New Writing Competition – notJack Writer’s Prize


Today I received an email about a new writing prize – the notJack Writers’ Prize – with the theme of ‘writing from place’. It is a deliberately broad theme designed to encourage entrants from all genres, whose writing demonstrates creative engagement with place and/or shapes the significance of place for Australian writers and their readership.

Entries may be up to 3000 words or 40 lines of poetry. There are three cateogries – youth, open and Baringhup. Entry fees are either $10 or $20 according to category. The prize closes November 1st.  Please click on links below to go to the website and read the guidelines and obtain an entry form.

The notJack Writers’ Prize supports Australian writers in their creative engagement with place. Bush, country, coast, the countryside, land, property, suburbia – all these and more figure prominently in Australian writing, in shaping the significance of place for individual writers and in turn, forming iconic literary landscapes that sustain the cultural and national identities of readers.

Prize open July 13th – November 1st 2015

The prize welcomes submissions from all genres – including prose, essay, flash fiction, short story, poetry, biography, memoir, plays, screenplay – in which place, and writing from place, figures prominently. Submissions are not limited by the specific examples provided here.

notJack was established to support and protect iconic Australian literary landscapes, by fostering creative engagement with place and promoting the significance of place for Australian writers, their work and readership.

notJack currently supports the protection of the Moolort Plains, from and in which the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Winner Romulus, My Father was written. The film of the same name was shot on site. In honour of this book, and the manner in which it crosses several genres to engage with place, the notJack writers’ prize accepts submissions from a wide variety of genres and writing styles.


Entry form:

I had a lovely chat with the organiser/Manager Yana Canteloupe and she is keen for writers to contact her if there are any obstacles to their participation.


m: 044 88 55 832

Prizes are substantial and desirable for any writer – masterclasses with respected and much lauded Australian writers:

What can I say?   GO FOR IT  and Good luck!!