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

‘Poetic Licence’

Closing Date: 30 June 2017
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: For full details, conditions and entry form visit 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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