Other writing competitions and opportunities

For the benefit of our members (and the broader writing community), we’ve collected this list of current competitions and opportunities for you. Please note that we do not administer these competitions, and we can’t answer any questions you might have about them.



2019 Peter Carey Award (2000–3000 word short story, entry fee, cash and publication in Meanjin), closes 21 March, 2019

Peter Cowan 600 word short story award (Prose, entry fee, prize) closes 29 March, 2019

Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund (money to support travel required for writing), closes 29 March, 2019.

Liminsa Short Story Competition 2019 (free, short story to a photo, win a holiday), closes 30 March, 2019

The WB Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia (Poetry, entry fee), closes 31 March, 2019

Penguin Random House Australia’s Write It (mentoring opportunity, minority focus) closes 31 March, 2019

Westerly Magazine (poetry, fiction/creative non-fiction, essays and reviews, payment, publication) closes 31 March, 2019



The 2019 Liminal Fiction Prize (Writers who identify as a person of colour, prize and publication), closes 1 April, 2019

Underground Writers is calling for submissions (poetry, reviews  and fiction, payment, publication), closes 5 April, 2019

Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writing Fellow (inernational, non-students, relocation to the US), closes 8 April, 2019

The Monologue Adventure (themed, monologue, prize) closes 4pm 14 April, 2019

A Little Bit Not Normal Writers Festival is seeking original and unperformed monologues or duologues, 8–13 minutes long (scripts/screenwriting), entries open 1 April and close 15 April 2019

The 2019 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize (Prose, 2000–5000 words, entry fee, prize) closes 15 April, 2019

Banjo Paterson Writing Awards (entry fee, short story, contemporary poetry, children’s writing, prize), closes 26 April, 2019

Geelong Writers Anthology (range of genres, paid), closes 30 April, 2019

Daisy Utemorrah Award (WA Premier’s Book Awards) (YA or junior fiction by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer) closes 30 April, 2019

Poetica Christi Press’s 2019 Annual Poetry Competition (Theme: ‘Love’s Footprint’, poetry, entry fee) closes 30 April, 2019

KYD’s Unpublished Manuscript Award ($4000 prize, residency, adult narrative and non-fiction), opens 1 March and closes 30 April 2019



The 2019 Fiction Edition of The Big Issue (fiction, 300-3000 words, no entry, paid, physical submissions only), closes 1 May, 2019

Academy Nicholl Fellowships (screenwriting, international, entry fee, large prize), closes 1 May, 2019

Grieve Writing Competition (poems and short story/personal essay, entry fee, prizes), closes 15 May, 2019

2019 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize (poetry, entry fee, large prize), closes 31 May, 2019

Call for submissions: Growing up Disabled in Australia (non-fiction), closes 31 May, 2019



The Bath Novel Award (international award for adults or young adult novels, entry fee, prize) closes 2 June, 2019

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Award (school-age, poetry, entry fee, prize), closes 30 June, 2019



Brow Books (the book publishing arm of The Lifted Brow) currently has submissions open for non-fiction books.

LitMag is looking for fiction, poetry and non-fiction submissions (submission fees, paid).

Utterance journal is looking for female, trans and non-binary writers to submit poems and short non-fiction on their life. Submissions open monthly and are capped at 100 total, so keep an eye on this one.

Babyteeth journal is looking for a variety of content (including photography, scripts and illustrations). There is a small payment for contributors.

Transcollaborative is looking for people to help with a translation project (no second language required) (paid)