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Last updated 07/01/2015

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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

NEW LISTINGS THIS MONTH

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Australian Bush Poetry Championships - Written Section
Australian Bush Poetry Championships Junior Competitions - Written Section
AWHA Flash & Short Story Competiton
Bush Lantern Award
Bush Lantern Award - Junior
Castaways Poetry Prize
Cowley Literary Award
FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition
Griffith REVIEW - The Novella Project III Competition
Henry Lawson Festival
Joyce Parkes Women's Writers' Prize
National Henry Lawson Society Award
Pan Macmillan's Bad Romeo
Positive Words Mini Competition - January
Positive Words Mini Competition - February
Positive Words Mini Competition - March
Positive Words Mini Competition - April
Positive Words Mini Competition - May
Positive Words Mini Competition - June
Positive Words Mini Competition - July
Positive Words Mini Competition - August
Positive Words Mini Competition - September
Positive Words Mini Competition - October
Positive Words Mini Competition - November
Positive Words Mini Competition - December
SAETA Young Writers' Award
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition
The Friends of Willamstown and Newport Libraries 2014-2015 Summer Writing Competition  NEW
The Joe O'Sullivan Writers' Prize
The Moth International Short Story Prize
Young Tasmanian Writers' Prize

THROUGH THE YEAR

Cut a Long Story Short
Closing Date: Quarterly: end Jan, end Apr, end Jul and end Oct
Open to: New writers (Authors earning above $25,000 or equivalent in the preceding 12 months will NOT be eligible
Theme: Themes may be specified so check website (NOT stories for children)
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 3,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prize: Placed entries will be published on Kindle and offered on Amazon within 2 weeks of the results being published. Monetary prizes will be dependant on number of entries

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

JANUARY 2015

Stringy Short Story Award
Closing Date: 18/01/2015
Theme: Link to Australia

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 - 7,000 words
Entry Fee: $30, $20 for ABR subscribers, subsequent essays for $20
Prizes
:
First: $375 + publication + certificate + e-book + paperback + choice of any Stringybark book (other than the 2015 Stringybark Short Story Award book) (Value $407), Second: $175 + publication + certificate + e-book + paperback + choice of any Stringybark book (other than the 2015 Stringybark Short Story Award book) (Value $207), Third: $75 + publication + certificate + e-book + paperback + choice of any Stringybark book (2015 Stringybark Short Story Award book) (Value $107), Highly commended: possible publication + e-book (Value approximately $141)

Calibre Prize 2015
Closing Date: 19/01/2015
Theme: None

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Non-fiction essay
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $9.95, $18,90 for two, $27 for three
Prizes
: $5,000 and publication

Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 24/01/2015
Theme: Climate

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Open to: Poets 18 years and older
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
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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
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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

State Library of Queensland - Indigenous Writing Fellowship
Closing Date:
30/01/2015
Open to:
Writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia
Theme: None
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Accepts:
Adult Fiction
Size: Minimum 60,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
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Accepts:
Young Adult Fiction
Size: Minimum 40,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: Minimum 30 poems
Entry Fee: Nil
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Accepts:
Children's book (no illustrations at entry stage)
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
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Prizes
: Two winners will each receive: $10,000, manuscript development with black&write!'s Indigenous editors at SLQ, publication by prestigious Indigenous publisher Magabala Books

Carnival of Flowers One-Act Playwriting Competition
Closing Date: 31/01/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
One-Act play
Size: 30 - 45 minutes production, 10 minute bump in/out (Check other staging requirements)
Entry Fee: $30
Prizes
: First: $2,000 and certificate, Second: $1,200 and certificate, Third: $800 and certificate

E J Brady Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
31/01/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
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Accepts:
"Gabo Prize" Very Short Story
Size: 700 words
Entry Fee: $8 (add $2 if posted)
Prize
: $500
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Accepts:
"Mallacoota Prize" Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $12 (add $2 if posted)
Prizes
: First: $2,000, Runner-up: $300, Encouragement award: $100

Eyre Writers Literary Awards
Closing Date: 31/01/2015
Open to: Australian Citizens
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Theme:
Set to an Australian Rural or Maritime Theme
Accepts: Typical Australia: The Land and Sea: Prose, Fact or Fiction, Essay or Memoir|

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prize
: $200 plus trophy
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Theme: None
Accepts: Tom Black Memorial Prize: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: $200 plus trophy
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Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:
$5
Prize
: $200 plus trophy
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Theme: None
Accepts: Non-rhyming Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
$5
Prize
: $200 plus trophy

Forty South Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 31/01/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Island or Island-resonant
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize
: $500

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - January
Closing Date: 31/01/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Bikini
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

The Nakata Brophy Short Fiction Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
Closing Date: 31/01/2015
Open to:
Indigenous writers who are 30 years or younger, Australian Citizen or permanent residents of Australia

Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
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.

FEBRUARY 2015

NEW LISTING
Australian Bush Poetry Championships - Written Section
Closing Date: 13/02/2015
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: Australian,Australians and/or the Australian way of life
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Accepts: Section one:ABPA Open Written Original Serious "Silver Brumby Poetry Award"

Size:
120 lines
Entry Fee: $10 (max 3)

Prizes
: First: $150 & trophy, Second: $70, Third:$30
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Accepts: Section two:ABPA Open Written Original Humorous "Corryong Larrakin Award"

Size:
120 lines
Entry Fee: $10 (max 3)

Prizes
: First: $150 & trophy, Second: $70, Third:$30
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ABPA Overall Written Champion: $100
ABPA Novice Written Champion: $50

Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize
Closing Date:
13/02/2015
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $35

Prizes
: First: $10,000, Second: $5,000

Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
13/02/2015
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $22

Prizes
: First: $10,000, Second: $5,000

EAGLEHAWK Dahlia and Arts Festival Inc. Literary Competition
Closing Date:
14/02/2015
Open to: All
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Theme: None
Accepts:
"The Rolf Boldrewood": Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50
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Theme: None
Accepts:
"The Apollo": Poetry
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200, Second: $50
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Theme:
Australian
Accepts:
"The Alan Llewellyn": Bush Verse
Size: 52 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $100, Second: $50

NEW LISTING
The Friends of Williamstown and Newport Libraries 2014 - 2015 Summer Writing Competition

Closing Date: 16/02/2015
Open to: Students from Prep to Year 12 who are residents, go to school in Hobsons Bay or are member of Hobsons Bay Libraries. Students in Year 12 in 2014 are also eligible for entry.
Theme: None
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Accepts: Prep - Grade 1: Poetry
Size:
16 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $50 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

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Accepts: Prep - Grade 1: Short Story
Size:
500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $50 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.
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Accepts: Grade 2 - Grade 3: Poetry
Size:
16 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $70 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

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Accepts: Grade 2 - Grade 3: Short Story
Size:
500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $70 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

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Accepts: Grade 4 - Grade 6: Poetry
Size:
16 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $80 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

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Accepts: Grade 4 - Grade 6: Short Story
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $80 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

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Accepts: Year 7 - Year 9: Poetry
Size:
No maximum
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $100 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

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Accepts: Year 7 - Year 9: Short Story
Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $100 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

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Accepts: Year 10 - Year 12: Poetry
Size:
No Maximum
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $120 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

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Accepts: Year 10 - Year 12: Short Story
Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes: Winner: $120 and trophy, Highly Commended: Book Voucher & Encouragement Award: Book prize.

 

Laura Literary Awards - The CJ Dennis Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 20/02/2015
Theme:
None
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SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
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SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
8 - 12 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
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SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 7 years
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15

Laura Literary Awards - The Flinders News Prose Awards
Closing Date: 20/02/2015
Theme:
None
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SECTION 1 - OPEN
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 2 - YOUNG ADULT
Open to:
13 - 18 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
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SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
8 - 12 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
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SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 7 years
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15

The John O'Brien Literary Awards
Closing Date:
27/02/2015
Open to:
Anyone in Australia over the age of 18 years
Theme:
100 years of ANZAC
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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200

NEW LISTING
FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition
Closing Date: 28/02/2015
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
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Accepts:
A. Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $5 or 6 for $25
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
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Accepts:
B. Traditional Rhyming Poetry
Size: 120 lines
Entry Fee: $5 or 6 for $25
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
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Accepts:
C. Free Verse
Size: 120 lines
Entry Fee: $5 or 6 for $25
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
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Accepts:
D. Article/Essay
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $5 or 6 for $25
Prize
: $100
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Accepts:
E. Haiku
Size: One page of 4 = one entry
Entry Fee: $5 or 6 for $25
Prize
: First: $125, Second: $100, Third: $75

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - February
Closing Date: 28/02/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Ponder
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
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 28/02/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
£4, 2 for £7, 3 for £9, 4 for £11, 5 for £12, 7 for £16, 10 for £22
Prize
: First: £200, Second: £75, Third: £50, Commendation x 3: £20

NEW LISTING
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 28/02/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee:
£5, 2 for £8, 3 for £10, 4 for £12
Prize
: First: £200, Second: £75, Third: £50, Commendation x 3: £20

MARCH 2015

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Closing Date:
01/03/2015
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, Shorllisted: Certificate and copy of the book

The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
01/03/2015
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, Shorllisted: Certificate and copy of the book

The Young Adas
Closing Date:
01/03/2015
Open to: aged between 15 - 18 years and who live or work in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Theme: None
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Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Shorllisted: Certificate
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Accepts: Graphic Short Story
Size:
Four A4 pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Shorllisted: Certificate

The 2015 Tabor Adelaide Creative Writing Awards
Closing Date: 06/03/2015
Open to: Australian citizens residing in Australia and aged 16 and over
Theme: Hope against Hope
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Accepts: Short Story

Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Commendations (at Judges' discretion)
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Accepts: Poetry
Size: 42 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Commendations (at Judges' discretion)

NEW LISTING
Castaways Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 13/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme: All entered poems must be inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of images in the Castaways Web gallery.
Accepts: Poetry

Size:
24 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200 and two copies of the 2015 Castaways Sculpture Awards catalogue containing the winning poem. Second x 2: $100

NEW LISTING
Australian Bush Poetry Championships Junior Competitions - Written Section
Closing Date: 20/03/2015
Open to: Students
Theme:
Australian,Australians and/or the Australian way of life
Accepts: Bush Poetry

Size:
One side of A4 preferred
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: Total pool of $130 plus merchandise shared across four sections

British Theatre Challenge
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Play

Size:
One Act, running time 10 - 30 minutes, more than one actor
Entry Fee: £15
Prize
: First: 10 plays selected: Given a full performance at The Courtyard Theatre, London - developed by professional directors - performed by professional actors - given written assessments by theatre professionals - considered for publication by Lazy Bee Scripts - filmed in rehearsal or performance, Audience favourite: £250
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The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme:
Poetry written by an adult for children (aged 7-11)
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: €12
Prize
: €1,000

NEW LISTING
Henry Lawson Festival
Closing Date: 31/03/2015
Open to: All

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Theme:
Australian
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 1: Traditional Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $450, Second: $200
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Theme: Australian
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 2: Humorous Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
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Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 3: Free Verse
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $100
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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: $40 for groups of more than 5 students)
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $50
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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
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SECTION 1 OVERALL WINNER: Festival Patron's Statuette
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Theme:
None
Accepts:
Section 1: Class 1: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $200
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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
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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
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SECTION 2 OVERALL WINNER: Harold Goodwin Memorial Statuette

NEW LISTING
National Henry Lawson Society Award
Closing Date: 31/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Australia, Australians and/or the Australian way of life
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Accepts:
Category A: Traditional Rhyming Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Members: Nil, Non-Members: $5 for first and $3 thereafter (Under 19: $2)
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $500, Third: $250, Under 19: $250
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Accepts:
Category B: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Members: Nil, Non-Members: $5 for first and $3 thereafter (Under 19: $2)
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $500, Third: $250, Under 19: $250

NEW LISTING
Positive Words Mini Competition - March
Closing Date: 31/03/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Banana
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

W Y Yeats Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
31/03/2015
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $8.50 for first entry ($5.00 each entry thereafter)
Prizes
: First: $500 , Second: $100, Commendation: Certificates

APRIL 2015

NEW LISTING
Pan Macmillan's Bad Romeo
Closing Date:
03/04/2015
Open to: Australian and New Zealand residents
Theme:
Using characters from Willam Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: One on One meeting with Pan Macmillan's Commissioning Editor

NEW LISTING
Young Tasmanian Writers's Prize
Closing Date: 27/04/2015
Open to: Tasmanian students enrolled in Year 7 to 12
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Theme:
Threshold, Bubble or Spin
Accepts:
Year 10 - 12: Short Story
Size: 800 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prizes
: First: $300 & publication with School receiving 12 months subscriptions to TASMANIA 40 South magazine, Runner up x 2: $30 fullers Bookshop voucher

Theme:
Time, Distance or Change
Accepts:
Year 7 - 9: Short Story
Size: 700 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $8
Prizes
: First: $300 & publication with School receiving 12 months subscriptions to TASMANIA 40 South magazine, Runner up x 2: $30 fullers Bookshop voucher

Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/04/2015
Open to: Over 16 years old
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £8
Prizes
: First: £1000 plus £150 Waterstone’s Gift Card, Second: £700 plus £100 Waterstone’s Gift Card, Third: £400 plus £100 Waterstone’s Gift Card. Shortlisted x 17: £100.

NEW LISTIING
Positive Words Mini Competition - April

Closing Date:
30/04/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Pimple
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $1.40 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

MAY 2015

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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
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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
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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
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

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

NEW LISTING
AHWA Flash & Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/05/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Horror Stories
*
Accepts:
Flash Fiction
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: Paid publication in Midnight Echo and an engraved plaque
*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,001 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: Paid publication in Midnight Echo and an engraved plaque

NEW LISTING
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

JUNE 2015

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
*
Accepts: Open poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Junior High School - 12 to 18 - poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Junior Primary School - under 12 - poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: Not mentioned

 

NEW LISTING
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

 

NEW LISTING
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

 

NEW LISTING
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

 

NEW LISTING
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.

 

NEW LISTING
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

JULY 2015

NEW LISTING

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

 

AUGUST 2015

NEW LISTING
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

 

SEPTEMBER 2015

NEW LISTING
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

 

OCTOBER 2015

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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

NEW LISTING
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