ABR 2018 Calibre Essay Prize

Seeking non-fiction essays from 3,000 to 6,000 words, written in English. Entry fees are $15 for current ABR subscribers, $15 for full-time students, and $25 for non-subscribers, plus a further four options if the entrant wishes to subscribe to a print subscription of ABR and resides in Australia, NZZ and Asia, or elsewhere in the world. Closing 15th January.

International Women in Media Foundation Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories

The IWMF’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories is a new funding initiative supporting journalism produced by and about women. Through programs, fellowships, and grants the IWMF empowers women journalists with the training, support, and network to become leaders in the news industry. These grants provide opportunities for women journalists to pursue international stories of importance through gender-sensitive coverage of underreported topics. Applications close 19th January.

The Hope Prize by Brotherhood of St Lawrence

“The Hope Prize encourages writers to explore people’s resilience in the face of poverty and disadvantage, to look beyond all too common stereotypes to depict the strengths that people and communities show in dealing with hardship.” Stories can be fact or fiction, of any genre, and must be between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Closing 31st January.

2018 black&write! Fellowship

Two Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers will be awarded a $10,000 prize for their unpublished manuscripts. Recipients work with editors to develop their manuscripts towards publication, with the chance to be published by Hachette Australia. Closes 31st January

2018 Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous writers

The prize will be awarded to the best work of poetry by an Indigenous writer who is 30 years or younger at the closing date of the competition. First prize is a $5000 prize, publication in Overland’s print magazine, and a three- to six-month writer’s residency at beautiful Trinity College, Melbourne. Two runner-up prizes of $500 may also be awarded. Closing 31st January. 

BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018

“Whether you’re an established or a completely new writer, the International Radio Playwriting Competition welcomes scripts from anyone outside of the UK. The radio dramas can be on any subject you like, as long as they are 53 minutes long. This year the two first prizes can come from either the English as a First Language or the English as a Second Language category. Both winners will travel to London, attend an award ceremony and see their plays recorded before they’re broadcast on the BBC World Service.” Closing 31st January. 

The Plough Poetry Prize

Open in two categories: The Open Poetry Competition 2017 and The Ronald Duncan Short Poem Competition 2017. Entry costs £5 for each category, the Open Poetry category seeks works up to 40 lines, and the Short Poem category seeks works up to ten lines. Closing 31st January.

The Crazyhorse Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry

Accepting short stories and essays of up to 25 pages or a set of 1-3 poems, winders in each section receive USD$2,000 and publication. Closing 31st January.

The Disquiet Prize

Accepting submissions of fiction, poetry and non-fiction – winning work receives publications and one grand prize receives a full fellowship to the 2018 Disquiet International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. More details for each category at the website. Closing 31st January.

Iowa Review Awards

Open to short fiction of up to 25 double-spaced pages, as well as poetry and non-fiction. Entries are USD$20 per entry per category. Closing 31st January.

Text Publishing Prize

Seeking unpublished manuscripts, with a first prize of  a publishing contract with Text and a $10,000 advance against royalties. Published and unpublished writers of all ages are eligible to enter with works of fiction or non-fiction.  Closing 2nd February.

Overland: fiction for special spring fiction edition

Overland is seeking fiction from new and emerging writers for a special online edition to be guest edited by Linda Godfrey. Online contributors will be paid $150 per story, flash fiction accepted and maximum length is 4,000 words. Submissions close 4th February.

Newcastle Short Story Award

Awarded to an open-theme short story up to 2,000 words in length, all entries cost $16.50 to submit, there is no limit on the number of entries submitted. Closing 5th February.

Desperate Literature short story prize

Run out of the Desperate Literature Salon in Madrid, Spain, the winner, two runners-up, and even short listed authors all receive prizes. Seeking original fiction under 2,000 words. Entry is €20 for the first piece and €10 for each subsequent piece, with a limit of 5 pieces submitted per author. Closes 14th February.

Tasmanian Writers’ Prize

Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand, this prize is for short stories up to 3,000 words. The theme is ‘island’ or ‘island-resonant’, entries cost $20 each, maximum of two entries per person.  Closing 18th February.

Neo Perennial Press – Heroines Anthology

“Heroines will tell the tales of mythic women through old tales retold or reimagined, lost tales found, and stories newly born.” Accepting prose and short story submissions up to 5,000 words, and poetry can be of ‘any reasonable length’, but is limited to five poems per submission. Taking submissions until 15th March.

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