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30 March 2015 Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award 2015.
Poets are invited to respond to artworks selected from the Nillumbik Shire Council Art Collection. First Prize $500, Second Prize $300, Third Prize $200, Youth Prize $150 (11-18). Poems can be up to 12 lines long. Artworks can be viewed at Council Offices or online at www.victoriancollections.net.au by searching Nillumbik Shire Art Collection ekphrasis 2015. Winning poems will be printed on postcards with their corresponding artworks. Entries close Monday 30 March 2015.
 
2 April 2015 The 2015 Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s WritingAwarded annually to the best manuscript written for young adults and children, the Text Prize has unearthed extraordinary, multi-award-winning novels and launched international publishing careers. The winner receives $10,000 and a publishing contract with Text Publishing.
 
7 April 2015 Field of Words
Field of Words is a website and bi-annual short story competition dedicated to helping emerging writers publish their work on-line. The competition is open to Australian writers aged 18 and over, who have had minimal publishing exposure in print. Short story entries must be between 1000 - 2,500 words long. The first round of the competition opens on Feb 2, 2015 and closes April 7th, but may be extended
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Oopen to all published and unpublished writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age.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 Entries must be previously unpublished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.

Prizes:
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)
30 April 2015 Alan Marshall Short Story Award 2015
Australian writers are invited to enter the 30th Alan Marshall Short Story Award. Open Section: $2,000 prize, plus travel and accommodation for two-day writers’ retreat with judge. Local Section: $500 prize for four local writers, plus two-day writers’ retreat with judge. Stories can be up to 2,500 words long.
3 May 2015 THE WORD HUT 18TH SHORT STORY
WRITING COMPETITION

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. Entries welcome from any country. Stories must be written in English.
3 May 2015 Stringybark Travellers' Tales Award 2015
Stringybark Stories is pleased to announce its latest short story award with over $800 in cash and book prizes awarded for the best entries.  The winning tale will be a travel-related story (either non-fiction or semi-fictional) of 1500 words or fewer that entertains the judges. International entries welcome.
29 May 2015 The Novella Project III competition
original works of fiction that fall between the length of a typical short story and novel. While there is no firm word length requirement, writers are advised that works between 10,000 and 25,000 words are preferable; 35,000 words is the maximum.
29 May 2015 Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize
The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures.
The winner will receive AUD$15,000
The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000
30 June 2015 Moth Short Story Prize
Donal Ryan judges this year's Moth Short Story Prize, with prizes of €3,000, a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including a €250 travel stipend) and €1,000. The Prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. There's a word limit of 6,000, and an entry fee of €12.
24 July 2015 2015 Ipswich Poetry Feast
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. Entry Fee: School Age Categories: Free Open Age Categories: $5.00
31 July 2015 Victorian Veteran Community Story Writing & Art Competition.

The competition, which began as a therapy exercise for returned veterans at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, is now open to current and ex-servicemen and women (including National Service, Peacemakers and Peacekeepers), their spouses, widows, eligible children and grandchildren (over the age of 18), who reside in Victoria. It is a joint initiative of Victorian ex-service organisations, the Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. SWAC also receives generous sponsorship from the corporate and community sectors.

Each year the Competition provides members of this community with an excellent opportunity to develop and apply their creative skills and have their stories and other artistic endeavours publicly acknowledged. It is a small competition with five different categories for writing: True War Time Experience, True Life Experience, Fiction, Poetry and a special writing category which changes each year. This year the topic is “Centenary of Anzac – 100 Years of Service”. Entries are limited to 3000 words. All our judges are volunteers to this not for profit competition. Entry into the competition is free. Prizes are given across all categories along with novice awards in the writing categories. Stories must be received by 31 July 2015 and are sent to the judges soon after. Each of the writing judges (there are five) are required to have returned a list of winners in the first week of September.

6 August 2015 The 2015 Umoja Writing Competition
Short fiction, essay or travel article up to 1,000 words on the theme of 'Child'. Entry Fee $25. Winner receives $150, trophy, certificate and publication on Umoja Writing Comp website Umoja Home website and Warm Witty Words blog (websites). 2nd place receives $50 and certificate and publication on the websites. 3rd place receives certificate and publication on the websites. We would love to read your entries and don't forget the competition is for a good cause
 
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