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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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 Short Story and Poetry Writing Competition (entry fee, cash prize, multiple categories) 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 Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship (fellowship for a project with an Australian interest or theme, more information on the website) closes 30 September, 2019.

Bent Street 3 (seeking fiction, artwork etc. from LBTQIA+ creatives, no fee, publication), submissions for print book close 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.

Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing 2019 (multiple categories, including short story and poetry, entry fee, cash prizes), closes 7 October, 2019

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

Flash Fiction (stories of up to 150 words that include the word ‘heritage’, book voucher prize, no entry fee) 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

Bent Street 3 (seeking fiction, artwork etc. from LBTQIA+ creatives, no fee, publication), submissions for the e-book close 15 October, 2019

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