COMPETITIONS

UPDATED 02/05/2024

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.

 

AWC Furious Fiction

Opens: 5pm (Sydney/Melbourne time) Monthly
Closes: 55 hours later
Open to: 17 years and older
Theme: Story prompt provided
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Not mentioned

Flash 500 Flash Fiction 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


Little Stories, Big Ideas
Closing Date: Quarterly competitions - see website
Open to: Australian Secondary School Students
Theme: See website
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Accepts: Any literary style - Year 10 - 12
Size: 100 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: VentralIP Hosting and Domain Name Package (value $140), Second: Express Media membership and latest issue of Voiceworks magazine, Third: $50 voucher from Readings Bookstore

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Accepts: Any literary style - Year 7 - 9
Size: 100 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:First: $50 voucher from Readings Bookstore, Second: StoryCraft Writing Mentorship

 

The Letter Review Prize
US COMPETITION
Closing date: Every second month
Open to: All
Theme: None
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Accepts: Short Fiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil for first, $US 10 thereafter
Prize: $US 1,000 Prize pool
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Accepts: Poetry
Size: 70 lines
Entry Fee: Nil for first, $US 10 thereafter
Prize: $US 1,000 Prize pool
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Accepts: Nonfiction
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 2 for first, $US 10 thereafter
Prize: $US 1,000 Prize pool
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Accepts: Unpublished Book
Size: Prose: First 5,000 words, Poetry: First 15 pages, Total size: Novels: minimum 45,000 words, Novellas: 25,000 – 45,000 words, Short Story Collections: minimum 25,000 words, Nonfiction: minimum 40,000 words. Poetry: minimum 20 pages (with some flexibility)
Entry Fee: Nil for first, $US 10 thereafter
Prize: $US 1,000 Prize pool

THROUGH THE YEAR

MAY 2024
01/05/2024

Bondi Screenplay
   EARLY BIRD: 30/11/2023
   REGULAR: 30/01/2024
   LATE: 30/03/2024
   EXTENDED: 01/05/2024
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: Open
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Accepts: Feature Screenplay
Size: 130 pages maximum
Entry Fee:
   EARLY BIRD: Standard: $40, Student: $30, Gold members: $34
   REGULAR: Standard: $45, Student: $35, Gold members: $39
   LATE: Standard: $50, Student: $40, Gold members: $44
   EXTENDED: Standard: $55, Student: $45, Gold members: $49
Prize: The Bondi Wave D'ore Prize Package: The official Bondi Wave D'ore Laurels, 10 Pitches on VPF, your choice of any available academy award-winning or nominated signed script
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Accepts: TV Pilot
Size: 130 pages maximum
Entry Fee:
   EARLY BIRD: Standard: $40, Student: $30, Gold members: $34
   REGULAR: Standard: $45, Student: $35, Gold members: $39
   LATE: Standard: $50, Student: $40, Gold members: $44
   EXTENDED: Standard: $55, Student: $45, Gold members: $49
Prize: The Bondi Froth Prize Package: The official Bondi Wave Froth Laurels, 10 Pitches on VPF, your choice of any available academy award-winning or nominated signed script

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Accepts: Short Screenplay
Size: 130 pages maximum (perhaps verify)
Entry Fee:
   EARLY BIRD: Standard: $25, Gold members: $19
   REGULAR: Standard: $35, Gold members: $25
   LATE: Standard: $40, Gold members: $30
   EXTENDED: Standard: $50, Gold members: $35
Prize: The SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) Froth Prize Package: The official Bondi SUP Laurels, 5 Pitches on VPF, your choice of any available academy award-winning or nominated signed script (after the best Feature and best TV Pilot winners have made their choice)

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Grand Prize: Script turned into a professional Audible production
All Entrants: 15% off any script, 1 VPF pitch

 

01/05/2024
 

Kyogle Writers Festival Poetry Competition
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Open to: All
Theme: Reading
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 35 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes: First: $250, Second: $100, Third: $50, Commended x 5: $20

 

01/05/2024
REGN OPENS

NEW LISTING

Write a Book in a Day

FUNDRAISING FOR THE KIDS' CANCER PROJECT
Teams choose a day from 01/05/2024 to 30/09/2024 to write and illustrate

Open to: Australian residents aged 10 and over, Students in years 5 – 12 and adult writing groups. Teams of 5 to 10 members

Theme: Each team given unique parameters for their chosen writing day consisting of two human characters, one non-human character, a setting, an issue and five random words to be included
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Accepts: Primary School Division - years 5 to 6 - Short story
Size: 1,500 to 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $77 per team and minimum $240 per team in sponsorship for the book to be eligible for judging
Prizes: Awards for best book and best illustrations. Prizes for top fundraisers

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Accepts: Middle Secondary School Division - years 7 to 9 - Short story
Size: 3,500 to 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $77 per team and minimum $240 per team in sponsorship for the book to be eligible for judging
Prizes: Awards for best book and best illustrations. Prizes for top fundraisers

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Accepts: Upper Secondary School Division - years 10 to 12 - Short story
Size: 3,500 to 5,000 words

Entry Fee: $77 per team and minimum $240 per team in sponsorship for the book to be eligible for judging
Prizes: Awards for best book and best illustrations. Prizes for top fundraisers

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Accepts: Open - aged 18 and over - Short story
Size: 7,000 to 10,000 words
Entry Fee: $77 per team and minimum $240 per team in sponsorship for the book to be eligible for judging
Prizes: Awards for best book and best illustrations. Prizes for top fundraisers

 

02/05/2024

Shore Scripts Short Film Fund - Spring Season
US COMPETITION
EARLY BIRD: 28/02/2024
REGULAR: 02/04/2024
FINAL: 02/05/2024
Open to: All
Accepts: Scripts
Size: 2 - 30 pages
Entry Fee: EARLY BIRD: $USD 39, REGULAR: $USD 49, FINAL: $USD 59
Prizes: First: $USD 15,000 production grant, Mentorship with Maria Gracia Turgeon, Camera Equipment rental from Arri Rental, a film festival strategy package with Kimberley Browning, Production support and script development, Film shared with judges and industry roster, membership to private Facebook community, Pass to Hollyshorts, Shore Scripts Film Festival Guidebook PDF, Second: $USD 1,000,  Mentorship with Maria Gracia Turgeon, Script development from Shore Scripts team. Script sent to directors and relevant industry roster, Membership to private Facebook community, Shore Scripts Film Festival Guidebook PDF, Top 5:  Feedback, Script sent to directors and relevant industry roster, Membership to private Facebook community, Shore Scripts Film Festival Guidebook PDF, Top 15: Script sent to directors and relevant industry roster, Membership to private Facebook community, Shore Scripts Film Festival Guidebook PDF, Semi-Finalists: Membership to private Facebook community, Shore Scripts Film Festival Guidebook PDF

 

03/05/2024
 

The Cloncurry Prize
Open to: Australian citizens, permanent residents or Australian passport holders living in Australia
Theme: “Standing of the Shoulders of Giants”, through the lens of Outback Australia
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OVER 18 SECTION
Accepts: Poetry
Size:  No more than 2 pages 
Entry Fee: $30
Prizes: First: $10,000, Runner-up: $1,000
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JUNIOR SECTION – School aged entrants under 18 and residing in Queensland
Accepts: Poetry
Size:  No more than 2 pages 
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $250, Second: $150, Third: $100

 

05/05/2024
 

Grenfell Henry Lawson Poetry and Short Shorty Prize
Open to: Writers living in Australia
Theme: Up The Country
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Accepts: Poetry - Open - 18 years or over on 31 Mar 2024
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $35
Prize: First: $1,000, Second: $500
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Accepts: Poetry - High School Student
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: First: $250, Second: $100
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Accepts: Poetry - Primary School Student
Size: 48 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: First: $100, Second: $50
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Accepts: Short Story - Open - 18 years or over on 31 Mar 2023
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $35
Prize: First: $1,000, Second: $500
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Accepts: Short Story - High School Student
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: First: $250, Second: $100
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Accepts: Short Story - Primary School Student
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: First: $100, Second: $50

 

10/05/2024
 

Laura Literary Awards
Open to: All
Theme: None
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Accepts: Section 1 - Open - Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $200
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Accepts: Section 2 - Young Adult (13 - 18) - Short Story
Size: 1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $50

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Accepts: Section 3a - Upper Primary 11 - 12) - Short Story
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $25

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Accepts: Section 3b - Junior (9 - 10) - Short Story
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $25

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Accepts: Section 4 - Junior Primary (5 - 8) - Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $15

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Accepts: Section 5 - Open - Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $200
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Accepts: Section 6 - Open - Bush Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $200

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Accepts: Section 7 - Young Adult (13 - 18) - Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $50

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Accepts: Section 8 - Junior (9 - 12) - Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $25

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Accepts: Section 10 - Junior Primary (5 - 8) - Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $15

 

10/05/2024
 

The Grieve Project
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: Experiences of grief and loss
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Accepts: Prose
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $22
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Accepts: Poetry
Size: 36 lines
Entry Fee: $22
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Accepts: Still image/artwork
Size: One image
Entry Fee: $22
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Accepts: Video
Size: 3 minutes
Entry Fee: $22
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Accepts: Audio
Size: 3 minutes
Entry Fee: $22
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PRIZES:

National Association of Loss and Grief (NALAG) Award: $1,500

Palliative Care NSW Award: $1,000

Pettigrew Funerals Award: $1,000

National Association of Loss and Grief Award x 2: $500

All About Grief Award (focuses on the loss of a child): $500

Hunter Writers’ Centre Award (focus on climate or environmental grief): $500

Griefline Award (focuses on men and their experience of grief and loss): $300

Newcastle Memorial Park Award: $250

Lake Macquarie Memorial Park Award: $250

Everymind Award: $100

Compassionate Friends Award: $100

 

12/05/2024
 

Fremantle Round House John Gavin Writing Competition
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JOHN GAVIN WRITING COMPETITION - OPEN
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: “Lost Worlds”, must include John Gavin and/or his trial, 1840s Swan River Colony setting
Accepts: Open form and genre
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: $10 plus Humanitix fee
Prize: First: $350, Second: $200
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JOHN GAVIN WRITING COMPETITION FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIAN STUDENTS
Open to: Western Australian students
Theme: “Lost Worlds”, must include John Gavin and/or his trial, 1840s Swan River Colony setting
Accepts: Open form and genre
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $7.50 plus Humanitix fee
Prize: First: $150, Second: $100

 

13/05/2024
NEW LISTING

June Shenfield National Poetry Awards
Open to: Emerging Australian poet
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $35 (Members: $25)
Prize: First: $1,000, Second: $700, Third: $500

13/05/2024
NEW LISTING

SLQ Young Writers Award
Open to: Queensland residents aged 18 to 25
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $2,000 & Queensland Writers Centre membership, Runner-up x 3: $500 & Queensland Writers Centre membership

 

14/05/2024
NEW LISTING

Publishable
Open to: Emerging Australian writers
Theme: None (But NOT academic/educational, self-help, business or cookery manuscripts)
Accepts: Manuscripts
Size: First 50 pages (Overall work: 55,000 - 110,000 words), Synopsis: 400 words
Entry Fee: $60 (Members: $55)
Prize: Shortlist x 10: 5 hours mentorship, pitch opportunity, one-year membership with Queensland Writers Centre, Longlist x 25: Consultation on manuscript development, workshop/s and/or seminar/s, All applicants: Online development workshop

 

15/05/2024

Boree Log Poetry Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Australian Bush
Accepts: Bush poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $8 or $30 for 4
Prizes: First: $100 plus trophy, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificates

 

15/05/2024
 

Eastwood/Hills Fellowship of Australian Writers Literary Competition
Open to: All
Theme: None
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Accepts: Category 1 : Flash Fiction
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $8, $30 for 4
Prizes: First: $150, Second: $50

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Accepts: Category 2 : Phillipa Holland Award for Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $8, $30 for 4
Prizes: First: $150, Second: $50

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Accepts: Category 3 : Alan Russell Award for Memoir
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $8, $30 for 4
Prizes: First: $150, Second: $50

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Accepts: Category 4 : Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $8, $30 for 4
Prizes: First: $150, Second: $50

 

15/05/2024
 

The Miki Prize for Short Stories
Open to: South Australian Resident
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $2083, Runners up: a bottle of Jameson behind the bar with your name on it

 

17/05/2024
 

Boroondara Literary Awards
Open to: Victorian 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, Keith Carroll Award: $500, Highly Commended x 3: $50 Voucher
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Accepts: Young Writers (Boroondara) - Junior -Years 5 - 6 - Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100, Highly Commended x 3: $30 Voucher
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Accepts: Young Writers (Boroondara) - Junior -Years 5 - 6 -  - Prose
Size: 300 - 500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100, Highly Commended x 3: $30 Voucher
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Accepts: Young Writers (Boroondara) - Middle -Years 7 - 9 - Poetry
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $450, Second: $300, Third: $150, Highly Commended x 3: $30 Voucher
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Accepts: Young Writers (Boroondara) - Middle -Years 7 - 9 -  - Prose
Size: 500 - 900 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $450, Second: $300, Third: $150, Highly Commended x 3: $30 Voucher
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Accepts: Young Writers (Boroondara) - Senior -Years 10 - 12 - Poetry (also open to young people not in secondary school, aged 15 to 18 years as of 1 January)
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200, Highly Commended x 3: $30 Voucher
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Accepts: Young Writers (Boroondara) - Senior -Years 10 - 12 -  - Prose (also open to young people not in secondary school, aged 15 to 18 years as of 1 January)
Size: 900 - 1,300 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $600, Second: $400, Third: $200, Highly Commended x 3: $30 Voucher

 

17/05/2024
 

What Matters? Writing Competition
Open to: Writers undertaking Primary or Secondary education in Australia (or an Australian International School) in Yr 5 to Yr 12
Theme: What Matters?
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Accepts: Prose/Poetry/Fiction/Non-fiction - Yr 5 & 6
Size: 600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $350, Writing workshop (either face-to-face or online), Book pack from Allen & Unwin
, Runner-up: $200,Writing workshop (either face-to-face or online), Book pack from Allen & Unwin
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Accepts: Prose/Poetry/Fiction/Non-fiction - Yr 7 & 8
Size: 600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $350, Writing workshop (either face-to-face or online), Book pack from Allen & Unwin
, Runner-up: $200,Writing workshop (either face-to-face or online), Book pack from Allen & Unwin
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Accepts: Prose/Poetry/Fiction/Non-fiction - Yr 9 & 10
Size: 600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $350, Tailored program with ReachOut.com with opportunity to be paid $200 for a feature article, Book pack from Allen & Unwin
, Runner-up: $200, Book pack from Allen & Unwin
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Accepts: Prose/Poetry/Fiction/Non-fiction - Yr 11 & 12
Size: 600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $350, 1 year Membership to Writing NSW, Writing workshop, Book pack from Allen & Unwin
, Runner-up: $200, Book pack from Allen & Unwin
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Overall Winner: $1,500, trophy, Book pack for their school library

Allen & Unwin Prize (Yr 5 to 8): $1,000
Graham Feudenberg Award: Flight to Canberra to spend day shadowing the Political speechwriters and journalists in the Press Gallery
Artistic Merit Award: Access to Varuna's self-paced on-line writing courses plus $100 book pack from Megalong books
Host an Author x 3: Randomly drawn school offered opportunity for 1 hour virutal author visit

 

19/05/2024
 

CRAFT Short Fiction Prize
US COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Fiction
Size: 1,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $USD 20
Prizes: First: $USD 2,000, four-issue subscription to Journal of the Month, and a choice of a Tech Bonus, Second: $USD 500, Third: $USD 300

 

19/05/2024
 

ZineWest 2024
Open to: Aspiring writers aged 16 and over, who work, live or study in Western Sydney or attend a West Sydney cultural organisation
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry, Prose, Drama, Comic
Size: Poetry: 60 lines, Prose: 800 words, Drama & Comic: 3xA5 pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $400, Second: $300, Third: $200, Commendations: Giramondo titles, Best Poem and Best Prose: Editor's Award
 

21/05/2024
 

Catchment - Poetry of Place
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: Linked to location
Accepts: Poetry & Tanka
Size: Poetry: 30 lines, Tanka: 5 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Publication in Anthology

 

24/05/2024

Book Pipeline Unpublished Contest
US COMPETITION
  PRE-REGISTER: 10/01/2024
  SPECIAL ENTRY: 20/03/2024
  EARLY: 24/05/2024
  REGULAR: 20/08/2024
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Literary, Mystery/Horror/Thriller, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, General Fiction, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Non-Fiction & Memoir, Comics & Graphic Novels
Size: Fiction & Memoirs: first 5,000 words and 1-3 page synopsis, Picture books: full manuscript and 1 page synopsis, Non-Fiction: At least a proposal (Memoirs as fiction). Comics & Graphic Novels: 20-28 pages, 1-3 page synopsis
Entry Fee: PRE-REGISTER: $US 20, SPECIAL ENTRY: $US 30, EARLY: $US 40, REGULAR: $US 50
Prizes: Per Category: First: $US 2,500, direct circulation , consideration from producers, additional long-time review & access to exclusive writers events, Runner-up: Direct circulation , consideration from producers, additional long-time review & access to exclusive writers events

 

26/05/2024
 

Dark Night Film Fest

Closing Date:
  EARLYBIRD: 26/05/2024,
  REGULAR: 23/06/2024
  LATE: 21/07/2024
Open to: All
Theme: Dark genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Noir, Science Fiction, Action, Western, War
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Accepts: Unproduced Features/Docos
Size: 45 - 120 pages (at least 45 minutes)
Entry Fee: EARLYBIRD: $30, REGULAR: $40, LATE: $50 ($5 discount for Gold Members)
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Accepts: Shorts/Webisodes
Size: 30 pages or less (30 minutes or under)
Entry Fee: EARLYBIRD: $20, REGULAR: $30, LATE: $40 ($5 discount for Gold Members)
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Accepts: Unproduced Feature Film Screenplay
Size: 45 - 120 pages
Entry Fee: EARLYBIRD: $30, REGULAR: $40, LATE: $50 ($5 discount for Gold Members)
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Accepts: Unproduced Short Film Screenplays
Size: 30 pages or less (30 minutes or under)
Entry Fee: EARLYBIRD: $20, REGULAR: $30, LATE: $40 ($5 discount for Gold Members)

 

Winners of the Unproduced Screenplay Competition with be offered a mentorship with Robbie Miles

Awards:
- Best Feature Film
- Best Feature Film Director
- Best Feature Film Performance
- Best Short Film
- Best Short Film Director
- Best Short Film Performance
- Best Australian Short Film Audience Award
- Midnight Spotlight (awarded to one of the following: Cinematography, Score or Sound Design, Special Makeup or Visual Effects, Production Design)
- Best Unproduced Feature Film Screenplay (with Finalists and 1st and 2nd Runner-Up also announced)
- Best Unproduced Short Film Screenplay (with Finalists and 1st and 2nd Runner-Up also announced)

 

 

31/05/2024
 

Anthem Essay Contest
US COMPETITION
Open to: High School students (Grades 8 to 12)
Theme: 1 of 3 essay topics
Accepts: Essay
Size: 600 - 1200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $US 2,000, Second x 3: $US 500, Third x 5: $US 100

 

31/05/2024
 

Anthology Flash Fiction Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
  EARLY BIRD: 31/05/2024
  STANDARD: 30/09/2024
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Flash Fiction
Size: 250 words
Entry Fee: EARLY BIRD: €10, REGULAR: €12
Prize: €300

 

31/05/2024

Anthology Nature Writing Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 
VERY EARLY BIRD: 29/02/2024
EARLY BIRD: 31/05/2024
REGULAR: 30/09/2024
Open to: All
Theme: Nature Writing
Accepts: Essay
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: VERY EARLY BIRD: €10, EARLY BIRD: €12, REGULAR: €15
Prize: €500

 

31/05/2024
NEW LISTING

Dymocks Beyond Words Creative Writing Competition
Open to: Australian primary and secondary school students
Theme: None
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Accepts: Short Story - Primary School students
Size: 500 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $2,000, Runner Up: $1,000, Shortlisted x 8: $500
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Accepts: Short Story - Secondary School students
Size: 500 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $3,000, Runner Up: $1,000, Shortlisted x 8: $500
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REGIONAL AUSTRALIA WINNER: $1,000
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY WINNER: $1,000
EAL/D WINNER: $1,000
FIRST NATIONS WINNER: $1,000
LGBTQIA+ WINNER: $1,000

 

31/05/2024
CORRECTED DATE

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Closing Date: EARLYBIRD: 29/02/2024, REGULAR: 31/05/2024
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction/Short novel, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: EARLYBIRD: £6, REGULAR: £8
Prizes: First: £1,000,  Publication in MTP Anthology and Anthology Title based on the winning entry's title, Second: £500, Publication in the MTP Anthology, Third: £250, Publication in the MTP Anthology, Runners-up x 5: £50, Publication in the MTP Anthology

 

31/05/2024
 

Newcastle Poetry Prize
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, aged over 18 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Poem or Suite of poems
Size: 200 lines
Entry Fee: $35.20 (Members: $30.25
Prizes: First: $15,000, Second: $5,000, Third: $1,000, Local Award x 2: $250, Hunter Writers’ Centre Member Award: $1,000

 

31/05/2024

 

Positive Words Mini-Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Giraffe
Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.40 in unused stamps
Prize: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

31/05/2024
 

RD Walsh Memorial Writing for the Environment Prize
Open to: Australian Citizens
Theme: Through the Eyes of Nature
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Accepts: Fictional Prose – under 19 years
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $500, Second: $250, Third: $100, Pat Strong Award for a Young Writer: $100
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Accepts: Fictional Prose - 19 - 26 years
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $500, Second: $250, Third: $100
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Accepts: Fictional Prose – 60 and over
Size: 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $500, Runner-up: $100

 

31/05/2024

Shore Scripts TV Pilot Contest
US COMPETITION
EARLY BIRD: 26/04/2024
REGULAR: 31/05/2024
FINAL: 28/06/2024
Open to: All
*
Accepts: Scripts for a TV pilot- 1 hour
Size: 40 - 70 pages
Entry Fee: EARLY BIRD: $USD 55, REGULAR: $USD 65, FINAL: $USD 75
Prizes: First: $USD 2,500, Mentorship with Sean Charles, Industry meetings, Call with Shore Scripts writer development team, Script sent to industry roster, Craft development call with a Save the Cat Mastercat, membership to private Facebook community, Second: $USD 500, Industry meetings, Call with Shore Scripts writer development team, Script sent to industry roster, 4 months Inktip Pro membership and one-to-one consultation, membership to private Facebook community, Top 10: Call with Shore Scripts writer development team, Script sent to industry roster, membership to private Facebook community
*
Accepts: Scripts for a TV pilot- 1/2 hour
Size: 5 - 30 pages
Entry Fee: EARLY BIRD: $USD 50, REGULAR: $USD 60, FINAL: $USD 70
Prizes: First: $USD 2,500, Mentorship with Sean Charles, Industry meetings, Call with Shore Scripts writer development team, Script sent to industry roster, Craft development call with a Save the Cat Mastercat, membership to private Facebook community, Second: $USD 500, Industry meetings, Call with Shore Scripts writer development team, Script sent to industry roster, 4 months Inktip Pro membership and one-to-one consultation, membership to private Facebook community, Top 10: Call with Shore Scripts writer development team, Script sent to industry roster, membership to private Facebook community

 

31/05/2024
 

Slinkies
Open to: Australians living in Australia or overseas under 30
Theme: None
Accepts: Prose in any form
Size: 10,000 words 
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: Not mentioned

 

31/05/2024
 

Short Stories Unlimited Poetry Competition - Open
Open to: All
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: No limit (but use common sense)
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes: First: $50 & copy of ebook, Highly commended x 2: $25 & copy of ebook

 

31/05/2024
 

The Plaza Poetry Prize
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £11 (£5.50 for subsequent entries) - can apply for free entry under Bursary Scheme
Prizes: First: £1,000, Second: £300, Third: £100

 

JUNE 2024
01/06/2024
 

Questions Writing Prize
Open to: Australians between 18 to 30 years old
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction or Non-fiction
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $3,000

 

02/06/2024
 

The Masters Review Anthology XIII
US COMPETITION
Open to: Emerging writers
Theme: Open
Accepts: Fiction and narrative non-fiction
Size: 7,000 words
Entry Fee: $US 20
Prize x 10: $US 700

 

03/06/2024
 

Canberra Youth Theatre's Emerging Playwright Commission
Open to: Australian citizen or permanent resident, aged under 35 and over 16 (may be a team of writers)
Theme: Suitable to be performed by actors aged between 7 and 25
Accepts: Play
Size: Minimum 1 hour, minimum 8 characters as an ensemble
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $17,100 for development of the script, Two finalists: $1,500 

 

03/06/2024
 

Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards

Open to: Residents of Victoria who are emerging writers
*
Theme: None
Accepts: The Dorothy Porter Award for Poets
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize: $2,000
*
Theme: None
Accepts: Narrative non-fiction

Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize: $2,000

*
Theme: Set in Melbourne
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize: $2,000

*
Theme: True life experience, uniquely Victorian story of Australia's First People
Accepts: Life Writing Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Writers
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize: $2,000

*
Theme: The transgender/gender diverse experience
Accepts: Poetry/Drama/Story/Memoir by Writers who identify as transgender, gender diverse or non-binary
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize: $2,000
*
OVERALL WINNER: $10,000

 

03/06/2024
 

The Big Issue Fiction Edition
Open to: Writers based in Australia
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 500 to 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: $500 for each author published

 

07/06/2024
 

IEU QLD & NT Literary Competition
Note: Limitation on entries per school: 10 in each student section, 5 in Open section
Open to: Students in years 5 -12 and teachers from all schools across Queensland and from independent schools across the Northern Territory.
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Years 11-12
1. Poem, 2, Short Story,  3. Non-fiction Prose
Size: Poem: No limit, Short Story: 600-1,500 words, Non-fiction prose: 600 - 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
*
Accepts: Years 9-10
1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size: Poem: No limit, Short Story: 500-1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts: Years 7-8
1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size: Poem: No limit, Short Story: 500-1,200 words
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts: Years 5 - 6
1. Poem, 2, Short Story
Size: Poem: No limit, Short Story: 400-800 words
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize: First: $150, Second: $100, Third: $75
*
Accepts: Open: Staff: Short Story
Size: 800-2,500 words
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize: First: $300, Second: $200, Third: $100
 

07/06/2024
 

Make Your Own Story Book Competition

Open to: Western Australian Students, PP to Year 8
Theme: None
Accepts: Picture Books and Story Books (See website)
Size: 5,000 words, Page size: A5 to A4, Maximum cover size: 34cm x 25cm
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: Three prizes awarded in each category:
- Years PP to 2 - Picture Book
- Years 3 to 4 - Picture Book
- Years 5 to 6 - Picture Book
- Years 7 to 8 - Picture Book
- Years 3 to 4 - Story Book
- Years 5 to 6 - Story Book
- Years 7 to 8 - Story Book
Students may work with a partner, maximum of two students per book

 

07/06/2024
 

The Fountainhead Essay Contest
US COMPETITION
Open to: High school students (Grades 8 to 12)
Theme: 1 of 3 essay topics
Accepts: Essay
Size: 800 - 1600 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $US 5,000, Second x 3: $US 1,250, Third x 5: $US 250 

 

20/06/2024
NEW LISTING

Seniors Card Short Story Competition
Open to: NSW Seniors Card and Seniors Savers Card holders
Theme: What made me
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Top 100: Publication

 

20/06/2024
 

South Perth Young Writers Award
Open to: School aged children residing or attending school in the City of South Perth
Theme: None
*
Accepts: A. Lower Primary: Year 1 - 2 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: Not specified
*
Accepts: B. Middle Primary: Year 3 - 4 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prizes: Not specified
*
Accepts: C. Upper Primary: Year 5 - 6 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prizes: Not specified
*
Accepts: D. Lower Secondary: Year 7 - 9 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prizes: Not specified
*
Accepts: F. Upper Secondary: Year 10 - 12 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prizes: Not specified 
 

21/06/2021
 

Ros Spencer Poetry Prize
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10, $20 for 2, $25 for 3, $30 for 4
Prize: First: $1,001, Second: $499, 
Highly Commended x 2, Commended x 2

 

24/06/2024
 

Shore Scripts Feature Screenplay Contest
US COMPETITION
EARLY BIRD: 24/06/2024
REGULAR: 31/07/2024
FINAL: 30/08/2024
Open to: All
Accepts: Scripts
Size: 80 - 120 pages
Entry Fee: EARLY BIRD: $USD 55, REGULAR: $USD 65, FINAL: $USD 75
Prizes: First: $USD 5,000, Mentorship, Industry meetings, call with Shore Scripts development tream, Script sent to industry roster, membership to private Facebook community, Enrolment in a screenwriting course at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, 6 months access to Stage 32 Writer’s Room program, Second: $USD 1,000, Industry meetings, call with Shore Scripts development team, Script sent to industry roster, membership to private Facebook community, 6 months access to Stage 32 Writer’s Room program, Third: $USD 500, Industry meetings, call with Shore Scripts development team, Script sent to industry roster, membership to private Facebook community, 6 months access to Stage 32 Writer’s Room program, Fourth: Industry meetings, call with Shore Scripts development team, Script sent to industry roster, membership to private Facebook community, 6 months access to Stage 32 Writer’s Room program, Fifth: Industry meetings, call with Shore Scripts development team, Script sent to industry roster, membership to private Facebook community, 6 months access to Stage 32 Writer’s Room program, Top 20:  Call with Shore Scripts development team, Script sent to industry roster, membership to private Facebook community

 

28/06/2024
NEW LISTING

Friends of Paynesville Library Short Story Competition
Open to: Over 18 years of age
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: First: $400, Second: $200, Third: $100

 

28/06/2024
 

Friends of the Wollongong City Library Local History Prize
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: History of the City of Wollongong (see Guidelines for more detail)
Accepts: Local History Paper
Size: 5,000 - 10,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $3,000, Runner-up: $1,500

 

30/06/2024
 

AAWP Writing Prizes
*
‘Chapter One’ The AAWP Publication Pathway for Emerging Writers
Open to:
Emerging writers (see website for definition)
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry collection, literary novel, short story collection or a hybrid work
Size: First chapter: 50 lines for poetry or 5,000 words for prose, Synopsis: 500 words
Total work: Prose: at least 40,000 words, Poetry: at least 40 pages
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $500, written appraisal, letter of recommendation to Western Australia Publishing , Conference fees to attend the annual AAWP conference with invitation to read from work
*
AAWP / Westerly Magazine Life Writing Prize
Open to:
Writers from Australasia
Theme: Life writing
Accepts: Any form associated with Life Writing
Size: 3,500 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $500, one year subscription to Westerly & Conference fees to attend the annual AAWP conference with invitation to read from work
*
Sudden Writing Prize
Open to:
Emerging writers under 25 years of age
Theme: None
Accepts: Creative works
Size: Prose: 400 words, Poetry: 40 lines, Prose Poems: 200 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: $500, publication on Express Media website, Voiceworks subscription, one year membership to AAWP
*
AAWP - UWRF Translators' Prize
Open to:
Not mentioned
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry and Prose
Size: Poetry: 30 lines, Prose: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: Ticket to UWRF, accommodation during the festival , one year membership to AAWP and fully subsidised fees to attend the annual conference with invitation to read from work
*
AAWP / UWRF Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers
Open to:
Emerging writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: Ticket to UWRF, accommodation during the festival, one year membership to AAWP,  and fully subsidised fees to attend the annual conference, consideration for publication by Meniscus

AAWP / UWRF Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers
Open to:
Emerging writers
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines for lineated poetry, 400 words for prose poetry and hybrid formsEntry Fee: $20
Prize: Ticket to UWRF, accommodation during the festival, one year membership to AAWP,  and fully subsidised fees to attend the annual conference, consideration for publication by Meniscus

AAWP and SW Novella Prize
Open to:
All
Theme: None
Accepts: Prose or verse
Size: : 50 lines for poetry or 5,000 words for prose, Synopsis: 500 words
Total work: Prose: at least 40,000 words, Poetry: at least 40 pages
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $500 and fully subsidised fees to attend the annual conference with invitation to read from work

 

30/06/2024

Anthology Poetry Award
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 
VERY EARLY BIRD: 29/02/2024
EARLY BIRD: 30/06/2024
REGULAR: 31/10/2024
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: VERY EARLY BIRD: €10, EARLY BIRD: €15, REGULAR: €18
Prizes: First: €1,000 & one year subscription to Anthology Magazine, Second: €250, Third: €150

 

30/06/2024

Anthology Travel Writing Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
  VERY EARLY BIRD: 31/03/2024
  EARLY BIRD: 30/06/2024
  STANDARD: 30/11/2024
Open to: All
Theme: Authentic Travel Experience
Accepts: Article
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: VERY EARLY BIRD: €10, EARLY BIRD: €12, REGULAR: €15
Prize: €500

 

30/06/2024
 

Audio Arcadia's Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: Aged 18 plus
Theme: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adventure and Travel
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $USD 8.45
Prize: Percentage of royalties

 

30/06/2024
 

Booranga Literary Prizes
Open to: All
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $500
*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $105
Prize: $500

 

30/06/2024
 

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Open to: School Students enrolled in Australian education facilities
Theme: Optional theme: Listen, I have an idea
*
Accepts: Lower Primary (Years K - 3) Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  
    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 for up to 3 poems,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80

Prize: First: $300, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $150 & prize pack
*
Accepts: Upper Primary (Years 4 - 6. Year 7 in SA) Poetry

Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:  
    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 for up to 3 poems,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80

Prize: First: $400, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $200 & prize pack

*
Accepts: Assisted Learning Primary Poetry

Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:

    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 for up to 3 poems,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80

Prize: First: $400, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $200 & prize pack
*
Accepts: Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 9) Poetry

Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:

    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 for up to 3 poems,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
Accepts: Senior Secondary (Years 10 - 12) Poetry

Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:

    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 for up to 3 poems,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
Accepts: Assisted Learning Secondary Poetry

Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee:

    Individual (where home-schooled or school not taking part): $20 for up to 3 poems,
    School Entry up to 30 entries: $30, 
    School Entry over 30 entries: $60, 
    School Entry over 100 entries: $80

Prize: First: $500, trophy & prize pack, Runner-up: $300 & prize pack

*
DAVID MAHER AWARD (Primary only): $250, trophy & prize pack
KURRUMBEDE AWARD:
PRIMARY SCHOOL AWARD: $250, trophy & prize pack
SECONDARY SCHOOL AWARD: $250, trophy & prize pack
SCHOOLS’ AWARD:
PRIMARY SCHOOL: $1,000, trophy & prize pack
SECONDARY SCHOOL: $1,000, trophy & prize pack

 

30/06/2024
 

Fiction Factory Poetry Competition
UK COMPETITON
Open to:  All
Theme:  None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £5,  £9 for 2, £12 for 3
(£20 for optional assessment)
Prizes: First : £100 and feedback on 5 poems, hour Zoom call with a judge, Short-listed x 5: Supportive critique

 

30/06/2024
 

Henry Savery National Short Story Award
Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes: First: $400, Second: $100

 

30/06/2024
 

Poetry London Prize
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: £10 (£5 for subscribers) (Limited free entries for writers on low incomes)
Prize: First: £5,000, Second: £2,000, Third: £1,000

 

30/06/2024
 

Positive Words Mini-Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Scout
Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.40 in unused stamps
Prize: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

30/06/2024
 

Scribes Writers  "Poetic License"
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Bush Verse
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: First: $200, Second: $100, Highly Commended & Commended: Certificate

 

30/06/2024
 

Society of Women Writers NSW Inc - National Short Story Competition

Open to: Women writers resident in Australia, aged 18 years or over
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Short Story - Fiction
Size: 3,000 words

Entry Fee: $45, ($30 for members)
Prizes: First: $500, Highly Commended: $250, Commended: $100

*
Accepts: Short Story – Non-Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $45, ($30 for members)
Prizes: First: $500, Highly Commended: $250, Commended: $100

*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 80 lines
Entry Fee: $45, ($30 for members)
Prizes: First: $500, Highly Commended: $250, Commended: $100

 

30/06/2024
NEW LISTING

TCK Publishing Poetry Awards
US COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: Up to 5 poems totalling no more than 500 words
Entry Fee: US$ 5
Prize: US$ 1,000

 

30/06/2024
NEW LISTING

The Henshaw Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
PROCEEDS ARE USED TO PURCHASE BOOKS OR OTHER ESSENTIALS FOR A SELECTED SCHOOL
Open to: All over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: £6, Optional Feedback: £14
Prizes: First: £200, Second: £100, Third: £50

 

30/06/2024
 

The Moth International Short Story Prize
IRISH COMPETITION
Open to: Over 16
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: €15
Prize: First: €3,000, Second: a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including travel stipend), Third: €1,000

 

30/06/2024

The Plaza Audio Poetry Prize
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 4 minutes
Entry Fee: £12 (£6 for subsequent entries) - can apply for free entry under Bursary Scheme
Prizes: First: £1,000, Second: £300, Third: £100

 

30/06/2024
 

Wasafiri Essay Prize
UK COMPETITION
Open to: PhD candidates and early career researchers
Theme: On a subject within the field of international contemporary literature published since 1965
Accepts: Essay
Size: 6,000 - 9,000 words (including citations but excluding works-cited list)
Entry Fee: Not mentioned
Prize:
£250, mentoring conversation with an academic on the editorial board, annual print and digital subscription to Wasafiri, publication
 

30/06/2024
 

Wells Festival of Literature Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: Open
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 35 lines
Entry Fee: £6
Prizes: First: £1,000, Second: £500, Third: £250, Local Prize: £100
*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: £6
Prizes: First: £750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Local Prize: £100
*
Accepts: A Book for Children (age 7 and up)
Size: First two chapters or 20 pages, whichever is shortest, plus a synopsis of up to 2 pages (Shortlisted entrants may be asked for complete manuscript)
Entry Fee: £6
Prizes: First: £750, Second: £300, Third: £200, Local Prize: Not specified
*
Accepts: Young Poets (16 - 22 years old)
Size: 35 lines
Entry Fee: £3
Prizes: First: £200, Second: £150, Third: £100

 

JULY 2024
01/07/2024
 

Local Word Poetry Prize
Open to: Living in Australia, over 16 years old
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 75 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $2,000 & one-hour mentoring session, Second: $250

 

01/07/2024
NEW LISTING

My Brother Jack Awards
Open to: People who live, work or study in the City of Glen Eira
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Short Story - Open
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
PrizesFirst: $1,000, Second: $600, Third: $400
*
Accepts: Short Story – Senior Secondary (Years 10 – 12)
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize: $500 gift voucher
*
Accepts: Short Story – Junior Secondary (Years 7 – 9)
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize: $400 gift voucher
*
Accepts: Short Story – Senior Primary (Years 4 – 6)
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize: $300 gift voucher
*
Accepts: Short Story – Junior Primary (Foundation – Year 3)
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize: $200 gift voucher
*
Accepts: Poetry - Open
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: 
Nil
PrizesFirst: $1,000, Second: $600, Third: $400
*
Accepts: Poetry – Senior Secondary (Years 10 – 12)
Size: 30 lines
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize: $500 gift voucher
*
Accepts: Poetry – Junior Secondary (Years 7 – 9)
Size: 10 lines
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize: $400 gift voucher
*
Accepts: Poetry – Senior Primary (Years 4 – 6)
Size: 10 lines
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize: $300 gift voucher
*
Accepts: Poetry – Junior Primary (Foundation – Year 3)
 Size: 10 lines
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize: $200 gift voucher
 

01/07/2024
 

Randolph Stow Young Writers Award
Open to: Students in years 3 - 12 studying in the Midwest Rand Gascoyne Regions, Western Australia
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Prose
Size: 1,200 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Lower Primary - Year 3 & 4 - Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 5 & 6 - Prose
Size: 1,200 words
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Upper Primary - Year 5 & 6 - Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Lower Secondary - Year 7 & 8 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Lower Secondary - Year 7 & 8 - Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Middle Secondary - Year 9 & 10 - Prose
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Middle Secondary - Year 9 & 10 - Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Upper Secondary - Year 11 & 12 - Prose
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
*
Accepts: Upper Secondary - Year 11 & 12 - Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: 
Nil
Prize:  Not mentioned
 

01/07/2024
 

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize
UK COMPETITION
Open to: Writers who have not published a book-length work of fiction, life-writing or poetry (excluding self-published works or poetry chapbooks)
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Poetry (up to 3 poems = a single entry)
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £12, £16 for 2, £6 for a subsidised entry
Prize: First: £1,000 & publication, Shortlisted: publication
*
Accepts: Fiction
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £12, £16 for 2, £6 for a subsidised entry
Prize: First: £1,000 & publication, Shortlisted: publication
*
Accepts: Life Writing
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £12, £16 for 2, £6 for a subsidised entry
Prize: First: £1,000 & publication, Shortlisted: publication
*
All winners and shortlisted writers will be offered mentoring (dependent on eligibility)

 

02/07/2024
 

ACU Prize for Poetry
Open to: Australian residents. Any International student currently studying at an Australian University may also enter
Theme: Faith
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: First: $10,000, Second: $5,000, Third: $3,000

 

05/07/2024
NEW LISTING

The Eden School Prize
Open to: Years 8 to 10 students attending a South Australian government school
Theme: "How can music make the world a better and happier place?”
Accepts: Essay
Size: 600 - 800 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $1,250, Second: $750, Third: $500

 

07/07/2024
NEW LISTING

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Open to: Unpublished Australian citizens, permanent residents or on long-term visas for study or work – must be able to undertake the 12 month residency in Australia
Theme: Adult Fiction and Adult narrative non-fiction
Accepts: Fiction and narrative non-fiction
Size: First three chapters (Max 20,000 words), 1 page synopsis, chapter breakdown (no more than 2 pages), author’s statement (750 words)
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $10,000 and Hachette Australia’s 12 month mentorship program

 

14/07/2024
 

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: Open
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines and no more than 1,000 words in total
Entry Fee: $25 for first entry and $20 thereafter.  Concession: $15 for first entry and $10 thereafter. Fees for submission before 30 April are reduced to $22 and $12 respectively.
Prizes: First: $15,000, International winner from an economically developing nation: $5,000, Second: $5,000
 

15/07/2024
 

E. M. Fletcher Writing Award
Open to: residents of Australia, over 18 years of age
Theme: Family history/genealogy theme
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 - 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $30 ($20 for members)
Prize: First: $1,000, Runner Up: $500, Member Prize: $100 FHACT voucher

 

19/07/2024
NEW LISTING

Bronze Spur Award
Open to: All
Theme: Rural Australia, its people, animals, way of life and values
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: 100 lines
Entry Fee: $5 (additional $5 for critique)
Prize: First: Bronze Spur Trophy & $350, Second: $200, Third: $100

 

31/07/2024

Anthology Short Story Award
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 
VERY EARLY BIRD: 30/11/2023
EARLY BIRD: 31/03/2024
REGULAR: 31/07/2024
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: VERY EARLY BIRD: €10, EARLY BIRD: €15,  REGULAR: €18
Prizes: First: €1,000 & one year subscription to Anthology Magazine, Second: €250, Third: €150

 

31/07/2024
NEW LISTING

Fiction Factory Short Story Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to:  All aged 16 and over
Theme:  None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £7 (£13 for 2, £18 for 3) (Optional critique: £30)
Prize: £500

 

31/07/2024
NEW LISTING

Rose Frankcombe Short Story Award
Open to:  Australian Writers
Theme:  Blue
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10 for up to 2 entries
Prizes: First: $200, Second: $50

 

31/07/2024
NEW LISTING

Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: €19
Prizes: First:
€2,000, featured reading at the Cork International Short Story Festival (with 4-night hotel stay and full board), publication, Second: €500, publication, Runners-up x 4: €250, publication
 

31/07/2024
 

Stories of Life

Open to: Not mentioned
Theme: Autobiographical or biographical, about an aspect of Christian faith
*
Accepts: Short Story - Open
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $10, Nil for under 18
Prize: First: $300, $100 Omega Writers voucher & one-year Omega Writers membership, Second: $200 & one-year Omega Writers membership, Third: $100 & $50 Omega discount coupon, Youth Award: $100

*
Accepts: Short Story - Open
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10, Nil for under 18
Prize: First: $300, $100 Omega Writers voucher & one-year Omega Writers membership, Second: $200 & one-year Omega Writers membership, Third: $100 & $50 Omega discount coupon, Youth Award: $100

 

31/07/2024
 

The Plaza Prizes: Literary: First Chapters
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: Open
Accepts: Opening chapters plus Plot synopsis
Size: 5,000 words (Synopsis: 300 words)
Entry Fee: £20 (£10 for subsequent entries) - can apply for free entry under Bursary Scheme
Prizes: First: £1,500 and one hour Zoom tutorial with the judge, Second: £300, Third: £100

 

31/07/2024
 

Positive Words Mini-Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Blanket
Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.40 in unused stamps
Prize: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

AUGUST 2024
01/08/2024
 

Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition
Open to: All
Theme: The look that said it all
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $16.50
PrizeFirst: Ticket to Children and Young Adult Conference (value $410), year membership to Queensland Writers Centre ($79), Anthology cover based on winning story, Second & Third: year membership to Queensland Writers Centre ($79)

 

12/08/2024
 

Peter Blazey Fellowship
Open to: Australian residents with a publishing record
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: $15,000 & access to support and facilities from The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts

 

26/08/2024
 

The Golden Pen
Open to: Western Australian Students, years 4 to 12
Theme: Rebels & Dreamers
*
Accepts: Senior Category - High school students year 9 - 12 : Any format eg Poetry, prose, comics
Size: 2,000 words or six A$ pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: Overall winner: $500, $100 Book voucher, free ticket to a workshop that the Family Festival, VIP Pass to the Family Festival, Shortlisted x 3: $100 Book voucher, free ticket to a workshop that the Family Festival, VIP Pass to the Family Festival
*
Accepts: Middle Category - High school students year 7 - 8 : Any format eg Poetry, prose, comics
Size: 2,000 words or six A$ pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: Overall winner: $500, $100 Book voucher, free ticket to a workshop that the Family Festival, VIP Pass to the Family Festival, Shortlisted x 3: $100 Book voucher, free ticket to a workshop that the Family Festival, VIP Pass to the Family Festival
*
Accepts: Junior Category - Primary school students year 4 - 6 : Any format eg Poetry, prose, comics
Size: 2,000 words or six A$ pages
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: Overall winner: $200, $50 Book voucher, free ticket to a workshop that the Family Festival, VIP Pass to the Family Festival, Shortlisted x 3: $50 Book voucher, free ticket to a workshop that the Family Festival, VIP Pass to the Family Festival 
*
Classroom entries of 5 or more submissions go in the draw to win up to 30 tickets for their class to come to a Schools Program Session

 

31/08/2024

Anthology Personal Memoir Competition
IRISH COMPETITION
Closing Date: 
VERY EARLY BIRD: 31/01/2024
EARLY BIRD: 30/04/2024
REGULAR: 31/08/2024
Open to: All
Theme: Personal unique life experience
Accepts: Memoir
Size: 1,500 words
Entry Fee: VERY EARLY BIRD: €10, EARLY BIRD: €12, REGULAR: €15
Prizes: First: €500

 

31/08/2024
 

FAW Tasmania Beatrice Clarke Award
Open to: Poets aged 14 and under
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes: First: $100, Second: $50, Encouragement Prize x 2: $25

 

31/08/2024
 

FAW Tasmania Poetry Prize
Open to: Residents of Australia
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5
Prizes: First: $150, Runner-up: $50

 

31/08/2024
 

Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Poetry Competition
Open to: Australian School Children
Theme: Open
*
Accepts: Section 1 - Poetry - Yrs 10, 11 & 12
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $5
PrizeFirst: $125
*
Accepts: Section 2 - Poetry - Yrs 7, 8 & 9
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $5
PrizeFirst: $90
*
Accepts: Section 3 - Poetry - Yrs 5 & 6
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: $35
PrizeFirst: $65
*
Accepts: Section 4 - Poetry - Yrs 4 and under
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: $5
PrizeFirst: $50

 

31/08/2024
 

Jean Stone Poetry Award
Open to: Australian Residents
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $500

 

31/08/2024
 

Positive Words Mini-Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Keepsake
Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.40 in unused stamps
Prize: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

31/08/2024
 

The Betty Olle Poetry Award
Open to: All
Theme: Australian
*
Accepts: Open - Australian Bush Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: $15 (2 poems)
Prize: First: The 'Betty Olle' Poetry Award & $500, Runner-Up: Certificate & $200, Highly Commended: Certificate
*
Accepts: Junior (12 years and under) - Australian Bush Verse
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: The 'Betty Olle' Junior Poetry Award & $100, Runner-Up: Certificate & $50, Highly Commended: Certificate
 

SEPTEMBER 2024
01/09/2024
 

Heywire Competition
Open to: Australian Residents aged 16-22 and not living in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth or Sydney
Theme: True story about an aspect of your life outside the major cities
Accepts: Audio, Video, Photos or Text
Size: Video & Audio: 2 - 4 minutes, Photos: 10 images, Text: around 400 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize (awarded up to 33 people): Opportunity for story to be produced for ABC and a trip to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra (details on website). Networking and communications training, invitation to the Heywire Gala Dinner
 

06/09/2024
NEW LISTING

Roly Sussex Short Story Competition
Open to: Australian Citizens or Residents
Theme:  None
*
Accepts: Short Story - Open
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $50
Prizes: First: $7,500, Second: $1,500, Highly commended

*
Accepts: Short Story - Secondary School
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $30
Prizes: First: $1,000, Second: $500, Highly commended

 

24/09/2024
 

Poem Forest
Local entrants eligible for a free seedling.
A native tree will be planted on Dharawal Country for every entry received
Open to: Australian student or young person (aged 18 and under) or an accredited teacher
Theme: The natural environment
*
Accepts: Lower primary ( F - Year 3) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $500, book packs ($100), ‘Wild Things’ poster, Poetry journal, certificate, Highly Commended: book prize
*
Accepts: Upper primary ( Years 4 - 6) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee: Nil

Prize: First: $500, book packs ($100), ‘Wild Things’ poster, Poetry journal, certificate, Highly Commended: book prize

*
Accepts: Lower secondary (Years 7 - 9) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize: First: $500, book packs ($100), ‘Wild Things’ poster, Poetry journal, certificate, Highly Commended: book prize
*
Accepts: Upper secondary (Years 10 - 12) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize: First: $500, book packs ($100), ‘Wild Things’ poster, Poetry journal, certificate, Highly Commended: book prize
*
Accepts: Threatened species (F - Year 12) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize: First: $500, book packs ($100), ‘Wild Things’ poster, Poetry journal, certificate, Highly Commended: book prize
*
Accepts: Accredited Teacher (All ages) -  Poetry
Size: 20 lines
Entry Fee:
Nil
Prize: First: $500, book packs ($100), ‘Wild Things’ poster, Poetry journal, certificate, Highly Commended: book prize
*
Wollongong Community Greening Local Prize ( F – Year 12): $500, book packs ($100), ‘Wild Things’ poster, Poetry journal, certificate, $50 Wollongong Botanic Garden’s Greenplan Nursery voucher, School prize: Excursion for up to 30 students, 30 plants
Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan Local Prize ( F - Year 12): $500, book packs ($100), ‘Wild Things’ poster, Poetry journal, certificate , Family tour 

 

30/09/2024
NEW LISTING

Hammond House Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: Time
*
Accepts: Lyrics or Performed Song
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
Prize: First:  £100
*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 - 5,000 words
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
Prize: First:  £1,000, Second:  £100, Third:  £50
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
Prize: First:  £1,000, Second:  £100, Third:  £50
*
Accepts: Script
Size: 10 pages
Entry Fee: £10, £5 for members, optional feedback: £10
Prize: First:  £500 

 

30/09/2024
 

Positive Words Mini-Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Clever
Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.40 in unused stamps
Prize: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

OCTOBER 2024
01/10/2021
 

Silver Quill Written Competition

Open to: All
Theme: Australian
*
Accepts: Open Serious
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: Not mentioned

*
Accepts: Open Humorous
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: Not mentioned

*
Accepts: Novice
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: Not mentioned

*
Accepts: Junior (under 18 years)
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: Not mentioned

*

Accepts: Local (Avon Valley)
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: Not mentioned

 

26/10/2024
NEW LISTING

The Mayday Hills Ghost Story Competition
To be performed on stage by entrant at Bijou Theatre Hall, Beechworth, on 26/10/2024
Open to: Australian or New Zealand citizen or resident
Theme: Horror
Accepts: Short Story
Size: No more than 15 minutes performance
Entry Fee: Nil
Prizes: First: $100 & Trophy, Second: $50, Third: $25

 

31/10/2024
NEW LISTING

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: All
Theme: None
Accepts: Opening Chapter of a Novel with Synopsis
Size: Opening chapter up to 3,000 plus one page synopsis (750 words)
Entry Fee: £10, £18 for 2, £26 for 3 (£35 for optional critique)
Prizes: First: £500, Second: £200

 

31/10/2024
 

Positive Words Mini-Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Wrinkle
Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.40 in unused stamps
Prize: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

31/10/2024
NEW LISTING

The Bedford Competition
UK COMPETITION
Open to: 17 years and over
Theme: None
*
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: £8.50, three for £17 (Full time students: £6, three for £12)
Prize: First: £1,500, Second: £300, Third: £200, Bedford Prize: £100, Cygnature Prize (25 years and under): £200
*
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: £8.50, three for £17 (Full time students: £6, three for £12)
Prize: First: £1,500, Second: £300, Third: £200, Bedford Prize: £100, Cygnature Prize (25 years and under): £200

 

NOVEMBER 2024
22/11/2024
NEW LISTING

Kids News Junior Journo Competition
May be done individually or as a group/class
Open to: Australian resident students in Year 3 to 9 studying in an Australian school or registered homeschool
Theme: Something factual that happened, or is about to happen, in your school or local community
*
Accepts: Primary School Years 3 - 6  News story
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $350 gift card, $100 book pack from Harper Collins
*
Accepts: Primary School Years 3 - 6  Sports story
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $350 gift card, $100 book pack from Harper Collins
*
Accepts: Secondary School Years 7 - 9  News story
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $350 gift card, $100 book pack from Harper Collins
*
Accepts: Secondary School Years 7 - 9  Sports story
Size: Not mentioned
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: $350 gift card, $100 book pack from Harper Collins
*
Junior Journalist of the Year (Years 3 – 6): $750 gift card, $100 book pack from Harper Collins
Junior Journalist of the Year (Years 7 – 9): $1,000 gift card, $100 book pack from Harper Collins
GRAND PRIZE (1 primary school winner, 1 high school winner): guest appearance on The Morning Show and newsroom/studio tour

 

30/11/2024
 

Positive Words Mini-Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Skip
Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.40 in unused stamps
Prize: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

DECEMBER 2024
31/12/2024
 

Positive Words Mini-Competition
Open to: All
Theme: Contains the word: Twelve
Accepts: Short Story or Poetry
Size: 100 words or 10 lines
Entry Fee: $2.40 in unused stamps
Prize: Six months subscription to Positive Words

 

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