The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. This international screenwriting competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18. Deadline: 1 May.

The Emerging Writers Festival
will see an emerging writer spend a month working on a project in a dedicated space in the State Library, immersing themselves in the library’s collection as well as learning, developing and networking. The fellow will receive a $2000 grant, flights to and from their home town, a golden ticket to EWF and home-stay accommodation for the duration of their time in Melbourne. They will attend the Emerging Writers’ Festival from 19-29 June, then spend the month of July working from the State Library. Deadline: 14 May.

Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest is currently accepting entries from writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry who have not yet published or self-published a book.The winning story, essay and poems from the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest will all be published in the Winter 2018-19 issue of the magazine, with each winning author receiving US$2000 and a meeting with literary agency Aragi Inc. Deadline: 15 May.

Submission to Cordite 87: DIFFICULT is now open. Difficult doesn’t just mean difficult language or difficult syntax or difficult grammar or difficult form. Difficult poetry can be written with simple phrases. A rhyming quatrain can be difficult. A simple poem about your feelings can be difficult, maybe the most difficult of all. Deadline: 20 May.

Submissions are now open for Griffith Review’s Annual Novella Competition. Winning entries will share in a $25,000 prize pool and will be published in Griffith Review 62: All Being Equal – The Novella Project VI (to be published 29 October 2017). Submissions may be 8,000-20,000 words in length. Deadline: 21 May.

Now in it's fourth year, The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction is here again, and now open for entries. This year's judges are Nadja Spiegelman, Ander Monson and Ellena Savage. This prize encourages non-fiction writers to challenge themselves by testing the limits of their craft and creativity. We aim to unearth new, audacious, authentic and/or inauthentic voices from both Australia and the world. The winner will receive AU$5000 and publication in an upcoming issue of The Lifted Brow. Deadline: 31 May.

HarperCollins is excited to announce the establishment of a new fiction prize, The Banjo. The Banjo will be offered annually and will be open to all Australian writers of fiction, offering the chance to win a publishing contract with HarperCollins, with an advance of AUD$15,000. They're looking for exciting new Australian voices telling the sorts of stories that we love to read – from sweeping family sagas and lush romances to dark and gritty crime, twisty psychological thrillers, rich historical dramas and contemporary romantic comedies. Deadline: 25 May.

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award is one of Australia's richest and the most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five. Offering prize money of $20,000 plus publication by Allen & Unwin with an advance against royalties, The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award has launched the careers of some of Australia's most successful writers, including Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Gillian Mears, Brian Castro, Mandy Sayer and Andrew McGahan. Deadline: 31 May.

The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly. They publish four issues annually: the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter issues. They invite all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. Deadline: 31 May.

Each year Booranga Writers’ Centre offers four paid opportunities for a Writer–in-­‐Residence. This program is subject to annual funding from the New South Wales Government through CreateNSW and is open to Australian writers. During the    Residency, which includes a stipend of $2000, the writer is expected to give one public reading in the city (usually a weekday evening) and one workshop (usually a Saturday    afternoon)    at    Booranga    and    be    available    for    a    fewschool/university/community    events. Deadline: 31 May.

The 2018 Birdcatcher Books’ Short Story Award is now open for entries from Aussie and NZ writers. First prize is $250, second $100 and third $50, with the best entries to be published in an anthology. Deadline: 31 May.

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents is an art project designed to feature writers, artists and musicians from around the world. It is currently seeking work that features the physical and spiritual beauty of our world’s ice, explores the life of the people and cultures that are connected to the ice from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, and addresses important political issues related to ice. Deadline: 31 May.

The Stuart Hadow Prize is an annual short story competition run by the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA in honour of WA writers Lyndall Hadow and Donald Stuart. Each year, the contest attracts high-quality entries from around Australia, and in 2018 the prize pool has first prize offering $1,000 and a
week’s unpaid residency at Mattie Furphy House in Swanbourne. Deadline: 1 June.

Headland: Literary Frontiers and Emerging Voices is a New Zealand-based international literary journal of short fiction and creative non-fiction. Editors are encouraging writers from all over the world to submit their work. Deadline: 1 June.

Mslexia is seeking work for an upcoming issue with the theme Cooking. The editors will consider stories up to 2200 words, poems of up to 40 lines, and short scripts up to 1000 words (including character names and stage instructions). Mslexia is only open to women writers. Deadline: 4 June.
The Peter Blazey Fellowship was established to honour the memory of Peter Blazey - journalist, author and gay activist - and has been made available through the generosity of Clive Blazey and Tim Herbert, brother and partner of Peter Blazey. The Fellowship is awarded annually to writers in the non-fiction fields of biography, autobiography and life writing and is intended to further a work in progress. Applications will be judged on literary merit, and the winner will be supported in their work by a prize of approximately AUD$15,000, and a one-month writer-in-residency at The Australia Centre. Deadline: 6 June.

VU Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers
encourages excellent and original short fiction by new writers of up to 3000 words in length. At a grand first prize of $6000, it is a coveted annual fiction award for new writers in Australia. There are also two runner-up prizes of $1000. All three winners will be published in the spring issue of Overland. Deadline: 11 June.Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is a Hong Kong-based journal dedicated to publishing quality poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, drama, and reviews written in English, as well as photography and art. It has a strong focus on Asian-themed creative work or work done by Asian writers and artists. Submissions for Cha’s ‘Writing Singapore’ issue are open. Deadline: 30 June.

The Moth Magazine is currently inviting entries from writers around the world to its annual short story prize. The winner will receive €3000. An entry fee of €12 applies. Deadline: 30 June.