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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February 2020

Sustainable Arts Foundation (award program focused on writers who have children, application fee, cash award) closes 28 February, 2020

2020 Bucheon Residency (residency in Korea, more info at the link) closes 28 February, 2020

black&write!Writing Fellowships (open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants) closes 28 February, 2020


March 2020

Copper Nickel (poetry, fiction essays and translation folios, no fee, publication and payment) closes 1 March, 2020

Gröndal’s House UNESCO Cities of Literature Residency (residency in Iceland, no application fee) closes 1 March, 2020

Griffith Review (writing on Europe and Australia, no fee, publication ) closes 2 March, 2020

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

2020 Short Story Competition (children’s stories up to 1k words, no entry fee, cash and publication) closes 16 March, 2020

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

Sheila Malady Short Story Competition (short story under 2000 words, entry fee, cash prize) closes 25 March, 2020

Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition (YOUTH (8–18): 500 words, ADULT: 1200 words, cash prize, no entry fee, cash prize and publication) closes 29 March, 2020

The Annual WB Yeats Poetry Prize (poetry up to 50 lines, entry fee, cash prize) closes 31 March, 2020



The Blake Poetry Prize (spiritual and religious poetry under 100 lines, entry fee, large cash prize) closes 3 April, 2020

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, 2020



Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize (short stories of 2000 to 5000 words, entry fee, large cash prize ) closes 1 May, 2020

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award (longform work by an author under 35, entry fee, cash prize and publication) closes 31 May, 2020


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.