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Last updated 07/11/2017
 


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


Calibre Prize 2018
Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival - Written Bush Poetry Competition
Forty South Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize
King's Shorts Festival of 10 Minute Plays
Newcastle Short Story Award
Text Prize
The Bath Children's Novel Award
Tom Collins Poetry Prize

UPDATED
The Best of Times Short Story Competition: Closing date extended to 30/11/2017 and entry fee reduced


THROUGH THE YEAR

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

 

NOVEMBER 2017


Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Closing Date:  01/11/2017
Open to:
 Citizen of a Commonwealth country and 18 years or over
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size:  2,000- 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: £5,000 (if translated, translator recieves £5,000 as well), Regional:   £2,500 (if translated, translator recieves £2,500 as well)

Tethered By Letters Fall Literary Competition
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 01/11/2017 - Corrected Date (Thank you, Susan)
Open to: All
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Creative Non-Fiction (Probably also open)
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 10
Prizes
: First: $US 500 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 to 7,500 words
Entry Fee: $US 15
Prizes
: First: $US 1,000 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: $US 8 or 3 for $US 12
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication
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Theme:
None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: three pages
Entry Fee: $US 8 or 3 for $US 12
Prizes
: First: $US 300 & publication, 5 x finalists: professional edit & consideration for publication

Elle Writing Superstar
Closing Date:  03/11/2017
Open to:
 Residents of Australia and New Zealand aged 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction
Size:  4,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $5,000 (if translated, translator recieves £5,000 as well), Runners up x 2:  Book pack from Hachette Australia worth $200

 

Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
03/11/2017
Open to:
All
Theme: Courage and include a reference to alcohol and/or drugs (see T&Cs)
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: $5

The Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award
Closing Date: 5/11/2017
Theme: Mysterious
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $12, $22 for 2, $30 for 3
Prizes
:
First: $450 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Award anthology) (Value $500), Second: $250 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Award anthology) (Value $300), Third: $100 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Award anthology) (Value $150), Highly commended: publication + e-book

Anzac Centenary Reflection Competition
Closing Date: 11/11/2017
Theme: Tell the story of a soldier, nurse or a home front story
Open to:
South Australian Residents aged 15 years and over and able to receive their prize at a reception in February 2018
Accepts:
Creative Writing/ Poetry (also categories for Short Film and Photography)
Size: Creative Writing: 1,000 - 2,000 words, Poetry: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
:
Grand Prize (from all categories): Trip for two to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, flights from Adelaide and two nights' accomodation, Creative Writing Award: $250 store voucher, Poetry Award: $250 store voucher

For Pity Sake Creative Writing Competition
Closing Date: 15/11/2017

Open to: All

Theme:  “New Beginnings”.

Accepts: Short story and poetry

Size: Short story : 2000 words. Poetry :140 lines.

Entry Fee: Nil

Prizes: First: Work published on For Pity Sake website, free appraisal and a 50% discount on any  future manuscript appraisal, comprehensive FPS book pack, Second: Work published on For Pity Sake website, free appraisal, FPS book pack., Third : Work published on For Pity Sake website, book prize.

NEW LISTING
The Bath Children's Novel Award
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 17/11/2017
Open to:
International writers yet to be traditionally published
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Unsigned novel written for middle grade or young adults
Size:
First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis
Entry Fee:
£25
Prizes:
First:
£2,000, Shortlist: £500 voucher from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy


The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize
Closing Date:  19/11/2017
Open to:
 Australian and international writers who have not had more than one collection of work published by a commercial publisher
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee: $20  (or $56 to enter and subscribe for a year), $12 for subscribers to Overland
Prizes
: First: $6,000, Second:  $2,000, Third:  $1,000

The Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize
Closing Date:  19/11/2017
Open to:
 All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:  3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20  (or $56 to enter and subscribe for a year), $12 for subscribers to Overland
Prizes
: First: $4,000 and publication, Runners-up x 2  $500 and publication

Mozo Travel Blogging Competition
Closing Date: 22/11/2017
Open to
Australian bloggers
Theme: The best $20 (or less) you've spent while on your global travels
Accepts: Blog posts
Size: 350-750 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prizes:
 First: $1,000 gift card & chance to become a paid Mozo blog contributor, Runners Up: $500 gift card People's Choice: $250 gift card

 

EXTENDED DATE
The Best of Times Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
30/11/2017
Open to:
All (except stories that have previously won a prize or certificate in prior Best of Times
Theme: Humorous
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $7
Prizes
: First: $300- $500 (depending on number of entries). Second: $100, Third place, highly commended and commended certificates will be awarded too.

Blackened Billy Verse Competition
Closing Date:
30/11/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Bush Verse
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5, 5 for $20 ($10 extra for judge's critique)
Prizes
First: $500 and the famous Blackened Billy Trophy and certificate, Second: $250 and certificate, Third: $150 and certificate

Field of Words Feature Story Competition
Closing Date: 30/11/2017 (Opens Oct 9)
Open to:
18 years or older (please check this)
Theme: Ghost story
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $20

Prize
:First:
$400, Runner-up: $100

Inktears Short Story Contest
UK competition
Closing Date:
30/11/2017
Open to:
UK + International,18 years and over
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 3,500 words
Entry Fee: £7.50
Prizes
: First: £1,000, Runner-up: £100, Highly commended x 4: £25, All winners: Story published to the InkTears Readership

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/11/2017
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: £100, Third: £50, High Commendation x 3: £20, Commendation x 3: £10

The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 30/11/2017
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: €5, €20 for five
Prizes
: First: €1,000, a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for four days during the Cork International Poetry Festival. , Second: €500 & publication in Southword, Third: €250 & publication in Southword, Runners Up x 10: published in Southword and receive €30 publication fee

Positive Words Mini Competition - November
Closing Date:
30/11/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Parrot
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

DECEMBER 2017

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition

UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
01/12/2017
Open to:
New authors (never had a full-length work published) and 16 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction/Short novel, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes
: First: £300,  Publication in 2017 Winter Anthology (print book) and Publication on the MTP website, Second: £200, Publication in the 2017 MTP Winter Anthology (print book) and Publication on the MTP website, Third: £100, Publication in the 2017 MTP Winter Anthology (print book) and Publication on the MTP website


The 2018 Somerset National Novella Writing Competition
Closing Date:
01/12/2017
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)

Porter Prize
Closing Date:
03/12/2017
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 75 lines
Entry Fee:
Online entry - Subscriber or Full time student: $15,
Online entry - Non-Subscriber: $25,
Online entry & ABR Online Subscription: $65,
Online entry & Print subscription (Australia): $95,
Online entry & Print subscription (NZ and Asia): $150,
Online entry & Print subscription (Rest of World): $170

Prizes
: First: $5,000 and Arthur Boyd's etching and aquatint The lady and the unicorn, 1975, Second: $2,000, Shortlisted entries: $500

The 2018 Somerset National Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
08/12/2017
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
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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
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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

Redgum Young Writers' Award
Closing Date: 11/12/2017
Open to: Aged 9-13 years enrolled as a student or home schooled. Must be an Australian citizen, hold permanent residency or resident for at least two years - co-authored/joint entries accepted
Theme: None
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Accepts:
Children's Picture Book (no illustrations)
Size: 250 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250 Redgum Book Club voucher, illustration and publication, Short-listed x 4: $150 Redgum Book CLub voucher & Certificate
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Accepts:
Children's Short Story (no illustrations)
Size: 850 - 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250 Redgum Book Club voucher, illustration and publication, Short-listed x 4: $150 Redgum Book CLub voucher & Certificate


Hal Porter Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
15/12/2017
Open to: Australian writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $1,000

NEW LISTING
Tom Collins Poetry Prize

Closing Date:
15/12/2017
Open to: Residing in Australia
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes
: First: $1,000 , Second: $300, Third: $100

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

UK competition
Closing Date:
31/12/2017
Open to: 16 years and over
Theme: None
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Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes
: First: £1,000, Second: £300, Third: £100, Highly Commended x 2: £50
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Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes
: First: £1,000, Second: £300, Third: £100, Highly Commended x 2: £50
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A tree planted for every entry. GPS co-ordinates emailed to entrants.


Positive Words Mini Competition - December
Closing Date:
31/12/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Star
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in unused stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

The Moth Poetry Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/12/2017
Open to: All over 16
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 2018 issue of The Moth

 

JANUARY 2018

The Kembla Flame
Closing Date: 03/01/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Uniquely Australian
Accepts:
Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5 for 1, $10 for 3
Prize
: First: "The Kembla Flame" trophy, $300 and certificate, Second: $200 and certificate, Third: $100 and certificate, Novice: $100 and certificate


NEW LISTING
King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays
CANADIAN COMPETITION
Closing Date: 12/01/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Play
Size: 10 minutes, characters: 1 to 6
Entry Fee: $CAD 15
Prize
: First: $CAD 300, Second: $CAD 150, People's Choice Award

NEW LISTING
Calibre Prize 2018
Closing Date: 15/01/2018
Theme: None

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Non-fiction essay
Size: 3,000 - 6,000 words
Entry Fee: $25 (or $15 for ABR subscribers or full-time students)
Prizes
: First: $5,000, Second: $2,500


NEW LISTING
Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival - Written Bush Poetry Competition

Closing Date: 19/01/2018
Open to:
All
Theme:
Serious or Humorous
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5.50
Prize
: First: $150, Second: $75, Third: $50

Reader's Digest 100-Word Story Competition
Closing Date: 31/01/2018
Open to: Residents of Australia and New Zealand
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size: Exactly 100 words
Entry Fee
: Nil
Prizes
: First: $1,000 (in recipient's currency), Runners-up x 2: $250


The Hope Prize

Closing Date: 31/01/2018
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme:
Convey the experience of people facing hardship in their lives
Accepts: Short Story (Fact or Fiction)

Size:
2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $10,000, Second: $4,000, Third: $2,000, Highly Commended: $250, Emerging Writer under 18: $500, Women's Writing Career Development Scholarships x 2: $5,000


FEBRUARY 2018

Golfwell's 2nd Annual International Golf Story Writing
NZ COMPETITION

Closing Date: 01/02/2018
Open to: All over 18 years of age
Theme: Golf
Accepts:
Fiction or Non-fiction
Size: 700 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
:First:
 $NZ 125 of Amazon Books, Golfwell's Author Award Certificate, Kindle Edition of 3 Golfwell's Books, publication in next Golf book and on their website, Second: $NZ 50 of Amazon Books, Golfwell's Author Award Certificate, Kindle Edition of 2 Golfwell's Books, publication in next Golf book and on their website, Third: $NZ 25 of Amazon Books, Golfwell's Author Award Certificate, Kindle Edition of a Golfwell's Book, publication in next Golf book and on their website

NEW LISTING
Text Prize
Closing Date: 03/02/2018 opens Jan 2018
Open to: Permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand
Theme:
Written for Young Adults or children (NOT picture books)
Accepts:
Fiction or non-fiction
Size: 20,000 -  120,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prizes
: A publishing contract with an $10,000 advance

NEW LISTING
Newcastle Short Story Award

Closing Date: 5/02/2018
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, over 18 years
Theme:
None
Accepts: Short Story

Size:
2,000 words
Entry Fee:
$16.50
Prize
: First: $3,000, Second: $1,500, Third: $500, 3 x Highly Commended: $200 voucher, 5 x Hunter Region Writers Awards

NEW LISTING
Forty South Publishing Tasmanian Writers' Prize
Closing Date: 18/02/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Island or Island-resonant
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize
: $500

Flash 500 Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
28/02/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
£7, £12 for 2, £16 for 3, £20 for 4
Prize
:First:
£500, Second: £200, Third: £100

MARCH 2018

FAW Tasmania Nairda Lyne Award
Closing Date: 31/03/2018
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

W B Yeats Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
31/03/2018
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: Certificate

APRIL 2018

Laura Literary Awards
Closing Date:
12/04/2018
Theme: None
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THE FLINDERS NEWS PROSE AWARDS
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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
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SECTION 3 - JUNIOR
Open to:
9 - 12 years
Accepts:
Short Story

Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $25
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SECTION 4 - JUNIOR PRIMARY

Open to:
5 - 8 years
Accepts:
Short Story

Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $15
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THE CJ DENNIS POETRY AWARDS

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SECTION 5 - OPEN

Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: $200
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SECTION 6 - OPEN BUSH POETRY

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

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


Bronze Swagman Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Australian
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $20 per entry form, up to 3 poems per form
Prizes
: (Per Last year)  First: $500 & Bronze statuette of the Swagman, Runner-up: $200 & trophy, Highly Commended: Certificate

The Valerie Parv Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2018
Open to:
Aspiring or Emerging writers - check website for full definition
Theme:
Romance/Romantic elements
Accepts:
Novels
Size:
10,000 plus 1,000 word synopsis
Entry Fee:
$110, $44 for RWA members
Prizes:
First:
 $300 & 1 year membership with Valerie Parv, Second: $200, Third: $100