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:

31st December 2018, 4pm Buzz Words Short Story Prize, for children 8-11 years, $1,000 (1500 words), $10 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

4th February 2019, 8pm Newcastle Short Story Award, $3,000 (2000 words), $16.50 online entry


Closing dates for upcoming poetry competitions: