Opportunities for Young Writers

Flash Lab

Night Parrot Press is an independent publisher in Perth. Their Flash Lab is open to young writers aged 12-17, where flash fiction pieces under 500 words have a chance to be published on their website - a new story is published every week!

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Furious Fiction

55 hours. 500 words. Run by the Australian Writers Centre, Furious Fiction occurs on the first Friday of each new European season. You will be provided with a set of prompts and have the weekend to write your short story. Open to writers 17 and over.

Prize: $500 to the winner. Shortlisted entries are published on the website

Closes: Next round is 2nd September 2022

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Published by Express Media, Voiceworks is a national quarterly journal that features exciting new writing and art by young Australians. People under the age of 25 have the chance to publish their fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics. The journal is available in most states of Australia but unfortunately not WA yet. You can purchase the journal online.

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Respect Stories Competition

For creatives aged between 10 and 14, the Australian Government's Respect initiative is calling for stories and/or illustrations to show what respect means to you.

Prizes: $500 gift voucher and publication

Closes: 14 August 2022

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Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition

Run by Queensland publisher Hawkeye Publishing, this short story competition honours well-loved Sydney Hammond (who can read about on Hawkeye's website). The competition theme is 'Water under the bridge' and is open to juniors (under 18).

Prizes: Gift voucher for the winner, and top 40 published in an anthology - the top 5 in the junior category will also be published and receive group mentoring with the publishing director

Closes: 1st August 2022

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Tim Winton Award for Young Writers

Presented by the City of Subiaco,  the Tim Winton Award is open to Western Australian school students and encourages imagination, innovation, and creativity. Entries must be original prose and under 2000 words.

Prizes: Not yet listed

Closes: 12th August 2022

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2022 Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Poetry Competition

Open to Australian school children across four categories (from under Year 4 to Year 12) and seeking works of poetry.

Prizes: Cash prizes vary between age levels

Closes: 31st August 2022

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Young Minds Short Story Competition

Run by the City of Canning, the Young Minds Short Story Competition is open to young writers in Years 7 - 12. Submit a short story under 700 words with the theme "Dreaming with your eyes open..."

Prizes: There are several prizes available, including workshops with Holden Sheppard and Peter Cheong, and vouchers

Closes: 31st August 2022

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KSP Writers' Centre Annual Short Fiction Competition

The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre's annual short fiction competition is on again! Thanks to a sponsorship from the Shire of Mundaring, entries from youth (17 years and under) are free. KSP is looking for original, unpublished stories with engaging characters and a compelling narrative.

Prizes: To be announced

Closes: 8 September 2022

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INSPIRE Writers in Residence Initiative

Writers aged 18 and over have the opportunity to win one of six residencies in Perth's National Trust places. The writing residency is a chance to develop a piece of creative work in a heritage place.

Prizes: 15 days in a National Trust place and a $5000 stipend

Closes: 11 September 2022

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Poem Forest

Created by Red Room Poetry, in partnership with The Australian Botanic Garden, Poem Forest invites students (and teachers!) to use their words to make positive climate action. For every nature poem received a tree is planted to help heal habitats and create a Poem Forest for future generations. In 2021, over 5,000 poem trees were planted.

Prize: All entries published in their digital library, cash prizes, book pack prizes

Closes: 23rd September 2022

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KSP Writers' Centre Annual Poetry Competition

The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre's annual poetry competition is on again! Thanks to a sponsorship from the Shire of Mundaring, entries from youth (17 years and under) are free. All poetry styles and themes are accepted.

Prize: To be announced

Closes: 29 September 2022

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Armadale Writers' Award

The Armadale Writers’ Award is a creative writing competition which is open to adult writers living in Western Australia.

Prizes: First place receives $1000 and second and third also receive a cash prize

Closes: 30th September 2022

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Call for Submissions: YA Magical Realism Anthology by LGBTQIA+ Authors

Fremantle Press has partnered with Get YA Words Out to produce an anthology of YA stories featuring magical realism and by LGBTQIA+ authors. 

Prize: Publication in the anthology out 2023

Closes: 30th November 2022

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