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Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2017
Crime Short Story Competition

Closing date: 31 August 2017.
Heels dig in: Crime & Mystery Competition turns 24.

Bonnier Publishing Australia, home to Five Mile and Echo imprints, is now the proud sponsor of the $1500 first prize in the 24th Scarlet Stiletto Awards, Sisters in Crime Australia’s annual short story competition.

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Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award 2017

Closing date: Monday 3 July 2017.

Building on a strong tradition of recognising excellence, the award will continue to acknowledge Australia’s best writers with prizes worth $30,000 on offer in 2017.

In addition to the major award and prize of $20,000 are three other prize categories – the People Choice ($1,000),

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Bundaberg WriteFest

Editor Writer Interviews

Rachael Donovan, commissioning editor from publisher Harlequin Enterprises Australia, will be conducting Editor/Writer Interviews at Bundaberg WriteFest on Saturday October 7, 2017.

Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2017.

In brief: Submission form required;

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The Stringybark Dog Eat Dog Short Story Award 2017

Closing date: 16 July 2017

This competition follows in the grand footsteps of other thematic awards from Stringybark Stories. For this competition the organisers are looking for stories that have as their title a cliché and include one reference to that cliché somewhere in the story.

They DO NOT want a story containing many clichés (just one).

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2017 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize

Closing date: Friday July 14 2017

Major prize: AUD$1000

The shortlist and winner will be announced during the Daylesford Words in Winter festival, August 4–6, 2017.

The judges for the 2017 competition are Ross Gillett and Fiona Hile.

For more information,

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Poetry Reading and Open Mic

Sat. 1 July 2017, 12–2pm

Shoalhaven City Arts Centre and Regional Gallery, Nowra

In association with NOW Contemporary Art Prize Exhibition, poets are invited to respond in writing to one or more of the finalists’ artworks. The exhibition, presented by Jervis Bay and Basin Arts, Inc.,

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The Recipient

Audrey J. Cole

Audrey J. Cole is a registered nurse and a writer of thrillers set in Seattle. Although born and raised in the Seattle area, Audrey now lives with her husband and daughter in Port Stephens, Australia. Her debut thriller, The Recipient, is the first book in a series of Emerald City Thrillers and will be available on Amazon June 13.

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Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grants

The NSW Writers’ Centre has announced that the Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grants are open from 5 June. These $300 travel grants are designed to assist writers in regional NSW attend a professional development event that helps develop their careers as writers.
The 2016 grant recipients included writers from areas such as Lismore,

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2017 FAW Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Short Story Competition For Australian School Children

Closing date 31 August 2017 

Entries are sought in the following categories:

  1. The entry fee is $3.00 (please note that entries that do not include the fee will be disqualified)
  2. Entries should be typed on A4 paper, double spaced in 12 font.

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FAW Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award 2017

Conducted by the Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW Inc. 

PRIZE: $500

Closing date 31 August 2017.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:
(Failure to comply with the following conditions will result in disqualification without refund)

  1. The Award is for Short Stories up to 3000 words.

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