Current competitions

Adelaide Plains Poets inc. ‘Freedom’ competition

Closing Date: 13 April 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://carolyn-poeticpause.blogspot.com.au/

Poetry, up to 60 lines on the theme of Freedom – no entry fee for Primary School and Secondary School sections. read more

2017 Jolley Prize

Closing Date: 10 April 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes/elizabeth-jolley-story-prize/current-jolley

Entries must be a single-authored short story of between 2,000 and 5,000 words, written in English. Stories must not have been previously published or be on offer to other prizes or publications for the duration of the Jolley Prize. read more

Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2017

Closing Date: 31 March 2017
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/books

Nominations are now open for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards for 2017. Australian publishers of children’s books are encouraged to nominate for these awards, now in their 14th year. Nomination forms are available, either by contacting Speech Pathology Australia at marketing@speechpathologyaustralia or by downloading them directly from the Association’s websiite. Nominations close on Friday 31 March 2017. read more

Australian Help Writing Contest

Closing Date: 15 August 2017
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://australianhelp.com/writing-contest

We are happy to open Australian Help Writing Contest! If you want to try yourself in essay writing, don’t miss the opportunity to receive the evaluation by professional essay writers and win a cash prize! Winners will be featured on our blog and social media pages. Your submission should be between 800 and 1,200 words and double-spaced. Essay should be written in English. Prizes: 1st place – $700 2nd place – $500 3rd place – $250 Email your essay to contest[at]australianhelp.com. Include your full name, date of birth, country and college/university name (if any). Subject line should be “Australian Writing… read more

Field of Words Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 31 March 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: No
More Information: www.fieldofwords.com.au

Calling for short stories between 1000 – 2500 words (not including title). First prize is $750 (AUD). Runner-up prize is $200 (AUD). Monthly finalists published on the website: www.fieldofwords.com.au read more

‘Poetic Licence’

Closing Date: 30 June 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: For full details, conditions and entry form visit www.scribeswriters.com/poetry.html

Traditional and Free Verse with an Open Theme. Line Count: 60 Maximum (exc Title). $200 first prize, $100 second prize. HC and commended certificates at judge’s discretion. $7.00 fee per entry, per category. Address: Scribes Writers Poetry Competition, Sth Barwon Community Centre, 33 Mount Pleasant Road, BELMONT. Victoria 3216. read more

Eastwood Hills Fellowship of Austrailan Writers Literary Competition 2017

Closing Date: 31 May 2017
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 $200, 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 $150, Second Prize $50 • 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 $100, Second Prize $50 Entry Fee: $5 per entry or $20 for 5 entries. Cheques or money orders in AUS$ payable… read more

EASTWOOD/HILLS FELLOWSHIP OF AUSTRALIAN WRITERS BOREE LOG AWARD FOR BUSH VERSE 2017

Closing Date: 31 May 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://hillsfaw.wordpress.com/

Ballads to be in perfect rhyme and metre, with max 80 lines and an Australian bush theme. First Prize: $100 plus a trophy and certificate Entry Fee: $5 per entry – Maximum 4 entries per entrant. Cheques or money orders in AUS$ payable to: Eastwood/Hills FAW. Fees can also be sent electronically this year. Enquiries: Carmel Summers: summers@tpg.com.au Ph: after 6.00pm 0403240458 read more

Yeovil Literary Prize

Closing Date: 31 May 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.yeovilprize.co.uk

Four categories:- Novel up to 15000 (including synopsis) words Short Story – up to 2000 words Poetry – up to 40 lines Writing Without Restriction – open to all creative writing. Anything you have written and are proud of, we will judge – super category for all writers. read more

2017 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards

Closing Date: 21 April 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.cwl.nsw.gov.au

Central West Libraries announce the call for entries in the 2017 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. Sections include Short Story, Poetry, Bush Poetry and Children’s Writing Awards. Short story must not exceed 3,000 words and the poetry length must not exceed 200 lines, In the Children’s Awards the short story can be a maximum of 1,000 words and the poetry 30 lines, The Children’s Writing Awards are for children aged 16 and under. Prizes includes $1,000 for the short story winner, $1,000 for the Poetry winner, $500 for the Bush Poetry winner and $200 for the Children’s Award winner. Entry forms… read more

ELYNE MITCHELL WRITERS AWARD 2017

Closing Date: 24 August 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.elynemitchell.com.au/2017-competition/ or on our Facebook of same name

Our theme for 2017 is Local stories, places, people and events. Fitting to the Australian and/or New Zealand rural countryside. Please see our website for details. read more

FAWQ Literary Awards 2017

Closing Date: 31 May 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.fawq.com.au

For those who love to write FAWQ is now accepting entries in the 2017 FAWQ Literary Awards in the following catagories; Short Story between 1500 and 2000 words Article up to 1000 words Poetry up to 40 lines Prizes in each category; First Prize $200 and Second Prize $50 Further details can be found on our website at www.fawq.com.au read more

Peter Carey Short Story Award

Closing Date: 31 March 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://www.moorabool.vic.gov.au/petercareyaward

Open to all Australian residents, the award is for short stories between 2000 – 3000 words. Judged by Ryan O’Neill. read more

Field of Words Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 31 March 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.fieldofwords.com.au

Short story Best Friends Forever(BFF) – 2,289 read more

The Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing

Closing Date: 12 April 2017
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.emergingwritersfestival.org.au/monash-prize/

Calling all emerging writers: Australia’s richest undergraduate creative writing award is now open for entries. Presented by the Emerging Writers’ Festival, The Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing will award $4000 to an undergraduate or honours student for the best short story, poetry, non-fiction narrative or narrative verse. $1000 will be awarded to the highest placed Monash University student. It is the mission of the prize, now in its sixth year, to discover the work of new writers in Australia and New Zealand’s literary and educational communities. The 2017 award will be judged by expert panellists Julie Koh (author… read more

City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards

Closing Date: 14 July 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.rockingham.wa.gov.au/Community/Art-and-culture/Writing-and-literature

Short stories of 1000-4000 words. Authors can submit up to three stories. Entered stories must be inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of the artwork “Arts Centre Cafe” by Daniela Selir (1994), which can be found on the entry form. Categories: Open; Over 50s; Young Writers (10-17). Free entry. Over $5000 in prizes. read more

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award

Closing Date: 31 May 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://www.allenandunwin.com/being-a-writer/the-australian-vogel-s-literary-award

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award is one of Australia’s richest and the most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five. Offering publication by Allen & Unwin, with an advance against royalties plus prize money totalling $20,000, The Australian/Vogel’s Literary 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. read more

Media Release: Amazing lineup of authors attending inaugural writers week

Closing Date: 29 April 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.eyrewriters.com.au

Port Lincoln, SA is gearing up for its first ever Eyre Writers Week as part of the region’s inaugural SALT Arts and Innovation Festival. From 22 to 29 April an impressive line-up of award-winning authors will present workshops and talks on a range of writing genres and topics. Featured among them will be Great Australian Outback author, Bill ‘Swampy’ Marsh in an evening of song, readings and storytelling. Bill will also conduct a full-day workshop sharing secrets on how he writes his award-winning short stories. Young Australian of the Year Finalist, Manal Younus, will conduct workshops in writing and performing… read more

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