Calls for submission, competitions, and opportunities in Australia


2019 Varuna Residential Fellowships

Varuna the National Writers’ House invites writers from across Australia to apply for a Varuna Residential Fellowship. A Varuna Residential Fellowship offers writers working across a wide range of literary forms and genres the gift of uninterrupted time to...

The 2018 Overland Fair Australia Prize

This prize encourages artists and writers of fiction, poetry and essays to be part of setting a new agenda for our future – to imagine a just, common future, and how we might get there together.

The Fair Australia Prize is made up of 5 x $3000 prizes and 3 x $1000 union member prizes

The National Poetry Competition

One of the biggest single poem competitions in the world, the National Poetry Competition run by The UK Poetry Society is open to anyone aged 17 or older.

Bent Window Press: Open for Chapbook Submissions

Bent Window Books is a publisher of poetry chapbooks focusing on Australian writers, with the occasional chapbook from elsewhere. Bent Window’s first chapbooks will be chosen from an open submissions period starting June 1, 2018. The accepted chapbooks...

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize

The winner will receive AUD$15,000 The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000 Four additional poems will be short-listed All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of 50 lines (see the Conditions of Entry for further...

Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018: Now Open

ENTRIES OPEN 28 May 2018 ENTRIES CLOSE 9 July 2018 at 5pm ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS / CIVIC CHOICE AWARD 2018 VOTING OPEN 12 September 2018 Valued at more than $100,000, the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 and Awards provides significant opportunities to reward...

Mildura Indigenous Writers Award

The Award is open to local Indigenous writers over 16 years of age and will be for a short fiction of up to 2000 words or a poem on any theme. Prize money of $1200 will be divided between the award recipients if there is more than one winner. The 2018 award will be...

Bareknuckle Poet Anthology #3 Best Australian Writing 2018

Bareknuckle Poet’s third print anthology ‘Best Australian Writing 2018’ will be published in November filling the gap left by the demise of the ‘Best Australian…’ series previously published by Black Inc.

Moreland’s Writers in Residence program

Residency dates A standard residency will operate on a three -month basis however a longer residency can be negotiated. There are no set dates for the residency: applicants will be asked to nominate their preferred residency period which must conclude no...

The 2018 Scribe Nonfiction Prize now open!

Express Media, in partnership with Scribe Publications and Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival is excited to open submissions for the 2018 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers.

The Next Chapter

Through this ambitious, innovative and wide-reaching scheme, the Wheeler Centre is going to help make it easier to be an Australian writer with a story to tell.

First Nations producer callout

We are looking for a First Nations poet or storyteller to join our team as the Cultural Liaison Manager / Producer. The position is flexible, based on your interests and availabilities, and could involve Contributing to team meetings With the rest of the...

2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards now open for entry

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.
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Southerlandshire Literary Competition

The Sutherland Shire Literary Competition is closing soon.  Entries Open: Monday, 5 February 2018 Entries Close: Monday, 30 April 2018 Australian residents over 18 years of age are invited to submit their individual, original works in the following...

ACU 2018 Prize for Poetry

Entries open Monday 5th March & close Friday 20th July 2018, with the theme 'Empathy'.  Get involved on social media using the hashtag #ACUpoetry. Australian Catholic University is delighted to announce the 2018 Prize for Poetry. The competition is judged...