Writing competitions (Australia / New Zealand)

Below is a list of non-fiction, essay, memoir and life writing contests based in Australia and New Zealand, and generally open to their writers — although some may be open to writers internationally.

We aim to avoid listing competitions which make unreasonable demands on entrants, such as copyright claims on all entries. Please check terms and conditions before entering, in case some slip through the filters.

For a list of UK, Ireland, and European competitions, click here. For US / Canada, click here.


22nd August 2019
Elyne Mitchell Writing Award
‘New Beginnings’ / reflecting an Australasian rural experience. 2,500 words max. AU$1,000.

26th August 2019
Lane Cove Council Travel Story Prize


16th September 2019
The Horne Prize
Addressing some aspect of ‘Australian Life’. 3,000 words max. AU$15,000.


Calibre Essay Prize 2020
The Nature Conservancy Nature Writing Prize
Questions Writing Prize (May 2020)

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