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Last updated 01/08/2017
 
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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

Andy Griffiths Kids' Writing Competition
Avid Reader's Flash Fiction Prize
Catchfire Press Prose & Poetry Competition
Central Coast Council Short Story Competition

Finch Memoir Prize
Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
Flash 500 Short Story Competition
Gympie Region Literary Awards
Inktears Short Story Contest
ITT Short Story Competition
Macarthur Playwriting Festival
Margaret River Short Story Competition
Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award
Noosa Art Theatre Playwriting Competition
Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
Seat 14C
Southern Cross Literary Competition
Tethered By Letters Fall Competition
The Horne Prize
The Moth Poetry Prize
Thunderbolt Prize
What's Your Story
Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story 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

 

AUGUST 2017

Castaways Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 04/08/2017
Open to: All
Theme: All entered poems must be inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of images in the Castaways Web gallery.
Accepts: Poetry

Size:
24 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 and two copies of the 2016 Castaways Sculpture Awards catalogue containing the winning poem. Commended x 2: $100

Gawler Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 04/08/2017
Open to:
Residents of South Australia
Theme: Freedom
*
Accepts: Adults - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$200, Second: $80, Third: $25
*
Accepts: Youth (13 - 18 years) - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$150, Second: $75, Third: $25
*
Accepts: Juniors (12 years and under) - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$100, Second: $70, Third: $25

Mental Health Foundation Schools' Creative Writing Competition
Closing Date: 04/08/2017
Open to: Students enrolled in Years 5 - 12 in Victorian Schools
Theme: What you feel, think of, or have experienced about mental health issues

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Accepts:
Upper Primary (Years 5 - 6): Play, Poem or Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $100

Accepts:
Lower Secondary (Years 7, 8 & 9): Play, Poem or Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $125

Accepts:
Upper Secondary (Years 10, 11 & 12): Play, Poem or Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $150

SAETA Spring Poetry Festival
Closing Date: 04/08/2017
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

Monash WordFest Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 05/08/2017
Open to: Reside, work or study in the City of Monash, or be a member of the Monash Public Library Service
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Category A: 12 - 14 years: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Third: $75
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Accepts:
Category B: 15 - 17 years: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $150, Third: $100
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Accepts:
Category C: Adult: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $250, Third: $150

Monash WordFest SnapStory Competition
A SnapStory contains a photograph with accompanying text
Closing Date:
05/08/2017
Open to: Reside, work or study in the City of Monash, or be a member of the Monash Public Library Service
Theme: The Journey of Words

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Accepts:
Category A: 12 - 13 years: SnapStory
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $200, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts:
Category B: 14 - 16 years: SnapStory
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
Accepts:
Category C: 17 - 18 years: SnapStory
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $250, Third: $150

NEW LISTING
Avid Reader's Flash Fiction Prize

Closing Date: 07/08/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None

Accepts:
Flash fiction
Size: 50 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $500

Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award
Closing Date: 11/08/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None

Accepts:
Open - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $15, $25 for 2, $35 for 3
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Third: $50, Judge's Encouragement Award for Youth: $50, Highly Commended x 4: Certificate, Commended x 4: Certificate

Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 16/08/2017
Open to: Not mentioned
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry (single or suite)
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $20 for non-Island subscribers, $10 for Island subscribers
Prize
: First: $2,000, publication in Island , annual domestic subscriptions to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow., Second: Publication in Island + annual domestic subscriptions to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow.

Society of Women Writers NSW Inc - National Non Fiction
Closing Date: 17/08/2017
Open to: Australian residentsl
Theme: Not mentioned

Accepts:
Non-Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$35, ($25 for members)

Prize: First: $500, Second: $250, Third: $100

Olga Masters Short Story Award
Closing Date: 18/08/2017
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: Family life in rural Australia
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize
: First: $1,500, Runner-up: $500, Supplementary prizes at the discretion of the organisers

Knightville Poetry Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 20/08/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 150 lines
Entry Fee: $US 20 for up to three poems
Prize
: First: $US 1,500 & publication

 

Machigonne Fiction Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 20/08/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 20
Prize
: First: $US 1,500  & publication

NEW LISTING
ITT Short Story Competition

IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 21/08/2017 (12 NOON GMT)
Open to: Over 16 years of age
Theme:
None

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Priz
e
: First: €500, Second: €250, Third: €150


Lane Cove Literary Awards
Closing Date: 23/08/2017
Open to: Over 16 years, Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia and must be living in Australia at time of entry
Theme: Open

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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $2,000, NORTH SHORE GYM RESIDENT SHORT STORY PRIZE: $500
*

Accepts:
Memoir Prize
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,500, STONE REAL ESTATE RESIDENT MEMOIR PRIZE: $500
*

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines and more than 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,500, TRENDSETTER TRAVEL RESIDENT POETRY PRIZE: $500

OTHER PRIZES
THE BURNS BAY BOOKERY YOUTH PRIZE (16 - 24 years): $500
THE BAYTREE BY ARDENCY SENIOR PRIZE (65+ years): $500

Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards
Closing Date: 24/08/2017
Theme: Specific reference to an Australasian Rural experience: Local Stories, People, Places and Events
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Accepts: Open Writers Award - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
All
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prizes
: First: $1,000
*
Accepts: Upper Murray Writers Category - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
Local residents of Towong, Tumbarumba and Indigo Shires
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $500
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Non fiction 'bonus': $100 Dymock Voucher


Boroondara Literary Awards
Closing Date: 25/08/2017
Open to: Australian Residents, Young Writers: Live, Work or study in the City of Boroondara
Theme: Open

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Accepts:
Open Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,500, Second: $1,000, Third: $500, Keith Carroll Award: $500
 *

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Junior -Years 5 - 6 - Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
*

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Junior -Years 5 - 6 -  - Prose
Size: 300 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
 *

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Middle -Years 7 - 9 - Poetry
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $450, Second: $300, Third: $150
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Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Middle -Years 7 - 9 -  - Prose
Size: 500 - 900 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $450, Second: $300, Third: $150
 *

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Senior -Years 10 - 12 - Poetry (also open to young people not in seconary school, aged 15 to 18 years as of 1 January)
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200
*

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Senior -Years 10 - 12 -  - Prose (also open to young people not in seconary school, aged 15 to 18 years as of 1 January)
Size: 900 - 1,300 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200

NEW LISTING
Finch Memoir Prize
Closing Date: 25/08/2017
Open to: Permanent residents of Australia
Theme: None

Accepts:
Memoir - unpublished nonfiction
Size: 40,000 - 80,000 words
Entry Fee: $35
Prize
: First: $5,000 and publication of the book on the Finch list

NEW LISTING
Seat 14C
US COMPETITION
Closing Date:
25/08/2017
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: "Your flight has been mysteriously transported 20 years into the future" - See website for more information

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 4,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Round-trip airfare to Tokyo for winner and guest on ANA Airlines, Four nights in 4-star hotel, $1,500 spending money, GoPro HERO5 Ultra HD Camera, ili (Handheld Universal Translator), Honorary Membership on the Science Fiction Advisory Council

NEW LISTING
Central Coast Council Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2017
Open to: Current library members and residents of the Central Coast local government area
Theme: None
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Child (5 - 8 years)
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Apple iPad Air, Second: Apple iPad Mini, Commended: Book Prize
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Child (9 - 12 years)
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Apple iPad Air, Second: Apple iPad Mini, Commended: Book Prize
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Youth (13 - 18 years)
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Apple iPad Air, Second: Apple iPad Mini, Commended: Book Prize
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Accepts:
Short Story - Adult (18+ years)
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Apple iPad Air, Second: Apple iPad Mini, Commended: Book Prize

Dungala-Kaiela Writing
Closing Date: 31/08/2017
Open to: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a connection to the Goulburn Valley region
Theme: Open

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Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Elder
Size: 500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200
*
Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Open (19 years and over)
Size: 500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $400
*

Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150
*

Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Junior - Up to 12 years
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75
*

Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Open (19 years and over)
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $400
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Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150
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Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Junior - Up to 12 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75

Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Elder
Size: Not mentioned but possibly 6 - 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150

*
Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Open (19 years and over)
Size: 6 - 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200
*

Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 6 - 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100
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Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - 8 to 12 years
Size: 5 - 10 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50

FAW Tasmania Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 31/08/2017
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5

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

NEW LISTING
Gympie Region Literary Awards
Closing Date: 31/08/2017
Open to:
Residents of Gympie region and surrounding area
Theme: None (except G150)
*
Accepts: G150 Short Story
Theme: Set in the Gympie Region
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$200, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
Accepts: Adults (18 years and over)  - Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$200, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
Accepts: Children (10 to 17 years) - Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$150, Second: $100, Third: $50
*
Accepts: Adults (18 years and over)  - Poetry
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$200, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
Accepts: Children (10 to 17 years) - Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$150, Second: $100, Third: $50
*
Accepts: Adults (18 years and over)  - Picture book for 3 to 7 year olds
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$200, Second: $150, Third: $100
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Accepts: Children (10 to 17 years) - Picture book for 3 to 7 year olds

Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize
:First:
$150, Second: $100, Third: $50

Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2017
Open to: Australian School Children
Theme: Open

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Accepts:
Section 1 - Short Story - Yrs 10, 11 & 12
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $175
*

Accepts:
Section 2 - Short Story - Yrs 7, 8 & 9
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $125
*
Accepts:
Section 3 - Short Story - Yrs 5 & 6
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $100
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Accepts:
Section 4 - Short Story - Yrs 4 and under
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $50

 

Joe O'Sullivan Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 31/08/2017
Open to: Western Australian resident
Theme: Freedom
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: 31/08/2017
Open to: Australian Women
Theme: Freedom
Accepts:
Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10

Prize: First: $500

Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards
Closing Date: 31/08/2017
Open to: Residents of Victoria who are unpublished writers
*
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $2,000
*
Theme: None
Accepts:
The Dorothy Porter Award for Poets
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $2,000
*
Theme: None
Accepts:
Novella
Size: 10,000 - 20,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $2,000
*
Theme: None
Accepts:
Graphic Short Story
Size: up to eight A4 pages
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $2,000
*
Theme: None
Accepts:
Narrative non-fiction
Size: 10,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $2,000
*
Theme: True life experience, uniquely Victorian story of Australia's First People
Accepts:
Life Writing Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Writers
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $2,000
*
OVERALL WINNER: $10,000

Margot Manchester Memorial Short Story Award
Closing Date:  
31/08/2017
Open to: All
Theme:
Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,200 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10 for up to two entries
Prizes
: First: $200. Second: $50, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

NEW LISTING
Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award
Closing Date:
31/08/2017
Open to: Permanent residents of Australia
Theme: None

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $500

Positive Words Mini Competition - August
Closing Date:
31/08/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Basket
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

Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize
Closing Date:  
31/08/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Journeys
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $10 for up to two entries
Prizes
: First: $200. Second: $50, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

Scarlet Stiletto Awards
Closing Date: 31/08/2017
Open to: Women residents of Australia
Theme: Crime & Mysteries with an active woman protagonist - check conditions for specific themes
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $15 for Sisters in Crime Members, $20 for non-members
Prizes
:
Bonnier Publishing Australia Award
: $1,500 plus trophy,  
Simon & Schuster Award Second:
$1,000,
The Sun Bookshop Award Third:
$500,

Award for Best Young Writer (for writers 18 or under): $500,
Melbourne Athenaeum Library ‘Body in the Library' Award: $1,000; runner up $500,
Every Cloud Productions Award for Best Mystery with History Story:
$750,

Kerry Greenwood Award for Best Malice Domestic Story: $750,
HarperCollins Publishers Award for Best Romantic Suspense Story: $500,
Scarlet Stiletto Award for Best Financial Crime Story: $500,
Clan Destine Press for Best Cross-Genre Story: $500,
Liz Navratil Award for Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist Story: $400,
ScriptWorks Award for a Great Film Idea: $200


Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/08/2017
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
Prize
: First: £200, Second: £75, Third: £50, Highly Commended x 3: £20, Commended x 3: £10

SLQ Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 31/08/2017
Open to: Queensland residents aged 15 to 25
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Short Story - 18 to 25 years old
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $2,000 & Queensland Writers Centre membership, Runner-up: $500 & Queensland Writers Centre membership, Highly Commended: Queensland Writers Centre membership, All winners: complimentary ticket to the Young Writers Conference at State Library of Queensland
*
Accepts:
Short Story - 15 to 17 years old
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500 & Queensland Writers Centre membership, Runner-up: $200 & Queensland Writers Centre membership, Highly Commended: Library Shop book pack & Queensland Writers Centre membership, All winners: complimentary ticket to the Young Writers Conference at State Library of Queensland

Sydney Writers' Room Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2017
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $500, Runner-up: $250


Words of Wyndham

Closing Date: 31/08/2017
Open to:
 Australians 18+ (15+ for graphic short story)
Theme: Nil

*

Accepts: 
Graphic Short Story
Size:
 4-8 A4 pages, each page having a least 2 panels
Entry Fee:
 Nil
Prize: $400 (shared between artist and writer), short-list published

*

Accepts: Short Story
Size:
 1000-3000 words
Entry Fee:
 Nil
Prize: $400, short-list published

*

Accepts: Poetry
Size:
 60 lines
Entry Fee:
 Nil
Prize: $200, short-list published

*

Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size:
 100-500 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize: $80, short-list published


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

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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
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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
 
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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
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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

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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).

NEW LISTING
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
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


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
 

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

 

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

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

NEW LISTING
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
*
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

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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
*
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

NEW LISTING
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
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
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
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

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
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

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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

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

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING

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 (£25 for optional critique)
Prize
:First:
£500, Second: £200, Third: £100