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.
Djillong Short Story Competition
Closing date: 15 December 2021
Organised by Geelong Writers, this competition invites entries of short stories of between 3,000 and 5,000 words on an open theme. First prize wins $1,000, second prize $400 and third prize $200, and there is an entry fee of $20 per story. Winners announced in February.
Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize 2021
Closing Date: December 17 2021
Entries open for manuscripts up to 80,000 words for works of fiction or non-fiction. The winner receives Author Coaching, Structural Edit and Line Edit (Prize Value $2,500) with the structural edit kindly sponsored by Brisbane Writers Workshop, and line editing and author coaching sponsored by Hawkeye Publishing. Hawkeye Publishing may offer the winner a publishing contract. (Note: this is not a guarantee of publication, but the possibility of).
Entries of bush poetry with consistent rhyme and meter are invited to this competition, which offers $300 prize money or the winner of the Open section. There are also Novice and Junior categories, offering prize money of $100 each. Subject of poems must be an Australian theme of some kind. Entry fee is $6 per poem or three for $10.
The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest international awards program for indie authors and independent publishers and the only book awards program of its kind offering more monetary prizes, more awards, more recognition and more exposure including exposure to a leading Literary Agent for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights. Presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) in conjunction with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognise and honour the top independently published books of the year.
Forty South’s competition is open to residents of Australia or New Zealand. The prize is for short stories up to 3,000 words having an island, or island-resonant, theme. The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $500.
A selection of the best entries will be published in the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2022.
Minds Shine Bright is an arts business started by Amanda Scotney that was created to help promotes budding writers. The Minds Shine Bright Writing Competition is calling for entries for 2022. The theme is Confidence.
The competition is open to writers of fiction and includes the following categories and word limits:
Short stories: 5000 words
Flash Fiction: 1000 words
Poetry: 240 lines
Scripts: 90 pages
The winners will be published in an anthology in mid-2022.
The 2022 Questions Writing Prize aims to recognise and reward young Australian writers (18 to 30 years).The writing can be fiction or non-fiction on any topic as long as the piece remains between 1,500 and 2,000 words.
The prize for the best writing submitted is $2,000. The winner of the Questions Writing Prize will have their work published in a book and a forthcoming issue of Questions.