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EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2018: Going through to the Grand Final is Cesár Sampson of AUSTRIA with a heartfelt and powerful ballad ‘Nobody but You’, which was well received by enthusiasts in the arena. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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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.

  • All Australians are invited to enter THE 2018 GRIEVE WRITING COMPETITION (for prose and poetry), now in its 6th year. Submit a story, maximum 500 words, or a poem up to 36 lines by 8.00 p.m. AEST on Monday, 28 May 2018.
  • Entries for the THE AUSTRALIAN/VOGEL'S LITERARY AWARD are now open. This is one of Australia's richest and the most prestigious awards for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five. Submit your entry by Thursday, 31 May 2018.
  • Entries for the 2018 edition of THE FIRST NOVEL PRIZE are now open. The competition is for unpublished and independently published novelists. If your novel is over 50,000 words and is of an adult genre, you should get your MS in online by Thursday, 31 May 2018 (UK).

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Who: Hunter Writers Centre.

What: 2018 HUNTER WRITERS CENTRE GRIEVE WRITING COMPETITION

Entries close: 8.00 p.m. AEST on Monday, 28 May 2018.

Contact: For full competition details and to submit your entry online, visit
https://www.hunterwriterscentre.org/grieve-project. Read Terms and Conditions at https://www.hunterwriterscentre.org/grieve-terms-and-conditions. Read FAQs about the Project

Cost: $16.50 per entry.

What’s happening: The Rules. ‘You know the measure of your love by the weight of your loss.’  Entries are open to all Australians for THE 2018 GRIEVE WRITING COMPETITION (for prose and poetry), now in its 6th year. Submit a story, maximum 500 words, or a poem up to 36 lines.

Organisers are grateful for the support of their distinguished judges. Learn more about them here: Meet the Judges. As a not-for-profit organisation, the organisers ensure that all monies made go back in to support the project.       

The Prize: Total prize pool $8,500 – full list of sponsored prize amounts here.

 

Who: The Australian/Vogel.

What: THE AUSTRALIAN/VOGEL'S LITERARY AWARD

Entries close: Thursday, 31 May 2018.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website https://www.allenandunwin.com/being-a-writer/the-australian-vogel-s-literary-award.

Cost: You will need to pay an entry fee of $25. (Please note if your entry fee is not received, your entry will not be considered complete and your manuscript will not be included in the award.)

What’s happening: The Rules. Entries for the 2019 THE AUSTRALIAN/VOGEL'S LITERARY AWARD are now open. The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award is one of Australia's richest and the most prestigious awards for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five.

Offering prize money of $20,000 plus publication by Allen & Unwin with an advance against royalties, The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award has launched the careers of some of Australia's most successful writers, including Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Gillian Mears, Brian Castro, Mandy Sayer and Andrew McGahan.

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award-winning authors have gone on to win or be shortlisted for other major awards, such as the Miles Franklin Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Booker Prize.

Entrants must be aged under 35 years of age on 31 May 2018 (that is born after 31 May 1983) and must normally be residents of Australia. The manuscript submitted with the entry form should be a work of fiction, Australian history or biography, and must be a minimum length of 30,000 words and a maximum of 100,000 words. The manuscript must be an original work, entirely by the entrant, written in English and not under consideration to any other publisher or entered into any other award.        

The Prize: $20,000 plus publication by Allen & Unwin with an advance against royalties.

 

Who: Daniel Goldsmith Associates.

What: THE FIRST NOVEL PRIZE

Entries close: Thursday, 31 May 2018 (UK)

Contact: For more details visit http://www.firstnovel.co.uk and click here to read the full Terms and Conditions. To enter, go to http://www.firstnovel.co.uk/entry-submission.

Cost: £25

What’s happening: The Rules. Entries for the 2018 edition of THE FIRST NOVEL PRIZE are now open. The Prize is a competition for unpublished and independently published novelists. Have you written a novel that is yet to be published? Then this is the competition for you. In its third consecutive year, the First Novel Prize aims to discover a powerful new voice in fiction writing, across the English language world. If your novel is over 50,000 words and of an adult genre, the organisers would love to read it.

To enter, please submit your full manuscript with your contact details and the synopsis attached within the same document. All entries should have a cover page with the entrant’s name, address and email/telephone number. Only completed novels over 50,000 words will be accepted: there is no maximum number of words. The novels should be the entrant’s original work and written in English; they are unable to accept translations. You must be satisfied that your novel is complete because there will be no later opportunity to submit a different version.

All adult genres are welcome. Unfortunately they are unable to accept Children’s or Young Adult novels, and non-fiction, novellas and short stories will not be accepted. Self-published/independently published manuscripts are welcome. Self-published/independently published means that the author owns the rights to the work in full. Good luck!

The Prize: As well as the chance of winning one of the three prizes of £1,000, £250 and £100, writers will also have the opportunity of getting their novels judged by a leading London literary agent and a HarperCollins fiction commissioning editor.

 

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EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2018: Going through to the Grand Final is Leva Zasimauskaité (really) from LITHUANIA singing a love song to her husband, ‘When We’re Old’. Ain’t that sweet? (Photo by L.J. May S/S)