July Writing Events and Competitions

6th July 2017

The cold weather makes this the perfect time of year to huddle up inside and crank out some stellar writing, Victorians can visit the Mildura Writers’ Festival 13 – 16 July, or the Apollo Bay Writers’ Festival on 29 – 30 July to help get themselves inspired.


Closing soon:

KSP Writers' Centre Ghost Story

For all you horror and thriller writers out there the Katherine Susan Pritchard Writers’ Centre ghost story competition is now open for youth, 8-18, and adults. Stories can be up to 500 words or 25 lines of poetry in the youth category, and 1500 words or 50 lines for adults.

Eligibility: Australian residents

Prize: $25-$50

Closing: 14 July 2017

Submit: http://www.kspwriterscentre.com/ghost-story-competition


Boroondara Literary Awards

An open theme competition for short stories between 1500 and 3000 words, the only caveat is that the work must not have been previously published in any form.

Eligibility: Australian residents

Prize: First place $1500, second place $1000, third place $500

Closing: 31 August 2017

Submit: https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/about-council/awards/boroondara-literary-awards/enter-boroondara-literary-awards


NUW Fair Australia Prize

Presented by Overland Literary Magazine (which is a great read if you want to check it out), the NUW Fair Australia Prize is looking for fiction, essays, graphics and poetry on the theme of fair Australia. Fiction and essays can be up to 3000 words and 88 lines for poetry. Multiple submissions are accepted, but only unpublished work may be submitted.

Eligibility: Anyone can enter

Entry: Free

Prize: $4000 for first prize in each category and publication in Overland.

Closing: 31 August 2017

Submit: https://overland.org.au/2016/05/the-2016-overland-nuw-fair-australia-prize/


Open now:

KSP Writers' Centre Short Fiction

The Katherine Susan Pritchard writers’ centre is opening up their short fiction competition for pieces up to 2500 for adults and 2000 words for youth up to 18. The stories can be on any theme and up to 3 entries are allowed.

Eligibility: Australian residents

Entry: Youth: free. Adults: 1 story $10, 2 stories $15, 3 stories $20

Prizes: First place $300, second place: $150

Closing: 1 September 2017

Submit: http://www.kspwriterscentre.com/short-fiction-competition


Outstanding LGBTIQ short story competition

Short stories of only 750 words which have relevance to the broader Australian LGBTIQ community. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘It’s complicated.’ You should also check out their Facebook page to get some inspiration and look at great resources.

Eligibility: Australian and New Zealand residents

Entry: free

Prizes: $1000 for first place, $500 for youth prize

Closing:  1 September 2017

Submit: http://www.outstandingstories.net


Competition News:

Writers shortlisted for the Alan Marshall Short Story Award have been announced and the winners are set to be revealed at the Literary Nillumbik Celebration on Saturday, 29 July at Eltham Library.


Winners Announced:

Winners of the Laura Literary Awards can be found here. One winner, Coco Huang, will have their piece Mr Takuma, featured in the 2017 edition of Award Winning Australian Writing.  ​

Winners have been announced for the Henry Lawson Festival Verse and Short Story Competition and they are now taking orders for a copy of the anthology. We know we’re excited to get our hands on a copy.