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Last updated 01/01/2017
Happy New Year everyone - best of luck for your writing this year!

 

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 106 years.

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

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

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

 

The following information has been extracted from other websites and no assurance can be given as its correctness.

Give your hard work the best chance to win, make sure that you follow the entry requirements!

If the entry conditions don't specify it, then generally you can submit the same entry to different competitions at the same time - but if your entry places in one then you should inform the organisers of the other competitions. It is then up to them whether your entry is disqualified or not.

Allow for time to post and double-check closing dates, particularly if the organiser is in another time zone. This is becoming more important to check as we are being more frequently approached by international competitions to be included on our list.

 

NEW LISTINGS THIS MONTH

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
British Theatre Challenge
Calibre Prize 2017
Country Style's Short Story Competition
Friends of the Wollongong City Library Local History Prize
Henry Kendall Poetry Award

My Place My Story
National Henry Lawson Society Award
Noplag Student Scholarship
SAETA Young Writers' Award
Scribes Writers - "Poetic Licence"
Stringybark Short Story Award
Text Prize
University of Canberra Vic-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize
Victorian Bush Poetry Championship - Written Section

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

 

JANUARY 2017

 

NEW LISTING
My Place My Story

Closing Date: 14/01/2017
Open to:
Participants who reside, work or study in the City of Monash, or be a member of the Monash Public Library Service
Theme:
Write about your place: where you feel at home, where you live
*
Accepts:
Category A: (10 - 17 years) Short Prose or narrative (not poetry, images or scripts)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First:  $200 book voucher, Second: $100 book voucher

*
Accepts:
Category B: (Adult) Short Prose or narrative (not poetry, images or scripts)
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First:  $400 book voucher, Second: $200 book voucher


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

 

NEW LISTING
Text Prize
Closing Date: 03/02/2017
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
Stringybark Short Story Award
Closing Date: 05/02/2017
Theme: Link to Australia and NOT a children's story

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 Short Story Award anthology) (Value $500), Second: $250 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Short Story Award anthology) (Value $300), Third: $100 + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Short Story Award anthology) (Value $150), Highly commended: publication + e-book

 

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

 

NEW LISTING
Victorian Bush Poetry Championships - Written Section
Closing Date: 10/02/2017
Open to: Prefer entrants to be a member of the ABPA and/or Poetry Clubs
Theme: Australian,Australians and/or the Australian way of life
*
Accepts: Section one:VBPMA Open Written Original Serious "Silver Brumby Poetry Award"

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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: 28/02/2017
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
 

NEW LISTING
Henry Kendall Poetry Award

Closing Date: 28/02/2017 (Opens 20/01/2017)
Open to: Australian residents or citizens, 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 30 lines and no more than 500 words
Entry Fee:
$15

Prize:First: $1,000, Second: $500, Third: $250
 

MARCH 2017

 

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

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


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

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


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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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


Limnisa Short Story Competition
GREEK COMPETITION

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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
ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 10/04/2017
Open to:
All
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
2,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee:
$25 ($15 for ABR subscribers and full-time students) or choose to subscribe with your entry (see website)
Prizes:
First:
$7,000, Second: $2,000, Third: $1,000, Commended x 3: $850
 

Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 13/04/2017
Theme: Freedom

*
Open to: Poets 18 years and older
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for each thereafter
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Open to: Primary School Student
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Open to: Secondary School Student
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First, Second & Third: Cash prizes (Total competition prize pool = $700), Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate

NEW LISTING
Country Style's Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 19/04/2017
Open to: Australian residets aged 18 years and over
Theme: Light
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $5,000


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

 

NEW LISTING
National Henry Lawson Society Award
Closing Date: 30/04/2017
Open to: All
Theme: Australia, Australians and/or the Australian way of life
*
Accepts:
Category A: Traditional Rhyming Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $250, Third: $100
*
Accepts:
Category B: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First: $1,000, Second: $250, Third: $100
*
Accepts:
Category C: Free Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, (Members: $10 covers first 2 entries and $10 thereafter)
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $125, Third: $50

 

MAY 2017


Questions Writing Prize

Closing Date: 01/05/2017
Open to: 18 - 30 years
Theme:
None

Accepts:
Fiction or Non-fiction
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $2,000

Bristol Short Story Prize
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
03/05/2017
Open to: Over 16 years old
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 4,000 words
Entry Fee: 8
Prizes
: First: 1000, Second: 700, Third: 400, Shortlisted x 17: 100.

 

NEW LISTING
SAETA Young Writers Award
Closing Date: 19/05/2017
Note: Must be written in the presence of an adult or teacher
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Reception  to Yr 1
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 2 & Yr 3
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 4 to Yr 6
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 7 & Yr 8
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 9 & Yr 10
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified
*
Open to:
South Australian Students: Yr 11 & Yr 12
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry or Prose
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prizes:
Not specified

 

NEW LISTING
Friends of the Wollongong City Library Local History Prize
Closing Date:
31/05/2017
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: History of the City of Wollongong (see Guidelines for more detail)
Accepts:
Local History Paper
Size: 10,000 - 20,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $5,000

 

JUNE 2017

NEW LISTING
Noplag Student Scholarship
US COMPETITION
Closing Date:
25/06/2017
Open to: High School/College/University student at least 16 years old
Theme: Refer to website for suggested topics
Accepts:
Essay
Size: Minimum of 700 words
Entry Fee:
Nil

Prize: First: $US 3,500

 

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

 

NEW LISTING
Scribes Writers - "Poetic Licence"

Closing Date: 30/06/2017 (Entry form available on their website in February)
Open to: All
Theme: Open

*
Accepts:
A. Traditional Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $7

Prize: First: $200, Second: $100
*

Accepts:
B. Free Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $7

Prize: First: $200, Second: $100

NEW LISTING
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
30/06/2017
Open to:
18 years and over
Theme:
Open
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
50 lines and no more than 1,000 words
Entry Fee:
$15 per poem if submitted by 28/02/2017. $20 if submitted after that date. Tertiary (university) students - $10
Prizes:
First:
$15,000, Second: $5,000