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

The Lane Cove Literary Awards 2019 (short fiction, travel story, poetry, cash prize, no fee) closes 26 August, 2019

Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition 2019 (theme is ‘freedom’, multiple categories for blind or low vision authors, one open category, no entry fee, cash prize) closes 30 August, 2019

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

The ‘More Than Words’ Literary Competition (short story, article or poem up to 300 words, small entry fee, cash prize) closes 31 August, 2019

The 2019 Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award (short stories up to 3000 words, entry fee, cash prize) closes 31 August, 2019

The 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards (crime fiction, entry fee, multiple prizes), closes 31 August, 2019



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

The Deakin University Nonfiction Prize (entries between 5,000 and 10,000 words, any genre including memoir, journalism, essay, and creative nonfiction, entrants under 30, no fee, cash prize) 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

The Buzz Words Short Story Prize for 2019 (short story for a reader 8 to 11 years, entry fee, cash prize) closes 2 September, 2019

The 2019 Deborah Cass Prize (writing samples of no more than 3000 words, no fee, cash prize and mentorship) closes 9 September, 2019

Avon Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) is calling for unpublished adult romance novels (75-85k words), no entry fee and the winner will be published, closes 15 September, 2019.

KSP Short Fiction Competition (youth and adult categories, 1500/2500 words respectively, entry fee for adults, cash prize) closes 27 September, 2019

The Patrick White Indigenous Writers Award (opportunity for  Indigenous Australian students (primary and secondary), no fee, prizes) closes 27 September, 2019

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



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

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize 2019 (short stories up to 2500 words, theme is ‘all lit up’, entry fee, cash prize and publication), closes 1 October, 2019.

The KSP Poetry Awards (poetry up to 50 lines, adult and youth categories, entry fee, cash prize), closes 11 October, 2019

Southern Cross Short Story Competition (open theme, fiction up to 3k words, entry fee, prizes, BWI’s very own competition) closes 14 October, 2019.



Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition (stories up to 1500 words on the theme of ‘family’, entry fee, cash prize) closes 2 November, 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


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)

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

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