Weekly Update: Competitions

26th October 2017

There's only a couple more months to get writing and submitting before Christmas festivities take over. Luckily there are some great competitions open and events to go to for inspiration.

Writing Events

The Next Big Thing: Halloween Edition

A free event hosted by The Wheeler Centre with readings that are certain to get your spine tingling. Come along and listen to spooky extracts by some wonderful writers. If this doesn't scare you into really buckling down and getting that great writing done, we don't know what will. Visit here for more information on the event.


Judith Wright Poetry Prize

An annual competition organised by Overland that always publishes the best poetry in the country. The prize is for new and emerging poets with no more than one collection of poetry published under their own name.

Entry: $20 for non Overland subscribers and $12 for subscribers.

Prizes: $6000 first prize, $2000 second prize, $1000 third prize.

Closing: 19 November 2017

Submit: https://overland.org.au/prizes/overland-judith-wright-poetry-prize-for-new-and-emerging-poets/

Neilma Sidney Shory Story Prize

Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, this competition seeks envigorating short fiction of 3000 words about the notion of 'travel'. Organised by Overland, this prize is open to all writers, Australian and international.

Entry: $20 for non Overland subscribers and $12 for subscribers

Prizes: $4000 and publication in Overland for fist prize, $500 and online publication for two runners-up.

Closing: 19 November 2017

Submit: https://overland.org.au/prizes/overland-neilma-sidney-short-story-prize/

V International Flash Fiction Competition

Stories of no more than 100 words in either English, Spanish, Hebrew or Arabic can be submitted. Writers from anywhere in the world can submit a maximum of two stories.

Entry: none

Prizes: ranging from $1000 to $20,000

Closing: 23 November 2017

Submit: https://www.fundacioncesaregidoserrano.com/en/activities/short-tales-contest/5-edition/participation-form/view/form/lang/en-GB

Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition

Working with the theme of 'courage' writers of any experience can submit up to three stories, each of no more than 1,500 words. Each story must make reference of drugs and alcohol.

Entry: $10 per submission

Prizes: $1000 and a year's subscription to Writers Victoria for first prize, $100 second prise, $50 third prize

Closing: 3 November 2017

Submit: https://www.odyssey.org.au/courage2017/