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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The 2020 Unpublished Manuscript Award
Closed on: 30/4/2020KYD – unpublished manuscript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Theme: Unpublished manuscript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https://www.killyourdarlings.com.au/2020/03/the-2020-kyd-unpublished-manuscript-award-is-now-open/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

AlburyCity Short Story Award 2020
Closing Date: 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/short-story-competition


Friends of the Wollongong City Library Local History Prizewcl-logo
Closing Date: 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


Rose Award
Closing Date: 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
Closing Date: 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/


Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition
Closing Date: 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/


Alice Sinclair Writing Competition
Closing Date: 28/08/2020
Open to: All
Theme: Nothing
Accepts: 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/


Alice Sinclair Writing Competition
Closing Date: 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/


OCTOBER

The 2020 Book Pipeline: Unpublished competition
Closing Date: 5 October 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

* American dollars


 

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