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Writing Competitions Australia & New Zealand 2018

Australia

Newcastle Short Story Award
This year the Newcastle Short Story Award has an open theme and no limit to the number of submissions.
Closes: February 5, 2018
Word limit: 2000 words
Prize: First prize of $3000, second prize of $1700, third prize $1000

Atlantis Short Story Contest
This competition is open worldwide and offers opportunity for feedback, a perfect start for writers looking to get some direction for their short stories.
Closes: February 25, 2018
Word limit: 2500 words
Prize: First prize $300, second prize $100, third prize $50
Entry fee: Starting at $10 (varies depending on the level of feedback wanted)

Nambucca Valley Writers Group Bad Writing Competition
The Nambucca Valley Writers Group have announced their So Bad, It’s Good writing competition. It’s open theme, open genre and the long list of entries will be published as an Amazon ebook.
Closes: February 28, 2018
Word limit: 500 words
Prize: First prize $500, second prize $250, third prize $100
Entry fee: $10

The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition
In honour of the Shakespeare on the River theme this year, the 2018 Sheila Malady Short Story Competition has a theme of ‘For the love of…’ and is open to all nationalities and ages.
Closes: March 20, 2018
Word limit: 2000 words
Prize: $300 cash prize
Entry fee: $5

2018 Bristol Short Story Prize
This is an international competition open looking for published or unpublished talented writers of short stories to form the basis of their newest novel Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 11.
Closes: May 1, 2018
Word limit: 4000 words
Prize: 1st prize is £1000, 2nd prize is £700, 3rd prize is £400. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers
Entry fee: £8

Writer’s Digest annual writing competition
This competition offers a variety of genres including genre fiction, mainstream fiction, literary fiction and memoir.
Closes: May 4, 2018
Word limit: 2000-4000 words (depending on the genre of writing)
Prize: There will be one grand prize winner of $5000, in addition to an interview with the author in Writer’s Digest, one on one attention from four editors or agents, a paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference and a one year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials. The first place winner in each category will receive $1,000 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop, second place winner in each category will receive $500 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop, third place winner in each category will receive $250 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop.
Entry fee: Starting at $15 (changes depending on genre and number of entries)

Boroondara Literary Awards
This open short story award is available to all Australian residents.
Opens: Monday 7 May
Closes: Friday 31 August 2018
Word limit: 1500-3000 words
Prize: First: $1500 Second: $1000 Third: $500

Furious Fiction
Presented by the Australian Writers’ Centre (us!), this is a fun, fast and FREE short story challenge to flex your creative writing muscles each month. Everyone 17 years and over, anywhere in the world is invited to take part – for a seriously awesome cash prize.
Opens: 5pm (Sydney/Melbourne time) on the first Friday of the month
Closes: 55 hours later (midnight, Sunday)
Word limit: 500 words
Prize: AUD $500 cash to the winning story every single month
Join the Furious Fiction Fan Club to be notified as soon as the next challenge goes live.

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