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Welcome to the Writers Connect! Newsletter

Writing is a human experience. It’s about connection with everyone and everything around us.

We understand you’re busy. So the newsletter usually has just four or five main items of content. A brief but satisfying read.

In this issue:

  • Write Here, Right Now: Writing Competitions
  • Word of the Day. A word to keep your writing fresh
  • Humorous Quote
  • Writing Inspiration
  • Writing Tip

Write Here, Right Now: Writing Events

Something a little different this time, as we have had an international focus for quite a few issues. A focus on Australian writing competitions, with one Australian literary award and one international competition. Closing dates for these are during October 2020. Please note some of them close on 2 October, which is Friday this week (Australian time), so better get cracking!

For competition closing dates, bear in mind these relate to the time zone where the competition originates, so check the relevant site.

1: 2021 Colin Roderick Literary Award

Awarded to the best original book of the previous year (2020) dealing with any aspect of Australian life, first published by an Australian publisher.

Closes: Nominations close 11 December 2020

Prizes: Winner receives $20,000 and the H.T. Priestley Medal

Click here for eligibility criteria and to nominate:


Comp 2: Silver Quill Poetry Competition

This poetry competition caters to writers from the age of five years upwards.

About: Entries must have ‘very good rhyme and rhythm and be an original story with an Australian theme’. Entrants may make as many entries as they wish. Entries must be the original work of the entrant and not have been entered in any competition previously

Open to: 5 years upwards. Poems with Australian theme

Word count: Not stated

Theme: Six Categories: 1. Open Serious. 2. Open Humorous. 3. Novice Only. 4. Junior 5–12 years old. 5. Junior 13–17 years old. 6. Local (best poem by a resident of Avon Valley)

Closes: 2 October 2020

Entry fee: Adults = $10 per poem, $5 per critique. Juniors = free

Prize: Monetary prizes will be awarded for the best poem in each of the 6 categories. Each winner as well as those judged ‘Highly Commended’ or ‘Commended’ will receive a certificate

Entry form here: http://www.abpa.org.au/Files/event_2020_SilverQuillEntryForm.pdf

Terms and Conditions: http://www.abpa.org.au/events.html – Scroll down to October 2020, then Silver Quill Written Competition and click on ‘Conditions of Entry’

Comp 3: The 2021 Stella Prize

This high-value nonfiction and fiction story competition is open to women and non-binary writers who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.

About: Books must have first been published commercially in English anywhere in the world between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020

Open to: Women writers and non-binary writers who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia at the time of entry. Entries must be in English

Word Count: not applicable

Theme: Novels of all genres, collections of short stories by a single author, memoirs, biographies, histories, verse novels, and novellas of at least 20,000 words. Illustrated books, including graphic novels, are eligible, provided they are accompanied by a substantial quantity of text

Closes: 2 October 2020

Entry fee: $77 (incl. GST)

Prizes: Winner = $50,000. Shortlisted writers = $2,000 each. Longlisted writers = $1,000 each

For guidelines & submission: https://thestellaprize.com.au/prize/guidelines-submission/

Comp 4: AVCAT Essay Prize

An inaugural Essay Prize to promote recognition of the impact of the Vietnam War.

About: Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) has partnered with the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia to present the inaugural AVCAT Essay Prize in 2020, promoting recognition of the impact of the Vietnam War

Open to: All entrants 18+ as at 18 August 2020

Word count: 2,500 maximum

Theme: Impact of the Vietnam War on Family

Closes: 16 October 2020

Entry fee: Free

Prizes: First = $500. Second = £200. Third = $100

Guidelines & entry: https://avcat.org.au/essay/

Comp 5: The Writer 100-Word Contest

Founded in 1887, The Writer is one of the US’s oldest magazines about the craft of writing.

About: Simultaneously submitted work accepted, but if accepted for publication elsewhere, you must withdraw your entry

Open to: Anyone internationally 18+

Word count: 100 maximum

Theme: Any genre, fiction or nonfiction

Closes: 6 October 2020

Entry fee: $10

Prizes: 1st = $1,000 + publication

Details here: https://writermag.submittable.com/submit – scroll down to ‘100-word Contest’

Word of the Day


Originating from the same Latin word that gave us annoy and later borrowed from the French in the 18th century, ennui is a loan word meaning boredom that causes feelings of discontent and listlessness.

Humorous quote

Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent―Neil Gaiman (1960–), English author of fiction and comic books.

Get Inspired

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt― Sylvia Plath (1932–1963), American novelist and poet.

Writing Tip

Write a short passage about your earliest memory. Try to incorporate the five senses in your writing – smell, touch, taste, sight and sound.

Keep well, keep safe, keep writing 🙂

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