Monthly Archives: July 2011

Forthcoming / ongoing writing competitions and submission opportunities

Below are details of a few more forthcoming / ongoing competitions and submission opportunities…

Coast to Coast runs poetry (50 lines max) and short story (2000 words max) monthly competition with deadline of 25th– the top four stories and eight poems are published in an anthology (presumably yearly). Post to Flat 1, 9 Wellington Street, Liverpool L22 8QL (Contact Maurice James 07780 642086).

Dark Tales Short Story runs quarterly competitions (31st January, 30th April, 31st July and 31st October). See or e-mail queries to lists ongoing competitions of which there are 50 each month! You can submit poetry and/or short stories free of charge for cash prizes! It’s an American site which sounds like fantasy but also have categories of sci-fi, humour, mystery, war, horror, non-fiction, children and ‘others’. They make their money by advertisers and membership (from $2.80 per month). Work listed is reviewed and you can review other people’s work…sounds like fun.

The Writing magazine runs a monthly competition –  see their website for full details. lists Words Magazine short story competitions for 2011 and their guidelines.

Bi-monthly magazine ‘Kudos’ is a great source for competition and submission information. More details from

Write Link also lists forthcoming competitions – click on the following link for more details has a list of a variety of forthcoming competitions.

Should you be a gardener ‘Home Farmer’ magazine is looking for submissions, especially those of a traditional nature. Contact: Home Farmer, The Good Life Press Ltd, PO Box 536, Preston PR2 9ZY (or e-mail Their website is

‘Still Crazy’ has opportunities for writers aged 50+ – see for more details.

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UK-based writing events and courses

There are many festivals held in Cheltenham and lists them all.

Liars’ League run a series of short fiction readings held at ‘The Lamb’ pub in Lambs Conduit Street, London on the second Tuesday of every month. Authors write, but the stories are read by actors. It costs two pounds to get in, and everyone is welcome. Contributions (each evening has a theme) are also welcome. The downside is that contributors have to live in London but it may still be worth a visit should you be in the area. See their ‘myspace’ website page for more details (

The South Bank Centre has ongoing events and their ‘Literature and spoken word’ website page is is the English Tourist Board’s site – do take a look at their forthcoming events.

Women’s magazine writer Joanna Barnden hosts a variety of courses around the UK – see

The Writers’ News magazine runs home-study courses. For a free prospectus phone 0113 200 2917,, or see do weekend and 5-day courses on the Isle of Wight. Courses include screenwriting, poetry, novels and story analysis. Prices from £120 to £290 residential or cheaper for non-residents! Contact 01983 407772 (e-mail courses / weekend retreats. Weekend courses run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and cost just under £200 inc. accommodation. Polstead Lodge is a small, comfortable guest house in a quiet, historic part of Suffolk (just 15 minutes from Colchester).  Polstead, in Constable country, was the location of the infamous Red Barn murder of Maria Marten, made into a Victorian melodrama.  Maria’s house and that of her murderer, William Corder, can still be seen in the village.  Groups are limited to 4 maximum, so each writer gets individual attention as well as group tutorials and discussions.  All Liberato courses include a written manuscript critique as well as one-to-one sessions really get to grips with the nitty-gritty of each participant’s writing.

Please note: No responsibility can be taken for the content of any linked sites or the accuracy or views expressed therein, and competitions that do not run etc. This post is for information only.

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Useful writing info. (competitions & submissions etc.): Short stories

Every fortnight I provide my writing group with handouts of useful stuff like competitions to enter, websites to visit etc. and I thought I’d share them with you. Here are the short story-related ones (see this blog’s ‘Useful Info.‘ page for more)…


  • A free entry monthly short story competition: winners are published in one of our collections of short stories – details see
  • has two new competitions: “The first is free to enter and is titled ‘Summer Loving’. This is for fiction 500 to 1000 words, with three £10 prizes and the deadline is 31st July. The other is an open themed fiction competition. 3000 word limit and the prizes are £100, £50 and £25 as well as the shortlisted stories to be published on our site. This one costs £4 to enter (deadline is 31st August).”
  • has a deadline of 1st August. 500 words maximum. £5 fee.
  • The Manchester Fiction Prize 2011 will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best short story of up to 3,000 words, open internationally to both new and established writers aged 16 or over. The story can be on any subject, and written in any style, but must be fiction and new work, not previously published, or submitted for consideration elsewhere during this competition. See for details. The deadline for entries is 5pm (UK time) on Friday 12th August 2011.
  • For Books’ Sake and Pulp Press:
competition to find the best pulp fiction written by women.
Deadline 15th August.
  • New Eastbourne Writers 2nd National Short Story Competition.
Theme: Lucky Break. Maximum Length: 1500 words
Prizes: £100, £50 and £25; website publication of winning entries
Fee: £5 per entry/£7 for two.
Closing date 27th August. Judge: Vanessa Gebbie (who I met recently at Winchester)
  • provides details of the Aesthetica Magazine’s artwork/photography, fiction and poetry comp; deadline 31st August.
  • The Write Place Open Short Story Competition
also has a closing date of 31st August. Submit: Short story, open themed, 1,500 words max.  Fee £4.50 per entry, (optional one page critique £4.50) Prizes: 1st £100, 2nd £75, 3rd, £50.  Entries to Francesca Burgess, 34 Capelands, New Ash Green, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8LG. Make cheques payable to ‘The Write Place’. 
More information at or email
  • Once every quarter, CheerReader has a short story competition. The maximum story length is 2500 words, and you can write about any subject genre you like, but it has to be amusing, witty, funny, or whatever other word you may care to choose. See for full details. The next deadline is 31st August.
  • The Wellington Town Council Short Story Competition 2011 is open to all. Max 4,500 words. Closing date 31st August. Entry fee £3, prizes £150, £100, £75. – go to the home page and scroll down for rules and entry form.
  • – see above (31st August).
  • The Short Story website is designed to showcase the best short stories from around the world. The idea is simple. Submit your story and you will automatically enter The Short Story competition. First prize: £300, second prize: £150, third prize: £50. The winners will be published on the website ( Deadline for submissions 15th September.
  • Short story competition: First Prize £500 (approx. 812 US$; 573€) Second Prize £150 (approx. 244 US$; 172€) Third Prize £50 (approx. 81 US$; 57€) Winners and shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology. Our short Story judge is Paul McDonald. Closing date: 30th September and costs £7.50 (12.50 US$; 9€) to enter. Details
  • 1st October is the deadline for Prizes are £500, £250 and £125. Entry fee £5. Max 3,000 words.
  • 28th October is the deadline for although you can submit any time. Entry is free and prizes vary from £100 to £500. Thanks Denny for the info.


  • Bound Off is a great free podcast that pays $20 per short story accepted which you can either record yourself or they would have an actor/actress to do it (I think it would be great to hear someone else read my story). I’ve submitted (and been rejected) a couple of times but they only take 2-3 stories a month so think it’s just a case of keeping going. They used to take submissions by email but now have to be sent via the website and not until after the summer (1st September). Bound Off’s website is
  • I had an email from Patrick Hollander of the Hollander Literary Agency to say they are looking for short stories of any genre to pass on to publishers. Submission by email only please to 1. Use Word.doc format only. 2. Maximum 25 pages. 3. Name & Address, email address, Title, Genre should appear on the front page. 4. The story should finish with the words – End of story. 5. Please allow 12 weeks for us to read submissions. 6. No communication will be entered in to unless we feel there is potential in the story but we will offer advice where we feel it is needed. 7. Communication will be to the email shown on Page 1 of the submission. Thank you for your attention to this matter.” It sounds genuine but you may wish to tread carefully nonetheless.
  • Iota welcomes submissions of short fiction in any genre, including life writing and memoir. “Please send short stories of between 2000 and 6000 words. All stories must be the original work of the author. We accept translations as long as they are identified as such. All work must be typed and double spaced. Please also send proposals (150 words) for features or essays. We also accept new fiction, biography and life writing for review, and copies should be sent to the Fiction Reviews Editor at the address below. Please email submissions and proposals to” Closing date for submissions to the third fiction & non-fiction issue is 31st July (and I assume every four months thereafter). See
  • Paraxis is a new online publisher of short stories. We relish fiction with elements of the strange, uncanny or fantastic. We will be featuring new stories, reprints, artwork and essays.
  • Shortbread is an online community of short story readers and writers, free to join. See
  • Short Story Submission Guidelines for The Fiction Desk can be found at


  • Me and My Short Stories – Harper Collins Digital Director Scott Pack (who I pitched to in February 2011 and was lovely) 🙂 reviews short story collections at:
  • The Short Review – each monthly issue of the short review brings you original reviews of new, not-quite-so-new and classic collections and anthologies, written by reviewers many of whom are also short story writers themselves and who love short fiction.
  • On 25th March 2011, short story writer Sally Quilford created Anti-Conning Writers Day, in which she highlighted the pitfalls and scams that part new (and not so new) writers from their hard-earned cash. You can read Sally’s views on dodgy agents, publishers, competitions and writing services by visiting (which is well worth a visit anyway) and clicking on the Anti-Conning Writers Day link at the top of the page.
  • The New Writer’s Prose & Poetry Prizes 2009 judge Vanessa Gebbie (who I met recently at Winchester) appears in the latest list of 12 of the best British short story writers – see
  • is a 500-1000 word site that is free to subscribe / read, free to submit to (, although they’re currently closed while wading through their slushpile). 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.

For more information like this (not just this genre) – see this blog’s ‘Useful Info.‘ page.


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Useful writing info. (competitions & submissions etc.): Poetry

Every fortnight I provide my writing group with handouts of useful stuff like competitions to enter, websites to visit etc. and I thought I’d share them with you. Here are the poetry-related ones (see this blog’s ‘Useful Info.‘ page for more)…


  • The Poetry Book Society is one of the casualties of the Arts Council cuts, losing the £111,000 it received this year. The Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is clearly angry: “This news goes beyond shocking and touches the realms of the disgusting. The PBS was established by T S Eliot in 1953 and is one of poetry’s most sacred churches with an influence and reach far beyond its membership. This fatal cut is a national shame and a scandal and I urge everyone who cares about poetry to join the PBS as a matter of urgency.” You can sign a petition to Save the PBS here:


  • Free to enter, Alfred C. Carey Prize in Spoken Word Poetry, top prize: $300 The deadline is 15th August.
  • Lorca Translation Competition – Writers are invited to submit an original translation of a Lorca poem of their own choice. The winner will receive £500 and the runner-up £200; a pamphlet will be published of short-listed entries. Entries must be of unpublished verse translations of poems by Lorca into English. The maximum length is 80 lines. You may enter as many poems as you wish, accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. The entry fee is £5.00 for the first poem; £3.00 each for second or additional entries. Writers under 21 years old can enter free of charge. Closing date 19th August 2011 (a very good date – my birthday 🙂), the 75th anniversary of Lorca’s death (oh, maybe not). Details from
  • Delhi London Poetry Foundation: 
free to enter international competition in English and themed.
Closing date 21st August.
Top prize £1000 + publication.
  • The Aesthetica Creative Works Competition has three sections: Art & Photography, Poetry and Fiction. Winners and finalists are published in the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual. Winners of each category receive £500 prize money plus other prizes. Entry to the Creative Works Competition is £10. The entry fee allows the submission of 2 images, 2 poems or 2 short stories. The deadline for submissions is 31st August. The guidelines for submission can be found online at
  • Check out all the current UK poetry competitions at




  • MyOwnVerse is a network to share and discover poetry:
  • Active indie publisher Indigo Dreams Publishing have recently released several poetry collections including Fixing Things by Roger Elkin, A Slither of Air by Alison Lock and Whale Language: Songs of Iona by Angela Locke. They have also published Roselle Angwin’s novel Imago after the previous publisher went into receivership. Imago’s outline: It starts out innocently enough: a late summer party on a Devon riverbank, a full moon. But two things happen as a result of that night: Annie’s husband is killed, and the ‘accident’ jolts her into a 700-year-old ‘memory’ that will take her to the Pyrenees and the inferno at the heart of the Cathar inquisition, into a turbulent love affair, and towards another encounter with death. Details of all of these and more at They also have an exciting future list which includes collections from Char March and Ann Pilling.

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