Current competitions

Odyssey House Victoria Annual Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 3 November 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: odyssey@odyssey.org.au

This competition is open to writers of all ages and experience. Each submission must be no more than 1,500 words and follow the theme “Courage”. It will need to make a reference to alcohol and/or drugs. There is a limit of three entries per person, and the entry fee is $10 per story. First prize is $1,000 and a one year membership to Writers Victoria; 2nd prize is $100 and 3rd prize is $50. The competition closes on Friday 3rd November, 2017. For more information or to download an entry form, go to www.odyssey.org.au. The money raised from this competition… read more

Don’t Talk to Me about Love

Closing Date: 31 October 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://donttalktomeaboutlove.org/2017-annual-prose-contest/

Don’t Talk to Me about Love are still looking for fiction and deeply personal essays about LOVE in all its myriad expressions (romantic, erotic and platonic)! read more

ARKfest: Short play festival 2018

Closing Date: 27 October 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.arktheatremelb.com/

Submissions required for an exciting new ten minute play festival 24- 25th March 2018. Play submissions open 21st – 27th October 2017. Entry fee $10 per 3 plays. Up to 25 ten minute plays selected for performance by theatre groups around the state. Prizes awarded for Best Play, Theatre Group, People’s Choice and various participation awards including Best Director. Writer submission and theatre group registration details available soon on our website and Facebook page Enquiries to: Paula Armstrong at arkshorties@gmail.com Be a part of something new and exciting in the Yarra Ranges! read more

The Best of Times short story competition

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

For humorous short stories (any theme) up to 2500 words. read more

Hal Porter Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 15 December 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.eastgippslandartgallery.org.au/halporter2017

Submission Guidelines & Conditions of Entry 1. This competition began 24 years ago. Australian writers are invited to enter a short story, written in any style for the first prize of $1000. Manuscripts must be original works, in English, and must not have been previously accepted for publication, which includes websites. Any style of story is acceptable. No entry form is necessary. Shortlisted writers will receive UQP publications. Stories will not be returned. 2. Entries must be typed and on one side of A4 sized paper. They must not exceed 2,500 words and only the title of the story, not… read more

Positive Words magazine End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition

Closing Date: 31 October 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://positivewordsmagazine.wordpress.com/

Positive Words Magazine End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition 2017. Open theme. Short stories up to 500 words; poems up to 32 lines. Entry fee is $4.00. First prize is $100, second prize a twelve-month (12 issues) membership to Positive Words Magazine. All entries must be posted by 31 October 2017. Send entries to The Editor, Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria. For further information about the magazine, entry forms or competitions please email positivewordsmagazine@live.com.au or check the website/blog http://positivewordsmagazine.wordpress.com/ read more

Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award 2017

Closing Date: 5 November 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.stringybarkstories.net

Stringybark Stories is delighted to request the pleasure of your company for a journey into writing tales of mystery and imagination. Any tale with a mysterious element and perhaps a sting-in-the-tail is wanted for our latest intriguing short story competition. Stringybark invites you to write a short story of up to 1500 words that addresses the theme. The Prize value for this competition is over $1000 in cash and books. International entries most welcome. read more

The Hope Prise

Closing Date: 31 January 2018
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.bsl.org.au/events/the-hope-prize

The prize aims to explore resilience in the face of poverty and disadvantage, encouraging Australian writers to look beyond common stereotypes to investigate the strengths that people show in dealing with hardship, whose voices are rarely heard. Short stories entered for The Hope Prize can be fiction or fact. Whatever the genre, the story submitted must convey the experience of people facing hardship in their lives. The total prize pool is $17,500, while two Women’s Writing Career Development Scholarships — of $5,000 each — will also be awarded. Authors must be Australian residents and entries must be between 2000 and… read more

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