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.

Sutherland Shire Literary Competition

Closing date: Monday 30 April 2018

The inaugural Sutherland Shire Literary Competition is set to celebrate the exciting breadth of literary talent that exists not only across the Sutherland Shire but the whole of our nation, with entries open to Australian residents over 18 years of age.


The 2018 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Closing date: 10 April 2018.

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the 2018 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for an original short story. Entry is open to anyone in the world who is writing in English.


Seniors Card Short Story Competition

Entries open: 1st FEBRUARY 2018
Closing date: 1st JUNE 2018

The Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Seniors Card and FAW announce the launch of a joint project to be held between
1st Feb—1st June 2018.


Call for Submissions:
LoveOzYA Short Stories

Short tales from the Australian writers of tomorrow.

Submissions open January 15th 2018.

Underdog will be the first #LoveOzYA short story anthology for unpublished Australian writers. The organisers are seeking submissions from Australian young adult fiction writers of all ages and are particularly interested in short stories that celebrate the diverse,


Hilarie Lindsay 2017 Competition: Judge’s Comments

FAW NSW Hilarie Lindsay Short Story competition for Australian School Children.

Section 1: Years 10, 11 & 12

Winner: ‘Send me Home, my Friends’ (07)

Second: ‘Throw Gold and Silver Down to me’ (08)

Six stories in this section were beautifully written,


Hilarie Lindsay 2017 competition
Section 1 Winning Story

Senior Secondary (Years 10, 11 & 12)

FAW NSW Hilarie Lindsay Short Story competition for Australian School Children.


By Freya Cox

Some things never truly let you go,


Hilarie Lindsay 2017 competition
Section 2 Winning Story

Junior Secondary (Years 7, 8 & 9)

FAW NSW Hilarie Lindsay Short Story competition for Australian School Children.


By Willow Ross

If Elizabeth had discovered anything in the last month,


Hilarie Lindsay 2017 competition
Section 3 Winning Story

Senior Primary (Years 5 & 6)

FAW NSW Hilarie Lindsay Short Story competition for Australian School Children.


by Isaac Robinson

I glanced up at the cloudy sky, the sun illuminating the evening in a vibrant pink.


Hilarie Lindsay 2017 competition
Section 4 Winning Story

Junior Primary (Year 4 & under)

FAW NSW Hilarie Lindsay Short Story competition for Australian School Children.


By Justin Kim

I was on my bed, sighing and thinking of what humiliation would take place tomorrow.


Results: 2017 FAW NSW Annual Writing Competitions

The FAWNSW Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award

Awarded to:
Gabrielle Leago for ‘The Dark Road Home’.

The FAWNSW Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Short Story Competition for Australian School Children

Section 1: Senior Secondary (Years 10,


Judge’s Report: The 2017 FAWNSW Marjorie Barnard Award

From a longlist of 12 very good stories, I eventually drew up a shortlist of 4:

  • 5: ‘Bad Bones’
  • 13: ‘Kind’
  • 38: ‘Thursdays at Samar’s’
  • 39: ‘The Dark Road Home’.

After reading and re-reading these four stories I finally decided the winner should be No.


Prize-winning Story: The 2017 FAW NSW Marjorie Barnard Award

The Dark Road Home

by Gabrielle Leago

When we were young we ran laughing through storms. Now we shamble hip to hip, stepping carefully over puddles, scowling into wind-blown rain, his bones sharp against me. In the car park I’m cheered by the sight of the stolid ute,


The Australian Inaugural So Bad It’s Good Writing Competition

Nambucca Valley Writers Group invites entries in its So-Bad-It’s-Good Writing Competition.

$500 first prize, $250 second, $100 third, plus e-book publication for fifty or so of the best of the bad.

Rules and examples of the genre can be viewed at www.nambuccawriters.info

If you are champing at the bit to write a narrative with more clichés than you can poke a stick at and if you can create similes that are so excruciatingly erroneous they’ll make everyone LOL this competition is for you!