Current competitions

Sutherland Shire Literary Competition

Closing Date: 30 April 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http:// sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/literarycompetition

The inaugural Sutherland Shire Literary Competition is set to celebrate the exciting breadth of literary talent that exists not only across the Sutherland Shire but the whole of our nation, with entries open to Australian residents from February 5, 2018. The new competition aims to promote the rich cultural heritage of the Sutherland Shire whilst contributing to the diverse and rich tradition of literary practice in Australia. Australian residents over 18 years of age are invited to submit their individual, original works in the following categories: •Traditional verse (rhyming, max 80 lines) •Free verse (max 80 lines) •Short story (max… read more

ELYNE MITCHELL WRITING AWARD 2018

Closing Date: 23 August 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.elynemitchell.com.au/

2018 Theme: REACH FOR THE STARS – STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE. Both fiction and non-fiction entries up to 2500 words. Prizes offered for: Fiction or Non-fiction Open Category, Local Upper Murray Writers Category, Non-fiction Bonus prize and Local Encouragement award. Please refer to our Web site for details and Facebook page for updates and links. Note that this is both the 10th anniverary for our awards and the 60th anniversary for the first publication of Elyne Mitchells’ – The Silver Brumby. read more

The Best of Times short story competition

Closing Date: 30 April 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.bestoftimes.com.au

Funny short stories up to 2500 words long. Open theme. Entry fee $10 per story. Prizes: first $300-$500 (depending on number of entries). Second $100. Third place, highly commended and commended certificates will be awarded too. read more

Woollahra Digital Literary Award

Closing Date: 12 March 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/dla

The Woollahra Digital Literary Award is a new national literary award supporting innovation in Australian literature and publishing, encouraging writers producing work in a digital medium. The award seeks submissions of a literary nature that are digitally born – published online or in electronic form. read more

Eastwood Hill FAW Literary Competition 2018

Closing Date: 15 May 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://hillsfaw.wordpress.com/

All categories Open Theme • Category 1: Short Story Max 3,000 words. First Prize $250, Second Prize $100 • Category 2: Poetry – Includes all forms of poetry except Bush Poetry (See separate Boree Log competition) Max 80 lines per poem. First Prize $200, Second Prize $75 • Category 3: Alan Russell Award for Memoir Max 1,500 words. First Prize $150, Second Prize $50 • Category 4: Pauline Walsh Award for Short Short Story. Max 800 words. First Prize $150, Second Prize $50 read more

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Closing Date: 30 June 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.dorothea.com.au

Since 1984, the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards have encouraged students of all backgrounds to explore their poetic genius; just like our national treasure, Dorothea Mackellar. We’re after poetry submitted by school children aged K-12, with this year’s theme being, “I Have Promises to Keep.” We want more entries from Northern Territory’s budding young poets! The national competition starts 1st March 2018! For more terms and conditions, visit our website. read more

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Closing Date: 31 August 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

Submissions are open for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018! Celebrating excellence in contemporary writing and new work, the Creative Writing Award is a platform for emerging or established poets and writers to showcase their work to an international audience. The award has two categories for entry; Poetry and Short Fiction, and there are no limitations on themes or subject matters. Works previously published are also accepted and you may enter as many times as you wish. Creative Writing Award Prizes include: – £1,000 for each winner (Poetry and Short Fiction) – Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual –… read more

E J Brady Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 28 February 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www,mallacootaartscouncil.com.au

The Mallacoota Arts Council is again presenting 2017-18 EJ Brady Short Story Competition. The categories for 2017–18 are unchanged from 2016-17 but we have increased the prize money for the winner of the “Betka Prize” humorous short story to AU$1000. This has been done in an effort to encourage more humourous short stories. Entry fees remain the same as 2016-17. $8 to enter the “Gabo Prize” $10 to enter the “Betka Prize” and $12 to enter the “Mallacoota Prize” Prize money is as follows: “Gabo Prize” AU$500 to the author of the winning story “Betka Prize” AU$1000 to the author… read more

THRESHOLDS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION FEATURE WRITING COMPETITION

Closing Date: 18 March 2018
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://thresholds.chi.ac.uk/thresholds-international-short-fiction-feature-writing-competition/

Non-Fiction Features on Short Stories. We are inviting submissions in either of the following feature categories: Author Profile: exploring the life, writings and influence of a single short story writer. We Recommend: personal recommendations of a collection, an anthology, a group of short stories or a single short story. Maximum word count is 2,000, with a minimum of 750. Writers may submit a maximum of 3 essays. Free to enter, with cash prizes. read more

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