I have a list of writing competition on my Competitions page, initially listed by month then the weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly ones. Below are the January-deadline competitions. Do email me if you know of any others…
- Children’s: Frances Lincoln.
- Flash Fiction: Fiction Desk, Indies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
- 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!).
- Memoir: Lightship Short Memoir Contest: Do you want to tell your own story, or an episode of it? 1st prize £1,000 closing date 31 January 2013 – judge Rachel Cusk. Thanks again to The New Writer magazine for the info.
- Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
- Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
- Non-fiction: Nature writing essays welcomed for the Resurgence & Ecologist magazine. The deadline is 6th January 2013.
- Novels: www.booklinethinker.com/hookline.
- Plays: Bruntwood (OPENS 31st January 2013).
- Plays: The Drama Wales One-Act Play is ON HOLD for 2013 so there’ll be no competition but 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. Judge: Daljit Nagra. Entry fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each. Closing date: 31 January 2013. 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: www.kentandsussexpoetry.com.
- Poetry: other poetry competitions include Haiku Calendar, Hippocrates, Leaf Press, Strokestown, Writing / Writers’ News magazines (monthly), www.haikusoc.ndo.co.uk, www.slipstream-poets.co.uk, www.bevlit.org.
- Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
- Short stories: The Sophie King Prize is a romantic fiction short story competition which aims to discover a great new romance short story. The winning story will be chosen by best-selling novelist and short story writer Sophie King. The competition is run by women’s fiction ebook publisher Corazon Books, which published Sophie’s own short story collection, Tales from the Heart, earlier this year (to rave reviews) and a new edition of her novel The School Run. This free-to-enter competition is open to both published and unpublished writers resident in the UK. The winning story will be recorded by a professional actor, and broadcast from a dedicated online audio player at http://www.sophieking.info and www.greatstorieswithheart.com. The winner will also receive a beautiful silver-plated jug and £50 gift voucher courtesy of The Handpicked Collection. Entries must not have been previously published in any medium (including but not limited to print, audio and online). The Sophie King Prize will launch on Monday 12th November in association with National Short Story Week. Entrants must submit a short story of between 2,000 to 2,500 words with a romantic theme. The submissions deadline is January 10th 2013 and the winner will be announced in March 2013. More details at www.sophieking.info.
- Short stories: Home-Start Bridgwater Short Story Prize has a 21st January 2013 deadline and this year’s judge is Dame Margaret Drabble.
- 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. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
- Short stories: The Bath Short Story Award opened October 2012 for entries – see ‘March’.
- Short stories: Writer Selection has a 31st January deadline and 200-2000 word count. The 2013 judge is writer / poet and Costa / Troubadour winner John Hayes. Prizes £150, £50, £25. Entry is free and all entrants receive a year’s membership (normally £10).
- Short stories: Other competitions include Bury St Edmunds, Chudleigh, Fiction Desk, Five Stop Story, Glimmer Train (different category each month), Home-Start Bridgewater, Mslexia, National Galleries Scotland, Writing / Writers’ News magazines (monthly), www.flair4words.co.uk/news.
- The Writing School Leicester September term programme will have been published in July.
- The London Writers’ Workshops latest programme is now available.
- Two-hour weekly (Tuesday nights) creative writing sessions at the Old Cross Pub, Church Street, Stapleford, Leicestershire. Run by local writer, Dave Wood. Cost £3.75. Email him for more info.
- Creative Coffee Club is where creative people meet fortnightly on a Wednesday at Screen Lounge at Phoenix Square Digital Media Centre, 4 Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TJ (UK).
- 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.
- Loose Muse runs on the second Wednesday of every month. at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2 (closest tube = Covent Garden). This is London’s only regular event for women writers of all genres, with a generous open mike sharing session plus two featured writers each month. The night starts at 8.00 p.m. Cost: £5.00 / £3.00 concessions. I’ll be appearing there in March. 🙂
- Towcester Writers’ Group meets every third Wednesday of the month. 7.30-9.30pm. Cost £3 includes refreshments. Towcester Library, Richmond Road, Towcester, Northants NN12 6EX.
- Buxton’s Word Wizards slam poetry competition runs in the coffee lounge at the Buckingham 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.
- BookSlam reports to being “London’s best literary club night” and usually (but not always) takes place on the last Thursday of the month.
- http://www.artsderbyshire.org.uk has various literary events throughout the year.
- Other events in January include: www.jaipurliteraturefestival.org (India, late Jan), www.galleliteraryfestival.com (Sri Lanka, late Jan), www.stonystratford.gov.uk (late Jan), www.pitlochry.org.uk (late Jan / early Feb).
I put out a list of my New Year’s Resolutions this morning and I’m pleased to say I’ve stuck to them so far; the dog’s been taken to the park, I’ve eaten less rubbish and I’ve written a short story (whilst walking round the park). I’m working on the others. 🙂
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As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do, and a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words (and post stories of up to 3,000 words). Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me posting it online in my new Red Pen Critique Sunday night posts, then do email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.