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.

Hunter Writers Centre Grieve Writing Competition

In honour of Grief Awareness month (August).

Closing date 9 June 2017

Submit a 500 word story or a poem up to 36 lines.

Over $7000 in total prizes – full list of prizes here.


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’


Shoalhaven Literary Award 2017 for Short Stories

Closing date: Friday 27 May 2017

The Shoalhaven Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers is excited to announce an increase in prize money for its prestigious Shoalhaven Literary Award, launched on 20 February 2017.

With the ongoing and valued support of the Shoalhaven Arts Board and Bundanon Trust,


Writers Unleashed Picture Book Writing Competition 2017

Writers Unleashed Picture Book Writing Competition 2017


The 2017 Dangerously Poetic Byron Writers Festival Poetry Prize

Win a 3 day ticket to the Byron Writers Festival and $500!
Closing date 10 May 2017

In this “post-truth” era, language lovers are called on to examine the concept of truth and of lies. Emily Dickinson’s famous poem says,


Novel Award Opportunity: UK

Bath Novel Award 2017

Closing Date 24th April 2017

The Bath Novel Award is a £2,000 international prize which aims to support and spotlight unsigned novels. All last year’s shortlisted writers were snapped up by literary agents;