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 Dulcie Stone Writers Competition (short story/storyboard, theme is ‘Having your say’, writers with intellectual disability) closes 26 April, 2019.

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

Emerging Writers’ Fellowship (no entry fee, fellowship in SLV), closes 28 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KYD’s Unpublished Manuscript Award ($4000 prize, residency, adult narrative and non-fiction) closes 30 April 2019

Best of Times short story competition #27 (humorous short stories, entry fee, prize) closes 30 April, 2019

May Gibbs 2020 Creative Time Residential Fellowships (published children’s authors) closes 30 April, 2019

Microflix (400 words on the theme of ‘sound’, entry fee, cash prize) closes 30 April, 2019

WOW! Women on writing creative nonfiction essay contest (200–1k words, open topic, USD entry fee, cash prize and publication) closes 30 April, 2019



The Little Bird Writing Contest (story written to prompt, entry fee, cash prize and publication) closes 1 May, 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

The Lifted Brown & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental non-fiction 2019 (publication, prize, entry fee, 5k words) closes 1 May, 2019

Library and Information Week 2019 Short Story Competition (500 words, adult and junior categories, no fee, cash prize) closes 6 May, 2019

Stilts Journal (poetry, no fee, paid, publication) closes 10 May, 2019

Flash Fiction Competition: Library and Information Week 2019 (theme: Australian history, adults and under-18, no fee, prize) closes 18 May, 2019

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

Neo Perennial Press Heroine Anthology (women writers, prose/fiction up to 3k words), closes 20 May, 2019

Ian Potter Trust (large professional development grant), closes 21 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

WOW! Women on writing flash fiction competition (250–750 words, prizes to top 20, top 10 are interviewed, USD entry fee with optional extra critique, cash prizes) closes 31 May, 2019



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

Verandah Journal (fiction, poems and scripts, submission fee, publication and possible prizes) closes 10 June 2019

2019 CHASS Australia Prizes (more academic/professional prize, multiple categories, no fee, cash prize, self-nominations welcome), closes 21 June, 2019

SWAMP (postgraduate creative writing students, theme ‘Home’ , publication) closes 28 June, 2019

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

Better Read Writing Competition (creative, 2k words, ‘the road less travelled’) closes 30 June, 2019

Queensland Literary Awards (multiple awards available, no fee, cash prize) closes 30 June, 2019



SD Harvey Short Crime Story Award (high entry fee, fiction and non-fiction, 2–5k words, cash holiday and prize) closes 1 July, 2019


Elyne Mitchell Writing Award (fiction up to 2500 words, theme is Australian stories in a rural landscape) closes 22 August, 2019.


Poetry on Planes (poetry, free, payment), closes 1 September, 2019

The Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition (theme: togetherness in diversity, 1k words, entry fee, cash prize, publication for top 40) closes 2 September, 2019



The Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development + Publication Prize (high entry fee, 40–85k word submissions, fiction or non-fiction only, $4,500 self publishing package prize), closes 20 December, 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)