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.
Tom Collins Poetry Competition 2017
Closing date: 15th December 2017
Fellowship of Australian Writers WA
The Tom Collins Poetry Prize is an annual competition inaugurated by FAWWA in 1975 in memory of Australian author Joseph Furphy (1843 – 1912). Under the name Tom Collins, he wrote the Australian classic, Such is Life, as well as many poems.
- 1st prize: $1,000
- 2nd prize: $300
- 3rd prize: $100
The Mozzie Poetry Prizes
Closing date: 31st December 2017
The Mozzie is an independent poetry magazine that publishes over 400 poems a year. 2017 will be its twenty-fifth year of publication.
To celebrate, a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous has donated funds to allow us to award three prizes of $100 each. There will be –
- one prize for what is judged the best poem by a regular contributor,
- one prize for what is judged the best poem by a contributor who began sending us work after 1 January 2017 and
- a prize for what is judged the best poem of twelve lines or fewer.
Fiction Factory – International Short Story Competition
Closing date: 7th January 2018
Genres: Fiction, Short story,
- Deadline for entries: 7 January 2018
- Length of story: max 3000 words
- All types of stories are welcome (excluding Children’s and Young Adult Fiction).
- Entry Fee: £6.00
- (Optional critique: £5.00) Keep reading…
Calibre Essay Prize – Australian Book Review
Closing date: 15th January 2018
Australian Book Review
Genres: Essay, Non fiction,
Calibre Essay Prize now open!
|Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the twelfth Calibre Essay Prize, Australia’s premier prize for a non-fiction essay. All essayists writing in English are eligible, regardless of where they live. Entries must be submitted online via our website. Discounted entry is available for current ABR subscribers and bundled subscription and entry packages are also available. The Prize is worth a total of AU$7,500.|
The Hope Prize – national short story competition
Closing date: 31st January 2018
Brotherhood of St Laurence
Genres: Fiction, Non fiction, Short story,
The Hope Prize, the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s national short story competition, is open for entries
The total prize pool is $17,500, while two Women’s Writing Career Development Scholarships — of $5,000 each — will also be awarded.
Authors must be Australian residents and entries must be between 2000 and 5000 words. The closing date for entries is January 31, 2018. Keep reading…
GOLFWELL’S 2nd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL GOLF STORY WRITING CONTEST
Closing date: 1st February 2018
Genres: Short story,
Black Cockatoo Art and Story Competition
Closing date: 14th February 2018
Hakea Hustler & Carl Merrison
Genres: Indigenous, Short story,
WHO? Aboriginal youth aged 10-20 from rural or remote locations in Australia.
WHAT? Short story of up to 5,000 words and/or art piece in any medium.
THE DATES: Opens 20th November 2017. Early bird draw- 18th December 2017. Closes 14th February 2018 at 5pm. Keep reading…
The Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2018
Closing date: 18th February 2018
Forty South Publishing
Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand, the prize is for short stories up to 3,000 words having an island, or island-resonant, theme.
The competition is run by Forty South Publishing, the largest book publisher in Tasmania and publisher of Tasmania 40° South magazine.
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!
Cash prizes ($450, first prize is $300) and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers Keep reading…
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.
Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2018
Closing date: 1st March 2018
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…
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…