Did you have plans this weekend? If so, cancel them.

There are three massive writing opportunities closing in the next 48 hours or so, so rustle up your best bits and pitch, pitch, pitch.


Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers 

This prize helped ol' mate Oliver Mol turn some of his Facebook posts into an exciting debut. It's the kind of award that someone under 30, working on a longer piece of non-fiction should go for.

There's a cash prize, but perhaps most importantly, there's the opportunity to work with some of Scribe's editors on your work. 

Entries close Friday 28th of August

Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards

The Lord Mayor is mad for some prose. And Big RD, along with the UNESCO City of Literature are looking for some exciting new writing.

There are five categories in the Awards:

  • Short story (no more than 3000 words)
  • The Dorothy Porter Award for Emerging Poets (no more than 100 lines)
  • Novella (10,000 – 20,000 words)
  • Graphic short story (up to 8 A4 pages)
  • Narrative non-fiction (up to 10,000 words)

There are cash prizes for each category and a larger purse for a winner overall. 

Entries close August 31

Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize

Ahoy short story writers. This one is a doozy. 

One of Australia's most sought after fiction prizes is closing soon. So if you've got a great story that is under 3000 words, you could be in the running as well. On top of this, winners are publishied in their final issue for the year. More details on the website.

Entries close August 31.


For many more competitions, check out our Opportunities page.  

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Geoff Orton

Geoff Orton is the founder of Writers Bloc. He's also a teacher and a Boston Celtics tragic.