Category: Writing competitions

The 2019 Woollahra Digital Literary Award is now open

Now in its third year, The Woollahra Digital Literary Award is a national literary award supporting innovation in Australian literature and publishing, encouraging writers producing work in a digital medium. From the Woollahra Municipal Council website: The award seeks submissions of a literary nature that are digitally born – published online... read more

2019 Newcastle Short Story Award now open

Entries for the 2019 Newcastle Short Story Award are now open! This award boasts over $6000 in prizes with the winner taking away a sweet $3000. So, what do you have to do? Well, the award is open to people 18 years and over and all you have to do... read more

Two 2019 Australian Book Review competitions are now open!

The 2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize and Calibre Essay Prize from the Australian Book Review are now open. With $16,000 worth of prizes up for grabs from these two competitions, it’s worth checking out the details below. Peter Porter Poetry Prize – $8500 The Porter Prize is one of... read more

Win $20,000 in the Penguin Literary Prize for 2018

Penguin Random House Australia is delighted to announce that the Penguin Literary Prize for 2018 is now open for submissions. From the Penguin website: "Established in 2017 in conjunction with Leading Edge Books, the Prize offers aspiring authors the opportunity to get their work into the hands of booksellers and... read more

The 2018 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize is OPEN

Do you love writing poetry with environmental themes? Then The 2018 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize is a must for you! This prize is in honour of environmentalist and poet Venie Holmgren. Venie began writing poetry in her late 50’s and published her first anthology, The Sun Collection for... read more

2018 Grieve Writing Competition is OPEN

Grief and loss are powerful emotions, be it the loss of a job, a loved one, a pet. The Grieve Writing Competition, organised by the Hunter Writers Centre, is open to all explorations of grief and accepts stories and poems on any topic related to loss. From the Hunter Writers... read more

Entries open for 2018 The Peter Porter Poetry Prize

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize (how’s that for alliteration?) is now taking submissions. A poetry prize that’s open to anyone around the world, with a prize pool of over AU$8,000. And this year, the judges are Bill Manhire, John Hawke, and Jen Webb. According to the... read more

Lane Cove 2017 Literary Awards are now OPEN!

The 2017 Lane Cove Literary Awards are now open. There’s a possible prize pool of over $7,000. Entries are open to Australian writers aged 16 and up. There are several prize categories and opportunities for a range of aspiring writers. So, don’t be shy! From the media... read more

Little Bird Writing Contest for emerging short fiction writers

The Little Bird Writing Contest, a competition for emerging short fiction writers, is now open! First prize is $1,000 (Canadian dollars) and there are runner up prizes, a publication opportunity and more. Now in its seventh year, the Little Bird Writing Contest is hosted by The Story is a... read more

International Novel Award Open for 2017

The Bath Novel Award is open to unpublished writers from across the world. First prize is £2,000. The winner and shortlisted writers will get introductions to literary agents. Opportunities like that don’t happen every day. It’s open to novels of every genre, for adult or young adult... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win a Literary Tea pack valued at over $100!

It’s a special giveaway this week – with one lucky winner scoring a delicious tea pack from the Literary Tea Co! With a slogan that reads “Drink more tea, read more books” we knew this was a match made in competition heaven. Each certified organic tea is blended here in... read more

3 great competitions for poets

Australian Writers' Centre
Whether you're already a pro at prose, or would simply like to dip your toe into the poetry writing waters – there's nothing quite like a deadline to spur you on. That's why writing competitions are such an effective motivational tool. We're giving you the gentle nudge... read more

Are you a playwright? Enter this competition

Are you an aspiring playwright looking for an opportunity to showcase your original work? Submit your script in this year's Ensemble Stages Play Reading and break a leg! From Ensemble Theatre’s website Would you like to test your new play out in front of an audience? Submit your... read more

Novella competition

woman reading in a field
Ah, the novella -- the oft forgotten relative of the novel. But historically novellas have shaped the literary landscape -- think Kafka's The Metamorphosis or Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. So we were excited to hear about a novella competition run by Busybird Publishing. They are looking for novellas between... read more

Victorian Community History Awards 2015

Hey history buffs! Do you love your Victorian history? Australian Victorian history, that is! Entries for the Victorian Community History Awards are now open. From the Public Record Office of Victoria: The Victorian Community History Awards recognise excellence in historical storytelling. The range of award categories reflects the variety of... read more

VIC writers: Win $6000 from the Lord Mayor!

Attention writers based in Victoria: The City of Melbourne this month launched its fourth biennial Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards. (In the alternate years, it’s a photography competition.) According to Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, the awards celebrate Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature (you just... read more