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.
Nature Writing Prize
Closing date: 19 February
$7,500 will be awarded to the author of an essay between 3,000 and 5,000 words in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’. The winning entry will also be published in Griffith Review online as a multimedia essay.
The Long and Short of it: Griffith Review Short Story Competition
Closing date: 15 March
As part of its seventy-fifth edition, Griffith Review are launching a new writing competition. Open to submissions of fiction and non-fiction from 3,500 words up to 7,000 of any theme. Three winners will be chosen and will share a prize pool of $15,000, and have their work published in Griffith Review’s special seventy-fifth edition, due out in February 2022.
Byron Writers Festival’s Restart program is beginning with two major residential retreats: Open Writers/Illustrators Retreat & First Nations Writers/Illustrators Retreat. Each retreat will offer participants a five-day, expenses-paid literary retreat in northern NSW, shared with four other artists, enriched by the mentorship of an acclaimed NSW author. Open to authors and illustrators working on a major work.
An international award for an original work of short fiction under 2000 words. The award includes cash prizes, an artist’s residency in Umbria, Italy, and a consultation with a London-based literary agent, publication in an anthology and one of nine partner magazines, including KYD. Judges are Ottessa Moshfegh, Derek Owusu and Isabel Waidner.
The mentorship provides five days in a glorious Byron Shire location with accommodation and some meals provided, one-on-one mentoring with Marele Day and the company of three other committed writers. It’s an experience that many have described as life-changing, a time to forge lasting friendships and discover what lies at the heart of your work. Open to members of Byron Writers Festival.