The 2016 Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose (Fiction or Non-Fiction) has an open theme and entrants may submit prose up to a maximum of 2000 words. The ‘Open’ category carries a $400 first prize, with $200 for second and $100 for third. Entry fees: $15 each, $25 for two entries, or $35 for three entries. Deadline: 12th August.
The New Guard invites entries for its Knightville Poetry Contest and Machigonne Fiction Contest. The Knightville Contest awards $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form; up to three poems per entry; up to 150 lines per poem. The Machigonne Contest awards $1,500 and publication for an exceptional fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. Both competitions close at midnight on 15th August.
Entries are now being accepted for the Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest. Humorous essays and cartoons about writing/publishing. Two categories, free and paid, with cash prizes and publication. Results announced October 2016. Judged by Moira Allen, Leigh Anne Jasheway and Geoff Tristram. Sponsored by Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat. Deadline 31 August 2016.
Run by Australian literary journal Overland, the Story Wine Prize invites entries of short fiction up to 800 words from Australian and New Zealand writers. The winning story receives $4000 and will be published on the label of a Story Wines vintage, as well as in Overland’s last print issue of 2016. Two runners-up will each receive $500 and be published at Overland online, and on the labels of different Story Wines vintages. Entries close 31st August.
The Scotland Writing Residency awards a free one-week stay in a beautiful cottage in Brora, Scotland. The winning writer resides, for one week during the summer or fall, in a furnished, recently renovated, three-bedroom traditional croft cottage. Applications are now open online and close on 15th August.
The Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize is now open for submission. Fiction up to 2,500 words with the theme of 'Tidal' is accepted. The winner will be awarded $1000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review. $12 per submission, with entries closing on the 15th September.
The Australian Writers' Guild invites entries for the 2016 John Hinde Awards. The award, funded by a bequest from the late Australian film critic John Hinde, offers $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script submitted each year. Entrants must be Australian citizens and members of the AWG. Entries close 22nd August.
Cultural partners since 2014, Aesop and The Saturday Paper are pleased to present a major new essay award, The Horne Prize, valued at $15,000. It will be awarded in late December for an essay of up to 3000 words, addressing some part of the theme ‘Australian life’. Entries are open until October 31.
Creative Nonfiction magazine is seeking essay submissions for its spring 2017 issue. They're looking for original essays about teaching (up to 4000 words), and welcome submissions of both personal stories and profiles. $1000 will be awarded for the best essay and $500 to the runner-up. $20 reading fee. Deadline: 29th August.
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. The prize is now in its 10th year, hosted by the international art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. Cash prizes, publication, consultations, subscriptions and book packs on offer. Poetry under 40 lines and fiction under 2000 words accepted. Entries close 31st August.
Five on the Fifth invites fiction entries between 1000 and 4000 words for its first annual contest. Winners will be published in Five on the Fifth’s November 2016 issue. In addition to publication, the five winners will each receive prize money between $25 and $150. Entries close August 31st.
The Hysteria Writing Competition 2016 is open to women of any nationality. There are three categories: short stories up to 2,000 words; flash fiction up to 250 words; and poetry up to 20 lines. Entries are accepted in any genre except erotica or horror. Cash prizes and publication on offer; small entry fees apply. Closes 31st August.
The Matador Review, an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois, seeks submissions for its second issue, the Fall 2016 publication. The Matador Review invite all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text). Fiction, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, poetry and visual art submissions are welcome until 31st August.
Jointly sponsored by the Newcastle Writers Festival and Spineless Wonders, the 2016 Joanne Burns Microlit Award invites entries under 200 words on the theme 'landmarks'. Microlit refers to any form of short writing such as flash fiction, prose poem, dramatic monologue and so on. National and local categories open for entry; winners of both categories will receive $300 and entries by all finalists will be considered for publication in an anthology. Entries close 31st August.
The Olga Masters Short Story Award is a competition celebrating the life and writings of Olga Masters, Australian journalist and author. Entry is open to Australian residents. Stories should be 2000-5000 words, about any aspect of Australian rural family life. First prize is $1500 and runner-up prize is $500. Entries close 1st September.
The New York Public Library invites entries for the 17th annual Young Lions Fiction Award. Entries must be a novel or a collection of short stories (written for adults) published between January 2016 and December 2016, and entrants must be US citizens under the age of 35. Publishers, not authors, must submit all entries, before the closing date of 2nd September.