Three awards/competitions are available to authors.
Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award
Auckland poet Kathleen Grattan, a journalist and former editor of the New Zealand Woman's Weekly, died in 1990. A member of the Titirangi Poets, her work was published in Landfall and other volumes including Premier Poets, a collection from the World Poetry Society. Her daughter Jocelyn Grattan, who also worked for the New Zealand Woman's Weekly, shared her mother's love of literature. She has generously left Landfall a bequest with which to establish an award in memory of Kathleen Grattan.
Landfall Essay Competition
In 1997 Landfall celebrated its 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion, then editor Chris Price launched the Landfall Essay Competition, sponsored by Otago University Press. From 2009, the competition has been an annual award.
Charles Brasch Young Writers' Essay Competition
To celebrate Landfall's 70th birthday in 2017, then editor David Eggleton and Otago University Press launched the Charles Brasch Young Writers' Essay Competition, an annual award open to writers aged 16 to 21.