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Last updated 01/12/2016

 

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, we have recently established, has been going for 105 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).

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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

Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition
E J Brady Short Story Competition
Kingdom of IronFest Author in Residence
Nakata Brophy Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
Tethered by Letters Winter Literary Contest
The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
The Kembla Flame
The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition
The Young Ada Short Story Prize

UPDATES:
Antlantis Short Story Contest has extended their deadline to 11/12/2016



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

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

 

DECEMBER 2016 

 

Porter Prize
Closing Date:
01/12/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 75 lines
Entry Fee:
Online entry - Subscriber: $15,
Online entry - Non-Subscriber: $20,
Online entry & ABR Online Subscription: $55,
Online entry & Print subscription (Australia): $95,
Online entry & Print subscription (NZ and Asia): $140,
Online entry & Print subscription (Rest of World): $155

Prizes
: First: $5,000 and Arthur Boyd's etching and aquatint The lady and the unicorn, 1975, Shortlisted entries: $500


The 2017 Somerset National Novella Writing Competition
Closing Date:
02/12/2016
Open to:
All current secondary school students attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
Accepts: Novella
Size: 8,000 - 20,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prizes
: National winner: $2,500 and a full editorial report from Penguin Random House (Australia), State Winners: Unspecified cash prize and personalised advice from Penguin Random House (Australia)

 

The 2017 Somerset National Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
09/12/2016
Open to:
All current secondary school students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents attending school or receiving home schooling in Australia under 19 years of age at close of entries
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
Junior Secondary - Years 7 to 9
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $300 plus flights to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature, be billeted by students of the Somerset Wordsmiths' Club and attend the events
*
Accepts:
Senior Secondary - Years 10 to 12
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize
: $300 plus flights to to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature, be billeted by students of the Somerset Wordsmiths' Club and attend the events

 

Atlantis Short Story Contest
US COMPETITION
Note: Group work of maximum two authors allowed
EXTENDED DATE: Closing Date: 11/12/2016
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: Fiction and stories based on true events
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, 2017), $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


NEW LISTING
The Kembla Flame
Closing Date: 30/12/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Something or someone Australian or part to the Australian way of life
Accepts:
Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $8 for 1, $20 for 3
Prize
: First: "The Kembla Flame" trophy, $500 and certificate, Second: $150 and certificate, Third: $50 and certificate

 

2024

Closing Date: 31/12/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Credible positive vision of life in 2024
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $1,000

 

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/12/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No Limit
Entry Fee: 12
Prizes
: First: 10,000, Runners-up x 3: 1,000 - Winners published in the spring 2017 issue of The Moth

 

Griffin Award
Closing Date:
31/12/2016
Open to: Citizen or permanent resident of Australia who has not won or been shortlisted for another Australian playwriting competition
Theme: None
Accepts: Play (unproduced and unpublished)
Size: 60 minutes
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $10,000, Runners-up x 4: $1,000

 

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
UK competition
Closing Date:
31/12/2016
Open to:
16 years and over
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: 5
Prizes
: First: 1,000, Second: 300, Third: 100, Highly Commended x 2: 50
*
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: 5
Prizes
: First: 1,000, Second: 300, Third: 100, Highly Commended x 2: 50
*
A tree planted for every entry. GPS co-ordinates emailed to entrants.

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - December
Closing Date:
31/12/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Angel
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words


Reader's Digest 100-Word Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/12/2016
Open to: Residents of Australia, Asia and New Zealand
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size: Exactly 100 words
Entry Fee
: Nil
Prizes
: First: $US 1,000 (in recipient's currency), Runners-up x 2: $US 250 (in recipient's currency)

 

JANUARY 2017


NEW LISTING
Kingdom of IronFest Author in Residence
Closing Date: 15/01/2017
Open to:
Australian citizens or permanent residents, 18 years or older
Theme:
None
Accepts: Fiction, Narrative non-fiction or Young Adult
Size: 5,000 words or your manuscript
Entry Fee: $60
Prize
: First:  Manuscript advice and edits from The Manuscript Agency and then have their pitch reviewed by The Author People for publication and advice. They will also receive VIP tickets to Iron Fest 2017


Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival - Written Bush Poetry Competition

Closing Date: 17/01/2017
Open to:
All
Theme:
Serious or Humorous
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5.50
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $75, Third: $50

 

The Nature Conservancy Nature Writing Prize - Biennial
Closing Date: 27/01/2017
Open to:
Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia
Theme:
Writing of Place
Accepts: Essay
Size: 3,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $30
Prize
: $5,000

 

Carnival Hour Playwriting Competition
Closing Date: 31/01/2017
Open to: Australian playwrights
Theme: None
Accepts:
One-Act play
Size: 50 - 75 minutes production, 10 minute bump in/out (Check other staging requirements)
Entry Fee: $40
Prizes
: First: $4,000 & Professional workshopping, Second: $2,000 & Professional workshopping, Top 10: Professional feedback

 

FEBRUARY 2017


Birdcatcher Books Stories for Children Competition
NOTE: Need to subscribe to the newsletter to receive full terms and conditions

Closing Date: 3/02/2017
Open to: Residents of Australia or New Zealand aged 18 or over.
Theme: Stories for children aged between 5 and 8 years old
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: Not mentioned (may be in T&C)
Entry Fee: $6, $11 for 2, $15 for 3
Prize
: $150

 

Newcastle Short Story Award

Closing Date: 6/02/2018
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, over 18 years
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$15l
Prize
: First: $3,000, Second: $1,500, Third: $500, 3 x Highly Commended: $200 voucher, 2 x Commended: $200, 5 x Hunter Region Writers Awards

 

Forty South Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 13/02/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Island or Island-resonant
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize
: $500

NEW LISTING
Tethered by Letters Winter Literary Contest

US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 15/02/2017
Open to: All
*
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: free 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: free 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: free professional edit & consideration for publication

Boondooma Station Anzac Stories in Poetry
Closing Date: 17/02/2017
Open to:
All
Theme:
Select one of the Queensland Anzac Centenary Commemoration themes
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $300, Third: $200

 

NEW LISTING
E J Brady Short Story Competition

Closing Date:
28/02/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
"Gabo Prize" Very Short Story
Size: 700 words
Entry Fee: $8 (add $2 if posted)
Prize
: $500
*
Accepts:
"Mallacoota Prize" Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $12 (add $2 if posted)
Prizes
: First: $2,000, Runner-up: $300
*
Accepts:
"Betka Prize" Humorous Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $8 (add $2 if posted)
Prizes
: First: $500
*
Encouragement Award: $100

 

Flash 500 Short Story Competition

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
28/02/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
7 for one, 12 for two, 16 for three, 20 for four (25 for optional critique)

Prize:First: 500, Second: 200, Third: 100

 

MARCH 2017

 

NEW LISTING

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


NEW LISTING

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


NEW LISTING

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

 

NEW LISTING
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


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).

 

NEW LISTING
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

 

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

 

NEW LISTING
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

 

APRIL 2017
 

NEW LISTING
Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 13/07/2017
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


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

 

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.

 

JUNE 2017

 

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