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UPDATE DELAYED (I BROKE MY HAND AND TYPING IS SLOW!) 30/04/2017

Pleased to announce one of my stories has been included in a new publication:
Twisted Tax Tales


‘We invited writers from around the world to enter our Twisted Tax Tales Short Story Competition, as a fundraiser for the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal. Writers were asked, to give the stereotyped accountant, often perceived as a boring bean counter and desk dwelling cruncher of numbers—a brand new lease of life, by revamping their dull persona and spinning a masterful tale that would make them … interesting!’ [Success Tax Professionals, Franchisor] 

I do not get anything from the proceeds of sale BUT money from each sale goes toward the Tassie Devil Appeal so please consider buying a copy.

https://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Tax-Tales-Bizar…/…/1925590224


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

ACU Prize for Poetry
AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition
Australian Bush Poets Association National Championships
Banjo Paterson Writing Awards
Churchill & District News Short Story and Poetry Competition

Dulcie Stone Writers Competition
Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards
Exit Earth
Imagination Creation Western Union Writing Competition
InkTears Flash Fiction Contest
Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Writing Competition
Poetica Christi Press Annual Poetry Competition
Port Writers Open Literary Competition
Positive Words Mini-Competition - April
Positive Words Mini-Competition - May
Positive Words Mini-Competition - June
Positive Words Mini-Competition - July
Positive Words Mini-Competition - August
Positive Words Mini-Competition - September
Positive Words Mini-Competition - October
Positive Words Mini-Competition - November
Positive Words Mini-Competition - December
Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition
Northern Territory Literary Awards

Randolph Stow Young Writers Award
Society of Women Writers NSW Inc - National Non Fiction
Society of Women Writers NSW Inc - National Poetry
Society of Women Writers NSW Inc - National Short Story
Smoke
Stories of Life
Stuart Hadow Prize

Tethered By Letters Spring Literary Competition
The Bath Novel Award
The Big Issue Fiction Edition
The Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition
The Peter Blazey Fellowship
The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
The Sean O Faolain International Short Story Prize
The Veteran Community Story Writing & Art Competition
The Valerie Parv Award
Vallum Award for Poetry
Wells Festival of Literature Competition
ZineWest 2017

THROUGH THE YEAR

#Blink
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: Every two weeks
Open to:
All
Theme: Check Twitter

Accepts:
Tiny narratives via Twitter
Size: 140 characters
Entry Fee:
Not mentioned
Prize
:First:
Digital copy of F(r)iction and possible publication

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

 

APRIL 2017
 
Tethered By Letters Winter Literary Competition

US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 01/04/2017
Open to: All
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Creative Non-Fiction
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


ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 10/04/2017
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
$25 ($15 for ABR subscribers and full-time students) or choose to subscribe with your entry (see website)
Prizes:
First:
$7,000, Second: $2,000, Third: $1,000, Commended x 3: $850
 

Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 13/04/2017
Theme: Freedom

*
Open to: Poets 18 years and older
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for each thereafter
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Open to: Primary School Student
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Open to: Secondary School Student
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate

Country Style's Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 19/04/2017
Open to: Australian residents aged 18 years and over
Theme: Light
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $5,000

 

My Brother Jack Awards
Closing Date: 19/04/2017
Open to: People who live, work or study in the City of Glen Eira

Theme:
None
*
Benleigh and Caulfiend RSL Open Short Story Award
Accepts:
Short Story

Size:
3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $500, Second: $150 & $150 dining voucher, Third: $100 & $100 dining voucher
*
Nelson Bros Funeral Services Open Poetry Award
Accepts:
Poetry

Size:
60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $500, Second: $300, Third: $200
*
Benn's Books Senior Secondary School Short Story Award - years 10 to 12
Accepts: Short Story
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 & $100 Benn's Books voucher, Second: $50 Benn's Books voucher
*
Benn's Books Senior Secondary School Poetry Award - years 10 to 12
Accepts: Poetry
Size:
30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 & $100 Benn's Books voucher, Second: $50 Benn's Books voucher
*
Hardie Grant Egmont Junior Secondary School Short Story Award - years 7 to 9
Accepts: Short Story
Size:
500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $200 worth of Hardie Grant Egmont books
*
Grill'd Healthy Burhers Carnegie Junior Secondary School Poetry Award - years 7 to 9
Accepts: Poetry
Size:
10 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $200 Grill'd Carnegie voucher
*
Hardie Grant Egmont Primary School Short Story Award - years 1 to 6
Accepts: Short Story
Size:
500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 worth of books
*
Grill'd Healthy Burhers Elsternwick Primary School Poetry Award - years 1 to 6
Accepts: Poetry
Size:
10 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 Grill'd Elsternwick voucher
*
Photographic Awards also available

NEW LISTING
Banjo Paterson Writing Awards
Closing Date: 21/04/2017
Open to:
All
Theme:
Australian content
*
Accepts:
1. Short Story
Size:
3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10
Prizes:
First:
$1,000, Second: $400, Third: $200
*

Accepts:
2. Open Poetry
Size:
200 lines
Entry Fee:
$10
Prizes:
First:
$1,000, Second: $400, Third: $200
*

Accepts:
3. Bush Poetry
Size:
200 lines
Entry Fee:
$10
Prizes:
First:
$500, Second: $200, Third: $100
*

Accepts:
ABC Central West Radio Children's Writing Awards
Size:
30 lines for poetry, 1,000 words for short stories
Entry Fee:
$5
Prizes:
First:
$200, Second: $100, Third: $100


NEW LISTING
Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition
Closing Date:
23/04/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $4, 4 for $14
Prize
: First: $100, Second: Twelve Six months subscription to Positive Words, Commended: Certificates
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $4, 4 for $14
Prize
: First: $100, Second: Twelve Six months subscription to Positive Words, Commended: Certificates

The Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Award
Closing Date: 23/04/2017
Theme: One (or more) of the seven deadly sins

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: $9.95 for 1, $18.90 for 2, $27.00 for 3  -  $15 for optional feedback
Prizes
:
First: $450 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthology (other than the Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Award anthology) (Value $500), Second: $250 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthology (other than the Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Award anthology) (Value $300), Third: $100 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthology (other than the Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Award anthology) (Value $150), Highly commended x 27: Publication + e-book (Value approximately $5)

NEW LISTING
The Bath Novel Award
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 24/04/2017
Open to:
International writers yet to be traditionally published
Theme:
Romance/Romantic elements
Accepts:
Unsigned novel written for adults or young adults
Size:
5,000 words plue one page synopsis
Entry Fee:
£25
Prizes:
First:
£2,000, Shortlist: £500 voucher from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy


NEW LISTING
The Valerie Parv Award
Closing Date: 24/04/2017 (Opens 7 April)
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:
Check website
Prizes:
First:
$300 and 1 year membership with Valerie Parv, Second: $200, Third: $100

 

NEW LISTING
Dulcie Stone Writers Competition

Closing Date: 27/04/2017
Open to:
Writers with an intellectual disability residing in Victoria
Theme:
Lead Your Life
Accepts:
Short Story (wirtten or pictorial)
Size:
1,000 words or 3 x A4 for drawings
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified


Bronze Swagman Award

Closing Date: 30/04/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Australian
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $20 per entry form, up to 3 poems per form
Prizes
: First: $500 & Bronze statuette of the Swagman, Runner-up: $200 & trophy, Highly Commended: Certificate

CYA - Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition
Closing Date: 30/04/2017
Open to: Check website
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Picture book - text only for pre-school children
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $20.50
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: $20.50
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: $20.50
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: $20.50
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: $20.50
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: $20.50
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

CYA - Hatchlings
Closing Date: 30/04/2017
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: $13.60
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: $13.60
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: $13.60
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20, Submission of short listed entries to at least one children's publisher

 

National Henry Lawson Society Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Australia, Australians and/or the Australian way of life
*
Accepts:
Category A: Traditional Rhyming Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $250, Third: $100
*
Accepts:
Category B: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $250, Third: $100
*
Accepts:
Category C: Free Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $125, Third: $50

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - April
Closing Date:
30/04/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Speech
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
Smoke
Closing Date: 30/04/2017
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Micro fiction
Size:
320 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prizes:
First: $400, Runners up x 2: $200

 

MAY 2017


Questions Writing Prize

Closing Date: 01/05/2017
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

Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
03/05/2017
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.

What Matters? NSW/ACT
Closing Date: 05/05/2017
Open to:
Students in NSW and ACT
Theme:
What matters to you and why
*
Accepts:
Year 5 & 6: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, full-day creative writing workship & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 & participation in a Young Writers Forum
*

Accepts:
Year 7 & 8: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, full-day creative writing workship & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 & participation in a Young Writers Forum
*

Accepts:
Year 9 & 10: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, a day at ReachOut.com to meet team and receive professional training as well as opportunity to be paid $200 to produce a feature article for ReachOut.com & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 & participation in a Young Writers Forum
*

Accepts:
Year 11 & 12: Opinion piece
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$350, 1 year members to NSW Writers Centure and opportunity to participate in a one-day writing workship & participation in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up: $200 & participation in a Young Writers Forum
*
OVERALL WINNER (across NSW/ACT and Tasmania): Ipad. invited to spend a day at the Museum of Australian Democracy

South Perth Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 06/05/2017
Open to: School aged children residing or attending school in the City of South Perth

Theme:
None
*
Accepts:
A. Year 1 - 2 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
*

Accepts:
B. Lower Primary: Year 3 - 4 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
*

Accepts:
C. Upper Primary: Year 5 - 6 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
*

Accepts:
D. Lower Secondary: Year 7 - 9 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
*

Accepts:
F. Upper Secondary: Year 10 - 12 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Prizes may be awarded for first and second in category. Possible certificates for Highly commended
*
Most outstanding entry awarded the Christobel Mattingley Bronze Medallion

 

What Matters Tasmania
Closing Date: 10/05/2017
Open to: Students in Tasmania in years 5 to 12
Theme:
Focus on a matter or issue of significance, expressed with passionate conviction

*
Accepts:
Opinion piece
Size: 400 - 600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Awarded in 4 categories: Years 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 & 11/12
First: $250 & invitation to participate in a Young Writers Forum, Runner-up; $200
*
OVERALL WINNER (across NSW/ACT and Tasmania): Ipad. invited to spend a day at the Museum of Australian Democracy


Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 12/05/2017
Open to: School Students
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $6
Prizes: First: $2,500

NEW LISTING
Northern Territory Literary Award
Closing Date: 14/05/2017
Open to: Reside in Northern Territory
Theme: None
*
Accepts: ZipPrint Short Story Award
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000 and NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass
*
Accepts: Charles Dawin Universtiy Creative Non-Fiction Award
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $500 and NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass
*
Accepts: Charles Darwin Univerisity Essay Award
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000 and NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass
*
Accepts: Kath Manzie Youth Award (12 to 18 years as of 1 January): Short story or poetry
Size: 3,000 words or 300 lines
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $600 and NT Writers' Centre membership and masterclass
*
Accepts: Southern Cross Television Flash Fiction Award
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $500 and NT Writers' Centre membership
*
Accepts: Brown's Mart Theatre Award
Size: Not specified
Entry Fee:
 Nil (I think - check website)
Prizes: First: $1,000, consideration for a rehearsed reading Final Draft 8 script writing software and NT Writers' Centre

 

SAETA Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 19/05/2017
Note: Must be written in the presence of an adult or teacher
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Reception  to Yr 1
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 2 & Yr 3
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 4 to Yr 6
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 7 & Yr 8
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 9 & Yr 10
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 11 & Yr 12
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified

Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 19/05/2017
Open to:
Students from Years 3 to 12
Theme:
Open
*
Accepts:
Years 3 & 4: Short Story
Size:
300 - 400 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$70, Second: $30
*
Accepts:
Years 5 & 6: Short Story
Size:
300 - 500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$80, Second: $50

Accepts:
Years 7 & 8: Short Story
Size:
400 - 600 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$100, Second: $50

Accepts:
Years 9 & 10: Short Story
Size:
600 - 800 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$200, Second: $70

Accepts:
Years 11 & 12: Short Story
Size:
800 - 1,200 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
$250, Second: $100

 

NEW LISTING
Port Writers Open Literary Competition

Closing Date: 24/05/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Short Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5, 3 for $12
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: Certificate, Third: Certificate
*
Accepts: Short Non-Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5, 3 for $12
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: Certificate, Third: Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - Rhyme or Free Verse
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee:
$5, 3 for $12
Prizes
: First: $50, Second: Certificate, Third: Certificates

Shoalhaven Literary Award - Short Story

Closing Date: 27/05/2017
Open to: Residents of Australia aged 18 and over
Theme: None

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$12

Prize: First: $1,500 with a two-week artist residency at Bundanon, Second: $250, Third: $150, Encouragement Award for Shoalhaven resident: $200

NEW LISTING
ZineWest 2017
Closing Date: 28/05/2017
Open to:
New writers who work, live or study in Western Sydney OR attend a Western Sydney cultural group, aged 16 years and over
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Word-based works that can be printed
Size:
Poetry: 60 lines including line breaks, Prose:800 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$400, Second & Third: Giramondo Books, Best Poem, Best Prose


NEW LISTING
 
AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
31/05/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Horror

*
Accepts:
Flash Fiction
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $5 (Nil for members)
Prize
: Not mentioned
*

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,001- 8,000 words
Entry Fee: $10 (Nil for members)
Prize
: Not mentioned
 

Boree Log Award for Bush Verse
Closing Date:
31/05/2017
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:
31/05/2017
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: Aan Russell Award for 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
Exit Earth
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/05/2017
Open to: All
Theme:
Explores life – be it past, present, or future – on, or off – this beautiful, yet fragile, world of ours. Dystopian or utopian, realist or fantasy, horror or sci-fi, comedy or romance
Accepts:
Fiction
Size: Any length
Entry Fee: £10
Prize
: First: £1,000, Second: £500, Third: £250

 

Friends of the Wollongong City Library Local History Prize
Closing Date:
31/05/2017
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: History of the City of Wollongong (see Guidelines for more detail)
Accepts:
Local History Paper
Size: 10,000 - 20,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $5,000

Future Leaders Writing Prize
Closing Date:
31/05/2017
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
Imagination Creation Western Union Young Writers
Closing Date:
31/05/2017
Open to: 18 years and under
Theme:
None
*
Accepts: Poetry - 10 years and under
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $100, Second: $50

*
Accepts: Story/Prose - 10 years and under
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize:
First: $100, Second: $50

*
Accepts: Poetry - 11 - 14 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $120, Second: $60

*
Accepts: Story/Prose - 11 - 14 years
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $120, Second: $60
*
Accepts: Poetry - 15 - 18 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $150, Second: $70

*
Accepts: Story/Prose - 15 - 18 years
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:
First: $150, Second: $70
*
OTHER AWARDS
Sherryl Clark Award: $100
Wyhham Local Award: $50 x 4


NEW LISTING
Poetica Christi Press Annual Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 31/05/2017
Open to: Australian residents aged 16 years and over
Theme: Wonderment
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $6, 3 for $15
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $100

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - May
Closing Date:
31/05/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Mummy
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

Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition
UK COMPETITION
  31/05/2017 : Early Deadline
  31/07/2017 : Regular Deadline
  31/08/2017 : Late Deadline
Open to: All where each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $US 30,000 in writing fees.
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Feature script
Size: Close to standard 80-120 pages as possible
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: $US 43, Regular Deadline: $US 49, Late Deadline: $US 55
Prize
: First: $US 4,000, Introduction & meeting with Hollywood Managers, Read by 37 Award winning judges & 80 Prod Comps, Agents & Managers, Script Development with Shore Scripts, Copy of Final Draft 9
Second:
$US 1000, Read by 37 Award winning judges & 80 Prod Comps, Agents & Managers, Script Development with Shore Scripts, Copy of Final Draft 9

Third:
$US 500, Read by 37 Award winning judges & 80 Prod Comps, Agents & Managers, Script Development with Shore Scripts, Copy of Final Draft 9
Fourth:
$US 250, Read by 37 Award winningr judges & 80 Prod Comps, Agents & Managers, Copy of Final Draft 9
Fifth:
Read by 37 Award winning judges & 80 Prod Comps, Agents & Managers, Copy of Final Draft 9
*
Accepts:
Short script
Size: Close to standard 2-30 pages as possible
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: $US 37, Regular Deadline: $US 43, Late Deadline: $US 49
Prize
: First: $US 1,000, Read by 37 Award winningr judges & 42 Prod Comps, Agents & Manager, Copy of Final Draft 9
Second: $US 500, Read by 37 Award winningr judges & 42 Prod Comps, Agents & Manager, Copy of Final Draft 9
Third:
$US 250, Read by 37 Award winningr judges & 42 Prod Comps, Agents & Manager, Copy of Final Draft 9
*
Accepts: TV Pilot
Size: Close to standard 15-70 pages as possible
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: $US 43, Regular Deadline: $US 49, Late Deadline: $US 55
Prize
: First: $US 2,000, Introduction & meeting with Hollywood Managers, Read by 37 Award winning judges & 42 Prod Comps, Agents & Managers, Script Development with Shore Scripts, Copy of Final Draft 9
Second:
$US 1000, Read by 37 Award winning judges & 80 Prod Comps, Agents & Managers, Script Development with Shore Scripts, Copy of Final Draft 9

Third:
$US 500, Read by 37 Award winning judges & 42 Prod Comps, Agents & Managers, Script Development with Shore Scripts, Copy of Final Draft 9
Fourth:
Read by 37 Award winning judges & 42 Prod Comps, Agents & Managers, Copy of Final Draft 9
Fifth:
Read by 37 Award winning judges & 42 Prod Comps, Agents & Managers, Copy of Final Draft 9

 

The Best of Times Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
31/05/2017
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

The Australian / Vogel's Literary Award
Closing Date:
31/05/2016
Open to: Australian residents aged under 35 years on 31 May 2017
Theme: None
Accepts:
Unpublished manuscript: Fiction, Australian History or biography
Size: 30,000 - 100,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prize
: An advance against royalties plus prize money totalling $20,000

 

JUNE 2017

NEW LISTING

Tethered By Letters Spring Literary Competition

US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 01/06/2017
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

NEW LISTING
The Big Issue Fiction Edition
Closing Date: 05/06/2017
Open to: All
Theme:
None
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 300 to 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: $500 for each author published


Grieve Writing Project

Closing Date: 09/06/2017
Open to:
Over 18
Theme: Grief
Accepts:
Prose or poetry
Size: Prose: 500 words, Poetry: 36 lines
Entry Fee:
$16.50

Prizes:
$1,500
- For a work selected by the judge from The National Association of Loss and Grief
$1,500 - For a work selected by the judge from Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
$1,200 - For a work selected by the judge from 
The Australian Funeral Directors Association
$500 - For a work selected by the judge from 
The National Association of Loss and Grief
$500 - For a work selected by the judge from Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
$500 - For a work selected by the judge from The Australian Funeral Directors Association
$200 - For a work selected by the judge from 
Calvary Mater Hospital Pastoral Care
$200 - Donated by
White Lady Funerals, Central Coast and Newcastle
$200 - Donated by
David Lloyd Funerals, Newcastle and Hunter Valley
$200 -
Simplicity Funerals 
$150 - For a work selected by the judge from 
Good Grief - Seasons for Growth program 
- seeking a work about a Grief or Loss other than death/dying
$100 - Donated by Hunter Institute of Mental Health
$100 - For a work selected by the judge from Lifeline
$100 - For a work selected by the judge from Hunter Writers Centre
$100 - Hunter New England Health Mental Health Services Award
$100 - People's Choice award donated by 
Maclean's Booksellers 
$50 - Local Award from Saluna Cafe, Newcastle
$100 - Hunter Writers Centre member's prize - you must be a member of Hunter Writers Centre to receive this


NEW LISTING
Society of Women Writers NSW Inc - National Poetry
Closing Date: 12/06/2017
Open to: Australian residentsl
Theme: Not mentioned

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
$15 or $60 for 5, ($10 for members or $40 for five )

Prize: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100

NEW LISTING
The Peter Blazey Fellowship

Closing Date: 12/07/2017 (Opens 20/03/2017)
Open to: Australian citizen or resident with a publishing record,not currently enrolled in a higher degree
Theme: None

Accepts:
Biography, Autobiography and Life Writing
Size: Curriculum vitae of two pages, synopsis of one page and 5,000 word extract of a work in progress
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $15,000

NEW LISTING
Stuart Hadow Prize
Closing Date:
16/06/2017
Open to: Australians
Theme: Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$20, $30 for two, $40 for three

Prize: First: $1,000 and one week's unpaid residency at Mattie Furphy House, Second: $300. Third: $100,  2 x Highly Commended, 2 x Commended

Noplag Student Scholarship
US COMPETITION
Closing Date:
25/06/2017
Open to: High School/College/University student at least 16 years old
Theme: Refer to website for suggested topics
Accepts:
Essay
Size: Minimum of 700 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $US 3,500

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 30/06/2017
Open to:
School Students enrolled in Australian education facilities

Theme: Optional theme: All Over the World

*
Accepts:
Lower Primary (Years K - 3) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $300, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $150 & prize pack
*

Accepts:
Upper Primary (Years 4 - 6. Year 7 in SA) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $400, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $200 & prize pack

*
Accepts:
Assisted Learning Primary Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $400, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $200 & prize pack
*

Accepts:
Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 9) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
Accepts:
Senior Secondary (Years 10 - 12) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
Accepts:
Assisted Learning Secondary Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
Accepts:
Multicultural NSW Award

Theme:
Cultural diversity within Australian community
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $15, School Entry up to 30 entries: $25, School Entry over 30 entries: $50

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack
*
PRIMARY SCHOOL AWARD: $1,000, trophy & prize pack
*
SECONDARY SCHOOL AWARD: $1,000, trophy & prize pack

 

Field of Words Flash Fiction Story Competition
Closing Date: 30/06/2017 (Opens May 1)
Open to:
18 years or older
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: $10

Prize
:First:
$250, Runner-up: $75

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

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - June
Closing Date:
30/06/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Blue
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
Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards
Closing Date: 30/06/2016
Open to: Students in years 3 - 12 studying in the Mid West Region
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Prose

Size:
500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 5 & 6 - Prose

Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 5 & 6 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Lower Secondary - Year 7 & 8 - Prose

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Lower Secondary - Year 7 & 8 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Middle Secondary - Year 9 & 10 - Prose

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Middle Secondary - Year 9 & 10 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Upper Secondary - Year 11 & 12 - Prose

Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet
*
Accepts: Upper Secondary - Year 11 & 12 - Poetry

Size:
No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize  All finalists recieve a certificate, cash prizes for first three prize winners and their school recieves a copy of the Radolph Stow Young Writers Awards booklet

 

Scribes Writers - "Poetic Licence"

Closing Date: 30/06/2017 (Entry form available on their website in February)
Open to: All
Theme: Open

*
Accepts:
A. Traditional Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $7

Prize: First: $200, Second: $100
*

Accepts:
B. Free Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $7

Prize: First: $200, Second: $100

NEW LISTING
The Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/06/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry collection
Size: 16 - 23 pages
Entry Fee: €25
Prize
: First: €1000, publication and 50 copies, Second:  €500, publication and 50 copies
In addition,
"The winning poets will also be offered a reading and given three nights' accommodation at the 2018 Cork International Poetry Festival. At least one of the prizewinners guaranteed to be a debutante publication"


University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize

Closing Date:
30/06/2017
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 28/02/2017. $20 if submitted after that date. Tertiary (university) students - $10
Prizes:
First:
$15,000, Second: $5,000

NEW LISTING
Wells Festival of Literature Competition

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/06/2017
Open to:
All
Theme:
Open
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
40 lines
Entry Fee:
 £6
Prizes:
First:
£750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Hilly Cansdale Local Poetry Prize: £100
*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
 £6
Prizes:
First:
£750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Hilly Cansdale Local Poetry Prize: £100
*
Accepts:
A Book for Children (9+)
Size:
First three chapters plus a synopsis (Shortlisted entrants asked for complete manuscript)
Entry Fee:
 £6
Prizes:
First:
£750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Hilly Cansdale Local Poetry Prize: £100
 

 

JULY 2017

NEW LISTING
ACU Prize for Poetry

Closing Date: 03/07/2017
Open to: Citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Any international student currently studying at an Australian University may also enter
Theme: Joy
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
$25

Prize: First: $10,000, Second: $5,000, Third: $3,000

NEW LISTING
The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Closing Date: 03/07/2017
Open to: Unpublished Australian residents aged 18 years or older
Theme: Adult Fiction and Adult narrative non-fiction (NOT plays, poetry, practical non-fiction or works for children)
Accepts:
Fiction and narrative non-fiction
Size: First three chapters plus synopsis (Max 20,000 words)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $10,000 and 12-month mentorship with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers

NEW LISTING

Society of Women Writers NSW Inc - National Short Story
Closing Date: 10/07/2017
Open to: Australian residentsl
Theme: Not mentioned

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
$35, ($25 for members)

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

NEW LISTING

Churchill & District News Short Story and Poetry Competition
Closing Date:
13/07/2017
Open to:
All
Theme:
Open
*
Accepts:
 Open - Primary age children (7 - 10) story or poem
Size:
Story: 500 words, Poetry: 20 lines
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 Open - Secondary age children (11 - 13) story or poem
Size:
Story: 500 words, Poetry: 20 lines
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 Open - Secondary age children (14 - 17) story or poem
Size:
Story: 500 - 2,000 words, Poetry: 8 - 48 lines
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 Open - Adults (18+) Short Story
Size:
Story: 1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: 
 $3
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 Open - Adults (18+) Poetry
Size:
Story: 8 - 48 lines
Entry Fee: 
 $3
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 Local - Children's (7 and under) story or poem or picture story
Size:
Story: 500 words, Poetry: 20 lines
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 Local - Children's (8 - 10) story or poem
Size:
Story: 500 words, Poetry: 20 lines
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 Children's (11 - 13) story
Size:
500 words
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 Children's (11 - 13) poetry
Size:
20 lines
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*

Accepts:
 Children's (14 - 17) story
Size:
500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 Children's (14 - 17) poetry
Size:
8 - 48 lines
Entry Fee:
50 cents
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 Local - Adults (18+) Short Story
Size:
1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: 
 $3
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 Local - Adults (18+) Poetry
Size:
8 - 48 lines
Entry Fee: 
 $3
Prizes:
Prizes not specified
*
Accepts:
 Local - A Children's story (ie. written for children)
Size:
1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: 
 $3
Prizes:
Prizes not specified

NEW LISTING
Vallum Award for Poetry
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/07/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $USD 25 for up to three entries (includes 1 year digital subscription)
Prize
: First: $CDN 750 & publication, Second: $CDN 250 & publication

The Post Office Hotel Bronze Spur Award

Closing Date: 21/07/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Rural Australia, its people, animals, way of life and values

Accepts:
Bush Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: Bronze Spur Trophy & $300, Second: $150, Third: $75

NEW LISTING
Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Writing Competition
Closing Date: 28/07/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Poetry - 5 - 7 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $30 & Certificate, Third: $20 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $10 & Certificate
*
Accepts:
Poetry - 8 - 10 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $60 & Certificate, Third: $40 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $10 & Certificate
*
Accepts:
Poetry - 11 - 13 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $120, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $80 & Certificate, Third: $50 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $10 & Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - 14 - 15 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $90 & Certificate, Third: $60 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $15 & Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - 16 - 17 years
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $150 & Certificate, Third: $100 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $15 & Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - Open Age - Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $600, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $250 & Certificate, Third: $150 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $20 & Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - Open Age - Other Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $600, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $250 & Certificate, Third: $150 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $20 & Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - Open Age - Local Poets
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $600, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $250 & Certificate, Third: $150 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $20 & Certificate
*
Accepts: Poetry - Open Age - Picture Ipswich Theme
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $300, Certificate & Bronze Medallion, Second: $170 & Certificate, Third: $250 & Certificate, Highly Commended: $20 & Certificate
*
ADDITIONAL PRIZES
OVERALL WINNER IN OPEN AGE: Babies of Walloon Statuette
CHAIRPERSON'S ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD: 5 - 17 years: $50 & Certificate
CHAIRPERSON'S ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD: Open Age: $100 & Certificate
CHAIRPERSON'S SCHOOL AWARD: $150 & Certificate
MENTORSHIP AWARD: 15hr with a professional Australian Poet (valued at $1050) & Certificate


NEW LISTING
InkTears Flash Fiction Competition
UK competition
Closing Date:
31/07/2017
Open to:
UK + International,18 years and over
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: £3;50
Prizes
: First: £250, Runner-up: £50, Highly commended x 4: £25, All winners: Story published to the InkTears Readership

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - July
Closing Date:
31/07/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Tackle
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
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
Irish Competition

Closing Date: 31/07/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: €15
Prize
: First: €2,000, publication in the literary journal Southword, AND a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat, Second: €500 and publication in Southword, Shortlisted x 4: publication in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120

NEW LISTING
Stories of Life
Closing Date: 31/07/2017
Open to: Australian citizens or those residing permanently in Australia
Theme: Spiritual moments/events from your life that speak of your Christian faith (See website for more detail)

*
Accepts:
Eternity Matters Stories of Life - Short Story - Open
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500, 4 x Runners-up: $250
*

Accepts:
Tabor Stories of Life - Short Story - Open
Size: 1,000 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500, 4 x Runners-up: $250

*
Accepts:
Lutheran Schools Association Young Stories - Short Story - aged 17 and under
Size: 500 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500, 4 x Runners-up: $250

NEW LISTING
The Veteran Community Story Writing & Art Competition
ART, CRAFT & PHOTOGRAPHY SECTIONS AVAILABLE
(Additional special awards relating to these sections)

Closing Date:
31/07/2017
Open to: Members of the ex-service community residing in Victoria (see website) aged 18 and over
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1A
Theme: True Wartime Experience
Accepts:
Prose
Word Limit: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250 & Certificate & The Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Award - Cheque, Second: $125 & Certificate, Third: $10 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate, Encouragement: The Lou Perlstein Award for Story Writing True Wartime Experience - Cheque and Engraved Plaque
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1B

Theme: True Life Experience
Accepts:
Prose
Word Limit: 3,000 words

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250 & Certificate, Second: $125 & Certificate, Third: $100 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate
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1C
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction
Word Limit: 3,000 words

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250 & Certificate, Second: $125 & Certificate, Third: $100 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate
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1D
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Word Limit: 3,000 words

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250 & Certificate, Second: $125 & Certificate, Third: $100 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate, Encouragement: Vice Admiral W.R. Creswell Poetry Encouragement Award in memory of Lloyd and Vera Saltmarsh – Framed photograph of the Vice Admiral
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1E
Theme: Australian Spirit - at home and abroad
Accepts:
Prose
Word Limit: 3,000 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $250 & Certificate& National Servicemen’s Association (Northern Branch) Special Award - Cheque, Second: $125 & Certificate, Third: $100 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate

ADDITIONAL SPECIAL PRIZES
The Sir Edmund Herring Memorial Prize - Engraved Silver Tray:
Awarded to the most outstanding first prize entry

The John Quinlivan TPI Special Recognition Award - Engraved plaque: For a winner and a runner-up who produced  entries under special hardship
Legacy Novice Award for a First Year Entrant in Writing – Cheque and certificate: For First time writing entrants to a winner and runner-up deemed worthy of encouragement

 

AUGUST 2017

NEW LISTING
Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards
Closing Date: 24/08/2017
Theme: Specific reference to an Australasian Rural experience: Local Stories, People, Places and Events
*
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
*
Non fiction 'bonus': $100 Dymock Voucher


NEW LISTING

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

NEW LISTING
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

SEPTEMBER 2017


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
*
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

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

 

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

 

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
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

OCTOBER 2017

NEW LISTING
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
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

 

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
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
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