- Biography: Tony Lothian Prize.
- Children’s: The Helmdon (Northamptonshire)-based Bookmarks Festival takes place on 25th August 2013 and is host to three “notable novelists” (Adrian Magson, Alison McQueen aka Alison Penton-Harper and Garry O’Connor) coming down for the afternoon, amidst much else going on. As part of the festival this year they are running 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.
- Film: Mini Operas film competition opens early August closes late September.
- 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 email@example.com. Please contact me if you need any more information. Thanks. Cara, Popcorn Horror. The deadline is 6th August.
- Flash Fiction: New quarterly writing competition. Closing date: August 28th 2013. 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. Judge: William Nicholson (for the Summer). William Nicholson is a screenwriter, playwright and novelist. He has been twice nominated for BAFTAS and OSCARs and has written or co-written some notable fims and books including the screenplay for LesMiserables and Gladiator. His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story , both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year. His YA novel series the Wind on Fire Trilogy won the Blue Peter best book award and the Smarties Gold Award for best children’s book. The host of the writing competition is Jeni Durlston-Powell, writer-at-heart. See writingcompetition.org.uk.Thanks, Jeni.
twitter.com/writing_comp and facebook.com/TheWritingCompetition.
- Flash Fiction: Indies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition (see Indies Unlimited).
- Flash Fiction: Weekly challenge on theironwriter.com.
- 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!).
- 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 Fiction: Stringybark 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 New Writer 17th Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launched April 2013. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
- Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
- Mixed: Aesthetica 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 31 August. See aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting.
- Mixed: Malahat (poetry, fiction, non-fiction), , Ilkley Literature Festival (shorts & poetry), Words With Jam (<1000 words script, novel, extract, short story), Eccles Centre (fiction & non-fiction).
- Mixed: Mslexia (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.
- Mixed: globalfeelgoodcompany.com/competition (opens May, closes 30th September – see ‘September’ for full details).
- Non-fiction: Earlyworks Press Memoir & Journalism Competition, Biographers Club.
- 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: 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.
- Novels: other August deadline competitions include Luke Bitmead Bursary, Nemesis Publishing Debut, Moth Publishing (Northern Crime Competition).
- Plays: ovationtheatreawards.webs.com.
- Poetry: Delhi London Poetry Foundation, Lorca Translation, Salopian Poetry Society, Todd Swift, Writing Magazine, BBC Proms.
- Poetry: Aesthetica 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.
- Poetry: Torbay Open Poetry Competition: judge Hilary Davies, max 50 lines, closing date 31st August. Thank you again to The New Writer magazine for that one.
- Poetry: The Manchester Poetry Prize 2012 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 17th Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launched April 2013. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
- Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
- Scriptwriting: Ovation 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 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 Monday 5th August 2013. The winner and the two runners-up will be notified by email by 16th August 2013. Winning entry: a day ticket to The Writers’ Workshop Festival of Writing on Saturday 14th September 2013 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! totally4women.com/2013/05/12/lets-get-writing-competition.
- 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 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: 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: 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 stories: Choc 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. Judges are Choc Lit authors Margaret James, Sue Moorcroft and Linda Mitchelmore. 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 stories: Aesthetica 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 17th Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launched April 2013. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
- Short stories: Other competitions include Aesthetica Magazine, Emerald Flash Fiction, Five Stop Story, Glimmer Train (different category each month), New Eastbourne Writers, Wellington, The Write Place, Writing Magazine, For Books Sake, Brighton Cow.
- Do check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of the Competitions page.
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