Category: Writing competitions

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The Bath Novel Award is open to unpublished writers from across the world.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

The 2015 Text Prize for Young Adult & Children's Writing

If you have a young adult or children's book story in the works and want a deadline to work towards - today is your lucky day! Perhaps unlucky day if you wanted that deadline to not be in the first half of 2015... But the good news is that submissions... read more

Competition open: The Novella Project III

From press release: Submissions are now open for Griffith REVIEW’s The Novella Project III competition. Winning novellas will share in a $25,000 prize pool and will be published in Griffith REVIEW 50: The Novella Project III (November 2015).  In 2012, Griffith REVIEW 38: The Novella Project played a... read more

Read the book, solve the puzzle, win millions!

There are millions of fiction books in the world, all different in some way, and yet all with one thing in common – they're one-sided conversations. You begin reading, then the author tells you things until you're finished reading. Next.

But what happens when the conversation becomes two-way? In this world of ebooks and global audiences, Sydney writer James Evangelidis has chosen an intriguing device to engage readers. With his debut book, Maze of Keys (being released online on 17 September), he doesn't just ask you to read the book, he wants you to solve it too – and win big!

Okay, interest piqued. We hunted him down and asked a few questions.