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Jim Hamilton Award for an Unpublished Novel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 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Jennifer Burbidge Award for Unpublished Short story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

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

National Literary Awards 2016

Results for the FAW National Literary Awards 2016

National Literary Awards 2015

Results for the FAW National Literary Awards 2015