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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 Tom Collins Poetry Prize

Closing Date: 5 February 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.fawwa.org/competitions

Maximum of 60 lines per poem. All work must be previously unpublished. read more

The Nature Conservancy 2017 Nature Writing Prize

Closing Date: 27 January 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: No
More Information: www.natureaustralia.org.au/nwp

$5,000 will be awarded to the author of an essay between 3,000 and 5,000 words in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’ and the winning entry will be published in Griffith Review online as a multimedia essay. The competition’s judges are award-winning journalist, author and editor Jo Chandler and novelist and critic James Bradley. They will award the prize to a writer whose entry is judged to be of the highest literary merit and which best explores his or her relationship and interaction with some aspect of the Australian landscape. The Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize was created to… 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

Don’t Talk to Me About Love: 2017 Poetry Contest

Closing Date: 14 February 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://donttalktomeaboutlove.org/contest/

Looking for poetry about LOVE in all its myriad expressions (romantic, erotic and platonic)! See 2016 winners and finalists to see what we’re looking for! Please spread the word and get your poems in!  read more

The Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize

Closing Date: 27 January 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.natureaustralia.org.au/nwp/

$5,000 will be awarded to the author of an essay between 3,000 and 5,000 words in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’ and the winning entry will be published in Griffith Review online as a multimedia essay.  read more

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

Text Prize

Closing Date: 3 February 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.textpublishing.com.au

For young adult and children’s writing, published or unpublished. The manuscript must be a work of fiction or non-fiction of between 20,000 and 120,000 words, and must be written in English. read more

Henry Kendall Poetry Award – 2017

Closing Date: 28 February 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.centralcoastpoets.com.au

Google Henry Kendall (poet) to reveal a theme for your poem. 30 lines max. 500 words max. read more

notJack Writers’ Prize

Closing Date: 15 November 2016
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://notjack.org/

The notJack Writers’ Prize recognises the significance of place for Australian writers. Accordingly, the theme of the prize is ‘writing from place’. It is a deliberately broad theme designed to encourage entrants from all genres, whose writing demonstrates creative engagement with place and/or shapes the significance of place for their audience. $5000 cash prize and visual artist collaboration prizes are available. Entries may be up to 3000 words or 40 lines of poetry. Entry fees are $20 per entry. The Open and Baringhup Categories both close on November 15th 2016. The entry form, guidelines and other prize details are included… read more