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31 July 2014 Inaugral Literary Prize
The Toowoomba Wordsmiths in conjunction with The Fellowship Of Australian Writers QLD are holding 2 writing competitions in the lead up to the Toowoomba Writers Festival.  The festival will also be the launch for the Fellowship Of Australian Writers QLD  2014 Anthology. The competitions are for a Shot Story and for a poem. The word limit for the Short Story section is 2,000 words the limit for the poetry section is 40 lines.  The entry fee is $5.00 per entry with first prize being $250.00 for each section the winners and runners up will also be included in the Anthology. 
31 July 2014 Henry Handel Richardson Writing Competition 2014Story/Essay (may be fiction, memoir, personal essay or essay): up to 5000 words. Open to anyone over the age of 18 years. Overseas entries welcome. As the Society aims to stimulate enjoyment, study and general interest in Richardson’s work, any links to her and/or her work in entries are welcome but not mandatory. Text PublishingFirst Prize: $1500, plus $400 in books from Text Publishing Second Prize: $500, plus $200 in books from Text Publishing Third Prize: $250, plus $150 in books from Text Publishing. Entry fee: $10
 
31 July 2014 Inaugral Literary Prize
The Toowoomba Wordsmiths in conjunction with The Fellowship Of Australian Writers QLD are holding 2 writing competitions in the lead up to the Toowoomba Writers Festival.  The festival will also be the launch for the Fellowship Of Australian Writers QLD  2014 Anthology. The competitions are for a Shot Story and for a poem. The word limit for the Short Story section is 2,000 words the limit for the poetry section is 40 lines.  The entry fee is $5.00 per entry with first prize being $250.00 for each section the winners and runners up will also be included in the Anthology. 
31 July 2014 Henry Handel Richardson Writing Competition 2014Story/Essay (may be fiction, memoir, personal essay or essay): up to 5000 words. Open to anyone over the age of 18 years. Overseas entries welcome. As the Society aims to stimulate enjoyment, study and general interest in Richardson’s work, any links to her and/or her work in entries are welcome but not mandatory. Text PublishingFirst Prize: $1500, plus $400 in books from Text Publishing Second Prize: $500, plus $200 in books from Text Publishing Third Prize: $250, plus $150 in books from Text Publishing. Entry fee: $10
31 July 2014 Mudgee Valley Writers 14th Biennial Competition
Open Categories: Short Story - 2000 words maximum Poetry (Rhyming) - 60 lines maximum Novice Categories: Short Story by an author who has not previously won a monetary prize in any competition at time of entry - 2000 words max. Poetry (Rhyming) by an author who has not previously won a monetary prize in any competition at time of entry - 60 lines max. Entries cheque or money order - $5 per entry or $12 for three entries. Prizes Open Sections– First $200 plus Trophy. Second $100. Third $50. Novice Sections – First $100 plus Trophy. Second $50. Third $30. Highly Commended and Commended Certificates awarded. Entry forms can be obtained by sending a stamped self addressed envelope to PO Box 356, Mudgee NSW 2850 or email j.baggett@bigpond.com
31 July 2014 The InkTears Flash Fiction Competition 2014
Now open for entries. Age 18+ Closing date 31 July 2014 There are six prizes available: Winner: £250 Runner Up: £50 4 x Highly Commended: £25.00 All prize-winners will have their story published to the InkTears Readership and their Bio published on the InkTears website.

Submissions must be 500 words or less in length, any theme. Fees: 1 entry £3.00 GBP; 2 entries £5.00 GBP; 3 entries £6.50 GBP; 4 entries £7.50 GBP Full results will be posted on the InkTears website by 10 November 2104.

NB: stories may have been previously published (in a magazine or online providing the author still owns the copyright and there is no exclusivity with the prior publication) or unpublished.
1 August 2014 2014 Ipswich Poetry Feast
International Poetry Writing Competition Enter to share in $7500 in cash and prizes! School age categories: 5-7yrs, 8-10yrs, 11-13yrs, 14-15yrs, 16-17yrs Open age categories: Bush Poetry, Other Poetry, Local Poets All genres. No word limit.
3 August 2014 THE WORD HUT 14TH SHORT STORY WRITING COMPETITION
First Place £70.00; Second £35.00; Third £15.00 Winning story also published on our website. Entry fee: £4 per entry via PayPal. Short stories up to 1000 words on any theme or in any genre. Previously blogged stories may be entered. Entries to be sent by email only.
 
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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