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.

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January 2020

The Matilda Children’s Literature Prize (20k–100k completed manuscripts for a variety of young audiences, free, publication) closes 26 January, 2020

The Marten Bequest Scholarships (various artists and prose writers aged 21–35, cash scholarship) closes 30 January, 2020

Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program (children’s book, no fee, publication) closes 31 January, 2020.

The 2020 Award Mentorship Program for Writers and Illustrators (varied genres, long-form works (whether anthologies or long-form fiction, mentoring and various professional opportunities, free for members) closes 31 January, 2020.


February 2020

2020 Microflix Writing Awards Submissions (microliterature, 400 words on the theme of ‘image’, free, cash prize) closes 1 February, 2020

The Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award (short story collections up to 30,000 words, entry fee, cash prize, digital publication) closes 2 February, 2020

Voices of Women clearway2020 (pieces of writing to be performed in NSW, entry fee, cash prize for selected stories) closes 2 February, 2020

2020 Newcastle Short Story Award (short stories up to 2k words, entry fee, cash prize and publication) closes 3 February, 2020

The 2020 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing (story stories (works of fiction and nonfiction for children, entry fee, publishing contract and advance) closes 7 February, 2020

40 South Publishing Tasmanian Writers’ Prize (stories up to 3k words on an island, or island-resonant, theme, entry fee, cash prize) closes 16 February, 2020


March 2020

Copper Nickel (poetry, fiction essays and translation folios, no fee, publication and payment) opens January 15 and closes 1 March

Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes (Victorian writers, two prizes, one for biographical prose and the other for poetry, entry fee, cash prize) closes 9 March

2020 Peter Carey Award (stories of 2000–3000 words, entry fee, cash prize) closes 19 March (opens 3 February)



The 2020 Daisy Utemorrah Award (open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Australia, junior or YA fiction, cash prize and publishing contract) closes 30 April


Ongoing Opportunities

The Australian Bush Poets Association run a calendar of bush poetry events for both written and performed bush poetry.

Ginninderra Press (accepts unsolicited manuscripts across a range of genres, please read their criteria carefully).

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)

Furious Fiction begins on the first Friday of every month, there is a cash prize for the best story in the month.