FAW’s current competitions are listed here. Details are added as they become available, so please visit regularly.

Please address competition queries to secretary@fawvic.com.au or 0417 567 741.


Jim Hamilton Award for an Unpublished Novel
Length: minimum of 30,000 words
Close: 30 November 2018
First prize: $1000
Other prizes: one award for highly commended and two awards for commended manuscripts.
Entry fee: $15 for FAW members, $20 for non-members
Sponsored by: Fellowship of Australian Writers VIC.

Entry Conditions: Jim Hamilton Award Entry Conditions
Entry Form: Jim Hamilton Award Entry Form

Jennifer Burbidge Award for Unpublished Short story
Length: up to 3,000 words
Close: 30 November 2018
First prize: $500
Other prizes: one award for highly commended and two awards for commended manuscripts.
Entry fee: $15 for FAW members, $20 for non-members
Sponsored by: Mary Burbidge

Entry Conditions: Jennifer Burbidge Award Conditions
Entry Form: Jennifer Burbidge Award entry form

Ivy Hart Peace and Environment Rhyming Poetry Award for Students.
Close: 30 January 2019
Prizes: two prizes of $200
(Refer to Healesville Phillip Island Nature Link)

Commendation Award (Christopher Brennan) – no entries
Winner chosen on 15th November 2018 from entries into other competitions.

Plague by Michael Meszaros.

John Shaw Nelson Award for a Short Story
Length: up to 3000 words
Theme: any
Close: 30 January 2019
First prize $600

Anne Elder Poetry 2018
Close: 15 March 2019
First prize: $1000
Sponsored by: Elder Trust

Excellence in Non-Fiction 2018
Close: 30 April 2019
First prize: $500
Sponsored by: Dulcie Stone

Previous Awards and Winners

Excellence in Non-Fiction Award 2017

Results for the Excellence in Non-Fiction Award 2017

Anne Elder Poetry 2017

Winners of the Anne Elder Poetry Award 2017
Meet the FAW National Literary Award Judges

National Literary Awards 2016

Results for the FAW National Literary Awards 2016

National Literary Awards 2015

Results for the FAW National Literary Awards 2015