Writing Competitions – April 2017

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Writing Competitions – April 2017

Looking to get your work seen by those in the know? Entering short story or poetry competitions is a great way to firstly, get your writing chops moving, and secondly, get your name circulating where it counts – within the world of readers, writers, editors and publishers.

Whether you’re new to the game or have been doodling away for years, if your words are staying hidden on your computer, your smartphone, or in your journal, you’re never going to know the satisfaction of being published.

Of course, before sending off any submission, you’ll want it to be the best it can be: polished and proofread. Workshopping through a writing group, engaging a beta reader or a professional editor will increase your chances multi-fold. If a judge picks up errors in your first few paragraphs, or they can see you have no idea about point view, I can assure you, they won’t read any further – and why should they? If you can’t be bothered to put in your best effort, why should they give you their valuable time?

So go to it!

Here’s the latest list of short story and poetry competitions. Good luck and remember:

Rejection is not failure, but a step closer to your goal. 

2017 Dulcie Stone Writers Competition
Adelaide Plains Poets Poetry Competition 2016/17
Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction
Darebin Mayor’s Writing Awards
The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2018
Best of Times short story competition
AAWP Emerging Writers Prize
The Elyne Mitchell Writing Award
Children’s Peace Literature Award
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
The Mozzie Poetry Prize



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