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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 VENIE HOLMGREN ENVIRONMENTAL POETRY PRIZE is open to citizens of Australia or New Zealand, or people who have permanent resident status in Australia or New Zealand. Entries close at 11.59 p.m. EST on Monday, 22 July 2019.
  • The annual ALBURY CITY SHORT STORY AWARD is open to entrants throughout Australia. There are no thematic restrictions this year – judges simply want to see a well-written short story of up to 3,000 words. Entries close at 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 24 July 2019.
  • The ROSE FRANKCOMBE SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2019 ROSE AWARD is open to all short story writers, and is for an original, previously unpublished short story of between 1,200 to 1,500 words on the theme of ‘Earth’. Entries close on Wednesday, 31 July 2019.
  • Australian Women writers over the age of 18 are encouraged to submit their short story of up to 1,500 words on an open theme, to THE ESTELLE PINNEY SHORT STORY COMPETITION. Entries close Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

 

Who: Holmgren Design and Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry.

What: VENIE HOLMGREN ENVIRONMENTAL POETRY PRIZE

Entries close: 11.59 p.m. EST on Monday, 22 July 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website at https://holmgren.com.au/the-2019-venie-holmgren-environmental-poetry-prize

Cost: $10 payable by bank transfer, PayPal, cash or cheque. Multiple entries are permitted, though a $10 fee applies to each poem.

What’s happening:The Rules. The VENIE HOLMGREN ENVIRONMENTAL POETRY PRIZE is open to citizens of Australia or New Zealand, or who have permanent resident status in Australia or New Zealand. This year, Holmgren Design is partnering with Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry. Judges will be Claire G. Coleman and Kevin Brophy. Poets are invited to submit a poem up to 80 lines on an environmental theme and written in English.

The Prize: Major prize is AUD $1,000.

 

Who: Albury City Council.

What: ALBURY CITY SHORT STORY AWARD

Entries close: 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 24 July 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website at https:/writearoundthemurray.org.au/competitions/short-story-competition. Please read the Conditions of Entry for full details before submitting your story.  

Cost: $10.

What’s happening:The Rules. The annual ALBURY CITY SHORT STORY AWARD is open to entrants throughout Australia. There are no thematic restrictions this year – judges simply want to see a well-written story, regardless of genre, subject or theme. The word limit for your short story is up to 3,000 words. This year’s judge will be Lee Kofman.

The Prize: $1,000.  

 

Who: Society of Women Writers, Tasmania.

What: ROSE FRANKCOMBE SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2019 ROSE AWARD

Entries close: Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website at http://www.swwtas.org/249437482.Email your entry(s) and personal details sheet (see website) as a separate attachment to wendylaing02@gmail.com, and in the subject line of the email, please put SWWT short story competition.

Cost: $10 for up to 2 entries. Pay your entry fee directly into the SWWT bank account (see website for details).

What’s happening: The Rules. The ROSE FRANKCOMBE SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2019 ROSE AWARD is open to all short story writers, and is for an original, previously unpublished short story of between 1,200 to 1,500 words on the theme of ‘Earth’.       

The Prize: First: $200, Second: $50, plus Highly & Commended: Certificates

 

Who: Society of Women Writers Queensland Inc.

What: THE ESTELLE PINNEY SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Entries close: Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website at http://womenwritersqld.org.au.

Cost: $10, $20 for 3 (Financial Members can submit 2 for free)

What’s happening:The Rules. Australian Women writers over the age of 18 are encouraged to submit their short story of up to 1,500 words on an open theme to THE ESTELLE PINNEY SHORT STORY COMPETITION. Manuscripts must be unpublished, not on offer for publication before the announcement of the competition, and not have been recognised in any other competition.

Estelle Pinney is an esteemed member and former patron of the Society and has worked tirelessly for it. The organisation provides support for Queensland women who already write, wish to write, or are beginning to write. Members do not have to be published writers, although several members have had work published.

The Prizes:  First: $350, Second: $150, Third: $75, Highly commended: Certificates.

 

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