Category: Grants, prizes and opportunities

12 opportunities for memoir writers

Whether you want to explore a difficult period in your life, remember a thrilling adventure, or share your personal journey, almost everybody has an interesting life story to tell. If you’re keen to try out memoir writing, or if you’ve been working on your life story for some... read more

New children’s literature prize from HarperCollins

Do you write middle grade or young adult fiction? We are excited to share with you this new competition. The Matilda Literature Prize is a brand new inaugural prize from the folks at HarperCollins. The winner of this prize will receive a publishing deal and a $10,000 advance against... read more

OPEN NOW: The Penguin Literary Prize 2019

The Penguin Literary Prize 2019 is now open for submissions. Do you have an unpublished manuscript burning a hole in your proverbial drawer?  The Penguin Literary Prize value is a whopping $20,000 with the winner also receiving a book every month for a year. Plus, winners have the potential... read more

International short story competition now open

The Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize 2019 is open to everyone – including writers outside Australia.  There’s $1,000 up for grabs for the winner of the competition. This year’s theme is “All Lit Up” and the word limit is 2,500 words. From the Wollongong Writers Festival... read more

Queensland Writing Fellowships now open

Queensland writers, are you looking for a fellowship opportunity? Well, the Griffith Review Fellowships for 2020-2021 are now open.  This fellowship is not just for writers currently living in Queensland. According to the Griffith Review website: Up to six fellowships of $3,000–$7,000 will be awarded in... read more

Enter The Deakin University Non-fiction Prize 2019

Write non-fiction? The Deakin University Non-Fiction Prize is now open and there’s $3,000 AUD up for grabs! Entries for this competition close on 1 September 2019. It’s open to writers aged 30 and under, writing long-form non-fiction who are also Australian residents. From... read more

2019 Andy Griffiths Kids’ Writing Competition now open

Do you have a young writer in your life? A budding storyteller? Or maybe just an avid young reader? If so, we’ve found the perfect competition for them! Dymocks and Pan Macmillan are inviting kids to get creative and enter a writing competition judged by the wonderful Andy Griffiths... read more

Australian Book Industry Awards 2019 Shortlist

The Australian Publishers Association is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Australia Book Industry Awards. From this shortlist, The Category Winners and the Overall ‘Book of the Year’ Winner will be announced at the premier event on the Australian book industry calendar – The ABIA Awards night – to be... read more

2019 ACU Prize for Poetry now open

Entries are now open for one of Australia's richest poetry competitions offering $18,000 in prizes. The 2019 ACU Prize for Poetry will be awarded for outstanding poetry with the theme Solace, reflecting on Anne Frank's supposition: "The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy... read more

State Library of Victoria fellowship program is now open

Applications are now open for the State Library of Victoria’s 2019 Fellowships program. Each year, the Library offers creative and specialist fellowships to encourage the original and imaginative use or development of the Library's collections for new work. The Library also provides a number of specialist fellowships to... read more

Submissions for The Fogarty Literary Award are now open

If you are an author (aged between 18 and 35) from Western Australia with an unpublished manuscript then this is for you! One of Australia's richest literary awards for young writers, The Fogarty Literary Award is now open and seeking submissions for a work of fiction, narrative non-fiction... read more

Entries open for 2019 The Banjo Prize

If you are Australia’s next great storyteller then this is for you. HarperCollins Publishers Australia has announced that entries are now open for the 2019 Banjo Prize. From the HarperCollins website: "We’re looking for exciting new Australian voices telling the sorts of stories that we love to read... read more

Your invitation to a romantic rendezvous!

The Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) is hosting a series of national events in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to enable readers and writers of romance fiction to get together. The guest speakers at the Romantic Rendezvous will be international bestselling authors Celeste Bradley and Keri Arthur, who will attend... read more

ABIA 2019 Longlist announcement

Earlier this month The Australian Publishers Association announced the 2019 ABIA longlist. This announcement marks the lead up to the premier event on the Australian book industry calendar. The ABIA Awards night will be held on Thursday 2 May 2019, right in the middle of the Sydney Writers' Festival. The... read more

12 Australian literary festivals for your 2019 diary

It's the time of the year where you look at that ambitious list of resolutions from January and wonder – where on earth have the days gone? Why haven't I achieved anything? The good news is, there are still plenty of opportunities to get started on your writing and... read more

2019 Grieve Writing Competition now open

In honour of Grieve Awareness Month in August, the Grieve Writing Competition is now open to all Australians. With over $7000 in prizes to be won and more than 100 works published in the Grieve anthology, this is a wonderful opportunity for writers 18 years and over. From the Hunter... read more