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On these pages you will find competitions and other opportunities for authors, performance writers for stage and screen, illustrators and filmmakers. See entries below the quick list for more detailed information.  

In this section we list competitions open to writers of prose and poetry. Detailed information poetry is listed below. Entries are in date order and those with deadlines looming are highlighted in red. 

 

  • THE 2019 HAZEL ROWLEY LITERARY FELLOWSHIP will award $15,000 to an Australian writer to support the research and writing of a new biographical work. Applications close at 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 16 November 2018.
  • Enter the OVERLAND NEILMA SIDNEY SHORT STORY PRIZE for short fiction of up to 3,000 words on the theme of ‘travel’, and submit to Overland Magazine by Monday, 19 November 2018.
  • The OVERLAND JUDITH WRIGHT POETRY PRIZE FOR NEW AND EMERGING POETS is seeking poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection under their own name. Submit your entry to Overland Magazine by Monday, 19 November 2018.
  • The CWA (UK) alerts you to THE INKSHARES 2018 MYSTERY & THRILLER CONTEST, which runs through until Thursday, 22 November. The contest will select at least three mystery or thriller novels for publishing and representation. The selections will be made both by Inkshares editors and by Inkshares’ community of readers.

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Who: Writers Victoria.

What: THE 2019 HAZEL ROWLEY LITERARY FELLOWSHIP

Entries close: 5.00 p.m. Friday, 16 November 2018.

Contact: Applications must be made online – for more information, go to http://hazelrowley.com/wordpress1. How to submit – go to the Writers Victoria website at https://writersvictoria.org.au/calendars/opportunities-competitions/2019-hazel-rowley-fellowship and scroll down to the submission button. Check out the Terms and Conditions before you click on it.

Cost: NIL to apply.

What’s happening: The Rules. Applications are now open for the 2018 HAZEL ROWLEY LITERARY FELLOWSHIP. Now in its eighth year, the Fellowship commemorates the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011) and awards $15,000 to an emerging or established Australian writer to support research and development of a new biographical work. The Fellowship was established by the family and friends of Hazel Rowley, one of the world’s leading biographers, to commemorate her life and writing legacy following her death in 2011.

Hazel left behind a legacy of great writing, a passion for words and for exploring the lives of exceptional men and women. Although most recognised for four outstanding biographies, Hazel also wrote and published many essays, articles and book reviews. She was well known as a lively and engaging public speaker, appearing at numerous book festivals and literary events around the world.

Applicants must write in English and be over 18 years of age. They must be Australian citizens (living anywhere) or permanent residents of Australia. Joint applications for collaborative projects by more than one writer are not eligible. Please note that the Fellowship will not cover tuition fees, research assistant salary or publishing subsidy.

The Fellowship is open to Australian writers of biography but can also extend to include a writer working on an aspect of cultural or social history. It may be used to fund research or travel, to develop a new proposal, or to progress a manuscript for submission to potential publishers.

Judges will be looking for applicants who demonstrate excellence in the quality of their work, courage in their choice of project, and a passionate engagement with the world of ideas and the way that people live their lives. The subject of the biography needs to be someone who has made a demonstrable contribution to society.

The Prize: $15,000 to an Australian writer to support the research and writing of a new biographical work.

 

Who: Overland Magazine.

What: OVERLAND NEILMA SIDNEY SHORT STORY PRIZE

Entries close: 11.59 on Monday, 19 November 2018.

Contact: Enter the OVERLAND NEILMA SIDNEY SHORT STORY PRIZE here https://overland.org.au/prizes/overland-neilma-sidney-short-story-prize. To confirm eligibility, please read the guidelines before submitting.

Cost: $12 for subscribers and $20 for non-subscribers. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition for a special price of $56 (see the website for details). Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately and accompanied by the relevant fee.

What’s happening: The Rules. Named after the late Neilma Gantner, the OVERLAND NEILMA SIDNEY STORY PRIZE is a prize for original and excellent pieces of short fiction, written in English, up to 3,000 words in length. Your story should be themed around the notion of ‘travel’; imaginative, creative and literary interpretations are strongly encouraged.

The prize is open to writers nationally and internationally, at any stage of their career. Stories must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers. Stories that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible. The judges this year will be Patty Yumi Cottrell, Heather Morris and Peter Polites.

The Prize: The winning story will receive a $4,000 first prize and be published in Overlands first print issue for 2019. Two runners-up will each receive $500 and be published at Overland online at https://overland.org.au to coincide with the release of the print magazine.

 

Who: Overland Magazine.

What: OVERLAND JUDITH WRIGHT POETRY PRIZE FOR NEW AND EMERGING POETS

Entries close: 11.59 p.m. on Monday, 19 November 2018.

Contact: For guidelines, the application form and to enter the OVERLAND JUDITH WRIGHT POETRY PRIZE, click here https://overland.org.au/prizes/overland-judith-wright-poetry-prize-for-new-and-emerging-poets. To confirm eligibility, please read the guidelines before submitting. Winners will be announced in February 2019.

Cost: $12 for subscribers and $20 for non-subscribers. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition for a special price of $56 (see the website for details).

What’s happening: The Rules. Established in 2007 and supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Overland JUDITH WRIGHT POETRY PRIZE FOR NEW AND EMERGING POETS seeks outstanding poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name (i.e. writers who’ve had zero collections published, or one solo collection published). It remains one of the richest prizes for emerging poets, and is open to poets anywhere in the world.

Poems must be no more than 80 lines, and please ensure you are satisfied with your poem before submitting. The Judges in 2018 are ALISON WHITTAKER, NGUYEN TIÊN HOÀNG, and TOBY FITCH (see the website above for details).

The Prize: In 2018, the major prize is $6,000, with a second prize of $2,000 and a third prize of $1,000. All three winners will be published in the first issue of Overland’s print magazine of 2019.

 

Who: Inkshares (a California-based publishing and literary-rights management company).

What: INKSHARES 2018 MYSTERY & THRILLER CONTEST

Entries close: The Inkshares 2018 Mystery & Thriller Contest runs through until Thursday, 22 November 2018 (see below).

Contact: A letter from their CEO is here:
https://medium.com/@adamgomolin/dear-novelists-d3c0dd39e4c0. Find a brief video about the contest here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0zrRIN_T5E. You can sign up for the contest here: https://www.inkshares.com/contests/mysterycomp.

Cost: NIL to submit.

What’s happening: The Rules. The CWA (UK) alerts you to THE INKSHARES 2018 MYSTERY & THRILLER CONTEST, which runs through until Thursday, 22 November. The contest will select at least three mystery or thriller novels for publishing and representation. The selections will be made both by Inkshares editors and by Inkshares’ community of readers.

Inkshares is a California-based publishing and literary-rights management company. Founded in 2014, it is a community of authors and readers, using engagement from that community to determine what novels to publish. Are you the next Gillian Flynn, Stieg Larsson, or Anthony Horowitz? Sign up for the Inkshares 2018 Mystery & Thriller Contest.
 
Books published by Inkshares have reached the Amazon Top Five and the #1 spot on Audible. Inkshares novels have received starred reviews in every major publishing magazine and been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

Novels published by Inkshares in North America have been licensed in foreign territories by major houses such as Penguin Random House alongside top-of-market advances. They are in development for television and film at some of the largest networks and studios in the world including Showtime and Lionsgate.

Inkshares’ most recent mystery release, Christopher Huang’s A Gentleman’s Murder (July 2018), earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, was featured in The Washington Post, and is in development for television at Endeavor Content.

Any writer with a manuscript (partial or finished) that falls under the mystery or thriller genre can enter the contest by first creating a draft project on Inkshares, which includes your pitch, logline, working title, and genre. If you aren’t familiar with any of these requested elements, the website will walk you through the process. The contest officially starts on September 21, 2018, and only projects that begin selling pre-orders on or after that date within the mystery and thriller genres will be eligible for the contest.

The Prize: The contest will select at least three mystery or thriller novels for publishing and representation.

 

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