Writing competitions

Are you feeling creative?

Consider entering one of these comps and win money and glory.


Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers

Entries open on Monday 30th May and close Sunday 10th September 2017. More details and terms & conditions of entry will be announced in April.

The Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers is for writers aged 30 and below to submit longform work. Entries between 5,000 and 10,000 words across all nonfiction genres, including memoir, journalism, essay and creative nonfiction, are welcome.


Heywire Competition

The Heywire Competition is for people aged 16 – 22 who live in regional areas to tell a story about their life, in text, video, photo or audio form. Entries close 15th September 2017.


Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Competition 2017

Competition closes 31st March 2017.

The competition has an open theme and entrants may submit stories up to a maximum of 600 words.  Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition.

In addition to the open category, there are categories for entrants aged between 12 and 18.


The 2017 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

Entries close Friday 12th May 2017.

The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize is a competition run by the University of Southern Queensland and is open to all Australian citizens or Permanent Residents. Entrants can enter up to 5 poems with a fee of $6 per poem.

The prize is $2500.


Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

2017 competition opens 1st March and closes 30th June

Poets are encouraged to take inspiration from wherever they may find it, however, if they are looking for some direction, competition participants are invited to use this year’s optional theme ‘All Over The World’ to inspire their entries. http://www.dorothea.com.au/How-to-Enter-2017-awards




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