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Griffith University Josephine Ulrick Prizes

Funded and administered by Griffith University in agreement with the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts, the Josephine Ulrick literature and poetry prizes are worth $30,000 in total prize money in 2015.

Literature Prize 2015

For a short story up to 2000 words:

  • First Prize: $10,000
  • Second Prize: $5,000

Poetry Prize 2015
For a poem up to 100 lines:

  • First Prize: $10,000
  • Second Prize: $5,000


Key Dates

  • Entries open 1 December 2014
  • Entries close Friday 13 February 2015
  • Winners announced on the website: Early May 2015


More information
Website: Griffith University Josephine Ulrick Prizes
General enquiries:

Entries now open for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards

As has been announced recently, State Library of Queensland is taking a leadership role managing the awards, collaborating with the QLA community to continue the program.

Ten award categories provide opportunities for both published and emerging writers, as well as four fellowships supporting new works by Queensland writers.

Categories for the 2014 program are:

  • The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
  • The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book for the Year

Plus, three Queensland Writers Fellowships of $15,000, and the inaugural Queensland Premier’s Young Writers Fellowship of $10,000.

Entries close 19 September 2014

For more information and entry details visit


New worldwide poetry competition

The London Magazine has launched a worldwide poetry competition which is be open for all ages. The London Magazine is the oldest and most prestigious literary journal in the UK; it has been home to Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Christopher Reid and many more.


  • 1st Prize: £200 (and published in a future issue of The London Magazine)
  • 2nd Prize: £150 (and published on The London Magazine website)
  • 3rd Prize: £100 (and published on The London Magazine website)

Entry fee: £5 per poem.

Deadline:  30 June 2014.

Judges: Hugh Dunkerley and Michael O’Neill.

For more details, please visit the website:

The Proverse Prize

The Proverse Prize is a Hong Kong-based international competition for unpublished fiction, non-fiction or poetry. Australian authors have previously been represented among prize winners. Entry is open to all aged 18 or above, irrespective of residence, nationality or citizenship. Work may be previously edited, acknowledging the editor.

The entry fee is HK$200 (A$28 approx.) and the winner receives publication of the entered work and HK$10,000 (A$1400). Additional publication prizes may be awarded.

Full details, including background, previous winners and winning and other entered works already published are available from the Proverse Publishing website: The deadline for entries is 31 May 2014.

Short Story Competition for Rural Women

This year, the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) celebrates its twentieth birthday.  In celebration QRRRWN, together with writers’ web, is launching a short story competition open to all Australian women, 16 years and over, who live in rural, regional and remote areas. The theme for the competition is ‘Looking Forward, Looking Back’, based on the twentieth year of the Network.

Entries are open in either fiction and non-fiction. Judges will select one short story as the ‘Most Inspirational’ which will be published as the lead story in the eBook and possibly in a print version of the collection.

The stories will be judged by a distinguished panel of remarkable Australian women writers: Terry Underwood, Jane Grieve, Alice Greenup and Carmel Rowley.

The long-list – the best 10 entries from each category – will be announced at the QRRRWN conference in Blackall 9-11 September.  The ‘Most Inspirational’ will be announced and the collection launched on World Rural Women’s Day is 15 October 2013.

Submissions are to be no longer than 2,500 words and entry forms are available for download from

The competition  closes at midnight on 30 July 2013.

New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

New England Writers Centre has announced an exciting new national literary award, the New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing.

The prize is for unpublished short-form crime writing in three categories: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. It has been inspired not only by New England’s traditional association with the legendary bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, but also because of the region’s many associations with crime writing.

For instance, Rolf Bolderwood, author of the classic 19th century novel Robbery Under Arms was a magistrate in Armidale for some years; Tom Keneally’s The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith was partly filmed at Saumarez Homestead; and best-selling crime novelist Gabrielle Lord is a graduate of the University of New England. Also, current and former residents have been successful with cross-genre crime, mystery and suspense novels, including Wendy and Rebecca James, Bronwyn Parry, and NEWC Chair Sophie Masson, whose book The Hunt for Ned Kelly won the children’s category in the 2011 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Strong local support has made possible the following generous awards:

The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction: First Prize: $500, for a story of up to 2,500 words. Sponsored by the School of Arts, University of New England.

The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Non-Fiction: First Prize: $500 for an article of up to 2,500 words. Sponsored by The Armidale Express.

The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Poetry: First Prize: $500 for a poem of up to 60 lines. Sponsored by Collins Booksellers (Armidale and Tamworth), Dymocks Bookshop (Armidale) Chaucer on Bridge Street Gallery (Uralla), and the Armidale Dumaresq Memorial Library.

There will also be an extra prize of $200 for the best entry by a writer resident in New England, sponsored by the New England Writers’ Centre.

All winning entries will be published in the Armidale Express.

Open to writers all over Australia, whether published or unpublished.

The three judges, all residents of New England, have a national and international profile and high reputation in their various fields. Fiction judge is Bronwyn Parry, best-selling author of three mystery novels, As Darkness Falls, Dark Country and Dead Heat, published in Australia and overseas; poetry judge is Michael Sharkey, eminent poet with more than twenty books to his name, who has also taught literature in universities in Australia, New Zealand and China, run his own poetry press and taught writing to prisoners; and non-fiction judge is Dr Xanthe Mallett, criminologist, forensic anthropologist and presenter of TV shows including BBC 2’s History Cold Case and the US-based series The Decrypters. She is currently filming series 1 of Coast Australia.

Closing date: 30 September 2013

For more information and entry forms, please visit

KSP Writers’ Centre 2013/14 Residency Program

The Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre in Western Australia is offering several positions for writers in residence.

– 2013 Young Writers-in-Residence – three positions available – applications close 26 July 2013.

– 2014 Established Writer-in-Residence – one position available – applications close 14 July 2013.

– 2014 Emerging Writer-in-Residence – three positions available – applications close 30 August 2013.


For guidelines and application forms, please visit their website:



Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards

The Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards Written Word category is currently open for entries.

The Award is open to writers aged between 18 and 30.

The winner receives $5000 worth of air travel, $5000 cash and a 12-month mentorship with  Lisa Dempster, the Director of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

Entries close at 2 p.m. AEST on Tuesday 7 May and the competition is open to writers in all styles.

Last year’s winner was poet Andrew Bifield, who was mentored by Marcus Zusak. Andrew recently wrote about his experience winning SOYA Written Word on the SOYA blog.

For more details about SOYA and the competition, please visit

The 2013 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

Text Publishing is searching for talented writers of young adult and children’s books. Every year the Text Prize attracts hundreds of great manuscripts from across Australia and NZ. The prize is open to established authors as well as unpublished.

One winner receives $10,000 and is published by Text. Submissions must be over 20,000 words, and can be fiction or non-fiction.

Entrants must be residents of Australia or NZ.

For full competition details or to download the entry form, visit

Entries for the prize will be accepted between 4 and 29 March 2013.


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