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.




 
Competition-Archives
 

Entries by Deadline


 

2019 Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition
Deadline: 6 October
More details
 here


EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2019
Deadline: 20 October
More details here


OCKHAM New Zealand Book Awards 2019
Deadline: 23 October
More details here

The Storylines Joy Cowley Award
Deadline: 31 October
More details here

The Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award
Deadline: 31 October
More details here


Southport Writers’ Circle International Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 October
More details here


Bedford International Writing Competition
Deadline: 31 October
More details here


Aeon Award 2019
Deadline: 30 November 2019
More details here


Aftermath Short Story Contest
Deadline: 31 November
More details
here


Submissions for Best New Zealand Poems 2019
Deadline: 16 December 2019
More details here


NZ BOOKLOVERS AWARDS 2020
Deadline: 20 December 2019
More details here


William Saroyan International Prize for Writing
Deadline: 31 January 2020
More details here


Cooney Insurance Short Story Competition | Cambridge Autumn Festival Trust
Deadline: 31 January 2020
More details here


2020 International Rubery Book Award
Deadline: 31 March 2020
More details here


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

Writers-forum.com

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

 


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