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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.




Penguin Literary Prize 2018

Closing date: 25th November 2018

Penguin Random House Australia

Genres: Fiction, Major prize, Non fiction, Novel, Prose,

Penguin Literary Prize open for submissions

Sydney, Tuesday 2 October 2018: Penguin Random House Australia has opened
submissions for their annual Literary Prize. Keep reading…


East Gippsland Shire Council 2018 Hal Porter Short Story Competition

Closing date: 10th December 2018

East Gippsland Art Gallery

Genres: Short story,

Australian writers are invited to enter a short story, written in any style for the first prize of $1000. Keep reading…

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Nature Writing Prize 2019

Closing date: 1st February 2019

The Nature Conservancy Australia

Genres: Australian History, Essay, Non fiction,

Calling all nature writers!  The Nature Conservancy Australia is delighted to open the fifth biennial Nature Writing Prize.

The $5,000 award is given for the best essay (3,000 – 5,000 words) in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’. The winning essay will also be published as an online multimedia essay by Griffith Review – Australia’s leading literary quarterly publication. Keep reading…