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.

Call for Submissions: Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Anthology

Closing Date: 29 February 2020
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: No
More Information: NA

Seeking works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry that relate to the experience of perinatal anxiety, depression or other perinatal mental health condition. The selected pieces will be published in an awareness-raising anthology, with proceeds to benefit PANDA. While your own experience is encouraged as a starting point, preference is for writing that moves beyond the immediate personal account to create a piece of work with broader resonance. Submissions close 29 February 2020. Multiple submissions welcome. There is no entry fee. For further information or to submit, please email PNDA.Anthology@gmail.com read more

Stringybark Short Story Award

Closing Date: 19 January 2020
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://www.stringybarkstories.net/competitions/open-the-stringybark-short-story-award-2019.html

Stringybark Publishing is proud to sponsor our annual flagship award, The Stringybark Stories Short Story Award 2019. Clean the spilt coffee out of your keyboard (or sharpen your goose quill — whichever is more appropriate) and start writing a 1500 word (max) story that will excite the judges. It can be set wherever your fancy takes you. It can involve characters from the past, the future or today. The only two stipulations are that it must have a link, no matter how tenuous, to Australia (the vegemite sambo on the counter is fine) and suitable for readers over the age… read more

Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2020

Closing Date: 16 February 2020
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://fortysouth.com.au/tasmanian-writers-prize/

Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand and permanent residents, the competition is for short stories up to 3,000 words on an island, or island-resonant, theme. The winner receives a cash prize of $500 and publication in Tasmania 40°South. read more

Furphy short story competition

Closing Date: 30 April 2020
Entry Fee: No
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://www.furphystory.com.au/furphy-literary-award/open-short-story-competition/

The Furphy Literary Award has been established to promote and extend the tradition of story telling, both factual and fictional, that is so much part of Australian life. There will be an annual award for a prose work, which may be fiction or non-fiction, by a writer aged 18 years or more at the time of submission. read more

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Closing Date: 31 August 2020
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 14th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations. Winners are selected for both categories and awarded with £1,000. Publication within the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, is also awarded to a further 60 writers whose works are highly commended. Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18 read more

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