Awards and Competitions

Melbourne is home to one of Australia’s most valuable literary awards, the Melbourne Prize for Literature. Others include the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, given in five categories (fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, young adult), the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, the biennial Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing and the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards, also given for six categories (short story, poetry, novella, graphic short story, narrative non-fiction and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life writing).

Melbourne-based organisations bestow a great many awards across a variety of literary niches, such as the Ned Kelly Awards, honouring the best Australian crime writing, the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for best female crime writer, the Australian Book Review Calibre Prize for essay writing, the Dromkeen Medal is awarded by the State Library of Victoria to a person who has made a significant contribution to children’s literature, the John Marsden Hachette Australia Prize for writers under 25 at Express Media, the thirty-year-running Alan Marshall Short Story Award and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.

For these, and many more, check Writers Victoria for updates and submission details.

CBCA Judge's Talk

24 July 2019
Darebin Libraries
Jo Panckridge

CBCA Judge, Jo Panckridge, will share her insights into this year’s...

Society of Women Writers Victoria

26 July 2019
City of Melbourne Libraries
Melbourne Library Service
Want to sharpen your writing skills, get feedback on your work and meet...

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize

1 August 2019 to 1 October 2019
Wollongong Writers Festival
Wollongong Writers Festival and Mascara Literary...

The 2019 Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize opens on August 1.

Venie Holmgren Poetry Prize announcement & entertainment

18 August 2019
Words in Winter

MC Cate Kennedy

Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards 2019

31 August 2019
Sisters in Crime
Sisters in Crime

The 2019 Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short crime and mystery stories by...