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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 is listed below. Entries are in date order and those with deadlines looming are highlighted in red. 


  • It’s time once more to enter the Australian Book Review’s PETER PORTER POETRY PRIZE worth a total of AU$8,500, plus publication in ABR. Entries close at midnight on Monday, 3 December 2018.
  • BIG SKY PUBLISHING is a publisher of non-fiction adult titles and is currently WELCOMING MANUSCRIPTS IN THE FOLLOWING GENRES: history, military history, true crime, current affairs, self-help, health, business, lifestyle, auto/biography and humourEmail your effort to them now!



Who: Australian Book Review.


Entries close: Midnight, Monday, 3 December 2018.

Contact: Entries must be submitted online at the website below. Entrants will receive automatic confirmation of receipt. Before entering the Porter Prize, all poets need to visit the website at to familiarise themselves with the Terms and Conditions. Please also read the Frequently Asked Questions before contacting them with queries about the prize.

Cost: Online entry (current ABR subscriber) $15; Online entry (full-time student) $15; Online entry (standard/non subscriber) $25* – *Non-subscribers will receive access to ABR Online free of charge for four months. Eligible entrants will be contacted when this complimentary subscription has been activated.

Special online entry + subscription bundles; Subsequent entries may be submitted at the subscriber rate. Online entry + ABR Online subscription $65; Online entry + Print subscription (Australia) $100; Online entry + Print subscription (NZ and Asia) $150; Online entry + Print subscription (Rest of World) $170.

What’s happening: The Rules. The AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW welcomes entries in the fifteenth PETER PORTER POETRY PRIZE, which is now worth a total of AU$8,500. All poets writing in English are eligible, regardless of where they live. The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected awards for poetry. It honours the life and work of the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010), an honoured contributor to ABR for many years.

Entries must be one single-authored poem of no more than 75 lines and written in English. Entries should not be on offer to other publications or prizes or anthologies for the entire duration of the Porter Prize and previously published, shortlisted, prize-winning or broadcast poems will not be accepted. Judges in 2018 will be Judith Bishop, John Hawke, and Paul Kane.

The Prize: The Porter Prize, is worth a total of AU$8,500. The winner will receive AU$5,000, and Arthur Boyd’s ‘The lady and the unicorn’, 1975. Second prize is AU$2,000. Three other shortlisted poets will each receive AU$500. All five poems will be published in the March 2019 issue and the winner will be announced at a ceremony later that month.


Who: Big Sky Publishing.


Entries close: Currently accepting non-fiction submissions in 2018.

Contact: Visit for an overview. Please email submissions to with the title and genre in the subject line. If for some reason you believe it is necessary to mail your submission, please post it to: Big Sky Publishing, Chief Editor, PO Box 52, Wavell Heights, Qld 4012 (make sure you keep a copy – it won’t be returned). For general enquiries email: General Non-fiction at, and for Military-Non-fiction:

Cost: NIL to submit.

What’s happening: The Rules. BIG SKY PUBLISHING is a publisher of non-fiction adult titles and is currently WELCOMING MANUSCRIPTS IN THE FOLLOWING GENRES: history, military history, true crime, current affairs, self-help, health, business, lifestyle, auto/biography and humour. They also publish children’s books, but due to the extremely high volume and large backlog of manuscripts in this area they are currently not accepting submissions of children’s titles until further notice.

The publishers say that they want to see: a one-page synopsis of the manuscript; the first 4 chapters printed on A4 paper (double line spaced); an overview (2–4 pages) including why someone would want to read your book; the target audience it is written for; review of any books already published that cover a similar topic and why your book is different; key selling points; an overview of contents; the author’s writing experience, and any relevant contacts.

Given the significant amount of submissions they receive monthly, they can only respond to people who they feel that they can progress to the next stage, but they assure you that all submissions will be carefully considered and reviewed. The publishers will contact you within 4–6 months if they feel that they are able to progress further with your submission.

The Opportunity: Consideration of your non-fiction manuscript.






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