A 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)
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)
Poems no longer than 60 lines
Total prize pool of $700
Entry fee: $10
The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers (9.7.18)
$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.
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”
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 email@example.com and have it added to our list.