writers’ resources, contests, and awards

Before you read. These contests are sourced from genuine sites. However, there are false contests out there. Please check all the conditions and particularly what happens to your copyright. I am not affiliated with any contest or organisation. Direct any questions to the individual organisers.

In no particular order:

Aerogramme Writers’ Studio publishes a list of contests and other opportunities for writers and poets. Excellent resource site for international callouts, some offering big money.

Almond Press lists a number of international contests for a range of story writing. New listings published for 2018.

Do you have a dark side? Cohesion Press is a relatively new and vibrant small company, publishing fast paced thriller, sci-fi, military, and fantasy horror. Geoff and Dawn are friends of mine and very helpful. Good resources.

Update: Still enquire but Cohesion Press may still be in sale negotiations and changes.

The Emma Press is a small, independent and interesting publishing hour. Look at their site for call outs and submission guidelines.

Dark Markets list contests for horror stories with links to the contests and some info on each.

ABR Prizes. Submissions for Elizabeth Jolley Short Story, Peter Porter Poetry, & Callibre Essay prizes, fellowships, and internships.

Every Writers Resource. A website packed with contests, journals and literary magazines that publish a range of poetry and prose, including horror. Check out the ‘about’, ‘home’, and ‘best online literary magazines’ pages.   

Parsec Ink, publish speculative fiction. They run an annual short story contest and the Triangulation Anthology; opened for submissions, 1st Dec – 29th Feb 2016.

Irish Imbas, Celtic Mythology Short Story competition, closes 10th Dec 2015.

The Text Prize, 2016 for Young Adults & Children MS

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, presented by Hatchette Australia, The Guardian, Australia, and The Emerging Writers’ Festival. Closes, 1/6/2016

The Lifted Brow & Non-Fiction Lab, experimental non-fiction prize.

Writers Victoria list contests and resources. Listed below are two:

2015 Rhonda Jankovic Literary Award, for short story writers and poets. Themes that engage social justice. Wednesday 25th November 2015. Enter online.  CLOSED

Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers competition. For emerging Victorian writers. This is an annual competition, open to writers with no more than three stories or articles published in a recognised book, magazine, or journal.  Applications for the 2015 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition will open in mid 2016. Writers Victoria lists further comps and awards on its website.

2016 Newcastle Short Story Awardopen to Australian residents. 2000 words.

Australian Writers’ Resource publishes a list of comps for writers.

Writing WA lists competitions for both writers and poets but some links didn’t work when I tested the site.

The Vox Bendigo Fyffe prize opens Feb 1st, 2016 and closing April 1st, 2016. Up to 3000 words. Voxbendigo is a writing portal for Central Victoria.

Writers Centres in Australia provide a comprehensive list of resources. The SA Writers Centre is pretty cool. Lots of info.

Write Connections is a fabulous resource site for writers with information updated regularly.

Wordmothers is a fabulous blog listing resources including comps for women.

The Society of Women Writers has a huge list of resources including the annual competitions open to all women writers over eighteen years of age and who are permanent residents of Australia.

The Stella Prize – Annual $50,000 prize for Australian women, fiction or non-fiction, published in Australia for that year.

Manchester Fiction Prize is international and open to new and established writers, 16 years and older. Deadline September. There is also a poetry prize.

Romance Writers of Australia (RWA), hold annual competitions. Some are open to all writers – international.

American literary journal, Tethered By Letterspublishes a list of contests for writers and poets. It also has writer resources.

KOD,  hold the annual Daphne DuMaurier award, with several categories including romance, suspense and paranormal. Submit Jan – March.

Romance Writers of America list several contests and awards. You may have to be a member to submit.

Jessica Davidson This blog lists more writing contests and has interesting resources. The list is for 2016. Some may not take international submissions.

Island Magazine is a small literary journal. They accept submissions for essays, short stories, and poetry. See submission details.

The Great Novella Search: Great opportunity. The winner will receive $1,000, publication in print and digitally, and a Busybird Publishing contract. Entries open 1/12/2015 – 1/2/2016.

From The Write Life, 25 international writing retreats for 2016.

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