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THE BRISBANE PREGNANCY BABIES AND CHILDREN’S EXPO – Friday, 28 June to Sunday, 30 June 2019: There will be Parenting Insights Live talks this year – please check closer to the 2019 Expo for updated talk schedules and times. On the expo website at https://www.pbcexpo.com.au/brisbane/learn/parenting-insights-live, you can see the 2018 schedule to give you some idea of the kind of classes that you can attend. (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.

  

  • The IPSWICH POETRY FEAST INTERNATIONAL POETRY WRITING COMPETITION is now open for entries in several categories for both Open Age and Students from 5–17 years of age. A TEACHER'S INFORMATION KIT is available to help teachers with entries from the latter. Entries close: 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 2 August 2019.
  • THE DAVID HAROLD TRIBE FICTION PRIZEis open to all those who have been Australian residents for a minimum of four years and will be presented to the person with the best original work of fiction of literary merit, on any theme between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Submit your entry to the Department of English, at the University of Sydney, by 11.59 p.m. (AEST) on Friday, 2 August 2019.
  • THE HELEN ANNE BELL POETRY BEQUEST AWARD 2019 offers a cash prize of $7,000 and publication with Vagabond Press for a previously unpublished collection of poems between 50–80 pages by an Australian woman poet over the age of 18. Submit your entry to the Department of English, at the University of Sydney, by 11.59 p.m. (AEST) on Friday, 2 August 2019

 

What: IPSWICH POETRY FEAST INTERNATIONAL POETRY WRITING COMPETITION

Entries close: 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 2 August 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form for 2019 entry, visit the website at https://www.ipswichpoetryfeast.com.au/writing-competition. Simply click the link opposite for the form you require and submit to be in the running for this year’s competition. Not sure which form is right for you? Get in touch with them at https://www.ipswichpoetryfeast.com.au/contact. Check this link for Conditions of Entry at https://www.ipswichpoetryfeast.com.au/writing-competition/conditions-of-entry. Find out about the competition at https://www.ipswichpoetryfeast.com.au.

Cost: See the website for details of the different categories.

What’s happening: The Rules. THE IPSWICH POETRY FEAST COMPETITION is an annual poetry writing competition giving poets of all ages the opportunity to compete for over $6,500 in prizes. Widely promoted to schools, libraries and the general community, this competition attracts local, interstate and global entries. The Ipswich Poetry Feast aims to showcase poetry and writing skills across all ages.

Background: In the latter part of the nineteenth century two young children, Bridget and Mary Broderick, drowned at a waterhole at Walloon. This tragic event was the subject of a poem penned by Henry Lawson in 1891 titled ‘The Babies of Walloon’. This link to Henry Lawson resulted in the redevelopment of nearby Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park which includes a bronze life sized statue memorialising the two little girls and a bronze Henry Lawson lectern and poet’s platform.

The Prize: Over $6,500 in prizes – see the website for details of the different categories.

 

Who: University of Sydney – School of Literature, Art and Media.

What: THE DAVID HAROLD TRIBE FICTION PRIZE

Entries close: 11.59 p.m. (AEST) on Friday, 2 August 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the entry form visit the website at https://slamsydney.submittable.com/submit/140879/the-david-harold-tribe-fiction-prize-2019. For any further enquiries, please email slam.rsvp@sydney.edu.au (with David Tribe in the subject line). The winning entry will be announced on 8 November 2019.

Cost: NIL.

What’s happening: The Rules. THE DAVID HAROLD TRIBE FICTION PRIZE has been made possible by a generous gift to the University of Sydney by David Harold Tribe, author and humanist, to promote the writing of fiction in Australia. The award provides writers with funds that might enable them to further their education in the field of fiction, to continue to refine their work as creative writers, and to improve the general public’s appreciation of Australian fiction.

The prize is open to all those who have been Australian residents for a minimum of four years, and will be presented to the person with the best original work of fiction of literary merit, on any theme between 3,000 and 5,000 words submitted to the Department of English. The judges for the 2019 award are Bernard Cohen, Mireille Juchau and Beth Yahp.

The Prize: $12,000. The winning work will be published in Southerly.

 

Who: University of Sydney – School of Literature, Art and Media.

What: THE HELEN ANNE BELL POETRY BEQUEST AWARD 2019

Entries close: 11.59 p.m. (AEST) on Friday, 2 August 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the entry form visit the website at https://slamsydney.submittable.com/submit/140881/the-helen-anne-bell-poetry-bequest-award-2019. Please read the full Conditions of Entry before submitting your work. For any further enquiries, please email slam.rsvp@sydney.edu.au (with Helen Anne Bell in the subject line). The winning entry will be announced on 8 November 2019.

Cost: NIL. Only one entry is accepted per applicant.

What’s happening: The Rules. THE HELEN ANNE BELL POETRY BEQUEST AWARD has been made possible by a generous gift to the University of Sydney by Helen Anne Bell, to fund a biennial award to a female poet. This is the third biennial award made under the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest.

The 2019 Award offers a cash prize of $7,000 and publication with Vagabond Press for a previously unpublished collection of poems between 50–80 pages by an Australian woman poet over the age of 18. The manuscript submitted must be ‘about Australian culture’, broadly defined. The bequest will pay for the publication and launch of the Vagabond Press book. Judges for the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award 2019 are Pam Brown, Fiona Hile and Kate Lilley.     

The Prize: $7,000 and publication with Vagabond Press.

 

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