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Listed below are upcoming competitions that you might like to enter.

Please read all instructions and entry requirements.


APRIL

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The 2020 Heroines Women’s Writing Prize & Anthology
Closed on: 20/04/20
Open to: While we accept submissions of work for publication in the Anthology from outside of Australia, the prize will only be awarded to someone residing in, or a citizen of, Australia.

Theme – The Heroines Anthology is a collection of stories of women written by women. Works with a particular focus on telling lost women’s history, untold stories, and re-imagined myths, fairy tales, folklore or legends, or speculative fiction, are particularly encouraged.
Short story and Poetry up to 2000 words
Size: up to 2000 words
Entry Fee: $ 15
Prizes: Short Story prize $1000 and Poetry $ 500

https://www.theneoperennialpress.com/heroinesanthologyprize2020


Romance WritersThe Valerie Parv Award
Closed on: 26/04/2020
Open to: Aspiring or Emerging writers – check website for full definition
Theme: Romance/Romantic elements
Accepts: Novels
Size: 10,000 plus 1,000 word synopsis
Entry Fee: $110, $44 for RWA members
Prizes: First: 1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv

https://romanceaustralia.com/contests-overview/valerie-parv-award/


The 2020 Unpublished Manuscript Award
Closed on: 30/4/2020KYD – unpublished manuscript
Open to: Australian citizen or permanent resident over 18 years
Theme: Unpublished manuscript
Accepts: Adult fiction (including short story collections) or adult narrative non-fiction
Size: minimum 40,000 words and maximum 80,000 words
Entry Fee: Current full-year (12 months) KYD Membership
Prize: Winner $4,000

https://www.killyourdarlings.com.au/2020/03/the-2020-kyd-unpublished-manuscript-award-is-now-open/


MAY

Questions Writing Prize
Closed on: 01/05/2020
Open to: Australian, 18 – 30 years
Theme: None
Accepts: Fiction or Non-fiction
Size: 1,500 – 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Nil
Prize: First: $2,000

http://www.questions.com.au/writing-prize/index.php


Affirm Press Mentorship Awardlogo-AffirmPress-350
Closed on: 14/05/2020
Open to: Australian citizen or permanent resident over 18 years
Theme: Sci-fi and Fantasy
Accepts: YA manuscripts and middle-grade fiction
Size: minimum 7,000 and maximum 10,000 words
Entry Fee: $60, if you have a Healthcare card the application fee is $30
Prize: Intensive Mentorship – see more information on the website.

Website: https://www.varuna.com.au/fellowships/affirm


The Banjo Prize 2020G1069-Banjo-Prize-2019-Digital-Assets-FA6
Closed on: 29/5/2020
Open to: Australian citizen over 18 years
Accepts: Full Unpublished manuscript of adult commercial fiction, a 500-word synopsis and a 200-word biographical statement.
Size: Full manuscript between 75,000 and 100,000 words, synopsis 500 words, biographical statement 200 words.
Entry Fee: None
Prize: Publication with HarperCollins Publishers Australia and an advance of $15,000

https://www.harpercollins.com.au/thebanjoprize/


JUNE

FAWWA logoStuart Hadow Prize
Closed on: 01/06/2020
Open to: Australians
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: First: $1,000 and one week’s unpaid residency at Mattie Furphy House, Second: $300. Third: $100, 2 x Highly Commended, 2 x Commended

https://www.fawwa.org/writing-competitions


JULY

albury councilAlbury City Short Story Award 2020
Closed on: 23/07/2020
Open to: entrants throughout Australia
Theme: Open theme
Size: maximum 3000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $1000

Website: https://www.writearoundthemurray.org.au/competitions


Friends of the Wollongong City Library Local History Prizewcl-logo
Closed on: 31/07/2020
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: History of the City of Wollongong (see website for the guidelines)
Accepts: Local History Paper
Size: 5,000 – 10,000 words
Entry Fee: Nothing
Prize: $5000

Website: https://wollongong.nsw.gov.au/library/explore-our-past/local-history-prize


Society of Women Writer TasmaniaRose Award
Closed on: 31/07/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Flora or Fauna
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,200 -1,500 words
Entry Fee: $10 for up 2 entries
Prize: First: $200, Second: $50 and Highly & Commended Certificates

Website: http://www.swwtas.org/


AUGUST

NWF Joanne Burns Microlit AwardSW-website-JB-PulpedFict_tile_791x565px-300×214
Closed on: 1/08/2020
Open to: Australian citizen or residing in Australia and over 18 years
Theme: Pulped fiction
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 200 words
Entry Fee: $15 for up to three
Prize: Spineless Wonder will offer publication to the winner

Website: https://shortaustralianstories.com.au/2021-nwf-joanne-burns-microlit-award/


NEW-LOGOhawkeye_books_logoSydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition
Closed on: 1/08/2020
Open to: All
Theme: If only…
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $250 Hawkeye Publishing Gift Voucher & anthology cover based on winners’ story

Website: https://hawkeyebooks.com.au/writing-competitions/sydney-hammond-memorial-short-story-writing-competition-2020/


Step Outside the Frame – Call for Submissions The APWT Bengaluru Review
Closed on: 24/08/2020
Open to: APWT member
Theme: none
Accepts: New work in fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.
Size: up to 3,000 words
Entry Fee: APWT member
Prize: Your work published in The APWT Bengaluru Review Special Edition

Website:https://drunkenboat.submittable.com/submit/171123/step-outside-the-frame-call-for-submissions-the-apwt-bengaluru-review-special-e


Alice Sinclair Writing Competition
Closed on: 28/08/2020
Open to: All
Theme: NothingLake Macquarie FAW GroupAccepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First $100 and Second $50

Website: https://lakemacfaw2.wordpress.com/alice-sinclair-writing-competition/2020-alice-sinclair-writing-competition/


Lake Macquarie FAW GroupAlice Sinclair Writing Competition
Closed on: 28/08/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Nothing
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 50 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First $100 and Second $50

Website: https://lakemacfaw2.wordpress.com/alice-sinclair-writing-competition/2020-alice-sinclair-writing-competition/


Scarlet Stiletto Awards
Closed on: 31/08/2020Header-New-2
Open to: Women citizens/residents of Australia
Theme: Crime & Mysteries with an active woman protagonist – check specific themes on website
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 5,000 words
Entry Fee: $20 for Sisters in Crime Members, $25 for non-members
Prize: $1,500 plus trophy – see more prizes on website

Website: http://www.sistersincrime.org.au/the-scarlet-stiletto-awards/

 


September

Outstanding Short Story CompetitionOutstanding
Closed on: 01/09/2020
Open to: Writers based in Australia and New/ Zealand 16 years and older
Theme: : “Reconnection” (Have relevance to the broader Australian LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer community)
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 750 words
Entry Fee: Free
Prize: See website

Website: https://outstandingstories.net/entry-details/


In My View
Closed on: 15/09/2020
Open to: Amateur writers who are Australian residents or citizens
Theme: Response to one of 20 Photographs published on website
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 500 words
Entry Fee: $20 for one – two for $26
Prize: First: $800, Second: $300, Third: $150, 20 finalists: Copy of limited edition book valued at $150

Website: https://inmyview.net.au/index.php/for-writers


OCTOBER

Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting CompetitionNoosa Arts Theatre
Closed on: 1/10/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Open
Accepts: New, original works – check website for rules and conditions
Size: One-Act
Entry Fee: $40
Prize: First: $5,000, Second: $2,000 and Third: $1,000

Website: https://www.noosaartstheatre.org.au/about-the-competition/


The 2020 Book Pipeline: Unpublished competition
Closed on: 5/10/2020
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: Unpublished manuscripts
Accepts: Fiction – YA, Fiction – Sci-fi / Fantasy, Fiction – Mystery / Thriller, Fiction – Literary, Fiction – Outsider and Nonfiction
Size: First 5,000 words of Unpublished manuscript
Entry Fee*: $45 till 1 June, $55 till 5 September and $60 till 5 October
Prize*: $2500 for each category winner

https://bookpipeline.com/shop/unpublished-contest

* NOTE USD Dollars


MiNDFOOD Short Story CompetitionMiNDFOOD logo
Closed on: 8/10/2020
Open to: Australian and New Zealand Residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Unpublished Short Story
Size: Maximum of 2000 words
Entry Fee: Nothing
Prize: Australian winner $1,000 prepaid gift card and New Zealand winner $1,000 prepaid gift card

Website: https://www.mindfood.com/competition/calling-all-writers-short-story/


NOVEMBER

Anthology Magazine Poetry Prizeanthology magazine
Closing Date: 30/11/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Expectations
Accepts: Unpublished poems
Size: 40 lines
Entry Fee: 10 EURO per poem till 30 September,  15 EURO per poem till 30 November
Prize: 500 EURO and the chance to see work published in Anthology Magazine and one year subscription

Website: https://anthology-magazine.com/poetry-prize/


DECEMBER

Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development PrizeNEW-LOGOhawkeye_books_logo
Closing Date: 18/12/2020
Open to: 18 years and over
Theme: none
Accepts: Manuscripts
Size: 80,000 words
Entry Fee: $45
Prize: Winner receives Author Coaching, Structural Edit and Line Edit (Value $2,500)

Website: https://hawkeyebooks.com.au/writing-competitions/hawkeye-publishing-manuscript-development-publication-prize-2020/

 


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