The inaugural Hope Prize competition is now open:
The Brotherhood of St Laurence is working to create a compassionate and just Australia where everyone can take part in the social and economic life of our nation. We are a prosperous country, but there are far too many pockets of poverty and disadvantage in our cities, suburbs, regions and remote areas. In establishing The Hope Prize - a new national short story competition - we want to encourage Australian writers to tackle a subject that is all too often hidden from public view or reduced to cliches. The short story entered can be fiction or fact. Whatever the genre, the story submitted must convey the experience of people facing hardship in their lives.
Prizes are $5000 AUD for 1st place, then $3000 and $2000 for 2nd and 3rd. There are $500 highly commended prizes, and a separate award for an emerging writer under 18.
If you are a resident of Australia you can submit any number of entries (blind judged), and the competition closes 31st of January 2016.
Full submission guidelines: http://www.bsl.org.au/about-the-brotherhood/the-hope-prize/
And the Literarium market listing: https://literarium.net/market/brotherhood-of-st-laurence/the-hope-prize-2016