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.

The 2020 Boundless Indigenous Writers Mentorship

Presented by Text Publishing and Writing NSW

Applications close Monday 25 November 2019

Text Publishing and Writing NSW are proud to announce the
2020 Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship.

The mentorship was established in 2019 to discover and
nurture a powerful new Indigenous voice in Australian literature.


Sutherland Shire Literary Competition 2019

Closing Date Monday 16 December 2019

Australian residents 18 years and over are invited to submit
their original poetry and short stories.


  • Rhyming verse
  • Free verse
  • Short story
  • New Category: Themed short story: 2020: Looking Back,


The Stringybark Short Story Award 2019

Closing date 19 January 2020

Stringybark Publishing is proud to sponsor its annual
flagship award, The Stringybark Stories Short Story Award 2019. Clean
the spilt coffee out of your keyboard (or sharpen your goose quill — whichever
is more appropriate) and start writing a 1500 word (max) story that will excite
the judges.


Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Anthology

Call for Submissions

Closing date 29 February 2020

Seeking works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry that relate
to the experience of perinatal anxiety, depression or other perinatal mental
health condition. The selected pieces will be published in an awareness-raising


Calling emerging children’s authors and illustrators

Closing date: 30 September 2019.

The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust is delighted to announce

The lan Wilson Memorial Fellowship

The lan Wilson Memorial Fellowship was established to support
emerging children’s authors and illustrators who explore Australian voices and


The 2019 Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize

Closing date: 1st October 2019

Submit a short story of up to 2500 words related to
the theme, ‘All Lit Up’.

The top prize is $1000 and publication in Mascara
Literary Review.


The Best of Times short story competition #28 Spring 2019

Closing date: 31 October 2019
For humorous short stories (any theme) up to 2500 words.
First prize: $300 or $400 (depending on number of entries), second prize: $100. Certificates for third place, highly commended and commended.


Buzz Words Writing for Children Short Story Competition 2019

Closing date: 1 September 2019 – Extended to 30 September 2019

Buzz Words, the twice monthly online magazine
for those in the children’s book industry, is proud to announce its
second short story prize for adults writing for children.


“More Than Words” Literary Competition 2019

Closing date 31 August 2019

Mudgee Valley Writers FAW

STORY, ARTICLE or POEM to 300 words on any subject but must be accompanied by a PHOTO taken by the entrant to enhance the theme.


Sisters in Crime 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

red stilettoClosing date: 31 August 2019

A record $10,060 is up for grabs in Sisters in Crime Australia’s 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short crime and mystery stories by Australian women. “It’s worth killing for — at least on the page,”


Boroondara Literary Awards 2019

Closing date: 30 August 2019

The Boroondara Literary Awards are a joint partnership
between the Rotary Club of Balwyn and the City of Boroondara, Victoria. Now in
their 21st year, the Awards aim to encourage creative writing in schools and
the general community.


Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition

Closing date: 2nd September 2019

Theme: Together in
Diversity, Australia in 2019

Maximum 1,000 words.
The competition is organised by Hawkeye Publishing.

Winner receives $200 + anthology cover based on the winner’s story;