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January, 2017

James Knudsen Prize for Fiction

Bayou Magazine invites entries to its annual James Knudsen Prize for Fiction. Submissions must be original, previously unpublished work of fiction up to 7500 words. First prize is $1000USD and a year’s subscription to Bayou Magazine. All entries will be considered for publication. $20 reading fee, which includes a contest issue. Entries close 1st January.

Fresher Writing Prize

Fresher Publishing invites entries for the 2017 Fresher Writing Prize. Categories include short story, creative non-fiction, poetry, flash fiction and first 500 words of a novel. Prizes include feedback and advice, one-to-one consultations with agents and publishing professionals and more. Writers can enter as many categories as they like; each entry costs £6. Entries close 5th January.

Newcastle Short Story Award

The Hunter Writers Centre presents the 2017 Newcastle Short Story Award. The award offers over $6000 in prizes, with the shortlisted stories to be published in the 2017 anthology. Submissions can be up to 2000 words. Open to all Australians, living here or overseas. Closes 6th February.

BBC Writersroom Script Room

BBC Writersroom's regular window for unsolicited scripts is now open. Submit one drama script of at least 30 minutes/pages in length for TV, film, radio, stage or online. Closes 9th January.

Kat Muscat Fellowship

Express Media invites applications for the 2017 Kat Muscat Fellowship. The fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young Australian female-identifying or non-binary person. Entries must propose a suitable project that aligns with the theme of ‘Challenge’. Applications close 15th January.

Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize

Short stories up to 2500 words, with food and/or drink at the heart of the tale, are invited for the 2017 Mogford Short Story Prize. Judges include author Phillip Pullman and food writer Mary Berry. Winning entry receives £10,000. £10 entry fee for each story. Open internationally. Entries close 15th January.

Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition

Writer's Digest seeks short fiction under 1500 words for the 17th Annual Short Short Story Competition. Cash prizes, publication, conference tickets and books on offer. Open internationally. Entries close 16th January.

The Nature Conservancy Nature Writing Prize 2017

The Nature Conservancy seeks entries for its fourth biennial Nature Writing Prize. The $5000 award is for an essay between 3000–5000 words in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’. Australian entrants only. Entry fee $30. Entries close 27th January.

2017 Nelson Algren Literary Award

The Chicago Tribune invites entries from US writers for the Nelson Algren Literary Award. Short stories up to 8000 words will be accepted. There will be one winner ($3500USD), four finalists ($1000USD) and five runners-up ($500USD), and all stories will be considered for publication in Printers Row, the Tribune's digital literary journal. Entries close 31st January.

Iowa Review Awards

The Iowa Review invites submissions of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction to its annual awards. Submit up to 25 pages of previously unpublished prose or 10 pages of poetry.  Winners receive $1500USD; first runners-up receive $750USD; all receive publication. $20 entry fee. Entries close 31st January.

Queerly Lit Book Proposal Submissions

Publishizer invites invites fiction and non-fiction book proposals from LGBTQ authors, or those writing stories with LGBTQ characters or themes, throughout the month of January. 1000 word limit. Cash prize of $2000USD. Entries close 31st January.

Text Prize for Young Adult & Children's Writing

Submissions for the annual Text Prize are now open to Australian and New Zealand writers. Published and unpublished writers of all ages are eligible to enter with works of fiction or non-fiction for children or young adults. The winner receives a publishing contract with Text and a $10,000 advance against royalties. Entries close 3rd February.

Newcastle Short Story Award

The Newcastle Short Story Award is open to Australian entrants submitting short stories up to 2000 words. Open theme. $6000 in prizes on offer. $16.50 entry fee. Entries close 6th February.

November & December

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards

Writer's Digest is open for entries to its Popular Fiction Awards. Entrants may submit short fiction up to 4000 words in one of the following genres: mystery/crime, horror, romance, science fiction/fantasy, and young adult. One Grand Prize winner and one First Prize winner in each category will receive prize packages including cash, discounts and other prizes. Entries close 7th November.

Masters Review Fall Fiction Contest

The Masters Review is now open for entries to its annual Fall Fiction Contest. Unpublished stories from emerging writers (up to 7000 words in length) will be considered. First, second and third prize-winners will receive publication and prize money of $2000, $200 and $100USD respectively. Open internationally; $20USD entry fee. Entries close 15th November.

Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition

Writer's Digest seeks entries of short stories under 1500 words for its annual Short Short Story competition. Twenty-five winners and runners-up will receive cash, publication and other prizes. Entries close 15th November.

2017 Hazel Rowley Fellowship

This fellowship commemorates the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley and awards $15,000 to an emerging or established Australian writer to support research and development of a new biographical work. The fellowship is open to Australian writers of biography but can also extend to include a writer working on an aspect of cultural or social history. Entries close 16th November.

Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

Australian literary journal Overland invites writers from across the globe to submit entries to the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. Stories must be 3000 words or fewer and previously unpublished. Winner receives $4000 and publication in Overland and two runners-up receive $500 each. Entry fee is $20AUD or $12AUD for Overland subscribers. Entries close 20th November.

Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets

Overland also seeks entries for its annual Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Entrants must have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name. Major prize is $6000; second prize is $2000; third prize is $1000 (all $AUD). All three winners will be published in Overland. Entry fee is $20AUD or $12AUD for Overland subscribers. Entries close 20th November.

Fish Publishing Short Story Contest

Fish Publishing seeks entries of up to 5000 words for its short story contest. Open to writers of any nationality writing in English. First prize is €3,000 plus five-day Short Story Workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival; second prize is €300 and a week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat; third prize is €300. The top ten stories will be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology. Entries close 30th November.

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest

Tennessee Williams and the New Orleans Literary Festival invite entries of short fiction up to 7000 words, from writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Grand prize is $1500USD, publication and a festival prize package, including US domestic airfare (up to $500USD) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the Festival. Entries close 30th November.

The Matador Review

Online literature and art journal, The Matador Review, seeks submissions for its next issue, the Winter 2017 publication. Fiction and creative non-fiction under 10,000 words, flash fiction under 1000 words, and poetry (up to 6 poems) are accepted. Call for submissions ends 30th November.

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize

The Australian Book Review seeks entries for the 2017 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. Open to any poet writing in English; entries must be new single-authored poems of up to 75 lines. Winner receives $5000AUD, shortlisted poets receive $500AUD, and all shortlisted poems are published in the magazine. Entries close 1st December.

The Griffith Review Issue 56

Submissions are now open for Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. This special edition is devoted to the challenges and opportunities the millennial generation is facing and embracing. Pitches and drafts will be accepted for essays, memoir and reportage – for fiction and poetry, only complete pieces will be considered. Deadline for completed unsolicited pieces is 5th December.

Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story

Beloit Fiction Journal is open for entries for its Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story. $2000USD and publication will be awarded to the top unpublished story (up to 7000 words) on any theme. Each entry costs $20USD and entries close 10th December.

Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

Minotaur Books (Pan Macmillan), in partnership with Mystery Writers of America, invite entries for the 2017 First Crime Novel Competition. Open internationally to any unpublished author of a crime manuscript 65,000 words or more. Winner will receive publication opportunity with Minotaur Books and a $10,000USD advance. Entries close 12th December.

Boulevard Magazine Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Boulevard Magazine invites entries for its Short Fiction Contest. $1500USD and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Entry fee is $16USD for each story and includes a one-year subscription. Entries close 31st December.

Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2017

Whether you have a single piece of work, a collection of pieces or a brilliant novella on your hands, Wundor Editions would like to read it. The only stipulation is that the sum total word count of your submission should fall between 5,000 and 45,000 words. The winner of our inaugural short fiction contest will receive £500. The deadline is 28 February 2017 and winners will be announced at the end of March 2017.

October

Writer's Digest Poetry Awards

Writer's Digest is open for entries of any poem 32 lines or less. Twenty-five winners and runners-up will receive cash, publication and other prizes. Entries close 3rd October.

The Griffith Review Issue 56

Submissions are now open for Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. This special edition is devoted to the challenges and opportunities the millennial generation is facing and embracing. Pitches and drafts will be accepted for essays, memoir and reportage – for fiction and poetry, only complete pieces will be considered. Deadline for pitches is 7th October; deadline for completed unsolicited pieces is 5th December.

The Writer's New Writer Awards – Sequestrum

The Writer seeks entries for its 2016 New Writer Awards. Two $200 first-prize winners (one fiction/nonfiction, one poetry), plus minimum of two runner-up prizes per genre. All winners and runners-up awarded publication. 12,000 word limit for prose, 40 lines for poetry. $15USD entry fee. Entries close 15th October.

Bath Flash Fiction Award

Submissions for the Bath Flash Fiction Award are now open. 300 word limit. £1000 prize for the winner, £300 for second and £100 for third. 50 longlisted entrants offered publication in print and digital anthology. Entries close midnight GMT 16th October.

The Great Flash Fiction War

The Great Flash Fiction War is a three-day writing contest in which entrants are provided with a story prompt and three days in which to craft their entry. First place receives $2000USD, 14 finalists receive $100USD, and all 15 finalists will be published in the 2016 Fall Fiction War Anthology. $40USD entry fee. Late entry deadline 20th October.

UCG International Literary Prize

Open to writers worldwide, the UCG International Literary Prize seeks short stories between 2000 and 4000 words. The theme for this year's award is 'Conflict'. First prize is £500, second £100 and third £50. The winner and two runners-up will be published in an anthology of short stories with worldwide distribution. Entries close 30th October.

Bare Fiction Prize

Now in its third year, the Bare Fiction Prize is open for international entries of poetry (max 40 lines), flash fiction (max 500 words) and short stories (max 3000 words). Prizes in each category include publication and cash. Small entry fee for each submission. Entries close 31st October.

New Wrinkle Publishing Contest

New Wrinkle is hosting a contest for writers of all ages, all around the world. The winner will receive illustrations, an original book soundtrack, a full publishing package, including professional editing and interior/exterior book design, all inspired by their story. Entries close 28 November.

Flash500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition

If you've started or completed a novel, Flash500 is looking for an opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one-page synopsis outlining the balance of the story, for its annual competition. Judged by senior editors from Crooked Cat Publishing. Winner will receive £500 and runner-up £200. Entry fee is £10/€13. Entries close 31st October.

The Creative Competitor's Spine-Chilling Fiction Writing Competition

Open internationally, this competition seeks entries of short horror stories (1000 words maximum). First prize is £500, second is £300, third is £200 and fourth is £100. £3.50 entry fee. Entries close 31st October.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize

The 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is now open for entries. The Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000–5000 words) in English written by a citizen of a Commonwealth country. Regional winners receive £2500 and the overall winner receives £5000. Entries close 1st November.

Caledonia Novel Award

Edinburgh-based, international award for unpublished and self-published debut novelists. Entries are accepted in all genres for adults and young adults and must be at least 50,000 words in length. Prize is £1000. Entries close 1st November.

Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition

Writer's Digest seeks entries of short stories under 1500 words for its annual Short Short Story competition. Twenty-five winners and runners-up will receive cash, publication and other prizes. Entries close 15th November.

The Matador Review

Online literature and art journal, The Matador Review, seeks submissions for its next issue, the Winter 2017 publication. Fiction and creative non-fiction under 10,000 words, flash fiction under 1000 words, and poetry (up to 6 poems) are accepted. Call for submissions ends 30th November.

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September

Writer's Digest Self-Published eBook Awards

Entries are open for the fourth annual Writer's Digest Self-Published eBook Awards. Self-published works may be submitted in the following categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction; Genre Fiction; Non-fiction; Inspirational; Life Stories; Children’s Picture Books; Middle-Grade/Young Adult; and Poetry. One Grand Prize winner will be selected, as well as a first prize winner in each category and honourable mention winners. Entries close 1st September.

Madeleine Milburn Summer Writing Competition

Presented by a world-renowned literary agency, the Madeleine Milburn Summer Writing Competition invites entries on the theme 'Make Us Scared'. The competition is open to unagented writers submitting an unpublished book manuscript. The top five entries will receive comprehensive written feedback and the winner will receive £500 and an offer of representation by the agency. Entries close 1st September.

Sustainable Arts Foundation Fall Awards

Writers with at least one child under the age of 18 are invited to apply for the Sustainable Arts Foundation Individual Awards. Five awards of $6000 each and five of $2000 each are on offer. Open to writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, longform journalism, plays, picture books and graphic novels. Open worldwide; entry fee $15USD. Entries close 2nd September.

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize

The Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize is open to writers around the world regardless of age, genre or career stage. Stories of 2500 words or less on the theme 'Tidal' are accepted, with a $12AUD entry fee. The winner receives $1000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review. Entries close 15th September.

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards

Entries are now open for the Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards. Short stories up to 4000 words are accepted in any of the following categories: Mystery/Crime, Horror, Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Thriller/Suspense, and Young Adult. One Grand Prize winner will be selected, along with a first prize winner in each category and honourable mentions. Entries close 15th September.

Bartleby Snopes Dialogue Only Contest

Bartleby Snopes' eighth annual Dialogue Only Contest is now open. Entries must be under 2000 words and composed entirely of dialogue, with no narration or speech tags. Cash prizes are awarded to first through fifth prize. $10USD for unlimited entries. Closes 15th September.

Kathy Fish Fellowship for Flash Fiction Writers

Literary journal SmokeLong Quarterly invites submissions for the 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship. The winner will receive $500USD and be considered a virtual 'writer-in-residence' for SmokeLong's four 2017 issues, each of which will include a flash piece from the winner. Open worldwide. Applications close 15th September.

Ron Pretty Poetry Prize

Five Islands Press presents the 2016 Ron Pretty Poetry Prize, open to international applicants. Entries of a single poem up to 30 lines are accepted, with a fee of $25 for the first poem and $10 per poem thereafter. First Prize is $5000AUD; second is $1500; third $750. Entries close 15th September.

Mslexia Children's Novel Competition

Open to unpublished women novelists, the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition invites entries of books written for children or young adults. Entries cost £25 per novel; the first 3000 words of your completed children's novel must be submitted, and the novel in its entirety must be at least 15,000 words. First prize is £5,000 and entries close 19th September.

Manchester Writing Competition

Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over, the Manchester Writing Competition offers a £10,000 prize for the best short story up to 2500 words. Entry fee is £17.50. Entries close 23rd September.

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Entries are now open for the 2017 instalment of 'the world's richest short story prize'. Open to any writer worldwide who is published in the UK or Ireland, the award is worth £30,000 to the winner. Five shortlisted authors will also each receive £1,000. Stories up to 6000 words are accepted. Entries close 29th September.

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award

The Ghost Story invites entires of short fiction on a supernatural or paranormal theme for its Supernatural Fiction Award. First, second and third prizes will be awarded, including cash and publication. Entries should run between 1500 and 10,000 words; entry fee is $20. Closes 30th September.

The Horne Prize Essay Competition

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.

Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize

Short stories up to 6000 words are accepted for the 2016/17 Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize. The winner will receive a choice between £1000 in prize money or year-long editorial support, as well as a detailed profile and interview in The Bookseller. Entry fee is £10 and entries close 30th September.

August, 2016

Trudy Graham/Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose

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 Literary Review Poetry and Fiction Contests

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.

Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest 2016

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.

The Overland Story Wine Prize

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

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.

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize

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.

John Hinde Awards for Excellence in Science Fiction Screenwriting

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.

The Horne Prize Essay Competition

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's 'How We Teach' essay competition

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.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

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 2016 Annual Short Fiction Contest

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.

Hysteria Writing Competition

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 submissions call-out

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.

The NWF/Joanne Burns Microlit Award 2016

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

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.

Young Lions Fiction Award

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.

July, 2016

The Peter Blazey Fellowship

The Peter Blazey Fellowship was established, by the University of Melbourne, in honour of Peter Blazey: journalist, author, and gay activist. Since 2004, this fellowship has celebrated and award nonfiction writers residing in Australia with the support and means of furthering a work in progress. Writers of biography, autobiography or life writing are welcome to submit an extract of up to 5,000 words before 15th July. The successful applicant will receive approximately $15,000 in financial support along with a month residency at The Australia Centre.

Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize

Since the 50s, Australian poet and environmental activist Venie Holmgren has left her mark on the world. In celebration of her legacy, Holmgren Design are hosting an Environmental Poetry Prize open until 15th July. Australian and New Zealand residents are welcome to submit their unpublished poems that are no more than 80 lines each and that feature an environmental theme. A prize of AUD$1,000 is on offer.

The H.G. Wells Short Story Competition

As one of the foremost writers in the genre of speculative fiction, H. G. Wells has left a lasting legacy in the literary and scientific world. In celebration of intriguing and thought provoking creative works, the BBC Aeronautics Correspondent Reg Turnill and his wife, Margaret, have established the H. G. Wells Short Story Competition. Submit your stories, of between 1,500 and 5,000 words, before 19th July for your chance to receive publication in the H. G. Wells Short Story Competition Anthology and £1,000 in prize money.

The Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize

The National Union of Workers (NUW) is a large union that's all about representing workers from countless industries and promoting fair and sustainable jobs. In collaboration with NUW, Overland is hosting the Fair Australia Prize that features five categories: fiction (up to 3,000 words), essay (up to 3,000 words), poetry (up to 88 lines), graphic or cartoon (180 mm by 255 mm) and best entry by a NUW member. Entry is free and open until 31st July, so time to get creative! Creative works that explore and promote a fairer society, planet, working industry and food industry are welcome. A prize of $4,000 for each category and publication in Overland is up for grabs.

Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards

Is rural life your favourite setting for stories? The Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards wants to celebrate these rural landscapes explored in creative works. Submit your short story of up to 2,500 words before 27th July for your chance to win $1,000 in prize money, along with book vouchers. This year's theme is "A New Perspective", and centres on the Australasian rural experience.

The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is a must see for writers world wide. Hosted by the Munster Literature Centre, the competition it celebrates the best of storytelling. Submit your original and unpublished stories, of up to 3,000 words, before 31st July for your chance to receive publication in Southward, €2,000 in prize money and a week long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat. Entry fees apply.

The Stringybark Short Story Awards

The Stringybark Short Story Awards is all about celebrating the best of Australian writing talent. This year's competition is now open, to all creative works that are within 1,500 words and that feature an Australian history theme. Submit your piece before 31st July, for your chance to receive $950 worth of prizes in cash and books.

The Masters Review Awards for New Writers

Emerging writers, this one's for you! The Masters Review Awards seeks to celebrate the new writers trying to make it in the industry. Prize money of $2,000 and publication is up for grabs, for the best work of fiction, less than 6,000 words. Submissions close 15th July, so time to get writing!

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize

Wollongong Writers Festival are running a Short Story Prize in 2016. This international short story prize is open to writers around the world regardless of age, genre or career stage. And the winner will be published in prestigious literary journal, Mascara Literary Review. Submissions close September 15th, 2016.

Narrative 2016 Spring Story Contest

Since 2003, nonprofit organisation Narrative has published and promoted creative works in the digital space. The 2016 Spring Story Contest welcomes all unpublished works of up to 15,000 words, both fiction and nonfiction. Whether short stories, essays, memoirs or graphic stories are your favoured form, ensure your piece has the "ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world". A total of $5,000 in prize money is up for grabs for successful submissions. Entries close 31st July.

Cleaver Magazine Submissions

Independent publication Cleaver Magazine are all about promoting "cutting edge" creative works from a plethora of unique and emerging voices. Their free submissions portal is currently open until 31st July for the upcoming issues of the magazine. Short stories of up to 4,000 words, poems, flash fiction of up to 500 words and creative nonfiction pieces of up to 3,000 words are welcome for consideration.

The Secret Door Competition For Children's And YA Writers

Writing support group Twisted Leads have celebrated the best of emerging writing talent for over 10 years. The competition is now on the search for picture books of up to 500 words and novels of between 5,000 to 100,000 words depending on the age group. The theme this year is "Looking for hooks". Submissions close 15th July.

The Scribe Nonfiction Prize For Young Writers

For the 4th year running, the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers returns! Talented writers under 30 are welcome to submit their long form nonfiction works, of between 5,000 and 10,000 words. The winner receives $3,000 in prize money, an editorial mentorship to develop their work for publication and a book pack of Scribe's latest releases. Submissions close 10th July.

The John Marsden & Hatchette Australia Prize For Young Writers

For the 11th year running, the John Marsden & Hatchette Australia Prize for Young Writers is here to celebrate the emerging writing talent among secondary students. Writers aged 18 years and under are welcome to submit works of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Winners receive $500 in prize money, an exclusive workshop with author James Phelan, a lunch with John Marsden, a book pack and more. Entries close 1st July.

June, 2016

2016 S.D. Harvey Short Story Award

The S.D. Harvey Short Story Award is an annual competition organised by the Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA). It is part of the prestigious Ned Kelly Awards, celebrating the very best in Australian crime writing. The winner of the 2016 S.D. Harvey Short Story Award will receive a first prize that has increased to $1500.

Shoalhaven Literary Award 2016 for Poetry

The Shoalhaven Fellowship of Australian Writers return once more celebrating the best of emerging poets, with the Literary Award 2016. All submissions of up to 60 lines on any theme are welcome before 3rd June, and will be reviewed by Sydney based poet Brook Emery. The winning poet will receive $1000 in prize money as well as a 2 week artist residency at Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon on the Shoalhaven River. A $10 entry fee applies.

ACU Poetry Prize

The Australian Catholic University are celebrating the power of poetry and kindness through the return of the 2016 Poetry Prize. Australian poets are welcome to submit up to 4 poems, with a maximum of 80 lines each, before the 6th June. This year's prize is a celebration of "poetry [as] a powerful medium for reflecting on how loving kindness can be manifested, or how its absence can be damaging". With $10,000 prize money up for grabs, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

VU Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers

The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize is an annual competition in celebration of the best short fiction by emerging writers. For the best short fiction, up to 3000 words in length, the winning writers will receive thousands of dollars in prize money, along with publication in the Spring issue of Overland. The competition closes 12th June.

2016 Grieve Writing Project

In the lead up to Grief Awareness Month in August, The Hunters Writers Centre host the annual Grieve Writing Project. It's an initiative to bring awareness to the ongoing process of grief, through poetry and short stories. If you're an Australian writer, whether established or emerging, you're invited to share your experiences of loss and grieving in a 500 word short story or in a poem, of up to 36 lines. Submissions close 26th June.

The Moth International Short Story Prize 2016

Irish magazine The Moth are back once more with their International Short Story Prize 2016. All unpublished stories, of up to 6,000 words, are welcome to enter, for the chance to receive publication and more — "A 1st prize of €3,000, a 2nd prize of a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel) and a 3rd prize of €1,000". Submissions close 30th June.

Red Room Poetry Object Competition, 2016

Red Room Poetry Object is a poetry writing competition inviting young writers and their teachers from across Australia and New Zealand to submit poems about 'talismanic' objects that are special to them. It is open to students in grades 3-10 and their teachers

Twisted Tax Tales Short Story Competition

The Success Tax Professionals’ Twisted Tax Tales Competition is all about raising awareness and funds for the 'Save the Tasmanian Devil' appeal. If you're a talented writer with a flair for short fiction, submit your 5,000 word short story now for the chance to win $10,000 and help a great cause! The top 20 stories will also be published in a Twisted Tax Tales Anthology. Your story must include at least one main character, who is an accountant. Submissions close 30th June.

University of Canberra Vice Chancellor's International Poetry Prize

In celebration of the enduring power of poetry, the University of Canberra are hosting an international competition. Poets world wide are welcome to submit up to 4 of their works for the chance to win $15,000 in prize money. Entry fees apply, though student discounts are also available. Submissions close 30th June.

Boston Review

Since 1975, Boston Review have celebrated incredible writing and published innovative and challenging ideas to the public. This year, they're on the hunt for incredible poetry from any poets worldwide. Submit before 1st June for your chance to win $1,500 prize money and online publication.

AskPeterson Scholarship: Essay Writing Contest

Are you an emerging essayist? AskPetersen is currently hosting an essay writing contest, open to writers worldwide. Submit your essay of 500-1000 words on any one of the seven provided topic areas, which include questions such as "Is online learning as good as face-to-face learning?" and "Are we too dependent on computers?". Submissions close 1st June, so get writing for the chance to flex your essay writing skills and win prize money.

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize

Wollongong Writers Festival are running a Short Story Prize in 2016. This international short story prize is open to writers around the world regardless of age, genre or career stage. And the winner will be published in prestigious literary journal, Mascara Literary Review. Submissions close September 15th, 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.

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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).

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!)

September, 2015

The 2015 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

Young writers everywhere will love this opportunity! The 2015 Prize for Young Writers is a chance for writers, under the age of 24, to have their works read and selected by John Marsden himself. Both short stories and poems are welcome, so make sure to enter before 9am 7th September. Winners receive publication, prize money and manuscript assessments to help them in their emerging writing careers.

Marjorie Barnard Award 2015

The Fellowship of Australian Writers is currently welcoming short fiction submissions for the  Marjorie Barnard Award 2015. Submit short stories, up to 3000 words, before the 25th September for the chance to win a cash prize. A $10 entry fee applies.

The Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Awards 2015

Authors Australia wide, the Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Award has come calling! Submit your best short fiction pieces before 5pm 25th September to make 2015 your best year yet. Australian author, Laurie Steed, will be judging this year's contestants.

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards

Writer's Digest have once again opened their doors for spectacular works of short fiction. If you've a short story on its way, why not enter the annual Popular Fiction competition? The grand prize winner receives $2500 prize money, a paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference, book vouchers and more! With countless prizes and several categories, there are so many opportunities for the emerging writer to seize. Competition closes on the 15th September.

The Caterpillar Short Story Prize 2015

Children's fiction writers everywhere, this one's for you! Children's magazine The Caterpillar are hosting their inaugural Short Story Prize in 2015. For the chance to win publication and €1000 in prize money, submit a 2000 word story written by an adult for children, before the 30th September. The winning story will be decided in collaboration with literary magazine The Moth. International entrants are welcome.

Creative Kids Tales 2015 Competition

Writers of children's fiction will also love this competition hosted by Creative Kids Tales. Successful entrants will have their work published in a children's anthology, with the theme of 'Deep Within the Forest'. Submit your 500 word stories, aimed for children between the ages of 8 and 13, before the 30th September for your chance to win.

Melbourne Poets Union 21st Annual International Poetry Competition 2015

For decades, the Melbourne Poets Union has celebrated and supported Australia's literary legacy. In 2015 they're returning with the International Poetry Competition, which closes on the 6th September. Cash prizes and book vouchers are up for grabs, along with publication online. Make sure you submit soon, to have your works read and selected by renowned Australian poet, Claire Gaskin.

Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets

Since 2007, Overland has helped to foster new and emerging poets through the annual Judith Wright Poetry Prize. The major prize for 2015 includes publication in Overland's print magazine and $6000 prize money. If you're a new and emerging poet, make sure to enter your poems before the 14th September! This exciting opportunity won't last long.

Bluecat Screenplay Competition 2016

For the unknown screenwriter, the Bluecat Screenplay Competition is an excellent opportunity to win prize money and have your script developed. The early deadline closes on 1st September, so it's time to start submitting! International entrants are welcome, though entry fees apply.

August, 2015

Machigonne Fiction Contest

Literary review The New Guard returns this year with another spectacular competition. If you've written a piece of flash fiction, a short story or novel extract within 5000 words, make sure to submit before 20th August. For the winning writer, $1500 prize money and publication awaits! A submission fee of $20 applies.

Sydney Writer's Room Short Story Competition

During August 2015, Sydney Writer's Room is opening its doors. Submit your unpublished, 2500 word short story before 31st August for the chance to win $500 prize money and a 3 month 'hot desk' membership. Entries are open to Australian writers of all ages.

Olga Masters Short Story Award

In celebration of Australian author and journalist Olga Masters, the Olga Masters Short Story Award returns for 2015. For the month of August, writers living in Australia can submit their 2000-5000 word short stories about any aspect of Australian rural life. Submit your piece before 20th August for your chance to win up to $1500 prize money.

Thunderbolt Prize

Are you a talented crime writer? The latest New England Writer's Centre competition is the one for you. The Thunderbolt Prize celebrates emerging crime writers, by offering 6 prizes for the best crime-themed fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Australian writers must submit their pieces before 24th August, with a $10 fee per entry.

Tethered by Letters Summer Literary Competition

American publisher and writer's resource Tethered by Letters is opening its doors for worldwide entries. Writers can submit short stories, flash fiction and poetry, containing any theme, before 31st August. Winners receive up to $150 in prize money, as well as publication. Entry fees apply.

Scarlet Stilleto

Do you love crime writing as well as stories with a strong female protagonist? Sisters in Crime are an Australian initiative celebrating women's crime writing in all forms. For the month of August, they've opened their doors to 5000 word short stories from Australian women. All stories must be works of crime fiction and must contain an active female protagonist. Submit before 31st August. Entry fee applies.

Toowoomba Writer's Festival

Are you short fiction writer or poet? The Toowoomba Writer's Festival is opening its doors for stories up to 2000 words and poems up to 40 lines. Writers and poets worldwide will be glad to discover this competition is open worldwide and offers the chance for publication in an anthology. Submit before 31st August. $5 entry fee applies.

FAW Tasmania 2015 Poetry Prize

If you're a poet and you know it, then the FAW Tasmania 2015 Poetry Prize is for you! The Fellowship of Australian Writers Tasmania is welcoming original and unpublished poetry, of no more than 60 lines. The competition is open to poets worldwide and accepts poems containing any theme. Submissions close 31st August.

Poetica Christi Press 2015 Annual Poetry Competition

During the month of August, the Poetica Christi Press is compiling a poetry anthology centred on the theme of 'imagine'.  Along with a chance to win up to $300 prize money, your poem could be part of the PCP anthology to be launched at the end of the year. Submissions close on the 31st August.

10 Minute Quickies Competition

If you've ever dreamed of having your plays performed on a stage, then this competition is your perfect opportunity! The 10 Minute Quickies competition, from Eltham Little Theatre Inc., offers emerging script writers the chance to win some prize money and have their works performed. Make sure you submit before 30th August. Entry fee of $10 applies.

June & July 2015

The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

Submit an original 3000 word short story for the chance to win €2000, publication in Southward journal and a week long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat. Short fiction writers worldwide will love this opportunity which allows for any style of writing on any subject matter. For €15 per entry, you can submit as many short stories as you would like.

Field of Words Writing Competition

Emerging writers are invited to submit short stories between 1000 and 2500 words to the Winter Round of the competition. A fee of AUD$20 per entry applies for entrants worldwide. Up to AUD$600 of prize money is on offer.

Mona Brand Short Story Competition

Short fiction writers are encouraged to submit works that are up to 2000 words and are on any topic. A small $7 entry is required for your piece.

The Carmel Bird Award

Spineless Wonders Publishing company is opening its doors for "spine-tingling" short stories. Winners will receive $500 and publication in a crime-themed anthology. Entries must be below 5000 and be submitted before the 31st August. Entry fee is $15.

2015 Cowley Literary Award

Whether fiction or nonfiction, you can submit your best pieces to the 2015 Cowley Literary Award. A $25 entry free applies, for the chance to win $6000 in prize money. With no subject theme required, make sure to enter before the 31st August.

Questions Writing Prize 2015

Are you a talented writer between the ages of 18 to 30? Submissions are currently open for short fiction and nonfiction pieces. Winner will receive prize money as well as publication in a book and issue of Questions. Make sure to electronically submit your 1500 to 2000 word piece before 1st July.

The Moth International Short Story 2015

The Moth, a UK arts and literature magazine, encourages writers to submit original short stories. A €12 entry fee and 6000 word limit applies, however no theme is required. Along with publication in their magazine, the three winners will receive €3000 (1st place), a writing retreat (2nd place) and €1000 (3rd place).

Albury City Short Story Award 2015

Albury City is opening its doors for short fiction, up to 3000 words, on the topic of 'journeys'. All writers are welcome to submit their pieces guaranteed to sweep the reader away on a journey, however momentary or infinite. Submit before the 22nd July for your chance to win $1000 in prize money. A $10 admission fee applies.

S.D. Harvey Short Story Award

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) is once again holding the S.D. Harvey Short Story Award for exceptional crime writing. All crime stories, between 2000 and 4000 words, are welcome for consideration. A $10 entry fee and 15th June deadline apply.

Tasmania Literary Award

The Society of Women Writers Tasmania is encouraging writers to submit short stories between 1300 and 1500 words. No theme applies, though fiction for children is discouraged. For only $8, writers worldwide can submit their pieces. Total prize money on offer equals $2000, however winners residing in Tasmania will receive additional prizes.

Geoff Dean Short Story Competition

For the first time ever, the Geoff Dean biennial short story contest is  opening its doors for Australian writers. Submit outstanding short fiction, between 3000 and 10,000 words, before the 31st July for the chance to receive publication in Island Magazine and prize money. A $20 fee per entry applies.

Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition

Writer's Digest has a long history of supporting and celebrating emerging writers. Once more they're opening their doors for excellent pieces in 10 different categories. Whether you're penning a poem, a short story or a stage play, make sure to enter before 5th June. Entry fees apply.

American Short Fiction Contest

The American Short Fiction Contest is on again, and welcoming 2500 to 6000 word short stories for entry. The contest is open to domestic and international entries in English, provided a $20 entry fee. Winners receive publication and prizes.

Narrative Magazine Narrative Prize 2015

Each year Narrative Magazine awards the $4000 Narrative Prize for the best in short stories, poems, plays and literary nonfiction. Writers of all genre and form can submit their pieces before 15th June for publication and incredible prizes.

The Novella Award 2015

The Novella Award is now in its 2nd year running. Submit your 20,000 to 40,000 word novella manuscript for the chance to be published and receive prize money. Writers world wide are welcome to enter their unpublished English manuscripts. An £17 submission fee applies.

Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition

This one's for the screenwriters. Submit your feature script or short script 31st July for the chance to have your script viewed by producers, production companies and agents, and to win a whole lot of prizes. Shore Scripts is on the hunt for the best screenwriting talent, so make sure to submit your best before August.

InkTears Flash Fiction Competition 2015

For fantastic flash fiction writers seeking publication, InkTears is opening their doors for submissions until the 31st July. The competition is open worldwide, to writers 18 years and older. A small fee of approximately £3 per entry applies. Winners receive publication in print and online, as well as prize money.

Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition 2015

This one's for the poets among us. In honour of the poetry competition, poets worldwide can submit poems up to 40 lines long. Make sure to submit before the 9th July for your chance to receive $1000 in prize money and a free course at the National Writers Centre in Wales (travel costs not included).

Vallum Award for Poetry 2015

Vallum, contemporary poetry magazine, is opening its doors for the Vallum Award for Poetry. Poets can submit 1 to 3 poems, up to 60 lines each and the applicable $25 entry fee comes with a free one-year subscription to Vallum. Winning entries receive up to $750 in prize money and publication in print and online. Submit before 15th July.

Scribes Writers Open Poetry Competition 2015

Poets are encouraged to submit poems, in traditional verse or free verse, for the 2015 Open Poetry Competition. The contest is open to all poets and all topics, with a $7 fee per entry. Competition closes 30th June.