Hi and welcome.

We're both authors and love to write. We want to encourage you to get writing too, and to make it easy for you, we're putting together this listing of English language writing and poetry competitions from around the world. We'll also be alerting you when respected publishers call for manuscript submissions for novels and other types of books.

On our home page, we'll be listing current opportunities, and on the Calendar page you will find a list of past competitions we have listed so you can schedule them for next year.

So you don't miss out, sign up for our email notifications. If you have a writing competition you would like us to list here, please email: editor (at) writerscompetitions (dot) com

Writing for competitions is a great way to improve your writing skills, and you just might win a prize in the process.

We also know there's nothing like a deadline to force those words to flow.  So have a look through this list, choose one to enter and start writing.

Good Luck!

Julie & Dianne

AWG/Freemantle Media Neighbours Script Training Award

Have you grown up on a diet of Neighbours and Home and Away? Does that song just loop around and around in your head?  Is the desire to write for TV and performance the thing that gets you out of bed each day? The Australian Writers Guild and Freemantle media are offering an incredible opportunity to work with the story department of the hit Australian TV series, Neighbours. 

For a 6 week period, two lucky writers will work as trainee storyliners and will each receive a $5000 stipend. Entry is by means of a 2 page outline of a story idea for the current characters of neighbours. There are helpful application guidelines and examples, and these should be strictly followed.

Entry fee: AUD$33 (incl GST) per application.

Prize: 6 week internship for 2 writers with the Neighbours Story Department, and a $5000 stipend.

Open to: Australian residents over 18 years of age.

Deadline4 May 2012

Kids Book Review Unpublished Manuscript Award 2012

Are you a budding children's author just waiting for the right person to read your manuscript? Kids Book Review are running their 2nd picture book award for an unpublished manuscript, written for children between the ages of 3 and 10, in association with the National Year of Reading, 2012.  Texts of strictly 500 words or less, without any illustrations (though short illustration notes within the body of the text are OK) are invited.  Entries must be previously unpublished.

Entry fee: AUD$25 per manuscript, up to 3 manuscript entries allowed. Entry is by email.  Submission guidelines must be strictly followed.

Prize: 1st Prize AUD$300, a certificate, and importantly,  a manuscript appraisal by Sue Whiting, Publishing Manager at Walker Books Australia. Two runners up will receive AUD$100 each, a certificate and a short manuscript appraisal. 

Open to: Australian residents over 18 years of age.

Deadline16 July 2012