Writing Competitions and Events

If you are looking to take your writing to the next level, then entering a writing competition can provide that extra impetus to refine your work.

Below is a short list of competitions. Some writing competitions require an entry fee. Check that you are comfortable with sending money to the organisers. Please contact the competition organisers directly if you have any queries.

NZ Writers College offers a free-to-enter short story competition every year with cash prizes for the winners. We do this to support emerging writers and provide a platform for the genre.

Read the winning entries over the past ten years. The deadline is 30 September each year, and the competition opens for entries in July.


Entries by Deadline


2019 Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition
Deadline: 6 October
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Deadline: 20 October
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OCKHAM New Zealand Book Awards 2019
Deadline: 23 October
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The Storylines Joy Cowley Award
Deadline: 31 October
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The Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award
Deadline: 31 October
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Southport Writers’ Circle International Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 October
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Bedford International Writing Competition
Deadline: 31 October
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Aeon Award 2019
Deadline: 30 November 2019
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Aftermath Short Story Contest
Deadline: 31 November
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Submissions for Best New Zealand Poems 2019
Deadline: 16 December 2019
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Deadline: 20 December 2019
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William Saroyan International Prize for Writing
Deadline: 31 January 2020
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Cooney Insurance Short Story Competition | Cambridge Autumn Festival Trust
Deadline: 31 January 2020
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2020 International Rubery Book Award
Deadline: 31 March 2020
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Regular Entries

My Writing Journey competition | The Writers College Times

FABO Short Story Competition - For children ages 13 and under

Accepting non-fiction and memoir submissions all year round | Byte Stories

Cooldog Short Story Competition


Apostrophe Books | Fiction Fast Track

Inkitt maintains an excellent website documenting lots of international writing competitions


Monthly Entry

Dark Tales Short Story Competition

The Global Short Story Competition


Weekly Entries

The Telegraph Travel Writing Competition

Fish Flash Fiction, Poetry & Short Memoir Contests


Basics of Creative Writing Course
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