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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. 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.




OutStanding Short Story Competition

Closing date: 1st September 2018


Genres: LGBTQ+, Short story,

Closing date – midnight on 1 September 2018.

The OutStanding LGBTIQ Short Story Competition is Australia and New Zealand’s premier literary competition for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer community. Our competition encourages writers to produce a 750 word story with this year’s theme of The Next Big Thing. Keep reading…

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Frances Poetry Anthology 2019

Closing date: 14th September 2018

Frances Folk Gathering

Genres: Poetry,

As part of our 20th Anniversary celebration in 2019, we want to bring poetry out of the shadows and into a more visible role, the Frances Folk Gathering is calling all poets.  The collected poems will be published in an Anthology, which will be launched at the Frances Folk Gathering, during the weekend 24-25th February, 2019. Keep reading…

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Feast Short Story Competition 2018

Closing date: 14th September 2018

Feast & Writers SA

Genres: Fiction, LGBTQ+, Prose, Short story, Young Adult, Youth,


Are you a queer short story writer? We want to hear from you!

Writers SA and Feast are partnering to run the 2018 Feast Short Story Competition. There are no limitations on genre or style, but please keep entries between 1000 and 3000 words. We are only accepting works of prose and not poetry.

There are 2 categories: one for writers under 30 and another for writers over 30.

Send your short stories to by the 14th of September at 12 midnight. The subject line of each email should read ‘Feast Short Story Competition Entry: [name]’. Please provide a short bio and blurb with each entry, in the body of the email.

Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in both categories

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Odyssey House Victoria Annual Short Story Competition

Closing date: 2nd November 2018

Odyssey House Victoria

Genres: Short story,

This competition is open to writers of all ages and experience.

Each submission must be no more than 1,500 words and follow the theme “Reflection”. It will need to make a reference to alcohol and/or drugs. There is a limit of three entries per person, and the entry fee is $10 per story.

First prize is $1,000 and a one year membership to Writers Victoria; 2nd prize is $100 and 3rd prize is $50. Keep reading…

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