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Last updated 02/05/2015

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.

 

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA)  are again offering a fellowship in 2015. The fellowship will support creative projects based on using one or more of the university libraries’ special collections. The fellowship has been made possible through a grant from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. 
Applications for the fellowship close on the 29th of May 2015.
Go to the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund's website for more information

 

NEW LISTINGS THIS MONTH

Boroondara Literary Awards
Dungala-Kaiela Writing Awards
Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards
FAWQ Flash Fiction Competition
Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Short Story Competition
Imagination Creation Western Union Young Writers
Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Award
Marjorie Barnard Award
Mental Health Foundation Schools Creative Writing Competition
Mona Brand Short Story Competition
Patron's Prize for Poets
Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards
SAETA Spring Poetry Festival
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
SLQ Young Writers Award
The Carmel Bird Award
The Caterpillar Short Story Prize
The Kembla Flame
The Post Office Hotel Bronze Spur Award
Thunderbolt Prize
Toowoomba Writers' Festival Literary Prize

THROUGH THE YEAR

Field of Words Writing Competition
Closing Date: Bi-Annual
Open to:
Australian Citizens 18 years or older
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $20

Prize
:First:
$500, Runner-up: $100

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

Theme: Per entry details

Accepts: Per entry details

Size: Per entry details
Entry Fee: Per entry details

Prize
:
Per entry details

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

Theme: Dark fiction

Accepts: Short Story

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

MAY 2015

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 01/05/2015
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
$20 ($15 for ABR subscribers) or choose to subscribe with your entry (see website)
Prizes:
First:
$5,000, Second: $2,000, Third: $1,000

The Valerie Parv Award
Closing Date: 01/05/2015
Open to:
Aspiring or Emerging writers - check website for full definition
Theme:
Romance/Romantic elements
Accepts:
Novels
Size:
First 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

Stringybark Travellers' Tales Award
Closing Date: 03/05/2015
Theme: Account of an actual event

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Non-fiction or semi-fictional

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: $9.95 for 1, $18.90 for 2, $27.00 for 3  -  $15 for optional feedback
Prizes
:
First: $375 + publication + certificate + e-book + paperback + choice of any Stringybark book (other than the 2015 Stringybark Travellers' Tales Award book) (Value $407), Second: $175 + publication + certificate + e-book + paperback + choice of any Stringybark book (other than the 2015 Stringybark Travellers' Tales Award book) (Value $207), Third: $75 + publication + certificate + e-book + paperback + choice of any Stringybark book (2015 Stringybark Travellers' Tales Award book) (Value $107), Highly commended: possible publication + e-book (Value approximately $88)

The Word Hut 18th Short Story Writing Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 03/05/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
£4
Prize
: First: £70, Second: £35, Third: £15

What Matters? NSW/ACT
Closing Date: 06/05/2015
Open to:
Students in NSW and ACT
Theme:
What matters to you and why
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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
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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
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OVERALL WINNER (across NSW/ACT and Tasmania): Ipad

Dangerously Poetic Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 15/05/2015
Open to:
All
Theme:
Change
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
100 lines
Entry Fee:
$15, $5 for each additional
Prizes:
First:
$500, a 3 day pass to the Byron Bay Writers Festival 2015, publication in Dangerously Poetic's upcoming anthology (projected launch date 4/2016), a free copy of the anthology and an opportunity to read the poem at an offsite Festival event, Second: $100, 1 day pass (Sunday) to Byron Bay Writers Festival 2015, publication in Dangerously Poetic's upcoming anthology and an opportunity to read poem at an offsite Festival event.

Bush Lantern Award 2015
Closing Date: 22/05/2015
Open to:
All
Theme:
Australian Bush verse
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
100 lines
Entry Fee:
$8, $20 for 3
Prizes:
First:
Bush Lantern Award Trophy & $200, Second: Certificate & $100, Third: Certificate & $75

Bush Lantern Award 2015 - Junior
Closing Date: 22/05/2015
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Open to:
Primary School students
Theme:
Australian Bush verse
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
24 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
Trophy & $30, Second: Certificate & $20, Third: Certificate & $10
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Open to:
Secondary School students
Theme:
Australian Bush verse
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
40 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: First:
Trophy & $50, Second: Certificate & $30, Third: Certificate & $20

SAETA Young Writers Award
 
Closing Date: 22/05/2015
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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
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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: 22/05/2015
Open to:
Students from Years 3 to 12
Theme:
Open
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Accepts:
Years 3 & 4: Short Story
Size:
300 - 400 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$70, Second: $30 book voucher

Accepts:
Years 5 & 6: Short Story
Size:
300 - 500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
First:
$80, Second: $50 book voucher

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

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

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

ZineWest 2015
Closing Date: 25/05/2015
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
 

GRIFFITH REVIEW - The Novella Project III Competition
Closing Date:
29/05/2015
Open to:
Australian and New Zealand authors
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Novella
Size:
35,000 words max (preferred is 10,000 - 25,000 words)
Entry Fee:
$50, Griffith REVIEW subscribers = $35
Prizes:
Pool of $25,000

HBCA Annual Writing Competition
Closing Date: 29/05/2015
Open to:
All
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Novella
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prizes:
First:
$150, Second: $75, Third: $50, Highly Commended: Certificate

NEW LISTING
Patron's Prize for Poets
Closing Date: 29/05/2015
Open to:
Australian Resident
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
50 lines
Entry Fee:
$10, $20 for 3, $30 for 5
Prizes:
First:
$200, Second: $100, Third: $50, Novice Poet: $50,Judge's Encouragement Award: $50, Highly Commended x 4: Certificate, Commended x 4: Certificate

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
29/05/2015
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 3101/2015. $20 if submitted after that date. Tertiary (university) students - $10
Prizes:
First:
$15,000, Second: $5,000

AHWA Flash & Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/05/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Horror Stories

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Accepts:
Flash Fiction
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: Paid publication in Midnight Echo and an engraved plaque
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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,001 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: Paid publication in Midnight Echo and an engraved plaque

The Best of Times Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
31/05/2015
Open to:
All (except stories that have previously won a prize or certificate in prior Best of Times
Theme: Humorous
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $500. Second: $100, Third place, highly commended and commended certificates will be awarded too.

Boree Log Award for Bush Verse
Closing Date: 31/05/2015
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: 31/05/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None

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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
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Accepts:
Category 3: Memoir
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5 or $20 for 5
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
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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
FAWQ Flash Fiction Competition
losing Date: 31/05/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Harvest

Accepts:
Category 1: Short Story
Size: 250 words
Entry Fee: $5 or $12 for 3
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $50
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Positive Words Mini Competition - May
Closing Date:
31/05/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Cruise
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
  31/05/2015 : Early Deadline
  31/07/2015 : Regular Deadline
  31/08/2015 : Late Deadline
Open to: All where each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than £20,000 in writing fees.
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Feature script
Size: Close to standard 80-120 pages as possible
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: £25, Regular Deadline: £30, Late Deadline: £35
Prize
: First: £2,000 , Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies, Subscription to Celtx Premium Studio & Suite of Mobile & Desktop Apps, Comprehensive Script Report/Coverage, Free IMDB Pro Account, Inktip Script Listing, The Coffee Break Screenwriting Book, Filmcraft: Screenwriting Book,Its on the Grid Professional Members,
Second:
£500, Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies, Subscription to Celtx Premium Studio & Suite of Mobile & Desktop Apps, Comprehensive Script Report/Coverage, Free IMDB Pro Account, Inktip Script Listing, The Coffee Break Screenwriting Book, Filmcraft: Screenwriting Book, Its on the Grid Professional Members,
Third:
£200, Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies, Subscription to Celtx Premium Studio & Suite of Mobile & Desktop Apps, Free IMDB Pro Account, Inktip Script Listing, The Coffee Break Screenwriting Book, Filmcraft: Screenwriting Book, Its on the Grid Professional Members,
Fourth:
Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies, Subscription to Celtx Premium Studio & Suite of Mobile & Desktop Apps, Free IMDB Pro Account, Inktip Script Listing, The Coffee Break Screenwriting Book, Filmcraft: Screenwriting Book, Its on the Grid Professional Members,
Fifth:
Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies, Subscription to Celtx Premium Studio & Suite of Mobile & Desktop Apps, Free IMDB Pro Account, Inktip Script Listing, The Coffee Break Screenwriting Book, Filmcraft: Screenwriting Book, Its on the Grid Professional Members
*
Accepts:
Short script
Size: Close to standard 3-30 pages as possible
Entry Fee: Early Deadline: £20, Regular Deadline: £25, Late Deadline: £30
Prize
: First: £500 , Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies, Free IMDB Pro Account, Filmcraft: Screenwriting Book
Second: £250 , Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies, Free IMDB Pro Account, Filmcraft: Screenwriting Book
Third: Script sent to 100+ Productions Companies

Tethered by Letters Spring Literary Competition
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/05/2015
Open to: All
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 500 & publication, 5 x finalists: consideration for publication
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 55, 250 or 500 words
Entry Fee: $US 7 or 3 for $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 150 & publication, 5 x finalists: consideration for publication
*
Theme:
None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: three pages
Entry Fee: $US 7 or 3 for $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 150 & publication, 5 x finalists: consideration for publication

The Australian / Vogel's Literary Award
Closing Date:
31/05/2015
Open to: Australian residents aged under 35 years on 31 May 2015
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 2015

Grieve Writing Competition

Closing Date: 01/06/2015
Open to: Over 18
Theme: Grief
Accepts:
Prose or poetry
Size: Prose: 500 words, Poetry: 36 lines
Entry Fee:
$11

Prizes:
$1,000
- For a story selected by the judge from The National Association of Loss and Grief
$1,000 For a story selected by the judge from
 The Australian Funeral Directors Association
$500 - For a story selected by the judge from The National Association of Loss and Grief
$200 - For a story selected by the judge from 
Calvary Mater Hospital Pastoral Care
$200 - For a story selected by the judge from Hunter Writers Centre
$150 - For a story selected by the judge from 
Good Grief - Seasons for Growth program 
- seeking a story or poem about a Grief or Loss other than death/dying
$100 Hunter New England Health Mental Health Services Award
$100 People's Choice award donated by 
Maclean's Booksellers 
$100 Hunter Writers Centre member's prize - you must be a member of Hunter Writers Centre to receive this

 

The Lyndall Hadow/Donald Stuart Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
01/06/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $400,Second: $100, 2 x Highly Commended: $50

 

Broken Ski Award
Closing Date: 02/06/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Not mentioned but check website
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Accepts: Open poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Not mentioned
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Accepts: Junior High School - 12 to 18 - poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Not mentioned
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Accepts: Junior Primary School - under 12 - poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Not mentioned

 

Society of Women Writers Competitions
Closing Date: 09/06/2015
Open to: Australian residentsl
Theme: Giving Women a Voice

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

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

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

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

 

Shoalhaven Literary Award - Short Story

Closing Date: 12/06/2015
Open to: Residents of Australia aged 18 and over
Theme: None

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

Prize: First: $1,000 with a two-week artist residency at Bundanon, Second: $300, Third: $100, Encouragement Award for Shoalhaven resident: $200

 

Tim Winton Award
Closing Date: 14/06/2015
Open to: School students aged between 5 and 8 in Western Australia
Theme: None

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Accepts:
A. Years 1 & 2 - prose
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: Awards to top three entries
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Accepts:
B. Years 3 & 4 - prose
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: Awards to top three entries

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Accepts:
C. Years 5 & 6 - prose
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: Awards to top three entries
*

Accepts:
D. Years 7. 8 & 9 - prose
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: Awards to top three entries
*

Accepts:
E. Years 10, 11 & 12 - prose
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize: Awards to top three entries
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Most outstanding: Tim Winton Award

 

ACU Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 16/06/2015
Open to: Citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Any international student currently studying at an Australian University may also enter
Theme: Peace, Tolerance and Understanding
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:
$20

Prize: First: $,7,000, Second: $2,000, Third: $1,000

 

NEW LISTING
Imagination Creation Westion Union Young Writers
Closing Date:
19/06/2015
Open to: 18 years and under
Theme:
None
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Accepts: Poetry - 10 years and under
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize:
First: $60, Second: $30

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Accepts: Story/Prose - 10 years and under
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize:
First: $60, Second: $30

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Accepts: Poetry - 11 - 14 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize:
First: $80, Second: $40

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Accepts: Story/Prose - 11 - 14 years

Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize:
First: $80, Second: $40
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Accepts: Poetry - 15 - 18 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize:
First: $100, Second: $50

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Accepts: Story/Prose - 15 - 18 years

Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize:
First: $100, Second: $50
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OTHER AWARDS
Illustrated Story Award:
First: $50, Second: $25
Sherryl Clark Award: $50
Wyhham Local Award: $50 x 4
Graphic Short Story Award:
First: $50, Second: $25

Newcastle Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
19/06/2015

Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, aged over 18 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Poem or Suite of poems
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: $33
Prize:
First: $12,000, Second: $5,000, Third: $1,000, Local Award: $500, Harri Jones Memorial Prize (for a poet under 35 years): $250, Hunter Writers Centre members' award: $200

NEW LISTING
Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards
Closing Date: 19/06/2015
Open to: Students in years 4 - 13 studying in the Mid West Region
Theme: None
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Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 4 & 5 - 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
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Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 4 & 5 - 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
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Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 6 & 7 - 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
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Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 6 & 7 - 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
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Accepts: Lower Secondary - Year 8 & 9 - 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
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Accepts: Lower Secondary - Year 8 & 9 - 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
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Accepts: Middle Secondary - Year 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
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Accepts: Middle Secondary - Year 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
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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
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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
 

V. S. Pritchett Memorial Prize
UK COMPETITION

Closing Date: 22/06/2015
Open to: Citizens of the UK, the Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth countries or have been resident in one of the aforementioned countries for the past three years
Theme: None

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 4,000 words
Entry Fee:
£5

Prize: First: £1,000, publication in Prospect online and the RSL Review.

 

HBCA Annual Youth Writing Competition
Closing Date: 26/06/2015
Open to: Australian students
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Grade 8 - 12: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $100 & Certificate, Runner Up: $50 & Certificate

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Accepts:
Grade 5 - 7: Short Story
Size: You will need to verify words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $50 & Certificate
*

Accepts:
Grade 4 and under: Short Story
Size: 400 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $25 & Certificate

*
School Prize, Fraser Coast Only: Best Primary Class Effort: $100 & certificate

 

8th International Junior Authors Short Story Contest
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/06/2015
Open to: Aged 9 to 21 (as at 30 June)
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Ages 19 - 21: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice) & certificate, Second: $30 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Third: $25 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fourth: $20 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fifth: $15 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Sixth: $10 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate
*
Accepts:
Ages 17 - 18: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice) & certificate, Second: $30 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Third: $25 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fourth: $20 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fifth: $15 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Sixth: $10 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate
*
Accepts:
Ages 15 - 16: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice) & certificate, Second: $30 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Third: $25 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fourth: $20 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fifth: $15 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Sixth: $10 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate
*
Accepts:
Ages 13 - 14: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice) & certificate, Second: $30 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Third: $25 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fourth: $20 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fifth: $15 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Sixth: $10 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate
*
Accepts:
Ages 11 - 12: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice) & certificate, Second: $30 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Third: $25 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fourth: $20 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Fifth: $15 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate, Sixth: $10 CAD Coupon for the LTC store & certificate
*
Accepts:
Ages 10 & Under - Non-competitive/development category
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: All entrants receive a participation gift. Submissions in this category will be accepted even if the rules are not followed perfectly


Cowley Literary Award
Closing Date: 30/06/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction and Non-Fiction
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:
$25

Prize: First: $5,000, Runner-up: $1,000

 

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 30/06/2015
Open to:
School Students enrolled in Australian education facilities

Theme: Optional theme: The open door

*
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:
Community Relations Commission (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 (the Sheelah Baxter Award): $1,000, trophy & prize pack
*
SECONDARY SCHOOL AWARD: $1,000, trophy & prize pack

 

Henry Savery National Short Story Award

Closing Date: 30/06/2015
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5

Prize: First: $400, Second: $100
 

Joe O'Sullivan Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 30/06/2015
Open to: Western Australian resident
Theme: Heritage
Accepts:
Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 2,000 - 4,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10

Prize: First: $1,000

 

Joyce Parkes Women's Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 30/06/2015
Open to: Australian Women
Theme: Conflict
Accepts:
Prose, Fact or Fiction
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$10

Prize: First: $500

 

The Moth International Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION

Closing Date: 30/06/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 6,000 words
Entry Fee: €12
Prize
: First: €3,000, Second: a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel), Third: €1,000.

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - June
Closing Date:
30/06/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Obstacle
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

Scribes Writers - "Poetic Licence"

Closing Date: 30/06/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Open

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

Prize: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates at the judges' discretion
*

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

Prize: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates at the judges' discretion

 

The Moth International Short Story Prize

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/06/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Open

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 6,000 words
Entry Fee: €12

Prize: First: €3,000, Second: a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel), Third: €1,000

JULY 2015

Future Leaders Writing Prize
Closing Date:
01/07/2015
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

Questions Writing Prize
Closing Date: 01/07/2015
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

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
09/07/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Adult: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, £3.50 thereafter (Additional 0.75p if pay via Paypal)
Prize
: First: £1,000 and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales. www.tynewydd.org, Second: £500, Third: £250
*
Accepts:
Young people (12 - 17): Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first poem, £1.50 thereafter (Additional 0.75p if pay via Paypal)
Prize
: First: £100,  Second: £50, Third: £25
*
Accepts:
Children (11 and under): Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first poem, £1.50 thereafter (Additional 0.75p if pay via Paypal)
Prize
: First: £25 book token,  Second: £15 book token, Third: £10 book token

NEW LISTING
 SLQ Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 15/07/2015
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, Runner-up: $500, Highly Commended x 4, Other prizes (not clear how awarded): 12 month youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre, 12 month membership to Australian Writers Marketplace online, Admission to a Queensland Writers Centre industry seminar & Brisbane Writers Festival prize pack.
*
Accepts:
Short Story - 15 to 17 years old
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Apple iPad air 2 & $100 iTunes gift voucher, Runner-up: Kindle Paperwhite NextGen & $50 Amazon gift voucher, Highly Commended x 4, Other prizes (not clear how awarded): 12 month youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre & Admission to a Queensland Writers Centre industry seminar

Vallum Award for Poetry
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/07/2015
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

IEU Literary Competition
Note: Limitations of entries per School
Closing Date: 19/07/2015
Open to: Students in years 6-12 and teachers from all schools across Queensland and from independent schools across the Northern Territory.
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
A. Years 11-12

1. Poem, 2, Short Story,  3. Non-fiction Prose
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 600-1,500 words, Non-fiction prose: 600 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
*
Accepts:
B. Years 9-10

1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 500-1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts:
C. Years 7-8

1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 500-1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts:
D. Year 6

1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size:
Poem: not mentioned, Short Story: 400-800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts:
E. Open (Teachers):
Short Story
Size:
800-2,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100

Tasmania Literary Award
Closing Date: 19/07/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,300 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prize
: First: $1,500, Second: $350, Third: $150, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

NEW LISTING
The Post Office Hotel Bronze Spur Award
Closing Date: 20/07/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Rural Australia, its people, animals, way of life and values

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

Yarram Community Learning Centre Inc Short Story & Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 20/07/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 8 - 48 lines
Entry Fee: $3
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $50

NEW LISTING
Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards
Closing Date: 31/07/2015
Theme: Specific reference to an Australian Rural experience
*
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 Towang, Tumbarumba and Indigo Shires
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $500

InkTears Flash Fiction Competition
UK competition
Closing Date:
31/07/2015
Open to:
UK + International,18 years and over
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: £3, 2 for £5, 3 for £6.50, 4 for £7.50
Prizes
: First: £250, Runner-up: £50, Highly commended x 4: £25, All winners: Story published to the InkTears Readership

NEW LISTING
Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Writing Competition
Closing Date: 24/07/2015
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
*

ADDITIONAL PRIZES
OVERALL WINNER IN OPEN AGE: Babies of Walloon Statuette
IPSWICH THEME - 5 - 13 years: $50 & Certificate
IPSWICH THEME - 14 - 17 years: $100 & Certificate
IPSWICH THEME - Open Age: $150 & Certificate
CHAIRPERSON'S ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD: 5 - 17 years: $50 & Certificate
CHAIRPERSON'S ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD: Open Age: $100 & Certificate
CHAIRPERSON'S SCHOOL AWARD: $10 & Certificate
MENTORSHIP AWARD: 15hr with a professional Australian Poet (valued at $1050) & Certificate

NEW LISTING
Mental Health Foundation Schools Creative Writing Competition
Closing Date: 31/07/2015
Open to: Students enrolled in Years 5 - 12 in Victorian Schools
Theme: What you feel, think of, or have experienced about mental health issues

*
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

Positive Words Mini Competition - July
Closing Date:
31/07/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Cheesecake
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

NEW LISTING
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition
Irish Competition

Closing Date: 31/07/2015
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

 

Victorian Veterans Community Story Writing and Art Competition
ART, CRAFT & PHOTOGRAPHY SECTIONS AVAILABLE
(Additional special awards relating to these sections)

Special writing category for 2015 is "Centenary of Anzac - 100 Years of Service".

Closing Date: 31/07/2015
Open to: Members of the ex-service community residing in Victoria (see website) aged 18 and over
*
1A
Theme: True Wartime Experience
Accepts:
Prose
Word Limit: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate & The Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Award - Cheque, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate, Encouragement: The Lou Perlstein Award for Story Writing True Wartime Experience - Cheque and Engraved Plaque
*
1B

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

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate
*
1C
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction
Word Limit: 3,000 words

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & Certificate, Honourable Mentions: Certificate
*
1D
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Word Limit: 3,000 words

Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & 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
*
1E
Theme: Mateship - Stories of Companionship

Accepts:
Prose
Word Limit: 1,500 words

Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $200 & Certificate& National Servicemen’s Association (Northern Branch) Special Award - Cheque, Second: $100 & Certificate, Third: $75 & 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 2015

Umoja Orphanage Writing Competition
Per Website: ALL proceeds to Umoja Orphanage Kenya (Reg. Charity CH2110) and sponsorship of volunteering to Orphanage Kenya project (a Project of RAWCS) a project sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club Bundaberg.
Closing Date: 06/08/2015
Open to: Residents of Australia
Theme: Child
Accepts:
Short Fiction, essay or travel article
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prize
: First: $150 with trophy, certificate and publication on the hosts' websites , Second: $50 with certificate and publication on the hosts' websites, Third: Certificate and publication on the hosts' websites

NEW LISTING
SAETA Spring Poetry Festival
Closing Date: 07/08/2015
Open to: Students and teaches in Australian Schools
Theme: None

*
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

NEW LISTING
The Kembla Flame
Closing Date: 14/08/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Distinctly Australian
Accepts:
Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $6 for 1, $15 for 3
Prize
: First: "The Kembla Flame" trophy, $500 and certificate, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates may be award, The Kembla Star: $100

Knightville Poetry Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 20/08/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 150 lines
Entry Fee: $US 20 for up to three poems
Prize
: First: $US 1,500

Machigonne Fiction Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 20/08/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 20
Prize
: First: $US 1,500

NEW LISTING
Thunderbolt Prize
Closing Date: 24/08/2015
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: Crime

*
Accepts:
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500
*

Accepts:
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Non-Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500
*

Accepts:
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500

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

 
NEW LISTING
Boroondara Literary Awards
Closing Date: 29/08/2015
Open to: Australian Residents, Young Writers: Live, Work or study in the City of Boroondara
Theme: Open

*
Accepts:
Open Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,500, Second: $1,000, Third: $500, Highly Commended x 4: $50, Keith Carroll Award: $500
 
*
Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Junior -Years 5 - 6 - Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $50
*

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Junior -Years 5 - 6 -  - Prose
Size: 300 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $50
 *
Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Middle -Years 7 - 9 - Poetry
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200
*

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Middle -Years 7 - 9 -  - Prose
Size: 300 - 900 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200
 *
Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Senior -Years 10 - 12 - Poetry
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200
*

Accepts:
Young Writers (Boroondara) - Senior -Years 10 - 12 -  - Prose
Size: 900 - 1,300 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200

NEW LISTING
Dungala-Kaiela Writing
Closing Date: 31/08/2015
Open to: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a connection to the Goulburn Valley region
Theme: Open

*
Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Open
Size: 500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $400, Highly Commended
*

Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Highly Commended
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Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Junior - Up to 12 years
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75, Highly Commended
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Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Open
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $400, Highly Commended
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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, Highly Commended
*

Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Junior - Up to 12 years
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75, Highly Commended
*

Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Open
Size: 6 - 40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200, Highly Commended
*

Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 6 - 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100, Highly Commended
*

Accepts:
Poem/Lyric/Rap - Upt to 12 years
Size: 5 - 10 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50, Highly Commended

NEW LISTING
Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2015
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: $2
Prize
: First: $150
*

Accepts:
Section 2 - Short Story - Yrs 7, 8 & 9
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: First: $150
*

Accepts:
Section 3 - Short Story - Yrs 5 & 6
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: First: $100
*

Accepts:
Section 4 - Short Story - Yrs 4 and under
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: First: $50

NEW LISTING
Mona Brand Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $7
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Third: $50

Positive Words Mini Competition - August
Closing Date:
31/08/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Empty
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

NEW LISTING
The Carmel Bird Award
Closing Date: 31/08/2015
Open to: Australian citizens and persons residing in Australia over 18 years old
Theme: New Crime writing
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $500

 

NEW LISTING
Toowoomba Writers' Festival Literary Prize
Closing Date: 31/08/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: Total pool across categories: $550 and publication
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: Total pool across categories: $550 and publication

SEPTEMBER 2015
NEW LISTING
Marjorie Barnard Award
Closing Date:
25/09/2015
Open to:
Permanent residents of Australia
Theme: None

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

Positive Words Mini Competition - September
Closing Date:
30/09/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Sister
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

NEW LISTING

The Caterpillar Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/09/2015
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
: €1,000

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2015

Positive Words Mini Competition - October
Closing Date:
31/10/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Brother
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

NOVEMBER 2015

Positive Words Mini Competition - November
Closing Date:
30/11/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Bank
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

DECEMBER 2015

Positive Words Mini Competition - December
Closing Date:
31/12/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Swim
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words