Visit Stanthorpe – it’s unusual, it’s different!

VISIT STANTHORPE: Swap the city hustle for a country escape and live the good life for a day, or stay for longer in the pretty little town of Stanthorpe and surrounds, just 90 minutes south west of Brisbane. The area is well known for its breathtaking natural landscapes, excellent wine experiences, and fresh local produce (particularly stone fruit and apples) THE STANTHORPE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE has a great range of information and assistance to visitors travelling throughout the Stanthorpe and Granite Belt area. You’ll find it at 28 Leslie Parade, Stanthorpe. Give them a ring on (07) 4681 2057 to find out if anything you want to see has been impacted by the drought or water restrictions – but given that everyone has rallied around (including the State Government), the town is operating pretty well as normal. Open all year (except Christmas Day) from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Visit the area’s website on (Photo by L.J. May)


On these pages you will find competitions and other opportunities for authors, performance writers for stage and screen, illustrators and filmmakers. See entries below the quick list for more detailed information.  

In this section we list competitions open to writers of prose and poetry. Detailed information poetry is listed below. Entries are in date order and those with deadlines looming are highlighted in red.   

  • Entries for the STANTHORPE ART PRIZE 2020 are now open. This Biennial National Art Prize is open to all Australian artists and offers $50,000 in prizes (see the detailed listing for the different categories). Entries close on Monday, 16 March 2020.


Who: Stanthorpe Art Prize 2020.


Entries close: Monday, 16 March 2020.

Contact: For guidelines, Terms & conditionsTransport options, and to enter online, visit the website at

Cost: See the website for details.  

What’s happening:The Rules. Entries for the STANTHORPE ART PRIZE 2020 are now open. This Biennial National Art Prize is open to all Australian artists and offers $50,000 in prizes (see below). Find out more.

There is NO THEME for this art prize.

The JUDGES are Simon Elliott – Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions, QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art), and Rachael Parsons – Director, NERAM (New England Regional Art Museum). Find out more about our judges.

See more helpful information at: 

 The Prizes:   

  • Best in Show $22,000
  • 2D awards: Painting/drawing $3,500
  • Print media $3,500
  • Mixed/crafted $3,500
  • 3D awards: Modelled/carved $3,500
  • Cast $3,500: Composite/assemblage $3,500
  • Emerging Artist $2,000
  • Local Artist $2,000
  • Youth $1,500
  • Public Choice $1,500






VISIT STANTHORPE: Stanthorpe’s CHRIS and IAN TOBIN are helping out their neighbours during the drought and after bushfires destroyed five houses in the area. Following on from the world-wide FOOD IS FREE movement, Chris and Ian started up the FOOD IS FREE CORNER at THE SUMMIT, to help people whose lives were severely impacted by the drought and who often could not afford to put food on their table for themselves or their families. The aim was to provide their community with the feeling of comfort and trust that they will always have food available. The Food is Free movement’s motto is ‘Take what you need and leave what you don’t for others’. In addition to the privacy of being able to access food anonymously at the bottom of the Tobin’s garden, people can also find sanitary products, clothing, and a small free library so that both adults and children have something to read and return. Chris and Ian have been heartened by the fact that people have been turning up and donating food and goods for this project, and yes, if you’re heading for Stanthorpe you can help too. In this heat, non-perishable items are what’s needed – tinned vegies and fruit, cereal boxes, rice and pasta to make a meal (the family pets would appreciate some small tins of food as well). Packs of jelly would give people a treat, and coffee and tea are always welcome. At the moment they don’t need any more clothing – they got inundated after the bushfires by people wanting to help (the Stanthorpe Salvos would appreciate any clean, decent clothing though). Phone Chris and Ian on 0416 169 032 if you’re thinking of going up there with a donation, just to check it’s what they need. You’ll find them at 19 Church Road, The Summit (about 8km north of Stanthorpe), and they are on Facebook at The SALVATION ARMY THRIFT STORE in Stanthorpe also will be very happy to receive clothing, crockery, and other things like towels – anything really. You’ll find them at 49 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe – if you’d like to take them something, give them a ring on (07) 4681 4600 to find out when they’re open and what they need. Stanthorpe and surrounds have had a hard time of it for the last couple of years, but it helps to know that people care. (Photo by L.J. May)