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.

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;


Henry Kendall Poetry Award 2017

An invitation from Central Coast Poets…

Dear fellow writers,

Central Coast Poets Incorporated (NSW) will be calling for entries to the Henry Kendall Poetry Award (HKPA) on January 20th 2017, closing on 28th February 2017.

As it is a nationally recognised award,


The Stringybark Short Story Award 2017

Closing date for entries: 5 February 2017.
Stringybark Stories is pleased to announce its latest short story award. This year there is a record prize pool in cash and book prizes, as well as publication, awarded for the best entries.


2017 Newcastle Short Story Award

Entries Close: 6 February 2017

Open for entries from all Australians living in Australia or abroad.

Prize Pool: Over $6000  and the top 35 works will be published in the annual anthology.

Entry fee: $16.50

The Newcastle Short Story Award is a national writing competition coordinated by Hunter Writers Centre (a not-for profit organisation since 1995).