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.
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 We look for original and unpublished non-fiction essays of any subject between 3,000 to 6,000 words, written in English.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
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!
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.
Closing Date: 5/02/2018
Open to: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, over 18 years
Accepts: Short Story
Size: 2,000 words
Entry Fee: $16.50
Prize: First: $3,000, Second: $1,500, Third: $500, 3 x Highly Commended: $200 voucher, 5 x Hunter Region Writers Awards
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
Prizes: 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
Accepts: Unsigned novel written for middle grade or young adults
Size: First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis
Entry Fee: £25
Prizes: First: £2,000, Shortlist: £500 voucher from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy
Closing Date: 15/01/2018
Open to: All
Accepts: Non-fiction essay
Size: 3,000 – 6,000 words
Entry Fee: $25 (or $15 for ABR subscribers or full-time students)
Prizes: First: $5,000, Second: $2,500
Tom Collins Poetry Prize
Closing Date: 15/12/2017
Open to: Residing in Australia
Size: 60 lines
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: First: $1,000 , Second: $300, Third: $100
Closing Date: 19/01/2018
Open to: All
Theme: Serious or Humorous
Accepts: Bush Poetry
Size: No limit
Entry Fee: $5.50
Prize: First: $150, Second: $75, Third: $50
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
King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays
Closing Date: 12/01/2018
Open to: All
Size: 10 minutes, characters: 1 to 6
Entry Fee: $CAD 15
Prize: First: $CAD 300, Second: $CAD 150, People’s Choice Award