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31 August 2014 The Great Aussie Book Prize
Have an unpublished memoir or writing a life-story? Enter the Great Aussie Book Prize and win print, eBook and audio book publication with a reputable Australian publisher and an Australian agent. We are searching for the great Aussie unpublished memoir, a true story centred on Australian family and home – however that is seen by the author. We hope to unearth either extraordinary – or wonderfully ordinary – stories that will touch the hearts of Australians everywhere, stimulate reading, and at the same time serve to support our most vulnerable Australian children. The winner of the Book Prize will receive: agency representation from Australia’s most renowned literary agent Selwa Anthony and guaranteed print, eBook and audio book contracts from well-known Australian publishers.
Entries will open on June 1 and close on August 31.
BASIC CONDITIONS: • $50 entry fee donated to Barnardos Australia • Manuscript must be a work of non-fiction • Must be original work – author can have been previously published • Must be a complete work – first three chapter are to be submitted for entry
24 October 2014 Irish Writers' Center Novel Fair Competition
Twelve shortlisted entrants will be anonymously selected by a judging panel to take part in the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair on 21 February, 2015. Each writer will have a stand at the Fair where they will present the synopsis of their novel, the finished novel itself and biographical material. Top Irish publishers and agents will be invited to the Irish Writers’ Centre to meet these writers in person. To fully prepare them for the day, the winners also receive a place on a seminar on ‘How to Pitch Your Novel’, two weeks in advance of the Fair (7 February, 2015). This year we are extending the prize to those who make the longlist. Twenty-four applicants who are longlisted and who do not proceed to make the shortlist of twelve will have their work evaluated and critiqued by the judging panel.
 
 
30 Nov2014 Atlantis Short Story Competition 2014
Authors from all around the world are welcome to enter the one and only contest that offers a criqitue for every participating story!
19 Dec 2014 Somerset National Poetry Prize
The purpose of the Somerset National Poetry Prize is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students, to affirm it as a worthwhile literary pursuit and to stimulate excellence in writing. It also has the aim of inspiring and enriching youth literature.
It is held in conjunction with the Somerset Celebration of Literature 2015.

Category winners will be awarded cash prizes and will have the opportunity to attend the Somerset Celebration of Literature, be billeted with members of the Somerset Wordsmith's Club and attend the Literary Dinner, where the winners will be officially announced. This decision will be at the discretion of the competition organisers. The Somerset National Poetry Prize is open to ALL current secondary students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents attending school in Australia. Students receiving home schooling are eligible to enter. Entrants must be under 19 years of age as at date of close of entries on 19 December 2014
 
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