Competitions & Prizes 2020

By: 
Writers Victoria

See below for opportunities to enter writing competitions and prizes in 2020. We have made particular effort to collate a comprehensive list of prizes and competitions, as we know many of our members and supporters have experienced significant changes to employment and lifestyle during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are looking for writing opportunities. If you would like to contribute to this list, please contact us.

April 
Red Room Poetry In Your Hands – closes 9 April
Gulgong Henry Lawson Literary Awards – closes 10 April
The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction – closes 17 April
Heroines Women’s Writing Prize & Anthology – closes 20 April
2020 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards – closes 20 April
Écrire! Words Alike Short Story Competition – closes 20 April
ABC Radio Melbourne Describe Your Island Home – closes 21 April
Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition – closes 23 April
Dulcie Stone Writing Competition 2020 – closes 24 April
The Valerie Parv Award – closes 26 April
Writers Unleashed Picture Book Writing Competition – closes 27 April
Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize – closes 27 April
The Bristol Short Story Prize – closes 30 April
Daisy Utemorrah Award – closes 30 April
Furphy Literary Award: Open Short Story Competition – closes 30 April
Kill Your Darlings 2020 Unpublished Manuscript Award – closes 30 April
Poetica Christi Press 2020 Poetry Competition – closes 30 April
The 2020 Queensland Literary Awards – closes 30 April
The Best of Times Short Story Competition #29: Autumn 2020 – closes 30 April
David Unaipon Award for 2020 – closes 30 April

May 
ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize – closes 1 May 
Questions Writing Prize – closes 1 May
RD Walshe Memorial Writing for the Environment Prize 2020 – closes 1 May
2020 Poetry d’Amour Love Poetry Contest – closes 1 May
Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards 2020 – closes 3 May
Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize – closes 4 May
2020 XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word – closes 4 May
Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem – closes 4 May
Tales with a Twist Award 2020 – closes 13 May
Fellowship of Australian Writers Literary Competition 2020 – closes 15 May
The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction – closes 24 May
Grieve Writing Competition – closes 25 May
The HarperCollins 2020 Banjo Prize – closes 29 May
First Novel Prize 2020 – closes 31 May
The Blake Poetry Prize – closes 31 May
The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award – closes 31 May

June
Stuart Hadow Short Story Prize 2020 – closes 1 June
Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition – closes 4 June
The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize – closes 5 June
2020 Newcastle Poetry Prize  – closes 23 June
Adelaide Plains Poets Poetry Competition – closes 26 June
2020 Ros Spencer Poetry Contest – closes 26 June
Port Writers Open Writing Competition 2020 – closes 30 June
Maureen Freer (FAWQ) Literary Competition 2020 – closes 30 June
ARA Historical Novel Prize – closes 30 June
Dorothea McKellar Poetry Awards – closes 30 June
AAWP SC Creative Nonfiction Prize – closes 30 June
Scribes Writers Poetry Competition – closes 30 June

July
The Novel Prize – closes 1 July
ACU Prize for Poetry – closes 6 July
Richell Prize for Emerging Writers – closes 10 July
Nandewar Poetry Competition – closes 30 July
Rose Frankcombe Short Story Competition – closes 31 July
Global Writing Communities Translators' Prize 2020 – closes 31 July
Woollongong Local History Prize – closes 31 July
Stories of Life – closes 31 July

August
Audrey 2020 Short Story Prize – closes 1 August
Sydney Hammond Short Story Writing Competition 2020 – closes 1 August
The Audrey Daybook Short Story Prize – closes 5 August
The St Kilda Historical Society Short Story Competition – closes 7 August
Betty Olle Poetry Award – closes 31 August
FAW Tasmania 2020 Nairda Lyne Award – closes 31 August
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award – closes 31 August