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.
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 Australian and New Zealand residents are welcome to submit their unpublished poems that are no more than 80 lines each and that feature an environmental theme.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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.