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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.

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.




Stringybark Open Short Story Award 2021

Closing date: 31st January 2021

Stringybark Stories

Genres: Short story,

The Stringybark Open Short Story Award 2021 is now open. Clean the spilt coffee out of your keyboard (or sharpen your goose quill — whichever is more appropriate) and start writing a 1500 word (max) story that will excite the judges. This is an open-themed award although there are three requirements:
  1. The story must be 1500 words or fewer in length;
  2. It must have a link, no matter how tenuous, to Australia; and
  3. It is written for an audience aged 16 and above.
We have an award pool of over $1000 in cash and books to encourage you in this endeavour, provided by our sponsor Stringybark Publishing.
For how to enter, see here.


The South Coast Writers Centre Poetry Award 2021

Closing date: 1st February 2021

The South Coast Writers Centre

Genres: Poetry,

The South Coast Writers Centre Poetry Award 2020 seeks poems responding to the theme ‘every body’, in partnership with the Wollongong Art Gallery exhibition of the same name.

$1000 First Prize
$100 Second Prize
$100 Voucher Wollongong Art Gallery Special Award

Submission fee per poem $15 / $10 for SCWC members. For more information, see here. 



Closing date: 2nd February 2021

Voices of Women

Genres: Memoir, Non fiction,

Voices of Women launches its fourth program in 2021 inviting all women to submit short monologues around the word ‘entanglement’.We are looking for stories in the first person that an actor can bring to life – stories that are moving, immediate, funny, powerful, brave, dramatic, curious, quirky, beautiful, uplifting, devastating. What is this world in which we are entangled? How do we connect? We’re committed to breaking down barriers and presenting new diverse stories from women and young women of all writing abilities. In particular we welcome First Nations stories, stories from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, from women living with disability and from LGBTQI+ communities.

Keep reading…


Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2021

Closing date: 15th February 2021

Forty South

Genres: Nature, Short story,

The $500 Tasmanian Writers’ Prize is open to residents of Australia and New Zealand. Entries should be a maximum of 3,000 words, and should be on an island or island-resonant theme.  The Tasmanian Writers’ Prize began in 2009. Each year the winning entry is published in Forty South magazine, and the best entries are published in Forty South’s annual anthology.

Entry is $20.00

For further information, see here.