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.

Entry Form Seniors Stories Vol 10 2024

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  • Submissions Open 9.00am Sunday 21 April 2024.
  • Closing Date 5.00pm Sunday 2 June 2024.  

Late entries will not be accepted.
Please read the TERMS &

Hush Foundation Kindness in Health Writing Prize

Closing date Sunday 31st March 2024

The Hush Foundation invites pieces of up to 1,000 words based on the theme: ‘kindness in healthcare.’
Entries can be fiction, non-fiction or poetry.
The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $650,

Fiction Factory Poetry Competition (UK)

Closing date 30 June, 2024

Max length: 40 lines.
Reduced fees for multiple entries.
Top Prize £100. 

The winner will also receive feedback on 5 poems plus a 1 hour-long mentorship zoom call with our judge,

Scribes Writers ‘Poetic Licence’ Open Poetry Competition 2024

Closing date 30 June 2024

Style: Bush Verse
Theme: Open.  Line count 60 maximum (excluding title)
Prizes: 1st $200, 2nd $100
Highly Commended and Commended Certificates at the judge’s discretion. 

Entry fee: $10.

Conditions: Seniors Card Short Story Competition 2024

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  • Entries Open Sunday 21 April 2024.
  • Entries Close 5pm Sunday 2 June 2024.
  1. The competition is open to all New South Wales Seniors Card and Senior Savers Card holders.

Entry: Jean Stone 2024 Poetry Award

ENTRIES CLOSE: 6:00pm Saturday 31 August 2024

Please read the Conditions of Entry before submitting your entry: 

Entry Fee $15.00 per entry.

Conditions: Jean Stone Poetry Award 2024

Closing date 31 August 2024


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

The Award is for a poem or group of poems up to 60 lines.

Entry Form: Hilarie Lindsay 2024 Poetry Competition

For Australian School Students

ENTRIES CLOSE: 6:00pm Saturday 31 August 2024

SECTION 1: Years 10, 11 & 12(max lines 60)Prize $125SECTION 2: Years 7, 8 & 9(max lines 40)Prize $90SECTION 3: Years 5 &

Conditions: Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers 2024 Poetry Competition

For Australian School Students

Closing date 6.00pm Saturday 31 August 2024

Entries are sought in the following categories:

SECTION 1: Years 10,

The Best of Times Short Story Competition

Number 37 (Autumn 2024)

Closing Date 30 April 2024

Genre: Humorous short stories up to 2,500 words.

Prizes for first, second and third place.

Certificates for highly commended and commended stories.

Bournemouth Writing Festival (UK)

Closing date 29 February 2024

Run in conjunction with Arts University Bournemouth.

The competition has the theme, ‘Lines in the Sand’ as its writing prompt and the Bournemouth Writing Festival organisers are looking for poetry (up to 30 lines) and flash fiction (up to 400 words).

Not Quite Write Prize for Flash Fiction

Opens: Midday 19 April 2024;
 Closes: Midnight 21 April 2024 AEST
Opens: Midday 19 July 2024; 
Closes: Midnight 21 July 2024 AEST
Opens: Midday 18 October 2024; 
Closes: Midnight 20 October 2024 AEDT

The Not Quite Write Prize for Flash Fiction challenges writers to create an original piece of fiction based on two typical writing prompts plus one anti-prompt.

Sunspot Lit Geminga Contest January 2024

Closing date: 31 January 2024

Sunspot Lit has a new contest: Geminga 2024.

Prize: $500 for Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Graphic Novel or Art. 

No restrictions on theme or category.

The Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2024

Entries close February 14, 2024

Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand, the prize is for short stories up to 3,000 words having an island, or island-resonant, theme.

The competition is run by Forty South Publishing,

The Stringybark Open Short Story Award 2024

Closing date: 25 February 2024

Stringybark Stories is proud to announce its 42nd short story competition, The Stringybark Open Short Story Award 2024. Thanks to authors Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist our award pool is bigger than ever!

Results: FAW Hilarie Lindsay Short Story Competition 2023


Sienna Graziani, ‘The Mortician’s Lament’, Central Coast Adventist College NSW

Highly Commended: 
Adrian Zeckendorf, ‘Consumption’, St Michaels Collegiate TAS.