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Competitions

Writing competitions can be a great way to get your writing out in the world. They can be a crucial stepping stone in your writing career, bringing of recognition, some money to buy writing or editing time, publication deals or the possibility of securing an agent. Check out our range of workshops to ready yourself for submission.

We recommend writers look very carefully at the competition guidelines, terms and conditions. Some require an entry fee or reading fee. In some circumstances, this goes towards payment for the judges time (we believe that all literary prize judges should be paid).

In some cases, however, ‘literary competitions’ are just money making ventures. In other cases, by entering the competition you may be automatically signing over the rights to your work (your copyright), or agreeing to a publication arrangement. It may be useful to look at the Australian Society of Authors’ best practice guidelines for literary competitions.

A number of competitions are listed here, but please note that this is NOT an endorsement. Writers are individually responsible for carefully reviewing all the terms and conditions of each competition.

 

 

 

Atlantis Short Story Competition 2017

Closing date: 25th February 2018

Genres: Short story,

Now in its seventh year, the Atlantis Short Story Contest 2017 opens its gates. Authors from all around the world are welcome to enter the one and only contest that offers a critique for every participating story!

You can submit your short story here! To view the guidelines, click here!

Cash prizes ($450, first prize is $300) and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers Keep reading…

Website | inquiry@atlantis-shortstorycontest.com

2018 Colin Roderick Award

Closing date: 28th February 2018

Foundation for Australian Literary Studies

Genres: Fiction, Non fiction, Novel, Poetry, Prose, Stage/screen,

This $20,000 award is presented alongside the H.T. Priestley Medal for the best original book of the year dealing with any aspect of Australian life, first published by an Australian publisher in 2017.

Before completing and submitting the award entry form, you must read and agree to the conditions of entry at our website here.

Keep reading…

Website | fals@jcu.edu.au

“Happiness” International Call For Artists and Writers

Closing date: 28th February 2018

ArtAscent

Genres: Flash fiction, Poetry, Short story,

Happiness. We all want it. We all have different ideas of what it means. To some it requires being busy, involved, connected, purposed, fulfilled, loving or loved. To others being happy means feeling healthy, generous or successful. It seems to be entangled with our level of acceptance and expectation. What, where, who or when is your happy place? Share your HAPPINESS with words or imagery.

Keep reading…

Website | info@artascent.com

Eyre Writers Competitions

Closing date: 28th February 2018

Eyre Writers Inc.

Eyre Writers Inc holds yearly writing competitions in many genres.

All Entries to be sent to PO Box 1771, Port Lincoln, SA 5606 or with a postmark/email time no later than midnight on the closing date: 28th February 2018

Website

E J Brady Short Story Competition

Closing date: 28th February 2018

Mallacoota Arts Council

Genres: Short story,

The Mallacoota Arts Council recently launched the 2017-18 EJ Brady Short Story Competition.  Keep reading…

Website | ejbradycomp@gmail.com

Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2018

Closing date: 1st March 2018

The Rialto

Genres: Poetry,

The RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. There’s a fantastic range of prizes on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Michael Longley at CCI in spring 2018.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 1st March 2018.

As well as offering poets the chance to win considerable cash prizes and publication of their poems, the competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. We are working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as we feel the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries. Keep reading…

Website

Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2018

Closing date: 1st March 2018

The Rialto (UK)

Genres: Poetry,

The Rialto working with the RSPBBirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative

Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge.  Keep reading…

Website | matt.howard@therialto.co.uk

The Woollahra Digital Literary Award

Closing date: 12th March 2018

Woollahra Libraries

Genres: Essay, Fiction, Flash fiction, Non fiction,

The Woollahra Digital Literary Award is a new national literary award supporting innovation in Australian literature and publishing, encouraging writers producing work in a digital medium.

The award seeks submissions of a literary nature that are digitally born – published online or in electronic form.

Keep reading…

Website | dla@woollahra.nsw.gov.au

The Stringybark Open Theme Short Story Award 2018

Closing date: 18th March 2018

Stringybark Stories

Genres: Short story,

The Stringybark Open Theme Short Story Award 2018

Stringybark Stories is delighted to announce that our annual open-themed short story competition is now accepting entries. With record prize money for the fifth year in a row we are offering over $1175 in cash and books for the winning authors as well as publication in an ebook and print anthology.

The word length is 1500 words and the closing date is 18 March 2017. International entries are most welcome.

Website | thejudges@stringybarkstories.net

The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition

Closing date: 20th March 2018

Stratford on Avon Shakespeare Association

Genres: Short story,

Shakespeare is renowned for his inventive use of language, creation of new words and blatant use of time honoured tales of love, hope, murder and revenge. He has created some of the world’s most beloved tales, characters and gifted the English language with words we still use everyday. His works have been adapted, reinterpreted and extended as writers have wondered what if, what now and what next. Now it’s your turn.  Keep reading…

Website | shakespeareontheriverfestival@gmail.com

Peter Carey Short Story Award

Closing date: 26th March 2018

Moorabool Shire Council

Genres: Short story,

Moorabool Shire Council and the Moorabool Writers Craft group are proud to announce the 2018 Peter Carey Short Story Award. The award is for short stories between 2000 – 3000 words, and is open to all Australian residents.  Keep reading…

Website | info@moorabool.vic.gov.au

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year

Closing date: 30th March 2018

Speech Pathology Australia

Genres: Picture book,

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year awards aim to promote children’s books as literacy tools, as well as raising awareness of the role of speech pathologists play in helping children develop language and literacy skills. The awards are now in their fifteenth year.

Eligibility criteria are outlined in the nomination form.

Website

2018 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award

Closing date: 31st March 2018

Kill Your Darlings

Genres: Major prize,

Entries are now open for the 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award!

Now in its second year, the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award was established to support the development of an early-career author, provide them with the opportunity to work with industry professionals, and assist them in creating publishing pathways in the future.

The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award is open to writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction, and seeks to support writers in the development of their unpublished manuscripts.

The winner will receive $5000 in prize money and a mentorship with KYD’s Rebecca Starford (non-fiction) or Hannah Kent (fiction).

Website

2018 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Closing date: 10th April 2018

Australian Book Review

Genres: Fiction, Major prize, Short story,

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the 2018 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, one of the world’s leading prizes for an original short story. The Jolley Prize is worth a total of $12,500. Entry is open to anyone in the world who is writing in English.

ABR will publish the three shortlisted stories in the 2018 August Fiction Issue and announce the overall winner at a special event later that month. Three commended stories will also be published later in the year.  Keep reading…

Website

Sutherland Shire Literary Competition

Closing date: 30th April 2018

Sutherland Shire Council

Genres: Poetry, Short story,

Keep reading…

Website | library@ssc.nsw.gov.au

The Best of Times Short Story Competition

Closing date: 30th April 2018

Do you have a great sense of humour? Love writing? Want to show off your talent and possibly win a prize?

Keep reading…

Website | cabbook-25@yahoo.com

The 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize

Closing date: 1st May 2018

Bristol Short Story Prize Ltd

Genres: Short story,

The Bristol Short Story Prize aims to publish great short stories and promote the stories and writers as much as possible.  Discovering previously unpublished writers is central to our aims and we are absolutely committed to celebrating the short story genre and making it accessible and available to as wide an audience as we can.

The Bristol Short Story Prize was founded by the editors of the quarterly cultural magazine Bristol Review of Books in 2007.

Website | enquiries@bristolprize.co.uk

FLINDERS UNIVERSITY YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS AWARD 2018

Closing date: 1st June 2018

State Theatre Company

The State Theatre Company’s major award for the encouragement and support of new writing talent is commencing its 18th year. Flinders University Young Playwrights Award winners will receive the opportunity to have their work developed under the guidance of professionals in the industry. Keep reading…

Website

The Moth International Short Story Prize

Closing date: 30th June 2018

The Moth Magazine

Genres: Short story,

The Moth Short Story Prize is an important date on the literary calendar. Every year, a single judge is asked to choose three winning stories, to feature in the autumn issue of The MothKeep reading…

Website | enquiries@themothmagazine.com

2018 Adelaide Plains Poets Competition

Closing date: 6th July 2018

Adelaide Plains Poets

‘TRUTH’

1st, 2nd & 3rd cash prizes, plus Highly Commended & Commended certificates as awarded by judge. Total prize pool over $700.  Keep reading…

Website | kittycordo@gmail.com