Writing competitions are a great way to check on how your writing is tracking. Most competitions announce long lists, then a short list before announcing winners. If you end up on one of these lists then something is working in your stories! Sometimes you get feedback from editors or fellow authors. And some will include your stories in anthologies. All offer an opportunity to get your work published and recognised.
Here is a list that has been compiled from various newsletters I receive.
Be in to win…
There’s something for every writer in here. Best of luck!
Cordite Poetry Review (Poetry, theme is 'peach', free, publication) closes 11 August, 2019
Scribe Varuna Residency (7000–10000 words from the beginning of a MS, fees) closes 11 August, 2019
The Discovery Writers 2019 Writing Competition (multiple categories, entry fee, cash prize) closes 13 August, 2019
BR4R (The Ballina Region 4 Refugees) Poetry Prize 2019 (poetry up to 50 lines, theme is 'seeking asylum' no fee, cash prize) closes 18 August, 2019
25th Annual MPU International Poetry Competition (poetry, entry fee, cash prize) closes 14 August, 2019
Elyne Mitchell Writing Award (fiction up to 2500 words, theme is Australasian stories in a rural landscape) closes 22 August, 2019.
The Lane Cove Literary Awards 2019 (short fiction, travel story, poetry, cash prize, no fee) closes 26 August, 2019
Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition 2019 (theme is 'freedom', multiple categories for blind or low vision authors, one open category, no entry fee, cash prize) closes 30 August, 2019
Boroondara Literary Awards (short story, entry fee, prize) closes 30 August, 2019
The 'More Than Words' Literary Competition (short story, article or poem up to 300 words, small entry fee, cash prize) closes 31 August, 2019
The 2019 Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award (short stories up to 3000 words, entry fee, cash prize) closes 31 August, 2019
The 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards (crime fiction, entry fee, multiple prizes), closes 31 August, 2019
Poetry on Planes (poetry, free, payment), closes 1 September, 2019
The Deakin University Nonfiction Prize (entries between 5,000 and 10,000 words, any genre including memoir, journalism, essay, and creative nonfiction, entrants under 30, no fee, cash prize) closes 1 September, 2019
The Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition (theme is 'togetherness in diversity', 1k words, entry fee, cash prize, publication for top 40) closes 2 September, 2019
The Buzz Words Short Story Prize for 2019 (short story for a reader 8 to 11 years, entry fee, cash prize) closes 2 September, 2019. The author of the winning story will receive $1,000. Australian residents only.
The Caterpillar Short Story Prize for 2019 (short story 1,500 words for a reader aged 7–11, cash prize) closes 30 September 2019. The author of the winning story will receive €1,000.
The 2019 Deborah Cass Prize (writing samples of no more than 3000 words, no fee, cash prize and mentorship) closes 9 September, 2019
Avon Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) is calling for unpublished adult romance novels (75-85k words), no entry fee and the winner will be published, closes 15 September, 2019.
KSP Short Fiction Competition (youth and adult categories, 1500/2500 words respectively, entry fee for adults, cash prize) closes 27 September, 2019
The Patrick White Indigenous Writers Award (opportunity for Indigenous Australian students (primary and secondary), no fee, prizes) closes 27 September, 2019
2019 NWF/joanne burns Microlit Award (theme is 'scars', microlit (> 200 words), entry fee, cash prize and publication) closes 30 September, 2019
Southern Cross Short Story Competition (open theme, fiction up to 3k words, entry fee, prizes, Ballarat Writer’s Group very own competition) closes 1 October, 2019.
The National One-Act Playwriting Competition (Playscripts, entry fee, cash prize) closes 1 October, 2019
Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize 2019 (short stories up to 2500 words, theme is 'all lit up', entry fee, cash prize and publication), closes 1 October, 2019.
The KSP Poetry Awards (poetry up to 50 lines, adult and youth categories, entry fee, cash prize), closes 11 October, 2019
Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition (stories up to 1500 words on the theme of 'family', entry fee, cash prize) closes 2 November, 2019
Future Visions (fiction challenging the future, 3–7.5k, accepting published fiction, small entry fee, cash prize and publication) closes 15 November, 2019
The Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development + Publication Prize (high entry fee, 40–85k word submissions, fiction or non-fiction only, $4,500 self publishing package prize), closes 20 December, 2019
The Australian Bush Poets Association run a calendar of bush poetry events for both written and performed bush poetry.
Ginninderra Press (accepts unsolicited manuscripts across a range of genres, please read their criteria carefully).
Wombat Books (accepts unsolicited manuscripts, submitting authors should be familiar with WB's body of printed books).
New Frontier Publishing (accepts unsolicited manuscripts, submitting authors should be familiar with NFP’s body of printed books).
EK Books (accepts unsolicited manuscripts, submitting authors should be familiar with EK’s body of printed books).
Brow Books (the book publishing arm of The Lifted Brow) currently has submissions open for non-fiction books.
LitMag is looking for fiction, poetry and non-fiction submissions (submission fees, paid).
Utterance journal is looking for female, trans and non-binary writers to submit poems and short non-fiction on their life. Submissions open monthly and are capped at 100 total, so keep an eye on this one.
Babyteeth journal is looking for a variety of content (including photography, scripts and illustrations). There is a small payment for contributors.
Transcollaborative is looking for people to help with a translation project (no second language required) (paid)
Furious Fiction begins on the first Friday of every month, there is a cash prize for the best story in the month.