External Competitions

ABR Fortieth Birthday Fellowship ($10,000)

To celebrate our fortieth birthday in 2018, Australian Book Review is pleased to announce the ABR Fortieth Birthday Fellowship (worth $10,000). We seek proposals for four stylish and original review essays, commentaries, and/or interviews to be published during 2018.

Applications for the ABR Fortieth Birthday Fellowship are open to any Australian writer with a publication record (books, creative writing, essays, or journalism). The Fellow’s articles will appear in the print magazine and ABR Online. Contributors to the magazine and previous Fellows and Fellowship applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

The ABR Fortieth Birthday Fellowship is worth $10,000.
Applications close 31 December 2017.

Click here for more information, application guidelines, and to read essays by past Fellows.

2018 ABR Calibre Essay Prize ($7,500)

Entries are open for the 2018 ABR Calibre Essay Prize, one of the world’s leading prizes for a new essay. We look for original and unpublished non-fiction essays of any subject between 3,000 to 6,000 words, written in English. The judges are Andrea Goldsmith, Phillipa McGuinness, and Peter Rose. Entry fees are AU$15 forABR subscribers or AU$25 for non-subscribers (the latter includes a free four-month subscription to ABR Online). Entries close 15 January 2018.

Total Prize: AU$7,500 (First prize $5,000, second prize $2,500)
Entries close 15 January 2018

Click here for more information, entry guidelines, and to read essays by past winners.


The Australian Inaugural So Bad It’s Good Writing Competition

Nambucca Valley Writers Group invites entries in its So-Bad-It’s-Good Writing Competition.

$500 first prize, $250 second, $100 third, plus e-book publication for fifty or so of the best of the bad.

Rules and examples of the genre can be viewed at www.nambuccawriters.info

If you are champing at the bit to write a narrative with more clichés than you can poke a stick at and if you can create similes that are so excruciatingly erroneous they’ll make everyone LOL this competition is for you!

The Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2018

Entries close February 18, 2018.

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 largest book publisher in Tasmania and publisher of Tasmania 40° South magazine.

Golfwell 2nd Annual International Golf Story Writing Contest

Closing Date: Feb 1st 2018

Become an International Award Winning Author! Win $125 Amazon Books of Your Choice, Kindle Edition(s) of Golfwell’s Book(s) and more!

Email your Golf Story (700 words max.) and Photos if any to: golfwellnet@yahoo.com.


Newcastle Short Story Award

Closing Date: 5/02/2018
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, over 18 years
Accepts: Short Story
 2,000 words
Entry Fee: 
: First: $3,000, Second: $1,500, Third: $500, 3 x Highly Commended: $200 voucher, 5 x Hunter Region Writers Awards

Text Prize
Closing Date: 03/02/2018 opens Jan 2018
Open to: Permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand
Theme: Written for Young Adults or children (NOT picture books)
Accepts: Fiction or non-fiction
Size: 20,000 –  120,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
A publishing contract with an $10,000 advance


The Bath Children’s Novel Award
Closing Date: 17/11/2017
Open to: 
International writers yet to be traditionally published
Unsigned novel written for middle grade or young adults
First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis
Entry Fee: 
Prizes: First:
 £2,000, Shortlist: £500 voucher from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy


Calibre Prize 2018

Closing Date: 15/01/2018
Theme: None

Open to:
 Non-fiction essay
Size: 3,000 – 6,000 words
Entry Fee: $25 (or $15 for ABR subscribers or full-time students)
First: $5,000, Second: $2,500


Tom Collins Poetry Prize 2017

Closing date: 15 December 2017

The Tom Collins Poetry Prize is an annual competition inaugurated in 1975 by the Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia (FAWWA) in memory of Australian author Joseph Furphy (1843–1912).

Tom Collins Poetry Prize 
Closing Date: 
Open to: Residing in Australia
Theme: None
Accepts: Poetry
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
First: $1,000 , Second: $300, Third: $100


Dunedoo Bush Poetry Festival – Written Bush Poetry Competition

Closing Date: 19/01/2018
Open to: 
Serious or Humorous
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5.50
First: $150, Second: $75, Third: $50


2018 ABR Peter Porter Poetry Prize ($8,500)

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is now worth a total of AU$8,500. The judges are John Hawke, Bill Manhire, and Jen Webb. We welcome entries from poets writing in English worldwide. Entry fees are AU$15 for ABR subscribers or AU$25 for non-subscribers (the latter includes a free four-month subscription to ABR Online). Entries close 3 December 2017.

Total Prize: AU$8,500 (First Prize $5,000 and a print of an etching by Arthur Boyd, second prize $2,000, three shortlisted poems $500)
Entries close 3 December 2017

Click here for more information, entry guidelines, and to read essays by past winners.


King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays
Closing Date: 12/01/2018
Open to: All
Theme: None
Size: 10 minutes, characters: 1 to 6
Entry Fee: $CAD 15
First: $CAD 300, Second: $CAD 150, People’s Choice Award

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