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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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