Category: Grants, prizes and opportunities

Calling all unagented authors with fiction manuscripts

If you are an unagented author with a work of fiction, then this is for you. Ebury Press (an imprint of Penguin Books Limited) is open for fiction submissions. From the Ebury Press website: This open submissions period is a chance for unagented authors to get their manuscript to us... 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

Win $5000 in the 2018 ELLE magazine short story competition

The ELLE writing competition is back!   This is your chance to write a short story, get published AND win $5000. From the ELLE Website: “For this year's ELLE Writing Competition, in association with Hachette Australia, we're looking for modern, contemporary voices telling stories that are engaging and subversive... read more

Want to be mentored by some of the biggest names in US television?

Then you must apply for the MENTOR LA program which has just opened its doors to applicants. From the MENTOR LA program Media Release: “MENTOR LA is a bespoke career development program which matches four mid-level professionals working in the Australian screen industry with US mentors to meet online... read more

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