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.

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

100 Bucks for 100 Words Contest

Closing Date: 30 June 2020
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://sunspotlit.com/

Contest for microfiction, micro essay, micro memoir, short poem, micro script, micro screenplay of 100 words or less now open. No restrictions on theme or category. $100 cash prize for first place, plus publication for winner and ten finalists. Entry fee: $5 Open April 1, 2020 Closes: June 30, 2020 Link here to submit: https://sunspotlit.submittable.com/submit/164031/100-for-100-words-2020 read more

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Closing Date: 30 June 2020
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.dorothea.com.au/

The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards is Australia’s largest and oldest poetry competition for school students. It has been run by a loyal and hardworking committee in regional NSW since 1984. We’re hoping the competition grows even more this year with close to 7,000 entries in 2019. This year’s optional theme is “We Used to Live There,” and believe it or not, it was actually chosen last year and before all this 2020 global craziness. Spooky, right? Students from K-12 are welcome to enter as an individual or with their school with some great prizes on offer! Visit our website to… read more

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