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Last updated 01/12/2017
 


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

Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Atlantis Short Story Contest
Birdcatcher Books - Stories for His Glory Competition
Black Cockatoo Aboriginal Story and Art Competition
Bristol Short Story Prize
British Theatre Challenge
FAW Tasmania Poetry Prize
Future Leaders Writing Prize
Griffin Award
Needle in the Hay Major Short Story Contest
Questions Writing Prize
So Bad, It's Good - The NVWG Bad Writing Competition
State Library of Queensland - black&write! Writing Fellowships
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
The John O'Brien Literary Awards
The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition
Young Ada Awards

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


DECEMBER 2017

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
01/12/2017
Open to:
New authors (never had a full-length work published) and 16 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction/Short novel, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: 5
Prizes
: First: 300,  Publication in 2017 Winter Anthology (print book) and Publication on the MTP website, Second: 200, Publication in the 2017 MTP Winter Anthology (print book) and Publication on the MTP website, Third: 100, Publication in the 2017 MTP Winter Anthology (print book) and Publication on the MTP website


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)

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

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

Redgum Young Writers' Award
Closing Date: 11/12/2017
Open to: Aged 9-13 years enrolled as a student or home schooled. Must be an Australian citizen, hold permanent residency or resident for at least two years - co-authored/joint entries accepted
Theme: None
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Accepts:
Children's Picture Book (no illustrations)
Size: 250 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250 Redgum Book Club voucher, illustration and publication, Short-listed x 4: $150 Redgum Book CLub voucher & Certificate
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Accepts:
Children's Short Story (no illustrations)
Size: 850 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250 Redgum Book Club voucher, illustration and publication, Short-listed x 4: $150 Redgum Book CLub voucher & Certificate


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

Tom Collins Poetry Prize

Closing Date:
15/12/2017
Open to: Residing in Australia
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $1,000 , Second: $300, Third: $100

NEW LISTING
Atlantis Short Story Contest
US COMPETITION
Note: Group work of maximum two authors allowed
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: 18/12/2017
REGULAR DEADLINE:
25/02/2018
Open to:
Published writers who have earned more than $5,000 through their literary work(s) are not allowed to enter the contest. In special cases exceptions possible.
Theme: Fiction and stories based on true events
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 300 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee:
Early Bird with feedback EXPRESS = $US 22.50
Early Bird with feedback = $US 13.50
Early Bird without feedback = $US 9
Prize:First: $US 300 & In-depth Feedback, Second: $US 100 & In-depth Feedback, Third: $US 50 & In-depth Feedback, Top 15: In-depth Feedback, Top 40: Name and Short Story's Title Posted on Website, Every Participant: Brief Comment and Evaluation Table

NEW LISTING
Griffin Award
Closing Date:
31/12/2017
Open to: Citizen or permanent resident of Australia who has not won or been shortlisted for another Australian playwriting competition
Theme: Display an authentic inventive and contemporary Australian voice
Accepts: Play (unproduced and unpublished)
Size: 60 minutes
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $10,000, Runners-up x 4: $1,000

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
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: 5
Prizes
: First: 1,000, Second: 300, Third: 100, Highly Commended x 2: 50
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A tree planted for every entry. GPS co-ordinates emailed to entrants.


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

 

JANUARY 2018

The Kembla Flame
Closing Date: 03/01/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Uniquely Australian
Accepts:
Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5 for 1, $10 for 3
Prize
: First: "The Kembla Flame" trophy, $300 and certificate, Second: $200 and certificate, Third: $100 and certificate, Novice: $100 and certificate


King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Closing Date: 12/01/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Play
Size: 10 minutes, characters: 1 to 6
Entry Fee: $CAD 15
Prize
: First: $CAD 300, Second: $CAD 150, People's Choice Award

Calibre Prize 2018
Closing Date: 15/01/2018
Theme: None

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Non-fiction essay
Size: 3,000 - 6,000 words
Entry Fee: $25 (or $15 for ABR subscribers or full-time students)
Prizes
: First: $5,000, Second: $2,500


Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival - Written Bush Poetry Competition

Closing Date: 19/01/2018
Open to:
All
Theme:
Serious or Humorous
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5.50
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $75, Third: $50

NEW LISTING
The John O'Brien Literary Awards
Closing Date:
29/01/2018
Open to:
Over the age of 18 years
Theme:
Calling To Me
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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: TBC
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: TBC

Reader's Digest 100-Word Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/01/2018
Open to: Residents of Australia and New Zealand
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size: Exactly 100 words
Entry Fee
: Nil
Prizes
: First: $1,000 (in recipient's currency), Runners-up x 2: $250

NEW LISTING
State Library of Queensland - Indigenous Writing Fellowship

Closing Date:
31/01/2018
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
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Prizes
: Two winners will each receive: $10,000, manuscript development with black&write! and publication opportunity with Hachette Australia


The Hope Prize

Closing Date: 31/01/2018
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme:
Convey the experience of people facing hardship in their lives
Accepts: Short Story (Fact or Fiction)

Size:
2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $10,000, Second: $4,000, Third: $2,000, Highly Commended: $250, Emerging Writer under 18: $500, Women's Writing Career Development Scholarships x 2: $5,000


FEBRUARY 2018

Golfwell's 2nd Annual International Golf Story Writing
NZ COMPETITION

Closing Date: 01/02/2018
Open to: All over 18 years of age
Theme: Golf
Accepts:
Fiction or Non-fiction
Size: 700 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
:First:
 $NZ 125 of Amazon Books, Golfwell's Author Award Certificate, Kindle Edition of 3 Golfwell's Books, publication in next Golf book and on their website, Second: $NZ 50 of Amazon Books, Golfwell's Author Award Certificate, Kindle Edition of 2 Golfwell's Books, publication in next Golf book and on their website, Third: $NZ 25 of Amazon Books, Golfwell's Author Award Certificate, Kindle Edition of a Golfwell's Book, publication in next Golf book and on their website

Text Prize
Closing Date: 03/02/2018 opens Jan 2018
Open to: Permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand
Theme:
Written for Young Adults or children (NOT picture books)
Accepts:
Fiction or non-fiction
Size: 20,000 -  120,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prizes
: A publishing contract with an $10,000 advance

Newcastle Short Story Award

Closing Date: 5/02/2018
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, over 18 years
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$16.50
Prize
: First: $3,000, Second: $1,500, Third: $500, 3 x Highly Commended: $200 voucher, 5 x Hunter Region Writers Awards

NEW LISTING
Black Cockatoo Aboriginal Story and Art Competition
Closing Date: 14/02/2018   EARLY BIRD: 18/12/2017
Open to: Aboriginal youth aged 10-20 from rural or remote locations in Australia
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
5,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $50, 
Early Bird random draw:
 $50
Wildcard Prizes: Artwork commission from Bundarra Clothing
Best East Kimberly Entry: $200 voucher to Halls Creek Home Shop
Best West Kimberly Entry: $200 voucher to Broome Home shop
Runnerup Kimberly Entry: $200 Home Shop voucher


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Forty South Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 18/02/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Island or Island-resonant
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize
: $500

NEW LISTING
Birdcatcher Books - Stories for His Glory Competition
Closing Date: 28/02/2018
Open to: Residents of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA or UK aged 18 years or over on 01/11/2017
Theme: Testimonies of God working in your life
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $8 $15 for 2, $21 for 3
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100, Third: $50

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

NEW LISTING
Needle in the Hay Major Short Story Contest
Closing Date:  28/02/2018
Open to:
All
Theme:
Darker emotions plus specified plot inclusion (see website)
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 999 words
Entry Fee: $15, 3 for $30
Prize
: First: 50% of  entry fees (after Paypal fees), Short listed entries: Share of balance of entry fees

NEW LISTING
So Bad, It's Good - The NVWG Bad Writing Competition
Closing Date:  28/02/2018 (Opens Jan 1)
Open to:
All
Theme:
Bad Writing
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $250, Third: $100

MARCH 2018

 

NEW LISTING
The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Closing Date:
05/03/2018
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
 

NEW LISTING
The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
05/03/2018
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


NEW LISTING
The Young Adas
Closing Date:
05/03/2018
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

NEW LISTING
The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 20/03/2018
Open to: All
Theme: "For the love of ..."
Accepts: Short Story

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

NEW LISTING
British Theatre Challenge
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/03/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Play

Size:
One Act, running time 10 - 30 minutes, more than one actor
Entry Fee: 16
Prize
: First: 5 plays selected: Given a full performance at  the Lost Theatre, London - developed by professional directors - performed by professional actors - given written assessments by theatre professionals - considered for publication - filmed in performance by Mini Mammoth Films, Public Choice Award: Previously a cash award, Mini Mammoth Film Award: One play turned into a short film


FAW Tasmania Nairda Lyne Award
Closing Date: 31/03/2018
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
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/03/2018
Open to: Over 16
Theme:
Poetry written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: 12
Prize
: 1,000

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

Laura Literary Awards
Closing Date:
12/04/2018
Theme: None
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THE FLINDERS NEWS PROSE AWARDS
*

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
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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


Bronze Swagman Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Australian
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $20 per entry form, up to 3 poems per form
Prizes
: (Per Last year)  First: $500 & Bronze statuette of the Swagman, Runner-up: $200 & trophy, Highly Commended: Certificate

The Valerie Parv Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2018
Open to:
Aspiring or Emerging writers - check website for full definition
Theme:
Romance/Romantic elements
Accepts:
Novels
Size:
10,000 plus 1,000 word synopsis
Entry Fee:
$110, $44 for RWA members
Prizes:
First:
 $300 & 1 year membership with Valerie Parv, Second: $200, Third: $100

 

MAY 2018
 

NEW LISTING
Questions Writing Prize
Closing Date: 01/05/2018
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

NEW LISTING
Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
03/05/2017
Open to: All
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
Future Leaders Writing Prize
Closing Date:
31/05/2018
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

 

AUGUST 2018

NEW LISTING

FAW Tasmania Poetry Prize

Closing Date: 31/08/2018
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5

Prize
:First:
$150, Runner-up: $50