Update: Competitions Closing and Fiction Manuscript Callout

15th August 2017

Update: Competitions Closing and Fiction Manuscript Callout

While the weather is (finally) starting to warm up, so is activity in the Melbourne Books office. We’re counting down the days until our back to back book launches at the end of this month for Rowan Reid’s eye-opening new book, Heartwood as well as the 10th anniversary edition of Award Winning Australian Writing. If you’re one of our subscribers, then keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation to these events. If you’re not a subscriber, then don’t worry, there’s still time, you can sign up here. ​

Writing Competitions — Closing Soon

There’s still time to submit for these great writing competitions, but you’ll have to work quickly.

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 Multiple submissions are accepted, but only unpublished work may be submitted.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/​

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​

Fiction Callouts

Attention all writers of fiction, we’re looking to expand our fiction list at Melbourne Books. If you have or are working on a full length fiction book, then head to our submissions page and send your manuscript our way.