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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Best of Times Short Story Competition #28 (humorous stories up to 2500 words, entry fee, cash prize) closes 31 October, 2019

Joe O’Sullivan Writers Prize (short stories from 2000–4000 words on the topic of ‘memories’, entry fee, cash prize) closes 31 October, 2019

Positive Words End of Year Short Story and Poetry Competition 2019 (short stories up to 500 words, poetry up to 32 lines, small entry fee, cash prize) closes 31 October, 2019

Glimmer Press’s THRILL ME! anthology (short stories of under 3000 words that will ‘make your heart race’, publication, no entry fee) closes 31 October, 2019

Right Left Write (flash fiction of up to 500 words, entry fee, publication) closes 31 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 2020 Hazel Rowley Fellowship (emerging or established authors writing biographies) closes 16 November, 2019.

Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize (short fiction themed around ‘travel’, entry fee, cash prize and publication) closes 17 November, 2019

Judith Wright Poetry Prize (poetry, entry fee, large cash prize and publication) closes 17 November, 2019

Jackie’s Spring Competition (rhyming stories or verse poetry for children, entry fee, various prizes) closes 30 November, 2019



Somerset Novella Writing Competition (novellas by high school students, entry fee, various prizes including travel) closes 6 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

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

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