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Competitions and Opportunities

A guide to writing prizes, awards and competitions in 2022

The audience at the announcement of the 2021 mindshare Awards. Photo via mindshare

Whatever your writing goals for 2022, you’ll find a range of opportunities in our round-up of literary prizes, competitions, fellowships, calls for submissions and more below.

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Writing prizes are a great way to give yourself a deadline, build your publication credits, as well offering a financial incentive at any stage of your writing career. Keep an eye on our program of workshops to get you ready to enter your best work.

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2022

JANUARY

Nature Writing Competition
Enter an original short story up to 3,000 words, relating to any land, water or marine environment in the City of PAE area. Cash and book prizes as well as Writers SA and Port Environment Centre memberships. *Deadline extended: now closes 30 January.

Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets
Seeking outstanding poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name. Closes 7 January.

Penguin Random House – Berkley Open Submission Program
The Berkley Open Submission Program opens a direct submission channel in the hopes of reaching more potential authors. They are looking for full-length adult novels in the following genres: romance, women’s fiction, mystery, suspense and thrillers, horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Submissions close 9 January.

New Course – Guided residency program in Finland, Spring 2022
Setting the course & rituals for your creative practice
. Residency program for artists, performers and creative professionals 
at Arteles Creative Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. Program duration: 1 month periods in April / May 2022 Applications close 13 January.

The 2022 Kat Muscat Fellowship
The annual Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $5,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young person of an underrepresented gender. Closes 14 January.

DEBRIS
DEBRIS is now calling for pitches for Issue 02— Hospitality, guest edited by Alana Lentin, Anne-Marie Te Whiu and Anna Yeon. Contributors are invited to interrogate the theme of hospitality from all its angles: the relationship between hospitality and inhospitableness, between being a host and being welcomed or shunned—and others we are yet to discover. Closing 15 January 2022.

ART WORKS: Call Out for Artists and Writer in Residence
Guildhouse is calling for expressions of interest from South Australian writer and artist teams. Closes 17 January.

SCWC Poetry Award
The SCWC Poetry Award 2022 seeks poems responding to the theme ‘ways to water’. Many of us have living connections to the places where the land meets the sea. We live and breathe the salt air; we swim and surf; we snorkel and fish; we walk and think and dream. We are part of Sea Country, a place of deep time, stories and memories. We’d like you to tell us about your experiences on the coast, on the beach, in the ocean. What is your ‘way to water’? Closing 17 January.

2022 Calibre Essay Prize
ABR welcomes entries in the 2022 Calibre Essay Prize, worth $7,500. The Prize is open to all essayists writing in English. We seek essays of between 2,000 and 5,000 words on any subject. Closes January 17.

Australian Book Industry Awards
The ABIA award ceremony is Australia’s book industry’s night of nights. Nominations are open from 18 January.

The Saltbush Review Issue 2
The second issue of the Saltbush Review is seeking submissions of short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction (including essays and life writing) of up to 3,000 words on the theme of ‘Land.’ Shorter works such as flash fiction are also welcome, as are works that challenge genre boundaries. Closes 31 January.

The Masters Review Short Story Award For New Writers
The annual contest for emerging writers, with cash prizes up to $3000, publication online and agency review. Closes 31 January.

The ASA Award Mentorship Program
Open to writers and illustrators, the mentorship offers one-on-one advice, free ASA membership, access to events and services to develop their work to a publishable standard. Closes 31 January.

Pocketry Almanack Journal
Issue 5 is currently open for submissions of poetry and art. Closes 31 January.

Australian Plays Transform
APT have a range of professional development opportunities for playwrights, and have launched their 2022 opportunities. Various dates.

Erin Thomas Playwright Fund
Open to national applicants living in a regional area, priority focus on early career playwrights. Closes 30 January.

Furious Fiction (monthly)
On the first Friday of every month, you are invited to submit a short story up to 500 words and be in the running to win $500.

FEBRUARY

Silver Tree Poetry Competition
Under the Silver Tree Cooperative Bookshop is conducting a poetry writing competition, with total prize money of $1,500. No theme. Max 50 lines. $10 entry fee. Closes 1 February.

Slinkies Under 30
Slinkies is looking for writing under 10,000 words of any genre, from writers aged under 30, entries close 1 February.

black&write! Fellowships
Do you have a story to tell or a poetry collection to share? Applications are now open for the 2022 black&write! Fellowships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers from across Australia. Two Fellows will each receive $10,000 prize money, manuscript development and publication opportunities. Applications close 2 February.

Screenrights’ 2022 Cultural Fund
Supports projects that foster the creation and appreciation of screen content, with grants available for up to $50,000 per project. Opens 4 February.

Spoken Word SA 2022 Poet in Residence Program at City Library
The month-long residency will take place beginning mid/late March. The Poet in Residence will be given 16 hours over their allocated month to work from a studio space provided within the library, and at least one opportunity to present or perform their work. Chosen participants will be paid for their involvement. Closes 5 February.

Max Afford Playwrights’ Award
Submissions now open for playwrights aged 18-40! The award is $30,000, which includes $15,000 in prize money to the playwright and up to $15,000 towards creative development with a director, dramaturg and a cast of actors facilitated by Australian Plays Transform. Closes 6 February.

The Russell Prize For Humour Writing
Presented by State Library of NSW, The Russell Prize for Humour Writing was established at the bequest of Peter Wentworth Russell to promote humorous writing, with the winner receiving $10,000 with the children’s award valued at $5,000. Entries close 8 February.

The National Biography Award
With a prize pool of $42,000, it is the nation’s richest prize for Australian biographical writing and memoir. Books published between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021 are eligible. Entries close on 8 February 2022.

2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Over $10,000 in prizes, over 80 categories. Indie book authors and publishers who have a book written in English released in 2020, 2021 or 2022 or with a 2020, 2021 or 2022 copyright date are invited to enter, ebook entries close 11 February.

The Stringybark Open Theme Short Story Award 2022
Now accepting entries of stories up to 1,500 words. Stories must have must have a link to Australia. Award value: over $1000 in cash and books. Entry fees: $14 for one story, $26 for two stories, $36 for three stories (max). Closes 13 Feb 2022.

Adelaide Writers Week YA Microstory
Calling all young writers (18 years old or younger)! The AWW YA Microstory Competition will run again in 2022. Stories should be 50 words or less on the theme A Better Picture. Entries close 14 February.

Mona Brand Early Career Writer Award
The $30,000 Mona Brand Award is presented every two years to an outstanding Australian woman – cis, trans, non-binary inclusive – writing for the stage or screen. Entrants for the Award will have had a compelling, professional work first produced or broadcast or screened between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2021. Closes 14 February.

Kids & YA Festival call for submissions
Submissions welcome from authors, illustrators, e-book and traditional trade publishers, independent publishers, agents and other interested parties. Involvement may take the form of panel speakers, chair responsibilities, or interactive sessions at the festival. Closing Monday 14 February.

Heroines Women’s Writing Prize & Anthology
The 2022 Heroines Women’s Anthology and Heroines/Joyce Parkes Women’s Writing Prize is now open for submissions of short fiction and poetry. The prize is awarded to one piece of short fiction and one piece of poetry that is published as part of the Anthology. 1st prize for both Poetry Short Fiction is $1000. Entry $15. Closes 28 February.

The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing
Awarded annually to the best manuscript written for young readers, the $10,000 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing aims to discover incredible new books by exciting authors. Closes 21 February 2022.

Copyright Agency-UTS New Writer’s Fellowship
The $40,000 fellowship is open to writers who have published one or two book-length works of fiction, poetry, or non-fiction with a commercial publisher since 2017. *Deadline extended, closes 28 February.

Plozee post competition
Plozee is providing an opportunity to win $100. It’s free to enter and is open to all nationalities. Write a post on any topic posted between 1st February 2022 and 22nd February 2022. The Plozee team will judge on the quality, creativity and insightfulness of each post and will select a winner of the $100 prize. Closes 22 February.

Positive Words February Mini-Competition
Write a poem in ten lines or less, or a short story in 100 words or less including the word – CRUSH. Entry fee $2.20 in unused postage stamps. The prize is a six-month subscription to Positive Words Magazine. No entry form needed. All entries must be post-marked by 28 February 2022. Send to The Editor, Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria or [email protected] by 28 February.

Minds Shine Bright Writing Competition
The Minds Shine Bright writing competition is seeking your short stories, flash fiction, scripts and poems. The theme is confidence. The entry fee is $5. Prizes include overall winner $1000, category winners $500, commended $100 and publication in anthology. Closes 28 February.

Heroine’s Anthology and Women’s Writing Award
Now open for submissions of short fiction and poetry. In 2022, the 1st prize for Short Fiction is $1000 & 1st prize for Poetry is $1000. Entries close 28 February.

Book link Awards for Children’s Historical Fiction
Book Links celebrates outstanding work of fiction that increases the awareness and understanding of history in children. The Award is a prize of $1000. Entries close 28 February.

SA Film Corporation First Nations Short Film Initiative
The SAFC has launched a new short film initiative to advance the careers of South Australian First Nations filmmakers, with phase one applications OPEN NOW for screenwriters. Closes 28 February.

The Human Writers
Looking for unpublished writing by older adults 60+ who may or may not have writing experience. Accepting memoir, musings, fiction, poetry of 1000 words or under. See website for writing prompts. Closes mid-2022.

Copyright Agency Cultural Fund
A range of grants are offered for Australian writers, the application details and dates will be uploaded in February 2022.

Furious Fiction (monthly)
On the first Friday of every month, you are invited to submit a short story up to 500 words and be in the running to win $500.

MARCH

Carclew’s Project & Development grants for individuals
Carclew offers grants to early career artists aged 26 years or under, for arts projects with a tangible outcome and/or skills and career development. Project & Development grants for individuals provide up to $10,000 and are offered twice per year for activity occurring in the following six months. The current round is for projects undertaken July – December 2022. Closing 1 March.

Australia Council Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups Grants
This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Closing 1 March.

Baby Teeth Blackout Poetry Competition
The competition is open until March 1st with the winner receiving $100 cash and publication in Baby Teeth Journal. The runners up will be shared on their social media platforms. What is a Blackout Poetry Competition? In short it is a competition to see who can make the best and most interesting blackout poem from a standard source article. Yes, everyone who enters is making a poem from the same set text. Find more information and enter by 1 March.

Antipodes Journal Creative Writing Competition
The competition includes three prizes worth US$500 each: AAALS Fiction and Nonfiction Prize, AAALS Poetry Prize, and AAALS Indigenous Writers Prize. 1 March.

The Prime Minister’s literary awards
Celebrating Australian talent and literature with winners in each category awarded $80,000 tax free. Shortlisted entrants are awarded $5,000. Get your entries in by Friday 4 March.

KYD New Australian Fiction
New Australian Fiction 2022 will once again showcase stories from Australia’s best and brightest established and emerging writers. Submissions open on 24 January and close on 4 March.

Mulga Bill Writing Award
Writers are encouraged to take inspiration from the theme ‘Celebration’ and submit a poem or short story to go in the draw to win cash prizes. 7 March.

Back to Basics – Intensive residency program in Finland
Now open for artists and creative professionals of all disciplines, at Arteles Creative Center, Finland. One month periods in summer 2022, applications close on 10 March.

Mascara Literary Review
Submissions are open for Mascara Literary Review’s very first print anthology, to be published with Ultimo Press. Closes 11 March.

The John Gavin Writing Competition
The competition has three categories with a shared them of The Life and Times of John Gavin: a Ballad Competition, a Flash Fiction Competition, and an award for WA schools. First prize $200, second prize $100. $10 fee per entry. Closes 12 March.

Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship
A $15,000 cash fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian resident pushing innovative audio storytelling. 13 March.

The Conversation Editorial Internship
Are you a final year journalism or media student? Apply for a two-week intensive internship with The Conversation in April. Get hands-on newsroom experience and mentorship from editors, while developing your folio. This is a paid internship. Based in Melbourne with flexibility for remote. Applications close March 14.

The Peter Carey Short Story Award
Organised by the Moorabool Shire Council, and writers Wayne Marshall and Jem Tyley-Miller, the award is for short stories between 2000-3000 words, and is open to all Australian residents. Entry is $15 per story. The winning entry receives $2000, while the runner-up wins $1000. First and second prized stories will also be published in the Spring 2022 issue of Meanjin. Longlisted entries will be judged by Melissa Manning, Melbourne-based author of the prize-listed Smokehouse story collection. Opening for entries on January 31 and closing at 6pm AEDT 17 March.

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year
The 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 nineteenth year. 18 March.

Westerly open for submissions
Westerly’s submissions portal is open! Read the guidelines and submit your fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry through Submittable in consideration for Westerly 67.1. Closes 18 March.

Griffith Review Emerging Voices Competition 2022
Submit fiction and creative non-fiction from 3500 words up to 5000 words by 18 March.

SBS and Diversity in Food Media Competition
SBS Food has partnered with Diversity in Food Media Australia and are looking to celebrate brand-new content creators in food, with a competition offering $9000 in cash prizes. Enter by March 21.

The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition
The competition invites wordsmiths to be inspired by the words of William Shakespeare with original work of 2000 words or less. Cash prize. Closes 25 March.

Watershed Creative Prize
An initiative of the City of Salisbury, SA artists have the opportunity to submit in a range of mediums on the theme of sustainability, including poetry, short stories, play writing and more. First prize in $2000 with runner up prizes. Closing 28 March 2022.

Regional Scribes EOI
If you are aged 18-24, live in a regional area and have an interest in writing and/or storytelling, Regional Scribes are offering a program to connect, develop your craft. Closing 28 March.

Kygole Writers Festival Writer in Residence Program
The 2022 residency will be offered to an emerging or early career Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writer based anywhere in Australia. Includes travel, accommodation, an honorarium and more. 30 March.

The Daisy Utemorrah Award
Open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers currently living in Australia. This annual award is presented to an Indigenous writer for an unpublished manuscript of junior or YA fiction. The winner receives $15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books. Closes 30 March.

Ethel Webb Bundell Literary Awards
Short Story and Poetry categories are now open to all writers – open theme. Prizes: First $400; Second $200; Third $100. Entry fees: $10 per entry. Max three entries. Closes 31 March.

Flying Islands Manuscript Prize for Emerging Poets
$1000 cash prize and publication in the Flying Islands Pocket Poets Series, with fifty free copies to the author. *Fee. 31 March.

Best Australian Science Writing and the UNSW Press Bragg Prize for Science Writing 2022
Entries are now open for writers to submit their pieces for consideration in The Best Australian Science Writing 2022 and the UNSW Press Bragg Prize for Science Writing 2022. Submissions for the anthology must have been published in print or online in Australia or globally between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022. Closes 31 March.

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an annual prize for an unpublished poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. Closes 31 March.

Overland fiction submissions
Now open. Payment for stories published in the print journal is $500, online is $150.

2023 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
The awards offer a total prize pool of $167,500 across six national and five South Australian categories, including the coveted Premier’s Award worth $25,000 for the overall winner. Nominations usually open in March.

Furious Fiction (monthly)
On the first Friday of every month, you are invited to submit a short story up to 500 words and be in the running to win $500.

Steph Bowe Mentorship for Young Writers
Open to Australian children’s writer under the age of 25, the winner will be paired with a middle-grade or young-adult author to develop their manuscript; a 12-month membership with Express Media, Voiceworks and the state writers’ centre of their choice. Opens March.

APRIL

Deep Creek Residency
Matilda Bookshop, in partnership with Writers SA and Ultimo Press, offer a residency fellowship to a SA writer, providing a travel subsidy, 7 nights’ accommodation, mentorship with Hannah Kent, and consultation/assessment with Ultimo Press. Applications close 1 April.

Open Call: Guest Editors for The Circular
The Circular is a weekly newsletter that rounds up surprising, useful and interesting online nonfiction by and about Australian writers, ad are currently looking for three guest editors. Closes 1 April.

Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship
Expressions of Interest now open! The Fellowship allows creatives to travel south to experience Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic and the Southern Ocean and Australia’s activities there, so that they can communicate these unique first-hand experiences, insights and understanding to others. Closing 4 April.

Raining Poetry
In 2022 Raining Poetry in Adelaide is extending into regional South Australia through a special collaboration with the Writers SA’s No Limits Program. Writers SA are calling for poetry submissions from writers living anywhere in regional South Australia, with poems set to magically appear in selected locations when it rains. 4 April.

Griffith Review 77: Real Cool World
Real Cool World will explore Antarctica as a place and as a canvas for imagination. Submit new work that responds to the theme in the form of essays, reportage, creative non-fiction, fiction, memoir and visual essays. 8 April.

Little Stories, Big Ideas
A literary competition for secondary school students across Australia, where entrants aged 12 – 18 years respond to a specific themed prompt in 100 words or less. Free entry, terrific prizes. The competition runs four times per year, to coincide with school terms. Term 1’s theme is ‘responsibility’. Closes 8 April.

Scribe Varuna Fellowship
An opportunity for up to four writers to develop new work, the 2022 program is looking for literary fiction submissions. The residency includes manuscript feedback and meetings with Scribe editorial staff, independent writing time, accommodation and meals.  Applications close midnight 12 April.

The Writer’s Space Fellowship 2022 
Now open to writers with disability or who are D/deaf from around Australia. 12 fellowships are available. Selected recipients can nominate their preference for a one-week in-person residency fellowship or a four-week online fellowship. Applications close Thursday 14 April.

The Writers Unleashed Picture Book Writing Competition
The winner receives $500, second prize $200 and third prize $100. In 2022, Emerging Writers also have the opportunity to win a mentorship with Clare Hallifax, Walker Books Australia. *$20 entry fee. Closes 14 April.

Peter Cowan 600 word Short Story Competition
Open theme short story competition. Maximum 600 words. Open, Novice and Youth categories. Submission details on website pcwc.org.au. Closing 15 April.

Island Nonfiction Prize
The prize will be judged ‘blind’ with a judging panel will be chaired by Island’s Nonfiction Editor, Anna Spargo-Ryan, with Rick Morton and Lur Alghurabi. 22 April.

Submission to Cordite 107: LIMINAL
Liminal magazine and Cordite Poetry Review are seeking poems by Asian Australian writers. Send your single best poem by April 24.

Newcastle Short Story Award
More than $7500 in prize money for entries up to 2000 words. Closes 25 April.

Churchill Fellowships
The fellowships offer a diverse range of people from all walks of life an opportunity to travel overseas for four to eight weeks to explore a topic or issue that they are passionate about. Apply by April 28.

Jennifer Burbidge Short Story Award
Accepting stories, fiction or non-fiction, on the theme of disability. Stories must be up to 3000 words. Open to all writers in Australia. Entry is $15. The winners will receive $500 first prize, $250 runner-up. Submissions close April 29.

John Gavin Writing Competition
The John Gavin Writing Competition with two open categories – ballad and flash fiction – is now open. Ballad – max words 500; Flash Fiction – max words 750. John Gavin was a boy of about 15 years old who was the first European hanged in the Swan River Colony, WA on an Easter Saturday, 6 April 1844. Write a ballad or flash fiction piece about this event. Closing date extended to 30 April.

Tales in Light
Do you know a story about Adelaide’s past that never made the history books? Tales in Light is a project from Adelaide Film Festival shining a light on Adelaide’s forgotten people and events. They are currently looking for submissions of stories, as well as EOI from writers to get involved. 30 April.

David Unaipon Award
The prize includes $15,000 prize money plus manuscript development and publication with UQP. It is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander unpublished writers. Nominations close 30 April.

The Annual W B Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia 
Now accepting poems up to 50 lines. *Entry fee. First Prize is $1000, closing on 30 April.

Statues, Squares and Icons: call for submissions
Editor: Deb Stewart. Now seeking contributions of poems relating to statues, squares and icons in the City of Adelaide, including North Adelaide. Submitted poems will be considered for publication in the proposed anthology. New poems are preferred but previously published poems will be considered if they fit the theme. Closing date: 30 April.

Furphy Short Story Competition
Enter short fiction (to 5000 words) to the theme Australian Life in all its diversity. 1st Prize – $15,000, 2nd Prize – $3,000, 3rd Prize – $2,000 and publication. Closes 30 April.

Poetica Christi Press 2022 Poetry Competition
Poems up to 50 lines (inc. spaces) on the theme of Transformation. 1st prize $300, 2nd prize $100, top 25 poems to be published in an anthology. Entries $7 each or 3 for $20. Entry forms available at www.poeticachristi.org.au or from PCP Competition Co-ordinator, PO Box, 110, Greensborough, Vic 3088. Closing date April 30.

Furious Fiction (monthly)
On the first Friday of every month, you are invited to submit a short story up to 500 words and be in the running to win $500.

Queensland Literary Awards
Presented by State Library of Queensland, the awards celebrate outstanding Australian books and authors. The top prize is the Queensland Premier’s Award, for which the winner receives $25,000. Closes 29 April.

MAY

Questions Writing Prize
Part of the Future Leaders initiative, the prize recognises a young Australian writer aged 18-30. Fiction and non-fiction submissions 1,500-2,000 words, with a $2,000 prize. Closes 1 May.

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Open to original short stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words. 1st prize: $6,000 2nd prize: $AU4,000 3rd prize: $AU2,500. Closes 2 May.

Bristol Short Story Competition
An annual international writing competition open worldwide. Stories must be previously unpublished and can be on any theme or subject. Closes 4 May.

ATYP National Studio
Each year, 20 emerging writers (aged 18-26) are selected from all over Australia to spend a week in rural NSW for a residency with mentoring, presenting new works, and includes flights and accommodation. A scholarship is also available. Applications close May 4.

Laura Literary Awards
Entries are now open. Conditions of entry are on the Rocky River Riter’s Website. Open Prose, Poetry and Bush Poetry Winners Prize is $200. Entry Fee of $10 is required for open entries. There are separate sections for young adults, primary and junior primary age children. No fee is required for students.

Media Diversity Australia Women of Colour Mentorship Program
Media Diversity Australia is calling for expressions of interest from mid-career, women journalists of First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to undertake a 12-month program to help pave a pathway for them into leadership roles. Closing 4 May.

Davitt Awards
Sisters in Crime Australia’s Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books (and published in 2021) by Australian women,  closes 6 May.

MIRROR Mentorship
Think+DO Tank Foundation and Scribble are calling for Expressions of Interest from writers, illustrators, and literary translators to join their first MIRROR Mentorship Program, which will identify, support, mentor, and develop up to three writers, illustrators, and literary translators with the aim of making new bilingual Australian children’s literature that reflects a diverse and curious reading public. 6 May.

Catherine Martin Literary Award
Now invites young writers aged 10-18 to enter, with a short story themed around isolation. Part of the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival. Cash prizes. Entries close Friday 6 May.

The 2022 Barbara Jefferis Award
The 2022 Barbara Jefferis Award will open for entries on 28 March. The Award is offered biennially for ‘the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society.’ The winner receives a $50,000 prize, and $5,000 is distributed amongst the shortlist. See the key dates, FAQs and T’s&C’s here. Closing 9 May.

Publishable: open for applications
Queensland Writers Centre’s annual program for emerging writers is calling for submissions of unpublished manuscripts across a broad range of genres and formats. Shortlisted writers receive a 5-hour mentorship with a writing industry professional, and the opportunity to pitch their work to Australian agents and publishers. Opportunities for feedback and development are available for all applicants. *Fee. Applications close 10 May.

Eastwood Hills FAW Annual Literary Competition 
All categories: Open Theme, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Memoir, Short Story. $8 per entry or $30 for 4 entries; Boree Log Award for Bush Verse, ballads to be in perfect rhyme and metre, with max 80 lines and an Australian bush theme. Entry Fee: $8 per entry – Maximum 4 entries per entrant. Closes 15 May.

IndigenousX internship
Applications are now open for the paid IndigenousX internship, Our Truth Our Way. Spanning 12 months the project is an opportunity for young First Nations creatives to take the lead in innovative, creative and collaborative storytelling, to develop their work and critical thinking skills, build networks and collaborate with First Nations industry professionals. Up to eight young First Nations creatives from across the country will have the opportunity to share their work across IndigenousX platforms and beyond. Applications close 16 May.

The SBS Emerging Writers’ Incubator
One SA writer will be chosen to develop their skills through 12 months of paid work experience with production company Highview Productions working directly with Lisa Scott, the producer behind international smash hit TV series The Tourist. Closes 27 May.

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award
One of Australia’s richest and the most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of 35. Offering prize money of $20,000 plus publication by Allen & Unwin, the Award has launched the careers of some of Australia’s most successful writers, including Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Gillian Mears, Brian Castro, Mandy Sayer and Andrew McGahan. Closing 31 May 2021.

The Grieve Project
Australian residents living here or abroad are invited to submit stories up to 500 words & poems up to 36 lines about grief & loss. Over $5000 in prizes. Selected pieces published in Hunter Writers Centre’s annual anthology. 30 May.

The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund
Applicants can apply for grants between $2,000 and $10,000. These grants support professional development through travel.

The Banjo Prize
HarperCollins launched The Banjo Prize in 2018 in a quest to find Australia’s next great storyteller.The Banjo Prize is offered annually and is open to all Australian fiction writers, offering the chance to win a publishing contract with HarperCollins, with an advance of $15,000. Closing 27 May.

Copyright Agency Environmental Writing Fellowships
Notre Dame University is offering six writing mentorships as part of the Environmental Writing project, open to writers from anywhere in Australia. 30 May.

Rabbit – Issue 36: the ART Issue
Rabbit is currently accepting submissions of nonfiction poetry, to be guest co-edited by Leah Muddle and Angela Gardner. Send up to 3 poems. 31 May.

2023 Creative Time Residential Fellowships
Published authors or illustrators of at least one book for children or young people are invited to apply for “the gift of time”. The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust provides accommodation, local support, and travel to our host city Adelaide. Completed applications must be received by 31st May.

Novelist Gail Jones wins the Fiction Award, Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Via State Library of South Australia.

JUNE

The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize
The 2022 winner will receive $3000, and two highly commended entrants will be awarded $500 each. 6 June.

The Big Issue’s 18th annual Fiction Edition
The Big Issue are looking for stories of all kinds – literary, comedy, romance, sci-fi, crime and everything in between. 13 June.

RB Emerging Critics 2022
At least one fellowship will be awarded to a First Nations writer and another to a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) writer. 13 June.

ARA Historical Novel Prize
Worth $100,000 in prize monies, the prize is the richest genre-based literary award in Australasia. 15 June.

2022 Writing for the Environment Prize
The 2022 Sutherland Shire Environment Centre’s national invites writers to submit a fictional piece of prose on the topic of peace and sustainability. 17 June.

SAFC and Channel 44 First Nations Internships
First Nations SA practitioners can get hands-on experience in TV production with the SAFC and Channel 44 Adelaide First Nations Internship Program, open for applications now. Closes 27 June.

Moth Short Story Prize
1st prize €3,000, 2nd prize a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend, 3rd prize €1,000. The Moth Short Story Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as their story is previously unpublished. The word limit is 4,000 and there is an entry fee of €15 per story. This year’s judge is award-winning story writer and novelist Sarah Hall. The three winning stories appear in the autumn issue of The Moth. 30 June.

Feast Festival Artist and Event registrations
Held annually during ‘Pridevember’ in Adelaide, Feast Festival will run from November 5th – 27th 2022. Artists, companies, community groups and health organisations wishing to participate in the 2022 Feast Festival can register until 27 June.

The Spark Prize 2022
The Spark Prize is your chance to win $5000 and develop a narrative non-fiction project from a budding idea to a publishable book with the guidance of Hardie Grant’s professional editorial team. This biennial, joint venture between Hardie Grant Books and RMIT Writing and Publishing aims to foster talent in the narrative non-fiction genre, providing the successful applicant with the essential tools they’ll need to drive their book proposal to publication. 27 June.

Newcastle Poetry Prize
$25,000 prize pool and the opportunity to be published in the 2022 anthology. 27 June.

AALITRA Translation Awards 2022
The Awards aim to acknowledge the wealth of literary translation skills present in the Australian community. Prizes are awarded for a translation of a selected prose text and for a translation of a selected poem, with the focus on a different language each time the prize is offered. In 2022, the focus language is Arabic. 30 June.

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards have given Australian youth a voice since 1984. This year’s theme is “In My Opinion”, and it encourages students to write creatively and persuasively about the topics that affect them. For more information on how to enter, including past winners and judges, see www.dorothea.com.au. Closes 30 June.

Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2022
Now open for poetry, fiction and life writing). Prizes: £1,000 cash prize/category & publication in Wasafiri’s print magazine. Shortlisted writers will have their work published on Wasafiri’s website. Fee: £10 for a single entry, £16 for a double entry. Max. 3,000 words/entry.

2022 ATYP Foundation Commissions
Two commissions, one for 10-13-year-old performers, and one for 14-17-year-old performers are awarded to playwrights. These plays will be published by Playlab Theatre. Applications close midday AEST Monday 27 June.

Furious Fiction
On the first weekend of each new season, writers are invited to put their storytelling skills to the test, with their best 500 words-or-fewer story in just 55 hours, for a cash prize of $500. The next challenge starts 5pm Friday 3 June.

Peace Award for an Artist in Residence ($18,500)
This new residency provides funds and support for creating new work based on the principles of human rights, social justice, environmental sustainability and peacebuilding. Submissions will close on Thurs 30 June.

Green Stories Short Story Competition Theme: Clean vs Green
Organised by the University of Southampton, Green Stories is a ‘free’ writing competition project with a range of categories for novelists and short story writers. Entries should conform with positive visions of more sustainable futures and/or the inclusion of green solutions but needn’t have an explicitly green theme. Short story between 1000-3000 words, theme: clean vs green. 27 June.

Gloria Anderlini Memoir Competition
Presented by Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland, 30 June.

Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award
Waverley Council is proud to announce that nominations are now open for the Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award, with $28,500 in prize money awarded across three categories. Closes 30 June.

Long Lede Initiative
The Long Lede Initiative is a mentoring program aimed at pairing 10 aspiring writers with 10 seasoned mentors to develop a piece of longform factual writing, 5000 words in length. 30 June.

Subbed In Poetry Manuscript Submissions
Subbed In is accepting unsolicited submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts and strongly encourages submissions from working class writers. 30 June.

Northern Beaches Readers Festival 2022 Short Story Competition
Submit short stories of up to 1500 words with the theme: Fire & Water. Entry fee. 30 June.

JULY

Blackout Poetry Competition
Baby Teeth Journal is open for entries to our Blackout Poetry Competition!
Head over to our website to enter and receive the source article to start making your own blackout poem. The winner gets $100 cash and their work published on Baby Teeth, runners up will be shared across our social media. We can’t wait to see what you make! 1 July.

Griffith Review 78
Works should respond to the subject: A Matter of Taste. Full submissions only. Opens 1 July.

Cordite 106
Poetry guest-edited by Jo Langdon and Cameron Lowe. Submissions open 3 July.

2022 ACU Prize for Poetry
Call out for poets from around the nation to share a glimmer of hope in a world shaken by a global pandemic, worsening natural disasters and the threat of global conflict. First prize: $10,000. Second prize: $5,000. Third prize: $3,000. 4 July.

WRITE & CREATE Residency Program
Residency program for writers, artists and researchers
 at Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland. 1 or 2 months periods in October / November 2022. Write & Create is an international residency program for writers, artists and researchers who want to focus on their writing, creative practice or research.

 Application deadline: 6 July. 

2022 Danger Prize
BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival is calling for the submissions of both fiction and non-fiction books that, in their exploration of crime and justice, shed light on the diversity of life in Australia through vivid locations, both strange and familiar. In addition to the Danger Prize trophy, the winner will receive $1000 In prize money and will be invited to speak at BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival. Entry fee: $20. Entries close: 5pm, 15 July.

KYD School Writing Prize
The KYD School Writing Prize is open for entries! They’re seeking fiction and non-fiction from teens writing about a social or political issue. The winner receives $500, publication in KYD, and an invitation to perform at the Wheeler Centre Teen Gala for the winner. Closes 22 July.

Deborah Cass Prize
Open to emerging writers of a migrant background, the Australian national 2021 Deborah Cass Prize welcomes writing samples of not more than 3,000 words that reflects, at least in part, on the migrant experience. Opens mid-July.

CARCLEW Fellowships
Carclew Fellowships offer financial support to emerging cultural and creative artists and arts workers aged 26 and under. Up to $10,000 depending on the scope of the proposal. Applications usually close in July.

Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Presented by Hachette Australia in partnership with The Guardian and The Emerging Writers’ Festival, the Richell Prize is open to unpublished writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction, the winner receives $10,000 and mentoring and manuscript development. Closes 8 July.

Deutsche Bank Fellowship For First Nations Film Creatives
Submissions are now open for a new grant for Australian First Nations film creatives, with a $20,000 grant to further develop their skills through international or professional development. Closing TBC July.

Boroondara Literary Awards
The 2022 Boroondara Literary Awards are now open! In a partnership between the Rotary Club of Balwyn and the City of Boroondara and held each year, the Awards encourage creativity in writers of all ages. The Open Short Story competition is inviting literary works between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Entry is free. Submissions are open until Friday 29 July.

AUGUST

Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition
Submit a short story to the theme ‘water under the bridge’. First prize $250AU Hawkeye Publishing gift voucher and anthology cover based on the winner’s story, top 40 are published. *Entry fee. Closes 1 August.

The mindshare Awards
A poetry and creative writing competition open to South Australians with lived experience of mental health challenges. There are four categories; Unpublished Emerging Poets, Unpublished Emerging Writers, Published Established Poets, Published Established Writers. Prizes include Writers SA membership and gift cards, publication, consultaitons, an awards plaque and more. Entries close 8 August.

Boroondara Literary Awards – Open Short Story
Held each year by the City of Boroondara in partnership with the Rotary Club of Balwyn, the Awards encourage creativity in writers of all ages. As well as cash prizes, winners will have their work published in the Boroondara Literary Awards Anthology. Closes 26 August.

Scriptable
Queensland Writers Centre’s annual national program for emerging screenwriters now welcomes submissions of unproduced scripts. 5 shortlisted writers will be matched with a screen industry professional for mentorships. All applicants are provided with a free development workshop tailored to commonalities across the cohort of applications. *Fee reduced for Writers SA members. 16 August.

2023 NWF/joanne burns Microlit Award
Theme: PLAY
Length: 200 words max
First prize in each category: $300
Entry fee: $15 per entry for national category. Free for Hunter Region category.
Closing date: 28 August, 2022

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
An international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in poetry and short fiction. Each winner is awarded with £2,500 as well as publication. Closes 31 August.

Walkley Awards
The Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism recognise and reward the best in the craft. Entries usually close in August.

Woollahra Digital Literary Award
Are you a writer publishing in digital form? The 2022 Woollahra Digital Literary Award is now open for entries. Now in its sixth year, this national award supports innovation in Australian literature and celebrates the best contemporary, forward-looking writers and publishers. Award categories include Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry and Digital Innovation for a total prize pool of $7,500. All submissions must be published online in the first instance. Closes 29 August.

Sisters in Crime’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards
Cash prizes for the best crime short stories by Australian women. Usually closes in August.

Magabala Books Fellowship and Scholarship
The Fellowship, worth $10,000 is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers is intended to provide valuable time for a mid-career author to work on a current manuscript. The scholarships support professional development relating to writing, illustration and storytelling, and are open to both emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, artists, illustrators and storytellers. Applications open in October 2022.

SEPTEMBER

Margaret and Colin Roderick Award
The Margaret and Colin Roderick Literary Award, valued at $20,000, recognises the best Australian book of the year that deals with any aspect of Australian life. Opens in September.

Woorilla Poetry Prize
Be part of a highly recognised poetry competition that has assisted poets for over 30 years. Enjoy the opportunity to win cash prizes and have your work published in multiple categories. Closes 1 September.

Olga Masters Short Story awards
The Award welcomes entries from writers of all ages resident in Australia. Seeking short stories (2000 to 4000 words) on the theme of life in rural Australia. 2022 dates to be confirmed.

The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2022
The Prize will be awarded to an unpublished piece of prose or poetry which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world. 1st prize €1,000 plus a week at Circle of Misse in France. Open to anyone (over 16). The word limit is 4,000 and there is an entry fee of €15. This year’s judge is Max Porter, award-winning author of Lanny and Grief is the Thing with Feathers.

Glimmer Press Call for Submissions
Glimmer Press is now accepting submissions for a new short story anthology on the theme FUTURES. At a time when our future seems at peril from various existential calamities, what does the future look like to you? They encourage you to think broadly and creatively about the theme and are especially interested in stories that provide a glimmer of hope in amongst the darkness. All genres are welcome. $500 prize pool. Closes 30 September.

Furious Fiction
On the first weekend of each new season, writers are invited to put their storytelling skills to the test, with their best 500 words-or-fewer story in just 55 hours, for a cash prize of $500.

Minds Shine Bright Storm competition
Submit your very best fiction writing on the theme of storm. The first prize is $500, second $400, third $300, fourth $200 and five commended entries will receive $100. Winning and commended entries will be published in a Minds Shine Bright ebook. The word limit is 2500 words. Entries can be short stories, scripts or poems. Entry fee is $5. September 30.

OCTOBER

Miles Franklin Literary Award
One of Australia’s most prestigious literature prizes, the 2022 Miles Franklin accepts applications from publishers typically through October and November.

NOVEMBER

Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
First place is a $5000 prize, publication in Overland’s print magazine, and a writing residency (of up to three months) at Trinity College. Usually closes November.

CBCA Book of the year awards
The annual Children’s Book Council of Australia awards aim to promote and celebrate quality literature for young Australians and support a wide range of Australian writers and illustrators of children’s books. Entries are open March-November.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Entries for the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize are OPEN! Submit your 2,000–5,000 word piece, and potentially win £5,000. The prize is free to enter for all citizens in Commonwealth countries aged 18 and over. Usually closes in November.

The Stella Prize
The Stella Prize awards the best book by an Australian woman, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry with $50,000. Nominations usually close in November.

Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing
Entries for the 2022 Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing (NPCW) are now open, with $18,000 available in prizes to be awarded for best short stories and best poems (both with open, local and youth categories). Entries close 7 November.

The Boundless Indigenous Mentorship Program
This joint venture between Text Publishing and Writing NSW, the mentorship is now open. It was established to discover and nurture a new Indigenous voice in Australian literature in fiction or non-fiction. Entries usually close in November.

DECEMBER

Penguin Literary Prize
The Prize value is $20,000 and the opportunity to publish with PRH Australia. Usually closes in December.

Orna Ross Green Stories Novel Prize
Entries must conform to the green stories criteria of showing a positive vision of what a sustainable society might look like or include green solutions/policies/characters in the context of an otherwise mainstream story. £1000 for the winner and £500 for runner up, plus manuscript appraisal/mentoring. 1 December.

Seizure Viva La Novella Prize
Seizure’s annual prize for short novels. Usually closes 31 December.

Furious Fiction
On the first weekend of each new season, writers are invited to put their storytelling skills to the test, with their best 500 words-or-fewer story in just 55 hours, for a cash prize of $500.

The Moth Poetry Prize 2022
1st prize €6,000, plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000 and eight commended poets will each receive €250. The prize is for an unpublished poem, and entrants (over 16) are welcome from anywhere in the world. The four shortlisted poems will be published in the spring 2023 issue of The Moth and the overall winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland. There is an entry fee of €15 per poem. This year’s judge is Louise Glück. Closing 31 December.

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards event for 2020. Photo via Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.