Opportunities For Writers

Welcome to our opportunities page. Here, we list competitions, literary events and publisher submission deadlines so you can keep track of your writing calendar.

Click on the name of the opportunity/competition to be taken to the respective information page.

If you’re a website or publication running competitions/events, feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to list them for our readers.


Opportunities for writers page


Opportunities: May 2016

Questions Writing Prize

Online journal Questions is a quarterly publication on a mission to nurture a new generation of writing and ideas. This year's Questions Writing Prize 2016 attempts to celebrate the young writers, between ages of 18 and 30, who demonstrate incredible fiction and nonfiction writing. The prize includes $2000 prize money and publication for the best piece of writing: 1500 to 2000 words, under any theme, and either fiction or nonfiction. Time to get writing, submissions close 1 May!

The 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize

Express Media, the literary icon for young writers, is at it again with their 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize! All writers of memoirs, essays, creative nonfiction pieces and more are welcome to submit their nonfiction writing for the prize. Included in your prizes, should you win, are a cash prize of $3000, an editorial mentorship to develop your work for publication and a selection of manuscript assessments, free books and craft development masterclasses. Submissions close 2 May.

Griffith Review: The Novella Project

Griffith Review are now opening their doors to submission of incredible works of fiction, that fall between 10,000 and 25,000 words in length. With plans to publish 4+ of the best winning novellas, this prize offers an unbeatable opportunity for fiction writers to take their writing from idea to bookshelf! Along with a cash pool prize of $25,000 up for grabs, there's a digital subscription to Griffith Review and more that awaits the winning talent. Submissions close 13 May.


ZineWest is a publication aimed towards celebrating short creative works from talented members of the Western Sydney region. They're currently on the lookout for any works of prose, poetry, lyrics, cartoon or drama to be published in their print zine. The prize includes $100-400 prize money in addition to publication. Submissions close 14 May.

AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition

Do you like giving people chills up their spines? Does your writing aim to be every bit as scary as it is imaginative? The AHWA Competition is on the hunt for great flash fiction (less than 1,000 words) and short stories (1,001 to 8,000 words) in the horror genre. Whether you choose classic creatures like zombies or ghosts or venture further afield to inspire those creepy creative works, all are welcome. Submissions close 31 May.

The Fool For Poetry Chapbook Competition 2016

Writers and poets worldwide, this one's for you! The Munster Literature Centre has opened their doors to manuscripts of between 16 and 24 pages in length. Along with a total of €1500 in prize money, the 1st and 2nd prize winnings receive publication in of their works and complimentary copies of chapbooks. Submissions close 31 May.

Eastwood/Hills Annual Literary Competition 2016

Closing 31st May - Enter short stories, poetry, and memoir pieces for the chance to win prize money. Entry fee $5 per entry or $20 for five entries. Accepting ballads with an Australian bush theme, in perfect rhyme and metre (maximum 80 lines). Entry fee $5 per poem, with a maximum of four entries. First prize $100 plus a trophy and certificate.

2016 Far Horizons Award for Poetry

Canadian literary magazine The Malahat Review is currently welcome poems from writers in Canada, the United States and worldwide. A prize of $1000 (CAD) is on offer, along with publication, for the best works of poetry. So time to get writing! This one closes on 1 May 2016.

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award

Are you ready for your name to sit alongside the Australian writing greats, like Tim Winton, Kate Grenville and more? Australia residents under the age of 35 are welcome to submit their unpublished manuscripts to the Allen & Unwin Literary Award before 31 May. The writing must be fiction or Australian history/biography and must be an original work. A $25 entry fee applies.

Harvard Review

For decades Harvard Review has published short fiction, poetry, essays, drama and book review to incredible success. With two publications annually, writers are now invited to submit their works for the next edition, with a maximum of 5 poems, 2 short plays or 7,000 words of prose. Submissions close 1 May.

Prairie Schooner

Whether it's short stories, poems, interviews or essays, Prairie Schooner is on the hunt for the best of them! If you think you've got incredible writing to offer, submit your pieces before 1 May for the chance to receive publication and more. The mission behind the publication is to celebrate and support writers both established and emerging everywhere, so time to get writing and seize this opportunity while it lasts!

The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world. Deadline May 15th.

Impress Prize For New Writers

The Impress Prize for New Writers offers unpublished writers a chance to win a publishing contract. The winner is decided by a panel of experts working in the publishing industry and as a result is offered  a publishing contract with Impress Books with the aim of publishing the book in the year following the award. Numerous entries from previous years have gone on to be published by Impress Books and other publishers and many authors who have entered the prize have also gone on to be represented by agents. If you are an unpublished writer, enter your 6,000 word sample, synopsis of the piece and publishing rationale by 1 July 2016.

Opportunities: April 2016

The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world. Deadline May 15th.

Bath Short Story Award

A selection of twenty winning, shortlisted and longlisted stories will be published in the 2016 anthology in digital and print format (publication likely in October, 2016). Short stories of up to 2200 words in all genres, styles are welcome. Entry fee of £8.

The Big Issue Fiction Issue

An annual highlight of the publishing world, last year’s edition had a circulation of close to 30,000 nationally. This year there is NO prescribed theme for the stories. Stories must be between 300 and 3000 words.

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award

A prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five. Offering publication by Allen & Unwin, with an advance against royalties plus prize money totalling $20,000.

2016 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Since '61, the Australian Book Review has published innumerable reviews and creative works. 2016 marks a return of the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, that seeks to celebrate the best of short fiction. Submit your stories of between 2000 and 5000 words before 18 April for the chance to receive publication and $7000 in prize money.

2016 Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story

For the fans of short fiction, Peter Cowan's Writers Centre is hosting a Short Story Aware for original works of less than 600 words. The aim is to celebrate and encourage new writers who have yet to receive recognition for their writing in the shape of awards or other competitions. All writers and all themes are welcome. Competition closes 1 April.

Banjo Paterson Writing Awards

Fiction writers and poets alike, time to get writing — The Banjo Paterson Writing Awards return for another year! Short stories up to 3000 words and poems up to 200 lines are welcome, with the theme of Australian content. A small $10 fee applies per entry, with entries closing 11 April.

Forest Fellowship of Australian Writers Short Story Competition

In seeking to support and encourage Australian writers, the Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW are hosting a short story competition in the month of April. 2000 word short stories, with any theme, are welcome. Time to get writing, writers! Publication and prize money are up for grabs, with submissions closing 30 April.

2016 Bristol Short Story Prize

The Bristol Short Story Prize is on the hunt for incredible short stories, from writers all over the world. Stories of any theme, up to 4000 words, are welcome for submission via post and online. An £8 entry fee applies for all entries. Prize money along with publication in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology awaits the winning writers. Remember to submit before 30 April.

2016 Bronze Swagman Award

In celebration of new writers and the authentic Australian voice, the Bronze Swagman Award returns for the 45th time. The award welcomes all poems written in traditional Australian Bush Verse form, with a maximum of 3 entries per person. Entries are open until 30 April, with further details available at the Bronze Swagman website.

The Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award

The Wexford Literary Festival are currently hosting an international short story award in honour of one Wexford's most beloved writers: Colm Tóibín. The competition is open to works between 1800 and 2000 words, with no restriction on subject matter. A €10 entry fee applies.

The Novella Award 2016

The Novella Award is offering writers of novellas (between 20,000 and 40,000 words) the chance for publication by Sandstone Press and £1,000 prize money. All writers over the age of 16 and who create their novella in the English welcome, are invited to seize this incredible opportunity. Entries close 29 April.

Opportunities: March 2016

Impress Prize For New Writers

The Impress Prize for New Writers offers unpublished writers a chance to win a publishing contract. The winner is decided by a panel of experts working in the publishing industry and as a result is offered  a publishing contract with Impress Books with the aim of publishing the book in the year following the award. Numerous entries from previous years have gone on to be published by Impress Books and other publishers and many authors who have entered the prize have also gone on to be represented by agents. If you are an unpublished writer, enter your 6,000 word sample, synopsis of the piece and publishing rationale by 1 July 2016.

HARDCOPY Professional Development Program for Australian Writers

HARDCOPY is a unique, national professional development program that helps Australian writers reach their potential. In 2016 the program will focus on fiction manuscripts. The program is open for applications until March 11th from Australian writers who have a manuscript in development. See the website for full details of the program and how to apply.

The Kerouac Project Residencies

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three-month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 USD are included. Applications for 2016-2017 residencies are due by March 13th. Your application must fall into one of the following categories: Poetry, Play, Screenplay, Fiction/Short Story, or Nonfiction. There is a $30 USD application fee.

Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition

Mslexia, a magazine and online platform dedicated to committed to helping women writers progress and succeed, accepts entries for its Women's Short Story Competition until March 14th. The competition 'welcomes writers of all levels of experience, writing stories on any subject – in any style'. First prize is £2,000, plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Anam Cara, and a day with an editor at Virago Press. Second prize is £500, third prize £250, and three other finalists will each receive £100. All six winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia.

Colorado Review Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

The Colorado Review is a US literary journal featuring contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and book reviews. The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction seeks short stories on any theme from both US and international writers. The winner receives a $2,000 USD honorarium and publication in the fall/winter issue of Colorado Review. Entries must be between 2,500 and 12,500 words, and the entry fee is $15 USD per story.

Bellingham Review Annual Contests

Bellingham Review publishes 'literature of palpable quality', and their 2016 contests are open until March 15th. The contests are the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, and the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction. Winners will receive $1,000 and publication in the Bellingham Review Spring 2017 print issue. Entry fee is $20 for US entries and $30 for international entries. See the Submittable page for detailed entry guidelines for each competition.

The Masters Review Anthology Volume V

The Masters Review, a platform for new and emerging writers, is accepting submissions for its fifth annual print anthology: 'Our aim is to showcase ten writers who we believe will continue to produce great work.' The ten selected writers will receive $500 and have their works published in a nationally distributed book. Fiction and narrative nonfiction up to 7000 words are accepted, and there's a $20 reading fee per piece. Submissions close March 31st.

Henry Lawson Festival Verse & Short Story Competitions

The Henry Lawson Festival is accepting entries for its Verse and Short Story Competitions until March 31st. The Short Story Competition is open to stories on any theme up to 2,000 words. The Verse Competition comprises Traditional Verse, Humorous Verse and Free Verse categories, accepting poems up to 48 lines. A range of monetary prizes and publication opportunities are awarded to First and Second Prize winners. See the Entry Kit for further details on each competition.

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition

The Fiction Desk publishes a regular anthology series dedicated to new short fiction, and its Ghost Story Competition is open until March 31st. The website notes that "'Ghost story' can mean a lot of different things, from an encounter with an actual phantom to more unusual paranormal phenomena and unexplained events." Winners will be published in an anthology, with a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250, and a third prize of £100. The entry fee is £8 per story.

Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland Literary Awards

FAWQ is open for entries from all writers to its 2016 Literary Awards – entries close March 31st. The Awards comprise four categories: poem up to 40 lines; haiku; short story up to 2000 words; and flash fiction up to 250 words. Prizes include $200 for first place and $50 for second place in each category. Winning and shortlisted entries may be included in an anthology published by FAWQ. Entry fee is $5 per entry or $12 for three.

Tethered by Letters F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition

Tethered by Letters, a literary publisher and resource for writers, is accepting entries to its F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition until March 31st. There are three submission categories: short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words; flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words; and poetry no longer than three pages. See the submissions page for details on individual competition entry fees and prizes.

Scribe Publishing: Unsolicited Manuscript Submissions

Scribe Publishing, an independent trade publishing house based in Melbourne and London, welcomes unsolicited manuscript submissions until March 31st. 'We are generally interested in literary fiction, serious non-fiction, and children's picture books. Please note that, at present, we do not accept unsolicited poetry, plays, young adult fiction, or individual short stories.'

Peter Cowan Writers' Centre 600 Short Story Competition

The PCWC 600 Short Story Competition welcomes entries of open theme short stories up to 600 words. Australian writers only are eligible for entry. Prizes include $200 for first prize; $100 for second; $50 for third;
$50 for the Novice Writer Award; and $100 for the Julian Cowan Youth Award. The competition closes April 1st, and there is a $10 fee for each entry (or $20 for three/$30 for five entries).

Opportunities: February 2016

Josephine Ulrick Literature and Poetry Prize

Pioneered by the Griffith University, the Josephine Ulrick Literature and Poetry Prizes are a treasure trove of opportunity for writers and poets everywhere! From now until the 12th February, submit your incredible short stories, up to 2000 words, and poems, up to 100 lines. A total of $30,000 prize money is available for the 4 best submissions.

EJ Brady 2015-16 Short Story Competition

The Mallacoota Arts Council have an amazing competition currently in the works. The EJ Brady Short Story Competition offers 2 main categories to show off your stellar works: the "Mallacoota Prize" for pieces up to 2500 words, and the "Gabo Prize" for pieces up to 700 words. A small entry fee applies, entries close 28th February.

The Great Novella Search

Busy Bird Publishing are on a mission: to discover the best Australia novella or short story collection yet to be published. Submit your works, of 20,000 to 40,000 in length, for your chance to receive $1000 prize money, publication and a publishing contract. Entries close 1st February.

Tamar Valley 2016 Short Story Competition

In the lead up to the annual Tamar Valley Writers Festival (18th-20th March 2016), the Festival is hosting a short story competition. Writers, 18 and over, are welcome to submit their short stories of up to 2,500 words. Winners receive the opportunity for publication in the Festival anthology, a $100 book voucher and $500 prize money. Entries close 5th February

The Norman McVicker Award

The Mudgee Valley Writers are inviting young writers (22 and under) to submit their original literary works of fiction or poetry. The recommendation is for your work to explore Australian life and literature in some way, though this isn't a prerequisite. Entries close 29th February.

Artificium Short Story Competition

The UK Journal of New Fiction and Poetry, Artificium, are on the hunt for amazing stories, from writers worldwide. The competition includes 2 main categories: "short stories", for works between 2,000 and 8,000 words, and "in brief", for works of poetry and flash fiction between 500 and 1000 words. All winning works receive a cash prize, and the potential opportunity for publication in a future edition of Artificium. Entries close 5th February.

Opportunities: January 2016

Orlando Prize

The A Room Of Her Own Foundation For Women Writers  & Artists have opened their doors once more! The Orlando Prize seeks to celebrate the best of emerging women writers, in four main genres: poetry, flash fiction, short fiction and creative nonfiction. Submit your pieces before 31st January for the chance to win publication and $1000 prize money.

2016 Newcastle Short Story Award

The Hunter Writers Centre are welcoming 2000 word short stories for their annual writing competition. A whole host of prizes are up for grabs, including $2000 prize money for first place, so it's time to get writing. Submissions close on 31st January for this great opportunity, open to Australian writers. A $15 entry fee applies.

The Stringybark Short Story Award

The annual Stringybark Short Story Award is back again, so it's time for writers everywhere to get excited! Short story submissions must have a maximum length of 1500 words, must be written for an adult audience and must have a connection to Australia. Over $925 worth of prizes are up for grabs, along with generous feedback. Entries close 31st January and results will be released 26th April.

The Hope Prize Short Story Competition

The founders of the Hope Prize are on a mission: to make Australia a better place. Works of fact and fiction, seeking to uncover and explore a subject that's too often taboo or oversimplified in popular culture, are welcome. Submit your pieces, between 2000 and 5000 words, before 31st January for your chance to win up to $5000 prize money.

Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers

In collaboration with Trinity College at Melbourne University, Overland are on the hunt for incredible works by Indigenous writers. The best poem, up to 88 lines, will receive $5000 prize money, publication in Overland's print magazine and a 3 month residency at the aforementioned Trinity College. If you're an indigenous poet, under the age of 30, then it's your time to shine! Entries close 31st January.

Spinetinglers Short Story Competition

Are you a fan spine tingling stories and ghoulish tales? This is a writer's dream for you! Submit your short story, maximum 5000 words, before the end of the month for your chance to win: cash prizes, publication in an anthology and some awesome publicity worldwide. Even better, there's no entry fee!

2016 Calibre Prize

The Australian Book Review are always seeking to foster insightful conversation around "culture, society and the human condition". The 2016 Calibre Prize is an incredible opportunity for every writer, in Australia and worldwide. Essays may focus on any nonfiction subject and be ranging from 3000 to 7000 words. Submissions close 18th January.

2016 One-Act Playwriting Competition

The Toowoomba Repertory Theatre Society are on the search for incredible playwrights, in Australia and worldwide. Submit your one-act play for the chance to win up to $3000 prize money and to have your piece performed at the 2016 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Shortlisted plays will also receive generous feedback and guidance. Entries close 31st January.

Tasmanian Writers' Prize 2016

This one's for all the amazing Australian and New Zealand writers out there! Tasmania's 40° South are welcoming short fiction pieces up to 3000 words, that focus on an island or island-resonant theme. A prize of $500 and print publication is up for grabs, so writers, get writing! Entries close 31st January.

Opportunities: December 2015

The Tom Collins Poetry Prize

Since 1975, the Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia (FAWWA) have celebrated the most talented of poets from around the country. In 2015, the Tom Collins Poetry Prize returns for another round. Submit your poem/s, with a maximum of 60 lines each, before 15th December for your chance to win prize money and more!

Hal Porter Short Story Competition

The Hal Porter Short Story Competition is back again for its 22nd year. Once more, the East Gippsland is opening its doors to the best of writing talent today. Enjoy the $1000 of prize money, as well as books, up for grabs. All short stories ~2500 words are welcome from Australian writers, before 18th December.

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

This one's for the poets out there! From the green acres of Ballymaloe, arts and literary magazine The Moth are launching the 2015 international poetry prize. Two-term US Poet Laureate Billy Collins will be judging all entrants for this year. All unpublished poems, from international writers, are welcome before 31st December. A €12 entrance fee applies for each poem submitted.

Birdcatcher Books Australia Short Fiction

For the chance to win prize money and publication in an anthology, sink your teeth into this opportunity! Birdcatcher Books are opening their doors to short fiction pieces, between 1500 and 2500 words, by Australian authors. A small entry fee applies for all submissions.

Griffin Award

Entries are now open for the 2016 Griffin Award! Capture the authentic Australian voice within an original play or performance, for the chance to win $10,000 prize money. The prestigious award is now in its 19th year and celebrates a long history of launching the careers of incredible wordsmiths. Submissions close at midnight 31st December.

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

For all writers, all over, the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize is for you! Submit your short stories (maximum 4000 words) and poems (maximum 50 lines) to this innovative organisation, who've committed to planting a tree for every entry. Writers worldwide, over the age of 16, are eligible, so make sure to submit before 31st December. A small fee applies per entry.

Reader's Digest 100 Word Stories

Flash fiction writers will love this opportunity! Dive into the Reader's Digest 100 Word Stories competition for your change to receive publication and prize money. Submissions are welcome from Australian and New Zealand writers, with no entry fee required. The competition closes on 31st December, so it's time to get writing!

Tethered By Letters 2015 Competition

Literary publisher Tethered by Letters are back again for their 3rd year running. Doors are now open for amazing works of fiction and poetry. Submit your short story (of any genre and ranging from 1000 to 7500 words), your piece of flash fiction (with a limit of 55, 250 or 500 words) or poem (with a limit of 3 pages per piece). Competition closes 31st December.

The "Portraits" International Call For Artists And Writers

ArtAscent are now calling for artists of all kinds to capture the visions of people and creatures. The best portraits, whether visual or written form, will receive publication along with extensive online promotion. To enter, simply submit your work of art before 31st December. A $10 entry fee applies for writers.15

Opportunities: November 2015

Overland Neilma Sydney Short Story Prize

Overland Journal is now open for entries to its Neilma Sydney Short Story Prize. Short fiction up to 3000 words on the theme of 'travel' from Australian and New Zealand writers will be considered. The winning story will receive $4000 and publication in the print version of Overland, and two runners-up will each receive $500 and be published in Overland's online component.

Entries close at 11:59pm, 15th November, so put your virtual travelling shoes on and get writing! (Please note there's an entry fee of $12 for current Overland subscribers and $20 for non-subscribers.)

Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition

With a host of prizes divvied up between twenty-five winning entries, the Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition is a goldmine for writers of flash fiction!

To enter, you'll need to write an engaging story of 1500 words or less and submit it by 16th November for early-bird entry – other entries close 14th December and incur an extra $5 on top of the regular $20 entry fee.

As we mentioned, there's a whole host of prizes from first to twenty-fifth place, with up to $3000 cash on offer as well as books, gift certificates and publication in Writer's Digest. 

2016 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

In commemoration of the life of acclaimed biographer Hazel Rowley, Writers Victoria invites Australian writers of biography to apply for the 2016 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. The fellowship consists of $10,000 awarded to an emerging or established writer 'to support research and development of a new biographical work'.

To be eligible for entry, the subject of the proposed biography must be someone who has made a demonstrable contribution to society. Consideration may also extend to writers 'working on an aspect of cultural or social history compatible with Hazel’s own interests'.

Complete your online submission by 16th November to be eligible for this generous fellowship.

Gambling the Aisle Chapbook Competition

Poets, as well as writers of fiction and non-fiction, are invited to enter literary magazine Gambling the Aisle's Chapbook Competition. First prize encompasses publication of 30 copies of the winning chapbook, and five runners-up will receive free copies of Gambling the Aisle's winter issue and the winning chapbook, as well as a mention in the magazine.

16–36 page chapbooks should be submitted before 20th November to be considered; multiple entries are allowed, each with a fee of $12 USD.

2015 Rhonda Jankovic Literary Awards

If you're passionate about writing poetry or fiction with a social justice theme, the Rhonda Jankovic Literary Awards are for you. Poems under 50 lines and short fiction under 2500 words will be considered from writers of any nationality, provided they explore the theme of 'inequalities stemming from power relations, indifference or exploitation'.

First prize in each category is $600 AUD and a Radio 3CR Vintage Sound-bite Cartridge Trophy; second and third place certificates will also be awarded. Submissions close on 25th November, and winners will be announced in March 2016.

FAW National Literary Awards 2015

Every year, the Fellowship of Australian Writers presents the National Literary Awards, the largest suite of literary awards in the Australia. Offering 19 prizes across a variety of genres and age groups, there's an award for everything from microfiction to Australian-themed non-fiction to an unpublished novel.

As well as prestige and wide recognition, winners receive between $100 and $1000 in prize money, depending on the category. Entries must be received by 30th November.

Narrative Magazine Fall 2015 Story Contest

Narrative Magazine's latest competition is open to almost every form of fiction and non-fiction: 'short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction'.

Previously unpublished works of under 15,000 words will be considered. There are some great prizes on offer: $2500 for first place, $1000 for second, $500 for third and $100 each for up to ten finalists.

There's a $23 fee for each entry, but with this you'll also receive three months of access to Narrative Backstage, PLUS all entries are also eligible for Narrative's $4,000 Narrative Prize and Story of the Week competitions.  The contest closes on 30th November.

Writers' Village International Short Fiction Award

Entries of prose fiction in any genre are welcomed for the 2015 Writers' Village International Short Fiction Award. As well as offering cash prizes up to £1000 and publication on the site for winners, Writers' Village will show all entrants (on request) how their stories were graded, and offer tips on how entries could be improved.

To enter your work of 3000 words or less, you'll either need to join the Writers' Village 'Story PenPal' club or pay an entry fee of £15. Entries close on 30th November for this great opportunity.

The Baltimore Review Winter 2015 Contest ('Health' Theme)

The Baltimore Review is seeking entries with the theme of 'health' to its winter 2015 contest. Entries can take the form of a poem or a short story/piece of creative non-fiction up to 3000 words, and as long as your piece incorporates the idea of health in some way, it's eligible.

With a $10 USD entry fee and prizes of $500, $200 and $100 up for grabs, the contest accepts entries until 30th November.

Scribes Valley Publishing Annual Short Story Writing Contest

The 13th annual Scribes Valley Short Story Writing Contest is open for entries until 30th November. Scribes Valley is seeking stories that enthrall, entertain and beguile them, so enter your best piece up to 5000 words to be in the running for monetary prizes (exact amounts are based on participation).

There's an entry fee of $7 USD per story, and no limit on the number of submissions per entrant. Winners will be announced in January 2016, and all finalists will be published in an annual anthology.

2016 Porter Prize (poetry)

One of Australia's most respected poetry awards, the Australian Book Review's Porter Prize is open to poets of any nationality writing in English. Poems of any subject or form can be submitted, provided they don't exceed 75 lines.

First prize is a generous $5000 AUD and an etching by renowned Australian artist, Arthur Boyd. Shortlisted poets will receive $500. Deadline for entries is 1st December, and for each poem there's an entry fee of $20 (or $15 for ABR subscribers).

Opportunities: October 2015

 2015 QUT Creative Writing Prize

This one's for postgrad students enrolled in any Australian creative writing degree, and undergrads from the Queensland University of Technology. The QUT Creative Writing Prize invites entries in the form of a short story, creative non-fiction or poetry.

The winner of the postgrad prize will receive $2000 and publication in The Lifted Brow. The undergrad winner will receive $1000 and publication in Kill Your Darlings. Submissions are limited to 3000 words of prose or 50 lines of poetry.

Margaret River Press Short Story Competition

Open to writers of any age and nationality, the Margaret River Press Short Story Competition offers some generous prizes, including cash, residencies in the beautiful Margaret River region, and publication for winning and shortlisted stories!

With an open theme and a 3000-word limit, the competition closes 14th October – entries must be mailed in, so get writing and posting! There's a fee of $12 per entry ($10 per additional entry thereafter).

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards

If you're a short story writer in almost any genre, you should consider entering the Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards! With Romance, Thriller, Crime, Horror, Science-Fiction, and Young Adult categories – plus some enticing prizes up for grabs – the US$25 entry fee is worth it.

Submit your story under 4000 words by 15th October to be in the running.

Southern Cross Literary Competition

Ballarat Writers Inc. invite writers living in Australia to submit short stories to the 2015 Southern Cross Literary Competition. It's an open theme, and stories must be 3000 words or fewer; the winning entry will receive $1500.

Entries close 16th October, and an entry fee of $20 per story applies.

Morrison Mentoring Short Story Competition

In support of the Australian creative community, Morrison Mentoring invites entries to its 2015 Short Story Competition. Entries should reference the theme 'Flourish' in some way, and can be entered by any Australian resident. There are multiple categories, including Speculative Fiction and an Open category.

First prize in these categories is $250 and publication in an anthology; highly commended entries will also be published in the anthology. The word limit is 3000 words, entry fee is $5 per story, and the competition closes on 16th October.

Deborah Cass Prize

Emerging Victorian writers from migrant backgrounds are invited to apply for Writers Victoria's Deborah Cass Prize. Entries 3000 words and under of fiction and non-fiction will be considered. The winner will receive $3000, a three-month mentorship with an established writer, and an offer from Black Inc. to consider the resulting manuscript for publication.

Applications are due by 9am, 19th October.

Anne Edgeworth Fellowship for Young Writers (ACT)

Are you a writer under 35, living in the ACT or surrounding regional areas? The Anne Edgeworth Fellowship for Young Writers, administered by the ACT Writers Centre, offers a fellowship worth up to $5,000 to advance a young writer's education in the field of writing.

Submit your expression of interest by 30th October to be considered for this great opportunity.

Varuna's Publisher Introduction Program 2016

If your dream is 'to work in peace at a beautiful mountain retreat with a respected literary mentor, knowing that a major publisher is waiting to read the finished manuscript', then read on! Varuna, a writing retreat located in the Blue Mountains of NSW, has opened entries to its Publisher Introduction Program.

Each of the 12 winners will receive a one-week residency at Varuna, including a manuscript consultation with a writing consultant and the chance to submit your work to a major publisher. Submit your manuscript, cover sheet, title, logline and brief synopsis by 30th October to be eligible (note that a $110 entry fee is required to sustain the program).

The Busybird Creative Fellowship

Through its Busybird Creative Fellowship, Busybird Publishing is offering an emerging writer the chance to win $500, mentoring with a publishing team, discounted publishing services, use of studio gallery spaces and free entry to in-house workshops.

To enter, write 500 words about how you would utilise the fellowship and submit to Busybird by 30th October.

The London Magazine Short Story Competition

The London Magazine, the UK's oldest cultural and literary journal, is seeking entries for its 2016 Short Story Competition; unpublished short stories under 4,000 words will be considered from writers anywhere across the world.

The winner will receive £500 and be published in a future issue of The London Magazine, and the runners up will be published on the website and receive prizes of £300 and £200 respectively. You have until 31st October to enter!

2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Administered and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation, The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction. Writers from the Commonwealth regions of Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific are eligible to enter, and one winner from each region will be selected.

Judged by an international panel, the Short Story Prize offers the overall winner £5000 and the remaining four regional winners £2500. Entries close at noon on the 1st of November and must be between 2000 and 5000 words.

Iceland Writers' Retreat Alumni Award

Fancy jetting off to a Reykjavík writers' retreat in April 2016? The Iceland Writers' Retreat is offering round-trip flights to Iceland and a spot at the five-day retreat to one lucky writer! The recipient will be selected according to the potential they show as a writer and their demonstrated need for financial support to be able to attend. Applications for this exciting opportunity close on the 6th of November.

(You may also be interested in the Iceland Writers' Retreat Short Story Competition, which offers the winner a spot at the retreat but doesn't cover airfares. Write a short story, essay or poem on the theme 'Iceland – A Land of Storytelling' to enter, and save up your money for flights!).