Current competitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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