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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).