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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.