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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 2017 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition

Closing Date: 20 October 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://pcwc.org.au/competitions/2017-glen-phillips-poetry-prize-competition/

The Peter Cowan Writers Centre is proud to announce the 2017 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition. The competition has an open theme and entrants may submit poetry up to a maximum of 50 lines. Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition. The competition also caters for youth with the ‘Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth’ for young poets aged from 12-17 years to encourage and support the upcoming poets of the future. The ‘Open’ category carries a $200 First Prize, with $100 for Second and $50 for Third Prize. The… read more

The 2017 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition

Closing Date: 20 October 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://pcwc.org.au/competitions/2017-glen-phillips-poetry-prize-competition/

The Peter Cowan Writers Centre is proud to announce the 2017 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition is now open. ‘THE 2017 GLEN PHILLIPS POETRY PRIZE COMPETITION’ LINE LIMIT: Maximum of 50 lines per poem THEME: Open AGE: Open PRIZES: 1st $200; 2nd $100; 3rd $50; Novice Award $50; Judges Encouragement Award for Youth (12-17 years) $50; Four Highly Commended Certificates and Four Commended Certificates ENTRY FEE: $10.00 each; $20.00 for three entries; $30.00 for five entries, Youth entries $5.00 per entry (12-17 years). CLOSING DATE: 20th October 2017. read more

The 2017 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition

Closing Date: 20 October 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://pcwc.org.au/competitions/2017-glen-phillips-poetry-prize-competition/

The Peter Cowan Writers Centre is proud to announce the 2017 Glen Phillip Poetry Prize Competition is now open. ‘THE 2017 GLEN PHILLIPS POETRY PRIZE COMPETITION’ LINE LIMIT: Maximum of 50 lines per poem THEME: Open AGE: Open PRIZES: 1st $200; 2nd $100; 3rd $50; Novice Award $50; Judges Encouragement Award for Youth (12-17 years) $50; Four Highly Commended Certificates and Four Commended Certificates ENTRY FEE: $10.00 each; $20.00 for three entries; $30.00 for five entries, Youth entries $5.00 per entry (12-17 years). CLOSING DATE: 20th October 2017. 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

Positive Words AUGUST Mini-ccompetition

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

Positive Words Magazine August Mini-Competition. Write a poem in ten lines or less, or a short story in 100 words or less including the word – BASKET – at least once. Entry fee is $2.00 in unused postage stamps. The prize is a six-month (6 issues) membership to Positive Words Magazine. No entry form needed. All entries must be post-marked by 31 August 2017. Send entries to The Editor, Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria. For further information about the magazine or competitions please email positivewordsmagazine@live.com.au or check the website/blog http://positivewordsmagazine.wordpress.com/ read more

Rolf Boldrewood Literary Award

Closing Date: 29 September 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.mrl.nsw.gov.au

Prose – fiction with an Australian theme or flavour. Maximum of 2,500 words. Poetry – in any form or style to a maximum of 80 lines with an Australian theme. read more

Deborah Cass Prize for Writers from Migrant Backgrounds

Closing Date: 16 October 2017
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://deborahzcass.org

Applicants will provide a writing sample of no more than 3,000 words, which may be a complete work or part of a longer work. The writing may be fiction or non-fiction prose. Applicants must be either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas. The winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000 plus a three-month mentorship with an established writer. The winning manuscript will be presented to Black Inc. There is also the opportunity for publication of the wining excerpt in Mascara Literary Review. read more

2017 Trudy Graham – Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose Competition

Closing Date: 11 August 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://pcwc.org.au/competitions/2017-trudy-grahamjulie-lewis-literary-award-for-prose/

‘THE 2017 TRUDY GRAHAM-JULIE LEWIS AWARD FOR PROSE COMPETITION’ LINE LIMIT: Maximum of 2000 words per entry THEME: Open AGE: Open PRIZES: 1st $200; 2nd $100; 3rd $50; Novice Award $50; Judges Encouragement Award for Youth $50; Four Highly Commended Certificates and Four Commended Certificates ENTRY FEE: $15.00 each; $25.00 for two entries; $35.00 for three entries, Youth entries $7.00 per entry (12-17 years). CLOSING DATE: 11th August 2017. 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

Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship

Closing Date: 30 September 2017
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.maygibbs.org.au/

Emerging children’s authors and illustrators The Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship will give an emerging author or illustrator creative time away from home in the Trust’s Adelaide studio for 21 nights in March 2018. This aims to be a gift of time and support, enabling you to concentrate intensively on the development of new work, as well as offering networking opportunities and professional development. Applications open Tuesday 1st August 2017 Visit maygibbs.org.au and find more information via: Creative Time Fellowships, The Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship. When you’re ready to apply, or if you have any questions, please contact Polly Hamer, Fellowships… read more

2017 Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund

Closing Date: 21 August 2017
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://writersvictoria.org.au/calendars/opportunities-competitions/2017-neilma-sidney-literary-travel-fund

Named in honour of poet, novelist and short story writer Neilma Gantner (1922-2015), the travel fund recognises the unique value of travel in the development of new writing and literary careers. The travel fund is open to emerging, midcareer and established Australian writers and literary sector workers. This includes writers, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers, employees and associates of literary organisations and journals, and other literary professionals currently living in Australia. Applicants can apply for grants between $2,000 to $10,000. Judges will be looking for applications that demonstrate how strategic travel opportunities will benefit their own writing practice, career development… 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

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize

Closing Date: 15 September 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.wollongongwritersfestival.com/competitions/

First Prize $1000 Highly Commended $200 Theme: WORLD-CHANGING WORDS Word limit: 2500 words The Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize will be awarded for a story up to 2500 words on the theme ‘World-Changing Words’. The winning entry will receive $1000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review. The theme can be interpreted as broadly and playfully as you like. Feel free to experiment with form and content, but please keep submissions within the word count. Entry fee is $15. The winner of the Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize will receive $1000, and the winning entry will be published in… read more

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Closing Date: 31 August 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/

The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Now Open for Entries! The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. The prize is now in its 11th year, hosted by the international art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. With the aim to support and nurture new writing talent, it awards publication within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers, including a winner from each category. Prizes: £1,000 prize money for the Poetry winner £1,000 prize money for the Short Fiction winner Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual A… read more

Masters Review Short Story Award For New Writers

Closing Date: 31 July 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://mastersreview.com/short-story-award-for-new-writers/

It’s back! Our Short Story Award For New Writers, our biggest submission period of the year. The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, and Mark Gottlieb from Trident Media. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one. GUIDELINES: – Winner receives… read more

Visible Ink Anthology

Closing Date: 31 July 2017
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: visibleink.submittable.com/submit

Currently accepting submissions until the end of July! We’re paying $75 for fiction, and $50 for poetry, visual art, photography and flash-fiction. Visible Ink is an annual publication promoting emerging Australian writers and artists. It’s produced entirely by volunteering RMIT students, and has been since 1989. It was established as part of RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing program. read more

AlburyCity Short Story Award

Closing Date: 26 July 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.writearoundthemurray.org.au/competitions/short-story-award

Submit your stories of up to 3,000 words to be in the running for a $1,000 cash first prize and generous book vouchers. This year’s theme is ‘shadows’. Entries close at 5pm, 26 July. 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

The 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival joanne burns Microlit Award

Closing Date: 31 August 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: No
More Information: https://shortaustralianstories.com.au/

The 2017 joanne burns Microlit Award is jointly sponsored by the Newcastle Writers Festival and publisher Spineless Wonders. We are looking for writing (up to 200 words) that responds imaginatively to the theme of ‘time’. Judged by Cassandra Atherton. National and Hunter Region categories. First prize in each category will be $300. All finalist entries will be considered for publication in the Spineless Wonders microlit anthology and selected entries will be included in Spineless Wonders’ multi-platform storytelling activities, such as #storybombingNWF18. read more

The Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose

Closing Date: 11 August 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://pcwc.org.au/competitions/2017-trudy-grahamjulie-lewis-literary-award-for-prose/

‘THE 2017 TRUDY GRAHAM-JULIE LEWIS LITERARY AWARD FOR PROSE’ COMPETITION LINE LIMIT: Maximum of 2000 words per entry THEME: Open AGE: Open PRIZES: 1st $200; 2nd $100; 3rd $50; Novice Award $50; Judges Encouragement Award for Youth $50; Four Highly Commended Certificates and Four Commended Certificates ENTRY FEE: $15.00 each; $25.00 for two entries; $35.00 for three entries, Youth entries $7.00 per entry (12-17 years). CLOSING DATE: 11th August 2017. read more

Varuna Focus Weeks

Closing Date: 6 September 2017
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.varuna.com.au/varuna/index.php/programs/residential-programs/guided-programs/item/327-varuna-focus-weeks-2017-program

A Varuna Focus Week offers a residential masterclass to writers with a shared interest in a particular area. Focus weeks include individual work-time and facilitated sessions and may also include one-on-one mentorship. read more

Birdcatcher Books Third Annual Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 31 August 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: Subscribe to the newsletter at http://birdcatcherbooks.com

Short stories, 1,000 to 3,000 words. Theme open but some restrictions (see T&C) read more

Sydney Writers’ Room Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 31 August 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://writersroom.org.au/short-story-competition

Entries are open to writers of all ages that are resident in Australia. An SWR committee will be judging the 2017 Short Story Competition ‘blind’, using Submittable’s in-built rubric. Current members or board members of the SWR are not eligible to enter. Stories should be limited to 2000 words and must be single-authored and unpublished. Entries are accepted online only, as Word Documents or PDF files. The prizes will be $500 for the overall winner and $250 for the runner up (as judged by the competition committee). These prizes may be split in the case that an individual winner cannot… read more

Phone It In

Closing Date: 3 August 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://shortaustralianstories.com.au

The Spineless Wonders’ Slinkies team and the National Young Writers Festival are looking for the best stories up to 100 words. The theme is open, entry is free and there is no limit to the number of entries. All entries must be submitted as audio files (recorded on any device and in any audio format) and uploaded to Submission Manager via this link https://spinelesswonders.submittable.com/submit/84712/nywf-spineless-wonders-slinkies-100-wd-competition The competition is open to any person aged between 18 and 35 years of age who is residing in Australia or any Australian living overseas. The NYWF/Slinkies competition will open on May 22 and closes on… read more

AlburyCity Short Story Award

Closing Date: 26 July 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.writearoundthemurray.org.au/competitions/short-story-award

Bring your writing into the light by exploring the theme of ‘shadows’ in this year’s short story competition. The 3,000 word short story award attracts a $1,000 first place cash prize. Details: • Theme: Shadow • Word limit: 3,000 • Entry fee: $10 • First prize: $1,000 • Closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 26 July • Winners and runners up will be announced on Thursday 14 September during the Write Around the Murray Festival. read more

Lane Cove Literary Awards 2017

Closing Date: 23 August 2017
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/literaryawards

The Lane Cove Literary Awards are open and entries will be accepted until 23 August 2017. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: • Short Story Prize- $2,000 • Memoir Prize – $1,500 • Poetry Prize- $1,500 The following additional prizes may be awarded: • North Shore Gym Resident Short Story Prize – $500 • Stone Real Estate Resident Memoir Prize – $500 • Trendsetter Travel Resident Poetry Prize – $500 • The Burns Bay Bookery Youth Prize (16-24 years) – $500 • The Baytree by Ardency Senior Prize (Age 65+) – $500 The Terms & Conditions and Entry… read more

Stringybark Dog Eat Dog Short Story Award 2017

Closing Date: 16 July 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.stringybarkstories.net

This competition follows in the grand footsteps of our other thematic awards. For this competition we are looking for stories that have as their title a cliché and include one reference to that cliché somewhere in the story. We DO NOT want a story containing many clichés. We hate clichés with a passion but we reckon clichés can inspire some ripper short stories. Can you imagine the content of stories with titles such as: A Bed of Roses A Fate Worse than Death A Hard Man is Good to Find Behind the Eight Ball Built Like a Brick Shithouse The… read more

The Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize

Closing Date: 14 July 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://www.holmgren.com.au/2017-venie-holmgren-environmental-poetry-prize/

Now in its second year, the Venie Prize was established to honour the environmental activist + poet Venie Holmgren. Poems must be on an environmental theme and must be 80 lines or less. This year’s judges are Ross Gillett + Fiona Hile. The winning poem will be announced at the Daylesford Words in Winter festival in August 2017. read more

Australasian Association of Writing Programs & Australian Short Story Festival Short Story Prize 2017

Closing Date: 30 July 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://meniscusliteraryjournal.submittable.com/submit

Calling for unpublished short stories from emerging writers only. (Emerging writers will not have a full-length, single-authored, commercially published, print publication in any genre. Emerging writers who have published in electronic format only, or who have published work in collections showcasing multiple authors, are eligible.) Entries should not exceed 3000 words. read more

ELYNE MITCHELL WRITING AWARD 2017

Closing Date: 24 August 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/Elyne.Mitchell.Award/

https://www.facebook.com/Elyne.Mitchell.Award/ Elyne Mitchell Writing Award Please note that you can download our entry forms from our website – above. Please also check the facebook page for updates. Our theme for 2017 is Local Stories, People, Places and Events. We accept both fiction and non-fiction in all categories: Open Category which is open to all Australian and New Zealand residents; Snowy Hydro Upper Murray Writers Category which is open to local residents of Towong, Tumbarumba and Indigo Shires. read more

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

The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

Closing Date: 30 June 2017
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://expressmedia.org.au/programs/john-marsden-prize/

Entries are now open for the 2017 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers, a developmental award open exclusively to Australian secondary school students across the nation. The prize recognises excellence in three creative writing categories: fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Fifteen shortlisted writers will be invited to a special event to meet John Marsden and also participate in an exclusive creative writing workshop with Mark Brandi, one of Australia’s most exciting debut novelists. Prize winners will also receive a $500 cash prize and a book pack of YA titles, courtesy of Hachette Australia, publication of their work on… read more

Bundanon Artist in Residence program

Closing Date: 19 June 2017
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://bundanon.com.au/residencies/2018-air-apply/

The Artist-in-Residence program at the Bundanon site was initiated in 1997 and is the largest such program in Australia, hosting around 300 artists each year on both our Bundanon and Riversdale sites. The properties are Arthur Boyd’s gift to the Australian people, and his vision for Bundanon was for it to provide an inspirational haven for artists to pursue their practice. Applications are now open for the Bundanon artist-in-residence program for 2018. read more

Scribes Writers ‘Short Takes’ Open Literary Competition 2017

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

A: Fictional Short Story B: Memoir, Open Theme – 1,000 max word limit Entry Fee $7.00 Prizes for each category 1st $200 – 2nd $100 HC and Commended certificates at judges’ discretion. read more

Visible Ink

Closing Date: 31 July 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: No
More Information: www.visibleink.net

Our theme this year is “The End”. It is common to feel these days that we are in the end of times. Justifiable, given our current circumstances—it really seems like we are slouching towards the apocalypse However, not many know, but the word apocalypse originally meant “truthful revelation. In an age where there is systematic silencing, we feel it is applicable. So, we encourage submissions to interpret this concept of “The End” and how it applies to almost every aspect of the human experience. Kurt Vonnegut once said, “nothing in real life ever ends”. And he is right. You can… read more

Blake Poetry Prize

Closing Date: 2 June 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: No
More Information: casulapowerhouse.com/get-involved/prizes

Australian poets are encouraged to enter this year’s Blake Poetry Prize, which for the first time is being hosted by Liverpool City Library and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Entries close on 2 June for this prestigious biennial event, which has a first prize of $5000. The Blake Poetry Prize challenges poets to explore themes such as faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non-belief. Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said entries must be new works of 100 lines or less. “The Blake Poetry Prize starts an important conversation about who we are as human beings,” Mayor Waller said. “The… read more

The Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize 2017

Closing Date: 31 August 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.swwtas.org.au

The Society of Women Writers Tasmania present the Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize 2017. 1st Prize $200 and 2nd Prize $50 plus Highly Commended and Commended awards for poetry up to 40 lines. The theme is ‘Journeys’. For further information contact email: wendylaing02@gmail.com read more

Writing for Life

Closing Date: 23 June 2017
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: donatelife.gov.au or by emailing laine.jolly@nt.gov.au

DonateLife NT is the organisation responsible for facilitating organ and tissue donation in the Northern Territory. We also provide community education about organ donation, how a person can become a donor and how to make your wishes known. As part of our community engagement, this year we are asking school students aged 13-18 years of age to think about how they would feel if they were asked to donate their loved one’s organs or if they were waiting for a life saving transplant. We would ask them to then write a piece (no more than 300 words in length) about… read more

Friends of Paynesville Library Short Story Competition 2017

Closing Date: 23 June 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: friendsofpaynesvillelibrary.com

Short story up to 3000 words. Any topic. First prize $400 Second prize $150 and Third prize $100 Paynesville is a small town on the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria. We have a wonderful new library with stunning views of the Lakes. We hold this competition every year and this is our fifth year. read more

Historical Novel Society Australasia Short Story Contest

Closing Date: 31 July 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://hnsa.org.au/story-contest/

The inaugural Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) Short Story Contest is open to all delegates of the 2017 HNSA Melbourne Conference. Sandra Gulland, author of The Shadow Queen and Mistress of the Sun, will act as our judge. The winner will be awarded: A prize of $500 A free membership of the Historical Novel Society https://historicalnovelsociety.org/ A certificate The second and third placed entrants will each receive certificates. With the author’s consent, the winning, second place and third place stories will be published by Backstory (both online and print on demand) after the conference. http://www.backstoryjournal.com.au read more

2017 CHASS Australia Book Prize

Closing Date: 30 June 2017
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.chass.org.au.au

Our Book Prize is for a non-fiction book/e-book that best demonstrates relevance to the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (HASS). Books are not required to solely deal with Australian topics, however, they must enrich and contribute to Australian cultural and intellectual life. A single author can submit up to four books. Books should be by a single author or, at most, two authors. Edited collections are not eligible. The book may have been published overseas; however, the nominee must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Self-published books/e-books will be considered if the author can provide evidence that the book… read more

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Closing Date: 31 August 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award

The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted. read more

2017 ACU Prize for Poetry

Closing Date: 3 July 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.acu.edu.au/about_acu/our_university/catholic_identity/acu_poetry_prize

Entries for the 2017 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry are now welcome, with writers competing for the coveted $10,000 first prize. The ACU Prize for Poetry will be awarded for outstanding poetry with the theme ‘Joy’, and will be presented on Thursday 31 August in Melbourne. 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Poetic Licence’

Closing Date: 30 June 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://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

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

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

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