Current competitions

These are writing competitions that are open to Australian residents at the moment. They are not run by the NT Writers’ Centre, so please contact the individual organisation listed if you have any specific question about any competition.

ARA Historical Novel Prize

Closing Date: 14 June 2021
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://hnsa.org.au/ara-historical-novel-prize/

With prize money of $100,000, the ARA Historical Novel Prize gives Australian and New Zealand historical novelists the chance to be recognised in a class of their own, with the most significant prize purse for any genre-based prize in Australasia. The 2021 Prize will incorporate a newly created category for outstanding Children and Young Adult (CYA) literature, in addition to the Adult category. The Prize will award $50,000 to the Adult category winner, with an additional $5,000 to be awarded to each of the remaining two shortlisted authors. In the CYA category, the winner will receive $30,000, while the two… read more

Rigel 2021: $750 for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art

Closing Date: 30 June 2021
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://sunspotlit.submittable.com/submit/191814/rigel-750-for-fiction-nonfiction-poetry-or-art

Authors & Artists Eligible Sunspot Lit is looking for the single piece of writing, art, or poetry that outshines the rest. Winner receives $750 plus publication. No restrictions on theme or category. See guidelines for details. Entry fee: $5 Prize: $750 cash and publication read more

Adelaide Plains Poets Recovery poetry competition

Closing Date: 2 July 2021
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://wordpress.com/post/carolyncordonwriter.wordpress.com/

Poetry for three sections – Primary School, Secondary School, and Adults (Open). Must relate in some way to the competition theme of ‘Recovery’. Maximum of 60 lines. read more

Stringybark Sex and Gender Short Story Award

Closing Date: 18 July 2021
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://www.stringybarkstories.net/competitions/open---sex-and-gender.html

Stringybark Publishing is proud to sponsor the Stringybark Sex and Gender Short Story Award 2021. We are looking for great short stories that address any issues relating to human relationships from a sex or gender perspective. Subjects that could be explored in a fictional context include: romance, sexual violence, love, lust, harassment, bullying, LGBTIQ+, equality, respect, disrespect, consent, care, empathy, empowerment, redemption, discrimination etc. We want stories that illuminate these issues but also that give us hope for a better future. The story must be: • 1500 words or fewer in length; • related to sex or gender issues; and… read more

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