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

Please read all instructions and entry requirements.


MARCH

Peter Carey Short Story Award
Closing Date: 18/3/2021
Open to: Australian residents 18 years and over
Theme: None
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 – 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: : First: $2,000, Runner-up: $1,000, Best Local Entry: $500

Website: https://www.moorabool.vic.gov.au/events/2021-peter-carey-short-story-award


Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition
Closing Date: 28/3/2021
Open to: Only for West Australian writers – Adult category is over 18 years
Theme: ‘Voices’
Accepts: Short Story
Size: max 1200 words
Entry Fee: $10 for Adults
Prize: : First: $100, Second: $50

Website: https://www.kspwriterscentre.com/spooky-story-competition


Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize
Closing Date: 31/3/2021
Open to: 18 years and over and who live in the state of Victoria
Theme: Biographical
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 1,000 – 3,000 words
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: : First: $500

Website: https://www.willylitfest.org.au/home/writing-prizes/ada-cambridge-writing-prizes/ada-cambridge-submissions/


2021 Ned Kelly Awards
Closing Date: 31/3/2021
Open to: Australian by birth or citizenship; OR The author’s principal residence must be in Australia AND need to be members of the ACWA

Theme: Crime
Accepts: any new work published between 1 March 2020 and 28 February 2021.
Entry Fee: $50 each submission

Website: https://www.austcrimewriters.com/nomination-guidelines


APRIL

Imagine 2200

submit-headerA new climate-fiction contest by Fix, Grist’s solutions lab. What we’re seeking: short stories that envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress. What we’re offering: $8,700 in prizes, publication, and a reason to stay hopeful.
Entry is free!
The contest is open to writers anywhere in the world.
Authors must be 18 years or older at the time of submission.
Submissions must be short, fictional stories, between 3,000–5,000 words.

Closing Date: 12 April 2021

Website: https://grist.submittable.com/submit


2021 Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition

Open Prizes: 1st prize – $200, 2nd prize – $100, 3rd prize – $50, plus 4 x Highly Commended and 4 x Commended certificates
Theme: Open
No of words: 600 words maximum per story
Entry Fee: $10

Closing Date: 16 April 2021 at 11:59 PM (AWST)

Website: https://pcwc.org.au/competitions/2021-peter-cowan-600-short-story-competition/


2021 Sutherland Shire Literary Competition

Sutherland Shire Literary CompThe competition is open to individuals 18 years and over.

Eligible entrants are invited to submit their individual, original works in the following categories: Rhyming verse (max 80 lines), Free verse (max 80 lines), Short story (max 2,000 words).
Major prizes offered in each category are: 1st Prize: $1,000 2nd Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $15.00 per poem/story

Closing Date: 19 April 2021

Website: http://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Community/Library/Sutherland-Shire-Literary-Competition


Banjo Patterson Writing Awards 2021

Banjo Patterson Writing AwardsCATEGORY – Short Story
• Entry Fee – $15 per entry
• First Prize only – $2,000
• Must not exceed 3,000 words

Closing Date: 5.00pm Friday 23 April 2021

Website for Entry Forms: http://www.cwl.nsw.gov.au/


The Valerie Parv AwardRomance Writers

Opens on: 5/04/2021

Open to: RWAustralia members and non-members
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

Closing Date: 26 April 2021

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


Furphy Story – Open Short Story Competition

Furphy-STORYTheme: Australian Life in all its diversity
Length: Not more than 5,000 words
Reward: Prize Money: 1st Prize – $15,000, 2nd Prize – $3,000, 3rd Prize – $2,000
LaTrobe University Shepparton Residency*, Publication of selected works in annual publication
Competition commences: February 1st 2021

Closing date: 30 April 2021

Website: https://www.furphystory.com.au/furphy-literary-award/open-short-story-competition/


Jennifer Burbidge Short Story Award (The Burbidge Prize)

Williamstown Literary FestivalThe prize offers $500 prize money for a short story of 3000 words or less on the theme of disability in an Australian setting. The prize is open to all writers in Australia.
From 2021, the Burbidge Prize will be offered as part of the Williamstown Literary Festival suite of writing awards.

Entries open on 28 February

Closing Date: 30 April 2021

Website: https://www.willylitfest.org.au/home/writing-prizes/


Winning Writers – Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Judge: Dennis Norris II, assisted by Mina Manchester. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words maximum. No restriction on age of author.
First Prize, $3,000 USD

Closing Date: 30 April 2021

Website https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest


MAY

Questions Writing PrizeQ-Writing-Prize-logo-2021

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

Closing Date: 1 May 2021

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


2021 CRAFT Short Fiction Prize

Craft Short Story Prize 2021Winner: $2,000 award and a subscription to Journal of the Month
Runners-up: $500 award and $300 award respectively for the second and third place finalists
Publication of the top three stories in CRAFT, each with an introduction by the guest judge
CRAFT Short Fiction Prize submissions are open to all fiction writers. International submissions are welcome
Short fiction only
5,000 word count maximum
$20 USD entry fee per submission

Closing Date: 2 May 2021

Website: https://www.craftliterary.com/short-fiction-prize/


2021 ABR (Australian Book Review) Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Australian Book reviewThe Jolley Prize is open to all short story writers writing in English. We seek original short stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

First prize: $AU6,000 Second prize: $AU4,000 Third prize: $AU2,500
Judges: Gregory Day, Melinda Harvey, and Elizabeth Tan

Entry fees:
Online entry (current ABR subscriber) – $15
Online entry (standard/non subscriber) – $25*

Closing Date: Midnight, 3 May 2021

Website: https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/elizabeth-jolley-story-prize/current-jolley


Writers Unleashed Picture Book Competition

Prize: $500 Plus mentorship with Clare Hallifax, Scholastic Australia
2nd Prize: $200 3rd Prize: $100 Certificate awarded to shortlisted and winning entries
Original picture book manuscripts only. Must not have been accepted for publication or won a prize in any other competition at time of close of comp.
500 word limit

Entry Fee: $20

Closing Date: 3 May 2021

Website: https://shirewritersfestival.weebly.com/picture-book-comp.html


Bristol Short Story Prize

Annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers.
Bristol Short Story PrizeStories must be previously unpublished and can be on any theme or subject. 20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 14 by Tangent Books. 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £500, 3rd prize is £250.

The maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Romance, Children’s etc.)

Entry fee: £9

Closing Date: Midnight (BST) 5 May 2021

Website: https://www.bristolprize.co.uk/


Ploughshares at Emerson College 2021 Emerging Writer’s Contest

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book.
Fiction and Nonfiction: Under 6,000 words
Prize: We award publication, $2,000, a review from Aevitas Creative Management
Entry Fee: $24 USD

Closing Date: Noon (US EST) 15 May 2021

Website: https://www.pshares.org/submit/emerging-writers-contest/guidelines


The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Raymond Carver ContestOne short story per entry. No limit to number of entries. Story must be previously unpublished (including online). 10,000 maximum word count.
No genre fiction (romance, horror, sci-fi); literary fiction only. Prizes: $2000 (1st), $500 (2nd), $250 (3rd), and two $125 (Editor’s Choice).

Winning stories will be read by three literary agents: Nat Sobel from Sobel-Weber Associates, Erin Harris from Folio Literary Management, Viola Hayden from Curtis Brown UK.

Entry Fee: $17 USD

Closing Date 15 May 2021

Website: https://www.carvezine.com/raymond-carver-contest/


2021 Daisy Utemorrah Award

Magabala BooksThe Daisy Utemorrah Award is for an unpublished manuscript of junior or YA fiction. The Award is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples currently living in Australia. The winner of the award receives $15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books.

Closing Date: 16 May 2021

Website: https://www.magabala.com/pages/daisy-utemorrah-award


Harper Collins Publishers – Banjo Prize 2021

Harper CollinsThe Banjo is open to all Australian writers of commercial fiction, offering the chance to win a publishing contract with HarperCollins, with an advance of $15,000. Two runners-up will each receive a written assessment of their manuscript from HarperCollins.

Applicants are required to submit a full manuscript of adult commercial fiction, a 500-word synopsis and a 200-word biographical statement. Any Australian resident aged 18 or older is eligible to enter.

Entries close: 5.00pm AEDT Friday 28 May 2021

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


Seniors-Card-logo-450×225Seniors Card Short Story Competition

The NSW Dept of Communities and Justice and FAW are conducting a Short Story Competition. The Top 100 stories will be published in Seniors Stories Vol. 7 and launched in November 2021.

Closes: 12 midday – 31 May 2021

Website: https://fawnsw.org.au/conditions-seniors-card-short-story-competition-2021/


The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award

Australian Vogel AwardsOffering prize money of $20,000 plus publication by Allen & Unwin with an advance against royalties

Entrants must be aged under 35 years of age on 31 May 2021 (that is born after 31 May 1986).

• Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.
• The manuscript submitted with the entry form should be a work of fiction, Australian history or biography.
• It must be a minimum length of 50,000 words and a maximum of 80,000 words.
• The manuscript must be an original work, entirely by the entrant and it must be written in English.
• It cannot be under consideration to any other publisher or entered into any other award.

Entry fee of $25

Closing Date: 31 May 2021

Website: https://www.allenandunwin.com/being-a-writer/the-australian-vogel-s-literary-award


FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers) Victoria

FAW VictoriaAngelo Natoli Award for a Short Story on Any Theme
Length: up to 3,000 words
First prize: $750
Entry fee: $15 for FAW members, $20 for non-members

Closing Date: 31 May 2019

Website: https://www.fawvic.com.au/national-literary-awards/


Burdekin Readers and WritersBurdekin Readers and Writers Association’s Short Story competition 2021

Australian residents 18+ are invited to enter fictional stories up to 3000 words.
First Prize $200 Second Prize $100

Closing Date: 31 May 2021

Facebook post with email details: https://www.facebook.com/brwayr/posts/2908706522747917


JUNE

Uni of Sth QldBruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

The 2021 winner of The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize will receive $3000, and two highly commended entrants will be awarded $500 each.

Closing Date: Friday 4 June 2021 at 4.00pm

Website: https://www.usq.edu.au/study/faculty-events/2021/02/bruce-dawe-prize


Historical Novel Society of AustralasiaThe Historical Novel Society of Australasia

The Historical Novel Society of Australasia (HNSA), in partnership with Australia’s leading essential building and infrastructure services provider ARA Group, has today announced the exciting expansion of the ARA Historical Novel Prize.

The Prize will now incorporate a category for outstanding Children and Young Adult (CYA) literature.

The Prize will award $50,000 to the Adult category winner, with an additional $5,000 to be awarded to each of the remaining two shortlisted authors. In the CYA category, the winner will receive $30,000, while the two short listers will receive $5,000 each.

Closing Date: 14 June 2021

Website: https://hnsa.org.au/the-2021-ara-historical-novel-prize/


TSS Publishing – Cambridge Short Story Prize 2021

TSS PublishingWho can enter: Anyone. The competition is open internationally.
Word Length: 2500
Prizes: £1000 (1st) £300 (2nd) £200 (3rd) and all remaining shortlisted will be awarded £50.

Entry Fees: 15th March – 14th April £7.50; 15th April – 14th May £8.50, 15th May – 14th June £9.50

Closing Date: 14 June 2021 (ends midnight, UK time).

Website: https://theshortstory.co.uk/competitions/short-story-competition/


FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers) Tasmania

FAW Tasmania2021 Henry Savery National Short Story Award

Open to: Australian residents
Theme: Open
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,500 words
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: First: $400 Second: $100

Closing Date: 30 June 2021

Website: https://fawtas.org.au/competitions/


Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Australia’s largest and oldest poetry competition open only for school students.

Closing Date: 30 June 2021

Website: https://www.dorothea.com.au/How-to-Enter-awards


Scribes Writers 2021 Poetry Competition

“Poetic Licence” poetry competition in Traditional and Free Verse categories. Open theme.

The prizes on offer in this competition are $200 for first and $100 for second places

Closing Date: 30 June 2021

Website: http://www.scribeswriters.com/details-and-conditions.html


The Moth Magazine Short Story Prize 2021

Moth Magazine Short Story PrizeThe Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.Word limit of 5,000.
First Prize: €3000
The entry fee is €15 per story.

Closing Date: 30 June 2021

Website: https://www.themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=8227&page=26


JULY

Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition

anthology magazineOpen to: All
Theme: Memories
Accepts: Unpublished short stories
Size: maximum 1500 words
Entry Fee: 10 EURO per story till 30 April, 15 EURO per story till 31 July
Prize: 500 EURO and the chance to see work published in Anthology Magazine and one year subscription

Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Website: https://anthology-magazine.com/short-story/


E.M. Fletcher Writing Award

HAGSOC

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra are running a competition for the best short story of 1500–2000 words on a family history or genealogy theme.

Winner: $1,000 prize
Entry fees $20.00 HAGSOC members, $30.00 non-members

Closing Date: 15 July 2021

Website: https://familyhistoryact.org.au/index.php/activities/writing-competition


AUGUST

NEW-LOGOhawkeye_books_logoHawkeye Books – Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition 2021

First prize $250AU Hawkeye Publishing Gift Voucher + anthology cover based on the winner’s story.Short-Listed and Long-Listed announced. TOP 40 published in an anthology – free copy to all published entrants.

Maximum 1,000 words

Theme: Courage…

Entry Fee: $12 AU

Closing Date: 1st August 2021

Website: https://hawkeyebooks.com.au/writing-competitions/sydney-hammond-memorial-short-story-writing-competition-2021/


FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers) NSW

faw-logo-white-shape-1052021 Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award

The Award is for Short Stories up to 3000 words.
Award Prize: $500

Closing date: 31 August 2021

Website: https://fawnsw.org.au/conditions-2021-marjorie-barnard-short-story-award/


SEPTEMBER

Hammond House Publishing

Hammond Hourse Stardust Prize 20212021 International Literary Prize

Theme: STARDUST
Entries open from 26th February 2021
Entry Fee: £10 Hammond House Members: £5
Feedback Option: £10

Closing Date: 30th September 2021

Website: https://www.hammondhousepublishing.com/competition-entry-form


The 29th Annual SiWC Writing Contest (Canada)

Surrey Writing ContestShort stories in any genre are welcome.
Story length must be 2,500 – 4000 words.
First prize: CA$1000 CA plus publication
Entry Fee: CA$15

Closing Date: 17 September 2021

Website: https://www.siwc.ca/writing-contest/


OCTOBER

Awards_generalAnthology Poetry Award 2021

Open to: All
Theme: Freedom
Accepts: Unpublished poems
Size: maximum of 40 lines
Entry Fee: 10 EURO per poem till 31 July, 15 EURO per poem till 31 October
Prize: 500 EURO and the chance to see work published in Anthology Magazine

Closing Date: 31 October 2021

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

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