Competitions & publishing opportunities in the region


Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Don And Gee Nicholl Fellowships In Screenwriting – 1st May

This international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. The competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18. Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English.

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize – 15th April

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the 2019 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, one of the world’s leading prizes for an original short story. The ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is worth a total of $12,500. Entry is open to anyone in the world who is writing in English. Entries must be a single story of 2,000 to 5,000 words in length.

Bridport Prize for Short Stories – 31st May
Open to work in any fictional genre and on any subject up to 5000 words. Open internationally, the winner receives £5000 (US$6300) and there are prizes for second, third and highly commended.

The Rattle Poetry Prize – July 15th
Open to writers worldwide the annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote.

The Sean O Faolain International Short Story Prize – 31st July
The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Translated work is not in the scope of this competition.

Residencies & Fellowships

M Literary Residency – 31st March
offers a two-month-long residency in Beijing to a poet, fiction writer, or creative non-fiction writer. Sponsored by the M Restaurant Group, this program offers transportation, housing, food, and a $1000 stipend, and is required to participate in one or two events in the community. Applications close on 31 March.

MacDowell Colony Fellowships – 15th April
support residences of up to eight weeks for writers & other artists. The colony is located in Peterborough, New Hampshire and has 32 unique individual artists studios.

Sangam House – Opens in June
is an international writers’ residency program located in Nrityagram, India. It aims to bring together writers from across the world to live and work among their peers in a safe, supportive and nurturing space. A number of fellowships are on offer including The Nevatia Fellowship which supports non-fiction writing in English, especially in the areas of social and cultural change, and The Dhvani Fellowship which supports the work of translators working in and out of Indian languages.


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