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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
Prizes: 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.
1 October and 31 December 2014 Short and Twisted, an anthology of short stories and poetry with a twist at the end, is seeking submissions of short stories (1500 words, 500 words and 100 words), poetry and images for the 2015 issue.  Submissions accepted between 1 October and 31 December 2014.
For submission guidelines see
email or send SSAE to 2 Bonview Court, Knoxfield, VIC, 3180.
18 January 2014 Stringybark Short Story Award 2014
Stringybark Stories is pleased to announce its latest short fiction award with over $860 in cash and books available to the best entries. This is our annual open themed competition. The only proviso is that the story must contain some reference to Australia no matter how minor or incidental. Writers have 1500 words to produce a short story that will delight and entertain the judges. International entries welcome.
Eyre Writers Inc. of Eyre Peninsula SA invite you to enter our annual Literary Awards. The competition is open to all Australian citizens. 1. Tom Black Memorial Award for a rhyming poem on any theme:  limit 50 lines 2. Eyre Writers Award for a non-rhyming poem on any theme:  limit 50 lines
3. Eyre Travel Short Story Award for a short story on any theme: limit 1500 words 4.Land and Sea Award for fact, fiction, or essay, on an Australian rural or maritime theme: limit 1500 words
First Prize in each category is $200  plus trophy Certificates are awarded for Highly Commended or Commended entries.
6 March 2015 Tabor Adelaide Creative Writing Awards
The theme for the 2015 awards is Hope against Hope. Again, there is a poetry and short story category, with first and second prizes in each. Entry is free.
30 April 2015 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize i
Oopen to all published and unpublished writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age.
Stories can be on any theme or subject and
entry can be made online via the website or by
post. Entries must be previously unpublished
with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The
entry fee is £8 per story.
The closing date for entries is April 30th 2015.

1st £1000 plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card
2nd £700 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
3rd £400 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the writers
whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted
writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short
Story Prize Anthology Volume 8.

The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony
in Bristol in October 2015 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched.

Judging panel :
Sara Davies (writer, former Radio 4 producer) Rowan Lawton (literary agent at Furniss Lawton),
Sanjida O’Connell (writer and TV presenter) and Nikesh Shukla (author, performer and journalist)
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