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.


Flash your Fiction Competition (200-word story that includes the word ‘sunlight’, entry fee, festival pass and publication) closes 26 June.

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

2019 Children’s Adventure Story competition (short fiction aimed at 10–12-year-old children, entry fee, cash prize and publication) closes 30 June, 2019.

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize (poetry, entry fee, large cash prize, student discount for entries) closes 30 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

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize (poetry, fee, prize) closes 30 June, 2019

The 2019 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers (authors between 12-18 years old, fiction, non-fiction and poetry, cash prize and workshop) closes 30 June, 2019

Woorilla Poetry Prize 2019 (open age and youth, entry fee, prize) closes 30 June, 2019

Wyndham Writing Awards (short story, graphic short story, flash story and poetry, no entry 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

The 2019 Fair Australia Prize (theme is ‘strike’, open to multiple genres, free entry, publication in Overland) closes 1 July, 2019

Adelaide Plains Poets Poetry Competition 2019 (poetry under 60 lines, theme is ‘location’, junior and adult categories, entry fee, cash prizes) closes 5 July, 2019

SAND (encourages work from authors in marginal populations, including location, short stories, poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction and more, publication) closes 6 July, 2019.

Visible Ink (Themes of obsession, repetition and drudgery, fiction, flash fiction, poetry and art, paid publication), closes 7 July, 2019.

The 2019 ACU Prize for Poetry (poetry, entry fee, prize) closes 8 July, 2019

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers (open to unpublished adult fiction and creative non-fiction authors, long-form prose, cash prize and 12-month mentorship) closes 8 July, 2019

The Next Chapter (mentorship and cash grant) closes 12 July, 2019

Overland’s ‘speculative alternatives’ issue (stories up to 4000 words, paid, publication) closes 15 July, 2019.

2019 Grace Marion Wilson Glenfern Fellowship (members of Writers Victoria only, more info at the link) closes 16 July, 2019

AlburyCity Short Story Award (open theme, 3000 words, entry fee, cash prize) closes 24 July, 2019


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

Boroondara Literary Awards (short story, entry fee, prize) closes 30 August, 2019


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

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

2019 NWF/joanne burns Microlit Award (theme is ‘scars’, microlit (> 200 words), entry fee, cash prize and publication) closes 30 September, 2019


Southern Cross Short Story Competition (open theme, fiction up to 3k words, entry fee, prizes, BWI’s very own competition) closes 1 October, 2019.

The National One-Act Playwriting Competition (Playscripts, entry fee, cash prize) closes 1 October, 2019


Future Visions (fiction challenging the future, 3–7.5k, accepting published fiction, small entry fee, cash prize and publication) closes 15 November, 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


Wombat Books (accepts unsolicited manuscripts, submitting authors should be familiar with WB’s body of printed books).

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)

Audrey Daybook 2019 Short Story Prize (short prose to a prompt on the site, publication and cash prize, no entry fee) ends September.