Opportunities For Writers

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

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Opportunities: February 2017

Creative Nonfiction 'Adaptation' Competition

Creative Nonfiction magazine seeks submissions for its summer 2017 issue on the theme of 'adaptation'. Original essays, personal stories and profiles are all welcome. $3500 will be awarded for the best essay, and all submissions will be considered for publication. 4000 word limit. Open internationally. $20 reading fee. Submissions close 6th February.

Faber Writing Academy 2017 Scholarships

Allen & Unwin's Faber Writing Academy is offering one Sydney and one Melbourne resident a free place in its three-month 'Writing A Novel: Stage 1' course, beginning in March. Scholarship applications close 7th February.

Bath Flash Fiction Award

The annual Bath Flash Fiction Awards are currently open to entries of 300 words or fewer. £1000 prize for the winner, £300 for second, £100 for third, and two commendations of £30 each. 50 longlisted entrants will be offered publication in anthology. Open internationally. £9 entry fee. Entries close 12th February.

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Short Story Competition

Writers and Artists invites short story submissions up to 2000 words, on any theme, for its 2017 competition. Prizes include an Arvon residential writing course worth £1000 and publication on the Writers and Artists website. Open internationally. Entries close 13th February.

The American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship

This fellowship offers writers the opportunity to work on a creative project for a one-month period at the American Library in Paris. The selected applicants will also receive a $5000 stipend. Open internationally. Applications close 14th February.

Vermont Studio Centre Fellowships

A number of fellowships for writers are currently offered by the Vermont Studio Centre. Each fellowship recipient receives a private room, private studio space, all meals, and full access to evening programs and events at the VSC. Applications close 15th February.

Granta Unsolicited Fiction Submissions

One of the most prestigious literary magazines in the world, Granta is currently accepting unsolicited fiction submissions. Recommended piece length is between 3000 and 6000 words. Open internationally. Submissions close 16th February.

Kindle Storyteller Award

Amazon UK invites entries to its new literary prize, the Kindle Storyteller Award. The award is open to books published through Kindle Direct Publishing between 20th February and 19th May 2017. The winning author will receive £20,000, a marketing campaign on Amazon and the opportunity to have their book translated for international sales. Entries open 20th February.

Flash 500 Short Story Competition

Flash 500 welcomes short fiction between 1000 and 3000 words for its annual competition. Open theme. First prize £500, second prize £200 and third prize £100. Open internationally. Entry fees apply. Entries close 28th February.

Jane Austen 200 Short Story Competition

In honour of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, writers are invited to submit short stories of 2017 words or fewer based on a quote from Mansfield Park: 'Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure'. First prize is £1000; second prize is £500. Open internationally. £5 entry fee. Entries close 28th February.

Wundor Editions Short Fiction Contest

Wundor Editions invites entries of flash fiction, short stories and novellas for its 2017 contest. The winner will receive £500 and the winner and two runners-up will be published on the Wundor website. Entries must be between 5000 and 45,000 words. Open internationally. £10 entry fee. Entries close 28th February.

Tethered By Letters F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition

Tethered By Letters welcomes entries to its 2017 Winter Literary Competition. Categories include creative non-fiction, short stories, flash fiction and poetry. Winners receive cash prizes, professional edits and publication. Open internationally. Entry fees apply. Entries close 1st March.

Opportunities: 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.

Opportunities: November & December 2016

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.

Opportunities: October 2016

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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Opportunities: September 2016

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.

Opportunities: 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.

Opportunities: 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.

Opportunities: 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.