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.

SWWT Robyn Mathison Poetry Prize

Closing Date: 30 November 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.swwtas.org

Entries close on the 30th November 2018 Entry fee: $10.00 for up to two entries Theme: Freedom Line Count: Up to 40 lines in length Type on A4 paper with 1.5 spacing, using 12 pt. Arial or Times Fonts. Use a separate sheet with the title of the poem, line count, and your contact details, (name, address, email, and telephone number.) Do not put your personal details on the story only the title. Fee is $10 for up to two poems Email your entry/s as an attachment) to: wendylaing02@gmail.com In the subject line, please put RM Poetry Prize. Pay your… read more

2019 Calibre Essay Prize

Closing Date: 14 January 2019
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=5086:2019-calibre-essay-prize&Itemid=300

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the thirteenth Calibre Essay Prize, Australia’s premier prize for a non-fiction essay. We welcome essays of all kinds: personal or political, literary or speculative, traditional or experimental. Entry is open to all essayists writing in English. We are seeking essays of between 2,000 and 5,000 words on any subject. read more

2018 Buzz Words Short Story Prize

Closing Date: 31 December 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: http://www.buzzwordsmagazine.com/p/prize.html

Submissions for the inaugural Buzz Words Short Story Prize are now open! Presented by the Australian children’s literature e-zine Buzz Words, the 2018 Buzz Words Short Story Prize celebrates excellence in Short Story writing by adults writing for children and fills a gap in the children’s literature award landscape. Short stories play an important role in initiating and encouraging young readers. read more

III International Young Theatre Play Writing Contest

Closing Date: 15 December 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: ytpwc.edalya.com

Plays for young audience Category A (60-120 min) Category B (30-60 min) read more

The Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award 2018

Closing Date: 9 December 2018
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: https://www.stringybarkstories.net/competitions/open-the-stringybark-erotic-short-fiction-award-2018.html

We invite Australian and international authors to try their hand at writing us an erotic fiction tale that will get our judges’ hearts beating faster with anticipation… This is a tricky genre to write in but some of the world’s great literary masters have turned their hand to writing erotica (often under a pseudonym) recognising that engendering an emotional response is what fictional writing is all about — whether it be horror, romance, mystery, thrillers etc. Achieving an emotional response from a reader is what all writers seek. Erotica is no different. We have over $1000 in the award pool… read more

Jugiong Writers Festival Poetry and Short Story Competitions

Closing Date: 16 February 2019
Entry Fee: Yes
Prizes Offered: Yes
More Information: www.jugiongwritersfestival.com

Hello Writers, The Jugiong Writers Festival is excited to once again hold our Short Story and Poetry competitions and invite you to submit your entries. The theme for the 2019 competition is Dare to Dream – Down the Track We have sections for Primary and Secondary students as well as Adult and one overall champion prize in both poetry and short story, with winners announced on the Sunday morning of the festival (24th March 2019). Some of the conditions are as follows, others are on the website www.Jugiongwritersfestival.com · All entries must be the authors original and unpublished work. ·… read more

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