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.

Seniors Stories Vol 6 Entry Form

Submissions accepted from noon 01 February 2020


The theme this year is ‘Resilience’.

Seniors Card Short Story Competition 2020

The Department of Communities and Justice together with the Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW Inc (FAW NSW) is conducting an exciting FREE short story writing competition for Seniors Cardholders.

The Prize is publication in their next book, 

Words Alike Short Story Competition

Closing Date 20 April 2020

Conducted by

Écrire! Words Alike

Open to: 13+ years, targeting new, aspiring and/or young writers. 
Theme: A cause you are passionate about.
Word Limit: 5,000–10,000 words.

Word Count for Short Story Competitions

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2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Call for Entries

Closing date: February 14, 2020

Receive greater recognition, monetary prizes, awards and exposure for your books. Enter the 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards at www.IndieBookAwards.com.

Calling all indie book authors and publishers – including small presses,

Ethel Webb Bundell Literary Awards WA

Closing date: 31 March 2020 (1700 hours Perth time)

Open to: All. Theme: None

Category: POETRY

Maximum 100 lines.


Maximum 4,000 words.

Entry Fee: $8 for 1;

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