The Fiction Factory Short Story Competition accepts stories of up to 3000 words on any theme. The winning stories will be published online and in an upcoming anthology. Deadline: 7 January.

The sixth Hektoen International Grand Prix Essay Competition will award three finalists for original essays relating to art, history, literature, education, personal narratives, and music as they relate to medicine, as well reports on famous physicians or hospitals. Entries may be up to 1600 words. First prize is US$3,000. Deadline: 14 January.

The annual Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of AUD$3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young female-identifying or non-binary person. Applicants must be female identifying or non-binary, and aged between 16 to 30 at the commencement of the Fellowship. Deadline: 14 January.

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the twelfth Calibre Essay Prize. The prize is one of the world's leading prizes for an original non-fiction essay. It is now worth a total of $7,500. Entry is open to anyone in the world who is writing in English. The winning essay will be published in ABR’s 400th issue in April. First prize is AUD$5,000 and second prize is $2,500. Deadline: 15 January.

The New York Publishers Program is now accepting expressions of interest for participants in an Australian literature delegation to travel to New York in June. The delegation will undertake a five day program of industry meetings, market briefings and networking opportunities. The program will provide Australian rights sellers, literary agents and publishers with the opportunity to gain experience in the North American market, extend their networks and pitch titles to North American editors. The Australia Council will support six delegates with AUD$2,000 towards the cost of a return flight from Australia to New York, and will arrange and pay for accommodation during the program. Deadline: 23 January.

The CBCA Victorian Branch is delighted to announce that with the assistance of The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund submissions for the Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program are now open. This relative and professional development opportunity offers emerging children’s writers and illustrators a two-week mentorship in Melbourne in 2018. Five winners will have their work mentored by an author/illustrator or specialist editor. Deadline: 31 January.

The Hope Prize encourages writers to explore people's resilience in the face of poverty and disadvantage, to look beyond all too common stereotypes to depict the strengths that people and communities show in dealing with hardship. Short stories entered for the prize can be fiction or fact. The total prize pool is AUD$17,500, while two Women’s Writing Career Development Scholarships — of AUD$5,000 each — will also be awarded. Deadline: 31 January.

Room Magazine invites women and genderqueer folks who identify as part of the LGBTTQIA+ spectrum to submit their best poetry, fiction, CNF, and art to our first queer-themed issue. We especially encourage submissions from writers affected by multiple intersections of oppression, such as racism, classism, ableism, fatphobia, ageism, and transphobia. Deadline: 31 January.

The Fountain Essay Contest seeks short stories between 1500-1500 words on themes of natural disasters, survival and climate change. First prize is US$1000, second prize is US$500 and third prize is US$300. Deadline: 31 January.

The Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize is now open. Submissions may be up to 4000. The best 10 memoirs will be published in the 2018 Fish Anthology. First prize: €1,000. Second prize: Week on a writers’ retreat at Casa Ana, La Alpujarra, Spain plus €300. Deadline: 31 January.

The International Radio Playwriting Competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom. Applicants are invited to write a radio play of approximately 53 minutes in length, on a subject of their choice. The play should have a maximum of six central characters. There must be no central roles for children. The competition has two first prizes – one for writers with English as a First Language and another for writers with English as a Second Language. The prize for each of the two winners will consist of £2200 sterling and a trip to London to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service. Deadline: 31 January.

The Plough International Poetry Prize is for previously unpublished poems on any subject. An Open Competition for a poem up to 40 lines plus, new this year, The Ronald Duncan Short Poem Competition – maximum length 10 lines. Both competitions will be judged by Michael Symmons Roberts. The prizes in each category: 1st prize £1,000 – 2nd prize £500 - 3rd prize £250. Deadline: 31 January.

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, now in its 20th year, is accepting submissions for its 2018 competition. You may submit feature length manuscripts, short films and pilots. The feature screenplay winner will receive USD$10,000. Deadline: 1 February.

The 2017 Newcastle Short Story Award, which is organised by the Hunter Writers Centre, is now open for entries of up to 2000 words. Submission are open to all Australians living here and overseas. The judges are respected writers Peter Goldsworthy and Maria Takolander. The winner and runners-up will be announced at a special event at the Newcastle Writers Festival on Friday, 7 April. Prize money includes $3000 for the winner. Deadline: 6 February.

The Words and Brushes Competition seeks short stories inspired by an artwork of your choice. Selected stories will be published in an upcoming project. The winner will receive USD$350. Deadline: 15 February.

The Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest is presented by the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University. The judges are are looking for stories that illustrate, explore, or illuminate the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth. The winner will receive a US$1,000 prize. Nine finalists will receive US$50 each. Deadline: 28 February.

The Booksie Short Story Contest accepts entries on any theme. The winner will receive the Booksie Short Story Award, which comes with a hefty USD$600 cash prize, a gold trophy badge, and one month of free Boosts. Deadline: 28 February.

The Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Children’s etc.). The maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words, there is no minimum length. All entries must be in English. First prize is £1,000. Deadline: 1 May.

The Neo Perennial Press is open to submissions of prose and poetry for their upcoming anthology, to be launched at The Heroines Writing Festival in Wollongong in July 2018. Heroines will focus on the stories of women, both speculative and historical. Works with a particular focus on reimagined myths, fairy tales and legends is particularly encouraged. The Neo Perennial Press is a Niche micro publisher, publishing mythologically inspired works: old classic texts, works poetically renewed or recreated, and new, living myths. We are a feminist organisation and strongly encourage writers who identify as women to submit their work for this anthology. Deadline: 15 March.