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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Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing (multiple competitions, fiction and non-fiction, entry fee, cash prize) closes 12 December, 2019

Sutherland Shire Literary Competition (short story and verse, various categories, entry fee, cash prize) closes 16 December, 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

Plumwood Mountain (ecofiction and ecopoetry, no fee, publication) closes 27 December, 2019

Viva la novella 8 (20k–50k word submissions, no fee, cash prize and publication) closes 31 December, 2019

Penguin Literary Prize (seeking synopses of literary novels for publication) closes 31 December, 2019


January 2020

2020 Calibre Essay Prize (essays of between 2–5k words on any topic, entry fee, large cash prize) closes 15 January, 2020.

Stringybark Short Story Awards 2019 (short stories of up to 1,500 words, must have a link to Australia, cash prize, entry fee) closes 20 January, 2020

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


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)

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 March 1.


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.