green-chameleon-21532-unsplash_AgainA regularly updated list of publishing opportunities and competitions for writers.

Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award (31.5.18)

First prize: $250

Second prize: $100
Third prize: $50

Entry Fee: $8




The Australian/Vogel Literary Award (31.5.18)

Entrants under 35 only.

Manuscript of fiction, Australian history, or biography between 30,000 and 100,000 words.

Entry fee: $25




The Lifted Brow: Prize for Experimental non-fiction (31.5.18)

5,000 words

First prize: $5,000 + publication in The Lifted Brow




Flinders University Young Playwrights Award (1.6.18)

Junior Prize: $500, 2019 season subscription with the State Theatre Company, and a script development session.
Senior Prize: $1000, 2019 season subscription with the State Theatre Company, script development session, and a public reading.




Furious Fiction – First Friday of every month

Using a set of story prompts you have 55 hours to submit a 500 piece of fiction for the chance to win $500.




Stuart Hadow Prize 2018 (1.6.18)

3,000 word short story

First Prize: $1,000 and a week’s unpaid residency at Mattie Furphy House in Swanbourne.

Entry fee: $20




Story Seed Vault (10.6.18 – 24.6.18)

Science inspired micro fiction which adheres to the limitations of Twitter.

Stories less than 150 characters – payment $3

Stories more than 150 characters – payment $2




Peter Blazey Fellowship (25.6.18)

$15,000 stipend and one month at the Australian Writers Centre

Non-fiction project in autobiography, biography, or life writing

Application process: CV, Synopsis, and a 5,000 word extract




FAWQ Literary Competition (30.6.18)

Short story (2k words), flash fiction (300 words), or poetry (up to 40 lines)

$5 entry fee

First prize: $200, second prize: $100, and third prize: $50




Scribe Writers “Poetic Licence” (30.6.18)

Free verse or traditional verse.

$7 entry fee

First prize: $200, second prize: $100




Emerging Writers Short Story Prize (30.6.18)

A ticket to the Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF), accommodation for the duration of the festival (maximum value $500) and return economy airfares (maximum value $500)

In addition, you will receive a one-year annual membership to the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)




Subbed-In Chapbook Prize (1.7.18)

25-50 poems, or between 12,000 and 20,000 words

Publication and royalties.


The Suburban Review #11 Open Theme (1.7.18)

Seeking fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, comics, and art

Payment: between $50-100

Fee: $2.50 (US)




Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing (1.7.18)

$10,000 stipend and residency at the National Library of Australia




Dinny O’Hearn Fellowship (2.7.18)

$5,000 and a residency at the Australian Writers Centre

Students below the age of 25

Application process: CV, sample of writing (up to 20 pages), and statement of proposed work.




Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition 2018 (6.7.18)

Theme: Truth

Poems no longer than 60 lines

Total prize pool of $700

Entry fee: $10




The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers (9.7.18)

Manuscript prize

$10,000 donated by Hachette Australia and a mentorship with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers.




Peril Magazine Edition 34: Skin in the Game (30.7.18)

Art works, prose, poetry, non-fiction, essays, blog posts.

1,000 words max.

Must be in relation to issues of Asian Australian interest and connected to the theme.

Contributors encouraged to pitch first.

Pay: $50



Chapter One Award (30.7.18)

$500 prize, written appraisal of your work, and a letter of recommendation from UWAP

Eligibility: entries of 5,000 words, a synopsis of your piece, and a current membership to AAWP




2018 NWF Joanna Burns Microlit Awards (31.8.18)

$300 prize and publication in Spineless Wonders’ anthology, Shuffle

200-word micro fiction responding to the theme: sound




The Horne Prize (16.11.18)

3000 word essays of non-fiction addressing in some way the theme “Australian Life”

$15,000 prize




Stylus Lit Poetry Submissions (unspecified)

Submit up to three poems at a time

Only previously unpublished work will be considered





If you don’t see your publication/opportunity listed here, feel free to get in touch at tulpamagazine@gmail.com and have it added to our list.