Writing competitions (Australia / New Zealand)

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

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.

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

For US / Canada, click here.


7th October 2019
New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Non-Fiction
Includes an article category. $500 for up to 2,500 words.



Calibre Essay Prize 2020
The Nature Conservancy Nature Writing Prize
Charles Brasch Young Writers Essay Competition (March 2020)
Questions Writing Prize (May 2020)
Mavis Batey Essay Prize (May 2020)
Australian Orchid Foundation Essay Prize (June 2020)
Elyne Mitchell Writing Award (August 2020)
Lane Cove Council Travel Story Prize (August 2020)
The Deakin University Non-Fiction Prize (September 2020)
The Horne Prize (September 2020)

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