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January 2018

12 January King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays
14 January Kat Muscat Fellowship
15 JanuaryMasters Review Short Story Award for New Writers
17 JanuaryFolio Society Book Illustration Competition
28 JanuaryGrindstone Literary Services Open Prose Competition

John O’Brien Open Writing Competition

30 JanuaryHillman Prize
31 January2018 black&write! Fellowships

Crazyhorse Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry

Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize

Disquiet Prize

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition

Fish Short Memoir Contest

Genjuan International Haibun Contest

Hope Prize for Short Story

International Radio Playwriting Competition

Iowa Review Awards

Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest

Magarey Medal for Biography

O Bheal International Five Words Competition

Plough Prize

Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award

WK Hancock Prize


February 2018

1 FebruaryGolfwell’s Second Annual Gold Writing Competition

Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award

2 FebruaryText Prize for YA & Children’s Writing
5 FebruaryNewcastle Short Story Award
7 FebruaryBanjo Paterson Australian Poetry Competition

ChipLitFest Short Story Competition

10 FebruaryCharles Perkins Centre Fellowship
13 FebruaryWriters’ & Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition
14 FebruaryBlack Cockatoo Art and Story Competition
15 FebruaryWords & Brushes Short Story Competition
18 FebruaryRegional Storyteller Scholarship

Tasmanian Writers’ Prize

25 FebruaryAtlantis Short Story Contest
28 FebruaryAustralian Inaugural So Bad It’s Good Writing Competition

Booksie Young Writer Short Story Contest

Booksie Short Story Contest

Colin Roderick Award

CWA Debut Dagger Award

Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest

Flash 500 Short Story Competition

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition


March 2018


1 MarchHoward Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Nature and Place Poetry Competition

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

University of Sunderland Short Story Award

Women’s National Book Association Writing Contest

2 MarchMulga Bill Writing Award
9 MarchCarol Lloyd Award
14 MarchNelligan Prize
28 MarchGrindstone Literary Services Flash Fiction 500
31 MarchAustralian Christian Book of the Year Awards

Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet

International Rubery Book Award

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

Nairda Lyne Award

Ned Kelly Awards

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

October 2018

15 OctoberFAW Tasmania Christmas Competitions


November 2018

None at this time


December 2018

31 DecemberL. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest