In a world where the extent of our creative flair is often limited to 280 characters, Audrey Daybook seeks to foster the art and practise of good old-fashioned story writing. 2019 marks the launch of the inaugural Audrey Daybook Short Story Prize competition, where we will publish a different reader’s short story in each issue….

Where else can you have a chance to be mentored by one of Australia’s most successful authors? Entries arriving before or after the deadlines cannot be accepted. Note: you cannot ‘reserve’ a place by paying your entry fee. The only way to claim a place in the contest is to submit your entry. Deadline: Monday…

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the 2019 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, one of the world’s leading prizes for an original short story. The ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is worth a total of $12,500. Entry is open to anyone in the world who is writing in English. Entries must be a…

Write a story about something that matters to you in your world, whether it’s love, friendship, discoveries, injustice or loss. Or create an alternative reality where the usual rules don’t apply. Take us back into the past, or into another country. Transport us there through your imagination and the power of words, for the chance…

The Mallacoota Arts Council recently launched the 2018-2019 EJ Brady Short Story Competition. Gabo Prize for very short stories of less than 700 words. Betka Prize for humorous short stories of less than 1000 words. Mallacoota Prize for short stories of less than 2500 words. Deadline: Thursday 28 February 2019 Entry Fee: $8-$12 More Information

Sponsored by Trinity College at the University of Melbourne and supporters, this prize, now in its fifth year, recognises the talent of young Indigenous writers across Australia. In 2019, the prize will be awarded to the best short story by an Indigenous writer who is 30 years or younger at the closing date of the…

The National Biography Award (‘Award’) is administered and presented annually by the State Library of New South Wales. It is generously supported by the Nelson Meers Foundation. The Award was established in 1996 by Dr Geoffrey Cains and supported by the late Michael Crouch AC, to encourage the highest standards of biographical and autobiographical writing,…

The Woollahra Digital Literary Award is a national literary award supporting innovation in Australian literature and publishing, encouraging writers producing work in a digital medium. The award seeks submissions of a literary nature that are digitally born – published online or in electronic form. Deadline: 11 March, 2019 Entry Fee: – More information

Submissions are now open for Griffith Review’s annual novella competition. Winning entries will share in a $25,000 prize pool, supported by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, and will be published in Griffith Review 66: The Novella Project VII. Deadline: 29 March, 2019 Entry Fee: $30-$60 More information

We’re on the hunt for 4-6 Australian or Australia-based writers, poets and creatives of colour to submit four pieces each in 2019. A minimum of two spots are reserved for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers/creators. Deadline: Thursday 31 January 2019 Entry Fee: – More information

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