COMPETITIONS

UPDATED 01/08/2022

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


NEW LISTING
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

AUGUST 2022
01/08/2022
 
Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Water Under the Bridge
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $250 Hawkeye Publishing Gift Voucher & anthology cover art based on story, Top 40 published

 
05/08/2022 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

 

08/08/2022

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

 
10/08/2022
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. Considered for publication, Runner-up x 2: $1.000

 
10/08/2022
 
Venie Holmgren Environmental Prize
Open to:  Citizens of Australia or have permanent resident status in Australia
Theme: Environmental
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $10
PrizeFirst: $1,000

 
14/08/2022
 
BR4B Seeking Asylum Poetry Prize
Open to: Anyone living in Australia
Theme: A Turning Point
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $300, Second: $150, Third: $50

 
14/08/2022
NEW LISTING
The Twisted Stringybark Short Story Award
Theme: Some reference to Australia, contains a twist
Open to: All
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $14 for 1, $26 for 2, $36 for 3
PrizesFirst: $350 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthology (Value $400), Second: $250 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthology (Value $300), Third: $125 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthology (Value $175), Highly commended x 30: Publication + e-book (Value $5)

 
15/08/2022
 
Melton City Libraries 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
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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
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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
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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

 
20/08/2022 Book Pipeline Unpublished Contest
US COMPETITION
  10/03/2022 : Special Entry
  25/05/2022 : Early Deadline
  20/08/2022 : Regular Deadline
  05/09/2022 : Late Deadline
  15/09/2022 : Extended (Coverfly & Submittable) Deadline
  
Open to: 18 years and older
Theme: None
Accepts: Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Non-fiction
Size: First 5,000 words approx and 1-3 page synopsis (Full manuscript generally 50,000 - 120,000 words)
Entry Fee: Special Entry: $US 35. Early Deadline: $US 45, Regular Deadline: $US 50, Late Deadline: $US 55, Extended: $60
First in each category:  $US 2,500. Immediate circulation to publishers, agents, editors and other execs, Consideration from producers seek projects for film and TV adaptation, Additional reviews of other books for potential circulation and invitations to annual writers and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media
2 x runner-ups in each category:  Immediate circulation to publishers, agents, editors and other execs, Consideration from producers seek projects for film and TV adaptation, Additional reviews of other books for potential circulation and invitations to annual writers and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media
24/08/2022
 
Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All aged 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £6
PrizeFirst: £1,000 & a week’s poetry course, Second: £500, Third: £250

 
26/08/2022
 
Growlife Medical Essay Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Stories of Childhood
Accepts: Essay
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $500 voucher to Brisbane restaurant of your choice, Second: $100 voucher to Brisbane restaurant of your choice, Third: $50 voucher to Brisbane restaurant of your choice, Best entry by a School-aged entrant: $100 book voucher, Runner-up School-aged entrant x 2: $20 book voucher

 
26/08/2022
NEW LISTING
Power of Words Writing Competition
Open to: Over 18 years of age
Theme: Inspired by one of 4 photos taken in Latrobe City
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 2,00 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $500, Highly commended & Commended: certificates

 
28/08/2022
 
NWF/Joanne Burns Micro-lit Award
Open to: Australian citizens or residing in Australia, and over 18
Theme: Play
Accepts: Microfiction or prose poems
Size: 200 words
Entry Fee: $15, Hunter Category: Nil
Prize: Not specified

 
28/08/2022
 
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

 
29/08/2022
 
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 – 16 years and over
Theme: Inspiration from the world around us
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
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Theme: Topic inspired by any poem or story in A Book for Kids by CJ Dennis
Accepts: Open - CJ Dennis Society Prize - Short Story – 16 years and over
Theme: Inspiration from the world around us
Size:  500 words
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
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Accepts: Poetry written by adults for children  – 16 years and over
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100, Chosen by group of local children: $150
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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

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

 
31/08/2022

Anthology Short Story Award
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 
EARLY BIRD: 30/04/2022
REGULAR: 31/08/2022
Open to: All
Theme: 'Courage’'
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: EARLY BIRD: €10, REGULAR: €15
Prizes: €500 & one year subscription to Anthology Magazine

31/08/2022
 
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.

 
31/08/2022
 
Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Poetry Competition
Open to: Australian School Children
Theme: Open
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Accepts: Section 1 - Poetry - Yrs 10, 11 & 12
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5
PrizeFirst: $125
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Accepts: Section 2 - Poetry - Yrs 7, 8 & 9
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $5
PrizeFirst: $90
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Accepts: Section 3 - Poetry - Yrs 5 & 6
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $35
PrizeFirst: $65
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Accepts: Section 4 - Poetry - Yrs 4 and under
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: $5
PrizeFirst: $50

 
31/08/2022
 
Jean Stone Poetry Award
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $15
PrizeFirst: $500

 
31/08/2022
 
Olga Masters Short Story Award
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: Life in rural Australia
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Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 4,000 words
Entry Fee: $25, Members concession:$20
PrizeFirst: $1,500, Runner-up: $500, Supplementary prizes at the discretion of the organisers

 
31/08/2022
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Somebody
Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 
31/08/2022
NEW LISTING
TCK Publishing Short Story Awards
US COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: US$ 12
Prize: US$ 1,000

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

 
31/08/2022
NEW LISTING
The Scarlet Stiletto Award
Open to: Women (inclusive of cisgender, transgender or intersex) citizens/residents of Australia
Theme: Crime & Mysteries with an active woman protagonist
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 for Sisters in Crime Members, $25 for non-members
Prizes:
Swinburne University Award (First)$2,000 plus trophy,  
Simon & Schuster Award (Second):
 $1,000,
The Sun Bookshop/fremantle Press Award (Third): $750,
Affirm Press Award for Best Young Writer (for writers 18 or under): $1,000,
The Monash University Award for Best Emerging Writer (for writers 19 - 25 years): $500,
Melbourne Athenaeum Library ‘Body in the Library' Award: $1,250; runner up $750,
HQ Fiction Award for Best Thriller: $1,000,
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,
ScriptWorks Award for a Great Film Idea: $500,
Liz Navratil Award for Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist Story: $400
Writers Victoria Award for the Story with the Most Satisfying Retribution: Choice of online course (Value $215)

 
31/08/2022
 
What's Your Story?
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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
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POETRY
Open to:
  Victorian Residents over the age of 18 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: $500
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CREATIVE STORY WRITING - 5 -8
Open to:
  Students aged 5 to 8 who live or go to school in Stonnington
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  300 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizesFirst: $100 book voucher
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CREATIVE STORY WRITING - 9 -12
Open to:
  Students aged 9 to 12 who live or go to school in Stonnington
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  500 - 750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizesFirst: $200 book voucher
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CREATIVE STORY WRITING - 13 -17
Open to:
  Students aged 13 to 17 who live or go to school in Stonnington
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  750 - 900 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizesFirst: $300 book voucher

 
SEPTEMBER 2022
01/09/2022
 
Outstanding Short Story Competition
Open to: Writers based in Australia and New Zealand and/or citizens thereof, 16 years and older
Theme: Surprise Ending (Have relevance to the broader Australian LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer + community)
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: To be announced

 
01/09/2022
 
Woorilla Poetry Competition
Open to: All
Theme: None
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JUDITH RODRIGUEZ OPEN SECTION
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: First: $2,000, Runner-up: $300

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LOUISE ROCKNE YOUTH SECTION (12 - 18 years old)
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first 4 entries, $5 each thereafter
Prize: First: $250, Runner-up: $100
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YOUTH CALD Sub-category (12 - 18 years old, spoken English for 5 years or less)
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first 4 entries, $5 each thereafter
Prize: First: $250, Runner-up: $100

 
02/09/2022
 
Reconciliation Writing Competition
Open to: Victorian residents
Theme: Get Up. Stand Up. Show Up.
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Accepts: Adults: Short story or poem
Size: Story: 1,500 words, Poetry: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $1,000, Second: $600, Third: $300
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Accepts: Students in Year 9 to 12: Short story or poem
Size: Story: 600 words, Poetry: 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $1,000, Second: $600, Third: $300


 
05/09/2022
NEW LISTING
Fisher's Ghost Writing Prize
Open to: Live, work or attends school/TAFE/University in the Campbelltown Local Government area
Theme: A Voice from the Shadows

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Accepts: Adult
Size: Short stories/narrative non-fiction/memoirs: 500 words, Poetry: 25 lines

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $300, Highly Commended: $100
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Accepts: Years 4 - 6
Size: Short stories/narrative non-fiction/memoirs: 500 words, Poetry: 25 lines

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $100, Highly Commended: $50


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Accepts: Years 7 - 9
Size: Short stories/narrative non-fiction/memoirs: 500 words, Poetry: 25 lines

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $100, Highly Commended: $50


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Accepts: Years 10 -12
Size: Short stories/narrative non-fiction/memoirs: 500 words, Poetry: 25 lines

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $100, Highly Commended: $50


 
08/09/2022
 
KSP Short Fiction Competition
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: None
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Accepts: Short Fiction - Open
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize:First: $300, plus one weeks' residency at KSP Writers' Centre & certificate, Second: $150 & certificate, Commended: Certificate

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Accepts: Short Fiction - Youth (up to 17 years of age)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25

 
09/09/2022
 
Junior Journo
Open to: Year 3 - 6 students in Western Australian Schools
Theme: Seven options on website
Accepts: See website
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $100 book vouchers from Fremantle Press

 
09/09/2022
 
Pens Against Poverty
Open to: Australian students in grades 3-10 (needs a teacher or parent to submit/endorse the entry)
Theme: Finding a Home
Accepts: Short Story or Poem
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Winners and Highly commended selected from multiple grade levels, prizes not specified

 
13/09/2022
NEW LISTING
SBS Emerging Writers' Competition
Open to: Australian citizens, residents or those currently living in Australia, aged 18 and over, who are not published authors of a book
Theme: Emergence
Accepts: Memoir
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $5,000, Second: $3,000, Honorable Mention x 2: $1,000

 
14/09/2022
NEW LISTING
Dorothy Shaw Young Writers Competition
Open to: Deaf or hard of hearing students (Prep to Year 12) living in Australia
Theme: Superheroes - and should try to include Auslan and/or Deaf characters
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Accepts: Short Story - Prep - year 2
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: $50
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Accepts: Short Story - Year 3 - year 6
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: $50
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Accepts: Short Story - Year 7 - year 0
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: $50
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Accepts: Short Story - Year 10 - year 12
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: $50


 
15/09/2022
NEW LISTING
The Four Seasons Project - Poetry - Part Three
Open to: All
Theme: Winter
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit (but use common sense)
Entry Fee: $5
PrizesFirst: $50 & copy of anthology, Highly commended x 2: $25 & copy of anthology

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

 
16/09/2022
NEW LISTING
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: Time
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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

 
16/09/2022

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

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

 
23/09/2022
 
Poem Forest
A native tree will be planted in The Australian Botanic Garden for every entry received
Open to: Australian student or young person (aged 18 and under) or an accredited teacher
Theme: Nature
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Accepts: Lower primary ( F - Year 3) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $500, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate, Highly Commended: book from Magabala Books
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Accepts: Upper primary ( Years 4 - 6) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $500, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate, Highly Commended: book from Magabala Books
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Accepts: Lower secondary (Years 7 - 9) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $500, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate, Highly Commended: book from Magabala Books
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Accepts: Upper secondary (Years 10 - 12) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $500, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate, Highly Commended: book from Magabala Books
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Accepts: Threatened species (F - Year 12) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $500, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate, Highly Commended: book from Magabala Books
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Accepts: Accredited Teacher (All ages) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $500, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate, Highly Commended: book from Magabala Books
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Threatened Species Prize ( F – Year 12): $500, book packs ($100), Seeds from the Australian Botanic Garden mount Annan, certificate, Highly Commended: book from Magabala Books

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

 
29/09/2022
 
KSP Poetry Competition
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
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Accepts: Poetry - Open
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First: $300, one weeks' residency at KSP Writers' Centre & certificate, Second: $150 & certificate, Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - Youth (10 to 17 years)
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25
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Annette Cameron Encouragement award for an unpublished WA poet
Accepts: Poetry - (Over age of 18)
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First: $150

 
30/09/2022
 
Bridport Prize Memoir Award
UK COMPETITION
Open to: 16 and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Memoir
Size: Initially: 5,000 - 8,000 words of total work plus 300 word overview, If Long-listed: 15,000 words, If Short-lifted: 30,000 words
Entry Fee: £24
PrizeFirst:  £1,500, a year of mentoring, consultation with a literary agent, online seminar registration, Runner-up: £750, feedback, online seminar registration, Highly Commended x 3: £150, manuscript appraisal, invitation to an industry day, online seminar registration

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

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

 
30/09/2022
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Comedy
Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 
30/09/2022
NEW LISTING
Minds Shine Bright Writing Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Storm
Accepts: Poetry, Short Stories, Short scripts and Flash Fiction
Size: 2,500 words (except Flash fiction: 1,000 words)
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: First: $500, Second: $400, Third: $300, Fourth: $200, 5 x Commended: $100, 10 further entries: Small gift featuring the Minds Shine Bright logo

 
30/09/2022
 
New England Thunderbolt Prize

Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: Crime
*
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
*
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

 
30/09/2022
 
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 2022
01/10/2022
 
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
PrizesThe Eleanor Nimmo Prize for Best Play: $5,000, Second: $2,000, Third: $1,000, Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award: $500

 
03/10/2022
 
Blacktown Mayoral Creative Writing Prize
Open to: Residents of Blacktown City , NSW
Theme: What Now?
*
Accepts: 8 - 11 years: Story or poem
Size: Story: 500 words, Poem: 25 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $100 (Plus $100 for their school if located in Blacktown City
*
Accepts: 12 - 14 years: Story or poem
Size: Story: 500 words, Poem: 25 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $100 (Plus $100 for their school if located in Blacktown City
*
Accepts: 15 - 17 years: Story or poem
Size: Story: 500 words, Poem: 25 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $100 (Plus $100 for their school if located in Blacktown City
*
*
Accepts: Adult (18+): Story or poem
Size: Story: 500 words, Poem: 25 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: $200

 
03/10/2022
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: $85,
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

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

 
10/10/2022
 
Silver Quill Written Competition

Open to: All
Theme: Australian
*
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 (under 18 years)
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Not mentioned

*

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

 
14/10/2022
NEW LISTING
Lambing Flat Regional Writing Competition

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

*
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

*
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

*
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

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

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

*
Accepts: Poetry - Secondary (Years 10 - 12)
Size: 25 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $100, Second: $30

 
15/10/2022
NEW LISTING
MiNDFOOD Poetry Competition
Open to: Australian and New Zealand residents
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: Australian winner: $1,000, New Zealand winner: NZ$1,000

 
15/10/2022
NEW LISTING
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
Prizes: Australian winner: $1,000, New Zealand winner: NZ$1,000

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

 
31/10/2022
 
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

 
31/10/2022
 
Fiction Factory Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITON
Open to:  All aged 16 and over
Theme:  None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £7 (£12 for 2, £16 for 3)
Prizes: First: £300, Second: £100, Third: £50

 
31/10/2022
NEW LISTING
Letter Review Prize for Short Stories
US COMPETITON
Open to:  Aged  over 12
Theme:  None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 400 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Prizes: First: $600 USD, Second: $250 USD, Third: $150 USD

 
31/10/2022
NEW LISTING
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: Twelvemonths subscription to Positive Words
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 32 lines
Entry Fee: $4.40, 4 for $15
PrizeFirst: $100, Second: Twelve months subscription to Positive Words

 
31/10/2022
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Box
Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 
31/10/2022
NEW LISTING
Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize
Open to: All
Theme: Animals – great or small
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $10 for up to two entries
PrizeFirst: $200, Second: $50, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

 
31/10/2022
NEW LISTING
Speech Pathology Australia: Student Ethics Essay Competition
Open to: Students enrolled in an undergraduate or post graudate pathology degree program in Australia,part time or full time during the 2022 academic year
Theme: Based on a scenario with an ethical focus presented on the website
Accepts: Essay
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizeFirst: Publication in the Journal of Clinical Proactice in Speech-Language Pathology

 
31/10/2022
 
The Bedford Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: 17 years and over
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, Bedford Prize: £100, Cygnature Prize (25 years and under): £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, , Bedford Prize: £100, Cygnature Prize (25 years and under): £100

 
NOVEMBER 2022
04/11/2022
NEW LISTING
Simpson Prize Competition
Open to: Year 9 & 10 students
Theme: How significant was Australia’s contributions to the Allied military victory on the Western Front in 1918?
Accepts: Essay
Size: 1,200- 1.500 words (body of essay)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: Not specified for current year but per prior year: (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

 
30/11/2022
 
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

 
30/11/2022
 
Positive Words Mini Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Member
Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.20 in unused stamps
Prize: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 
31/11/2022
 
The Bath Children's Novel Award
UK COMPETITION
Open to: International writers yet to be traditionally published
Theme: Open
Accepts: YA novels, novels for teens, children’s novels, early readers, chapter books and the text of picture book
Size: First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis (see website for length of full manuscript)
Entry Fee: £29 with some 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: Literary agent introductions

 
DECEMBER 2022
01/12/2022
 
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

 
02/12/2022
NEW LISTING
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
*
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

 
02/12/2022
NEW LISTING
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)

 
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
 
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
NEW LISTING
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

 
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

 
FEBRUARY 2023
19/02/2023
NEW LISTING
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

 
28/02/2023
NEW LISTING
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

 
MARCH 2023
31/03/2023
NEW LISTING
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

 
JUNE 2023
30/06/2023
NEW LISTING
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
NEW LISTING
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

 

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