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.

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.

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,


FAW Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award 2017

Conducted by the Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW Inc. 

PRIZE: $500

Closing date 31 August 2017.

(Failure to comply with the following conditions will result in disqualification without refund)

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


Scribes Writers Literary Competition 2017

Closing date 30th September 2017


Category A: Fictional Short Story. (For the purpose of this competition, a fictional short story does not include Fan Fiction.)

Category B: Memoir (For the purpose of this competition,


2017 Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry Competition

hosted by
The Singing Gardens of CJ Dennis, Toolangi

Closing Date: 1st September 2017

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third in each category.
Prizes will be awarded at the CJ Dennis Poetry Festival on Saturday 21st October 2017

CATEGORIES (prizes in brackets: (1st / 2nd / 3rd)

  1. Open Poetry (Marian Mayne Prize: $250 / $150 / $100)
  2. Open Short Story (CJ Dennis Society Prize: $250 / $150 / $100)
  3. Poems written by adults for children (Sponsor: Bendigo Bank: $250 / $150 / $100).


Hunter Writers Centre Newcastle Poetry Prize 2017

Closing date 30 June 2017

Judges: Eileen Chong and Kevin Brophy.

Entry Fee: $34 up to 200 lines.

Total prize pool over $22,000…

  • First prize: $15 000
  • Second prize: $5 000
  • Third prize: $1 000
  • Commended Awards: $250
  • Local Award: $500
  • Harri Jones Memorial Prize (for a poet <35 years): $250
  • Hunter Writers Centre members’