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

Open call for writers and artists

Closing Date: 31 August 2020
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.SunspotLit.com

Sunspot Literary Journal amplifies multinational voices. Editor’s Prize of $50 for the annual edition, and artwork selected for a cover will be paid $20. Visit SunspotLit.com to download digital editions for free. All types of prose from flash fiction and poetry to stories and essays, including scripts and screenplays, are welcome from 10 to 49,000 words. Translations welcome. The Fast Flux options offer a two-week turnaround. Closing date: August 31, 2020 To submit: https://sunspotlit.submittable.com/submit read more

The Buzz Words Short Story Prize

Closing Date: 31 October 2020
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.buzzwordsmagazine.com/p/2020- prize.html

The Buzz Words Short Story Prize is an annual prize awarded to recognise excellence in short story writing for children. The story must be suitable for readers 8 to 11 years. There is a first prize of $1,000 and second $500. The next top three entries will be assessed and edited by the competition sponsor, Dianne Bates. The two short-listing judges are author Bill Condon, winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Youth Literature and 6 three times winner of the CBCA Honour Book of the Year, and author Dianne Bates, recipient of the Lady Cutler Award for distinguished services… read more

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