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Last updated 07/03/2017

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


 

REBUILDING FRIENDSHIP HOUSE

Friendship House in Myrtleford, Victoria, needs a serious amount of renovation. This Hall is the home of the 1st Myrtleford Scout Group which has been going for 106 years.

Any donations toward this project would be greatly appreciated and can be forwarded to the 1st Myrtleford Scout Group: PO Box 4, Myrtleford VIC 3737.
Please included a note stating that your donation is for the Friendship House project.

If you enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope a receipt can be returned to you (donations over $2 to Scout Groups are tax deductible within Australia).

If you want more details then please contact us: info@austwriters.com

 

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

AskPetersen Scholarship: Essay Writing Contest
Boree Log Award for Bush Poetry
Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Eastwood/Hills Fellowship of Australian Writers Literary Competition
Grieve Project
KSP Memoir Competition
KSP Poetry Competition
KSP Short Fiction Competition

My Brother Jack Awards
Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition
Scribes Writers - 'Short Takes' Competition
Shoalhaven Literary Award
Shore Scripts
South Perth Young Writers Award
The Australian / Vogel's Literary Award
The Best of Times Short Story Competition
The Post Office Hotel Bronze Spur Award
The Stringbark Seven Deadly Sins Award
What Matters? Tasmania
Whitsunday Voices Short Story Competition
Write4Fun Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition

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

 

MARCH 2017

 

Mulga Bill Writing Award
Closing Date:
02/03/2017
Open to: All
*
Theme: "Eaglehawk" must appear in bold at least once
Accepts:
"The Boldrewood": Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $500, Second: $150
*
Theme: "Eaglehawk" must appear in bold at least once
Accepts:
"The Llewellyn": Poetry
Size: 25 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50

 

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Closing Date:
06/03/2017
Open to: 18 years and over and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: Biograpical
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,000


The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
06/03/2017
Open to: 18 years and over and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry

Size:
30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500


The Young Adas
Closing Date:
06/03/2017
Open to: aged between 14 - 18 years and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250

 

Nakata Brophy Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
Closing Date: 10/03/2017
Open to:
Indigenous writers who are 30 years or younger, Australian Citizen or permanent residents of Australia

Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 88 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $5,000, publication and offered a place as Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College for a period of up to three months.2 x Runner-up: May be awarded, not detailed

RACV Writing Competition

Closing Date: 12/03/2017
Open to:
RACV Members based in Victoria

Theme: Must end with "...and that's why I'll always be with RACV"
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 - 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $500 RACV voucher and publication in RoyalAuto and/or on the RACV website. Runner-up: $300 RACV voucher and possible publication,Second Runner-up: $150 RACV voucher and possible publication,

 

Calibre Prize 2017
Closing Date: 15/03/2017
Theme: None

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Non-fiction essay
Size: 3,000 - 7,000 words
Entry Fee: $24 (or $15 for ABR subscribers or full-time students)
Prizes
: First: $5,000, Second: $2,500


Limnisa Short Story Competition
GREEK COMPETITION

Closing Date: 15/03/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story

Size:
3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil but must Like Facebook page or Follow on Twitter, AND share the competition, (£25 for a professional evaluation)
Prizes
: First: One week Writers' Retreat or Workshop in 2017 or 2018 at Limnisa (near Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece). All inclusive: Full board, 7 nights accommodation in single room, optional daily yoga sessions, literary evening, use of all Limnisa facilities: beach, bikes, international library etc. OR five online sessions of personal tutoring, Second: 50% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above) OR a free online session of personal tutoring or feedback on written work., Third: 50% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above). OR a free online session of personal tutoring or feedback on written work.2 x Runners up: 25% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above).

 

The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 23/03/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Light/Dark
Accepts: Short Story

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

Laura Literary Awards - The CJ Dennis Poetry Awards
Closing Date:
24/03/2017
Theme:
None
*
SECTION 5 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
*
SECTION 6 - OPEN BUSH POETRY

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

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

 

Laura Literary Awards - The Flinders News Prose Awards
Closing Date:
24/03/2017
Theme:
None
*
SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
*
SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
*
SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
9 - 12 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
*
SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 8 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15

 

British Theatre Challenge
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/03/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Play

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

 

Alan Marshall Short Story Award
Closing Date: 31/03/2017
Open to: Australian writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Short stories
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $20, Local Category = Nil
Prizes: Open Section: $2,000 + mentoring through Austraian Society of Authors and a 12-month ASA membership. Local Section: $700 + mentoring through Writers Victoria and a 12-month WV membership

NEW LISTING
AskPetersen Scholarship: Essay Writing Contest
US COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/03/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Select one of the topics listed on the website
Accepts:
Essay
Size: 700 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $US 1,000, Second: $US 700, Third: $US 500

 

Copper Triangle Writers' Group Literary Competition
Closing Date: 31/03/2017
Open to:
All
Theme:
Open
*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$5, $10 for three entries
Prizes:
First:  
$300, Second: $75, Third: $25
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
60 lines
Entry Fee:
$5, $10 for three entries
Prizes:
First:  
$300, Second: $75, Third: $25

FAW Tasmania Nairda Lyne Award
Closing Date: 31/03/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Suitable for children aged 8-12 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: $100 & winner's name inscribed on a plaque in the State Library Launceston Branch, Best Tasmanian Entry: Hobart Bookshop voucher

 

Field of Words Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/03/2017
Open to:
18 years or older
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $20

Prize
:First:
$750, Runner-up: $200

 

Henry Lawson Festival
Closing Date: 31/03/2017
Open to: All

*
Theme:
Australian
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 1: Traditional Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $450, Second: $200
*
Theme:
Australian
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 2: Humorous Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 3: Free Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 4: Verse by High School Student (under 18 years by closing date)
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first 2, $5 thereafter (School/class entries: $30 for groups of more than 5 students)
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 5: Verse by Primary School Student
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first 2, $5 thereafter (School/class entries: $30 for groups of more than 5 students)
Prize
: First: $50 & Medallion, Second: $25 & Medallion, Highly Commended: Medallion
*
SECTION 1 OVERALL WINNER: Festival Patron's Statuette
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 2: Class 1: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $200
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 2: Class 2: Short Story by High School Student (under 18 years by closing date)
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil for first 2, $5 thereafter (School/class entries: $40 for groups of more than 5 students)
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
*
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 2: Class 3: Short Story by Primary School Student
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil for first 2, $5 thereafter (School/class entries: $30 for groups of more than 5 students)
Prize
: First: $50 & Medallion, Second: $25 & Medallion, Highly Commended: Medallion
*
SECTION 2 OVERALL WINNER: Harold Goodwin Memorial Statuette


Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award
Closing Date:
31/03/2017
Open to:
Residents of Australia
Theme:
Poets are invited to respond to selected artworks from the Nillumbik Shire Council Art Collection. Artworks can be viewed on the website
Accepts:
Poems
Size:
12 lines
Entry Fee:
$12 per poem (Local & Youth Category:Nil)
Prizes: First:
$550, Local Category: $350, Youth Prize: $200 (11-18 years old)
Note that all entries in the local category will automatically be entered into the open category

 

NEW LISTING
Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 31/03/2017
Open to: Residents of Australia

Theme:
None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 600 words
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 3, $30 for 5, Student entries: $5
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $100, Third: $50, Novice Writer Award: $50, Judges Encouragement Award for Youth (12-18 yrs): $50, Highly Commended x 4: Certificate, Commended x 4: Certificate

 

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/03/2017
Open to: Over 18
Theme:
Poetry written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: €12
Prize
: €1,000


W B Yeats Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
31/03/2017
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $8.50 for first entry ($5.50 each entry thereafter)
Prizes
: First: $500, Second: $75, Third: $75, Commendation: Certificates

NEW LISTING
Write4Fun Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition
Closing Date: 31/03/2017
Open to: Students (Kindergarten to Grade 12) or Home-schooled
Theme:
None
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 16 lines and no more than 64 characters in width
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,000 plus a choice of one of the following: $500 Rebel Sport Gift Card OR Applie iPad Air 32GB OR Xbox One OR Playstation 4 , Second: $250 & Write4fun Gift Pack, Third: $150 & Write4fund Gift Pack, 15 x Finalists: Write4fun Gift Pack

*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,000 plus a choice of one of the following: $500 Rebel Sport Gift Card OR Applie iPad Air 32GB OR Xbox One OR Playstation 4 , Second: $250 & Write4fun Gift Pack, Third: $150 & Write4fund Gift Pack, 15 x Finalists: Write4fun Gift Pack

 

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

 

NEW LISTING
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
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)


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

 

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

NEW LISTING
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

 

NEW LISTING
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


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

 

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

NEW LISTING

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
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
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

NEW LISTING

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

 

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
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

 

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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
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


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

NEW LISTING
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

 

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

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


 

JULY 2017

NEW LISTING
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

SEPTEMBER 2017


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

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

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

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

NEW LISTING
KSP Memoir Competiion
Closing Date: 15/09/2017


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

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

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

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

Accepts:
Memoir
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

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

 

NEW LISTING
KSP Poetry Competiion
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
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
 

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