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Last updated 01/09/2017
 


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

ARKfest Short Play Competition
Carnival Hour Playwriting Competition

Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Elle Writing Superstar
Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition
GWC Children's Corner Short Story Competition
Hal Porter Short Story Competition
Hammond House Competitions
Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize
Laura Literary Awards
Los Gatos Irish Writers' Festival
Los Gatos Irish Writers' Festival - Youth
Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition

Melton City Council Short Story Competition
Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize
Porter Prize
Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition
The 2018 Somerset National Novella Writing Competition
The 2018 Somerset National Poetry Prize
The Best of Times Short Story Competition
W B Yeats Poetry Prize

THROUGH THE YEAR

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition
UK 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

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

Adrien Abbot Prize
Closing Date:
01/09/2017
Open to:
Australian Residents
Theme: Survival
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 25 lines/250 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $500

KSP Short Fiction Competition
Closing Date: 01/09/2017
Open to:
Australian residents and citizens
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Short Fiction - Open
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20

Prize
:First:
$300 & certificate, Second: $150 & certificate, Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts:
Short Fiction - Youth (10 to 20 years of age)
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: $10 & Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25

Outstanding Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 01/09/2017
Open to: Writers based in Australia and New Zealand
Theme: "It's Complicated" (Have relevance to the broader Australian LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) community)
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not mentioned

Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 01/09/2017
Open to:
Authors throughout Australia and New Zealand
Theme: Competition aims to encourage writing which clebrates the work of CJ Dennis and relates to Australia's people, events or environment, either historical or contemporary
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Accepts: Open - Marian Mayne Prize - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$10 plus $3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
 
*
Accepts: Open - CJ Dennis Society Prize - Short Story
Size:  500 words
Entry Fee:
$10 plus $3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
Accepts: Poetry written by adults for children
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$10 plus $3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100, Chosen by group of local children: $150
*
Accepts: Primary School Students - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $30, Second: $20, Third: $10
*
Accepts: Secondary School Students - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20

KSP Memoir Competition
Closing Date: 15/09/2017


* OPEN AGE
Open to:
Australian residents and citizens
Theme: None

Accepts:
Memoir
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20

Prize
:First:
$300 & certificate, Second: $150 & certificate, Commended: Certificate

* YOUTH (10 to 20 years old)
Open to:
Western Australian residents
Theme: 'A Day in (your home town or WA holiday location)

Accepts:
Memoir
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: $10 & Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25

Macarthur Playwriting Festival
Closing Date: 15/09/2017
Open to: All
Theme: "Don't eat the Risotto"

Accepts:
Audio, Video, Photos or Text
Size:
8 - 11 minutes, one act, no more than 4 characters
Entry Fee: $15
Prize:
Short listed plays performed at the Festival

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 15/09/2017

Open to: All
Theme:
World-Changing Words

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $15

Prize
:First:
$1,000 & publication in Mascara Literary Review

Heywire Competition
Note: Audio, Video and Photo story categories available
Closing Date: 16/09/2017
Open to: Australian Residents aged 16-22 and not living in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth or Sydney
Theme: You and/or your community and true

Accepts:
Audio, Video, Photos or Text
Size:
Video & Audio: 2 - 4 minutes, Photos: 5 images (check as elsewhere on site it says 10 images), Text: around 400 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize (awarded to multiple people)
: Opportunity for story to be produced for ABC and an all-expenses paid trip to the Heywire Youth Issues Forum in Canberra (details on website).

The Horne Prize
Closing Date: 18/09/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Australian Life
Accepts:
Essay
Size: 2,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $15,000
Note: Winner must be able to attend a prize-giving ceremony in Melbourne (Air and accomodation expenses may be met if necessary)

NEW LISTING
Los Gatos Irish Writers' Festival

US COMPETITION
Closing Date:
21/09/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
$US 15
Prize
: First: $US 1,000
*
Accepts: Poetry (Shirley McLure Poetry Contest) - over 18 year old
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
$US 10
Prize
: First: $US 600
 

Thunderbolt Prize
Closing Date: 21/09/2017
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)
Prize
: First: $500
*

Accepts:
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Non-Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for youth entries (Under 18)
Prize
: First: $500
*

Accepts:
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for youth entries (Under 18)
Prize
: First: $500

OTHER PRIZES
THE NEW ENGLAND AWARD: $250
EMERGING AUTHORS AWARD (Over 18): $250
YOUTH AWARD: $150


Fresh Words Writing Competition
Closing Date: 22/09/2017
Open to: Young perople who live, work or study in the City of Casey
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Creative Writing
Size:
750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Unspecified. Judged according to year levels: Years 5 & 6, Years 7 & 9 and Years 10 & 12

Accepts:
Poetry/Lyrics
Size:
1 page
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Unspecified. Judged according to year levels: Years 5 & 6, Years 7 & 9 and Years 10 & 12

Accepts:
English as a Second Langage
Size:
750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Unspecified. Judged according to year levels: Years 5 & 6, Years 7 & 9 and Years 10 & 12

Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers (NSW)
Closing Date:
22/09/2017
Open to: Indigenous Australian students (Kindergarten to Year 12) studying in NSW
Theme:
One of three themes: "The WIld", "Then I heard the loudest noise ...", "What Now"

Accepts:
Short Story, Play, Poem. Group work accepted for Year K-3 to encourage shared learning
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Prizes from $50 up to $500 and Encouragement Awards from $20 up to $250 will be awarded to students from Kindergarten to Year 12 for Poetry and Short Story or Play.
Prizes of up to $250 will be awarded for Kindergarten –Year 1 and Year 2-3 Group work


NEW LISTING
Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 23/09/2017
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First (Leon Shann Award): $1,500. Second : $500, Third place: $200, Martin Downey Urban Realist Award: $100, Highly commended x 3: Book vouchers,  Commended x 6:  Books

Pens Against Poverty
Closing Date: 25/09/2017
Open to: Students in the ACT and Southern NSW in grades 3-10 (needs a teacher to submit/endorse the entry)
Theme:
On the Other Side

Accepts:
Short Story or Poem
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Winners and Highly commended selected from multiple grade levels, prizes not specified

NEW LISTING
Los Gatos Irish Writers' Festival - Youth

US COMPETITION
Closing Date:
27/09/2017
Open to: Aged under 18 years by 31/12/2017
Theme: None

Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
$US 8
Prize
: First: $US 400 Amazon Gift Card
 

KSP Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 29/09/2017
Open to:
Australian residents and citizens
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Poetry - Open
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, 2 for $15, 3 for $20

Prize
:First:
$300 & certificate, Second: $150 & certificate, Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts:
Poetry - Youth (12 to 20 years of age)
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$100 & certificate, Second: $50 & certificate, Commended: $10 & Certificate, Mundaring National Young Writers Encouragement Award for under 14s: $25

* Annette Cameron Encouragment Award for an unpublished WA Poet

Accepts:
Poetry - (Over age of 18)
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $5

Prize
:First:
$100

Rolf Boldrewood Literary Awards
Closing Date: 29/09/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Australian theme

*
Accepts:
Prose (Fiction, Memoir and Family History)
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500 & limited edition bust of Rolf Boldrewood, Second: $250, Third: $50, Highly Commended: Certificates
 *

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500 & limited edition bust of Rolf Boldrewood, Second: $250, Third: $50, Highly Commended: Certificates

NEW LISTING
Carnival Hour Playwriting Competition
Closing Date: 30/09/2017
Open to: Australian playwrights who normally reside in Australia
Theme: None
Accepts:
One-Act play
Size: 50 - 75 minutes production, 10 minute bump in/out (Check other staging requirements)
Entry Fee: $40
Prizes
: First: $4,000 & Professional workshopping, Second: $2,000 & Professional workshopping, Short-listed: Professional feedback

 

Field of Words Memoir Story Competition
Closing Date: 30/09/2017 (Opens Aug 1)
Open to:
18 years or older (please check this)
Theme: Real life events/experiences
Accepts: Memoir
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $20

Prize
:First:
$400, Runner-up: $100

NEW LISTING
GWC Children's Corner Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 30/09/2017
Open to:
17 years or under
Theme: Colours
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Accepts: Poetry, prose, fiction, memoirs and non-fiction - up to 10 year old
Size: Prose: 500 words, Poetry: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
Book vouchers, Second: Stationery pack, Commended: Certificates
*
Accepts: Poetry, prose, fiction, memoirs and non-fiction - 11 to 17 years old
Size: Prose: 500 words, Poetry: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
Book vouchers, Second: Stationery pack, Commended: Certificates

NEW LISTING
Hammond House Competitions
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/09/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Eternal

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INTERNATIONAL LITERARY PRIZE
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
2,000 - 7,000 words
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £5
Prize
: First:  £500, Second:  £100, Third:  £50
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INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £5
Prize
: First:  £250, Second:  £50, Third:  £25

*
*
SHORT FILM SCREENPLAY
Accepts:
Screenplay
Size:
10 - 15 minutes
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £5
Prize
: First:  £25 and professionally produced and submitted for entry to the BAFTA qualifying AESTHETICA film festival, Second & Third:  Film trailer produced

Positive Words Mini Competition - September
Closing Date:
30/09/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Coach
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

Scribes Writers - 'Short Takes' Competition
Closing Date: 30/09/2017
Open to:
Check website
Theme:
Check website
*
Accepts: Short Story (Not Fan Fiction)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $7

Prize
:First:
$200, Runner-up: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

*
Accepts: Memoir
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $7

Prize
:First:
$200, Runner-up: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

The Caterpillar Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/09/2017
Open to: All
Theme:
Short Story written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: €12
Prize
: First: 2 week retreat at The Moth & €500, Second: €300, Third: €200

The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Award
Closing Date: 30/09/2017
Open to: All
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for any subsequent entry
Prize
: First: $500 (Port Stephens Council Award), Second: $300 (Club Lemon Tree Award), Third: $150 (News of the Area Award), Highly Commended x 4: $25, 'Readers Choice Award: $50

What's Your Story?
Closing Date:  30/09/2017
*
SHORT STORY
O
pen to:  Australian Residents
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First (General): $200, Stonnington Prize: $300
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MY MICROMEMOIR
Open to:
 Aged 5-12 and live in or attending school in Stonnington
Theme:
Autobiographical or inspired by real events experienced by the author
Accepts:
Memoir
Size:  500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 worth of books
*
MY MICROMEMOIR
Open to:
 Aged 13-18 and live in, work in, or attending school in Stonnington
Theme:
Autobiographical or inspired by real events experienced by the author
Accepts:
Memoir
Size:  750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 worth of books
*
POETRY
Open to:
 Australian Residents
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First (General): $200, Stonnington Prize: $300
*
Also a Photo-storytelling competition

OCTOBER 2017

Noosa Arts Theatre Playwriting Competition
Closing Date:
01/10/2017

Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: One-Act Play
Size: 30 - 45 minutes
Entry Fee: $40

Prizes
: $8,000 pool
divided between three best scripts

Andy Griffiths Kids' Writing Competition
Closing Date:
02/10/2017
Open to: Primary School Students who are resident of Australia
Theme:
Living in a Treehouse
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 200 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: Your story framed with illustrations by Terry Denton, Top 10 entries: Andy Griffiths book pack of 14 books

Australian Bush Poets Association National Championships
Closing Date: 06/10/2017
Open to:
All
Theme:
Australian
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Accepts: Open Serious Bush Poetry
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: $10

Prize
:
Not mentioned

Accepts: Open Humorous Bush Poetry
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: $10

Prize
:
Not mentioned


Accepts: Novice Bush Poetry
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: $10

Prize
:
Not mentioned

Accepts: Junior (5 - 12 years old) Bush Poetry
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:
Not mentioned

Accepts: Junior (13 - 17 years old) Bush Poetry
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:
Not mentioned

Accepts: Local Bush Poetry
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: $10

Prize
:
Not mentioned

Margaret River Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
10/10/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size:  3,000 words
Entry Fee: $12 for one, plus  $10 for each additional entr
Prizes
First: $500, $500 toward airfare, 3 nights accommodation and a two week residency in Margaret River (living and transport costs to be met by the winner), Second: $250 and two week residency in Margaret River (living and transport costs to be met by the winner), South West Writer's Award: $250

NEW LISTING
Melton City Council Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
13/10/2017
Open to: Live, work or study in the City of Melton
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Short Story - Adult (18 years and over)
Size:
1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not specified. Total pool almost $2,000
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Teenage (13 - 17 years)
Size:
1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not specified. Total pool almost $2,000
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Junior (5 - 12 year)
Size:
1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not specified. Total pool almost $2,000

Southern Cross Literary Competition
Closing Date: 16/10/2017
Open to: Writers over the age of 18
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 ($17 for Ballarat Writers members)
Prizes
: First: $1,000, Second: $400, Third: $100

NEW LISTING
Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition
Closing Date: 20/10/2017
Open to:
Australian Residents
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 3, $30 for 5, Youth entries (12 - 17 years): $5
Prize: First: 
$200, Second: $100, Third: $50, Novice Poet Award: $50, Judges Encouragment Award for Youth: $50, Highly Commended x 4: Certificate, Commended: Certificate

NEW LISTING
Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize
Closing Date: 20/10/2017
Open to:
Australian Residents
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
Open:Short Story
Size: 3,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize:
$300
*
Accepts:
Youth (13 - 18 years): Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: $100
*
Accepts:
Junior (Up to 12 years): Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
*
Accepts:
Open:Poetry
Size:
40 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: $150
*
Accepts:
Youth (Up to18 years): Poetry
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $75

NEW LISTING
Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize
Closing Date: 20/10/2017
Open to:
Australian Residents 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Literary fiction or Non-fiction

Size: Manuscipt and 300 word synopsis
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize:
$20,000 (advance against publication), publication and a book each month from the Penguin Random House Australia list for a year

NEW LISTING
ARKfest Short Play Competition
Closing Date: 27/10/2017
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Play

Size: 10 minutes, no more than 8 in the cast with minimal props/set
Entry Fee:
$10 per 3 scripts, Limit of 6
Prize:
Best Play, People's Choice, Best Director, Actor and Actress

Catchfire Press Prose & Poetry Competition

Closing Date: 30/10/2017
Open to: All
Theme:
Sporting Life in the Hunter
*
Accepts:
Prose
Size: 200 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $350, Second: $250
*

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $350, Second: $250

NEW LISTING
The Best of Times Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
30/10/2017
Open to:
All (except stories that have previously won a prize or certificate in prior Best of Times
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, highly commended and commended certificates will be awarded too.

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/10/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Opening Chapter of a Novel with Synopsis
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee:
£10, (£25 for optional critique)
Prize
:First:
£500, Second: £200

NEW LISTING
Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition
Closing Date:
31/10/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $4, 4 for $14
Prize
: First: $100, Second: Twelve Six months subscription to Positive Words
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 32 lines
Entry Fee: $4, 4 for $14
Prize
: First: $100, Second: Twelve Six months subscription to Positive Words

Positive Words Mini Competition - October
Closing Date:
31/10/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Building
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

NOVEMBER 2017


NEW LISTING
Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Closing Date:  01/11/2017
Open to:
 Citizen of a Commonwealth country and 18 years or over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:  2,000- 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: £5,000 (if translated, translator recieves £5,000 as well), Regional:   £2,500 (if translated, translator recieves £2,500 as well)

NEW LISTING
Elle Writing Superstar
Closing Date:  03/11/2017
Open to:
 Residents of Australia and New Zealand aged 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction
Size:  4,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $5,000 (if translated, translator recieves £5,000 as well), Runners up x 2:  Book pack from Hachette Australia worth $200

 

Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
03/11/2017
Open to:
All
Theme: Courage and include a reference to alcohol and/or drugs (see T&Cs)
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:  1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 2, $30 for 3
Prizes
: First: $1,000 & 12 months membership to the Victorian Writers' Centre, Second: $100, Third: $5

Tethered By Letters Fall Literary Competition
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/11/2017
Open to: All
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Creative Non-Fiction (Probably also open)
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 10
Prizes
: First: $US 500 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 1,000 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: $US 8 or 3 for $US 12
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: three pages
Entry Fee: $US 8 or 3 for $US 12
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication

Field of Words Feature Story Competition
Closing Date: 30/11/2017 (Opens Oct 9)
Open to:
18 years or older (please check this)
Theme: Ghost story
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $20

Prize
:First:
$400, Runner-up: $100

Inktears Short Story Contest
UK competition
Closing Date:
30/11/2017
Open to:
UK + International,18 years and over
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,500 words
Entry Fee: £7.50
Prizes
: First: £1,000, Runner-up: £100, Highly commended x 4: £25, All winners: Story published to the InkTears Readership

Positive Words Mini Competition - November
Closing Date:
31/11/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Parrot
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words


DECEMBER 2017

NEW LISTING
The 2018 Somerset National Novella Writing Competition
Closing Date:
01/12/2017
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
Prizes
: National 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)

NEW LISTING
Porter Prize
Closing Date:
03/12/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 75 lines
Entry Fee:
Online entry - Subscriber or Full time student: $15,
Online entry - Non-Subscriber: $25,
Online entry & ABR Online Subscription: $65,
Online entry & Print subscription (Australia): $95,
Online entry & Print subscription (NZ and Asia): $150,
Online entry & Print subscription (Rest of World): $170

Prizes
: First: $5,000 and Arthur Boyd's etching and aquatint The lady and the unicorn, 1975, Second: $2,000, Shortlisted entries: $500

NEW LISTING
The 2018 Somerset National Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
08/12/2017
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 to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature, be billeted by students of the Somerset Wordsmiths' Club and attend the events
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Accepts:
Senior Secondary - Years 10 to 12
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $300 plus flights to to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature, be billeted by students of the Somerset Wordsmiths' Club and attend the events

NEW LISTING
Hal Porter Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
15/12/2017
Open to: Australian writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $1,000

NEW LISTING
Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

UK competition
Closing Date:
31/12/2017
Open to:
16 years and over
Theme: None
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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes
: First: £1,000, Second: £300, Third: £100, Highly Commended x 2: £50
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes
: First: £1,000, Second: £300, Third: £100, Highly Commended x 2: £50
*
A tree planted for every entry. GPS co-ordinates emailed to entrants
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Positive Words Mini Competition - December
Closing Date:
31/12/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Star
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

The Moth Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/12/2017
Open to: All over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: €12
Prizes
: First: €10,000, Runners-up x 3: €1,000 - Winners published in the spring 2018 issue of The Moth

FEBRUARY 2018

Flash 500 Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
28/02/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
£7, £12 for 2, £16 for 3, £20 for 4
Prize
:First:
£500, Second: £200, Third: £100

MARCH 2018

NEW LISTING

W B Yeats Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
31/03/2018
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $8.50 for first entry ($5.50 each entry thereafter)
Prizes
: First: $500, Second: $75, Third: $75, Commendation: Certificate

APRIL 2018

NEW LISTING
Laura Literary Awards
Closing Date:
12/04/2018
Theme:
None
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THE FLINDERS NEWS PROSE AWARDS
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SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
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SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
9 - 12 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
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SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 8 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15
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THE CJ DENNIS POETRY AWARDS

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SECTION 5 - OPEN

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 6 - OPEN BUSH POETRY

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

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