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EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2018: It’s ‘All Aboard’ Eurovision mania once again – a train to somewhere for some performers and a train wreck for others. This year, JESSICA MAUBOY will represent Australia in Lisbon, Portugal, with her song ‘We Got Love’. Jessica takes over from Isaiah Firebrace (pictured) who represented Australia in Kyev last year. (Photo montage by L.J. May)


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 Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) and Scripted Ink are calling for all writers, directors and performers to get their applications in for THE EQUITY FOUNDATION DIVERSITY SHOWCASEWriters are not required to be members of Australian Writers’ Guild to enter. General entries close at midnight on Friday, 18 May 2018.
  • The BANJO PRIZE is offered annually, and any Australian resident aged 18 or older is eligible to enter. Writers need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission. Submit your entries via the HarperCollins website by 5.00 p.m. AEDT on Friday, 25 May 2018.

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Who: The Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) and Scripted Ink.


Entries close: Midnight on Friday, 18 May 2018. (Directors should have already submitted their applications).

Contact: Applications are to be submitted on the submission page on the AWG website HERE. Entry is free and you will not be charged or asked for credit card details when you click ‘Enter competition’. Please ignore the note regarding payment. For further information and entry guidelines go to apply here Directors apply here Performers apply here

Cost: Entry is FREE and you will not be charged or asked for payment details at any stage in the process. 

What’s happening:The Rules. Calling all writers, directors and performers! Get your applications in for THE EQUITY FOUNDATION DIVERSITY SHOWCASE. Your voice! Your stories! This July, the Australian Writers’ Guild and Scripted Ink are partnering with the Equity Foundation and the Equity Diversity Committee, with support from Screen Australia and colleagues at ADG, to run Australia’s first DIVERSITY SHOWCASE built to develop and nurture career paths for writers, directors and performers from diverse backgrounds.

Applications are open for writers with A FIVE MINUTE DRAMA OR COMEDY SCRIPT. Writers are not required to be members of Australian Writers’ Guild to enter. This is a national program, and they welcome applications Australia-wide. To be eligible to apply, writers must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident, and be at least 18 years old. They must not have more than 50 minutes of writing credits for produced work, and must be available to attend the Diversity Workshop and Showcase in Sydney in late July 2018. 

Entrants are asked to provide 1 x five-minute (4-6 pages) drama or comedy script. The script may be a standalone piece or a scene from a larger script. Please also submit a written expression of interest outlining your reasons for applying to the showcase and what you hope to get out of the workshop and showcase. Describe your achievements so far as a screenwriter, and submit a one-page CV.

If your submitted script is part of a larger piece of work, you have the option of submitting a one-page synopsis outlining the complete work. Entrants must own all the rights to the script being entered and two entries per writer are permitted.

The Prize: The six-day program, which will take place in Sydney, will consist of morning workshops, discussions, and professional development opportunities, culminating in a performance showcasing the developed work to an audience of network executives, managers and other industry professionals. Participants will be assisted with flights, accommodation, and per diems for the duration of the workshop and showcase.

There will be five directors selected to work with 10 actors and 5 writers during the program. After the program, the directors will be given the opportunity to be mentored by a leading Australian screen director, and have access to other development programs. They will also be given a one-year Associate Membership to the Australian Directors' Guild.


Who: HarperCollins.


Entries close: 5.00 p.m. AEDT on Friday, 25 May 2018.

Contact: Entries are via the HarperCollins website. For guidelines and to enter, go to Shortlist will be announced on Thursday, 26 July 2018, and winners will be announced on Monday, 13 August 2018.

Cost: There is a limit of one entry per person.

What’s happening:The Rules. The BANJO PRIZE is offered annually and any Australian resident aged 18 or older is eligible to enter. Please read the Terms and Conditions on the website above for full eligibility requirements and submission guidelines. Writers need to have a full manuscript prepared at the time of submission. Applications also need to include a synopsis of approximately 500 words and a 200-word biographical statement.

The Prize: A publishing contract with HarperCollins, with an advance of $15,000. In partnership with News Regional Media, two runners-up with each receive a written assessment of their manuscript from HarperCollins.






EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2018: Singer, DAMI IM, represented Australia in Eurovision 2015. Here she is pictured (centre) with the ever popular MYF WARHURST (at left) and the ever camp comedian JOEL CREASEY (at right), both of whom return as presenters for the SBS broadcast this year. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)