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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.  

  • THE VERSE AND SHORT STORY COMPETITION is a highly regarded literary element of the Henry Lawson Festival. There are multiple classes for various ages and abilities in both verse and short story. Judging is by impartial, highly regarded authors and performers. Entries close on Friday, 29 March 2019.
  • Submissions are now open for Griffith Review's seventh annual novella competition, which boasts a prize pool of $25,000 to be shared equally among winners. THE NOVELLA PROJECT VII is one of the richest novella competitions in the world and is open to all Australian and New Zealand authors. Submissions close on Friday, 29 March 2019.
  • The annual W.B. YEATS POETRY PRIZE is open to residents of Australia for previously unpublished poems. Entries are only accepted from residents of Australia, must not have been previously published and must have a 50 line maximum limit, Entries close on Sunday, 31 March 2019.

 

Who: Henry Lawson Festival.

What: VERSE AND SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS AT THE HENRY LAWSON FESTIVAL

Entries close: Friday, 29 March 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the entry form visit the website at https://www.henrylawsonfestival.com.au/Media/HenryLawsonFestival/entryforms/HLF-ShortStoryVerse-EntryKit2019.pdf. For any queries, contract the Coordinator, Mary Moffitt, on (02) 6343 1575; Mobile on 0419 440 692, or email her at vss@henrylawsonfestival.com.au.

Cost: Entry Fees: Adult: $20 per entry, School age students: free, with a maximum of two entries per student and/or 15 entries per school.

PAYMENT OPTIONS: Direct Deposit: BSB: 082 610 Account Number: 50968 4644 Account Name: Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival Reference: type ‘SSV’ ‘your-surname’ then ‘your-initials’ Samples: SSV Smith M or SSV Veryveryverylongname. If purchasing anthology – reference: ‘Anth’ then surname and initials. Please keep a reference copy of your payment confirmation.

Cheque or Money Orders: payable to ‘Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival’. Mailing Address: Verse and Short Story Coordinator, PO Box 77, Grenfell NSW 2810.

What’s happening: The Rules. THE VERSE AND SHORT STORY COMPETITION is a highly regarded literary element of the Henry Lawson Festival. There are multiple classes for various ages and abilities in both verse and short story. Judging is by impartial, highly regarded authors and performers. Presentations will be made on the Saturday evening Awards ceremony.

THESE CONDITIONS APPLY TO ALL SECTIONS (please read carefully and check the website above for further information: 

  • Each Verse or Short Story is to be written in English and is eligible for one class only. Entries must be solely the work of the stated author.
  • An official entry form must accompany all entries.
  • Each entry must be original and not have been previously entered in this competition, published, or publicly broadcast.
  • Only one copy of each work is required. Please ensure you have your own backup copy.
  • Emailed entries will not be accepted. This ensures the work is received exactly as the author intended.
  • No author's name or any type of identifying text is to appear in any form within the submitted document. Author's name must only appear on the Entry Form.
  • The Festival Committee reserves the right to publish, in limited edition, and without payment to the author, an Anthology of award-winning entries. A selection of these may also be published once only in The Grenfell Record and on the Festival website, also without fee payable to the author. Copyright remains with the author thereafter.
  • Anthologies will cost $25, including postage and handling. Money should be sent prior to publication, since there are no guarantees of copies being available after the Festival.
  • All winners will be notified several weeks prior to the Festival. Major prize winners will be announced at the Awards Evening (Saturday, 8 June 2019) and they will be invited to attend as special guests to receive their awards.
  • All results will be posted on the website as soon as they are available.

The Prizes: SECTION 1 – VERSE (limited to 48 lines) Festival Patron's Statuette to be presented for best overall verse: CLASS 1 – Traditional Verse, Australian theme First Prize: $450, Second Prize: $200; CLASS 2 – Humorous Verse, Australian theme First Prize: $250, Second Prize: $100; CLASS 3 – Free Verse, any theme First Prize: $250, Second Prize: $100; CLASS 4 – High School student, any theme (age under 18 years by closing date) First Prize: $150, Second Prize: $50; CLASS 5 – Primary School Student, any theme, First Prize: $50, Second Prize: $25 plus Medallions for 1st, 2nd and Highly Commended winners.

SECTION 2 – SHORT STORY (Limited to 2,000 words) Harold Goodwin Memorial Statuette for best short story overall: CLASS 1 – Open Short Story any theme First Prize: $500, Second Prize: $200; CLASS 2 – High School student, any theme (age under 18 years by closing date) First Prize: $150, Second Prize: $50; CLASS 3 – Primary School Student, any theme, First Prize: $50, Second prize: $25, plus Medallions for 1st, 2nd and Highly Commended Winners.

 

Who: Griffith Review.

What: GRIFFITH REVIEW 66: THE NOVELLA PROJECT VII COMPETITION

Entries close: 11.59 p.m. on Friday, 29 March 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website at Submitto Griffith Review 66: The Novella Project VII. Winners announced: May 2019 and Publication date: 4 November 2019. If you have any queries, phone: +61 7 3735 3071 | Fax: +61 7 3735 3272, email griffithreview@griffith.edu.au, or visit the website at griffithreview.com.

Cost: Only one work per author will be accepted. Entry fee for the competition is $30 (including GST) for Griffith Review subscribers and $60 (including GST) for non-subscribers. Entry fees must be paid via GriffithPay. Entries that are submitted without corresponding payment will not be accepted. Emailed or posted entries will not be accepted.

What’s happening: The Rules. Following the outstanding success of Griffith Review 62: All Being Equal – The Novella Project VI, submissions are now open for Griffith Review's seventh annual novella competition! Boasting a prize pool of $25,000 to be shared equally among winners, THE NOVELLA PROJECT VII is one of the richest novella competitions in the world and is open to all Australian and New Zealand authors. All five winning entries will be selected by a panel of expert judges and will feature in Griffith Review 66: The Novella Project VII, which will be published in early November.

There is no theme for the 2019 competition, and both fiction and creative non-fiction works of 15,000–25,000 words will once again be eligible. Need some inspiration? Griffith Review's recent celebration of the novella form, Novella November, featured instructive and reflective notes on novellas from Michelle de Kretser, Helen Garner, Nick Earls and many more. You can read all of them here. Now, let your imagination run wild. They look forward to reading your work!

The Prize: Winners will share the $25,000 prize pool. The amount awarded to each author will be determined by the number of works selected for publication. Successful applications will be notified no later than 30 May 2019. Publication date of The Novella Project VII is set for 4 November 2019.

 

Who: W.B. Yeats Society of Victoria Inc.

What: THE W.B. YEATS POETRY PRIZE FOR AUSTRALIA

Entries close: Sunday, 31 March 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website at http://www.wbyeatspoetryprize.com. Where entries are submitted by snail mail: Typed on one side of A4 paper with three (3) copies provided. Name, address and contact details on a separate page. Mail to: Yeats Poetry Prize, 6 Samuel Close, Berwick VIC 3806. 

For email entries, Please include your name and address in submission message. Entries submitted as an email message, will not be accepted. Entries may be submitted via email as an attachment in a Word doc or PDF document to: info@wbyeatspoetryprize.com. For further information please send email to: info@wbyeatspoetryprize.com or Poetry Competition Convener Declan Foley at declanfoley2@gmail.com

Cost: Entry Fee for first or sole entry  $10. 00  (Paypal click here). Entry fee for each additional poem $4. 00 by cheque or Australia Post Money Order payable to  W B Yeats Poetry Prize Inc. or transfer from your bank to: W B Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia, Bendigo Bank BSB 633 108: Account Number 144571882.

What’s happening: The Rules. The annual W.B. YEATS POETRY PRIZE is open to residents of Australia for previously unpublished poems. Entries are only accepted from residents of Australia and must not have been previously published. Poems are open style, must have a 50 line maximum limit, and there must be no identification of the author anywhere on the poem.

The Judges are PROFESSOR RONAN MCDONALD, Gerry Higgins Chair of Irish Studies, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne, and DR EDWARD REILLY, retired VCE Literature teacher and latterly 'sessional academic' at Victoria University. Please note that the entries sent to the judge's are numbered. NO details of the entrant are known to the judge's until they submit the winning entries to the Prize Convener.

The W.B. Yeats Poetry Prize reserves the right to publish the Winning and Commended poems in a printed report and/or on their website. Copyright remains with poet. 

The Prizes: First Prize: AU$500, Two Second Prizes: AU$75. Commendation: Certificate.

 

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