Daily Archives: July 30, 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.

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