If you’re interested in pushing your literary barrow further, read on:

The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now Prize

Sir Terry Pratchett and Transworld Publishers have launched a new award for aspiring debut novelists, The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now Prize. This competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over who is a resident of the UK, other countries of the British Commonwealth, and the Republic of Ireland.

What do they want? Complete and previously unpublished works of fiction between 80,000 and 150,000 words aimed at adult readers and written in the English language. Transworld will offer the winning author a publishing contract with a £20,000 advance.

See the website for further details about the award.

Submissions close 31 December 2010.

Hill of Content Bookshop – 2010 Hal Porter Short Story Competition

The annual Hal Porter Short Story Competition is now open to Australian writers. Your short story can be written in any style but must be 2500 words or less, original, and not previously accepted for publication (including on websites). Prize is $1000. Entry fee $6.

Mail entries and entry fee to Hal Porter Short Story Competition, East Gippsland Art Gallery, 2 Nicholson St, Bairnsdale, Victoria, 3875.

For more details visit here.

Entries close 17 December

The Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award

This award is offered each year for the development of a play or other approved performing arts project. The Award is intended for those needing income and support during the writing or development of a project or to assist with costs of production, workshops, restaging, publishing or touring. It is not intended as a prize for a finished work.

Award is valued at $20,000. More details and an entry form are available on the website.

Entries must be submitted by 5 October 2010.

The CAL Scribe Fiction Prize

Are you a writer aged 35 or over with an unpublished manuscript? Then the CAL Scribe Fiction Prize is for you. Not only does the winning author receive prize money of $15,000 but the winning novel will also be published by Scribe Publications.

To enter, download an entry form and include your $40 entry fee. For further information (including the entry form), visit Scribe.

Entries close on 15 September 2010.

The Australian/Vogel Literary Award

One of Australia’s richest and the most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five. Offering publication by Allen & Unwin and prize money totalling $20,000, the Vogel Award has launched the careers of some of its most successful writers, including Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Gillian Mears, Brian Castro, Mandy Sayer and Andrew McGahan.

This year is the 30th anniversary and changes are afoot. After the judges make their final decision, the winner will be contacted by Allen & Unwin and work will begin on the winning manuscript. However, it won’t be until May 2011, that the winner’s name will be made public simultaneous with publication of their winning book.

Entries must be lodged by 30th June 2010.

Entry forms for the 2010 Australian/Vogel Literary Award are now available from Allen & Unwin.

indigo journal National Nature Writing Prize

indigo journal is working in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy Australia to establish a new biennial nature writing prize. The prize offers $5,000 to the winning essay and publication in indigo journal volume 7 which will be published in February 2011.The prize will be awarded for an essay between 3000 and 5000 words set within an Australia landscape and exploring the author’s sense of ‘place’.

Entries Close: 30 September 2010

To request guidelines, eligibility & entry forms email Australia@tnc.org

indigo journal is dedicated to promoting Western Australian writers and their writing.

Find out more by visiting www.indigojournal.org.au

Penguin/Varuna Scholarship

The Penguin/Varuna Development Scholarship was established two years ago as an invitation program. Now it is open to all writers of fiction and narrative nonfiction. The Penguin/Varuna Scholarship provides a $5000 award, a two-week Varuna fellowship, and a year’s editorial support from a senior Penguin editor with a view to publication by Penguin.

Two runners-up will receive a year of consultation support from the Varuna Creative Team, and consideration for publication by Penguin when the manuscripts are complete.

Closing on 30 May

Full application information is available at www.varuna.com.au

The Big Issue Annual Fiction Edition

The Big Issue is calling for submissions to its annual fiction edition for 2010. Last year’s edition virtually sold out and attracted contributions from the likes of Cate Kennedy, Debra Adelaide and Alice Pung, with two of its ten stories making the cut for Black Inc.’s Best Australian Stories 2009.

To submit, send two printed (not electronic) copies of your entry (of up to 3000 words) to:

Fiction Edition

The Big Issue

GPO Box 4911VV

Melbourne VIC  3001

Make sure your name and details are included on a removable coversheet.

Closing date for entries is Monday 20 May 2010.

The Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing

Submissions are now open for Text Publishing’s annual competition to unearth great unpublished manuscripts from Australian and New Zealand authors aimed at young adults and younger readers

Judged by a panel of editors from Text Publishing, the winner receives a publishing contract and a $10,000 advance against royalties.

All entries must be received with an entry form, which will be available from the website.

Entries open: Monday 3 May 2010

Entries close: Friday 4 June 2010

Winner announced: Monday 12 July 2010

National Poetry Prize

The Australian Poetry Centre is running a poetry competition, seeking poems which show us life from a totally unique perspective, from your own sensory experience, allowing others an insight into your distinctive view of the world – how you feel, observe and encounter it.

‘Making sense of it’ is a competition for poems no longer than 500 words, but can also be a viusal poem. The top five poems selected will be recorded, performed and released on podcast in partnership with radio station 3RRR, and published on the Australian Poetry Centre’s website.

Entry fee is $5.

For more details see the APC website.

Closing date is 30 April.