Category: Short story competitions

4 competitions for short story writers

Writing competitions can be a great motivational tool. Do you have a story idea that you would love to explore further? A neglected draft patiently waiting for you on your computer? Why not enter these short story competitions and use the submission deadline to your advantage. You may even find... read more

Enter the Overland Short Story Prize for your chance to win $6000

Australian and New Zealand short story writers, this competition is for you. The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for new and emerging writers is now open for the fifth consecutive year. They are welcoming pieces no longer than 3,000 words. To qualify, you must not have published more... read more

Explore love with this competition

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Ah February. Some people count down the days to February 14th with amorous impatience, some hate it with a fiery passion, while others adjust their hipster glasses and scoff, "Hallmark day". Whatever your views on February 14th, if you've got a manuscript exploring love in any of its forms... read more

VU Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers

Are you a new or emerging writer? Check out Overland's short story competition: From Overland's website: The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers is now open. This annual competition encourages excellent and original short fiction by new writers of up to 3000 words... read more

22nd Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Ladies of crime (writing), here's a competition just for you! The 22nd Scarlett Stiletto Awards are now open and, thanks to Every Cloud Productions, the prize pool has increased to $9350! Woah! From the Sisters in Crime website: Every Cloud Productions, the producers of the internationally-acclaimed crime drama... read more

The Ruth Rendell short story competition 2015

Writers in all genres, hear ye, hear ye! A huge competition is underway. Can you whittle your words down to the best 1000 or fewer? Here's your chance to gallantly win the tournament and take home the gold... er... we mean pounds. The challenge for writers is to write... read more

Short Story Competition: Win cash + a desk!

A fantastic opportunity is coming up, with the 2015 Sydney Writers’ Room (SWR) Short Story Competition opening for entries on 1 June. According to SWR, stories should be limited to 2500 words and must be single-authored and unpublished. Entries are accepted online only, either as Word Documents or PDF... read more

Turn sadness to joy: ‘Grieve’ writing competition

The 2015 Hunter Writers Centre ‘Grieve’ short story competition is on once more, inviting writers to submit their original works to be judged – with two prizes of $1000 up for grabs, along with many smaller category prizes as well. Last year, Sharon Elisara, a graduate here at the Australian Writers... read more

2015 Jolley Short Story Prize entries open now

Want to win some serious cash for your short story? Well, read on because entries are now open for the 2015 Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. With a prize pool of $8000, and a maximum word count of 5000 words, it’s certainly a pretty good rate... read more

Win with the new ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Award

We love it when new annual story competitions are announced, and this one – from the English Speaking Union (ESU) in Queensland – is particularly noteworthy.< Named for its emeritus professor, Roland (Roly) Sussex, the contest is on the hunt for original, previously unpublished short stories – and will award three prizes... read more

It's awards season! 6 writing competitions to enter.

Recently we were excited to learn that an Australian Writers’ Centre graduate had taken out the top prize in a local writing competition, pocketing herself a cool $1000 for what was only the second story she'd ever written! It’s pretty inspirational stuff, and brings up a great point about writing.

It can be easy to focus your energy on the big goal – a published novel, or perhaps a byline in your favourite magazine. But while you’re working towards that, entering a writing competition is an excellent way to hone your craft, and could give you some cash and recognition as well.

Here’s a selection of writing competitions currently out there – good luck!

Your short story could win you $2,000

The Australian Writers’ Centre posts awards and competitions which may be of interest to readers. However, this should not be taken as a sign of endorsement. Please do your own research when entering any awards or competitions listed mentioned on this site.

The 2014 Lane Cove Literary Award is now open, and Australian writers over 16 years of age are invited to submit unpublished works in the following categories...

Calling all thriller writers: $1000 reward for your writing!

Calling all thriller writers. Sharpen your pencils, dream up a clever villain and get ready to win $1000 in Random House’s upcoming Heroes + Villains Writing Challenge. From Random House’s website: Put your crime writing skills to the test to solve a crime and write your favourite detective to... read more

Grief & denial could win you dollars

Announcing two new writing competitions – each with one word themes. Both offer plenty of scope - and plenty of prizes. First up is the 'Grieve' writing competition - returning for its second year and presented by Hunter Writers Centre in conjunction with the National Association of Loss & Grief. Created to honour... read more