Malevolent Soap is an independent journal of poetry and fiction, published annually. Issues feature emerging and established voices from around the planet. Anything goes, but work that explores intersections of 'high' and 'low' culture is looked at favourable. Whether it invokes Nicolas Cage as muse or bemoans Rick Deckard's overconsumption of MSG in verse, Malevolent Soap is interested. Pay is $20 per published piece.
The Spineless Wonders’ Slinkies team scouts for new and emerging writers from across Australia. This year, in collaboration with the National Young Writers Festival, the team will host the Phone It In competition to find the best stories up to 100 words. The theme is open, entry is free and there is no limit to the number of entries. All entries must be submitted as audio files (recorded on any device and in any audio format).
Now in its fourth year, the prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world. It marks the University of Canberra’s commitment to creativity and imagination. First prize is $15 000, with runner-up prize of $5000. Poems under 50 lines.
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.
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 poems up to 200 lines. First prize $15 000. 30+ finalists published in the 2017 anthology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Historical Novel Society Australasia conference has introduced an inaugral short story contest in 2017, with a prize of $500.
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.
Like A Photon Creative are inviting submissions for an interactive storytelling platform with national and international audience. Pixapops is an immersive digital world featuring picture books and animated stories for readers up to 6 years of age. Submissions must be the author's or illustrator's own work. Previously published and co-authored works are eligible, and submissions from publishers will also be considered. For more information, including how to submit your work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a taste of the project, visit pixapops.com.
The Big Issue is looking for high-quality stories. Stories should be tackling important issues, but with a personal, unique perspective. 850-1500 words, payment from $200. Submit or pitch at email@example.com.
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: