Update: The Final Countdown

24th August 2017

Update: The Final Countdown

Update: The Final Countdown

Hurrah! It’s finally (almost) here! The launch of our 10th-anniversary edition of Award Winning Australian Writing is almost upon us. If you haven’t RSVP’d to attend yet, then unfortunately, you’ve missed your chance to attend. For those who are attending, we hope you’re as excited as we are! The evening will feature readings from a few of our contributors to this year’s edition as well as some stirring words from our editor Pia, and publisher, David. ​

Competitions Closing

Dust off your short stories and poetry and send of your submissions before these competitions close. You’ll likely find plenty of topical inspiration for the Outstanding Short Story competition on LGBTIQ+ issues. ​

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 Multiple submissions are accepted, but only unpublished work may be submitted.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