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Aerogramme Writer’s Studio also has a list of 31 Writing competitions to enter before the end of the year, including opportunities for prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction from all over the world.

Seeking Youth Curators at Scribblers Festival
‘Scribblers is seeking Youth Curators to help shape a day-long program dedicated to YA literature, on Saturday 9 May 2020, during the 2020 Scribblers Festival’s Family Weekend.’ Applications close 5th December.

Somerset Novella Writing Competition
The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition is open to all Australian high school students. Seeking novellas between 8,000 and 20,000 words, and entry is $20. Entrants must be under 19 years of age as at date of close of entries – 6th December.

Somerset Poetry Prize
‘Submit an original poem of no more than 50 lines excluding the title, on any subject. Open to ALL current secondary students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents attending school in Australia. Students receiving home schooling are eligible to enter. The submitted poem must be unpublished (also not published online) and not have won a prize previously. There are two categories: Junior Secondary – Years 7 to 9; Senior Secondary – Years 10 to 12 Entry fee: $15.’ Closing 6th December.

2020 Miegunyah Writers Fellowship Applications Open
The 2020 Miegunyah Writer’s Fellowship is part of a large-scale multidisciplinary exhibition set to open at the Ian Potter Museum of Art in 2022. The first of these residencies will take place in the second half of 2020, and will provide an opportunity for a published writer to develop a singular work or portfolio of works that engage the theme of eucalypt, utilising Russell Grimwade’s interest in gums and the Grimwade Collection as a starting point. In discussion with the curators, writing produced during this residency will be publicly presented in conjunction with the exhibition and published in the exhibition catalogue. Closing 6th December.

Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing
The 2019 prize maintains the Alan Marshall Short Story Award and introduces the 2019 genre is Creative Non-Fiction. Writers may enter one or both of the awards with up to three pieces of writing in each award, a total of six pieces of writing across both awards. Closing 12th December.

Hal Porter Short Story Competition
Submit a short story, written in any style, up to 2,500 words. Entry fee: $10. Closing date: Friday 13th December.

Penguin Literary Prize
This prize seeks to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors writing in the areas of literary fiction, accepting a complete, unpublished manuscript. Closing 13th December.

Tom Collins Poetry Prize
Submit poems up to 60 lines for this annual competition, inaugurated by FAWWA in 1975 in memory of the Australian author Joseph Furphy, who wrote under the pseudonym Tom Collins. Entry fee: $10 per entry. Closing date: Sunday 15th December.

2019–2020 Sutherland Shire Literary Competition
Submit rhyming verse (max 80 lines), free verse (max 80 lines), short story (max 2,000 words), themed short story: ‘Looking Back, Moving Forward’ (max 2,000 words). Entry fee: $15.00 per poem/story. Closing 16th December.

Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development + Publication Prize 2020
Seeking entries of completed manuscripts up to 95,000 words of fiction, non-fiction, or fiction inspired by true events. Entry is $45, closing 20th December.

The Moth Poetry Prize 2019
‘The Moth Poetry Prize… is for a single, original poem that has not been published in any form (including being self-published or published online). The prize is open to all poets, both established and emerging, and there are no restrictions on nationality or citizenship.’ Entry is €15, closing 31st December.

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