Category: Grants, prizes and opportunities

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

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

Poetry and Short Story Competitions Closing In June

The Hunter Writers Centre are running two writing competitions closing in June 2017. 2017 Grieve Writing Competition First up is the 2017 Grieve Writing Competition. The Grieve Writing Competition is in honour of Grief Awareness Month (August) with a prize pool of $7,000. Applicants are encouraged to submit a... read more

$10,000 to be won: ACU Prize for Poetry 2017

$10,000 is up for grabs in the 2017 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry. Now that we’ve got your attention, you’ll want to know more. It’s open to unpublished works (including not published on a website or blog) and must not exceed 80 lines. First... read more

The State Library of Victoria Fellowships 2017-18 are open

The State Library of Victoria has just opened up its fellowship applications for 2017-18! And we’re seriously excited for the opportunities for writers of all genres – fiction and non-fiction. Like previous years, there’s a whole bunch of fellowships, some specifically for writers, some are open to... read more

$10,000 up for grabs in the 10th Annual 2017 Text Prize

Do you write for young adults or children? Live in Australia or New Zealand? You don’t want to miss this competition. To celebrate their tenth anniversary of the Text Prize, Text Publishing are offering $10,000 plus a publishing contract. Wow! From the Text Publishing website: Awarded annually to... read more