Literary Awards and Competitions

Please note that the Literary Awards and Competitions information below is not guaranteed to be accurate and you should always check the relevant website link for latest details. Contact us if you know of a competition you think should be added to this list or if you find any errors.

FAW competitions

Click for current FAW (NSW) competitions.


Closing dates for upcoming prose competitions:

28th September 2018 Margaret River Short Story Competition, $500 (3000 words), $15 online entry

2nd November 2018 Odyssey House Short Story Competition, theme of Reflection, reference alcohol or drugs, $1,000 (1500 words), $10 online or snail mail entry

19th November 2018 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize, theme of travel, $4,000 (3000 words), $20 online entry

14th January 2019 ABR 2019 Calibre Essay Prize, judges include J.M. Coetzee, $5,000 (2000 – 5000 words), $25 online entry

1st February 2019 Nature Conservancy Australia writing prize, $5,000 (3000 – 5000 words), $30 online entry


Closing dates for upcoming poetry competitions:

19th November 2018 Judith Wright Poetry Prize, $6000 (80 lines), $20 online entry

3rd December 2018 Peter Porter Prize, $5000, (75 lines), $25 online entry