The Text Prize aims to discover incredible new books for young adults and children by Australian and New Zealand writers. Awarded annually to the best manuscript written for young readers, the prize has unearthed extraordinary, multi-award-winning books and launched international publishing careers. The winner receives a publishing contract with Text and a AUD$10,000 advance against royalties. Deadline: 2 February.

The Monologue Adventure invites women to submit up to two unpublished monologues about their experience, which will be performed by emerging and established actors. The writing is open to contributions from both professional and non-professional writers. The monologues need to make reference to the theme "longings, secrets and triumphs". This is an interdisciplinary project combining literary arts, performance art and the wide writing community. A total of 15-20 monologues will be selected to be performed by professional actors. Deadline: 2 February.

Melbourne Recital Centre and the Emerging Writers’ Festival are thrilled to present a new residency exploring and expanding the creative possibilities of arts writing. We’re looking for three emerging writers who are keen to develop their critical and creative practice through responding to performance works. Each writer will receive a $1500 stipend and double pass tickets to selected performances at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and in return will produce three written works in response to three concerts. Finished pieces will be published on the Melbourne Recital Centre’s digital channels. Deadline: 12 February.

Light and Dark is now reading short fiction for its second issue. They are interested in stories under 3,000 words that deal with the dichotomous nature of existence in some way: the light and dark, the good and the bad. They pay their writers and publish stories both online and in biannual print editions of the magazine. Deadline: 15 February.

Subprimal Poetry Art seeks poetry, flash fiction, essays, and artwork for their upcoming issue. They like pieces that use language in new ways; especially prose poetry. For most written work, they create a custom musical composition to augment the author’s audio reading. Deadline: 15 February.

The Charles Perkins Centre will award a AUD$100,000 grant and honorary appointment to an Australian writer in a creative genre – from fiction, poetry or performance, to creative non-fiction, digital media or screen. The unique opportunity will support the successful applicant to begin work on a project related to the issues the Centre is dedicated to addressing, including health, wellbeing, food, ageing, social disadvantage and cultural identity. Deadline: 10 February.

Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand, The Tasmanian Writing Prize is for short stories up to 3,000 words having an island, or island-resonant, theme. The competition is run by Forty South Publishing, the largest book publisher in Tasmania and publisher of 'Tasmania 40° South' magazine. The winner will receive a cash prize of AUD$500 and publication in 'Tasmania 40°South'. A selection of the best entries will be published in 'Forty South Short Story Anthology 2018'. Deadline: 18 February.

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, now in its 20th year, is accepting submissions for its 2018 competition. Founded by award winning writer/director Gordy Hoffman in 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today, becoming one of the largest and most prestigious screenplay competitions in the world. Deadline: 20 February.

The AWP Award Series is open to all authors writing in English. Categories include poetry, short story or creative nonfiction collection and novel. There are four prizes worth USD$5,500. Deadline: 28 February.

Entries are now open for The Ada Cambridge Writing Prize for those who live, work, or study in Melbourne’s western suburbs. You may submit biographical prose, poetry or fiction for 14-18 year olds.  Winners will be announced at the Williamstown Literary Festival 16 and 17 June 2018, with the winning and short-listed entries also published in an anthology. Deadline: 5 March.

The Woollahra Digital Literary Award is a new national literary award supporting innovation in Australian literature and publishing, encouraging writers producing work in a digital medium. The award seeks submissions of a literary nature that are digitally born - published online or in electronic form. Prizes of AUD$3000 are awarded to fiction and nonfiction winners. Deadline: 12 March.

The editors of New Madrid: Journal of Contemporary Literature invite well-crafted, compelling submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for their summer 2018 issue. As with all New Madrid summer issues, there is no specific theme. Deadline: 15 March.

Green Linden Press is delighted to welcome submissions of chapbook manuscripts to be considered for publication in its Chapbook Series.  Manuscripts of 12–40 pages are accepted, as well as simultaneous submissions, works in translation, and co-authored manuscripts. Deadline: 20 March.

Stories of the Nature of Cities 2099 Prize for Urban Flash Fiction is accepting entries from international writers. Works must be set in a city in the year 2099 and be 1000 words or less. First prize is US$3,000 and publication in the anthology. Deadline: 15 April.

Oyster River Pages is a literary and artistic collective seeking submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts that stretch the boundaries both creatively and socially. They seek to feature artists whose voices have been historically decentered and marginalized—female voices, people of color voices, queer voices, and others. Deadline: 15 May.