Category: Grants, prizes and opportunities

The 2018 Fair Australia Prize is now open

The Fair Australia Prize is now open and the prize pool is fabulous, but you must enter soon as the competition closes on Monday 13 August 2018. Presented by Overland magazine, the prize is supported by the National Union of Workers (NUW), the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), the... read more

Playwright residency opportunity with the Melbourne Theatre Company

Playwrights, enter stage right! The Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) has three writer-in-residence opportunities in their Next Stage writer’s program up for grabs. Includes a stipend of up to $25,000 per year for successful applicants. The residencies are available for those writers who have a background in... read more

HarperCollins announces a new fiction prize: The Banjo

Are you Australia’s next great storyteller? Do you have a manuscript sitting collecting dust in a drawer? A sweeping saga of unrequited love set in the Australian outback during the Gold Rush era or perhaps a nail-biting psychological thriller guaranteed to frighten the pants off the toughest of... read more

Announcing the 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards Longlist

A HUGE congratulations to everyone on the ABIA 2018 longlist – especially our alumni Sarah Bailey for The Dark Lake and Tania Blanchard for The Girl from Munich. Great to see our graduates kicking so many goals. Bravo! Also to these fantastic authors who have all featured in the Australian Writers... read more

Now open: National digital literary award

The Woollahra Digital Literary Award celebrates works originally published in a digital format. So think epub, online articles and so on. It’s exciting to see an award that recognises digital publishing in its own right. Of course, it can’t be any old thing chucked up on the internet... read more

Win $5000 and an industry mentorship for an unpublished manuscript

Kill Your Darlings, one of Australia’s awesome cultural magazines founded by Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent, has announced that the 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award is now open! From the Kill Your Darlings website: “The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award was established to support the development of an early-career... read more

Newcastle Short Story Award 2018 now open

Time to crack those knuckles and start working on your short story over the holidays! The Newcastle Short Story Award 2018 is now open for entries, with a word limit of 2000 words. Main prize is a handsome $2000, but with several highly commended cash prizes, a wine voucher and... read more

2018 Calibre Essay Prize now open

Do you write non-fiction essays? Then this competition is for you! The Calibre Essay Prize is open for its 12th year. This prize is hosted by the Australian Book Review (ABR) and according to the website: “is one of the world's leading prizes for an original non-fiction... 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

National short story competition The Hope Prize returns

The Hope Prize from the Brotherhood of St Laurence is a national short story competition that focuses on narratives of disadvantage in Australia. It’s open to Australian residents and has a total prize pool of $17,500. From the Brotherhood of St Laurence website: Australia is the proverbial ‘lucky... read more

Enter the 2017 Horne Prize for essay writing

After a successful first year, the Horne Prize for essay writing is back. This year, the prize is valued at $15,000. If you’re a keen essayist, this is your chance to shine. The competition is now open and accepting essays of up to 3000 words. Like last year... read more

$80,000 fellowship for mid-late career authors is back!

Each year, the Copyright Council opens up its rather handsome annual Author Fellowship. This fellowship will give you the financial help you need to finish that project. After all, authors have to eat, pay the bill and all those other things required by mere mortals. From the Copyright Council website... read more

Stella Prize 2018 now open

The Stella Prize returns! The Stella Prize celebrates women’s contribution to literature and has been awarded annually since 2014. The 2018 prize is now open for entries and the winner will receive $50,000. What is the Stella Prize and how did it come about? From the website: “Dreams... read more

10 short story competitions to enter in 2017

We’re well into the year now and your resolution to fulfil your writing dreams may have slowed under the weight of other priorities. But don’t let that goal to write slip away – instead start slow and stretch your creative muscles by entering short story competitions. Short stories are... read more

Dorothy Hewett Award 2017 for an unpublished manuscript

Do you have a completed, unpublished manuscript living in your bottom drawer (literally or figuratively)? Does it have a connection to Western Australia? The Dorothy Hewett Award is for unpublished manuscripts and the winner gets a cash prize of $10,000. Plus, the winner will be offered a publishing contract... read more