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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 Foundation for Australian Literary Studies (FALS) is calling for submissions for the 2018  COLIN RODERICK AWARD, which celebrates the author of the best book dealing with any aspect of Australian life. Nominations close on Wednesday, 28th February 2018. 
  • MYSTERY WRITER ALERT! Entries for the CWA’s MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION are now open for submissions of unpublished mystery stories. Entries must be submitted in English but the author does not need to be resident in the United Kingdom. Deadline is midnight, Wednesday, 28 February 2018.

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Who: James Cook University – The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies (FALS).

What: THE 2018 COLIN RODERICK AWARD

Nominations close: Wednesday, 28th February 2018. 

Contact: For more about the university, go to http://jcu.edu.au. For guidelines visit https://www.jcu.edu.au/foundation-for-australian-literary-studies/colin-roderick-award, Submit a publication at https://www.jcu.edu.au/foundation-for-australian-literary-studies/colin-roderick-award/colin-roderick-award-entry-form. Books published from 1 January 2017– 31 December 2017 are eligible for submission into the 2018 award. Submit a publication.

Cost: NIL to submit.

What’s happening: The Rules. The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies (FALS) is calling for submissions for the 2018 COLIN RODERICK AWARD. The award celebrates the author of the best book that deals with any aspect of Australian life. Books published from 1 January 2017–31 December 2017 are eligible for submission into the 2018 award.  

The Colin Roderick Award is one of Australia's oldest literary awards, founded in 1967 by Professor Colin Roderick. After Professor Roderick's death in 2000, the award was renamed in his memory. The award and medal are presented to the best original book, in the judges' opinion, that is published in Australia in the previous calendar year. Submissions must deal with any aspect of Australian life and can be in any field or genre of writing, verse or prose.

Josephine Wilson's novel Extinctions was announced as the 2017 Colin Roderick Award winner on 30th October 2017. The following 2017 shortlist was chosen from more than 150 nominations. Carrying the World by Maxine Beneba Clark; Wisdom Tree: Five Novellas by Nick Earls; Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru by Madeline Gleeson; The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft by Tom Griffiths; From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories by Mark McKenna; Saltwater by Cathy McLennan; The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong, and Extinctions by Josephine Wilson.

The Prize: The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies presents the annual award to the value of $20,000, coupled with the silver H.T. Priestley Memorial Medal.

 

Who: The Crime Writers Association (CWA) UK.

What: THE CWA’S MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Entries close: Midnight on Wednesday, 28 February 2018.

Contact: Please read all terms and conditions carefully before submitting your entry at https://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/short-story-competition/terms-and-conditions and click Submit your Entry for details on how to submit. 

Cost: £12 to enter. Please note that they can only accept payments via PayPal. Online entry is a two-stage process. First you must pay the £12 submission fee. Once your payment has gone through you will receive a receipt with a transaction ID from PayPal. You may then return to submit your entry at any point until the submission deadline. You will need to submit your PayPal transaction ID along with your entry so they can confirm that all entries have been paid for.

What’s happening: The Rules. THE MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION is now open for submissions of unpublished mystery stories. Margery Allingham was an English Golden Age crime writer best known for her detective stories featuring gentleman sleuth Albert Campion. The Crime Writers’ Association and the Margery Allingham Society run this competition together to promote mystery writing and the elegant medium of the short story.

This award is for a single, PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED SHORT STORY of up to 3,500 words by an author aged 18 years or over on 1 January of the competition year. Entries must be submitted in English but the author does not need to be resident in the United Kingdom. Translations of short stories originally published in languages other than English are not eligible. The submitted story must not have been previously published on any platform including digital.

You have a fairly open brief – providing your story fits Margery Allingham’s definition of a mystery: ‘The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry and a Conclusion with an Element of Satisfaction in it.’ This competition is not to be missed for lovers of the short story – and, like the Debut Daggers, being shortlisted brings attention and prestige to the writing CV.

The Prize: THE WINNER walks away with £500, a selection of Margery Allingham books and two passes for international crime writing convention CrimeFest in 2019. The winner is announced at CrimeFest 2018 – when the longlist of the Debut Dagger and other daggers will also be announced.

 

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