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Below is a list of some writing competitions by date then by regularity, followed by competition websites.  If you would like your competition listed please email me the details as per the format below (one line per competition) ensuring that it starts with the type of competition it is and highlighting the month it closes. Thank you.

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JANUARY
  • Children’sFrances Lincoln.
  • Flash FictionFiction DeskIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: The Fiction Desk Annual Flash Fiction Competition has a deadline of 31 January. The first prize is £200, with four runner-up prizes of £25. Stories 250 to 1,000 words. The entry fee is £3 for one story, or £7.50 for three stories submitted together. Full details and online entry forms can be found at http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/flash-fiction-competition.php.
  • Flash Fiction: Each week on theironwriter.com, four writers agree to compose a five hundred word story involving the same four elements. Please remember to give your story a title. The stories can be in any genre except erotica. The writers will not know what the four elements are prior to committing to the challenge. There is a four-day time limit to complete the story. I email the elements early Thursday morning, my time. The story is due at midnight, Sunday, your time. Each author retains full and complete copyright of their story submitted to The Iron Writer for this competition. However, it is understood each story will remain on this website indefinitely. The Iron Writer will not publish any submission outside this website without express permission from the author. So, if you are up to the challenge, please email me at HERE and we can schedule when you are willing to participate. Please include your main blog or website. I will link your story to your site. You may participate as often as you want.
  • Flash Fiction: Each month the Scottish Book Trust provides a prompt to get you started, but where the <50-word story goes from there is entirely up to you. Their favourite story will be published on their page and the writer will receive a lovely Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company. You can submit your story in the body of an email or as an attachment and remember to include your full name with your entry. They also welcome entries in Gaelic or Scots.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • Mixed: The Pen Cove Award (formerly the Whidbey Writing Competition). This contest from Whidbey Writers Workshop in the USA is open worldwide and is for fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and writing for children or young adults. Up to 1,000 words. I’m told they have a rather strange way of selecting a winner for this one. The judge reads submissions until he or she finds one that ‘knocks his/her socks off’. Never mind that the next one might have divested the judge of his/her pants and woolly vest, the remaining entries are tossed aside without so much as a glance.  However, you can submit you entry again if it isn’t selected (try to get it in early, as entries are read in order of submission).
 Closing: Monthly.
 Prize: $50.
 Entry Fee: Free to enter.
 Comp Page: whidbeystudents.com/student-choice-contest.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Mixed: Bronte Society Creative Competition invites you to write a poem, short story or illustrate a scene from a Brontë novel. Judges Margaret Drabble, Simon Armitage, Victoria Brookland. 3 x £500 first prizes, deadline 31 January. See bronte.org.uk/bronte-society/creative-competition.
  • Non-fiction: Nature writing essays welcomed for the Resurgence & Ecologist magazine. The deadline is early January.
  • NovelLightship First Novel Prize: Have you written a literary or genre novel? Enter the beginning of it into Lightship’s First Novel Prize for a chance to win a publishing contract with Alma Books 1st prize £1,000 closing date 31st January 2014.
  • NovelsNovel Rocket runs an annual Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile. Entries will be accepted in all genres beginning mid-January. The deadline for submission is different for genre categories according to the following schedule. In each case, entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the 10th day of the month (April to September) listed on novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html. They also post a new writing-related article seven days a week, from author interviews to marketing discussions to articles about the craft of writing.
  • Novels: Other novel competitions include booklinethinker.com/hookline.
  • PlaysBruntwood (OPENS 31st January).
  • Plays: The Drama Wales One-Act Play was ON HOLD for 2013 – I’ll let you know if this changes in 2014.
  • Poetry: Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition has a First Prize: £1000, 2nd: £300,  3rd: £100,  4th: 4 x £50. Entry fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each. Closing date: 31st January. Entries to: The Competition Organiser, 26 Courtlands, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5AS. Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem or enter online and pay by Paypal. For more details, go to: kentandsussexpoetry.com.
  • Poetry: other poetry competitions include Haiku CalendarHippocratesLeaf PressStrokestownWriting / Writers’ News magazines (monthly), haikusoc.ndo.co.ukslipstream-poets.co.ukbevlit.org.
  • Poetry: The Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition is a monthly contest for poems of up to 40 lines. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: 1st – £100. Runners-up – A Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter. Includes a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html.
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • Short storiesHome-Start Bridgwater Short Story Prize has a January deadline and this year’s judge is Dame Margaret Drabble.
  • Short stories: The Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition is a monthly no-theme contest for stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: £350, £150, £100 and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine (and possible anthology). Entry Fee: £3 per story for subscribers, £6 each non-subscribers. £5 extra for a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: http://writers-forum.com/storycomp.html.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short storiesMassacre Magazine runs a quarterly horror 250-word max short story competition. Deadlines end April, July, October, January. “We will pick one winner who will receive a £15/$20 Amazon voucher and have their story published in the summer issue of Massacre Magazine. Our decision is final, any moaners will be mangled.” :
  • Short storiesWriter Selection has a 31st January deadline and 200-2000 word count. Prizes £150, £50, £25. Entry is free and all entrants receive a year’s membership (normally £10).
  • Short stories: The James White Award seeks science fiction stories from non-professional authors. Writers have the opportunity to win cash and publication in a leading UK sci-fi magazine. Open to non-professional authors only (see the website for what classifies a professional author). Stories up to 6,000 words. For science fiction stories. Broad interpretations of the genre are welcome. One entry per author. No fan fiction. International writers welcome. Original and unpublished works only. Stories cannot have been previously entered into the James White Award in any other year. Deadline: 31st January. Free entry. Prize: £200 and publication in Interzone, the UK’s leading science fiction magazine. See http://www.jameswhiteaward.com/rules for details.
  • Short stories: Other competitions include Bury St EdmundsChudleighFiction DeskGlimmer Train (different category each month), Home-Start BridgewaterMslexiaNational Galleries Scotland, Nottingham Writers’ ClubWriting / Writers’ News magazines (monthly), flair4words.co.uk/news.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.

FEBRUARY

  • Children’s: Kelpies Prize.
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Weekly challenge on theironwriter.com.
  • Flash Fiction: Each month the Scottish Book Trust provides a prompt to get you started, but where the <50-word story goes from there is entirely up to you. Their favourite story will be published on their page and the writer will receive a lovely Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company. You can submit your story in the body of an email or as an attachment and remember to include your full name with your entry. They also welcome entries in Gaelic or Scots.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • Mixedsumlitsem.org, scpsw.co.uk, gracedieuwriterscircle.co.uk.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Novels: New for 2014 is the Bath Novel Award which has a closing date of 28 February 2014 and a top prize of £1,000. They’re also on Twitter.
  • NovelsNovel Rocket runs an annual Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile. Entries will be accepted in all genres beginning mid-January. The deadline for submission is different for genre categories according to the following schedule. In each case, entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the 10th day of the month (April to September) listed on novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html. They also post a new writing-related article seven days a week, from author interviews to marketing discussions to articles about the craft of writing. NB. The entry fee is $45 so give this very careful consideration. NB. The entry fee is $45 so give this very careful consideration.
  • Novels: other competitions include Acorn Independent Press Crime NovelCrime Writers Association Debut Dagger.
  • Poetry: Hungry Hill WritersNorwich Writers’ Circle Annual OpenStraid Collection AwardWriting / Writers’ News magazinestemplarpoetry.co.uk/awards, wardwoodpublishing.co.uk (Lumen/Camden Poetry Comp).
  • Poetry: The Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition is a monthly contest for poems of up to 40 lines. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: 1st – £100. Runners-up – A Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter. Includes a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html.
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • ScriptThe Imison Award and comedy.co.uk/sitcom_mission.
  • Short stories: The Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition is a monthly no-theme contest for stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: £350, £150, £100 and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine (and possible anthology). Entry Fee: £3 per story for subscribers, £6 each non-subscribers. £5 extra for a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: http://writers-forum.com/storycomp.html.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short storiesBBC, CremonaEmerald Flash FictionGlimmer Train (different category each month), and Writing Magazine.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.
MARCH
  • Children’sAcademy of Children’s WritersCrystal Magazine.
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Weekly challenge on theironwriter.com.
  • Flash Fiction: Each month the Scottish Book Trust provides a prompt to get you started, but where the <50-word story goes from there is entirely up to you. Their favourite story will be published on their page and the writer will receive a lovely Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company. You can submit your story in the body of an email or as an attachment and remember to include your full name with your entry. They also welcome entries in Gaelic or Scots.
  • Flash Fiction: Flashbang is now open to entries: flashbangcontest.wordpress.comSponsored by CrimeFest. £2 entry fee. 150 words maximum. Deadline 1st March. First prize is two passes to CrimeFest. Shortlisted and winning stories published online. Full details are here.
  • Flash Fiction: Erewash has a free flash fiction competition. Deadline noon (UK time) 21st March. Full details here.
  • Flash Fiction: The Berkhampstead Writing Competition has a 31st March deadline.
  • Flash Fiction: The Flash 500 Fiction Competition, established 2009, is a quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories. Prizes: £300 plus publication in Words with JAM, £100 and £50.
  • Flash Fiction: The NLG Flash Fiction Competition (that I am Head Judge of) is now open – see ‘June’ for full details.
  • Mixed: Winchester Writers’ Conference has opened their 17(!) mixed writing competitions (deadline 24th May). Details in their competitions brochure. £7 per entry if attending, £9 if not.
  • Mixed: Words for the Wounded (W4W) is a new charity that raises money via writing prizes and donations for the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women. All proceeds will be passed to projects such as Battle Back, funded by Help for Heroes, which uses sports rehabilitation to help wounded service personnel gain independence and confidence. W4W is launching its first writing prize on Armistice Day, November 11, and is calling for all non-writers, aspiring, and experienced writers to enter. Entries can be up to 400 words, written in poetry or prose, fiction or life story tale. Winners will receive a small cash prize and their entries will be published in the monthly writers’ magazine Writers’ Forum (writers-forum/com). Entry costs £4.50 and the deadline is March 11, winners will be announced on 6 June (D Day). Prizes £250, £100, £50. Oscar-winning screen writer and author Julian Fellowes and his wife Emma are among W4W’s patrons. Julian says: “Emma and I feel strongly that we must never forget the debt we all owe to these brave men and women. We are honoured to be involved in this wonderful charity.” Other patrons include Rt Hon Lord Ashdown, Lt. Col J. Dryburgh, authors Katie Fforde, Katherine McMahon, Louis de Bernieres, Sarah Challis and Mark Hodgson, Daisy Goodwin, paralympian Ann Wild OBE, Taryn Lee QC, artist Rowena Hampton, extreme sportsman  Hugh Williams Preece, Lt Ian Thornson and Founder/Director of the Winchester Writers’ Conference Barbara Large. For more information, see wordsforthewounded.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @Words_4_Wounded.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine ‘Pockets‘ has a different theme per month.
  • Mixedhelenwhittaker.net/phpBB2 (shorts & poetry).
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • NovelsNovel Rocket runs an annual Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile. Entries will be accepted in all genres beginning mid-January. The deadline for submission is different for genre categories according to the following schedule. In each case, entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the 10th day of the month (April to September) listed on novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html. They also post a new writing-related article seven days a week, from author interviews to marketing discussions to articles about the craft of writing. NB. The entry fee is $45 so give this very careful consideration.
  • Novels: other March-deadline competitions include Dundee International Book Prize and The Next Big Author.
  • PlaywritingWindsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama. and sohotheatre.com (Verity Bargate Award).
  • Playwriting: Cambridge Theatre Challenge: Would you like to write a one act play for the stage and enter it in a competition where short listed plays are given full performance, judged by the audience, considered for publication and given a written assessment by a publishing company? The winning playwright will also receive a cash prize of £200. Every play will be read in its entirety by a minimum of two judges and entrants will receive two lots of feedback on request, at no extra charge! A shortlist of up to ten plays will be drawn up and posted on the Sky Blue website.  Local actors and a production team will be assembled by professional directors to rehearse the plays for performance at the Junction Theatre in Cambridge early July where the audience will vote for the winner. Closing date for submissions is 30th March. Plays must be submitted on line and full details can be found on our website skybluetheatre.com/newplaywriting.php.
  • Poetry: The Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition is a monthly contest for poems of up to 40 lines. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: 1st: £100. Runners-up: A Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter. Includes a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html.
  • Poetry: The Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition, established in 2010, welcomes any form of humour verse will be accepted, from a limerick to a poem of 32 lines. This is also a quarterly competition with closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, £2.50 for each poem thereafter. Prizes: £150 plus publication in Words with JAM, £100 and £50.
  • Poetry: other poetry competitions include Cardiff InternationalFish Prize for PoetryLiterature WalesMAGMichael Marks (pamphlets), Northern Writers’ AwardsWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: creative acrostic mini), davidburlandpoetryprize.com, treehousepress.co.uk (Three-in-One), towerpoetry.org.uk, firebirdpoetry.com, scottishbooktrust.com/familylegends.
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • Scriptseuroscript.co.uk.
  • Short stories: The Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition is a monthly no-theme contest for stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: £350, £150, £100 and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine (and possible anthology). Entry Fee: £3 per story for subscribers, £6 each non-subscribers. £5 extra for a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: http://writers-forum.com/storycomp.html.
  • Short stories: Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition. 1st prize £2,000. Closing date 18th Marchmslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/scomp_active.php.
  • Short stories: Graffiti Magazine Short Story Competition Rules: *For crime stories* 1. Closing date March 16th;

    2. Entries must be in English and be the writer’s own unpublished work. They must not be on offer for publication or entered in any other current competition;

    3. Maximum length 1,500 words;

    4. Each piece of work, with its title, must be in clear type on one side of A4 sheet(s). Details of the writer must not appear on this sheet;

    5. The name and address of the writer and the titles of all entries should be typed on a separate sheet of A4 paper;

    6. The prize-winner will be notified by post, if SAE provided, or by email if email address is provided;

    7. Entries are only accepted by post. Please keep a copy of your work, as entries will not be returned;

    8. The fee is £3 per story. Cheques / Postal Orders in sterling only, should be made payable to ‘

    Catchword Writing Group’;

    9. All entries that arrive on time will be considered by the adjudicator, whose decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the result;

    10. Competitors wishing to be informed of the results should enclose an SAE marked ‘Results’ or provide an email address.

    Send entries to: Graffiti Magazine Writing Competition, c

    /o 33 Sandford Leaze,

    Avening,

    Glos.

    GL8 8PB (UK).

    Prize: £25 The winning entry and up to five of the short listed stories will be published in Graffiti.

    For more information: graffiti.magazine@yahoo.co.uk.

  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short storiesThresholds International Short Story Forum Feature Writing Competition. Free to enter, international, max 1500 words, 1st prize £500, closing date 27 March.
  • Short stories: The Bath Short Story Award opened for entries in October. This new international competition welcomes stories of up to 2,200 words on any theme or subject from published or unpublished writers. Prizes are as follows: 1st £500, 2nd £100, 3rd £50, and a local prize of £50. The competition closes March 30th. For further details see bathshortstoryaward.co.uk.
  • Short storiesWriters’ Village runs a quarterly short story competition which attracts entrants worldwide. Click here for the rules… and every entrant receives invaluable critique! Their spring deadline is 31st March.
  • Short stories: The Yellow Room Spring Short Story Competition has a max 1,000 words, any theme, first prize £100, closing date 31 March.
  • Short stories: Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award. International, max 1800 words. Closing date 31 March. Find out more about the award here.
  • Short storiesLightship One-page Short Story Competition. Max 300 words. Closing date 31 March.
  • Short stories: Exeter Writers Short Story Competition. The first prize is £500, 2nd and 3rd are £250 and £100. There is also an additional prize of £100 for a writer living in Devon. Stories can be in any genre except for children, they can be up to 3,000 words and the entry fee is £5 per story. The closing date is 31st March.  Rules/entry form: exeterwriters.org.uk or you can send a stamped self-addressed envelope (SAE) to Competition, 4 Albion Place, Exeter EX4 6LH.
  • Short stories: Short Fiction, The Visual Literary Journal. Annual Short Story Competition 1st prize £500 plus publication, max 5,000 words. Closing date 31 March.
  • Short storiesThe Moth Magazine Short Story Prize. Judge Martina Evans, 1st prize €1,000 + publication, closing date 31 March.
  • Short stories: One of the UK’s largest and oldest writing groups, West Sussex Writers, is running its second national short story competition. With an open theme, generous word count and final judge, Pam Weaver. West Sussex Writers hopes to attract the cream of the UK’s short story writers. Max 3000 words. Closing date 31 March. 1st prize £200; 2nd prize £75; 3rd prize £50.
  • Short stories: Five Stop Story runs a quarterly short story competition (end March / June / September / December). Membership to the site is £25 but you get to enter up to five stories in each competition. Further details at fivestopstory.com/write.
  • Short stories: Other March short story competitions include CalderdaleChapter One RomanticDark TalesExeter WritersFish Prize for Flash FictionGlimmer Train (different category each month), Meridian WritingMslexiaNorthern Writers’ AwardsRider HaggardWriting Magazine (WM: open to all open: 750-words max / subscriber-only theme: last line ‘Out she walked with a spring in her step.’), and Wyvern.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.
APRIL
  • Children’spuffindigitalprize.co.uk.
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Weekly challenge on theironwriter.com.
  • Flash Fiction: Each month the Scottish Book Trust provides a prompt to get you started, but where the <50-word story goes from there is entirely up to you. Their favourite story will be published on their page and the writer will receive a lovely Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company. You can submit your story in the body of an email or as an attachment and remember to include your full name with your entry. They also welcome entries in Gaelic or Scots.
  • Flash Fiction: The NLG Flash Fiction Competition (that I am Head Judge of) is now open – see ‘June’ for full details.
  • Flash Fiction: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Mixed: Winchester Writers’ Conference has opened their mixed writing competitions (deadline late May). Details in their competitions brochure. £7 per entry if attending, £9 if not.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • NovelsNovel Rocket runs an annual Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile. Entries will be accepted in all genres beginning mid-January. The deadline for submission is different for genre categories according to the following schedule. In each case, entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the 10th day of the month (April to September) listed on novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html. They also post a new writing-related article seven days a week, from author interviews to marketing discussions to articles about the craft of writing. NB. The entry fee is $45 so give this very careful consideration.
  • NovelsRubery Book Award First Prize is £1,000 and the winning book is guaranteed to be read by a top London literary agent from MBA Lit. Second and third prizes are £200 and £75 respectively. The books should either be published by an independent press or self-published. All genres welcome. Visit ruberybookaward.com for more details. Deadline 30th April.
  • Playwriting: The King’s Cross Award For New Writing. Up to two full-length plays may be entered per writer, unpublished and unperformed scripts only. £5,000 prize. Closing date 30 Aprilthecourtyard.org.uk/content/25/writers-group.
  • Poetry: Poetry-Next-The-Sea Open Competition. Judge Heidi Williamson, max 40 lines, £100 first prize, closing date 6 Aprilpoetry-next-the-sea.com/index.html.
  • Poetry: UK’S First Bug Poetry Competition marking Buglife’s tenth year as the only conservation charity in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates, closing date 8 April.
  • Poetry: Buxton Poetry Competition History and Heritage theme, all ages, judge Philip Wells, 40 lines max, closing date 8 Aprilderby.ac.uk/buxtonpoetrycompetition.
  • Poetry: The Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition is a monthly contest for poems of up to 40 lines. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: 1st – £100. Runners-up – A Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter. Includes a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html.
  • Poetry: other poetry competitions include Nonsense Poetry & Flash FictionVerWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: horror), poetrypf.co.uk, swconline.co.uk.
  • Poetry & Short stories: Deddington Writers’ Group Open Writing Competition Short Story or Poem. Competition information and entry forms available from website end January or send SAE to: 7, The Daedings, Deddington, OX15 ORT. 1st prize: £100, 2nd: £50,  3rd: £25, awarded in both categories. Closing date 13 April. See deddington.org.uk/community/arts/writing or deddingtonfestival.org.uk.
  • Poetry: The Royal Berkshire Poetry Competition open to all, 40 lines max, 1st prize £200, closing date 14 Aprilglowmagazine.me/poetry-competition.
  • Poetry: Poetry on the Lake International Poetry Competition has a theme of ‘metal’. Top prizes of €200, judges include Anne-Marie Fyfe, closing date 22 April. See poetryonthelake.org.
  • Poetry: Ver Poets Open Competition. 1st prize £600. 30 lines max, closing date 30 April. See verpoets.org.uk/news/competitions.
  • Poetry: Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition. Prizes: £600, £250, £100. £100: The Ware Sonnet Prize. Anthology publication for winners and shortlisted poets (£3.50 pre-ordered). Closing date 30 April. Informal prize-giving ceremony at Ware Arts Centre in July. Fee: £4;  4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission). Length:  up to 50 lines. Sole judge: Susan Utting. Include contact sheet with usual details. Download flyer from website, or send SAE: The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 21 Trinity Road, Ware, Herts. SG12 7DB or email: warepoets_competition@hotmail.co.uk and see poetrypf.co.uk/images/compware13.pdf.
  • Poetry: Southport Writers’ Circle International Poetry Competition. First Prize £150, Second Prize £75, Third Prize £25 A maximum of 40 lines per poem is allowed. Closing date 30 April. See swconline.co.uk/n1/?cat=5.
  • Poetry: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • Screenwritingoscars.org/awards/nicholl/apply.html is a screenwriting competition with a late April deadline.
  • ScriptRoyal Court Theatre’s 100-word plays and ‘Ticket to Write’: competition for stage plays about The Beatles lasting 15 minutes, closing date 5 Aprilacedrama.co.uk/index.html
  • Scriptwriting: The Nick Darke Award is open to all writers – stage play screenplay or radio play – prize fund £6,000. Closing date 29 Aprilfalmouth.ac.uk/nickdarkeaward.
  • Short stories: William Trevor / Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition 1st prize €3,000, closing date 5 Aprilmitchelstownlit.com/index.html.
  • Short stories & Poetry: Deddington Writers’ Group Open Writing Competition, Short Story or Poem. Competition information and entry forms available from website end January or send SAE to: 7, The Daedings, Deddington, OX15 ORT. 1st prize: £100, 2nd: £50,  3rd: £25, awarded in both categories. Closing date 13 April. See deddington.org.uk/community/arts/writing or deddingtonfestival.org.uk.
  • Short stories: The Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition is a monthly no-theme contest for stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: £350, £150, £100 and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine (and possible anthology). Entry Fee: £3 per story for subscribers, £6 each non-subscribers. £5 extra for a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: http://writers-forum.com/storycomp.html.
  • Short stories: The Fowey Festival of Words and Music (formerly the Daphne du Maurier Festival) has announced the launch of the Short Story Competition. First Prize is £100 and Runner-up £75. Entry is £6.00 and entry form and full details at foweyfestival.com/the-du-maurier-festival-society-short-story-competition. The closing date is 19th April.
  • Short storiesGlimmer Train (different category each month), The Moth-Altun Short Story PrizeNonsense Poetry & Flash FictionNottingham Writing Magazine (WM: open to all theme: horror / subscriber-only theme: food), francobritishcouncil.org.uk, west-linton.org.uk/content/pentlands-writers-group. Also see Deddington in ‘Poetry…’ above.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short stories: Young Writers’ Competition. The annual Young Writers’ Competition at Jane Austen’s House Museum is entering its fourth year and is now open for entries. Annalie Talent, Education Officer said ‘Next year is the 200th anniversary of publication of Pride and Prejudice and so we have made the theme of the competition First Impressions which was the original title of Jane’s best-loved novel.’ Entries should be short stories of 300-400 words and entrants can interpret the theme in any way they want. Entry is open to all UK school pupils in school years 7-11. There are two categories: years 7 and 8 and years 9, 10 & 11. The competition will be judged by Professor Kathryn Sutherland of St Anne’s College Oxford and the Museum’s previous Writer-in-Residence, Rebecca Smith. Closing date 26 April. See jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk for details.
  • Short stories: first Annual Sara Park Memorial Short Story Competition. Theme Journeying, max 2000 words, closing date 30 Aprilredsquirrelpress.com/SquirrelCOMP.html.
  • Short stories: The James Plunkett Short Story Award for new and emerging writing talent, open to all writing in English who have not had a short story collection published. 1st prize €2,000, max 3000 words. Next closing date 30 April. See ireland-writers.com/index.htm.
  • Short stories: The Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers internationally over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). Entry fee £8 per story. Closing date 30 April. 1st prize £1,000 plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card. 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology. See bristolprize.co.uk.
  • Short storiesMassacre Magazine runs a quarterly horror 250-word max short story competition. Deadlines end April, July, October, January. “We will pick one winner who will receive a £15/$20 Amazon voucher and have their story published in the summer issue of Massacre Magazine. Our decision is final, any moaners will be mangled.” :)
  • Short stories: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.
MAY
  • Children’sbookweek.ca/information-artists
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – also see Indies Unlimited and ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Weekly challenge on theironwriter.com.
  • Flash Fiction: Each month the Scottish Book Trust provides a prompt to get you started, but where the <50-word story goes from there is entirely up to you. Their favourite story will be published on their page and the writer will receive a lovely Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company. You can submit your story in the body of an email or as an attachment and remember to include your full name with your entry. They also welcome entries in Gaelic or Scots.
  • Flash Fiction: 16th May is National Flash Fiction day and you can find some competitions (various dates) on nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/competitions.html.
  • Flash Fiction: The Writing Competition is a short story competition hosted by Jeni Durlston-Powell. This writing contest offers writers the chance to win cash and publication, and is currently run quarterly (late Feb, late May, late Aug, late Nov). Short Stories up to 500 words. Titles to be limited to 10 words. Open theme and genre. Entry fee: £4. Prizes: £100, £75, £50. See http://www.writingcompetition.org.uk and http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/the-writing-competition-writing-competition for details.
  • Flash Fiction: The Bridport Prize. Poems 42 lines max, short stories 5,000 words max, flash 250 words max. £15,000+ prize fund, closing date 31 May. See bridportprize.org.uk.
  • Flash FictionErewash has a 1,000 words maximum with free mini-crit feedback for all entrants. First Prize £50, Second Prize £25. Closing date: 2nd May.
  • Flash Fiction: The NLG Flash Fiction Competition (that I am Head Judge of) is now open – see ‘June’ for full details.
  • Flash Fiction: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Memoir: Lightship Short Memoir Contest. Tell your own story, or an episode of it. 1st prize £1,000, judge Rachel Cusk. Closing date 1 Maylightshippublishing.co.uk/competition/the_lightship_short_memoir_contest.
  • Mixed: Submission to the non-fiction and fiction Shirley You Jest Book Awards opens 20th May 2015 (closes 22nd July 2015). NB. Not running in 2014. I’m one of the sponsors!
  • Mixed: Winchester Writers’ Conference has opened their mixed writing competitions (deadline 24th May). Details in their competitions brochure. £7 per entry if attending, £9 if not.
  • Mixed: The International Yeovil Literary Prize has a closing date of 31st May and there are three categories: THE NOVEL – Please send the synopsis with opening chapters (up to 15,000 words in total) : Prizes: 1st = £1,000; 2nd = £250; 3rd = £100. Fee £11. THE SHORT STORY – Up to a maximum of 2,000 words. Prizes: 1st = £500; 2nd = £200; 3rd = £100. Fee £6. POETRY – A poem with a maximum of 40 lines. Prizes: 1st = £500; 2nd = £200; 3rd = £100. Fee £6, two for £9, three for £11. The Yeovil Literary Prize can be entered online or by post. The judges are all professional writers and publishers. For details see the website (yeovilprize.co.uk) or write to: Yeovil Literary Prize, The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil, BA20 1UX.
  • Mixedglobalfeelgoodcompany.com/competition (opens May, closes 30th September – see ‘September’ for full details).
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Non-fiction: another non-fiction competition is FBFT Sports Writing.
  • Novels: The Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition, established 2013, is an annual competition, opening for entries on 1st May and closing on 31st October.  The judges for this competition will be the senior editors at Crooked Cat Publishing. Entry fee: £10. Prizes: £500 first prize, plus a runner’s up prize of £200.
  • NovelsNovel Rocket runs an annual Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile. Entries will be accepted in all genres beginning mid-January. The deadline for submission is different for genre categories according to the following schedule. In each case, entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the 10th day of the month (April to September) listed on novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html. They also post a new writing-related article seven days a week, from author interviews to marketing discussions to articles about the craft of writing. NB. The entry fee is $45 so give this very careful consideration.
  • Novels: Words With JAM is running a ‘First Page Competition’ where you can enter the first page of a finished novel, work in progress or page specifically written for the competition. Closing date 31st May. Prizes £500 / £100 / £50 with fee of £6 first entry, £4 per entry thereafter. See wordswithjam.co.uk/#/first-page-competition-2013/4573741026 for details.
  • Playwriting: RealDeal Theatre is looking for 10-15 minute scripts for its new event, Popcorn Saturday!, short plays inspired by the movies, to be held late June to be held at Westminster Reference Library, off London’s Leicester Square. Entries to scripts@realdealtheatre.org.uk. A link straight to the entry details realdealtheatre.webs.com/scripts.htm.
  • Playwriting: Lightship First Act Competition. Judges: Micheline Steinberg, Dave Whybrow, Anthony McCarten. Maximum 6,000 words, closing date 31 May. See lightshippublishing.co.uk/competition/lightship_first_act_competition.
  • Playwriting: Pint-sized Plays. Scripts should be capable of being staged in a pub with a running time of 5-10 mins, closing date 31 May. See pintsizedplays.org.uk.
  • Poetry: Email received from The Pen Company.co.uk: With the start of Spring fast approaching, The Pen Company have launched a competition to win a Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Fountain Pen in the colour of your choice. All the details to enter the competition can be found here: thepencompany.com/blog/competitions/spring-poetry-competition (deadline 1st May). We look forward to seeing your entry. Take care, Anna, Marketing Assistant, The Pen Company.
  • Poetry: The Poetry London Competition is in its 14th year. Judge Pascale Petit. 1st Prize £1000, max 80 lines. Closing date 1 May. See poetrylondon.co.uk/competition.
  • The Poetry Box International Dark & Horror Poetry Silver Cup Trophy Award – Poetry Competition - Deadline: 1 May: The Poem/s Must Be Dark, Horror, Gothic, Gothic-Horror, Fantasy or Satire-Themed. Prizes: First Prize Winner - the elegant, generously-sized and engraved ‘The Poetry Box International Dark & Horror Poetry Silver Cup Trophy’  and the decorative ‘Winner’ Award-Winning Certificate. 2nd and 3rd Place Finalists - will receive decorative Award-Winning Certificates and Prize Cheques of £50.00 and £30.00 each respectively.  The ‘Judge’s Special Commendation Award’ winning Entries will receive decorative ‘Judge’s Special Commendation Award’ Certificates and ‘Highly Commended Award’ winning Entries will receive decorative ‘Highly Commended Award’ Certificates. ALL Prize Winners and Finalists will receive a copy of the Special  ‘Winners & Finalists’ Edition of ’The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine Monthly’ which will include their published Winning Entry/ies. Entry Fees: GBP £5.00 for 1 Poem – GBP £10.00 for 3 Poems – GBP £14.00 for 4 Poems, up to a maximum of 4 Poems per Entrant. Entry Fees are Payable By Personal Cheque Drawn Against a British Bank Only to: LK Robinson - or - via Paypal to Account: NLKROBINS@aol.comEntry Form available via The Poetry Box website ThePoetryBox.co.ukPostal Entries, Entry Forms and Enquiries to The Poetry Box Magazine and Studio Address: The Poetry Box, ‘Ramshackles’ 2 Downview, Nyewood, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 5JA, England.  Tel: 01730 821030 Email: FairyTaleRhymes@aol.com.
  • PoetryTemplar Poetry Pamphlet & Collection Awards closes for submissions on 7th May.
  • Poetry: Northampton Literature Group usually runs a yearly poetry competition with a mid-May deadline but it’s currently on hold and the group is running a flash fiction competition instead!
  • Poetry: The Montreal International Poetry Prize has a top prize $20,000 CDN, single poem, max 40 lines. Closing date 15th May. See montrealprize.com.
  • PoetryThe Welsh Poetry Competition. £4 entry per poem. Prizes: £400, £200, £100. The deadline is 26th May. Poems in English, 50 lines, unpublished. See welshpoetry.co.uk for entry forms and rules.
  • Poetry: The second ‘Poems Please Me’ Poetry Competition has a deadline of 31st May. Entry is by subscription to the site and the example given is a ‘single’ at £12 which entitles you to three entries to the competition. See poemsplease.me/?page_id=118 for more details.
  • Poetry: The fourth Battered Moons Poetry Competition is now open to all UK residents aged 18 or over and accepts poems on any topic and style of up to 40 lines. Main judge Alice Oswald and Cristina Newton will read all the poems. The 3 winners and 4 commended poets will be invited to read their poems at the Swindon Festival of Poetry early October. Winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered Moons pamphlet and website. First prize, £300; second, £150; third, £75. Entry fee: £3 each poem or £10 for 4. Closing date for entries is 31st May. Online and postal entries accepted. For further information and to enter, visit batteredmoons.com. Queries to Cristina Newton on cristina.ne.newton@gmail.com. Supported by Swindon Artswords, the Swindon Festival of Poetry, and Arts Council England.
  • Poetry: David Burland International Poetry Prize – in either French or English - closing date 31st May, 1st prize £200 + website publication. See davidburlandpoetryprize.com.
  • Poetry: The Bridport Prize. Poems 42 lines max, short stories 5,000 words max, flash 250 words max. £15,000+ prize fund, closing date 31st May. See bridportprize.org.uk.
  • Poetry: The Frogmore Poetry Prize has been annual since 1987. You can win 200 guineas and 2-year sub to The Frogmore Papers. Max 40 lines, closing date 31st May. See frogmorepress.co.uk.
  • Poetry: Another 31st May deadline is Wigtown Poetry Competition. First Prize: Main Prize £2000. Runner-up £400. Gaelic Prize £250. Scots Prize £250. Eight additional prizes of £25 each. The first poem submitted costs £7.00. Multiple entries: the first three poems cost a total of £19.00. Each subsequent entry after the first three costs £5 or a total of £14 for every additional block of 3, ie: 1 poem £7; 2 poems £14; 3 poems £19; 4 poems £24; 5 poems £29; 6 poems £33; 7 poems £38; 8 poems £43; 9 poems £47; 10 poems £52; 11 poems £57; 12 poems £61 etc. Main Prize Judge: Robin Robertson, Gaelic Prize Judge: Meg Bateman, Scots Prize Judge: Liz Niven. Winners will be invited to read their poems at the Wigtown Book Festival (late September to early October).  Winning poems will be published on the Festival website. For further details, rules and entry form, visit: wigtownbookfestival.com/poetrycomp.
  • Poetry: The Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition is a monthly contest for poems of up to 40 lines. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: 1st – £100. Runners-up – A Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter. Includes a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html.
  • Poetry: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Poetry: Other poetry competitions include Bridport Prize (also shorts / flash), Northampton Literature Group (on hold for 2013 but flash fiction instead), PartnersTemplar Poetry Pamphlet & Collection AwardsWriting Magazine (WM: subscriber-only theme: poetry for children), Stephen Spender.
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • ScriptwritingMini Operas scriptwriting competition opens March closes May.
  • ScriptwritingThe 10th Annual Screenwriting Challenge is a competition open to screenwriters around the world. There are 3 rounds of competition. In the 1st Round (June), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment (see examples of past assignments here). Writers have 8 days to write an original short screenplay no longer than 12 pages. The judges choose a top 5 in each heat to advance to the 2nd Round (July) where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have just 3 days to write an 8 page (maximum) short screenplay. Judges choose a top 25 from the 2nd Round to advance to the 3rd and final round of the competition where writers are challenged to write a 5 page (maximum) screenplay in just 24 hours (August). It’s easy to register.  First, download and read the Official Rules and Participation Agreement.  Once you have read, understood, and agree to the terms, you are ready to register by clicking here.  The entry fee is USD $39* until the Early Entry Deadline of mid-May and USD $49* until the Final Entry Deadlline of mid-June.
  • Short stories: The Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition is a monthly no-theme contest for stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: £350, £150, £100 and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine (and possible anthology). Entry Fee: £3 per story for subscribers, £6 each non-subscribers. £5 extra for a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: http://writers-forum.com/storycomp.html.
  • Short stories: Curry Mallet History Festival Short Story Competition judge is novelist Amelia Carr, max 2500 words with the title The Reunion or The Journey or The Letter, 1st prize £100, closing date 17 May. See currymallet.org/short-story-competition.
  • Short stories: The Bridport Prize. Poems 42 lines max, short stories 5,000 words max, flash 250 words max. £15,000+ prize fund, closing date 31 May. See bridportprize.org.uk.
  • Short stories: The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition welcomes ghost stories from 2,000 – 5,000 words. Closing date: 31st May. (Annual competition). Prizes: First prize £500, second prize £100. Entry fee:  £6 for one story; £9 for two stories submitted together. For more details, see: thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php.
  • Short stories: Glimmer Train (different category each month), The Lorian HemingwayWriting Magazine, Biscuit Publishing.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman also runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short stories: Saga is running a ghost short story competition. Max 3,000 words. 31st May 2014.
  • Short stories: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.
JUNE
  • Children’s: The Commonword Diversity Writing for Children Prize has a 30th June deadline. See ihaveadream.org.uk and / or email w4c@cultureword.org.uk or phone +44 161 832 3777.
  • Flash Fiction: Weekly challenge on theironwriter.com.
  • Flash Fiction: The Flash 500 Fiction Competition, established 2009, is a quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories. Prizes: £300 plus publication in Words with JAM, £100 and £50.
  • Flash Fiction: Each month the Scottish Book Trust provides a prompt to get you started, but where the <50-word story goes from there is entirely up to you. Their favourite story will be published on their page and the writer will receive a lovely Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company. You can submit your story in the body of an email or as an attachment and remember to include your full name with your entry. They also welcome entries in Gaelic or Scots.
  • Flash Fiction: Northampton Literature Group usually runs a yearly poetry competition with a mid-May deadline but it is currently on hold and the group is running a flash fiction competition instead! The deadline is 30th June (midnight, UK time) and their Head Judge is… me! :)
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Lightship Publishing runs eight competitions; flash fiction, first chapter, one-page, memoir, poetry, poetry book, first act, short stories, all with a 30th June deadline. See lightshippublishing.co.uk and/or email admin@lightshippublishing.co.uk for more information.
  • Flash Fiction: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Memoir: Commonword Memoir Writing Competition. Deadline: 30th June. The search is on to find the best budding memoir or autobiography writer in the North of England in our latest competition for writers. Win £150 & have your fledgling Memoir or Autobiography ‘hothoused’ by Crocus Books. See cultureword.org.uk/commonword-memoir-writing-competition.
  • Mixed: 7 Day Creative Writing Challenge: Prizes: £250, £200, £100, £75, £50. Closing date: 5th July. £5 for one entry, or £7.50 including feedback.  If you would like a chance of winning £250, all you have to do is to sign up for our 7 Day Creative Writing Challenge which goes live on the 5th July.
  • Mixed: Submission to the non-fiction and fiction Shirley You Jest Book Awards opens 20th May 2015 (closes 22nd July 2015). NB. Not running in 2014. I’m one of the sponsors!
  • MixedSegora International Writing Competitions. Vignette Competition, max 300 words. Short Story Competition, from 1,500 to 3,000 words. Poetry Competition, max 40 lines. Deadline for all competitions 8 June. Prizes: Short Story and Poetry £150, £50 and £30; Vignette £30 and £10 for commended or equivalent prize money in euro.
  • MixedThe Creative Future Literary Awards showcasing the work of marginalised and disabled writers, theme The Spark in Flash Fiction (maximum 300 words) or Poetry (maximum 200 words), closing date 16th June. Entry fee: £5 per piece, £15 if critique required.
  • MixedMarple (shorts & poetry), Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per monthCinnamon Press Writing Awards (for novellas, poetry and short stories).
  • Mixed: The Cowley Literary Award is a global short story competition, fiction and non-fiction, $5,000AUD prizes, max 4000 words, closing date 30th June. See australianartsales.com.au/cowley-award.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Mixed: Lightship Publishing runs eight competitions; flash fiction, first chapter, one-page, memoir, poetry, poetry book, first act, short stories, all with a 30th June deadline. See lightshippublishing.co.uk and/or email admin@lightshippublishing.co.uk for more information.
  • Mixedglobalfeelgoodcompany.com/competition (opens May, closes 30th September – see ‘September’ for full details).
  • Non-fiction: another non-fiction competition is greberwritingaward.com/submissions.htm
  • Novels: The Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition, established 2013, is an annual competition, opening for entries on 1st May and closing on 31st October.  The judges for this competition will be the senior editors at Crooked Cat Publishing. Entry fee: £10. Prizes: £500 first prize, plus a runner’s up prize of £200.
  • Novels: Submission to the non-fiction and fiction Shirley You Jest Book Awards opens 20th May 2015 (closes 22nd July 2015). NB. Not running in 2014. I’m one of the sponsors!
  • Novels: Lightship Publishing runs eight competitions; flash fiction, first chapter, one-page, memoir, poetry, poetry book, first act, short stories, all with a 30th June deadline. See lightshippublishing.co.uk and/or email admin@lightshippublishing.co.uk for more information.
  • NovelsNovel Rocket runs an annual Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile. Entries will be accepted in all genres beginning mid-January. The deadline for submission is different for genre categories according to the following schedule. In each case, entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the 10th day of the month (April to September) listed on novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html. They also post a new writing-related article seven days a week, from author interviews to marketing discussions to articles about the craft of writing. NB. The entry fee is $45 so give this very careful consideration.
  • Novels: Opportunity for non-published mystery / suspense writers aged 50+. http://www.greatstorieswithheart.com/the-write-time. The Write Time: a unique writing competition for previously unpublished authors aged 50+. If you have always dreamed of being a published author, here is an opportunity that you won’t want to miss. We have launched a writing competition for the over 50s, exclusively for Mature Times readers. “The Write Time” competition offers the winner a two-year digital publishing contract, with full editorial and marketing support, and a generous royalty on all sales. We are looking for compelling fiction for adults from a previously unpublished author. “Previously unpublished” is defined as a writer who has never had a publishing contract for a short story collection, novella or full-length novel, which offered royalties and did not require any payment from the writer. So, even if you have self-published your writing, you are still eligible to enter. Here at Corazon Books, our motto is “great stories with heart”, so we are looking for writing with engaging characters and an involving plot. We know that there is a wealth of talent out there, particularly among the over 50s. If you have written a novel and are seeking a publishing contract, now is “the write time” to submit your work! Work can be submitted in the genres of family saga, historical, medical, mystery and suspense, and romance (contemporary or historical). Entries should not contain descriptions of excessive violence or erotica/graphic sex scenes. The accepted word-length for entries is novellas of 20,000 – 50,000 words and novels of 50,000 to 100,000 words. For the first round of the competition, entrants should send a 200-500 word synopsis and the first three chapters of their novel/novella. Entrants who pass this first round of submissions will be asked to send the complete novel in September this year. The winner will be announced in November. Andrew Young, editor of Mature Times, says: “We know many of our readers are budding writers, as we’ve had some excellent pieces submitted for publication in Mature Times. This is a great opportunity to become a published author in your own right.”
  • Novels: other June deadline competitions include Impress Prize, and Lightship International First Chapter.
  • PlaysBruntwood Prize for Playwriting has a 1st prize of £16,000. Open to anyone resident in the UK and Ireland. The play must an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work, an hour long or more in playing time. Closing date 3rd June. See writeaplay.co.uk/about.
  • Plays: Adrienne Benham Award: £2,000 prize now accepting applications: Theatre Centre offers the Adrienne Benham Award, a £2,000 seed commission, to support the work of a promising playwright interested in exploring the Theatre for Young Audiences sector, but who has little experience in the field. The award is intended to steer gifted writers towards young audiences by giving them a seed commission and attachment to Theatre Centre as they develop an original idea for young audiences. Prize: £2,000 seed commission and attachment. Deadline: 7 June at 12 noon. Further information (including the full criteria and application form) available from the Theatre Centre website.
  • Plays: Write Lines: New Writing for Young Audiences Conference: Do you write plays for young audiences, or do you want to? Celebrating 60 years of working with writers to produce outstanding theatre for young audiences, Theatre Centre hosts a day-long conference for writers and theatre professionals on 20th June. The keynote speech will be delivered by playwright Bryony Lavery. Other guest speakers include playwrights Amanda Dalton, Rob Evans, Philip Osment and Evan Placey; and industry professionals Anthony Banks (NT), Jonathan Lloyd (Polka Theatre) and Purni Morell (Unicorn Theatre). Reserve your place today!
  • PlaysAce Drama have a Beatles-themed ‘Ticket to Write’ contest ending 25th June.
  • Playsangletheatre.co.uk/discovered.html.
  • Plays: Lightship Publishing runs eight competitions; flash fiction, first chapter, one-page, memoir, poetry, poetry book, first act, short stories, all with a 30th June deadline. See lightshippublishing.co.uk and/or email admin@lightshippublishing.co.uk for more information.
  • Poetry: Wirral Festival of Firsts Open Poetry Competition has a closing date of 1st June. First Prize: £200, Second Prize: £75, 3 runner-up prizes of £25. For poems on any subject, of no more than 40 lines. Submissions can be made online or by post. Postal submissions should include a separate sheet with the entrant’s name, address and the titles of the poem(s) and a cheque or postal order for £3 per poem or £10 for 4 poems payable to: “Festival of Firsts”. Postal submissions to: FOF Poetry Competition, 71 Alderley Road, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 2AU. See website festivaloffirsts.com for all the competition rules and online entries.
  • PoetryCanterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition. International, max 60 lines. Closing date 14th June. The festival itself runs mid-October to early-November.
  • PoetrySticky Bun Writers Poetry Competition. First prize £50. Two other cash prizes. Prize-giving in Sheffield. Judge: Helen Mort. Closing date June 15th. Poems up to 40 lines without name on. No entry form but include cover sheet with name, address, email or phone no. and poem titles. £3 a poem or 4 for £10. Cheques, made out to Sticky Bun Writers, to The Competition Organiser, 84 Knowle Lane, Sheffield S11 9SJ
  • Poetry: Mslexia (for women poets – sorry, guys): Poetry Competition and Pamphlet Competition.

    The deadline for both competitions is mid-June. Full details of how to enter both competitions are on our website at mslexia.co.uk/poetrycompetition and mslexia.co.uk/pamphletcompetition respectively.

  • Poetry: Second Light Poetry Competition for Long and Short Poems by Women is judged by Moniza Alvi, £300 first prize, closes 25th June. See secondlightlive.co.uk/news.shtml#Comp13.
  • Poetry: The Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition, established in 2010, welcomes any form of humour verse will be accepted, from a limerick to a poem of 32 lines. This is also a quarterly competition with closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, £2.50 for each poem thereafter. Prizes: £150 plus publication in Words with JAM, £100 and £50.
  • Poetry: Poetry Space Competition. Max 40 lines. 1st prize £250 + anthology, closing date 30th June. See poetryspace.co.uk/2013/01/poetry-space-competition-2013.
  • Poetry: Lightship Publishing runs eight competitions; flash fiction, first chapter, one-page, memoir, poetry, poetry book, first act, short stories, all with a 30th June deadline. See lightshippublishing.co.uk and/or email admin@lightshippublishing.co.uk for more information.
  • Poetry: The Keats-Shelley Prize for Essays and Poems on Romantic Themes – open to all. Prize Chair: acclaimed novelist Salley Vickers. £3,000 prize money. Winning poems and essays will be published in The Keats-Shelley Review. Essays are invited on any aspect of the work and lives of the Romantics and their circle. Closing date 30th June.
  • Poetry: The Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition is a monthly contest for poems of up to 40 lines. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: 1st – £100. Runners-up – A Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter. Includes a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html.
  • Poetry: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Poetry: Other poetry competitions include: Creative CompetitorEarth WordsEdwin MorganKeats-Shelley PrizeMargaret ReidTed WaltersUnited PressWriting Magazine.
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • Scriptwriting: Lightship Publishing runs eight competitions; flash fiction, first chapter, one-page, memoir, poetry, poetry book, first act, short stories, all with a 30th June deadline. See lightshippublishing.co.uk and/or email admin@lightshippublishing.co.uk for more information.
  • ScriptwritingTed Walters.
  • ScriptwritingThe 10th Annual Screenwriting Challenge is a competition open to screenwriters around the world. There are 3 rounds of competition. In the 1st Round (June), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment (see examples of past assignments here). Writers have 8 days to write an original short screenplay no longer than 12 pages. The judges choose a top 5 in each heat to advance to the 2nd Round (July) where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have just 3 days to write an 8 page (maximum) short screenplay. Judges choose a top 25 from the 2nd Round to advance to the 3rd and final round of the competition where writers are challenged to write a 5 page (maximum) screenplay in just 24 hours (August). It’s easy to register.  First, download and read the Official Rules and Participation Agreement.  Once you have read, understood, and agree to the terms, you are ready to register by clicking here.  The entry fee is USD $39* until the Early Entry Deadline of May 16th and USD $49* until the Final Entry Deadlline of June 13th.
  • Scriptwriting: Norwich Film Festival has a short script competition – up to 30 pages. Note that the submission fee is quite high (£25 pre June 30th, £35 pre August 31st, £45 pre October 31st) and the top prize is relatively low (£250) but high entry fee may mean less competition? http://www.norwichfilmfestival.co.uk/submit-your-film.
  • Short stories: The V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize for best unpublished short story of the year. The winning author will be awarded a prize of £1,000, and the short story will be published in Prospect online and in our annual magazine, the RSL Review. The closing date for entries is 13th June, and all submissions should be posted with the £5 administrative fee to: V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, Royal Society of Literature, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA For further information, please email Molly Rosenberg (molly@rslit.org) and / or see website rslit.org/v-s-pritchett. Stories must be 2,000 to 5,000 words long, printed on one side of an A4 in double-spaces and sent to the London address above.
  • Short stories: The Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition is a monthly no-theme contest for stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: £350, £150, £100 and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine (and possible anthology). Entry Fee: £3 per story for subscribers, £6 each non-subscribers. £5 extra for a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: http://writers-forum.com/storycomp.html.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short stories: Scotland’s International Crime Festival Bloody Scotland (which runs mid-September) has a short story competition opens 19th June, closes 28th July.
  • Short storiesFantasy Faction have a fantasy short story competition which ends June 30th. Thanks to Sophie E Tallis for that one! :)
  • Short stories: Lightship Publishing runs eight competitions; flash fiction, first chapter, one-page, memoir, poetry, poetry book, first act, short stories, all with a 30th June deadline. See lightshippublishing.co.uk and/or email admin@lightshippublishing.co.uk for more information.
  • Short storiesWriters’ Village runs a quarterly short story competition which attracts entrants worldwide. Click here for the rules… and every entrant receives invaluable critique! Their summer deadline is 30th June.
  • Short stories: Words Magazine Short Story Competition is free to enter, international, and has a closing date of 30th June. See wordsmag.com/compcal13.htm.
  • Short storiesBritish Fantasy Society Short Story Competition. 5000 words max, 1st prize £100 + year’s BFS membership + publication. Judge Allen Ashley, closing date 30th June.
  • Short stories: Five Stop Story runs a quarterly short story competition (end March / June / September / December). Membership to the site is £25 but you get to enter up to five stories in each competition. Further details at fivestopstory.com/write.
  • Short stories: GKBC (Giving Kudos to Brilliant Content) is running a free crime-writing competition with a deadline of 30th June. See gkbcinc.com/the-gkbcinc-short-story-competition.
  • Short stories: The Booktown Writers’ Annual Short Story Competition invites 1000-3000 words, cash prizes + anthology. Closes 30th June. See booktownwriters.co.uk/competition.html.
  • Short stories: The Writers Reign Short Story Competition is hosted by the Writers Reign website and offers authors the chance to win cash prizes as well as online publication. Stories in this competition are in response to a theme. All writers must respond to the theme “I have a dream.” This cannot be used as the story title. Stories to be between 1000 – 1500 words. Stories to have a positive ending. No strong sex, violence or swearing. Open to all writers. Stories must be original and not previously published. Closing date: June 30th. Prizes: £100, £50, £25 and 3 x £10. Fees: £3.50 one entry, £6 two entries. See http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/writers-reign-short-story-competition or http://www.writersreign.co.uk/WritersReign-Competition-2013.html for details.
  • Short stories: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Short stories: Other June deadline competitions include Aeon Award (quarterly), Countryside TalesCreative CompetitorCwrtnewydd ScribblersEarlyworksErewashGlimmer Train (different category each month), Lightship PublishingsandralitTed WaltersWords MagazineWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: writing for children – dog tales / subscriber-only theme: passport, glove, tuba), Writers Bureau, and Calderdale.
  • SoundtracksMini Operas soundtrack competition opens early June closes late July.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.
JULY
  • Children’sSociety of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Undiscovered Voices is a competition for unpublished and un-agented writers and illustrators living in the EU. The anthology will include twelve fiction extracts – from early readers up through young adult novels – and twelve black-and-white illustrations. The anthology will be published in February 2014 and sent free of charge to editors, art directors and agents whose focus is children’s literature. Open for entries from 1 July to 15 August.
  • Children’sSmall but Mighty Writers runs free-to-enter writing competitions for authors aged 7-11 and 12-15, as well as being a ‘creative writing community for young writers’. Competitions currently close 1st July.
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Weekly challenge on theironwriter.com.
  • Flash Fiction: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Flash Fiction: Each month the Scottish Book Trust provides a prompt to get you started, but where the <50-word story goes from there is entirely up to you. Their favourite story will be published on their page and the writer will receive a lovely Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company. You can submit your story in the body of an email or as an attachment and remember to include your full name with your entry. They also welcome entries in Gaelic or Scots.
  • Flash Fiction: Tethered by Letters’ Fall Flash Fiction Contest We are currently accepting flash fiction submissions of 55, 250, or 500 words in length. The flash fiction contest winner will be published as the featured flash fiction in the Fall 2014 Quarterly Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome. Deadline: July 15, 2014. Prize: $50 and publication in the quarterly journal. Entry Fee: $4 per entry OR $10 for three entries URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission. Contact Info: Alison Auger, AAuger@tetheredbyletters.com.
  • Mixed: Submission to the non-fiction and fiction Shirley You Jest Book Awards opens 20th May 2015 (closes 22nd July 2015). NB. Not running in 2014. I’m one of the sponsors!
  • Mixed: Tethered by Letters’ Fall Literary Contests. We are currently accepting submissions for our short story contest (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem). TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in Tethered by Letters’ Fall 2014 Quarterly Journal. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. The prizes are $250 (USDA) for the short story winner, $50 (USDA) for the flash fiction winner, and $100 (USDA) for the poetry winner. Winners will be announced publicly on August 1st, 2014. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Good luck to all our authors! Deadline: July 15th, 2014. Prize: $250 for Short Story, $50 for Flash Fiction, $100 for Poetry Entry Fee: $10 per Short Story; $4 per Flash Fiction OR $10 for three Flash Fictions; $5 per poem OR $12 for three poems. URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission Contact Info: Alison Auger, AAuger@tetheredbyletters.com.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine ‘Pockets‘ has a different theme per month, Matrix Magazine (poetry & fiction), Tenby Arts Festival (shorts & poetry), Arthritis Care (shorts & poetry), Wasafiri (poetry, fiction, life writing), Poundbury Voices (shorts & poetry with Dorset connection), Leaf Books (book reviews), Wells Lit Fest (novels, poetry, short stories), Slingink (shorts & poetry), Dream Questone.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Mixedglobalfeelgoodcompany.com/competition (opens May, closes 30th September – see ‘September’ for full details).
  • Non-fiction: another non-fiction competition is Sportswriters.org.
  • NovelsFirst Chapter Writing Competition: Prizes: £250, £200, £150, £100, £75. Closing date: 12th July 2014. £4 per submission. Professional feedback is available for an additional £5.00 per submission. This competition is perfect if you have an unpublished novel and would like to enter the first chapter into our fantastic new competition. You can also have your submissions evaluated professionally for an additional £5.00 each. All we ask is that your first chapter has a maximum of 6000 words and that you are the author. Full details online.
  • Novels: The Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition, established 2013, is an annual competition, opening for entries on 1st May and closing on 31st October.  The judges for this competition will be the senior editors at Crooked Cat Publishing. Entry fee: £10. Prizes: £500 first prize, plus a runner’s up prize of £200.
  • NovelsNovel Rocket runs an annual Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile. Entries will be accepted in all genres beginning mid-January. The deadline for submission is different for genre categories according to the following schedule. In each case, entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the 10th day of the month (April to September) listed on novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html. They also post a new writing-related article seven days a week, from author interviews to marketing discussions to articles about the craft of writing. NB. The entry fee is $45 so give this very careful consideration.
  • NovelsWells Lit Fest (novels, poetry, short stories) – Poetry and Short Story: First Prize £500, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100.  In addition there is the Wyvern Prize of £100 for entrants living in the BA, BS, and TA postcodes. Crime Novel: The winning entry will be read by a major publisher and by a leading agent.  In addition there will be a cash prize of £100.  The judge may also arrange for an exceptional runner-up entry to be read by an agent or a publisher. Entry fees: Poetry and Short Story: £5 for each entry, Crime Novel: £10 for each entry. For an additional fee of £20, entrants may request comments from the judge. Deadline 31st July. For full rules see wellslitfest.org.uk/competitionrules.php.
  • Novels: other July deadline competitions include The Greenhouse Funny Prize (in association with The University of York’s Writers’ Workshop Festival of Writing), Aurora Metro‘s The Virginia Prize.
  • PlaysSussex Playwrights.
  • Plays: The 1st Liverpool International Open Short Story, Poetry and Playwriting Competition – see ‘Mixed’ above.
  • Poetry: Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition has a closing date of: 9th July.
 First Prize: £1000 and a residential writing course at Tŷ Newydd

. Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competitions opens March with a great first prize of £1000 cash and a residential course at
 Tŷ Newydd.

 Adults: First Prize  £1000 and a week at Tŷ Newyd
 Second Prize £500
. Third Prize £250. 

See website poetry-festival.co.uk for details of Young People and Children’s competition section. 

Winners have the opportunity to read their poems at next year’s Ledbury Poetry Festival.
 Go to poetry-festival.co.uk for further details of our poetry competition and to download an entry form, or telephone 0845 458 1743 and we will put a leaflet in the post for you. Entry fees: first poem £5, for each subsequent poem £3.
 Children and Young People enter free for first poem.

 Ledbury Poetry Festival runs early July. If you wish to join our email list and receive a programme in May email: boxoffice@poetry-festival.co.uk.
  • Poetry: Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival Competitions. Deadline: 30 July. Videopoetry or digital moving poetry amongst other names is, according to Tom Konyves: the poetic juxtaposition of images with text and sound. See poetrycan.co.uk for details.
  • Poetry: The Portico Prizes. Deadline: 31 July. Manchester’s famous Portico Library is accepting poems on the theme of letters. Your poem could mention letters, be about sending letters, an extract of a letter, or actually about letters. There are two categories: One for under 18s (free to enter, judged by young writers James Mullard and Richy Campbell) and over 16s (£5 per entry plus £2.50 per extra) judged by published poets Mandy Coe and Sarah McLennan). See theportico.org.uk for details.
  • Poetry: The 1st Liverpool International Open Short Story, Poetry and Playwriting Competition – see ‘Mixed’ above.
  • Poetry: Tethered by Letters’ Fall Poetry Contest. We are currently accepting poetry submissions of all genres and styles—from traditional form to free verse. Length requirements are no more than three pages per poem, single spaced with double spacing between stanzas. The poetry contest winner will be published as the featured poem in the Fall 2014 Quarterly Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL monthly poetry feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome. Deadline: July 15, 2014. Prize: $100 and publication in the quarterly journal. Entry Fee: $5 per entry OR $12 for three entries. URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission Contact Info: Alison Auger, AAuger@tetheredbyletters.com.
  • Poetry: The Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition is a monthly contest for poems of up to 40 lines. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: 1st – £100. Runners-up – A Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter. Includes a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html.
  • PoetryThe Mere Literary Festival’s Biennial Open Poetry Competition has a deadline of July 12th. See merelitfest.co.uk or send an sae to MLF, Lawrences, Old Hollow, Mere, Wilts. BA12 6EG. Proceeds to Mere & District Linkscheme (Re.Charity No: 1062328)
  • PoetryWells Lit Fest (novels, poetry, short stories) – Poetry and Short Story: First Prize £500, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100.  In addition there is the Wyvern Prize of £100 for entrants living in the BA, BS, and TA postcodes. Crime Novel: The winning entry will be read by a major publisher and by a leading agent.  In addition there will be a cash prize of £100.  The judge may also arrange for an exceptional runner-up entry to be read by an agent or a publisher. Entry fees: Poetry and Short Story: £5 for each entry, Crime Novel: £10 for each entry. For an additional fee of £20, entrants may request comments from the judge. Deadline 31st July. For full rules see wellslitfest.org.uk/competitionrules.php.
  • Poetry: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Poetry: other poetry competitions include Aldeburgh First Collection PrizeBuzzwordsLIPPTenby Arts FestThynks PostcardVallum MagWriters BureauWriting Magazine (monthly), Essex Poetry FestivalMslexiaBuzzwords Open Poetry CompetitionFoyle Young Poets.
  • Science-fiction: Literary science magazine Cosmos is looking for short stories by end July.
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • Scriptwriting: The First Liverpool Writers Poetry, Script and Short Story Competition has a deadline of 31st July. See liverpoolwriters.wix.com/liverpool-writers#!competition/c1vm7 for details.
  • Short stories: The Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition from Wrekin Writers – maximum 1200 words, 1st prize £150, entry fee £3 per story, all profit (Entry Fees less Prize Money) to Severn Hospice, closing date 15th July. See sites.google.com/site/wrekinwriters/Home/competitions-1/doris-gooderson-2013-competition.
  • Short stories: The Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition is a monthly no-theme contest for stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: £350, £150, £100 and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine (and possible anthology). Entry Fee: £3 per story for subscribers, £6 each non-subscribers. £5 extra for a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: http://writers-forum.com/storycomp.html.
  • Short storiesH G Wells Festival Short Story Anthology. Stories must be between 1500 and 5000 words long. Entry fees are free for entrants aged 25 or under, and £5 per story for entrants aged 26 or older. Shortlisted stories will be published in the Anthology, at the judges’ discretion, and extracts may also be used online to publicise the competition. Closing date 20th July.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short stories: Scotland’s International Crime Festival Bloody Scotland (which runs mid-September) has a short story competition opens 19th June, closes 28th July.
  • Short stories3-into-1 story competition has a 3,000 word limit, £1,000 top prize (then £500, £300, £200 and top 20 stories will be published in an anthology. Fee £7. Judges Michael Dobbs and Adèle Geras. No genre limit but you have to include a black queen chess piece, bunch of fresh flowers and a £10 note in the story. :) A portion of the entry proceeds goes to The Arthrogryposis Group charity and the deadline is 31st July.
  • Short stories: The  Sean O Faolain Short Story Competition is run by the Munster Literature Center and is offering writers the chance to win cash, publication and a writer’s residency.Stories up to 3000 words. All themes and genres. Writers of any age and any nationality are welcome. Multiple entries are welcome. All stories to be original and unpublished. Closing date: July 31st. Entry fee: €15, US $20 or £15. See http://www.munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html for details.
  • Short stories: Another 31st July deadline is The Carmel Bird Short Fiction Award, a short story competition run by Spineless Wonders. In this writing competition, authors have the chance to win cash and publication in anthology. Short stories up to 4000 words. Entry fee: AS$10. 1st Prize – $500. Winning and shortlisted stories will be published in the Spineless Wonders annual anthology along with stories by invited authors. See http://shortaustralianstories.com.au/submissions/the-carmel-bird-award for details.
  • Short Stories: The First Liverpool Writers Poetry, Script and Short Story Competition has a deadline of 31st July. See liverpoolwriters.wix.com/liverpool-writers#!competition/c1vm7 for details.
  • Short storiesMassacre Magazine runs a quarterly horror 250-word max short story competition. Deadlines end April, July, October, January. “We will pick one winner who will receive a £15/$20 Amazon voucher and have their story published in the summer issue of Massacre Magazine. Our decision is final, any moaners will be mangled.” :)
  • Short storiesWells Lit Fest (novels, poetry, short stories) - Poetry and Short Story: First Prize £500, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100.  In addition there is the Wyvern Prize of £100 for entrants living in the BA, BS, and TA postcodes. Crime Novel: The winning entry will be read by a major publisher and by a leading agent.  In addition there will be a cash prize of £100.  The judge may also arrange for an exceptional runner-up entry to be read by an agent or a publisher. Entry fees: Poetry and Short Story: £5 for each entry, Crime Novel: £10 for each entry. For an additional fee of £20, entrants may request comments from the judge. Deadline 31st July. For full rules see wellslitfest.org.uk/competitionrules.php.
  • Short stories: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Short stories: Other July deadline competitions include Glimmer Train (different category each month), HISSACLaurel HouseMonologue With A TwistTenby Arts FestWriting MagazineWrekin WritersLiterature WalesHay Short StoryMunsterNarrative MagazineHelene JamesWriters of the Future (<17,000 words), Writers’ ClinicLaurel House Creative WorkshopsAlibi.
  • SoundtracksMini Operas soundtrack competition opens 4th June closes late July.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.
AUGUST
  • BiographyTony Lothian Prize.
  • Children’s: The Helmdon (Northamptonshire)-based Bookmarks Festival takes place late August. As part of the festival they run two short story competitions; one for adults, one for children. There is a prize of £50.00 in National Book Tokens for the winning entry, as well as other notable entries being displayed on the day, and it is free to enter (deadline 4th August). Details on bookmarksfest.moonfruit.com/#/short-story-competitions/4575565307.
  • FilmMini Operas film competition opens early August closes late September.
  • Flash FictionFlash Fiction Writing Competition: Prizes: £150, £100, £75. Closing date: 14th August 2014. Entry fee: £3.00 or Free to Creative Competitor Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish members. Using the photo at the website for inspiration, write a complete story in 700 words or less.
  • Flash Fiction: Each month the Scottish Book Trust provides a prompt to get you started, but where the <50-word story goes from there is entirely up to you. Their favourite story will be published on their page and the writer will receive a lovely Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company. You can submit your story in the body of an email or as an attachment and remember to include your full name with your entry. They also welcome entries in Gaelic or Scots.
  • Flash Fiction (horror): I am contacting you from Popcorn Horror. We are a small company based in Glasgow who support independent horror film makers. Currently we are running a creative writing competition with the aim of encouraging more writers to become involved in the horror community. We are looking for Horror Stories told in 100 words or less. These can fall under any sub-genre, or take the form of poetry. The best 30 entries will be compiled into a Popcorn Horror eBook, and the writers behind them will have their work promoted to Popcorn Horror’s active and loyal following. There is also a mystery ‘best of short horror’ prize package for our favourite overall entry. All of the information can be found at http://popcornhorror.com/events, and entries can be emailed to cara@popcornhorror.com. Please contact me if you need any more information. Thanks. Cara, Popcorn Horror. The deadline is 6th August.
  • Flash Fiction: December House Flash Fiction Fest Competition has a 19th August deadline. It’s free to enter and they are looking for three pieces of less than 1,000 words each from each contributor. Theme: The 7 Deadly Sins. See http://www.flashfictionfest.com and http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/december-house-flash-fiction-fest-competition for details.
  • Flash Fiction: New quarterly writing competition. Closing date: August 28th. First prize . . . £100 glorious pounds and your story published on the winners page. Second prize . . . £75 sultry pounds and your story published on the winners page. Third prize . . . A nifty £50! And your story on the winners page. Plus, the first prize winner each quarter also wins the right to a feature article on our facebook page and promotion by our twitter and google+ social media sites! Only 500 words, any subject. Full details and rules: writingcompetition.org.uk. Entry fee: £4. See writingcompetition.org.uk.Thanks, Jeni. twitter.com/writing_comp and facebook.com/TheWritingCompetition.
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition (see Indies Unlimited).
  • Flash Fiction: Weekly challenge on theironwriter.com.
  • Flash Fiction: Online literary magazine Eclectica have teamed up with Circalit and are looking for <800 word flash fiction / short stories by early August. Free entry.
  • Flash FictionStringybark Flash Fiction and Micro Fiction Awards. <1,800 words. A$770 prizes cash + books. Closing date late August. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • Flash Fiction: The Writing Competition is a short story competition hosted by Jeni Durlston-Powell. This writing contest offers writers the chance to win cash and publication, and is currently run quarterly (late Feb, late May, late Aug, late Nov). Short Stories up to 500 words. Titles to be limited to 10 words. Open theme and genre. Entry fee: £4. Prizes: £100, £75, £50. See http://www.writingcompetition.org.uk and http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/the-writing-competition-writing-competition for details.
  • Flash Fiction: Launched in 2009, Gemini Magazine is open to flash fiction stories up to 1000 words. Any genre or theme. All stories must be original work and previously unpublished. Open to all writers of any age or nationality. Multiple entries permitted. Deadline: 31st August. Prizes: $1,000, $100, 4 x $25. All winners will be published in the Gemini Magazine. Fee: $4 for the first story and $3 for each additional entry. See http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/gemini-magazine-flash-fiction-competition and http://www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html for more details.
  • Flash Fiction: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • MixedAesthetica Magazine invites poetry 40 lines max, fiction 2000 words max. 2 x £500 prizes, winners and finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. Closing date 31st August. See aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting.
  • Mixed: The Liverpool International Open Short Story, Poetry and Playwriting Competition. Rules of Entry: The Competition’s Ten Commandments are as follows: l Entries must arrive on or before the 31st August, preferably before. Il Results of all of the three winners, the three runner-ups and the third placed will be available after the 1st October. The three winners, runner-ups and the three third placed will all be notified by our Competition Judge by phone post or email shortly after. lll Identifying names (only) must not appear on any of the entries of the Short Story, Poetry or Playwriting categories, but please ensure that your name and the titles of your work are either on your ‘Entry form’ or on a short ‘Covering letter’. Please take the time to write your details down clearly on your entry form or covering letter, it makes my job a lot easier. IV Poems may be on any subject or theme, in any style or form. All poems must be type written and must not exceed 40 lines. V. Short Stories may be on any subject or theme and must be type written, double spaced and no more than 2000 words. VI One Act Plays may be on any subject or theme and type written, double spaced and on one side of the page only, including a cast of no more than four characters. Good presentation and a list of characters and any other relevant information must be included. 20 Minutes. Vll Important! Two copies of each and every short story, poem and play must be submitted with your Entry Form or Covering Letter please. Vlll All entries to be typewritten on plain white A4 paper in a standard black typeface on one side of the page only, and first or second class postal entries only please. lX If the rules do not say that you can – then you can’t; and all copyright shall remain with the original Authors. Please do not send me the only copy of your work because it will not be returned. X Please do not send entries by Recorded or Special Delivery. Please make sure the correct postage is paid. Entries with insufficient postage will not be accepted from Royal Mail. Please do not use sticky tape to make an impregnable package. Mr Tommy McBride, Group Secretary and Founder Member, The University of Liverpool Creative Writing Society for Lifelong Learning, 50 Onslow Road, Elm Park, Liverpool, Merseyside L6 3BB United Kingdom. E-mail: thomas.mcbride2@sky.com. Website: liverpoolwriters.wix.com/liverpool-writers.
  • MixedMalahat (poetry, fiction, non-fiction), , Ilkley Literature Festival (shorts & poetry), Words With Jam (<1000 words script, novel, extract, short story), Eccles Centre (fiction & non-fiction).
  • MixedMslexia (Themed Poetry & Prose Competition) and other opportunities inc. feature articles, monologues, reviews, poems, rants & raves.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Mixedglobalfeelgoodcompany.com/competition (opens May, closes 30th September – see ‘September’ for full details).
  • Non-fictionEarlyworks Press Memoir & Journalism CompetitionBiographers Club, and Park Publications.
  • Novels: The Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition, established 2013, is an annual competition, opening for entries on 1st May and closing on 31st October.  The judges for this competition will be the senior editors at Crooked Cat Publishing. Entry fee: £10. Prizes: £500 first prize, plus a runner’s up prize of £200.
  • NovelsNovel Rocket runs an annual Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile. Entries will be accepted in all genres beginning mid-January. The deadline for submission is different for genre categories according to the following schedule. In each case, entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the 10th day of the month (April to September) listed on novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html. They also post a new writing-related article seven days a week, from author interviews to marketing discussions to articles about the craft of writing. NB. The entry fee is $45 so give this very careful consideration.
  • Novels: other August deadline competitions include Luke Bitmead BursaryNemesis Publishing DebutMoth Publishing (Northern Crime Competition).
  • Playsovationtheatreawards.webs.com.
  • PoetryAesthetica Creative Writing Competition has two categories for entry, Poetry and Short Fiction, and a selection of fantastic prizes including: £500 prize money for each winner and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Entry is £10 and allows for the entry of two works into any one category. Deadline 31st August. Thank you again to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • PoetryTorbay Open Poetry Competition: judge Hilary Davies, max 50 lines, closing date 31st August. Thank you again to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • PoetryThe Manchester Poetry Prize International, send 3-5 poems, 1st prize a whopping £10,000. Judges Ian Duhig, Frances Leviston, Adam O’Riordan. Deadline 31st August. Thank you again to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • Poetry: The Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition is a monthly contest for poems of up to 40 lines. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: 1st – £100. Runners-up – A Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter. Includes a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html.
  • Poetry: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Poetry: Other poetry competitions with August deadlines include: Delhi London Poetry FoundationLorca TranslationSalopian Poetry SocietyTodd SwiftWriting MagazineBBC Proms and Nottingham Open Poetry Competition.
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • ScriptwritingOvation Theatre Awards.
  • Scriptwriting: Norwich Film Festival has a short script competition – up to 30 pages. Note that the submission fee is quite high (£25 pre June 30th, £35 pre August 31st, £45 pre October 31st) and the top prize is relatively low (£250) but high entry fee may mean less competition? http://www.norwichfilmfestival.co.uk/submit-your-film.
  • Short storiesThe Costa Short Story Award is open to published and unpublished authors writing in English and resident in UK or Ireland since 1 November 2009. £3,500 first prize, £750 x 2 runners up, free to enter. 4,000 words max, closing date 2nd August.
  • Short stories: Online literary magazine Eclectica is looking for <800 word flash fiction / short stories by 9th August.
  • Short stories: UK-based Fantastic Books Publishing is running a short story competition for sci-fi / fantasy stories 700-1,500 words. Prizes £100, £50, £25. Winners + 7 runners up will feature in their anthology. % to cancer research charity. The deadline is mid August. Details here.
  • Short storiesHorror Writing Competition: Prizes: £300, £200, £100. Closing date: 1st August 2014. Entry fee: £4.00 per submission. Could you capture the entire atmosphere of a horror story? Could you write such compelling fiction that it makes the reader tingle with anticipation and experience genuine fear? Do you think that you could dip into the bloody thirsty mindset of a serial killer or write with conviction about unspeakable horrors and things that go bump in the night?
  • Short stories: The Scarlet Stiletto Crime Short Story Competition has a 31st August deadline and a $10 cost, although the prize money totals $7,000! See http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/scarlet-stiletto-awards-crime-short-story-competition and http://www.sistersincrime.org.au/content/scarlet-stiletto-awards-crime-short-story-competition-turns-20 for details.
  • Short stories: In conjunction with The Writers’ Workshop, one of the UK’s largest editorial consultancies, totally4women launches their first writing competition. Write a short story (1,500 words maximum) entitled ‘Snapshot’. The closing date is 5th August. The winner and the two runners-up will be notified by email by 16th August. Winning entry: a day ticket to The Writers’ Workshop Festival of Writing on mid-September worth over £200. Winner and two runners-up: your story published in a prime slot on totally4women.com for one month and associated promotion of you as the author!
  • Short stories: The Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition is a monthly no-theme contest for stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: £350, £150, £100 and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine (and possible anthology). Entry Fee: £3 per story for subscribers, £6 each non-subscribers. £5 extra for a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: http://writers-forum.com/storycomp.html.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short stories: One of the biggest prize pots (sadly just to one person) is the Manchester Fiction Prize at £10,000! Entry is a steep £15 so you have to be sure your story is the best thing you’ve ever written, and then of course you’re only relying on the judge’s opinion that it is. :)
  • Short storiesChoc Lit Short Story Competition: max 1,500 words in which the central theme is a hero or heroes – they don’t have to be irresistible or romantic. 1st prize £200, online publication and a tin of Cadbury Heroes. Closing date 31st August. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • Short stories: Short Story (crime) competition run by The Cremona, a 4 star Bournemouth B&B. First prize: weekend B&B for two (sharing) plus £50 cash. Deadline 31st August. Full details at cremona.co.uk/index.php?page=competition.
  • Short storiesAesthetica Creative Writing Competition has two categories for entry, Poetry and Short Fiction, and a selection of fantastic prizes including: £500 prize money for each winner and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Entry is £10 and allows for the entry of two works into any one category. Deadline 31st August. Thank you again to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • Short stories: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Short stories: Other competitions include Aesthetica MagazineEmerald Flash FictionGlimmer Train (different category each month), New Eastbourne WritersWellingtonThe Write PlaceWriting MagazineFor Books SakeBrighton Cow.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.
SEPTEMBER
  • Children’s short stories: Run by Orion Publishing, the ‘If Walls Could Talk’ short story competition is open to writers aged 10+ (aimed at children 10-15). Free to enter, deadline 6th September, the story must be set in Salisbury Cathedral, following the idea “if walls could talk”, doesn’t mention a word limit. See http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/if-walls-could-talk-short-story-competition and Orion Books’ competition page for details.
  • FilmMini Operas film competition opens 6th August closes 24 September.
  • Flash Fiction: Weekly challenge on theironwriter.com.
  • Flash Fiction: Each month the Scottish Book Trust provides a prompt to get you started, but where the <50-word story goes from there is entirely up to you. Their favourite story will be published on their page and the writer will receive a lovely Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company. You can submit your story in the body of an email or as an attachment and remember to include your full name with your entry. They also welcome entries in Gaelic or Scots.
  • Flash FictionRussian Life magazine is running a short story competition asking writers to respond to a picture prompt. winners will receive publication as well as aRussian Life prize pack. Short stories up to 500 words and they must respond to the image prompt. To see the image, visit the Russian Life website. Two stories per author are permitted. Stories must not have been previously published in any form and to be written in English. Closing date September 1st. The winning entry will be published in Russian Life magazine and will also win a Russian Life Prize pack valued between $50 to $100. Free entry. See http://www.russianlife.com/blog/fictioncontest and http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/russian-life-fiction-contest for details.
  • Flash Fiction: The Flash 500 Fiction Competition, established 2009, is a quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories. Prizes: £300 plus publication in Words with JAM, £100 and £50.
  • Flash FictionOpen Short Story Summer Competition Closing date: 26th September. Prizes: Six prize winners, two categories of entry: ‘New Writer’ Category and ‘Open’ Category. Prizes for both categories are: £60 First, £40 Second, £10 Third, plus we will make a charitable donation (amount starts at £25). Entry Fee: £3.00 for one entry, £5.00 for two, £2.50 thereon. Max 2,000 words, no minimum. There is no theme for this competition, you can write anything you like. There is no minimum word count although the maximum is 2,000 words. As we thoroughly enjoy the variety found in entries from both novice and experienced writers we have decided this year ‘New Writer’ and ‘Open’ will be our two categories of entry. Please see Rules of Entry to determine which category you should enter. Click on this link: erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2013….
  • Flash Fiction: The winner of The Harry Bowling Flash Fiction Prize will receive £100 and the chance for their story to be published on the MBA Literary Agents and Harry Bowling Prize websites. Submit stories of 750 words maximum, the title is not included in the word count. Flash fiction entries must also have an urban setting. Closing date 30th September. See harrybowlingprize.co.uk for details.
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Graphic NovelChapter One.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per monthIdeas Tap (Sky Arts 18-30s), Glass Woman Prize (shorts & non-fiction), abervalley-arts.co.uk/competitionSalt (short stories, flash fiction, poetry).
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Non-fictionForeign FlavoursGlass Woman PrizeThe Society of Women Writers & Journalists International Online ‘Life Writing’ Competition.
  • Non-fictionThe Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism. Open contest. Essay 1500 words max. £2,000 prize. £10 entry fee. Judges William Boyd, Kamila Shamsie, Scarlett Thomas. Closing date 15th September. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • Novels: The Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition has a closing date of 23 September 2015!
  • Novels: The Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing is “committed to discovering talented new writers -  open to all unpublished writers”. Submit the synopsis of a novel (not more than 500 words) and the first chapter(s) of the novel (not more than 5,000 words). Recommended that entries are for substantially developed novels (although not required to be fully finished), so that the winner can get most benefit from the editorial consultation included as part of their prize. The winner will also receive £1,000, an exclusive lunch and an editorial consultation with a top agent, publisher and novelist. Closing date 30 September. See harrybowlingprize.co.uk for details.
  • NovelsHistorical Novel Society International Award: first 5000 words of unpublished novel in any historical genre (deadline 30th September). Thanks again to The New Writer magazine for these details.
  • NovelsMslexia (Unpublished women novelists), Beak Books and harrybowlingprize.co.uk.
  • NovelsNovel Rocket runs an annual Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile. Entries will be accepted in all genres beginning mid-January. The deadline for submission is different for genre categories according to the following schedule. In each case, entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the 10th day of the month (April to September) listed on novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html. They also post a new writing-related article seven days a week, from author interviews to marketing discussions to articles about the craft of writing. NB. The entry fee is $45 so give this very careful consideration.
  • Novels: The Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition, established 2013, is an annual competition, opening for entries on 1st May and closing on 31st October.  The judges for this competition will be the senior editors at Crooked Cat Publishing. Entry fee: £10. Prizes: £500 first prize, plus a runner’s up prize of £200.
  • NovellaThe Paris Literary Prize is an international novella competition for unpublished writers. Any topic is welcome. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • PlaywritingThe Courtyard (King’s Cross Award for New Writing).
  • PlaywritingThe Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition encourages new playwriting for young performers and audiences – submit one-act play for young performers, opens 9 September. Entry for Trinity’s third annual International Playwriting Competition is now open, and there are amazing prizes on offer to aspiring playwrights worldwide. The winning playwright in each category will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000 and will travel to London to see their plays performed at the Unicorn Theatre. There are also prizes for Highly Commended plays and special awards for the Most Promising Young Playwrights. Thanks again to The New Writer magazine.
  • PlaywritingNew Writing South are now accepting submissions, from aspiring playwrights aged 16-25, for our fifth year of Chichester Young Playwrights.
  • PoetryHavant Literary Festival (mid/late October) Open Poetry Competition. First Prize £200. Closing date 1st September. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • Poetry: The Cheshire Prize for Literature is for a previously unpublished poem or collection of poems, free to enter and for poets with a Cheshire connection, 100 lines max, closing date 1st September. See chester.ac.uk/literatureprize.
  • PoetrySecond Light Poetry Competition for Short and Long Poems. Closes early September.
  • PoetryRyedale Book Festival Story and Poetry Competitions for Yorkshire, Humberside, Teesside residents has a closing date of 15th September. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • Poetry: The Live Canon International Poetry Competition has a 21st September deadline. The first prize is £1000 and all short listed poets have their work published in an anthology and performed at the prize giving event at Greenwich Theatre.
  • PoetryGeoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize: two winners will have a poetry collection published by Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive 25 copies. Submit selection of 10 poems, max 36 lines. Entry fee £18 per block of poems. Closing date 28 September. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for these details.
  • Poetry: The Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition, established in 2010, welcomes any form of humour verse will be accepted, from a limerick to a poem of 32 lines. This is also a quarterly competition with closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, £2.50 for each poem thereafter. Prizes: £150 plus publication in Words with JAM, £100 and £50.
  • Poetry: The Book Prize – The Poet In You Competition: To win a copy of this book sent us a short essay on your favourite poem – telling us why this particular poem ‘spoke to you and what it said in less than 500 words. Send by post or email to the TNW editorial office marked ‘Poet’ – closing date: 30th September. The Poet in You by Jay Ramsay is published by Compass Books and can be ordered from Amazon—price £11.99/US$24.95. ISBN: 978-1-84694-025-5. See The New Writer magazine website for details.
  • PoetryPoetry Kit Summer Poetry Competition: poems on the relevant theme. There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one. 1st prize £100. Online entry only. All entries must be received before midnight 30 September. First prize £100 and the winning poem plus those sellected for special commendation will be published at the Poetry Kit website. Entry fees: 1 poem £3.50, 3 Poems £8, 5 poems £10. Competition Judge: Lesley Burt. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • PoetrySwansea and District Writers’ Circle is holding their first open poetry competition and invites you to send them your entries. The Swansea and District Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition is a national competition for poems written in English. The poems must be a maximum of 42 lines on any subject and is open to entrants 18 years of age and over. First Prize: £50 + £50 worth of poetry books and a year’s membership of Swansea & District Writers’ Circle. Second Prize: £30 plus a year’s membership of Swansea & District Writers’ Circle. Third Prize: £20 plus a year’s free membership of Swansea & District Writers’ Circle. Competition closes 30th Sept. Entries cost £3 with a maximum of two additional entries at £2 each poem. Cheques payable to ‘Swansea and District Writers Circle.’ Winners will be notified by email or by post on 15th November. Results will be published on their website and the ‘Swansea and District Writers’ Circle’ Face Book page by 18th November.
  • Poetryglobalfeelgoodcompany.com/competition – see ‘Mixed’ for full details.
  • Poetry: Westhope Poetry Competition – deadline extended to 1st September 2014. Poems in English, any subject, up to 40 lines, two copies required please (if sending by post). Prizes: £200, £100, £50, £25, Entry fee £4 for first poem, £2 for subsequent poems, no limit.  Postal entries to Westhope College, Craven Arms SY7 9JL. Enquiries: Tel: 01584 861 293.
  • Poetry: The Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition is a monthly contest for poems of up to 40 lines. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: 1st – £100. Runners-up – A Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter. Includes a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html.
  • Poetry: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • More September poetry compsMarple InternationalTom Howard / John H ReidWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: write a Petrarchan sonnet), Nottingham Poetry SocietyPoetry Society (Stanza Poetry Competition), Flipped Eye Venture (pamphlets)
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • Scriptwriting: Southend Playwriting Festival run in February at two theatres in Essex (Southend and Chelmsford) and we are looking for script submissions between now and 30th September. More can be seen on their website: www.southendplaywritingfestival.co.uk.
  • Scriptwriting: Red Planet Pictures is a Bedford-based (UK) company owned by ex-Eastenders scriptwriter and creator of Hustle, Holby Blue and Moving Wallpaper, Tony Jordan. It runs a yearly competition with an end-September deadline. The ‘opportunities’ page has a link for unrepresented writers which says “As Red Planet is deeply passionate about the advancement of new writing talent, we are keen to hear of new ideas.  Could we therefore ask you to submit a brief synopsis/treatment of your idea, marked for the attention of Simon Winstone, Head of Development? Should we like your idea, we will contact you and request the script. This way we can manage the reading between our development team and not hold on to scripts…”.
  • ScriptwritingThe Courtyard Theatre and globalfeelgoodcompany.com/competition – see ‘Mixed’ for full details.
  • Short storiesThe Cheshire Prize for Literature is open to residents of Cheshire, Warrington, Wirral and Halton including those who have ever lived or worked in the area. The prize is for a short story, top prize £2,000.  Max 1,500 words. Closing date 1st September. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • Short stories: Another 1st September deadline is the ‘Casting The Net Short Story Competition’. Max 3,000 words, any genre, check the website for the theme, and it’s free to enter! See http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/casting-the-net-short-story-competition and http://www.puffinreview.com/content/content/new-short-story-competition for details.
  • Short storiesRyedale Book Festival Story and Poetry Competitions for Yorkshire, Humberside, Teesside residents has a closing date of 15th September. Also closing that day are The Short Story Competition has max 5000 words) and Future Voices Competition, a new short fiction anthology, judged by a panel of leading publishers and literary agents, which is seeking the freshest up-and-coming voices in interactive writing, with a cash prize for the winning three entries. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for those.
  • Short stories: The Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition is a monthly no-theme contest for stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: £350, £150, £100 and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine (and possible anthology). Entry Fee: £3 per story for subscribers, £6 each non-subscribers. £5 extra for a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: http://writers-forum.com/storycomp.html.
  • Short storiesThe Asham Award has a £2,700 prize money pot plus anthology publication.  Entry fees: £15 (£10 concessions). Closing date 21st September. The stories must be on the theme Journey and can be set in the past or the present. Stories must be no more than 4000 words in length. Entrants must be female and can be of any nationality and from any country providing that they are over 18 and currently resident in the United Kingdom. They should not have had a novel or book of short stories for adults previously published. Thanks again goes to The New Writer magazine.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short StoriesOpen Short Story Competition (Summer) Closing date: 26th September. Prizes: Six prize winners, two categories of entry: ‘New Writer’ Category and ‘Open’ Category. Prizes for both categories are: £60 First, £40 Second, £10 Third, plus we will make a charitable donation (amount starts at £25). Entry Fee: £3.00 for one entry, £5.00 for two, £2.50 thereon. Max 2,000 words, no minimum. There is no theme for this competition, you can write anything you like. There is no minimum word count although the maximum is 2,000 words. As we thoroughly enjoy the variety found in entries from both novice and experienced writers we have decided this year ‘New Writer’ and ‘Open’ will be our two categories of entry. Please see Rules of Entry to determine which category you should enter. Click on this link: erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2013….
  • Short stories: The Greenacre Writers Short Story Competition has a 30th September deadline. Entries may be made by post: you can e-mail for an entry form or click here to enter and / or see their website. They also run a two-day festival mid-May – see Events.
  • Short stories: Another 30th September* deadline is the Prolitzer Prize for Prose Writing. Max 3,500 words. £4 for the first entry, £3 additional entries. 1st prize – £140. Two runners up prizes of £30 each, and runners up will also be considered for publication. Genre and theme is open but judges are looking for work that encapsulated the spirit of the Prole magazine. * Entries welcome from 1st April. See http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/prolitzer-prize-for-prose-writing and http://www.prolebooks.co.uk/page8.html for details.
  • Short stories: Launched in 2012, the London Magazine short story competition is now open for entries. Writers are offered the chance to win cash prizes as well as publication in the magazine and online. Short stories up to 4,000 words. Flash Fiction is not allowed (so I’d say 1,000 words+). Multiple entries per author are welcome. Open to international authors. Competition opens 1st September and closes 1st October. The winning story will be published in an issue of The London Magazine, both in print and online. The 2 runners up will be featured on the website. Entry fee: £10 per story. See http://thelondonmagazine.org/tlm-competition/the-london-magazine-short-story-competition-2013 and http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/the-london-magazine-short-story-competition for details.
  • Short storiesWriters’ Village runs a quarterly short story competition which attracts entrants worldwide. Click here for the rules… and every entrant receives invaluable critique! Their autumn deadline is 30th September.
  • Short stories: Another 30th September deadline courtesy of The New Writer magazine is The Yellow Room Autumn Short Story Competition: up to 1,500 words and Flash Fiction to 300 words. Prizes for Short Story Category: 1st £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £25. Prizes for Flash Fiction Category: 1st £50, 2nd £25, 3rd £15. Entry Fee: £5 for one story or for 2 flash pieces. The winning stories will be published in The Yellow Room Magazine.
  • Short stories: Chorley & District Writers’ Circle have launched their annual national short story competition with cash prizes and online publication for the winners.  It is open to anyone living in the UK.  The competition is for a short story of no more than 2,500 words on the theme of Betrayal.  How you interpret this is up to you. First prize is £100, with runners-up prizes of £50 and £30.  The three winning entries will be published in Aware, the Circle’s annual collection of writing, and will be showcased on the Circle’s own website, http://www.chorleywriters.org.uk and on the competition sponsors’ websites, http://www.fictionfeedback.co.uk and http://www.opencirclebooks.com. Entry to the competition costs £4 per story, or £7 for two or £10 for three.  Writers can enter as many stories as they like. Members of Chorley & District Writers’ Circle are entitled to one free entry. The deadline for the competition is 30th September. The circle reserves the right to cancel the competition in the case of a low level of entries. Stories will be judged by renowned critique and editing service Fiction Feedback. For further information visit http://www.chorleywriters.org.uk. Entries can be made by email, to be sent to mail@chorleywriters.org.uk or by post to: Aware Competition, 3 Dale View, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 3QJ. Cheques should be made out to Chorley & District Writers’ Circle and submitted by post – entrants who send their story by email should include a note to be sure we can match them up. Stories, which must be typed, must not carry the author’s name. However, entrants must include a cover sheet stating their name, address, email, telephone and the title and first line of their story or stories. While winners and shortlisted entrants must be prepared for their work to be published on the web and in print, copyright remains with the authors at all times. Stories that have been previously published online are eligible (the author must still hold all rights) unless they have won first prize in another competition. Stories previously published in print are not eligible. Chorley & District Writers’ Circle meets the last Tuesday of every month in the upstairs function room at The Hartwood, on the A6 near Chorley, Lancashire. For more information about the Writers’ Circle, please contact the Chair, Dea Parkin, on mail@chorleywriters.org.uk or dea@compedge.net or call 01257 233614 or see our website http://www.chorleywriters.org.uk.
  • Short stories: Short Sentences is a free-to-enter 1,000-word max competition run by Bloomsbury and has a different theme every two months (deadlines 30th September then 30th November) . See http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/short-sentences-crime-fiction-short-story-competition and  http://shortsentencecompetition.wordpress.com/rules-and-submissions for details.
  • Short stories: For all historical short story enthusiasts Snapshots of History: Stories from the Past is a bi-annual journal dedicated to historical short story writing. It includes an ongoing competition for subscribers’ stories, which can be set in any time up to the end of WWII, and can include themes such as adventure, intrigue, traditional romance, or simply life stories from a previous age. Deadline 30 September, see the website: snapshotsofhistory.co.uk for full details and examples of previously included stories.
  • Short storiesglobalfeelgoodcompany.com/competition – see ‘Mixed’ for full details.
  • Short stories: Five Stop Story runs a quarterly short story competition (end March / June / September / December). Membership to the site is £25 but you get to enter up to five stories in each competition. Further details at fivestopstory.com/write.
  • Short stories: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launched every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Other short storiesAeon Award (quarterly), fantasybookreview.co.ukGlass Woman PrizeGlimmer Train (different category each month), The Short StoryWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: ghost story / subscriber-only theme: sci-fi), SWWJ (life writing – judges Sophie King & Katie Fforde), Zurich Writers Workshop.
  • Songwritingsongwritingcompetition.com.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.
OCTOBER
  • Children’sThe Times/Chicken House.
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Weekly challenge on theironwriter.com.
  • Flash fiction: The SSCHQ Crime and Mystery Flash Fiction Competition is a writing competition hosted right here at Short Story Competition HQ. Members of SSCHQ are invited to submit crime and mystery stories for the chance to win publication and promotion. Join for free here. Short stories up to 800 words maximum. Closing Date: 7 October. Free entry. Prize = publication. Details on http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/sschq-crime-and-mystery-flash-fiction-competition. Their Sci-Fi competitionFantasy competitionHorror competitionRomance competition, and Literary competition have the same rules.
  • Flash Fiction: Each month the Scottish Book Trust provides a prompt to get you started, but where the <50-word story goes from there is entirely up to you. Their favourite story will be published on their page and the writer will receive a lovely Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company. You can submit your story in the body of an email or as an attachment and remember to include your full name with your entry. They also welcome entries in Gaelic or Scots.
  • Flash FictionWords with JAM‘s ‘Shorter Story’ and ‘Shortest Story‘ competitions have a deadline of end October. Details on http://jdsmith.moonfruit.com (directed from http://www.wordswithjam.co.uk/p/competitions.html)
  • Flash Fiction: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Graphic novelmyriadeditions.com.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month, Caketrain and mkweb.co.uk (poetry & shorts).
  • MixedThe Prolitzer Prize for Prose writing 1st prize £130 + publication, max 2000 words fiction or non-fiction. Closing date usually 1st October. Thanks again to The New Writer magazine for the info.
  • Non-fiction: Vivid Scribe is about one thing – writing about popular culture in thoughtful and meaningful ways. And that’s what we want you to do. Write an essay in Vivid Scribe style and submit it to the Vivid Scribe Pop Culture Essay competition for your chance to win cash and publication. Closing date: October 1st. Essays 1200 – 3000 words on popular culture. Topics can be broad but must fit into one of the following categories: movies, TV, music, comics, books. Fee: $7.50 per essay. Prize: $50 plus publication. See http://www.vividscribe.com/vivid-scribe-pop-culture-essay-competition for details.
  • Novels: The Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition, established 2013, is an annual competition, opening for entries on 1st May and closing on 31st October.  The judges for this competition will be the senior editors at Crooked Cat Publishing. Entry fee: £10. Prizes: £500 first prize, plus a runner’s up prize of £200.
  • Novels: iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Novelssocietyofauthors.org/mckitterick.
  • PlaywritingAlmost Random Theatre is running two competitions – 1. Wellbeing Playwriting Competition: We are seeking one outstanding 20 minute play to be put on in Oxford, England in January 2014. The play must be no more than 20 minutes long and require no more than three actors. Closing date: 10th October. 2. Retreats Playwriting Competition: We are seeking one outstanding 10 minute play to be put on in Oxford, England in January. The play must be no more than 10 minutes long and require no more than three actors. Closing date: 10th November. See http://www.almostrandomtheatre.co.uk/competitions. My thanks go to Margaret Taylor for the info.
  • PoetryMilton Keynes Writers’ Group runs a Speakeasy poetry and short story competition with a 31st October deadline. Click here for the entry form (submissions via post only).
  • Poetry: The Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition is a monthly contest for poems of up to 40 lines. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: 1st – £100. Runners-up – A Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter. Includes a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html.
  • Poetry: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Poetry: other October-deadline poetry competitions include Balsall WritersHastings InternationalSentinelTRYangleWriting Magazine (WM: subscriber-only theme: sunrise), National Poetry Competitionsocietyofauthors.org/eric-gregoryraggedraven.co.uk and NAWG (see below).
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • ScriptwritingThe Channel 4/Òran Mór Comedy Drama Award carries a prize of £5000 and is open to all writers resident in the UK. Submit script in one act and no more than 50 minutes in length and using no more than 3 actors. The winning entry will be selected by a panel of judges drawn from Òran Mór and Channel 4 and will be given its stage premier in March at A Play A Pie and A Pint during the Glasgow International Comedy Festival. The winning entry will also be produced as a 2-minute viral video. Closing date usually 1st October. Thanks again to The New Writer magazine for the info.
  • Scriptwriting: Norwich Film Festival has a short script competition – up to 30 pages. Note that the submission fee is quite high (£25 pre June 30th, £35 pre August 31st, £45 pre October 31st) and the top prize is relatively low (£250) but high entry fee may mean less competition? http://www.norwichfilmfestival.co.uk/submit-your-film.
  • Short stories: Foyles runs a short story competition – full details here. Closing date usually early / mid October.
  • Short storiesSammythebookworm.com has a short story contest (<5,000 words) with a deadline of October 31st. Details on http://mikecoville.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/rewarding-reads-short-story-contest-2013. Entry fee is $5 with a guaranteed $200 cash prize for first place. Contest sponsor IndieReader.com.
  • Short stories: The Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition is a monthly no-theme contest for stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: £350, £150, £100 and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine (and possible anthology). Entry Fee: £3 per story for subscribers, £6 each non-subscribers. £5 extra for a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: http://writers-forum.com/storycomp.html.
  • Short storiesMassacre Magazine runs a quarterly horror 250-word max short story competition. Deadlines end April, July, October, January. “We will pick one winner who will receive a £15/$20 Amazon voucher and have their story published in the summer issue of Massacre Magazine. Our decision is final, any moaners will be mangled.” :
  • Short storiesMilton Keynes Writers’ Group runs a Speakeasy poetry and short story competition with a 31st October deadline. Click here for the entry form (submissions via post only).
  • Short storiesRubery Book Award is the longest established book award based in the UK for independent and self published books and the details of their short story competition are here. The deadline is also 31st October.
  • Short stories: Launched in 2012, the London Magazine short story competition is now open for entries. Writers are offered the chance to win cash prizes as well as publication in the magazine and online. Short stories up to 4000 words. Flash Fiction is not allowed (so I’d say 1,000 words+). Multiple entries per author are welcome. Open to international authors. Competition opens 1st September and closes 1st October. The winning story will be published in an issue of The London Magazine, both in print and online. The 2 runners up will be featured on the website. Entry fee: £10 per story. See http://thelondonmagazine.org/tlm-competition/the-london-magazine-short-story-competition-2013 and http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/the-london-magazine-short-story-competition for details.
  • Short stories: The SSCHQ Crime and Mystery Flash Fiction Competition is a writing competition hosted right here at Short Story Competition HQ. Members of SSCHQ are invited to submit crime and mystery stories for the chance to win publication and promotion. Join for free here. Short stories up to 800 words maximum. Closing Date: 7 October. Free entry. Prize = publication. Details on http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/sschq-crime-and-mystery-flash-fiction-competition. Their Sci-Fi competitionFantasy competitionHorror competitionRomance competition, and Literary competition have the same rules.
  • Short stories: The H.E. Bates Short Story Competition (run by one of my writing groups) is now open with a first Monday in November deadline (formerly late October) and for 2013 had Della Galton as Head Judge.
  • Short storiesAvogelBalsall WritersChorleywood Literature FestivalSpilling InkTRYangleWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: adult fairy tale / subscriber-only theme: marriage / anniversary), RrofiheRaspberry & VineA Vogel DormeasanRuth RendellEarlyworksAphrodite’s Dreamfiction-garden.co.uksocietyofauthors.org/tom-gallon-trust-and-olive-cook-awardSunpenny Open Short StoryWords with JAM.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short stories: Writing East Midlands / Lincolnshire Echo competition (only open to writers currently living in the East Midlands – Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire) with a ‘winner’ each month (submitted by 25th) with an October deadline and the overall winner wins £300. See here for more details.
  • Short storiesGlimmer Train (different category each month).
  • Short stories: The NAWG Open Writing Competitions have a closing date of 31st OctoberShort Stories can be any length from 500 to 2000 words. Poems can be any style, maximum 40 lines. Prizes for each category First: £250 Second: £100 Third: £50. Fourth and Fifth: A signed copy of The Writer’s Treasury of Ideas by Linda Lewis. Entry fee for each category £5 or three poems for £10. (Cheques to NAWG, or pay on the website by PayPal). But NO EMAIL entries please ALL manuscripts must be received by post. An optional critique from both Linda and James is available for a further £3. * Important Note* When requesting a critique, please enclose an s.a.e. with the correct postage. Competition rules, full details and a downloadable entry form can be found on the National Association of Writers’ Groups website: nawg.co.uk or request full details by email: pamfish@ntlworld.com or by post: NAWG Competition Administrator, Maria O’Sullivan, 14 Lagoon Lodge, Tallington Lakes Leisure Park, Barholm Road, Tallington, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4RJ Copyright remains with the author. Closing Date: 31st October. Details from http://www.nawg.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Open-Comp-entry-form20131.pdf.
  • Short stories: The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize for ages 18-25, interpret a Franklin quote in max 1500 words. 1st prize £750, closing date 31 October. See benjaminfranklinhouse.org/site/sections/news/literary_prize.html.
  • Short stories: Another 31st October deadline is the ‘Bloody Parchment Horror Short Story Competition. Free to enter, max 3,500 words. See http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/bloody-parchment-horror-short-story-competition and http://bloodyparchment.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/2013-bloody-parchment-submission.html for details.
  • Short story collections: iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Short stories: The Bath Short Story Award opens in October for entries – see ‘March’.
  • Short stories: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Short stories: Two October deadline short story competitions: http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/aura-estrada-short-story-contest-boston-review (1st Oct @ $20 per story!) and http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/vwf-short-story-competition (27th Oct @ $15 per story)
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.
NOVEMBER
  • Auto/biography: The New England Book Festival Competition – see below.
  • Children’s: The New England Book Festival Competition – see below.
  • Flash Fiction: Weekly challenge on theironwriter.com.
  • Flash Fiction: Each month the Scottish Book Trust provides a prompt to get you started, but where the <50-word story goes from there is entirely up to you. Their favourite story will be published on their page and the writer will receive a lovely Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company. You can submit your story in the body of an email or as an attachment and remember to include your full name with your entry. They also welcome entries in Gaelic or Scots.
  • Flash Fiction: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Empirical Magazine started a monthly flash fiction (<1000-word) competition.
  • Flash Fiction: The Writing Competition is a short story competition hosted by Jeni Durlston-Powell. This writing contest offers writers the chance to win cash and publication, and is currently run quarterly (late Feb, late May, late Aug, late Nov). Short Stories up to 500 words. Titles to be limited to 10 words. Open theme and genre. Entry fee: £4. Prizes: £100, £75, £50. See http://www.writingcompetition.org.uk and http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/the-writing-competition-writing-competition for details.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Mixed: Words for the Wounded (W4W) launching its first writing prize on Armistice Day, November 11, with a March deadline – see below.
  • Mixed: The New England Book Festival Competition – see below.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • Mixedhud.ac.uk/mh/english/grist/competitions/index.htm (shorts & poetry).
  • Mixed: The annual The New Writer Prose & Poetry Prizes: Short Story / MicroFiction / Non-Fiction / Single Poem / Poetry Collection. Closing date 30th November.  You can enter at: thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm.
  • Non-fiction: The New England Book Festival Competition – see below.
  • Novelssocietyofauthors.org/betty-trask.
  • Novels: The New England Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program honoring the best books of the holiday season. The competition is currently accepting entries in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, biography / autobiography, children’s books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, photography / art, poetry, spiritual works, compilations / anthologies, gay, unpublished stories and wild card (for books that don’t neatly fit elsewhere). All entries must be in English. Books published on or after January 1, 2010 are eligible. Deadline submissions in each category must be received by 25th November.
  • Playwritinglivetheatre.com.au/html/cms/35/one-act-playwriting-competition-noosa has an AS$6,000 prize pot and a mid-November deadline.
  • PlaywritingAlmost Random Theatre is running two competitions – 1. Wellbeing Playwriting Competition: We are seeking one outstanding 20 minute play to be put on in Oxford, England in January 2014. The play must be no more than 20 minutes long and require no more than three actors. Closing date: 10th October . 2. Retreats Playwriting Competition: We are seeking one outstanding 10 minute play to be put on in Oxford, England in January. The play must be no more than 10 minutes long and require no more than three actors. Closing date: 10th November. See http://www.almostrandomtheatre.co.uk/competitions. My thanks go to Margaret Taylor for the info.
  • Poetry: The Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition is a monthly contest for poems of up to 40 lines. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: 1st – £100. Runners-up – A Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter. Includes a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html.
  • Poetry: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Poetry: other November deadline poetry competitions include Cafe WritersCountryside TalesCinnamon Press Writing AwardsThe New WriterWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: nostalgia), theploughprize.co.uk.
  • Science-fictionAeon Award (quarterly), Writing Magazine.
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • Short stories: The Erewash Writers’ Group competition website is running two free entry competitions and these close early November. Enquiries to erewashwriterscomps@hotmail.co.uk.
  • Short stories: The Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition is a monthly no-theme contest for stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: £350, £150, £100 and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine (and possible anthology). Entry Fee: £3 per story for subscribers, £6 each non-subscribers. £5 extra for a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: http://writers-forum.com/storycomp.html.
  • Short stories: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Short stories: Short Sentences is a free-to-enter 1,000-word max competition run by Bloomsbury and has a different theme every two months (deadlines 30th September then 30th November) . See http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/short-sentences-crime-fiction-short-story-competition and  http://shortsentencecompetition.wordpress.com/rules-and-submissions for details.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short stories: The Roy B Giv competition seeks 2,000-4,000 words on a colour. :)
  • Short stories: The FREE Commonwealth Short Story Prize is being run by Commonwealth Writers, a cultural initiative from the Commonwealth Foundation. Cash prizes are on offer for the winning writers, and prizes for translation are also available. Short stories 2000 – 5000 words. Genre, theme and setting is open. Writers must be citizens of a Commonwealth country. Writers do not need to currently reside in that country. Entries must be original and unpublished with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites. English entires only. Translations of short stories written in languages other than English are eligible if submitted by the writer (not the translator) and provided the translator is a citizen of a Commonwealth country. One entry per writer. Opens 1 October, closes 30 November. Free entry. One winner is chosen from each regional category – 1. Africa, 2. Asia, 3. Canada and Europe, 4. Caribbean and 5. Pacific. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner with four runners up from remaining regions. Overall winner will receive £5,000. Remaining four regional winners £2,500. If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator will receive additional prize money: £2,000 for the overall winning story and £1,000 for a regional winning story. Details on: http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/prizes/commonwealth-short-story-prize/entry-rules.
  • Short stories: other competitions include Ashby Writers Club (Mary Gornell Memorial), Bridgehouse PublishingEmerald Flash FictionGlimmer Train (different category each month), The New Writer, Park PublicationsWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: flash fiction <500 words / subscribers only).
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.
DECEMBER
  • Children’sThe Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices and theredtelephone.co.uk.
  • Children’s: Write Now is a relatively new (2012) competition for authors of children’s books. See writenowcompetition.com/FAQs for more information. They’re also on Twitter (@WriteNowPrize).
  • Children’s: Bloomsbury Spark. Deadline: 1st December.

    Bloomsbury Spark is a one-of-a-kind, global, digital imprint from Bloomsbury Publishing dedicated to publishing a wide array of exciting fiction eBooks to teen, YA and new adult readers. See bloomsbury.com/uk/bloomsbury-spark for details.

  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Weekly challenge on theironwriter.com.
  • Flash Fiction: Each month the Scottish Book Trust provides a prompt to get you started, but where the <50-word story goes from there is entirely up to you. Their favourite story will be published on their page and the writer will receive a lovely Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company. You can submit your story in the body of an email or as an attachment and remember to include your full name with your entry. They also welcome entries in Gaelic or Scots.
  • Flash Fiction: The Flash 500 Fiction Competition, established 2009, is a quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories. Prizes: £300 plus publication in Words with JAM, £100 and £50.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Playwriting: New Perspectives has a £1000 prize fund for their Dream Up script competition which ends mid-December. Open to any writer living in the East Midlands area of England, the theme is ‘Starting out in the East Midlands’ and should last no longer than 10-15 minutes with a maximum of four characters. See newperspectives.co.uk/STEPUP for more details.
  • Poetry: The Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition, established in 2010, welcomes any form of humour verse will be accepted, from a limerick to a poem of 32 lines. This is also a quarterly competition with closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, £2.50 for each poem thereafter. Prizes: £150 plus publication in Words with JAM, £100 and £50.
  • Poetry: The Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition is a monthly contest for poems of up to 40 lines. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: 1st – £100. Runners-up – A Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter. Includes a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html.
  • Poetry: Other poetry competitions include Anthony HechtHolland Park Pressle.ac.uk/engassoc and Writing Magazine (WM: subscriber-only theme: waiting for the post).
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • Screenwritingscreenplay-competition.com.
  • Something different for scriptwriters: Ventriloquist Duologue Scriptwriter Silver Cup Trophy Award. For a Ventriloquist Duologue for Adults and the First Prize Medal Award – For a Ventriloquist Duologue for Children. Deadline 14th December. For Further Details On How To Enter – Please Visit the ‘Duologue competition’ page on The Ventriloquist Club of Great Britain website: http://www.theventriloquistclubofgreatbritain.com/duologue-competition-2013.php.
  • Short stories: The H.E. Bates Short Story Competition (run by one of my writing groups) is now open with a first Monday in November deadline and for 2013 had Della Galton as Head Judge.
  • Short stories: Another 1st December deadline is: The annual Mississippi Review short story competition is hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi. This prize is currently accepting entries for short stories and poetry. Writers are offered the opportunity to win cash and publication. Short stories between 1000-8000 words. Multiple entries welcome. Original and unpublished works only. Closes 1st December. Cash prizes from a $1000 prize pool. Winning authors will be published in following edition of Mississippi Review. All entrants will receive a copy of the magazine. $16 per entry. Details on https://mississippireview.submittable.com/submit.
  • Short stories: Luxury fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar launched its short story competition in 2013. Up to 3,000 words, in by 13th December (to shortstory@harpersbazaar.co.uk). Normally email entries will be as an attachment (usually Word documents in Times New Roman, double spaced, wide margins for the judge to make notes, page numbering, title on each page but no name on document) rather than within the document and you’d put your name address within the covering email. There’s no mention of cost so I assume it’s free entry.
  • Short stories: The Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition is a monthly no-theme contest for stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: £350, £150, £100 and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine (and possible anthology). Entry Fee: £3 per story for subscribers, £6 each non-subscribers. £5 extra for a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: http://writers-forum.com/storycomp.html.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short storiesWriters’ Village runs a quarterly short story competition which attracts entrants worldwide. Click here for the rules… and every entrant receives invaluable critique! Their winter deadline is 31st December.
  • Short stories: Five Stop Story runs a quarterly short story competition (end March / June / September / December). Membership to the site is £25 but you get to enter up to five stories in each competition. Further details at fivestopstory.com/write.
  • Short stories: The Bath Short Story Award opened October for entries – see ‘March’.
  • Short storiesGlimmer Train (different category each month), Willesden Heraldwestcountrywriters.comWords MagazineWriting Magazine.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.
WEEKLY
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Co-run by interviewee Kat ‘K.S.’ Brooks. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Each month the Scottish Book Trust provides a prompt to get you started, but where the <50-word story goes from there is entirely up to you. Their favourite story will be published on their page and the writer will receive a lovely Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company. You can submit your story in the body of an email or as an attachment and remember to include your full name with your entry. They also welcome entries in Gaelic or Scots.
  • Flash Fiction: Each week on theironwriter.com, four writers agree to compose a five hundred word story involving the same four elements. Please remember to give your story a title. The stories can be in any genre except erotica. The writers will not know what the four elements are prior to committing to the challenge. There is a four day time limit to complete the story. I email the elements early Thursday morning, my time. The story is due at midnight, Sunday, your time. Each author retains full and complete copyright of their story submitted to The Iron Writer for this competition. However, it is understood each story will remain on this website indefinitely. The Iron Writer will not publish any submission outside this website without express permission from the author. So, if you are up to the challenge, please email me at HERE and we can schedule when you are willing to participate. Please include your main blog or website. I will link your story to your site. You may participate as often as you want.
  • MixedNeedle in the Hay runs weekly and monthly competitions (“awards”). See needleinthehay.net/submission-guidelines for their guidelines. Thanks to Jason Fink for pointing me in that direction.
  • Poetry: Buxton’s Word Wizards slam poetry competition runs in the coffee lounge at the Grove Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK at 7:30pm on the last Tuesday of every month. Entry is £2.50. More info can be obtained by e-mailing Rob at: poetryslamUK@aol.com.
  • PoetryWell Versed is the weekly poetry column of daily UK newspaper the Morning Star, published every Thursday, in print and online. Poetry editor Jody Porter. Under the stewardship of the late and esteemed John Rety, Well Versed developed into a widely-read forum for new and established writers. Send submissions, with biographical information, to: wveditor@gmail.com. Poems need not be overtly political, but space is limited so they must be short to medium in length.
  • Short storiesFlash Fiction Online occasionally closes to submissions (I guess because they’re overwhelmed), but they are currently open.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.
MONTHLY
  • Flash Fiction: Writer Austin Briggs runs a monthly 55-word competition (different theme each month). It’s free to enter and you can win $55 (of his own money!). This looks like it’s on hold for now (November 2013), I will keep checking. 
  • Flash FictionEmpirical Magazine runs a monthly flash fiction (<1000-word) competition.
  • Mixed: iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community; it’s a great opportunity to receive professional feedback as well as contribute to developing your profile and platform. The prize is a fantastic Cornerstones masterclass mini-critique on the winning writer’s first pages of their story, up to 2000 words. This is designed to give the writer a professional critique on how to improve the opening as well as hints to consider throughout their writing. Simply upload an ebook (novels or collections of short stories) to iWriteReadRate. Every month we’ll select five to take part in the competition. All the writer needs to do is promote it with their networks and aim to get as many votes for their ebook as possible. At the end of each month the ebook with the most votes wins the prize.
  • MixedNeedle in the Hay runs weekly and monthly competitions (“awards”). See needleinthehay.net/submission-guidelines for their guidelines. Thanks to Jason Fink for pointing me in that direction.
  • Mixed: Pockets and Creative Print Publishing (both have different themes each month), Opening Editions (free) and NUS Literary Society has competitions for poetry, prose and plays.
  • Novels: novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html has monthly competitions (April-Sept) with a different genre each month.
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • Scriptwriting: Scripped has a variety of script contests including a monthly one.
  • Short stories: Hayley Sherman has a monthly short story competition.
  • Short stories: Brighton COW (currently on hiatus), Coast to Coast, Glimmer Train (different category each month), Writing / Writers’ News magazines and Opening Editions.
  • Short storiesBound Off now take submissions via Submishmash.
  • Short storiesDarker Times Fiction is a monthly short story competition for stories of 3,000 words and less in the horror genre or on the subject of ‘darker times’. It’s open to UK and international writers and ends on the last day of each month and costs £5 / $8 a time.
  • Short stories: The Global Short Story Competition is a monthly event hosted by Inscribe Media. There is no theme or set genre. 2000 word maximum word count. Writers must be 16 years or over. Maximum 4 submissions per month. Closing Date: The last day of every month. Prize: Monthly first prize – £100, Monthly runner up – £25, Annual Grand Prize – £250. Entry Fee: £5 per story (up to 4 per month). Details from http://www.inscribemedia.co.uk/global-short-story-competition.html.
  • Short stories: Hayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month.
  • Short stories: Heather Marie Schuldt runs a short story contest, 500-750 words max., on her blog, with the same deadline (25th of the month).
  • Short stories: fivestopstory.com/write: competitions cost £4 per entry (2 for £7, 3 for £8, optional feedback £5) and have monthly prizes of £50. There is also a £150 prize for the overall winner of their yearly league table and you can become a member for £25 which entitles you to 3 free entries per month.
  • Short stories: LinkedIn’s Aspiring Writers Group runs a monthly short story competition. You do have to be a member of LinkedIn (free) and the writing group itself (a closed group but you can ask to join) to enter the competition.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.
QUARTERLY
ONGOING
  • Children’sDal Burns‘ children’s writing competition ‘Write Across America‘.
  • Children’s: Little Star Writing is a site where you can “get published, enter competitions, win prizes, play games, improve literacy skills, receive certificates and HAVE FUN!”.
  • Children’sSmall but Mighty Writers runs free-to-enter writing competitions for authors aged 7-11 and 12-15, as well as being a ‘creative writing community for young writers’.
  • Flash fiction: The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is international; open to anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone, for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. Prizes: Writing: $500, $250, $100: Poetry: $250, $125, $50. Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com/rules.html for details on how to enter.
  • Flash fictionOne Forty Fiction and Wow Women on Writing.
  • MixedWhat The Dickens magazine lists “competitions and give-aways which are all free to enter”.
  • Mixed: sterlingmag and sundayat6mag.wordpress.com
  • Mixed: You can apply for a three-month residency on the Mslexia blog (women only).
  • Non-fictiontales2inspire.com/HOME.html (free :))
  • Novels: Novel Rocket runs an annual Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile. Entries will be accepted in all genres beginning mid-January. The deadline for submission is different for genre categories according to the following schedule. In each case, entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the 10th day of the month (April to September) listed on novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html. They also post a new writing-related article seven days a week, from author interviews to marketing discussions to articles about the craft of writing.
  • Poetry: The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is international; open to anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone, for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. Prizes: Writing: $500, $250, $100: Poetry: $250, $125, $50. Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com/rules.html for details on how to enter
  • PoetryPoetic Republic is an ongoing online poetry competition in which the entrants are also the judges.
  • Scriptwritingbbc.co.uk/writersroom/links5.shtml.
  • Short stories: Creative Writers’ Circle competitions are open to all and are free.
  • Short stories: The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is international; open to anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone, for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. Prizes: Writing: $500, $250, $100: Poetry: $250, $125, $50. Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com/rules.html for details on how to enter
  • Short storiesFlash Fiction Online is a 500-1000 word site that is free to subscribe / read, free to submit to. Payment is via donations with 60% going to the author and 40% going to the site so there’s no way of knowing how much (if anything) you’d earn but another opportunity perhaps.
  • Short stories: Author and columnist Lorraine Mace runs the Flash 500 flash fiction and humorous verse competitions.
  • Short stories: An on-going competition for submissions of 500 words or fewer on any theme. First prize is £100 plus publication on our website and promotion via our social media sites (twitter, google+ and facebook). Second prize is £75 and publication on the website, third prize is £50 and publication on the website. Entry is just £4. Launched June 1st, 2013. writingcompetition.org.uk Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/TheWritingCompetition?ref=hl Twitter: twitter.com/writing_comp.
  • Short storiesShort Funny Story wants humorous short stories or true-life events and pay $15 for every story published online with $25 extra for any story chosen for inclusion in their anthologies.
  • Short storiesPenny Dreadfuls 21 commissions short stories.
  • Short storiesWords Magazine short story competition guidelines.
COMPETITION WEBSITES

If you discover any broken links, closed competitions or know of ones that I haven’t listed here, please do email me with details.

 

11 responses to “Competitions

  1. Quillers

    February 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Morgen thanks for the link. My comps calendar has now moved to: https://writingcalendar.wordpress.com/

     
  2. morgenbailey

    February 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Duly amended, thanks Sally. :)

     
  3. kimatsafkhet

    April 6, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    nice, Morgen – how well compiled! Thank you for all the hard work!

     
  4. morgenbailey

    April 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Kim. Thank you very much… and I have more to add. :)

     
  5. Sophie E Tallis

    April 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Great list, Morgen, well done! Just one addition here, Fantasy Faction have a short story competition which ends June 30th 2012: http:fantasywritingcontest.com/ :D

     
    • morgenbailey

      April 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      That’s great, thank you, Sophie. Duly added. :)

       
  6. FazalAliButt

    June 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I Appreciate your these efforts for the writers like me who are new in the writing business.
    I’ve put your blog in my favorites. looking forward to getting more from you in future too. Thinks

     
    • morgenbailey

      June 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      You’re very welcome. I post something at least three times a day so there’s plenty to look forward to. :)

       
  7. Ida Chiavaro

    July 1, 2013 at 8:10 am

    This could possibly be the most useful collection of information on the whole world wide web… Thanks

     

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