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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.