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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.  

  • Emeritus Professor Bruce Dawe AO believed that the contribution of Australian poets helped to shape Australian culture. THE BRUCE DAWE NATIONAL POETRY PRIZE is open to all Australian citizens and permanent residents. Be inspired to enter by Friday, 31 May 2019.
  • 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 This is one of Australia's richest and the most prestigious awards for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five.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 Friday, 31 May 2019.
  • THE 2019 QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS opened in April 2019 to celebrate and promote outstanding Australian writers. The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) manages the awards,which include 10 national prizes for published books by Australian authors, plus prizes for unpublished manuscripts and Queensland writers. See the website for further information: closing date for nominations is Friday, 31 May 2019.

 

Who: University of SQ.

What: BRUCE DAWE NATIONAL POETRY PRIZE

Entries close: 4.00 p.m. on Friday, 31 May 2019.

Contact: Please view the full terms and conditions (PDF 248KB) before entering the competition. For more information, view the frequently asked questions (FAQs) or email brucedaweprize@usq.edu.au. The organisers encourage all entrants to register online. Enter now. If you do not have computer access to seek assistance from family and friends, please contact brucedaweprize@usq.edu.au to arrange an alternative.

Cost: You are able to submit between one (1) and five (5) poems into the competition. A fee of $6.00 is charged for each poem you enter into the competition. This helps them ensure the competition will continue running in future years. 

What’s happening: The Rules. THE BRUCE DAWE NATIONAL POETRY PRIZE is open to all Australian citizens and permanent residents. As an Australian poet, your contribution shapes our culture. None believed this more so than Emeritus Professor Bruce Dawe AO, one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary poets. Professor Dawe believed that universities should support the study of literature and promote the Arts in Australian society. His decision to sponsor this prominent Literary Prize is ongoing, living proof of his conviction.

THE BRUCE DAWE NATIONAL POETRY PRIZE is now open to Australian citizens and permanent residents.  Let your creativity flow. There is no theme, nor is there a preferred structure. Everything from free verse to formal styles such as bush poetry, sonnets and haikus are welcome.

Interested in entering? You may submit no more than five poems for consideration, each poem must not exceed 50 lines, and each poem must be an original work of the entrant as defined in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). The poems must not be published, under offer to any publication, or offered for publication (unpublished) until the adjudication is finalised and the winner is notified and announced. 

The definition of publication excludes self-publishing. You are welcome to enter any poem you have written if it has not been published by a third party at the time of submission. View current and previous winners: 

2018 winner, Natalie D-Napoleon

2017 winner, Tim Collins

2016 winner, Jenny Pollak

2015 winner, Steve Armstrong

2014 winner, Ms Sarah Rice

The Prize: The 2019 winner of The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize will receive $3,000, and two highly commended entrants will be awarded $500 each. 

 

Who: The Australian/Vogel.

What: THE AUSTRALIAN/VOGEL'S LITERARY AWARD

Entries close: Friday, 31 May 2019.

Contact: Go to this page https://www.allenandunwin.com/being-a-writer/the-australian-vogel-s-literary-award and click on How to enter, History, etc. Send an email with all of the attachments to vogel@allenandunwin.com. An electronic acknowledgment will be sent to each entrant upon receipt of entry. Click here to download the entry form (PDF). Each entrant is required to complete the entry form, which binds them to the above conditions of entry.

Please scan your completed entry form and attach it to your email. You will need to submit your manuscript, a one-page synopsis, and completed entry form, preferably all in PDF format (but they will accept Word) to vogel@allenandunwin.com. If it is not possible for an entry to be submitted electronically, hardcopy submissions will be accepted. Send completed entry form, manuscript and cheque or postal order for $25 to: The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award, PO Box 8500 St Leonards, NSW 1590.

Cost: You will need to pay the 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 THE AUSTRALIAN/VOGEL'S LITERARY AWARD 2020 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 over a hundred of Australia's most successful writers, including Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Gillian Mears, Brian Castro, Mandy Sayer and Andrew McGahan. 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 2019 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. No more than 10% of the manuscript can have been previously published in print form, or in electronic form, on a commercial basis.

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.

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

 

Who: State Library of Queensland (SLQ) in collaboration with sponsors, industry partners and the writing community.

What: QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS

Entries close: Closing date for nominations is Friday, 31 May 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website at https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/get-involved/fellowships-awards-and-residencies/queensland-literary-awards/how-enter. Follow the Queensland Literary Awards on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and updates. You can also contact the Queensland Literary Awards on 07 3840 7415 or qla@slq.qld.gov.au.

Cost: See the categories below.

What’s happening: The Rules. THE 2019 QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS will open in April 2019. The awards celebrate and promote outstanding Australian writers. The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) manages the awards in collaboration with sponsors, industry partners and the writing community. The awards include 10 national prizes for published books by Australian authors, plus prizes for unpublished manuscripts and Queensland writers.

The guidelines, terms and conditions and frequently asked questions will be available on the website above when entries open. The guidelines will include full details of the 2019 award categories, eligibility criteria and how to enter.

PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance ($25,000)
  • QUT Digital Literature Award ($15,000)
  • The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($15,000)
  • The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award ($15,000)
  • GriffithUniversity Children's Book Award ($15,000)
  • GriffithUniversity Young Adult Book Award ($15,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award ($10,000)
  • Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection ($10,000)
  • The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award ($10,000)
  • Unpublished manuscript awards and development prizes 
  • Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards (two prizes of $12,500)
  • Queensland Writers Fellowships (three $15,000 Fellowships)
  • David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer ($15,000 plus publication with UQP)
  • Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer ($15,000 plus publication with UQP)

TO ENTER A PUBLISHED BOOK: 

  • Check the book meets the category eligibility criteria and was first published between 1 June 2018 and 31 May 2019.
  • Complete the relevant online entry form (forms will be available once the awards open).
  • Submit your completed form and pay the $50 nomination fee, if required. 
  • Post or hand-deliver five copies of your book to the State Library of Queensland at the address provided on the nomination form.

TO ENTER AN UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT OR SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT PRIZE: 

  • Check that you meet the category eligibility criteria (you’ll find these in the Guidelines, Terms and Conditions and FAQs, which will be available soon).
  • Complete the relevant online entry form and upload your manuscript or application (forms will be available once the awards open).
  • Alternatively, you can post or hand-deliver five copies of your printed manuscript to the State Library of Queensland at the address provided on the nomination form.           

 The Prizes: See the categories above.

 

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