Current competitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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