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Last updated 01/07/2015

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.

 

NEW LISTINGS THIS MONTH

Andy Griffith's Kids' Writing Competition
Atlantis Short Story Contest
Bhagavad Gita As It Is Essay Competition
City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards
Earth Vision Writing Competition
GCWA Adult Writing Competition
GCWA Young Writers' Competition
Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition
Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize
Heywire Competition
John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers
Margot Mancehster Short Story Award
Monash Wordfest Short Story Competition
Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
Olga Masters Short Story Award
Poetica Christi Press Annual Poetry Competition
Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize
Salisbury Writers' Festival Writing Competition
Scarlet Stiletto Awards
Southern Cross Literary Competition
Tethered by Letters Summer Literary Contest
The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Award
The Ten Minute Quickie
The Ten Minute Quickie - Youth Category
WAPI Song Lyric Contest
W B Yeats Poetry Prize

THROUGH THE YEAR

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

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

Short Story, Poetry and Cover Competitions
Closing Date: 03/07/2015
Open to: All

Theme: None
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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $8, $15 for two, $20 for three
Prize
: First: $200, Runner-up: $100
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $8, $15 for two, $20 for three
Prize
: First: $200, Runner-up: $100
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Accepts:
Cover Image
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Not mentioned
Prize
: First: $100 plus use of image as front cover of page seventeen, fee of $10 for up to five images

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

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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
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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
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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

Brimbank Writers Awards
Closing Date:
10/07/2015
Open to: Persons who live, work or study in Brimbank
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Adult Short Story (18 years & over)
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $600, Second: $300, Highly Commended: $150
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Accepts:
Teenage Short Story (13 - 17 years)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended: $50
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Accepts:
Children's Open Category (8 - 12 years)
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Highly Commended: $50
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Accepts:
EAL (English as an Additional Language) (13 years and over)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $150, Highly Commended: $100
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Accepts:
Adult Poetry (18 years and over)
Size: 300 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $150, Highly Commended: $100
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Accepts:
Teenage Poetry (13 - 17 years)
Size: 300 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $100, Highly Commended: $50
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Accepts:
Songwriting (13 years and over)
Size: 300 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $150, Highly Commended: $100

NEW LISTING
Salisbury Writers' Festival Writing Competition
Closing Date: 10/07/2015
Open to: South Australian residents over the age of 17
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100

NEW LISTING
WAPI Song Lyric Contest
Closing Date: 12/07/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None

Accepts:
Song Lyric
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $6
Prize
: First: $200

Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 15/07/2015
Open to: Queensland residents who haven't previosuly published a book of poetry
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: Manuscript of 48 - 100 pages
Entry Fee: $15, $10 Concession
Prize
: First: $3,000 (Includes $1,000 advance from UQP) & a publishing contract with UQP

Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award fro Unpublished Poetry
Closing Date: 15/07/2015
Open to: Australian residents as of date of entry
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $500, Highest QLD entry: 12 month QWC membership & $300 QWC workshops & feature set at Queensland Poetry Festival

Arts Queensland XYZ Award for Spoken Word
Closing Date: 15/07/2015
Open to: Australian residents as of date of entry
Theme: None

Accepts:
Recroded Poetry
Size: 3 minutes
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,000, Highest QLD entry: 12 month QWC membership & $180 QWC workshops & feature set at Queensland Poetry Festival

SLQ Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 15/07/2015
Open to: Queensland residents aged 15 to 25
Theme: None

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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.
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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

The Peter Blazey Fellowship
Closing Date: 15/07/2015
Open to: Australian citizen or resident,not currently enrolled in a higher degree
Theme: None

Accepts:
Biography, Autobiography and Life Writing
Size: Curriculum vitae of two pages, synopsis of one page and 5,000 word extract of a work in progress
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: Approximately $15,000 and one-month writer-in-residency at the Australian Centre 

The Phillip Bacon Ekphrasis Award
Closing Date: 15/07/2015
Open to: Australian resident
Theme: An ekphrastic response to one of the five painting (See website)

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 12 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $250, Top 5: Online publication

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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition
Closing Date: 20/07/2015
Open to: Resident of Victoria, 18 years or over, with no more than three stories or articles published in a recognised book, magazine or journal
Theme: None

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Accepts:
Short Fiction
Size: 2,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil for financial members of Writers Victoria, $20 for non-members|
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $250, Three Shortlisted: Free membership to Writers Victoria for 1 year
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Accepts:
Creative Non-Fiction
Size: 2,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil for financial members of Writers Victoria, $20 for non-members|
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $250, Three Shortlisted: Free membership to Writers Victoria for 1 year

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

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

AlburyCity Short Story Award
Closing Date: 22/07/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Journeys

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,000, Highly Commended: Prizes

Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Writing Competition
Closing Date: 24/07/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Write Around The Murray Nano Competition
Closing Date: 29/07/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Must include the word 'space' or a derivative thereof

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Accepts:
Nano - Students: Years 3 - 4
Size: 50 words exactly
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50 book voucher, Highly Commended: $25 book voucher
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Accepts:
Nano - Students: Years 5 - 6
Size: 50 words exactly
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50 book voucher, Highly Commended: $25 book voucher
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Accepts:
Nano - Students: Years 7 - 8
Size: 50 words exactly
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50 book voucher, Highly Commended: $25 book voucher
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Accepts:
Nano - Open

Size:
50 words exactly
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $100 book voucher, Highly Commended: $50 book voucher

Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards
Closing Date: 31/07/2015
Theme: Specific reference to an Australian Rural experience
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Accepts: Open Writers Award - Fiction or Non-fiction
Open to:
All
Size:
2,500 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prizes
: First: $1,000
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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

Geoff Dean Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/07/2015
Open to:
Australian writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 - 10,000 words
Entry Fee: $20, $15 for TWC members
Prizes
: First: $2,000, Second: Literary Journal subscriptions to value of $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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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
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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

Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award
Closing Date: 31/07/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None

Accepts:
Open - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $15, $25 for 2, $35 for 3
Prize
: First: $400, Second: $200, Third: $100, Judge's Encouragement Award for Yoth: $100, Highly Commended x 4: Certificate, Commended x 4: Certificate

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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

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Accepts:
Students in Yr 11 - 12 - Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Entry fee per school to cover administrative costs. $10 for corporate member schools and $20 for non - member schools
Prize
: $50 x 2
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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
Monash WordFest Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 08/08/2015
Open to: Reside, work or study in the City of Monash, or be a member of the Monash Public Library Service
Theme: None

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

NEW LISTING
Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 13/08/2015
Open to: Students and teaches in Australian Schools
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry (single or suite)
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $20 for non-Island subscribers, $15 for Island subscribers
Prize
: First: $2,000, publication in Island , annual subscriptions to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow, Second: Publication in Island + annual subscriptions* to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow.

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
Olga Masters Short Story Award
Closing Date: 20/08/2015
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: Family life in rural Australia
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,500, Runner-up: $500, Supplementary prizes at the discretion of the organisers

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
 
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

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Accepts:
Open Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $1,500, Second: $1,000, Third: $500, 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
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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
GCWA Adult Writing Competition
Closing Date: 30/08/2015
Open to: Over 18 years of age
Theme: Open

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Accepts:
Book Proposal - Fiction
Size:
Proposal: max. 2 page & Writing Sample: 30 pages max (double spaced)
Entry Fee: $30
Prize
: First: Line edit and proof read from AS Editing & Proofreading, Highly Commended
*
Accepts:
Book Proposal - Non-Fiction
Size:
Proposal: max. 2 page & Writing Sample: 30 pages max (double spaced)
Entry Fee: $30
Prize
: First: Line edit and proof read from AS Editing & Proofreading, Highly Commended

NEW LISTING
The Ten Minute Quickie
Closing Date: 30/08/2015
Open to: Citizens of States & Terrorites in Australia, 18 years and over
Theme: Open

Accepts:
Play
Size:
no more than 10 minutes, no more than 8 actors, minimal set & props
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: Best Script: $1,000, People's Choice: $500 (Youth entrants also eligible for People's Choice)

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

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Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Open
Size: 500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $400, Highly Commended
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Accepts:
Story/Yarn/Article/Play - Youth - 13 to 18 years
Size: 500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $150, Highly Commended
*

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

Accepts:
Aboriginal Languages of the region in any written form - Open
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $400, Highly Commended
*

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

FAW Tasmania Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 31/08/2015
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5

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

Field of Words WINTER Writing Competitions
Closing Date: 31/08/2015
Open to:
18 years or older
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $20

Prize
:First:
$500, Runner-up: $100
*
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: $10

Prize
:First:
$200, Runner-up: $50

Gawler Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2015
Open to:
Residents of South Australia
Theme: Transitions
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Accepts: Adults - Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

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

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

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

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

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

NEW LISTING
Poetica Christi Press Annual Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2015
Open to: Australian residents aged 16 years and over
Theme: Imagine
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $6, 3 for $15
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $100

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
Scarlet Stiletto Award
Closing Date: 31/08/2015
Open to: Women residents of Australia
Theme: Crime & Mysteries with an active woman protagonist - check conditions for specific themes
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $15 for Sisters in Crime Members, $20 for non-members
Prize
: Every Cloud Productions Award First: $1,500 plus trophy,  Echo Publishing Award Second: $1,000, Sun Bookshop Third: $500, Allen & Unwin Award for Best Young Writer (for writers 18 or under): $500, Josephine Pennicott Award for Best Indigenous Writer: $500, Athenaeum Library ‘Body in the Library Award for Best 'Body in the library' Story: $1,000; runner up $500, Kerry Greenwood Award for Best Malice Domestic  Story: $750, HarperCollins Publishers Award for Best Romantic Suspense Story: $500, Scarlet Stiletto Award for Best Environmental Crime Story: $500, Scarlet Stiletto Award for Best Financial Crime Story: $500, Arena Magazine Award for Well-loaded Political Story: $500, Clan Destine Press for Best Cross-Genre Story: $400, Liz Navratil Award for Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist Story: $400, Benn’s Books Award for Best Investigative Story: $200, ScriptWorks Award for a Great Film Idea: $200
 

Sydney Writers' Room Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/08/2015
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $12
Prize
: First: $500 & 'hot desk' membership at SWR for three months, Runner-up: $250

NEW LISTING
Tethered by Letters Summer Literary Competition

US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 31/08/2015
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
*
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 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

 

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
*

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: Total pool across categories: $550 and publication

SEPTEMBER 2015

NEW LISTING
John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers
Closing Date:
07/09/2015
Open to: Aged 24 years and under

Theme:
None
*
Accepts:
Aged 18 to 24: Short Story or first chapter of a novel
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10 or $30 with Discounted Voiceworks Subscription
Prize
: First: $3,000 and manuscript assessment or mentoring session with staff from Hachette Australia
*
Accepts:
Aged 18 to 24: Poetryl
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $10 or $30 with Discounted Voiceworks Subscription
Prize
: First: $1,500
*
Accepts:
Aged under 18: Short Story or first chapter of a novel
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil or $30 with Discounted Voiceworks Subscription
Prize
: First: $500
*
Accepts:
Aged under 18: Poetryl
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil or $30 with Discounted Voiceworks Subscription
Prize
: First: $500

Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Competition
Closing Date:
07/09/2015
Open to: Australian authors

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Theme:
Australian subject
Accepts:
Open - Written Verse
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $10 plus $2.10 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
Theme:
Australian subject, Inspired by "The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke"
Accepts:
Open CJ Dennis Society Prize - Written Verse
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $10 plus $2.10 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
Theme:
Australian subject, Written for children
Accepts:
Adults - Written Verse
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $10 plus $2.10 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
Theme:
Australian subject
Accepts:
Primary School Students (prep to grade 6) - Written Verse
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $2 plus $2.10 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $30, Second: $20, Third: $10
*
Theme:
Australian subject
Accepts:
Secondary School Students (years 7 to 12) - Written Verse
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $2 plus $2.10 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20

The Katharine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction Award
Closing Date:
11/09/2015
Open to: Australian residents
Theme:
Speculative Fiction

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Accepts:
Open - Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $15 for 2, $20 for 3
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $150, Third: $75
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Accepts:
Mundaring National Young Writers (10 to 20 years) - Short Story
Size: 500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75, Second: $25, Commended x 5: $10, Mundaring National Encouragement Award (14 and under): $25

NEW LISTING
GCWA Young Writers Competition
Closing Date: 15/09/2015
Open to: Australian Residents 7-13 years
Theme: Open

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Accepts:
7 - 10 years: Short Story
Size:
350 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50
*
Accepts:
11 -13 years: Short Story
Size:
500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $50

NEW LISTING
Heywire Competition
Note: Audio, Video and Photo story categories available
Closing Date: 16/09/2015
Open to: Australian Residents aged 16-22 and living outside the big cities
Theme: Life in Australia oustide the major cities

Accepts:
Text
Size:
400 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize x 33
: Opportunity for story to be produced for ABC radio or the Heywire webiste and an all-expenses paid trip to the Heywire Youth Issues Forum in Canberra (details on website)
 

Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers (NSW)
Closing Date:
18/09/2015
Open to: Indigenous Australian students (Kindergarten to Year 12) studying in NSW
Theme:
One of three themes: "Water", "The door slowly opened ...", This belongs to me"

Accepts:
Short Story, Play, Poem
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Prizes from $50 up to $500 and Encouragement Awards from $20 up to $250 will be awarded to students from Kindergarten to Year 12 for Poetry and Short Story or Play.
Prizes of up to $250 will be awarded for Kindergarten –Year 1 and Year 2-3 Group work


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

Rolf Boldrewood Literary Awards
Closing Date: 25/09/2015
Open to: All
Theme: Australian theme

*
Accepts:
Prose (Fiction or Memoir)
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500 & limited edition bust of Rolf Boldrewood, Second: $250, Highly Commended: Certificates
 *

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500 & limited edition bust of Rolf Boldrewood, Second: $250, Highly Commended: Certificates

The Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Awards
Closing Date: 25/09/2015
Open to: Australian residents
Theme:
None

*
Accepts:
Open - Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $15 for 2, $20 for 3
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $150, Third: $75
*
Accepts:
Mundaring National Young Writers (10 to 20 years) - Short Story
Size: 500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75, Second: $25, Commended x 5: $10, Mundaring National Encouragement Award (14 and under): $25

The KSP Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 25/09/2015
Open to: Australian residents
Theme:
 None

*
Accepts:
Open - Poetry
Size: 14 - 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $15 for 2, $20 for 3
Prize
: First: $300, Second: $150, Third: $75
*
Accepts:
Mundaring National Young Writers (10 to 18 years) - Poetry
Size: 6 - 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $75, Second: $25, Commended x 5: $10, Mundaring National Encouragement Award (14 and under): $25

NEW LISTING
Child Writes Competition
 Illustrators category available
Closing Date:
27/09/2015
Open to:
Australian primary-school aged children
Theme: None
Accepts: Childrens' Book
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: $15

Prize
: Winning writer paired with the winning illustrator, to produce a book, which will be published by Boogie Books as a hard copy publication, and distributed by Child Writes.
Royalties will be paid to the author and illustrator, for book sales that are generated

NEW LISTING
Margot Manchester Memorial Short Story Award

Closing Date:  
30/09/2015
Open to: All
Theme:
Aspects of the natural world
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,200 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200. Second: $50, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

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
Robyn
Mathison Inaugural Poetry Prize

Closing Date:  
30/09/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $200. Second: $50, Third: $20, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates
 

Short Takes
Closing Date: 30/09/2015
Open to: All
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Category A: Fictional Short Story
Size: 1,000
Entry Fee: $7
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates
*
Accepts:
Category B: Memoir
Size: 1,000
Entry Fee: $7
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

 

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

 

NEW LISTING
The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Award
Closing Date: 30/09/2015
Open to: All
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: First: $500 (Port Stephens Council Award), Second: $300, Third: $150, Highly Commended x 4: $25, 'tilligerry.com' Award: $50

 

OCTOBER 2015

Fantastica Short Novel Prize
Closing Date:
01/10/2015
Open to: Normally residents of Australia or New Zealand
Theme:
Speculative Fiction
Accepts: Short Novel
Size: 20,000 - 50,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $500 and apublication throufh Xoum Publishing under the Fantastica imprint

NEW LISTING
The Ten Minute Quickie - Youth Category
Closing Date: 04/10/2015
Open to: Citizens of States & Terrorites in Australia, 17 years and under (year 12 students in 2015 may be 18)
Theme: Open

Accepts:
Play
Size:
no more than 10 minutes, no more than 8 actors, minimal set & props
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: Youth Playwright Award: $500, (Also eligible for People's Choice: $500)

NEW LISTING
City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards
Closing Date:
09/10/2015
Open to: All
Theme:
Inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of the artwork upon the entry form
*
Accepts:
Open Awards - Short Story
Size: 1,000- 4,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $400, Second: $200, Third: $100, Commendations x 2: $50
*
Accepts:
Over 50s - Short Story
Size: 1,000- 4,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $400, Second: $200, Third: $100, Commendations x 2: $50
*
Accepts:
Young Writers (10 - 17) Awards - Short Story
Size: 1,000- 4,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $250, Second: $200, Third: $50, Commendations: Rockingham Shopping Centre Vouchers

Morrison Mentoring Short Story Competition

Closing Date:
16/10/2015
Open to:
Australian Residents
Theme: Flourish
*
Accepts:
Category A: Open
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $250 + publication in anthology, Highly commended: publication in anthology
*
Accepts:
Category B: Senior Secondary - School students - Years 11 & 12
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $100 + publication in anthology, Highly commended: publication in anthology
*
Accepts:
Category C: Middle Secondary - School students - Up Year 10
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $100 + publication in anthology, Highly commended: publication in anthology
*
Accepts:
Category D: Speculative Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes
: First: $250 + publication in anthology, Highly commended: publication in anthology

NEW LISTING
Southern Cross Literary Competition
Closing Date: 16/10/2015
Open to: Writers over the age of 18 living in Australia
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prizes
: First: $1,500, Highly Commended x 2

NEW LISTING
Andy Griffiths Kid's Writing Competition
Closing Date:
20/10/2015
Open to: Primary School Students aged 6 -12 years who are resident of Australia
Theme:
Living in a Treehouse
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 200 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: story illustrated by Terry Denton, framed and presented to them at their school by Andy Griffiths, Top 10 entries: Andy Griffiths book pack of 15 books

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
Earth Vision Writing Contest

US COMPETITION
Closing Date:  
01/11/2015
Open to:  All
Theme:
Celebrating the natural environment
Accepts:
Short fiction, short creative non-fiction, poetic prose or poetry
Size:  5,000 words (per prior year - you will need to verify)
Entry Fee: $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 500, Second x 2: $US 100
*Prize money allotted from entry fees so low entries will result in pool being reduced

NEW LISTING
Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition

Closing Date:
06/11/2015
Open to:
All
Theme: The Choices We Make
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:  1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 2, $30 for 3
Prizes
: First: $1,000 & 12 months membership to the Victorian Writers' Centre, Second: $100, Third: $50

NEW LISTING
Atlantis Short Story Contest
US COMPETITION
Note: Group work of maximum two authors allowed
Closing Date: 30/11/2015
Open to:
Published writers who have earned more than $5,000 through their literary work(s) are not allowed to enter the contest. In special cases exceptions possible.
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 10 = participation without feedback, $US 15 =
Participation with feedback, delivery via e-mail as soon as the winners have been announced (April 15, 2016), $US 25 = Participation with detailed feedback, delivery via e-mail within one week of submission
Prize
:First: $US 300 & In-depth Feedback, Second: $US 100 & In-depth Feedback, Third: $US 50 & In-depth Feedback, Top 15: In-depth Feedback, Top 40: Name and Short Story's Title Posted on Website, Every Participant: Brief Comment and Evaluation Table

Field of Words SPRING Writing Competitions
Closing Date: 30/11/2015 (opens 01/09/2015)
Open to:
18 years or older
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $20

Prize
:First:
$500, Runner-up: $100
*
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: $10

Prize
:First:
$200, Runner-up: $50

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
Bhagavad Gita As It Is Essay Competition

Closing Date:  
31/12/2015
Open to:
Open (A prior winner in one level is not able to enter that level again)
Theme:
'Bhagavad Gita As It Is' with translation and purports by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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Accepts: Level One Essay: Individual entry
Size: 2,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $35
Prize
: First: $10,000, Second: $100, Third: $100
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Accepts: Level Two Essay: Group entry
Size: 2,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $100, Third: $100
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Accepts: Level Three: The Essence of
 'Bhagavad Gita As It Is'
Size: 140 characters
Entry Fee: $2
Prize
: First: $100, Second: $50, Third: $50

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

 

MARCH 2016

 

FAW Tasmania Nairda Lyne Award
Closing Date: 31/03/2016
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

 

NEW LISTING
W B Yeats Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
31/03/2016
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