Essays may encompass any aspect of Central Queensland, past or present; its history, the sciences, culture, the arts, politics, or anything else that may stimulate writers to consider, research and write a 3000-5000 word essay. Entrants do not need to come from CQ, but the subject must be about the region. Top prize is $1000.
The theme for the award this year is shadow. Word limit 3000 words. First prize $1000.
First prize $500. Poems of up to 25 lines/250 words. Each entry must be submitted anonymised as an individual PDF file.
The Montreal International Poetry Prize is a non-profit organization comprised of an Advisory Board, an Editorial Board, a Prize Judge, directors and interns. The editors and prize judge are chosen anew each year. The staff is comprised of poetry lovers with diverse backgrounds who want to get poets together from all over the world in the spirit of fun and competition, to consider the various Englishes of the world and to think of poetry in global terms. Poems must be no more than 40 lines long, in English (any dialect). First prize is CDN$20 000.
This competition is open to writers of all ages and experience. Each submission must be no more than 1,500 words and follow the theme “Courage”. It will need to make a reference to alcohol and/or drugs. There is a limit of three entries per person, and the entry fee is $10 per story. First prize is $1,000 and a one year membership to Writers Victoria; 2nd prize is $100 and 3rd prize is $50.
What does love mean to you? Don't Talk to Me About Love want your prose exploring love in any of its myriad expressions: romantic, platonic, parental, and much, much more. Two categories, fiction and non-fiction, both to 2000 words, top prize for each $1000.
Pantera Press aims to be known as a great new home for Australia’s next generation of best-loved authors. It is one of the few book publishers that not only accepts unsolicited manuscripts, it welcomes them. Do you think you might be the next J K Rowling or Stephen King? They are looking for books with bestseller-potential and with strong, quality writing and style.
Now in its 22nd year, the 2017 Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize remembers Tasmania's most acclaimed poet. First prize is $2000, publication in Island, and subscriptions to a selection of prestigious Australian literary magazines, including Island, Meanjin, Overland, and more.
The ESU-Roly Sussex Competition is one of the most prized literary awards and is designed to foster original creative writing of outstanding quality, including experimental, challenging or thought provoking work. First prize for adult division is $7500, and first prize for best secondary school student is $1000. Stories should be max 3000 words.
For stories up to 500 words or a poem up to 36 lines on the subject of grief. Over $7000 in prizes to be won.
For poems up to 200 lines. First prize $15 000. 30+ finalists published in the 2017 anthology.
Australian poets are encouraged to enter this year’s Blake Poetry Prize, which for the first time is being hosted by Liverpool City Library and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. The Blake Poetry Prize challenges poets to explore themes such as faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non-belief. First prize of $5000, entries must be new works 100 lines or fewer.
Scribes Writers 'short takes' competition is now open for submissions. This year there are two categories, short story and memoir. Maximum 1000 words, with a top prize in each category of $200. Open theme.
Express Media, Australia's peak youth literary organisation, is excited to open application for Toolkits, two rigorous 12-week programs in fiction and poetry for young writers to develop their craft in a unique and exciting online environment. In 2017, Express Media is presenting two streams of the program for young writers aged 30 and under - Toolkits: Fiction with Jennifer Down and Toolkits: Poetry with Melody Paloma. These are practical initiatives where young writers will be encouraged to write, workshop and edit their writing throughout the course. More information available on the Express Media website.
Macquarie Regional Library invites everyone to start writing for the Rolf Boldrewood Literary Awards. The competition aims to foster the writing of Australian prose and poetry. First prize $500 and a limited edition bust of Rolf Boldrewood. Prose up to 2500 words, poetry up to 80 lines, must have an Australian theme.
EOI for providing content for the Walking the City of Literature self-guided walking app. Walking the City of Literature are seeking EOI from writers to write one of the three walks planned within the app. They are looking for a balance between what a tourist would need from such an app and the requirement to highlight Melbourne as a city of literature. Pay is $2000. Submit a 250-word pitch, a possible start and finish point for the walk, and a one-page CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and Prize for Australian History (the Awards) celebrate the contribution of Australian literature and history to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life. Entries are sought for books of high literary merit, and in the case of the Prize for Australian History, intellectual or creative accomplishment. Awards will be presented in six categories; fiction, non-fiction, young adult literature, children’s literature, poetry and Australian history. Up to $100,000 will be awarded in each category—$80,000 for the winning entry and $5,000 each for a maximum of four shortlisted entries. All prizes are tax-free.
The Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program is open to arts professionals from Australia and overseas, working in all disciplines. This includes artists, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators. Residencies can be for research and development or for the creation of new work. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to apply.
In honor of Father’s Day, DrugRehab.org and Shame Kills are partnering to sponsor the essay contest, “When I think of My Dad…” with a $200 prize for the winning essay. In 250 words or less, using the starting phrase “When I think of my dad,” write what your father means to you and how he has made your life better. What has he done to lift you up and keep you on the right track? How has he influenced you? How has he helped you stay on the path towards healing? Father doesn’t have to be biological father, it can be anyone who has acted as a father figure as long as essay stays on topic.
The Lifted Brow is currently looking for non-fiction for their next print edition. The issue is currently unthemed, but the editors are particularly interested in writing that focuses on the arts, gender/race/sexuality, ecology, economics, politics, work, and the like. Preference is for lyric and personal essays; narrative non-fiction and highly researched, investigative stories; comment pieces; long essays; playful theory; environmental, science and technology writing with a human or political element; memoir and other life writing; collected vignettes; and pieces that are perhaps uncategorisable, and that make imaginitive use of the printed page.
The 2017 City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards is now open for entries. Now in its 7th year, this year’s Awards features an expanded prize pool now worth more than $5000. Authors can submit up to three stories. Entered stories must be inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of the artwork "Arts Centre Cafe" by Daniela Selir (1994), which can be found on the entry form.
The winner of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs Emerging Writers Prize will receive a ticket to the Ubud Writers and Readers festival, accommodation for the festival's duration, and $500 towards airfares. In addition, the winner will receive a one-year annual membership to AAWP and fully-subsidised conference fees to attend the AAWP annual conference, where the winner will be invited to read.
The Elyne Mitchell Rural Writing Award commemorates internationally renowned Silver Brumby author Elyne’s life and work, and hopes to encourage women all over Australasia to write their stories and send them in. Up to 2500 words referencing an Australasian rural experience. 2017 Theme: ‘Local Stories, People, Places and Events’. Fiction or Non-Fiction: Open Category – $15 per entry- 1 x $1000 prize money. Upper Murray Writers Category – $10 per entry – Open to residents of Towong, Tumbarumba and Indigo Shires – 1 x $500 prize money. Non fiction “bonus” $100 Dymocks Voucher.
The Irish Writers Centre is pleased to announce the launch of the the Novel Fair 2018. As you may know the Novel Fair is an Irish Writers Centre initiative which aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents. Over the past few years a range of publishers and agents have attended the Fair including major commercial publishers and literary agents. The Novel Fair is open to writers from all over the world, so long as they have not published a novel before. Submissions close 20 October 2017. There is no limit on style, genre or target audience. Applicants must send three copies of a synopsis of max 300 words, and two copies of up to 5 chapters of their novel, or 10 000 words (+/- 10%).
The Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW is proud to present the Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Short Story Competition for Australian School Children. Entries are sought in the following categories: SECTION 1: Grades 10, 11 & 12 - up to 2500 words, prize $175 SECTION 2: Grades 7, 8 & 9 - up to 2500 words, prize $125 SECTION 3: Grades 5 & 6 - up to 1500 words, prize $100 SECTION 4: Grade 4 & under - up to 1500 words, prize $50
The Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW is pleased to present the Majory Barnard Award. This competition is for short stories up to 3000 words, to entrants who are permanent residents of Australia (any state). First prize is $500.
The Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland is now accepting entries in the 2017 FAWQ literary awards. Categories include short story between 1500 and 2000 words; non-fiction article up to 1000 words; and poetry up to 40 lines. First prize in each category is $200.
From 25-29 October, leading authors, artists, thinkers and performers from across Indonesia and around the world will converge on the 14th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. Want to be part of the action? The UWRF celebrates authors at all career stages and book launches are a unique opportunity to host a spotlight event for your work and be included in the Festival’s program book, website listings and bookshop. Submissions to launch your book at the 2017 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival are now open.
Visible Ink is an annual anthology featuring fiction, non-fiction, flash-fiction, poetry, visual art and photography. The 2017 edition is currently open for submissions, with the theme 'The End'. Visible Ink is accepting literary non-fiction and fiction, interviews, poetry, flash fiction, visual art and poetry. All submissions much be original and unpublished. Fiction and non-fiction will recieve $75; poetry, visual art, photography and flash fiction recieve $50. 2000 words max for all prose, 50 lines max for poetry, 250 words max for flash fiction.
StylusLit is the newest incarnation of Stylus Poetry Journal, a biannual online journal publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, novel excerpts, interviews, and reviews. The next reading period is open from 1 May to 30 June 2017.
For humorous short stories up to 2500 words. First prize between $300-$500. No entry form required. Include a cover sheet with your name and address, story title and word count, and where you heard about this competition.
This national poetry competition has an open theme and entrants, who must be Australian residents, may submit poems up to a maximum of 50 lines. Entries must be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition. Open theme. First prize $200.
Calling all budding filmmakers, The Vision Splendid Short Film Competition is now open and accepting entries! Geared to students and independent film makers. Grand jury prize of $500 cash and a Samsung tablet. Entries must be based on the topic 'celebrating women' and be no longer than 7 minutes. Fiction or documentary accepted.
In honour of grief awareness month, the Hunter Writers Centre is looking for writing that talks about grief. Write a 500 word story or a poem up to 36 lines. Over $7000 worth of prizes to be won.
Entries are now open for the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards! The awards are open to published and unpublished authors Australia-wide across a range of categories including fiction, non-fiction, short story and poetry collections, history books, and books for young adults and children.
An annual poetry writing competition giving poets of all ages the opportunity to compete for over $7,500 in prizes. Widely promoted to schools, libraries and the general community, this competition attracts local, interstate and global entries.
Submissions for Best Australian Essays, Stories, and Poems 2017 are now open to writing published after 1 August 2016. Stories and essays may be of any length (with the proviso that longer works are harder to accept due to space requirements) and may have been previously published. Poems must be less than 70 lines and must have previously been published in print or online journals (but not self-published/on a personal blog), in Australia, internationally, or in an anthology or full-length collection.
For over 25 years, the Disney | ABC Writing Program has been lauded as one of the most successful writer programs in the entertainment industry. The one-year program is the only program of its kind sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). Writers become employees of Disney/ABC Television Group, and will be paid a weekly salary of US$961.54 for a year. The primary goal for Program Writers is to staff on a DATG series as a staff writer during the year program. Applicants must be able to legally work in the US, and be at least 21 years of age. Television production experience is not required, but strongly recommended. Those applying must submit a completed application and the following. 1) An original pilot script that captures the writer’s unique tone, style and point of view. 2) A spec script for a live-action cable, broadcast or streaming-service (e.g. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) series airing during the current television season. 3) Completed application and signed release forms for each script. 4) Résumé outlining chronological salaried employment. 5) Essay reflecting the applicant’s unique life experiences and personal stories which will demonstrate the writer’s ability to make distinct contributions to a writers’ room. 6) Letters of recommendation (optional) from entertainment industry professionals who have read the applicant’s material and can comment on the applicant’s ability.
Seeking the best credible positive vision of life in 2024, in a satisfying narrative context. Tell a story we can believe in, about a world not far in the future where things are not perfect but getting better, not just for a few, but for humanity. This is not easy to do, dystopias abound in all forms of fiction and “utopia” is pronounced with a sneer more often than not. But how will we avoid a horrible future if it is all we can imagine? Entries can be any length from a short story to a novel. The language must be English or Esperanto.
Nominations have now opened for four prizes. Two prizes are sponsored by Routledge (cash prize of $3,500 each): one for a non-fiction book/e-book that enriches Australian cultural and intellectual life, the second for ‘Distinctive Work’- an exceptional artistic performance, exhibition, film, television show, play, composition or practical contribution to arts policy. The third prize (cash prize of $2,000) is sponsored by Future Leaders for a ‘Future Leader’, an individual under 30 years of age who is demonstrating leadership skill and potential in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The Co-Op has sponsored the fourth prize ($500 voucher) for a student essay, exhibition, performance or project in any HASS area.
In its second consecutive year, the First Novel Prize, an exciting competition for unpublished and independently published novelists, is now open for entries. Not only will writers have the chance to win £1,000 for First Prize, but they will also have their work read by a panel of publishing professionals. Last year we recognised three new writers of outstanding originality and this year we stand by our aim to discover more powerful new voices in fiction writing. Open to full manuscripts only, written in English regardless of author's country of residence, unpublished or self-published, of any adult genre and over 50,000 words.
The twenty-eighth annual anthology of the Wagga Wagga Writer's Writers Inc. is now open for submissions. Contributions of previously unpublished poetry, fictions, and graphics are welcome. A prize of $250 will be awarded to works selected as best poem and best short story in the anthology. Stories to a max of 2500 words.
Entries for the 2017 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry are now welcome, with writers competing for the coveted $10,000 first prize. Second prize is $5000, and third prize offers $3000. This year's theme is 'joy', and is open to any Australian residents, including international students studying in Australia. Entries must be previously unpublished, including online.
Again this year Scribes Writers are running the "Poetic Licence" poetry competition and cash prizes will be awarded for first and second places with certificates for Highly Commended and Commended submissions. This competition is open to all, not just to Scribes members. Two categories: traditional and free verse, with an open theme. Max 60 lines. Firs prize $200, second prize $100.
The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award is one of Australia's richest and the most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five. Offering publication by Allen & Unwin, with an advance against royalties plus prize money totalling $20,000, The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award has launched the careers of some of Australia's most successful writers, including Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Gillian Mears, Brian Castro, Mandy Sayer and Andrew McGahan. The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award-winning authors have gone on to win or be shortlisted for other major awards, such as the Miles Franklin Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Booker Prize.
The Historical Novel Society Australasia conference has introduced an inaugral short story contest in 2017, with a prize of $500.
Start polishing your manuscript or prompt the writer in your life to finally finish that draft, and submit it before 5pm, Wednesday 31 May. In 2017 there are a number of awards for Queensland writers, supporting manuscript publication as well as professional development. Emerging Queensland Writer — Unpublished Manuscript Award Open to unpublished Queensland writers, the winner of this award receives $10,000 and a publishing contract with UQP. Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards In 2017, two awards worth $12,500 each are on offer for authors 30 years and under. Queensland Writers Fellowships Three fellowships are available to Queensland-based writers, valued at $15,000 each. Unpublished Indigenous Writer — David Unaipon Award This prestigious award is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors nationwide, for manuscripts in all genres including fiction, poetry, children’s books, memoir and non-fiction. Prize of $10 000, editorial development, and a publishing contract with UQP.
The Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) is calling for nominations for its 2017 Australia Prize for a Book. Nominate someone you know, or even yourself, to be in the running to win the $3500 cash prize sponsored by Routledge. The Prize will be awarded to the author whose book, in the opinion of the judges, contributes most to cultural and intellectual life in Australia. Nominees in this category must have published a non-fiction book/e-book in any Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) area between 1 January and 31 December 2016.
The Award of $3,000, split into junior and senior categories, is offered by Psychologists for Peace, for books for children published between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017 with a theme or main character(s) encouraging the peaceful resolution of conflict and/or promoting peace at the global, local or interpersonal level. Issues dealt with in previous winning entries include bullying, racism, sexism, domestic violence and abuse. The aim is to provide examples for young people of how to deal constructively with conflict.
Categories include short story (max 3000 words, first prize $200); poetry (max 80 lines, first prize $150); memoir (max 1500 words, first prize $150); Pauline Walsh Award for short story (max 800 words, first prize $100). All entries must be accompanied by a separate signed entry form.
The following guidelines for literary competitions are recommended by the ASA: where a prize is more than $1,000, a $5 entry fee is acceptable. Entry fees of more than 1 per cent of the first prize on offer are unacceptable. Information given should include the name, phone number and street address of the organiser – be cautious where only a post office box is given. The names of the judges should be published on the competition’s form and results should be publicly announced. Authors should receive publication fees (minimum ASA rates in appropriate category) where their entry has been published.
Unfortunately many competitions in WQ, for one reason or another, do not meet these guidelines. Members need to secure full information and satisfy themselves that they are happy to enter a particular competition.
For ASA guidelines for literary competitions send an ssae PO Box 1566, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 or phone 02 9318 0877.
Not all information is listed for every competition or opportunity. QWC advises writers to obtain guidelines and entry forms before entering or submitting work.
A selection of regular submission programs run by major publishers: