publicists

 
16/12/2022
 
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)

 
20/12/2022
NEW LISTING

Periscope Open Fiction Award
UK COMPETITION
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: Infinity
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 1,000 – 2,000 words
Entry Fee: £9 or £15 with feedback, Students £6 or £12 with feedback
Prize: £1,500

 

21/12/2022
 

The Deidre Penhall Memorial Poetry Prize
Open to: Women aged 18 to 30 years on 31 December 2022 AND residing within a 200 km radius of Orange, NSW and west of Pentrit, NSW
Theme: None
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100

30/12/2022
 
Calibre Essay Prize
Theme: None
Open to: All
Accepts: Non-fiction essay
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $30 (or $20 for ABR subscribers)
PrizesFirst: $5,000, Second: $2,500

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

 
31/12/2022
 
Audioarcadia.com's Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: Aged 18 plus
Theme: Science Fiction/Fantasy/paranormal
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $USD 8.45
Prize: 8 winners: Percentage of royalties

 
31/12/2022
 
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

 
31/12/2022
NEW LISTING
Griffin Award
Open to: Citizen or permanent resident of Australia
Theme: Display and authentic inventive and contemporary Australian voice
Accepts: Play (unproduced and unpublished)
Size: At least 60 minutes
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $10,000, Runner-up x 4: $1,000

 
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

 
31/12/2022
 
TCK Publishing Nonfiction Writing Contest
US COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Nonfiction
Size: 8,000 words
Entry Fee: US$ 12
Prize: US$ 1,000

 
30/12/2022
NEW LISTING

The Louie Award
Open to: Australians who are members of the Australian Crime Writers Association
Theme: Locked, Crime
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $5 for members. Currently $20 for lifetime membership
Prize:  $750

 

31/12/2022
 
The Masters Review Chapbook Award for Emerging Writers
US COMPETITION
Open to: Emerging writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction or Non-fiction prose
Size: 25 – 40 pages
Entry Fee: $US 25
Prizes: First: $US 3,000 + publication + 75 contributor copies

 
31/12/2022
 
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

 
31/12/2022
NEW LISTING

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

 

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

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

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

 
16/01/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

31/01/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

31/01/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

31/01/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

31/01/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

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

 
FEBRUARY 2023
12/02/2023
NEW LISTING

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: $15, $28 for 2, $39 for 3
Prizes: First: $500, publication, ebook, paperback, choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (Value $560), Second: $300, publication, ebook, paperback, choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (Value $360), Third: $150, publication, ebook, paperback, choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (Value $210), Fourth: $50, publication, ebook, paperback, choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (Value $110), Highly Commended x 25: Publication, ebook (Value $5)

 

14/02/2023
 
Forty South Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize
Open to: Citizens of Australia and New Zealand or Australian permanent residents
Theme: Island or Island-resonant
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $500 plus publication, Finalists: Publication

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

 
26/02/2023
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
Prize: First: $2,000 & publication, Highest Quandamooka entry and short listed: Publication

 

26/02/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

26/02/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

26/02/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

28/02/2023
NEW LISTING
EARLY BIRD

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

28/02/2023
 
Flash 500 Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £7, £12 for 2, £16 for 3, £20 for 4 (optional critique: £25)
Prize:First: £500, Second: £200, Third: £100

 
28/02/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

28/02/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

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

 
03/03/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

10/03/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

10/03/2023
NEW LISTING

Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Open to: 18 years and over and who live in the state of Victoria
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $500

 

10/03/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

10/03/2023
NEW LISTING

Young Adas
Open to: Aged between 14 - 18 years and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $250

 

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

 
31/03/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

31/03/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

31/03/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

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

 
31/03/2023
NEW LISTING

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

 

APRIL 2023
12/04/2023
NEW LISTING

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

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

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


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

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

 

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