WRITING COMPETITIONS

& OPPORTUNITIES

ROBOGALS SCIENCE CHALLENGE

DUE BY FRIDAY 2 AUGUST 2019

The Robogals Science Challenge is an Australia-wide science competition for girls. It enables participants to learn more about science and engineering by conducting projects or experiments with a friend, parent, or another mentor.

Entries to the competition are submitted online in the form of videos, photos and writing in three age categories. The competition spans four months, with the best 12 participants awarded for their efforts at the end of the year.

https://sciencechallenge.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=8b932720dde7c2490718f3fe3&id=3fd130f94a

INSIGHT CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION 2019

DUE BY FRIDAY 16 AUGUST 2019

Entrants will be in the running to share in over $3000 of cash prizes, and writers of shortlisted entries will be invited to an awards ceremony on Thursday, 12 December 2019.

Each story must be written to the theme: The price you pay. The word count should be as outlined below.

Year 7: 400 – 800 words

Year 8: 400 – 800 words

Year 9: 600 – 1100 words

Year 10: 600 – 1100 words

Year 11: 900 – 1400 words

Year 12: 900 – 1400 words

Conditions of Entry and further info available from the website here.

If you’d like to read some of last year’s winning stories, please see here.

WIN A PIECE OF MOON ROCK

DUE BY SUNDAY 18 AUGUST

If you are a student in any high school or primary school in Australia, then this competition is open to you.

You can win and own a small piece of the Moon (breccia) for yourself. It certainly won't be as big as the one pictured with astronaut Harrison Schmitt, the only scientist so far to travel to the lunar surface, but it will be unique.

Yes, there are ways to obtain a small piece of the Moon legitimately without having to build your own rocket and get it yourself. The clue to the origin of the prize is in the final question asked in the competition.

To enter the free school competition and a bit of an experiment, just answer the very simple 5 questions at the link below and give your best estimated number in the important final question about the Moon.

You don't need super-special knowledge to enter, just curiosity, a sense of fun and a desire to win something unique.

Warning: it might be a thought-provoking final question though.

In the 1960s, NASA asked itself similar questions before deciding on landing sites for Apollo.

Any student of any age can provide an answer, and the final best one can't be known until the end.

Only one entry per student is allowed, so type it carefully. Duplicates will be disqualified. The winner will be the earliest entry received that is closest to the estimated right answer, as judged by the "wisdom of the crowd" method from all valid entries received.

This answer will be posted here once determined.

The winner will be contacted by email, and a teacher at their school will be required to reply and provide an address to which the prize can be shipped safely.

To enter the competition, just click here

QUARTERLY ESSAY: A WRITING COMPETITION FOR YEARS 9–12

DUE BY MONDAY 19 AUGUST

For students, from Years 9 –12, respond to the below question in maximum 500 words.

“What is the change you want to see in the future? What progress do you hope for?”

Send us a written response of maximum 500 words or a short video no longer than 2 minutes, to be in the running to win a bag of books for your school library, a digital subscription to Quarterly Essay and to be published on the Quarterly Essay website. Be creative, be pragmatic but, most importantly, be hopeful! Send your response as either a Word document or mp4 to enquiries@quarterlyessay.com before 5pm Monday, 19 August. Please attach a filled-out submission form with your email – this gives us permission to publish your writing online and share it on social media. Speak to Emma Pollock in the library for the necessary documents.

QE75 high school competition poster .pdf
QE75 high-school competition waiver.docx

WRITE 4 FUN POETRY & SHORT STORIES

DUE BY FRIDAY 30 AUGUST 2019

There is no theme!! Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and get their creative juices flowing to write on ANY TOPIC and in ANY STYLE. Students from ALL GRADES are welcome to enter - Kindergarten to Grade 12.

https://www.write4fun.net/competitions/65

WRITE 4 FUN ART COMETITION

DUE BY FRIDAY 30 AUGUST 2019

We encourage students to enter their most creative piece of artwork and compete for the awesome first prize of $1000 and the choice of either a $500 Rebel Sport Gift voucher, Apple iPad 32GB, Xbox 1 X, PlayStation 4!

Entrants are encouraged to let their creativity run wild as artwork can be in the form of a painting, drawing, photograph, collage, charcoal art or computer designed original art (please no 3 dimensional pieces). There is no theme to the competition this year so entrants can choose to create their masterpiece as they please! Entry is FREE and all entries must be in by August 30th, 2019.

https://www.write4fun.net/competitions/66

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY NONFICTION PRIZE FOR YOUNG WRITERS

DUE BY SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER.

The Deakin University Nonfiction Prize, presented in partnership with Express Media, is open to Australian writers aged 30 and under.

“Many excellent projects have come from our collaboration over the past six years,” says Henry Rosenbloom Scribe’s founder and publisher. “We’re delighted to have supported the prize for as long as we did. We’re equally delighted that the prize will continue, and wish Express Media and Deakin all the best with the next phase.”

Deakin University and Express Media are thrilled to continue the legacy of this prize by offering the winning writer a payment of $3000. In addition, all writers shortlisted for the 2019 prize will receive:

  • ​an invitation to an exclusive craft development masterclass with some of Australia’s best nonfiction writers;
  • personalised feedback on their entry from the judges;
  • a generous selection of new-release books tailored to their reading interests.

Entries close 11.59pm Sunday 1 September.

https://expressmedia.submittable.com/submit/141279/the-2019-deakin-university-nonfiction-prize

ABC HEYWIRE

DUE BY MONDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

Tell a story in any format you like about an aspect of your life, where you live. Check out last year's winning stories When your story is ready, submit it by filling in our simple online entry form by September 16, 2019 to be in the running to win.

https://www.abc.net.au/heywire/competition/


CREATE IT COMP

DUE BY 30 SEPTEMBER 2019

If anything is possible and you had unlimited time, money, help, and skill, what would you engineer?

https://100yearsea.com.au/create-it-comp/

RED ROOM POETRY OBJECT

Check with your English or Creative Writing teacher about our school's registration details.

https://redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object/

VOICEWORKS

Voiceworks is a national, quarterly literary journal that features exciting new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics by people under the age of 25.

https://expressmedia.org.au/programs/voiceworks/

POETRY IN FIRST LANGUAGES

2018-2020

https://redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-first-languages/

Developed by Gunai poet Kirli Saunders and delivered by Red Room Poetry, Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) celebrates, shares and preserves knowledge of First Nations languages and culture through poetry, music, dance and art.

BREVITY OPEN SUBMISSIONS

Brevity publishes well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief (750 words or less) essay form. We have featured work from two Pulitzer prize finalists, many NEA fellows, Pushcart winners, Best American authors, and writers from India, Egypt, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, Qatar, and Japan. We have also featured numerous previously-unpublished authors, and take a special joy in helping to launch a new literary career. Over the past year Brevity has averaged 10,000 unique visitors per month.

https://brevitymag.com/submissions/

Authors are paid a $45 honorarium for featured essays and craft essays. We are not currently able to pay for book reviews.

CLOSING 13/11/20

*Paid

ATLAS SHRUGGED ESSAY CONTEST

CLOSES THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2019

The Ayn Rand Institute in the U.S. runs essay contests for high school and university students. Year 12 and university students worldwide are eligible for the Atlas Shrugged essay contest. The first prize is US$25,000.

Additionally there will be a separate competition for anyone up to the age of 25 (students and non-students) from Australia with a total prize pool of $2000: a first prize of $1000, a second prize of $600 and a third prize of $400.

The deadline for essay submission is 19th September 2019.

For the Australian contest, email any questions and your completed essay to nigelr2018@outlook.com. You will need to follow the submission process on the Ayn Rand Institute page for the U.S. contest.

CLOSING 19/09/19

*Prize

MASTERS REVIEW

Submissions for our New Voices category are open year round. New Voices is open to any new and emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length. You must not have a novel forthcoming at the time of submission. Published short-story collections do not count as a novel-length work and those authors are free to submit. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of stories from new authors each month.

We are pleased to announce we now offer payment to New Voices authors. $0.10/word up to $200. We are thrilled to be paying for published pieces but will be highly selective in our choices for publication.

New Voices submissions are open to new and emerging writers only (no novel-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission).

We accept fiction and narrative non-fiction. We do accept a variety of genres and styles, our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. But please, send us polished work. Our aim is to showcase writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. Send us only your best.

We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us if your work is picked up elsewhere.

All submissions must be less than 7,000 words.

We do accept multiple submissions.

Please include a cover letter with your publication history

POSTED 31/01/18 CLOSING 31/01/21

*Paid https://mastersreview.com/

PASSAGES NORTH

Passages North, the annual literary journal sponsored by Northern Michigan University, has published short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction since 1979.

https://passagesnorth.submittable.com/submit

SALT HILL JOURNAL

Salt Hill is a biannual literary journal publishing outstanding new fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art by people at various stages in their literary and artistic careers. We publish new and emerging writers alongside those with long, illustrious careers in the literary arts.

Salt Hill publishes poetry, prose, translations, reviews, essays, interviews, and artwork.

Reading for poetry and fiction from July 1 through September 30 2019, then January 1 through March 31 2020.

Salt Hill is produced by writers in and affiliated with the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University and is funded in part by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Graduate Student Organization of Syracuse University.

https://salthilljournal.net/submit/

COMPETITIONS THAT HAVE EXPIRED FOR 2019

YOUNG ADAS SHORT STORY PRIZE 2019

For western suburbs writers aged 14 to 18 years. Enter an original short story up to 1000 words in length. 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 to win $250 and be published in our exciting 2019 anthology. Closing date: Monday 25 March 2019.

For more info

Enquiries: email competitions@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 462 542.

LIBRARY LOVERS' DAY STORY WRITING COMPETITION 2019

ALIA is running a 200-word flash fiction story competition. The story can be about anything it just has to start with the writing prompt 'there was love to be found in the library'. Submissions are due by 5:00pm AEDT on 21 February 2019.

https://www.alia.org.au/news/18061/library-lovers%E2%80%99-day-story-writing-competition-2019

2019 PETER CAREY SHORT STORY AWARD

The Peter Carey Short Story Award returns for 2019, opening for entries on February 4 and closing at 6pm AEDT March 21. Organised by the Moorabool Shire Council, the award is for short stories between 2000 - 3000 words, and is open to all Australian residents. The winning entry receives $1000, while the runner-up wins $500. First and second prized stories will also be published in the Spring 2019 issue of Meanjin. Longlisted entries will be judged by Nic Low, author of the satirical short story collection Arms Race.

https://writersvictoria.org.au/calendars/opportunities-competitions/2019-peter-carey-short-story-award

THE WB YEATS POETRY PRIZE

Closing date: March 31, 2019

First Prize AU $500. 00 Two Second Prizes AU $75. 00

# Entries only accepted from residents of Australia

# NOT previously published

# 50 line maximum limit

# NO identification of author anywhere on the poem

# Open style

CLOSING 31/03/19

*Entry Fee *Prize

https://www.wbyeatspoetryprize.com/

WRITE BY THE BAY 2019

DUE BY SUNDAY 28 APRIL 2019

Prep to year 12 writers are invited to enter a: short story, and/or poem, and/or song into the seventeenth annual Hobsons Bay Libraries writing competition, Write by the Bay. Cash and book prizes are up for grabs, as well as the chance to be published!

More info here

Winners will be announced at the Awards Night, featuring acclaimed author Andy Griffiths on Thursday 6 June 2019.

AUSTRALIAN POETRY JOURNAL

APJ 9.1: Open for Submissions

Submissions are now open for Vol 9.1 of the Australian Poetry Journal on the theme "RESIST". Poetry will be guest edited by John Kinsella.

John is one of the most highly respected poets globally, especially for his stance on ethics and justice, and we are thrilled that he is guest editor of this issue.

Read John's inspiring provocation and submission guidelines on our website. Submissions close 17 May.

KAT MUSCAT FELLOWSHIP

The annual Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young woman or non-binary person. Kat’s writing embodied her personal mantra of feminism, empathy and defiance, and each year the recipient of the fellowship is asked to take up her notion of challenge: exploring bold subjects, thinking deeply and critically about the world and the culture we consume, and reflecting and building on the craft of writing or editing.

Applicants must be a woman or non-binary person, and aged between 16 to 30 at the commencement of the Fellowship in March 2019. The Kat Muscat Fellow is selected by the Custodial Committee of The Kat Muscat Legacy Projects, which includes members of Express Media’s board and staff, the Muscat family and appointed community members.

https://expressmedia.org.au/programs/the-kat-muscat-fellowship/

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: GROWING UP DISABLED IN AUSTRALIA

DUE BY FRIDAY 31 MAY 2019

A new anthology is open for submissions from all writers in Australia who identify as disabled, deaf, Deaf or chronically ill (under the social model of disability).

We are looking for non-fiction pieces that deal with any aspect of growing up chronically ill, deaf, Deaf or disabled. Submissions can be in any manner, tone or style, but should not be academic or scholarly. They should be written in first-person and be honest accounts of lived experience – positive, negative or anything in between.

Submissions should be between 1000 and 4000 words, and must be received by 5pm on

Friday, 31 May 2019.

STORY CAMP

3 day, free school holiday program

This is your chance to meet and learn from some of Australia’s most exciting and inspiring storytellers in a free school holiday workshop for 12 to 15-year-olds.

Do you have big dreams of writing a novel, penning a poem or publishing your own zine? Or do you have something to say, but you’re not quite sure how to get it out into the world?

Our students are eligible to attend a 3 day, free school holiday program called Story Camp held at the State Library of Victoria. Expressions of interest are due by Monday 24 June and are best filled out by a parent/guardian.

https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/expression-interest-story-camp

Lunch and transport costs are provided.

Address:​

Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street

Dates and times:

Monday 1 July 10:00am – 2:00pm

Tuesday 2 July 10:00am – 2:00pm

Wednesday 3 July 10:00am – 2:00pm

The presenters for the July 2019 Story Camp:

Maxine Beneba Clarke – leading a workshop on poetry and zine-making

Caitlin McGregor – leading a workshop on nonfiction writing

Amie Green – leading a workshop on fiction writing

https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/live-learn/literacy-initiatives/story-camp

Cost: free

Phone: 03 8664 7014

Email: youthlit@slv.vic.gov.au

KILL YOUR DARLINGS SCHOOL WRITING PRIZE

DUE BY FRIDAY 28 JUNE

We’re seeking entries of up to 1500 words in the categories of fiction and non-fiction, with students responding to a current social or political issue. The two winners will receive a $500 cash prize, editorial support and publication in KYD.

Entries for the 2019 School Writing Prize open on 23 April and close on 28 June, with the winners to be announced at a special event in August 2019.

https://www.killyourdarlings.com.au/2019/02/announcing-the-kyd-school-writing-prize/?fbclid=IwAR3KkEFU0ax1O1TXLMaYAIM3hFppo-EyiXuZGIptCYmFZRhjUmPC7GFB3hw

LAUNCH OF DFAT'S iSAY ESSAY COMPETITION ON TRADE

DUE BY FRIDAY 28 JUNE

DFAT’s new essay competition seeks to highlight the benefits of international trade, in an essay topic for senior high school students, and emphasise the importance of Australia’s trade with ASEAN during the Australia now ASEAN year, in a topic for university undergraduates at both Australian and ASEAN universities.

Entries close Friday 28 June.

https://dfat.gov.au/trade/engage/Pages/isaycompetition.aspx


DOROTHEA MACKELLAR POETRY AWARDS

DUE BY SUNDAY 30 JUNE 2019

A unique national project, giving Australia's youth a voice and an opportunity to strive for excellence in literature.

1 March - 30 June

https://www.dorothea.com.au/How-to-Enter-awards

JOHN MARSDEN AND HATCHETTE AUSTRALIA PRIZE

DUE BY SUNDAY 30 JUNE

The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is an annual developmental award open exclusively to Australian secondary school students across the nation.

The prize recognises excellence in three creative writing categories: fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Submissions for The 2019 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers open Monday 15 April and close AEST 11.59pm Sunday 30 June.

https://expressmedia.org.au/programs/john-marsden-prize/

EXPRESS MEDIA TOOLKITS

DUE BY SUNDAY 14 JULY

Applications now open for Season 2

Toolkits: Poetry & Digital Storytelling!

Toolkits is a rigorous 12-week program for writers aged 30 and under to develop their skills in a unique and exciting online environment. Each program includes one-on-one mentoring and feedback from an established writer, specialised presentations from guest artists and the opportunity to network with other young people working in the same literary form.

https://expressmedia.org.au/programs/toolkits/