Current competitions

Calibre Essay Prize

Closing Date: 15 March 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.australianbookreview.com.au

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the eleventh 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. read more

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

Sheila Malady Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 23 March 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.stratfordshakespeare.com.au/short-story-competition/

Short stories of 2,000 words. This year’s theme is Light/Dark. $5 entry fee per story. $300 open prize and additional prizes for a local Gippsland writer, and a writer under 18 years old. 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

Endeavour House Writer in Residence

Closing Date: 6 March 2017
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://writeronthelevel.org.au

Endeavour House Writer in Residence Program is offered by the Australia Institute and Endeavour House. It offers an Australian writer of non-fiction, fiction, poetry or drama, a two-week residency on The Level at Endeavour House in Canberra. The stipend is AUD$2,500 per week with accommodation also included. Applications close 5pm AEST Monday 6 March 2017. For further information and how to apply, please visit http://writeronthelevel.org.au 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

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