Writing Competitions

Are you interested in writing competitions? Here you will find a summary of excerpts from recently announced competitions. Click the competition title to read more details.

Although the competitions may be conducted by the FAW NSW state body or by its Branches, they are still open to the general public, unless stated to the contrary. You may also find some outstanding writing opportunities from other groups but FAW NSW takes no responsibility for competitions administered by other organisations. 

For Conditions of Entry relating to individual competitions, and to obtain an entry form (where required), contact the relevant competition organisers.

The 2018 Sunday Times (UK) EFG Short Story Award

The most valuable prize in the world for a single short story.

Closing date: 28 September 2017.

The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English.


A Woman’s Write

Closing date: 30 November annually

An annual international writing competition for and by women, hosted by the US-based website A Woman’s Write.

For UNPUBLISHED NOVELS only. Each entry receives a thoughtful,


Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize 2017

Closing date: 15 September 2017

First Prize $1000. Highly Commended $200.
Word limit: 2500 words

The Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize will be awarded for a story up to 2500 words on the theme ‘World-Changing Words’.


Birdcatcher Books Short Story Competition 2017

Closing date: 31 August 2017 

Open to Australian and New Zealand writers.

Prizes are $AU250 first, $AU100 second, $AU50 third.

The best entries will be published in an anthology. All entrants will receive a free digital copy of the anthology,


The Port Stephens Literature Award 2017

Short stories up to 2000 words on any topic.

Closing date 30 September 2017.

$1100 in prize money:

  • 1st: $500 – Port Stephens Council Award
  • 2nd: $300 – Club Lemon Tree Award
  • 3rd: $150 – News of the Area Award
  • Four x $25 most highly commended prizes.


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,


Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award 2017

Closing date: Monday 3 July 2017…. extended to 10th July

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),


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.


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.


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,