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.



The Kat Muscat Fellowship (Editorial or writing project, for female or non-binary authors under 30) closes 20 January, 2019

Kill Your Darlings Speculative Fiction/Fantasy Showcase (Fiction, paid) closes 25 January 2019

black&write! Fellowships (Open to writers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent living in Australia) closes 31 January, 2019

Dal Stivens Award (Short story or essay, author under 30, no fee) closes 31 January, 2019

Kathleen Mitchell Award (Literary novel or Novella, author under 30, no fee) closes 31 January, 2019

Kill Your Darlings New Australian Fiction (Fiction, paid) closes 31 January, 2019

The Masters Review Winter Short Story Competition (Fiction, entry fee, international) closes 31 January, 2019.



The 2019 Carmel Bird Literary Award (Collections of short prose (up to 30k words), entry fee) closes 3 February, 2019

Newcastle Short Story Award (Short story, entry fee) closes 4 February, 2019.

The Annual Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing (entry fee) closes 8 February, 2019

Call for submissions: Growing up Arab in Australia (short creative non-fiction/personal essays), closes 15 February, 2019



Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize (Biographical writing, entry fee) closes  11 March, 2019.

Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize (Poetry, entry fee), closes 11 March, 2019.

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


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



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