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THERE WILL BE A DELAY WITH THE NEXT UPDATE DUE TO A HOUSE FIRE

REBUILDING FRIENDSHIP HOUSE

Friendship House in Myrtleford, Victoria, needs a serious amount of renovation. Two thirds of the current complex requires rebuilding. This Hall is the home of the 1st Myrtleford Scout Group which, we have recently established, has been going for 105 years.

Any donations toward this project would be greatly appreciated and can be forwarded to the 1st Myrtleford Scout Group: PO Box 4, Myrtleford VIC 3737.
Please included a note stating that your donation is for the Friendship House project.

If you enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope a receipt can be returned to you (donations over $2 to Scout Groups are tax deductible within Australia).

If you want more details then please contact us: info@austwriters.com

 

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.

 

NEW LISTINGS THIS MONTH

1000 WORDS or LESS Flash Fiction
Alan Marshall Short Story Award
Contact 2016 Short Story Competition
CYA - Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition
CYA - Hatchlings
Field of Words Writing Competitions - May
Field of Words Writing Competitions - November
F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition
Future Leaders Writing Prize
Henry Lawson Festival
Limnisa Short Story
Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award
SBS Dramedy Screenplay
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
State Library of Queensland - Indigenous Writing Fellowships
Text Prize
The Best of Times Short Story Competition
The Lyndall Hadow/Donald Stuart Short Story Competition
The Moth Intenational Short Story Prize
Write4Fun Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition

CORRECTIONS
* The Castaways Poetry Prize opens later in the year and has been removed for now

 

THROUGH THE YEAR

NEW LISTING
1000 WORDS or LESS Flash Fiction
Closing Date: Bi-monthly
Open to: 18 years and over (from 15 to 18 with parent/guardian permission)
Theme: Open

Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $15

Prize
:
First: $1,000, Up to 5 further entries: $100

Needle in the Hay
Closing Date:
Weekly and Monthly competitions - see website
Open to: Per entry details

Theme: Per entry details

Accepts: Per entry details

Size: Per entry details
Entry Fee: Per entry details

Prize
:
Per entry details

Spinetinglers Monthly Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
15th of each Month
Open to: All

Theme: Dark fiction

Accepts: Short Story

Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes
: First: £100 and publication in annual Anthology, Second: £50 and possible publication, Third, Fourth & Fifth: £25 and possible publication

FEBRUARY 2016


Busybird's The Great Novella Search II
Closing Date: 01/02/2016
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: None
Accepts:
Novella & Collection of Short Stories
Size: 20,000 - 40,000 words
Entry Fee: $25

Prizes
: First: $1,000, publication in print and digitally and a publishing contract

 

Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize
Closing Date:
12/02/2016
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $35

Prizes
: First: $10,000, Second: $5,000

Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
12/02/2016
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $22

Prizes
: First: $10,000, Second: $5,000

Victorian Bush Poetry Championships - Written Section
Closing Date: 12/02/2016
Open to: Prefer entrants to be a member of the ABPA and/or Poetry Clubs
Theme: Australian,Australians and/or the Australian way of life
*
Accepts: Section one:VBPMA Open Written Original Serious "Silver Brumby Poetry Award"

Size:
120 lines
Entry Fee: $10 (max 3)

Prizes
: First: $150 & trophy, Second: $70, Third:$30
*
Accepts: Section two:VBPMA Open Written Original Humorous "Corryong Larrakin Award"

Size:
120 lines
Entry Fee: $10 (max 3)

Prizes
: First: $150 & trophy, Second: $70, Third:$30
*
VBPMA Overall Written Champion: $100
VBPMA Novice Written Champion: $50

Mulga Bill Writing Award
Closing Date:
16/02/2016
Open to: All
*
Theme: "Eaglehawk" must appear in bold at least once
Accepts:
"The Boldrewood": Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $600
*
Theme: Bush Verse - "Eaglehawk" must appear in bold at least once
Accepts:
"The Banjo": Poetry
Size: 52 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $300
*
Theme: "Eaglehawk" must appear in bold at least once
Accepts:
"The Llewellyn": Poetry
Size: 25 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200

Laura Literary Awards - The CJ Dennis Poetry Awards
Closing Date:
19/02/2016
Theme:
None
*
SECTION 5 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
*
SECTION 6 - OPEN BUSH POETRY

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Bush Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
*
SECTION 7 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
*
SECTION 8 - JUNIOR
Open to:
9 - 12 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
*
SECTION 9 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 8 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15

Laura Literary Awards - The Flinders News Prose Awards
Closing Date:
19/02/2016
Theme:
None
*
SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
*
SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
*
SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
8 - 12 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
*
SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 7 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15

NEW LISTING
State Library of Queensland - Indigenous Writing Fellowship

Closing Date:
26/02/2016
Open to:
Writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
Adult Fiction and Short Story collections
Size: Minimum 50,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
*
Accepts:
Young Adult Fiction
Size: Minimum 40,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: Minimum 30 poems
Entry Fee: Nil
*
Accepts:
Children's book (no illustrations at entry stage)
Size: No word count requirement
Entry Fee: Nil
*
Prizes
: Two winners will each receive: $10,000, manuscript development with black&write! and publication opportunity with Hachette Australia

E J Brady Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
28/02/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
"Gabo Prize" Very Short Story
Size: 700 words
Entry Fee: $8 (add $2 if posted)
Prize
: $500
*
Accepts:
"Mallacoota Prize" Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $12 (add $2 if posted)
Prizes
: First: $2,000, Runner-up: $300, Encouragement award: $100

NEW LISTING
Contact 2016 Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 29/02/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Close Contact, speculative fiction

*
Accepts:
Open (18 and over) - Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15, Members/Supporting Members = Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & 3 month subscription to the Australian Writer's Marketplace Online, Commended x 2: $100
 *

Accepts:
Junior (Under 18) - Short Story
Size: 600 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100 & 3 month subscription to the Australian Writer's Marketplace Online, Commended x 2: $50

The Norman McVicker Award
Closing Date:
29/02/2016
Open to: Australian citizen aged 22 and under
Theme: Open

*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First:$800, Second: $200, Third: $100, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates
 *

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First:$800, Second: $200, Third: $100, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - February
Closing Date: 29/02/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Ants
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

NEW LISTING
SBS Dramedy Screenplay

Closing Date: 29/02/2016
Open to: Aged 15 to 20 years enrolled in an Australian Secondary School
Theme: Funny/Awkward Family moment, PG rating
Accepts:
Openining scene of first epsidoe of a dramedy TV series
Size: 3 minutes (three A4 pages)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: iPad mini, signed DVD of The Family Law and screenplay reviewed by Benjamin Law prior to publication on SBS website, Second: $250, signed DVD of The Family Law and screenplay published on SBS website, Third: signed DVD of The Family Law and screenplay published on SBS website

 

NEW LISTING
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 29/02/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
£4, 2 for £7, 3 for £9, 4 for £11, 5 for £12, 7 for £16, 10 for £22
Prize
: First: £200, Second: £100, Third: £50, Commendation x 3: £20
 

MARCH 2016


Student Scholarship from Unplag

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Closing Date:
01/03/2016
Open to: At least 18 years old ad currently enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programl
Theme: Plagarism in academia issues (A suggested list is available)

Accepts:
Essay
Size: Minimum 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $US 2,000 scholarship

 

NEW LISTING
Text Prize
Closing Date: 04/03/2016
Open to: Permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand
Theme:
Written for Young Adults and children
Accepts:
Fiction or non-fiction
Size: At least 20,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prizes
: A publishing contract with an $10,000 advance

 

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Closing Date:
08/03/2016
Open to: 18 years and over and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: Biograpical
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,000, Shorllisted: Certificate and copy of the book

 

The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
08/03/2016
Open to: 18 years and over and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry

Size:
30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500, Shorllisted: Certificate and copy of the book

 

The Young Adas
Closing Date:
08/03/2016
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
: First: $250, Shorllisted: Certificate
*
Accepts: Graphic Short Story
Size:
Four A4 pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Shorllisted: Certificate

 

AICon FanFiction Competition

Closing Date: 15/03/2016
Open to: All
Theme: FanFiction
Accepts:
Creative Writing

Size:
8 pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Yet to be determined

 

NEW LISTING
Limnisa Short Story Competition
GREEK COMPETITION

Closing Date: 15/03/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story

Size:
3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil (£20 for a professional evaluation)
Prizes
: First: One week Writers' Retreat or Workshop in 2016 or 2017 at Limnisa (near Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece). All inclusive: Full board, 7 nights accommodation in single room, optional daily yoga sessions, literary evening, use of all Limnisa facilities: beach, bikes, international library etc. OR five online sessions of personal tutoring, Second: 50% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above) OR a free online session of personal tutoring or feedback on written work., Third: 50% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above). OR a free online session of personal tutoring or feedback on written work.2 x Runners up: 25% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above).

 

 

Bundaberg Writers' Club Inc. Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 19/03/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Not stories for children
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
2.500 words
Entry Fee: $5, 5 for $20
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $100

The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 23/03/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Friendship
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $300, 2 tickets to the Community Play performance of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" & a handcrafted timer quill, Local prize: $50 Collins Bookstore voucher & 2 tickets to the Community Play performance of Two Gentlemen of Verona", Young writer under 18: $50 Collins Bookstore voucher & 2 tickets to the Community Play performance of Two Gentlemen of Verona"

ELEVATE (Opportunity)
Closing Date: 25/03/2016
*
Open to: Young adults aged 18 to 25
Theme: None (other than "Make us think")
Accepts: One-act play

Size:
45 - 60 minutes
Entry Fee: Nil

*
Open to: Writers 26 years and over
Theme: None (other than "Make us think")
Accepts: One-act play

Size:
45 - 60 minutes
Entry Fee: Nil
*
Opportunity
: 10 plays selected for rehearsed readings. From these two plays are selected for further development

 

British Theatre Challenge
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/03/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Play

Size:
One Act, running time 10 - 30 minutes, more than one actor
Entry Fee: £16
Prize
: First: 10 plays selected: Given a full performance at The Courtyard Theatre, London - developed by professional directors - performed by professional actors - given written assessments by theatre professionals - considered for publication by Lazy Bee Scripts - filmed in rehearsal or performance

 

NEW LISTING
Alan Marshall Short Story Award 2016
Closing Date: 31/03/2016
Open to: Australian writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Short stories
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $20, Local Category =
Nil
Prizes: Open Section: $2,000 prize plus travel and accommodation for writers’ retreat with judge. Local Section: $700 plus attendance at writers’ retreat with judge.

 

FAW Tasmania Nairda Lyne Award
Closing Date: 31/03/2016
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

 

NEW LISTING
F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition

US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/03/2016
Open to: All
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 18
Prizes
: First: $US 1,000 & publication, 5 x finalists: free professional edit & consideration for publication
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: $US 10 or 3 for $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: free professional edit & consideration for publication
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: three pages
Entry Fee: $US 10 or 3 for $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: free professional edit & consideration for publication

NEW LISTING
Henry Lawson Festival
Closing Date: 31/03/2016
Open to: All

*
Theme:
Australian
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 1: Traditional Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $450, Second: $200
*
Theme:
Australian
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 2: Humorous Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 3: Free Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 4: Verse by High School Student (under 18 years by closing date)
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first 2, $5 thereafter (School/class entries: $30 for groups of more than 5 students)
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 5: Verse by Primary School Student
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first 2, $5 thereafter (School/class entries: $30 for groups of more than 5 students)
Prize
: First: $50 & Medallion, Second: $25 & Medallion, Highly Commended: Medallion
*
SECTION 1 OVERALL WINNER: Festival Patron's Statuette
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 2: Class 1: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $200
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 2: Class 2: Short Story by High School Student (under 18 years by closing date)
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil for first 2, $5 thereafter (School/class entries: $40 for groups of more than 5 students)
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 2: Class 3: Short Story by Primary School Student
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil for first 2, $5 thereafter (School/class entries: $30 for groups of more than 5 students)
Prize
: First: $50 & Medallion, Second: $25 & Medallion, Highly Commended: Medallion
*
SECTION 2 OVERALL WINNER: Harold Goodwin Memorial Statuette

 

MJA Dr Eric Dark Creative Writing Prize
Closing Date: 31/03/2016
Open to: All practising and retired doctors, and medical students
Theme: Grounded in Health and Medicine and based loosely on the topic "The spirit of adventure came upon me ..."
Accepts:
Creative writing
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Practising and retired doctors: 1 week residential writing retreat at Varuna, the Writers' House, Katoomba NSW, Medical Students: $500 voucher for a face-to-face or online course at the Australian Writers' Centre

 

Nairda Lyne Award
Closing Date: 31/03/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Short story suitable for children agend 8-12 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $100 and name inscribed on a plaque in the State Library Launceston Branch, Best Tasmanian: Hobart Bookshop voucher

 

NEW LISTING
Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award 2016
Closing Date:
31/03/2016
Open to:
Residents of Australia
Theme:
Poets are invited to respond to selected artworks from the Nillumbik Shire Council Art Collection. Artworks can be viewed at the Laughing Waters Road exhibition or online at
www.victoriancollections.net.au by searching Nillumbik Shire Council Art Collection Ekphrasis 2016
Accepts:
Poems
Size:
12 lines
Entry Fee:
$12 per poem (Local & Youth Category:
Nil)
Prizes: First:
$550, Local Category: $350, Youth Prize: $200 (11-18 years old)
Note that all entries in the local category will automatically be entered into the open category

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - March
Closing Date: 31/03/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Ladder
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words
 

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/03/2016
Open to: All
Theme:
Poetry written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: €12
Prize
: €1,000

 

The Ethel Webb Bundell Literary Awards
Closing Date: 31/03/2016
Open to: All
Theme:
None
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $8, $15 for 2, $21 for 3
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $300, Third: $150, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: $8, $15 for 2, $21 for 3
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $300, Third: $150, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

 

NEW LISTING
Write4Fun Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition
Closing Date: 31/03/2016
Open to: Students or Home-schooled
Theme:
None
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 16 lines and no more than 64 characters in width
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,000 plus a choice of one of the following: a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 16GB with 64GB SD memory card OR an Apple iPad Air 32GB OR a Xbox One OR a Playstation 4 , Second: $250 & Write4fun Gift Pack, Third: $150 & Write4fund Gift Pack, 15 x Finalists: Write4fun Gift Pack

*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,000 plus a choice of one of the following: a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 16GB with 64GB SD memory card OR an Apple iPad Air 32GB OR a Xbox One OR a Playstation 4 , Second: $250 & Write4fun Gift Pack, Third: $150 & Write4fund Gift Pack, 15 x Finalists: Write4fun Gift Pack
 

W B Yeats Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
31/03/2016
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $8.50 for first entry ($5.00 each entry thereafter)
Prizes
: First: $500 , Second: $100, Commendation: Certificates

 

APRIL 2016

 

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 11/04/2016
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
$20 ($15 for ABR subscribers) or choose to subscribe with your entry (see website)
Prizes:
First:
$7,000, Second: $2,000, Third: $1,000, Commended x 3: $850

 

Forest Fellowship of Australian Writers Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 30/04/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prizes
: First: $100 , Second: $100, Highly Commended: Certificates

 

NEW LISTING
The Best of Times Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
30/04/2016
Open to:
All
Theme: Humorous
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $300 - $500 (depending on number of entries). Second: $100, Third place: Certificate

 

Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/04/2016
Open to: Over 16 years old
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £8
Prizes
: First: £1000, Second: £700, Third: £400, Shortlisted x 17: £100.

 

NEW LISTING
CYA - Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition
Closing Date: 30/04/2016
Open to: Check website
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Picture book - text only for pre-school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $19.90
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
*
Accepts: Picture book - text only for primary school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $19.90
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
*
Accepts: Picture book - Non-Fiction - text only for primary school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $19.90
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
*
Accepts: Chapter book
a) Text only for young primary aged children
b) Text only of older aged children (Middle Grade)
Size: First 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $19.90
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
*
Accepts: Fiction for Young Adults
Size: First three chapters up to 5,000 words with synopsis
Entry Fee: $19.90
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
 
*
Accepts: Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture book or Illustrated Middle grade novel - any age group within CYA
Size: 3 pages, up to 500 words
Entry Fee: $19.90
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
*
Illustration section using extracts provided on website

 

NEW LISTING
CYA - Hatchlings
Closing Date: 30/04/2015
O
pen to: 8 - 18 years old and not been published in book format within the CYA genres.
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Picture book - text only for pre-school or primary aged children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $13.10
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher
*
Accepts: Chapter Book and Young adult novels - text only for older primary aged children/Young Adult
Size: First 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $13.10
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher

Accepts: Graphic Novel and Illustrated Picture Book OR Middle Grade Illustrated Novel
Size: See website
Entry Fee: $13.10
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - April
Closing Date:
30/04/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Shell
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words


MAY 2015

 

Questions Writing Prize
Closing Date: 01/05/2016
Open to: 18 - 30 years
Theme:
None

Accepts:
Fiction or Non-fiction
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $2,000

GRIFFITH REVIEW - The Novella Project IV Competition
Closing Date:
13/05/2016
Open to:
Australian and New Zealand authors
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Novella
Size:
35,000 words max (preferred is 10,000 - 25,000 words)
Entry Fee:
$50, Griffith REVIEW subscribers = $35
Prizes:
Pool of $25,000

Bush Lantern Award 2016
Closing Date: 20/05/2016
Open to:
All
Theme:
Australian Bush verse
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
100 lines
Entry Fee:
$8, $20 for 3
Prizes:
First:
Bush Lantern Award Trophy & $200, Second: Certificate & $100, Third: Certificate & $75

Bush Lantern Award 2016 - Junior
Closing Date: 20/05/2016
*
Open to:
Primary School students
Theme:
Australian Bush verse
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
24 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
Trophy & $30, Second: Certificate & $20, Third: Certificate & $10
*
Open to:
Secondary School students
Theme:
Australian Bush verse
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
40 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
Trophy & $50, Second: Certificate & $30, Third: Certificate & $20

AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/05/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Horror Stories

*
Accepts:
Flash Fiction
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $5, AHWA Members = Nil
Prize
: Paid publication in Midnight Echo and an engraved plaque
*

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,001 - 8,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, AHWA Members = Nil
Prize
: Paid publication in Midnight Echo and an engraved plaque

Boree Log Award for Bush Verse
Closing Date:
31/05/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Australian Bush Theme
Accepts:
Bush Verse
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: $100 plus trophy and certificate

Eastwood/Hills FAW Literary Competition
Closing Date:
31/05/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Category 1: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $5 or $20 for 5
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100
*

Accepts:
Category 2: Poetry (except Bush Poetry)
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $5 or $20 for 5
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
*

Accepts:
Category 3: Memoir
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5 or $20 for 5
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
*

Accepts:
Category 4: Pauline Walsh Award for Short Short Story
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: $5 or $20 for 5
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $50

NEW LISTING
Field of Words Writing Competitions
Closing Date: 31/05/2016
Open to:
18 years or older
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $20

Prize
:First:
$500, Runner-up: $100
*
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: $10

Prize
:First:
$200, Runner-up: $50

Friends of the Wollongong City Library Local History Prize
Closing Date:
31/05/2016
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: History of the City of Wollongong (see Guidelines for more detail)
Accepts:
Local History Paper
Size: MInimum of 10,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $5,000

Positive Words Mini Competition - May
Closing Date:
31/05/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Moon
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

JUNE 2016


NEW LISTING
Future Leaders Writing Prize
Closing Date:
01/06/2016
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
 

NEW LISTING
The Lyndall Hadow/Donald Stuart Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
01/06/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10

Prizes
: First: $400,Second: $100, 2 x Highly Commended: $50

 

Joe O'Sullivan Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 30/06/2016
Open to: Western Australian resident
Theme: Remembrance and Reconciliation
Accepts:
Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 2,000 - 4,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10

Prize: First: $1,000

 

Joyce Parkes Women's Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 30/06/2016
Open to: Australian Women
Theme: Reflection
Accepts:
Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10

Prize: First: $500

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - June
Closing Date:
30/06/2016
Open to:
All
Theme: Contains the word: Bully
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

NEW LISTING
The Moth International Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION

Closing Date: 30/06/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 6,000 words
Entry Fee: €12
Prize
: First: €3,000, Second: a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel), Third: €1,000.

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
30/06/2016
Open to:
18 years and over
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
50 lines and no more than 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
$15 per poem if submitted by 29/02/2016. $20 if submitted after that date. Tertiary (university) students - $10
Prizes:
First:
$15,000, Second: $5,000

JULY 2016

 

MiNDFOOD Short Story
Closing Date: 30/07/2016
Open to:
Australian and New Zealand resident18 years and over
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
Approximately 2,000 words ie. it should be around 2,000 words long
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Australian First:  
AU$1,000 prepaid gift card, New Zealand First: NZ$1,000 prepaid gift card

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - July
Closing Date:
31/07/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Pride
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

AUGUST 2016

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - August
Closing Date:
31/08/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Fox
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

 

The Heywire Competition
Closing Date: 16/09/2016
Open to:
16-22 years old and live in rural area
Theme:
Aspect of your life, where you live
Accepts:
Text
Size:
400 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
33 x First:
i. the opportunity for their story to be produced for ABC Radio or for the Heywire website; and
ii. an all-expenses paid trip to the Heywire Youth Issues Forum in Canberra in February 2016, including return economy airfares from the Prize Winner's nearest capital city to Canberra, five night's accommodation in Canberra, airport transfer costs and catering

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - September
Closing Date:
30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Snail
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

OCTOBER 2016

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - October
Closing Date:
31/10/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Sorry
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

NOVEMBER 2016

NEW LISTING
Field of Words Writing Competitions

Closing Date: 31/05/2016 (Opens July 1)
Open to:
18 years or older
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $20

Prize
:First:
$500, Runner-up: $100
*
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: $10

Prize
:First:
$200, Runner-up: $50

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - November
Closing Date:
30/11/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Knock
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Word

 

DECEMBER 2016

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - December
Closing Date:
31/12/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Angel
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

JUNE 2017

 

Henry Savery National Short Story Award

Closing Date: 30/06/2017
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5

Prize: First: $400, Second: $100