Writing Competitions & Opportunities: Winter – Spring 2020

April 23, 2020 by anika

Wondering where to send that finished manuscript or short story? Need a deadline to write towards? We’ve collated an up-to-date list of writing competitions, opportunities and awards for writers. Entries are in order of closing date.

Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grants

Ongoing

Travel grants of $300 help writers in regional NSW access professional development. Regional writers in any genre can use a grant to participate in an approved professional development event, such as a workshop or seminar, designed to further their writing skills or career as a writer.

Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

Closing date: 17 July

The prize offers $10,000 and a year’s mentoring with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers to develop a manuscript and the Guardian Australia will publish an extract of the first chapter of the winning work on its website. The prize is open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction.

Write North Writers Group Residency

Closing date: 27 July

Applications for the Write North Writers’ Group Residency are now open for mid-career to established NSW writers. The program will support an existing writers’ group of up to four members in a creative residency across seven days from 7-13 September in the Byron Bay hinterland, with mentorship from award-winning author Charlotte Wood.

Varuna Residential Fellowships

Closing date: 29 July

Varuna Residential Fellowships offer two to three weeks of full board and accommodation at Varuna, uninterrupted time to write in a private studio, and one-on-one input from a Varuna consultant. Submissions are welcome from writers working in all creative forms, including fiction, drama, poetry, children’s books, and narrative non-fiction.

Henry Handel Richardson Fellowship – Short Story Writing

Closing date: 29 July

This award is offered every second year and will next be offered in the 2021 program.

This award includes two weeks’ residency at Varuna and a contribution towards travel expenses and is part of the Varuna Residential Fellowships program.

Ray Koppe Young Writers Residency

Closing date: 30 July

The Australian Society of Authors awards a two-week residential fellowship to a writer under the age of 35 who is as yet unpublished. The fellowship is a two-week residency (including accommodation and all food), a one-hour consultation with a Varuna consultant, a year’s membership to the Australian Society of Authors, and travel subsidy if the recipient lives outside NSW.

AAWP/UWRF Translators’ Prize

Closing date: 31 July

This prize is open to translators at any stage of their career and includes a ticket to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), accommodation for the duration of the festival, and up to $1000 towards economy airfares. You will also receive one year’s membership to the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), fully subsidised conferences fees for the AAWP’s annual conference in November and be considered for publication by the editors of Meniscus!

AAWR SC Creative Non Fiction Prize

Closing date: 31 July

This prize is aimed at emerging writers of creative nonfiction, whether essay, profile, memoir, article, or hybrid. The prize includes a $500 cash prize and fully subsidised fees for the AAWP’s annual conference in November, as well as the opportunity to participate in—and to be considered for publication by slow Canoe Live Journal (SC).

 AAWR/UWRF Emerging Writers’ Prize

Closing date: 31 July

This prize is aimed at emerging writers of fiction or poetry and includes a ticket to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), accommodation for the duration of the festival, and $500 towards economy airfares. The winner will also receive one year’s membership to the AAWP, fully subsidised conference fees for the AAWP’s annual conference in November, and be considered for publication by the editors of Meniscus!

AAWR ‘Chapter One’ competition

Closing date: 31 July

This prize is aimed at emerging writers who have written a poetry collection, literary novel, short story collection, or a hybrid, genre-crossing work.  The prize is $500 cash alongside fully subsidised conference fees for the Australasian Association of Writing Programs’ (AAWP) annual conference in November 2020. The winner also receives a written appraisal of their work from an established literary author and a letter of recommendation to the University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP).

Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

Closing date: 31 July

Six awards for crime writers (with prize money from $150 – $500.) All genres of crime writing are eligible; from hard-boiled to comic, paranormal to rural, historical to contemporary, noir to cosy, by published or unpublished writers.

Maureen Freer (FAWQ) Literary Competition

Closing date: 31 July

Award categories include short story (up to 2000 words), poetry (up to 40 lines) and articles (up to 3000 words), with first, second and third cash prizes for each category.

Joanne Burns Microlit Award

Closing date: 1 August

Cash prize of $300 and finalists will be offered publication in the annual Spineless Wonders’ microlit anthology.  Up to 200 words on the theme of PULPED FICTION in genres including Cri Fi, Sci Fi, Noir, Rom Com, Lit Fic, Western, Horror, Gothic, Fantasy, and Fairytale.

The Next Chapter

Closing date: 10 August

The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter program provides a year’s mentorship and $15,000 to develop work. Participants receive a three-night/four-day residency at Varuna, along with a year’s membership of the Varuna Alumni network. This program is for the stories that aren’t being told, the voices that aren’t being heard, and the ideas that need patience, care and work to introduce to the world.

Link: https://www.varuna.com.au/fellowships/nextchapter

Link: https://thenextchapter.wheelercentre.com/

 Women’s Crime and Mystery Short Story Competition

Closing date: 31 August

$1500 (TBC) plus the Scarlet Stiletto trophy for the best short story (5,000 words), featuring a strong female protagonist, written by a woman. The competition looks to unearth and support new talent.

KSP Short Fiction Competition

Closing date: 25 September

$300 prize plus weekend residency at the KSP Writers’ Centre for open category and $100 first place prize for youth. Up to 2,500 words for adults and 1,000 for youth of original, unpublished writing with engaging characters and a compelling narrative in any fiction style or theme.

Writing NSW Fellowships

Closing date: late September

Two one-week Varuna residencies to members of Writing NSW for manuscripts, plays or poem collections. One of the fellowships is reserved for a writer under the age of 30. Open to works of fiction, creative non-fiction, a play, or a suite of poems that is ready for the next stage of development.

KSP Short Fiction Competition

Closing date: 25 September

$300 prize plus weekend residency at the Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writers’ Centre for open category and $100 first place prize for youth. Up to 2,500 words for adults and 1,000 for youth of original, unpublished writing with engaging characters and a compelling narrative in any fiction style or theme.

Varuna-New England Writer’s Centre Fellowship

Closing date: 30 September

The fellowship provides one week of full board and accommodation at Varuna plus $350 towards travel and payment of the Varuna alumni fee of $99. Fellowship offered for manuscripts at any stage of development from writers living in the Federal Electorate of New England, who are at any point in their career and working in any form of literary creation.

KSP Foundation Fellowship

Closing date: October

A subsidised residency at Varuna and a residency at the Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writers’ Centre in Perth to be awarded to a WA novelist or short story writer who displays exceptional promise in their nominated project, in both their writing style and the premise of the work.

Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowships

Closing date: mid December

Five fellowships, including accommodation, all meals, travel expenses and manuscript consultations, are awarded to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers from anywhere in Australia. This fellowship program is open to writers of all genres and submissions in language are welcomed.

 

With thanks to our wonderful office volunteers, Colleen O’Brien and Carolyn Anderson, who helped collate this list.


anika