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Last updated 01/08/2016

 

REBUILDING FRIENDSHIP HOUSE

Friendship House in Myrtleford, Victoria, needs a serious amount of renovation. Two thirds of the current complex requires rebuilding. 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).

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

Commonwealth Short Story Prize
FAW Tasmania Nairda Lyne Award
F(r)iction Fall Literary Contests
Inktears Short Story Contest
ITT Short Story Competition

Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize
June Shenfield Poetry Award
Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
Margaret River Short Story Competition
Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award
Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition
Melton City Council Short Story Competition
Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
Pens Against Poverty
Royal Australian Chemical Institute Essay Competition
The Horne Prize
What's Your Story


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

SEPTEMBER 2016 


Adrien Abbot Prize
Closing Date:
01/09/2016
Open to:
Australian Residents
Theme: Memory
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 25 lines/250 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $500

Olga Masters Short Story Award
Closing Date: 01/09/2016
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

 

Outstanding Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 01/09/2016
Open to: Writers based in Australia and New Zealand
Theme: Open (Have relevance to the broader Australian LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) community)
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Not mentioned

 

Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 02/09/2016
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 domestic subscriptions to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow., Second: Publication in Island + annual domestic subscriptions to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow.

 

The Katharine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction Award
Closing Date:
02/09/2016
Open to: Australian residents
Theme:
Speculative Fiction

*
Accepts:
Open - Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $15 for 2, $20 for 3
Prize
: First, Second, Third: Cash prizes, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts:
Young Writers (10 to 20 years) - Short Story
Size: 500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First, Second, Third: Cash prizes, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates, Under 14s Encouragement Award

 

NEW LISTING
Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 04/09/2016
Open to:
All
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 2, $30 for3
Prizes
: First (Leon Shann Award): $1,500. Second : $500, Third place: $200, Martin Downey Urban Realist Award: $100, Highly commended x 3: Book vouchers,  Commended x 6:  Books

 

NEW LISTING
ITT Short Story Competition

IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 05/09/2016 (14:00 GMT)
Open to: Over 16 years of age
Theme:
None

Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Priz
e
: First: €500, Second: €250, Third: €150

 

NEW LISTING
June Shenfield Poetry Award
Closing Date: 07/09/2016
Open to: Emerging writers residing permanently in Australia (may need to check as further in the Conditions it says you may declare that you reside permanently in the ACT)
Theme: None

Accepts:
Poetry
Size:
80 lines
Entry Fee: $10 for ACT Writers Centre members, $15 for non-members
Prizes
: First: $300, Second: $200

 

NEW LISTING
Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award
Closing Date: 07/09/2016
Open to: Emerging writers residing permanently in ACT or region
Theme: None

Accepts:
Short Story
Size:
1,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10 for ACT Writers Centre members, $15 for non-members
Prizes
: First: $600

 

Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 07/09/2016
Open to:
Authors throughout Australia and New Zealand
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Open - Marian Mayne Prize - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$10 plus $3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
 
*
Theme: Inspired by The Moods of Ginger Mick
Accepts: Open Themed - CJ Dennis Society Prize - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$10 plus $3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry written by adults for children
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$10 plus $3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100, Chosen by group of local children: $150
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Primary School Students - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $30, Second: $20, Third: $10
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Secondary School Students - Poetry
Size:  80 lines
Entry Fee:
$3 in unused stamps
Prize
: First: $50, Second: $30, Third: $20
 

Child Writes Competition  Illustrators category available
Closing Date:
11/09/2016
Open to:
Australian primary-school aged children
Theme: None
Accepts: Childrens' Book
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: $15 (proceeds to the Child Writes Foundation)
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
Margaret River Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
15/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size:  3,000 words
Entry Fee: $12 for one, plus  $10 for each additional entr
Prizes
First: $500, $500 toward airfare, 3 nights accommodation and a two week residency in Margaret River (living and transport costs to be met by the winner), Second: $250 and two week residency in Margaret River (living and transport costs to be met by the winner), South West Writer's Award: $250

Ron Pretty Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
15/09/2016
Open to:
Over 18 years old
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: $25 ($10 for each subsequent)
Prize
: First: $5,000, Second: $1,500, Third: $750

 

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize
Closing Date: 15/09/2016
Open to: All 
Theme: 
Tidal
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $12
Prize
:
 $1000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review

Heywire Competition
Note: Audio, Video and Photo story categories available
Closing Date: 16/09/2016
Open to: Australian Residents aged 16-22 and not living in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth or Sydney
Theme: You and/or your community and true

Accepts:
Audio, Video, Photos or Text
Size:
Video & Audio: 2 - 4 minutes, Photos: 5 images (check as elsewhere on site it says 10 images), Text: around 400 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize (awarded to multiple people)
: Opportunity for story to be produced for ABC and an all-expenses paid trip to the Heywire Youth Issues Forum in Canberra (details on website).

Macarthur Playwriting Festival
Closing Date: 16/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Must contain the statement "It''s Bigger on the Inside"

Accepts:
Audio, Video, Photos or Text
Size:
8 - 11 minutes, one act, no more than 4 characters
Entry Fee: $15
Prize:
Short listed plays performed at the Festival

The Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Awards
Closing Date:
16/09/2016
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, Second, Third: Cash prizes, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts:
Young Writers (10 to 20 years) - Short Story
Size: 500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First, Second, Third: Cash prizes, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates, Under 14s Encouragement Award

 

NEW LISTING
Pens Against Poverty
Closing Date: 19/09/2016
Open to: Students in the ACT in grades 3-10 (needs a teacher to submit/endorse the entry)
Theme:
Playing fair

Accepts:
Short Story or Poem
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: Winners and Highly commended selected from multiple grade levels, prizes not specified

Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers (NSW)
Closing Date:
23/09/2016
Open to: Indigenous Australian students (Kindergarten to Year 12) studying in NSW
Theme:
One of three themes: "Things are not always what they seem...", "Dreaming", "Standing on one leg..."

Accepts:
Short Story, Play, Poem. Group work accepted for Year K-3 to encourage shared learning
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

Thunderbolt Prize
Closing Date: 24/09/2016
Open to: Australian Resident
Theme: Crime

*
Accepts:
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for youth entries (Under 18)
Prize
: First: $500
*

Accepts:
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Non-Fiction
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for youth entries (Under 18)
Prize
: First: $500
*

Accepts:
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $5 for youth entries (Under 18)
Prize
: First: $500

OTHER PRIZES
THE NEW ENGLAND AWARD: $250
EMERGING AUTHORS AWARD (Over 18): $250
YOUTH AWARD: $150

The KSP Poetry Awards
Closing Date: 25/09/2016
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, Highly Comended and Commended: Certificates
*
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

Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: Australian residents aged 18 years or over as of 1st of July. Prior year winners not eligible to enter in the following year only.
Theme: Crossroads
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 1,000 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $8 (If entering 3 stories at the same time the third entry is free) (If you refer two other people who enter themselves you are entitled to one free entry - see conditions)
Prizes
: First: $250, Second: $100, Third: $50, Short Listed: publication in anthology

FAWNS Mini Memoir Competition
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Memoir
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee:
$10, $15 for 2
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

 

FAWNS Poetry Themes Competition
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Nature
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee:
$10, $15 for 2
Prize
: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended and Commended: Certificates

 

FAW NSW Jean Stone Award
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: Australian Residents 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee:
$10
Prize
: First: $500

 

FAW NSW Walter Stone Award for Life Writing

Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: Australian Residents 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts:
Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Monograph or Bibliography
Size:
10,000 - 25,000 words
Entry Fee:
$25
Prize
: First: $1,500

 

IPA - Police Down Under - Article Writing Competition

(Category 1 open to the Public)
Closing Date:
30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme:
Police related theme
Accepts:
Article - Open to the public
Size:
1,500 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $200

 

NEW LISTING

Royal Australian Chemical Institute Essay Competition
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: Secondary Students
Theme:
"How will the Chemistry of foods change in the future?"
Accepts:
Essay
Size:
1,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: Unspecified

 

The Katharine Susannah Prichard Poetry Awards
Closing Date:
30/09/2016
Open to: Australian residents
Theme:
None

*
Accepts:
Open - Poetry
Size: 14 - 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $15 for 2, $20 for 3
Prize
: First, Second, Third: Cash prizes, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts:
Young Writers (10 to 20 years) - Poetry
Size: 6 - 50 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First, Second, Third: Cash prizes, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates, Under 14s Encouragement Award

 

Positive Words Mini Competition - September
Closing Date:
30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Snail
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

Rolf Boldrewood Literary Awards
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Australian theme

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Accepts:
Prose (Fiction, Memoir and Family History)
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500 & limited edition bust of Rolf Boldrewood, Second: $250, Third: $50, Highly Commended: Certificates
 *

Accepts:
Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize
: First: $500 & limited edition bust of Rolf Boldrewood, Second: $250, Third: $50, Highly Commended: Certificates

Short Takes
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None

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

The Caterpillar Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date:
30/09/2016
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
: First: 2 week retreat at The Moth & €500, Second: €300, Third: €200

The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Award
Closing Date: 30/09/2016
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

 

NEW LISTING
What's Your Story?
Closing Date:  30/09/2016
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SHORT STORY
O
pen to:  Australian Residents
Theme: None
Accepts: Short story
Size:  1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First (General): $200, Stonnington Prize: $300
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MY MICROMEMOIR
Open to:
 Aged 5-12 and live in or attending school in Stonnington
Theme:
Autobiographical or inspired by real events experienced by the author
Accepts:
Memoir
Size:  500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 worth of books
*
MY MICROMEMOIR
Open to:
 Aged 13-18 and live in, work in, or attending school in Stonnington
Theme:
Autobiographical or inspired by real events experienced by the author
Accepts:
Memoir
Size:  750 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: $150 worth of books
*
POETRY
Open to:
 Australian Residents
Theme:
None
Accepts:
Poetry
Size:  40 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First (General): $200, Stonnington Prize: $300
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Also a Photo-storytelling competition


 

OCTOBER 2016

 

Noosa Arts Theatre Playwriting Competition
Closing Date:
01/10/2016

Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: One-Act Play
Size: 30 - 45 minutes
Entry Fee: $40

Prizes
: $8,000 pool
divided between three best scripts

 

Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize
Closing Date:
15/10/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee:
$25 ($20 for members of Ballarat Writers)
Prize
: $1,500

 

Andy Griffiths Kid's Writing Competition
Closing Date:
03/10/2016
Open to: Primary School Students who are resident of Australia
Theme:
Living in a Treehouse
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 200 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes
: First: Original framed illustration by Terry Denton, Top 10 entries: Andy Griffiths book pack of 16 books

 

NEW LISTING
Melton City Council Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
07/10/2016
Open to: Live, work or study in the City of Melton
Theme: None

*
Accepts:
Short Story - Adult (18 years and over)
Size:
1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $500, Second: $200, Third: $100, Encouragement Award
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Teenage (13 - 17 years)
Size:
1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250 plus $250 for their school, Second: $100 plus $100 for their school, Third: $50 plus $50 for their school, Encouragement Award
*

Accepts:
Short Story - Junior (up to 12 year)
Size:
1,500 words (or, for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: First: $250 plus $250 for their school, Second: $100 plus $100 for their school, Third: $50 plus $50 for their school, Encouragement Award

 

NEW LISTING
Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize
Closing Date: 14/10/2016
Open to:
Australian Residents
Theme: None
*
Accepts:
Open:Short Story
Size: 3,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize:
$300
*
Accepts:
Youth (13 - 18 years): Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee
:
Nil
Prize
: $100
*
Accepts:
Junior (Up to 12 years): Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $50
*
Accepts:
Open:Poetry
Size:
40 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize
: $150
*
Accepts:
Youth (Up to18 years): Poetry
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize
: $75

 

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
31/10/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Opening Chapter of a Novel with Synopsis
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee:
£10, (£25 for optional critique)

Prize
:First:
£500, Second: £200

 

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

 

NEW LISTING
The Horne Prize
Closing Date: 31/10/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Australian Life
Accepts:
Essay
Size: 2,500 - 3,000 words
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize
: First: $15,000
Note: Winner must be able to attend a prize-giving ceremony in Melbourne (Air and accomodation expenses may be met if necessary)

 

NOVEMBER 2016

NEW LISTING
Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Closing Date:  01/11/2016
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)

NEW LISTING
F(r)iction Fall Literary Competition
US COMPETITION
Closing Date: 01/11/2016
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

NEW LISTING
Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
Closing Date:
06/11/2015
Open to:
All
Theme: Chances
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

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: 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

Field of Words Writing Competitions
Closing Date: 30/11/2016
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
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Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 100 - 500 words
Entry Fee: $10

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

NEW LISTING
Inktears Short Story Contest
UK competition
Closing Date:
30/11/2016
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

Positive Words Mini Competition - November
Closing Date:
30/11/2016
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Knock
Accepts:
Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.00 in stamps
Prize
: Six months subscription to Positive Word

 

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

 

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

 

NEW LISTING
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)

 

FEBRUARY 2017

 

Flash 500 Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date:
28/07/2016
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts:
Short Story
Size: 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

 

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
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

 

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