Current competitions

Sutherland Shire Literary Competition

Closing Date: 30 April 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http:// sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/literarycompetition

The inaugural Sutherland Shire Literary Competition is set to celebrate the exciting breadth of literary talent that exists not only across the Sutherland Shire but the whole of our nation, with entries open to Australian residents from February 5, 2018. The new competition aims to promote the rich cultural heritage of the Sutherland Shire whilst contributing to the diverse and rich tradition of literary practice in Australia. Australian residents over 18 years of age are invited to submit their individual, original works in the following categories: •Traditional verse (rhyming, max 80 lines) •Free verse (max 80 lines) •Short story (max… read more

ELYNE MITCHELL WRITING AWARD 2018

Closing Date: 23 August 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.elynemitchell.com.au/

2018 Theme: REACH FOR THE STARS – STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE. Both fiction and non-fiction entries up to 2500 words. Prizes offered for: Fiction or Non-fiction Open Category, Local Upper Murray Writers Category, Non-fiction Bonus prize and Local Encouragement award. Please refer to our Web site for details and Facebook page for updates and links. Note that this is both the 10th anniverary for our awards and the 60th anniversary for the first publication of Elyne Mitchells’ – The Silver Brumby. read more

The Best of Times short story competition

Closing Date: 30 April 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.bestoftimes.com.au

Funny short stories up to 2500 words long. Open theme. Entry fee $10 per story. Prizes: first $300-$500 (depending on number of entries). Second $100. Third place, highly commended and commended certificates will be awarded too. read more

Eastwood Hill FAW Literary Competition 2018

Closing Date: 15 May 2018
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 $250, 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 $200, Second Prize $75 • 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 $150, Second Prize $50 read more

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Closing Date: 30 June 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.dorothea.com.au

Since 1984, the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards have encouraged students of all backgrounds to explore their poetic genius; just like our national treasure, Dorothea Mackellar. We’re after poetry submitted by school children aged K-12, with this year’s theme being, “I Have Promises to Keep.” We want more entries from Northern Territory’s budding young poets! The national competition starts 1st March 2018! For more terms and conditions, visit our website. read more

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Closing Date: 31 August 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

Submissions are open for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018! Celebrating excellence in contemporary writing and new work, the Creative Writing Award is a platform for emerging or established poets and writers to showcase their work to an international audience. The award has two categories for entry; Poetry and Short Fiction, and there are no limitations on themes or subject matters. Works previously published are also accepted and you may enter as many times as you wish. Creative Writing Award Prizes include: – £1,000 for each winner (Poetry and Short Fiction) – Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual –… read more

Yeovil Literary Prize

Closing Date: 31 May 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.yeovilprize.co.uk

Novels – first 15000 words which should include the synopsis. Short SAtories of up to 2000 words. Poetry of up to 40 lines Writing Without Restriction which is open to all good writing, whether factual, long poems, haiku, a letter or something quirky or witty, or informative. You write it and we will read it! read more

ACU Prize for Poetry

Closing Date: 20 July 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.acu.edu.au/about_acu/our_university/catholic_identity/acu_poetry_prize

With a first prize of $10,000, a second prize of $5,000.00 and the third prize of $3,000.00 entries are open to any permanent resident of Australia or any international study currently studying at an Australian university, the ACU prize for Poetry will be awarded for outstanding poetry with the theme ‘Empathy’ read more

Stuart Hadow Short Story Prize

Closing Date: 1 June 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.fawwa.org

Open for original and unpublished short stories 3000 words or less. Prizes: 1st = $1000 2nd = $300 3rd = $100 Highly Commended x 2, Commended x 2 read more

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