COMPETITIONS

UPDATED 14/11/2021

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.

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

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

NOVEMBER 2021
01/11/2021
 
The ASA/HQ Commercial Fiction Prize
Open to: Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident aged 18 years and over, co-written works are eligible
Theme: Commercial Fiction (see website for exclusions)
Accepts: Manuscript
Size: 70,000 - 140,000 words, synposis: 500 words, biography: 300 words
Entry Fee: ASA Members: First entry Nil and $25 for each thereafter, Non-Members: $65
PrizesFirst: Publishing contract and $10,000 advance against royalties, Runner-up: $500 and year's membership with ASA
02/11/2021
 
Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
Open to: Indigenous writers who are 30 years or younger, Australian Citizen or permanent residents of Australia
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $5,000, publication and offered a place as Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College for up to three months.2 x Runner-up: $500 (May be awarded)
05/11/2021
 
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
07/11/2021
 
Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: None
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Accepts: Alan Marshall Short Story Award
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $25, Local Category & Youth= Nil
Prizes: Open Section: $5,000, Local Section: $2,500, Youth (18 years and under): $1,000
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Accepts: Creative Non-Fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $25, Local Category & Youth= Nil
Prizes: Open Section: $5,000, Local Section: $2,500, Youth (18 years and under): $1,000
07/11/2021
 
Simpson Prize Competition
Open to: Year 9 & 10 students
Theme: To what extent have the Gallipoli campaign and the Western Front overshadowed other significant aspects of Australians’ experience of the First World War?
Accepts: Essay
Size: 1,200- 1.500 words (body of essay)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: (Subject to COVID19 Restrictions) : Winner from each State: Attend a three-day program in Canberra, travel key historic and commemorative site/s across Australia, Runner-up from each State: Attend a three-day in Canberra
07/11/2021
 
Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project - Essay Contest
Open to: Australian School Students
Theme: See website for essay questions and source material
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Accepts: Group A - Essay - Years 5 to 8
Size: 2 - 3 pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $500, Second: $200, Third: $100, Honorable Mentions: $50
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Accepts: Group B - Essay - Years 9 - 12
Size: 2 - 3 pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $500, Second: $200, Third: $100, Honorable Mentions: $50
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12/11/2021
 
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
14/11/2021
 
Mid North Coast Writers' Centre Short Story Competition
Open to: Citizens or permanent residents of Australia, 18 years and older
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prizes: First: $700, Second: $300, Third: $100
15/11/2021
 
The Blake Poetry Prize
Open to: Citizens or permanent residents of Australia
Theme: Have a religious or spiritual nature
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $30
Prizes: First: $5,000
16/11/2021
NEW LISTING
Shore Scripts Podcast Competition
UK COMPETITION
EARLY: 16/11/2021
REGULAR: 19/12/2021
FINAL: 21/01/2022
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: Works as a serialised episodic show
Accepts: Podcast pilot script (fiction)
Size: 10-40 pages (additional fee if over this length)
Entry Fee: EARLY: $35, REGULAR: $45, FINAL: $55
PrizeFirst x 2: $US 1,000, Scripts produced into a pilot podcast episode with budget of $US 5,000, Top 15:  Read by Judges, Industry roster & directors, free enrolment into ‘Fast Track You First Draft – 15 Minute Method Course’
20/11/2021
(Postal)
30/11/2021
(Electronic)
 
Blackened Billy Verse Competiton
Open to: All
Theme: Relevant to Australia or Australians
Accepts: Bush Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $10, 3 for $25, Optional Feedback: $10
PrizesFirst: $500 plus trophy and certificate, Second: $250 plus certificate, Third: $150 plus certificate, Highly Commended x 5: $50 plus certificate, Commended 5: Certificate
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

28/11/2021
 
Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition
Open to: All
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15 for first entry, $10 for second and $5 each thereafter
PrizesFirst (Leon Shann Award): $1,500. Second : $500, Third place: $300, Wendy Fleming Urban Realist Award: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Unspecified prizes
30/11/2021 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
30/11/2021
NEW LISTING
Fiction Factory Flash Fiction Competition

UK COMPETITON
Open to:  All aged 16 and over
Theme:  None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: £5 (£9 for 2, £13 for 3)
Prizes: First: £200, Second: £50, Third: £25

30/11/2021
 
Jackie's Spring Competition
Open to: Adults who write for kids
Theme: Open
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Accepts: Verse Story
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: Includes picture books, subscription to the kidlit ezine “Pass it On”, 3 hours of editing service, sign up to Metre Matters Course
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Accepts: Rhyming poem
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: Includes picture books, subscription to the kidlit ezine “Pass it On”, 3 hours of editing service, sign up to Metre Matters Course
30/11/2021
 
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
30/11/2021
 
The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: €7, 5 for €30
PrizeFirst: €2,000, Featured reading at the Cork International Poetry Festival in Spring 2022, publication, Second: €500, publication, Third: €250, publication, 10 x runners-up: €50, publication
30/11/2021
NEW LISTING
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
Prizes: First: $US 3,000 and consultation with an agent Second: $US 300 and agent feedback, Third: $US 200 and agent feedback
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
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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
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
03/12/2021
NEW LISTING
The Louie Award
Open to: Australians who are members of the Australian Crime Writers Association
Theme: Leaving Home - Crime genre
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil for members. Currently $20 for lifetime membership
Prizes: First: $750
15/12/2021
NEW LISTING
Djillong Short Story Competition
Open to: Citizens or residents of Australia over 18 years of age
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 ($15 for members)
Prizes: First: $1,000, Second: $400, Third: $200
15/12/2021
NEW LISTING
Tom Collins Poetry Prize
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $12 ($10 for Members)
PrizesFirst: $1,000 , Second: $300, Third: $100
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)
20/12/2021
 
VI 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, plublication 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, plublication and public reading, plus economic aid for performances within two years after publication (Value: €3,200), Short list: Consideration for publication
24/12/2021
 
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
 
Do Wha(TS) Write
CANADIAN COMPETITION
CONTEST PROCEEDS DONATED TO TOURETTE CANADA
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Flash fiction or short story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $2 CAD
PrizeFirst: $200 CAD
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
 
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 + print&digital publication + 50 contributor copies
31/12/2021
 
The Moth Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Open to: All over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: €15
PrizesFirst: €6,000, Runners-up x 3: €1,000, Commended x 8: €250 - Winners published in the spring 2021 issue of The Moth
31/12/2021
NEW LISTING
Viva La Novella
Open to: Australian and New Zealand residents
Theme: None
Accepts: Novella
Size: 18,000 - 55,000
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizesFirst x 2: $1,000 & contract for print and digital publication with Brio Books
JANUARY 2022
06/01/2022
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
PrizesFirst: £200, Second: £100, Third: £50
09/01/2022
NEW LISTING
Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/12/2019
Open to: All
Theme: Hope in Nature
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Accepts: Poetry - 18 years and over
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee:  £4
PrizeFirst: £200
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Accepts: Poetry - 12 to 17 years
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: £70
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Accepts: Poetry - Up to 11 years
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: £50
12/01/2022



 

The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Open to: 18 years and over
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, publication, recorded and uploaded, 3 x Runners up: £250 & publication, Short listed entries: Invited to the Mogford Prize Party hosted by Jeremy Mogford at Quod Restaurant & Bar, Oxford, UK. Each will receive a night’s accommodation at one of The Oxford Collection hotels and travel expenses as agreed in advance

17/01/2022
NEW LISTING
Calibre Essay Prize
Theme: None
Open to: All
Accepts: Non-fiction essay
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $25 (or $15 for ABR subscribers)
PrizesFirst: $5,000, Second: $2,500
31/01/2022
NEW LISTING
The Four Seasons Project - Part One
Open to: All
Theme: Summer
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
PrizesFirst: $200 & copy of anthology, Second: $100& copy of anthology, Third: $50 & copy of anthology, Highly commended: paid for publication at 1c/word (minimum $20) & copy of anthology
FEBRUARY 2022
14/02/2022
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
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

28/02/2022
NEW LISTING
The Heroines/Joyce Parkes Women's Writing Prize
Open to: Writers who identify or live as women, prize only awarded to someone residing in, or a citizen of, Australia
Theme: Focus on lost women's history, untold stories and reimagined myths, fairy tales, folklore or legends, or speculative fiction
Accepts: Fiction or poetry
Size: Fiction: 3,000 words, Poetry: 3 pages
Entry Fee: $15
Prizes: First for fiction: $1,000, First for poetry: $1,000, Selected for publication: $25
MARCH 2022
24/03/2022
NEW LISTING
KSP Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition
Open to: Youth: Australian Residents. Adults: Western Australian residents
Theme: Best Friend
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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
31/03/2022
NEW LISTING
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
MAY 2022
01/05/2022
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
01/05/2022
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
Prize: $2,000 prize pool

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