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This is a comprehensive list of the most worthwhile (and genuine!) writing competitions currently available.  Genres include short story, flash fiction, novel, poetry, children’s, etc.  Most, but not all, are from the UK. All competitions on this site are carefully vetted.  Many are open worldwide.

     Bear in mind that contests with smaller prizes attract fewer entries and are therefore easier to win ... unless they are free to enter.

                                                                            -  Michael Shenton

 
  

UK Writing Competitions (currently 71)

 


Updated
16.2.21

 

Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition.  There is a new contest in each issue of this glossy writers’ mag.  All types of stories are accepted, from horror to romance, with a length of between 1,000 and 3,000 words.
    Closing: Monthly.  Entries arriving too late for one comp automatically go into the next.
    Prizes: £300, £150, £100.
    Entry Fee: £6, or £3 for subscribers to the magazine.  Critique - £5 (enclose sae if entering by post).
    Comp Page:
WF Story Comp.

 


Updated
16.2.21

 

Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition.  This monthly contest from the glossy magazine Writers’ Forum is for poems of up to 40 lines on any thme.
    Closing: Monthly.  Entries arriving too late for one month automatically go forward to the next.
    Prize: £100 and a Chambers dictionary.
    Entry Fee : £7 (includes a short critique).
    Comp Page:
WF Poetry Contest.

 


Updated
 27.4.19

 

Telegraph ‘Just Back’ Travel Writing Competition.  If you are just back from somewhere a shade more interesting than the local park, the Telegraph Online would like the gripping details in up to 500 words.  You can read previous winners on the website.  A ‘voyage’ across the Mersey is one of them - proving that you don’t have to write about anywhere exotic to scoop the prize.
    Closing: Monthly.
    Prize: £200 in your choice of currency.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Tel Travel Comp.

 


Updated
27.4.19

 

Hour of Writes Competition.  To enter this new weekly peer-reviewed contest from Manchester you submit a piece of writing of any type you choose running to no more than 2,000 words. There is a different theme every week.
    Closing: 11pm every Friday.
    Prize: £50 (usually the minimum, they say; prize increases if more entries are received).
    Entry Fee: £3.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
27.4.19

 

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize.  Entries for this open contest from Wales are invited from beginners and established poets. Submit 15 to 25 poems of up to 50 lines each.
    Closing: Annually - 31 March.
    Prizes (4): A publishing contract plus 30 copies of the pamphlet.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Cinnamon Poetry.

 

 

 

Hello again!
     Thanks for all you've done. I've had another two wins recently - Concrete Cow and UPLI - and I've actually had my book How to Win Writing Competitions accepted by a publisher! Your website gets a mention in it, of course.
     Best wishes,  Cathy Bryant

 


Updated
 27.4.19

 

Scribble Quarterly Short Story Competition.  This quarterly contest from Scribble magazine is for stories in any genre and on any subject, running to no more than 3,000 words.  Winners are chosen by the magazine’s readers.
    Closing : Quarterly.
    Prizes: £75, £25, £15.
    Entry Fee: £3.
    Comp Page:
Scribble SSC .

 


Added
22.1.18

 

Flash 500 Competition.  This quarterly flash fiction contest, which offers higher prize money than many similar competitions, is for stories of up to 500 words on any theme.
    Closing: 31.3.22, 30.6.22, 30.9.22.
    Prizes: 1st - £300.  2nd - £200.  3rd - £100.  Winners will be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: £5 each, £8 for two.
    Comp Page:
Flash 500 Story.

 


Added
16.2.21

 

Write Time Mature Stories Competition.  Here’s one for writers over the age of 60 who can turn their memories and reflections into stories of up to 1,500 words on any theme.
     Closing : Monthly (30.9.21, 31.12.21).
     Prizes: 1st £50.  Runners-up (2) - £25.  Winners will be published in an anthology and on the website.
     Entry Fee: £3 for one, £5 for two.
     Comp Page:
Write Time

 
    
  

                         The Rules, the T&Cs, the Fine Print
When you submit a story or poem to a competition, you are entering into a contract with the promoter.  Make sure you know the terms.  It may be, for instance, that you are granting the promoter the right to publish your work without payment even if you don’t win.  This is often the price you pay for entering a contest with no entry fee.  If it bothers you, don’t participate.  But before you get sniffy about that 450-word story set in the sedate world of turnip farming, ask yourself this: Would I really be able to sell it to anyone else?  Publication, even without payment, might not be a bad thing if it gets you a healthy crop of readers.  And if it’s in a newspaper or magazine that carries some prestige ... well, there are plenty of struggling writers who would gift wrap and hand over their very souls for the privilege of being able to put that in their cv.  Only you can decide if it’s worth it.

 


Added
9.5.21

 

Secret Attic Short Story Competitions.  This monthly freebie from Secret Attic Press is for stories of up to 1,500 words on any theme.
    Closing: End of each month.
    Prize  A £20 Amazon voucher and publication in the Secret Attic booklet.  Selected entries will also be published.
    Entry Fee: None - free entry.
    Comp Page:
Secret Attic.

 


Updated
 9.5.21

 

Wordhound Children’s Writing Competition .  This international weekly freebie from Wordhound (which offers content writing, design and translation services) is open to children aged 12 and under, and is for funny, weird or otherwise unique creative writing based on a prompt on the website.  The prompt changes for each week’s contest.  Your entry can be up to 300 words.
    Closing: Last Thursday of each month.
    Prizes: Goodie bags and stationery, plus publication on the Wordhound blog.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Wordhound

 


Added
25.6.21

 

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition.  Cranked Anvil Press from Morpeth in Northumberland is seeking entries of up to 1,500 words on any theme for its latest short story contest.
    Closing: Quarterly.  Next: 31.1.22.
    Prizes: £150, £75, £30.
    Entry Fee: £5 for one, £8 for two, £10 for three.
    Comp Page:
Cranked Anvil Story

 


Added
25.6.21

 

Cranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition.  And here’s another one from Cranked Anvil Press, this time for stories of up to 500 words on any theme.
    Closing Quarterly.  Next: 28.2.22.
    Prizes: £100, £25.
    Entry Fee: £3 for one, £5 for two.
    Comp Page:
Cranked Anvil Flash

 

 

 

Hi Michael
     Love, love, love your site! But it should come with a word of warning to other would-be comp winners. Go straight to terms and condition page first. Just spent the last hour and a half crafting (skillfully obviously) a poem about bingo for one of the contests on your site, only to find that (unlucky for some, or rather - me) when I went to email it, it was for UK residents only! I went to dramatically raise my hand to my forehead saying `oh s**t!` when I knocked over my glass of wine on the desk. As I went to quickly mop up everything, I knocked my phone off the table where it now lies wet and immobilised.
     So, to re-evaluate: 1. Check terms and conditions. 2. Don`t make any sudden, dramatic hand movements. 3. Don`t place wine on same surface as computer. 4. Don`t place mobile phone on same surface as wine glass.  And finally, 5. Make sure there`s a spare bottle of wine in fridge when you go to drown your sorrows on your time-wasted, expensive, quiet sunday evening in.
                                                                            -  Susan from Dublin

 


Added
15.1.22

 

Papatango New Writing Prize.  This annual playwriting contest from the Papatango Theatre Company is for full-length scripts with a performance time of at least 60 minutes.  The link to the Submission Form has been camouflaged to fool the enemy, but I can reveal that it is in the Formatting section of the Entry Requirements page.
    Closing: 30.1.22 (9pm).
    Prizes: 1st - £7,000 and the script produced by Papatango in a month-long run at The Large theatre at Southwark Playhouse.  Four shortlisted writers will each receive £500 and the option to have their play presented as a reading by the Playwright Laboratory.  Readings will be filmed and showcased on TPL’s private, members-only industry platform.
    Entry Fee: None - free entry.
    Comp Page:
Papatango:

 


Added
10.1.22

 

The Cheshire Prize for Literature.  This year’s contest from the University of Chester and Storyhouse has the theme of Sustainability.  To be eligible to enter you need to have lived, studied or worked at some point in Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington or Halton.  Documentary evidence may be requested, so if nobody made a documentary about you while you were there, I’m afraid you’ve had it ... although it’s possible I’ve misunderstood this requirement.  There are numerous age categories from 4 to adult.  Due to Covid fatigue I cannot list them all here.  Your entry, depending on your age, can be a short Story (up to 1,500 words), a poem (up to 100 lines), Children’s Literature (story or poem with length limits as above, aimed at children aged 7 to 14) and Plays (up to 15 minutes, suitable for theatre, TV or radio).  Take note that the contest is referred to as the 2021 competition because it opened in that year.
    Closing: 31.1.22.
    Prizes: In the 17 and over categories - unspecified cash prizes.  In the 4 to 16 categories - book tokens.  There will be an anthology of winners, published by the University of Chester Press.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Cheshire Prize.

 


Added
1.10.21

 

Fish Short Memoir Competition .  This annual contest from Fish Publishing in Ireland is for memoirs of up to 4,000 words.
    Closing: 31.1.22.
    Prizes: 1st - 1,000 euros.  2nd - online writing course plus 200 euros.  3rd - 200 euros.  The best 10 entries will be published in the Fish Anthology 2022.
    Entry Fee : 18 euros for the first, 10 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Fish Memoir.

 


Added
1.10.21

 

Lancashire Authors’ Association Open Competition.  Appearing annually, this contest from Lancashire where I spent two happy years as a child  (I was there for three, but let’s not go into that) is for stories running to exactly 100 words excluding the title.  For those of you who adopt a flexible approach to our laguage allow me to warn you that in Lancashire they don’t.  Therefore the word ‘exactly’ will not be interpreted by the judges as meaning ‘give or take one or two’.
    Closing: 31.1.22.
    Prize: £150.
    Entry Fee: £2 each or £5 for three.
    Comp Page:
LAA 100 Contest.

 


Added
1.11.21

 

The Ginkgo Prize.  This international contest is billed as the world’s biggest ecopoetry prize, and I’m quite prepared to accept that it might be, although I have to confess that I’ve done no research on the subject.  If you are running a bigger ecopoetry contest, by all means let me know.  In the meantime, let’s give this one the benefit of the doubt.  Your poem can be any length, so you have a licence to kill (bore ‘em to death), but I think it would be advisable to exercise a measure of restraint.  As well as the main category, there is one for landscape poetry.
    Closing: 31.1.22.
    Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000.  Landscape Poem - £500.
    Entry Fee: £7 for the first, £4 thereafter.  Entry into the Landscape Poem category is free if you’ve entered the main category.
    Comp Page:
Ginkgo Prize

 

 

 

Dear Michael,
     I love your website and its pertinent personal comments re the comps.
     I entered the Alexander Cordell one some months ago, the mini saga, and was short-listed to win. It was a 600 mile round trip with two toddlers but we had a really wonderful weekend. My husband is self employed and works really long hours so it was great to drag him away and out into the countryside. The people were lovely, the whole event was fascinating, and I was thrilled to get two books and a book token. My little girl age 3 gets excited every time Wales is mentioned on the news now! The greatest thrill was hearing the Director of Visit Wales read out my story so reverently, and with evident enjoyment. The organisers were delighted with the world-wide entries.  I don’t write for money - just as well - but for the love of the medium and the message.
     Keep up the good work!                                         -  Julie Noble

 


Added
1.11.21

 

Parracombe Short Story Prize 2022.  This new contest from Paracombe Community Trust in the hills of Exmoor National Park is for stories of up to 2,022 words on any subject.
    Closing: 31.1.22.
    Prizes: £100, £50, £25, £25.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Parracombe

 


Added
1.11.21

 

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Open Poetry Competition.  This annual contest from Teignmouth (pronoumced Tin-mth) in Devon is now open again.  It is for poems of up to 36 lines on any subject.
    Closing: 31.1.22.
    Prizes: Open - £600, £300, £200.  Graham Burchell Award (for Devon residents only) - £200, £100, £50.
    Entry Fee: Online - £4.50 for the first, £3.50 thereafter.  Postal - £4 for the first, £3 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Teignmouth Poetry

 


Added
4.11.21

 

Red Dragonfly ‘Taking Flight’ Playwriting Competition.  Back again for a fourth outing is this freebie from Red Dragonfly Productions (‘Bringing classic and modern stories from the East to the British and European stage’).  It is open to UK-based new and emerging writers aged 18+ with East and South-East Asian heritage, and those from British East and South-East Asian communities in the UK.  The promoters are looking for ideas and submissions which can be developed into one-hour plays with a cast of up to 4 actors (each actor could play more than one role if required).  Any subject is acceptable from contemporary to traditional folk and fairy tales.  To enter you submit a full description of your idea (with a beginning, a middle and an end) on an A4 sheet along with the personal details specified on the comp page.
    Closing: 31.1.22.
    Prize: £1,000 and your play produced, financed and toured round various festivals in England in May, June and July. 2022.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Red Dragonfly

 


Added
13.11.21

 

SLQ Poetry Competition.  This regular contest from Sentinel Literary Quarterly is for poems of up to 50 lines on any subject and in any style.  Visual poems are welcome, they say, if the image fits on a single A4 page.  The contest is open worldwide.
    Closing: 31.1.22.
    Prizes: 1st - £250.  2nd - £125.  3rd - £75.  Runners-up - 3 x £30, 3 x £20, 3 x £10.
    Entry Fee: £5 for one, £8 for two, £10 for three and so on.
    Comp Page:
SLQ Poetry.

 


Added
13.1.22

 

The Screw Turn Ghost Story Competition.  This contest from American website The Ghost Story is for spooky tales of between 250 and 1,000 words.
    Closing: 31.1.22
    Prizes: 1st - $1,000 plus online and print publication.  Runners-up (2) - $200 and online publication.
    Entry Fee: $15.
    Comp Page:
TST Flash Fiction

 


Added
1.12.21

 

Baen Memorial Short Story Award.  This freebie from American science fiction publisher Baen Books is for realistic science-based near-future space exploration stories soaring to no more than 8,000 words.  There are Do and Don’t lists that you would do well to peruse before entering if you want your chances to lift off (e.g.no fantastical elements, no galactic empires, UFO abductions, etc).
    Closing: 1.2.22 (12.01am U.S. Pacific Time).
    Prizes: 1st - Publication as the feature story on the Baen Books website at industry standard rates, an engraved award thingy, free entry into the 2022 International Space Development Conference, and a year’s membership of the (American) National Space Society.  Runners-up will receive free entry into the aforementioned Space Development Conference and a year’s membership of the National Space Society.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Baen Award.

 


Added
1.12.21

 

Bath Flash Fiction Award.  This recurring international contest from Bristol is for short fiction of up to 300 words.  There is no set theme.  You are probably wondering about the contest’s name: why Bath?  Well, it’s like this: I have no idea.
    Closing: 6.2.22.
    Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, 2 x £30.
    Entry Fee: £9 for one, £15 for two, £18 for three.  There are reductions for early enteries (offer ends 21.12.21)
    Comp Page:
Bath Flash.

 


Added
1.9.21

 

W&A Yearbook Short Story Competition 2022 .  This annual freebie from the venerable writers’ handbook Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, is for stories of up to 2,000 words aimed at adults.  There is no theme.  Take note that before emailing your entry, you have to register with the website.  Your entry will not be valid otherwise.
    Closing: 11.2.22.
    Prize: A place on one of Arvon’s residential writing courses, plus your story published on the website.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
W&A Story.

 

 

 

Hi Michael
     I spent a year or so reading all those comments on your website from people who, since consulting your list, seem have won just about every competition going. I read it and thought it must be too good to be true – but worth a try. Then, on my third submission, I have actually gone and won the Yeovil Literary Prize for Poetry. I am absolutely over the moon, unable to believe it, etc.  Thank you so much.
                                                                                   -   Andy Miller

 


Added
1.11.21

 

Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize.  This is the twelfth of these novel contests from the Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.  Sponsored by top London literary agents Peters Fraser Dunlop, it is open only to women over 21, resident in the UK or Ireland, who have not had a full-length novel published.  It is for novels which combine literary merit with ‘unputdownability’.  These can be literary or genre fiction for adults, or novels for children (middle grade or above, mainly word-based).  To enter, you submit the first 40 to 50 consecutive pages of your finished or part-finished story, plus a synopsis of 3 to 5 pages.
    Closing: 11.2.22 (noon).
    Prize: £1,500. The shortlisted entrants will receive a one-to-one consultation with an agent at Peters Fraser Dunlop.  They will also be invited to the prize-giving dinner at the College along with a bunch of book trade freeloaders such as editors, agents, publishers and journalists.  Each shortlistee will be able to bring a guest (I’d suggest a teetotaller with a car, as there will be free drinks and if my experience is anything to go by you will be consuming these in unwise quantities when that gormless individual sitting opposite you is named as the winner).
    Entry Fee: £12.
    Comp Page:
Lucy Novel.

 


Added
2.12.21

 

Stringybark Short Story Awards.  From the land of the wombat and other sporting equipment, here’s an open-themed contest for stories running to no more than 1,500 words.  These must in some way have a link to Australia however tenuous.  As an example of what they mean by tenuous, they mention having a character eat a Vegemite sandwich.  That’s Aussie humour for you.
    Closing: 13.2.22 (11.59pm AEDT).
    Prizes (in Oz dollars): 1st - $350 + publication + ebook + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies.  2nd -  $250 + publication + ebook + paperback + any two Stringybark anthologies.  3rd - $125 + publication + ebook + paperback + any two Stringybark anthologies. Highly Commended (30) - $5 plus publication plus ebook.
    Entry Fee: $14 for one, $26 for two, $36 for three.
    Comp Page:
Stringybark Story

 


Added
1.11.21

 

Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.  I used to think hippocrates were wooden containers used at the zoo for transporting large herbivores.  Of course I now know that Hippocrates was in fact a great medical poet, and this international contest is obviously being run in his honour.  Poems of up to 50 lines on a medical subject are required.  There are two categories, Open, and Health Professional.  Actually there’s a third category - Young Poets - but as it has a later closing date I’m listing it separately.
    Closing: 14.2.22.
    Prizes (in each category): £1,000, £500, £250.  Winning poems will be published online and in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: £7 online, £10 postal.
    Comp Page:
Hippocrates Poetry.

 


Added
1.12.21

 

Valentines Poetry Competition.  Here we have a free-to-enter romantic poetry contest from Tree2MyDoor, a firm which, as the name indicates, can deliver trees to your door.  You can enter your poem in writing or as a video clip (clips to be sent to their Grow Your Love YouTube channel).  Videos should be no longer than 60 seconds, while written poems can be up to 150 words.
    Closing: 14.2.22 (opens for entries 1.2.22).
    Prizes: 1st - £100 in Tree2MyDoor vouchers.  The first 50 customers who have had a poem published on the website will received a 50% discount on the item purchased (Valentine's order).
    Entry Fee: None - free entry.
    Comp Page:
Valentine Poem.

 


Added
7.11.21

 

Guernsey International Poetry Competition.  This contest from the Guernsey Literature Festival is for poems of up to 14 lines that fit on a single A4 page.  There are three categories: Open (adults 18 and over), Channel Islands Poetry (adults 18 and over born or resident in the Channel Islands), Young People’s Poetry (ages 11 to 17).
    Closing: 17.2.22.
    Prizes: Open - £1,000, £500, £200.  Channel Islands Poetry Category - £250, £50, £30.  Young People’s Category - £250, £50, £30.  Winning poems will be displayed on Guernsey buses, and a selection of these will become part of an exhibition at Guernsey Airport and other venues all over the islands.
    Entry Fees: Open and Channel Islands Categories - £4 each, £10 for three.  Young People’s category - Free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Poems on the Move

 

 

 

Hi
   
Before I discovered your website I’d never even thought of trying my luck in a writing competition. My stories were a very private part of my life, I was (and for the most of the time still am) very convinced that they are not good enough for the ‘outside world’.
     I don’t know what made me try - call it a crazy moment of self-confidence - but here I am the October winner of the Cazart short story competition. I haven’t felt so good about myself in months. It might not seem like a big deal to the world but for me it means everything. And it would not have happened if it wasn’t for your wonderful website.
     Thank You very much.                                         -  Dorota Nocun

 


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1.10.21

 

Flash 500 Short Story Competition.  This annual contest from the Flash 500 website is for short stories of between 1,000 and 3,000 words on any theme.
    Closing: 28.2.22.
    Prizes: £500, £200, £100.
    Entry Fee: £7 for one, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four.
    Comp Page:
F500 Short Story.

 


Added
2.12.21

 

Elmbridge Literary Competition.  Why they are running this competition is a mystery - or a riddle.  The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Council are looking for stories and poems that unravel conundrums and engimas, and explore mysterious events.  As well as the Adult category (19+), there are various age categories for youngsters.  In the 5-7 age category, stories are limited to 500 words while poems should be no longer than 20 lines.  A word limit of 1,000 applies to stories in the 8-11 and 11-13 categories, while in the 14-18 and 19+ categories it’s 1,500.  Poems in categories other than the 5-7 age group can be up to 30 lines.  The contest is open worldwide.  You will of course diligently scan the T&Cs before entering, so I needn’t tell you which font, etc, you need to use to avoid disqualification.
    Closing: 28.2.22.
    Prizes: Adults 19+ (in each category) - £250, £150, £100.   Children - various amounts in book tokens as shown in the contest T&Cs.  The winning entries in all age categories will be published in a chapbook by publishers Samson Low.
    Entry Fee: Adults - £5. Under 18s - free.  Maximum of one poem and one story per person.
    Comp Page:
Elmbridge Literary.

 


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1.10.21

 

Fish Flash Fiction Competition.  News Flash: It’s time for the annual Fish Publishing short fiction competition for stories running to no more than 300 words.
    Closing: 28.2.22.
    Prizes: 1st - 1,000 euros.  2nd - 300 euros.  3nd - An online writing course with Fish.  The best 10 entries will be published in the Fish Anthology 2022.
    Entry Fee: 14 euros for the first, 8 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Fish Flash.

 


Added
4.12.21

 

Manchester Writing Competition .  This international contest from Manchester Writing School at the Manchester Metropolitan University was originally inaugurated to celebrate ‘the substantial cultural and literary achievements of Manchester’, of which I am unable to give an example at this time.  My childhood memories of Manchester are centred around Moss Side where my father for a time ran a fast-food business (chip shop, as we called it back then).  I was kept locked in the cellar peeling spuds, with a 15-watt incandescent light bulb for company.  It was there in that creepy dungeon, while peering into the dark corners, that I developed my vivid imagination - not to mention my nervous twitches.  Culture?  Literature?  Be serious.  But times, I suppose, have changed.  So let us return to the competition, which is for poems and short stories.  To enter the Poetry category you submit a portfolio of three to five poems, these to consist of no more than 120 lines in total.  For the Fiction Prize the requirement is for a story running to no more than 2,500 words in any genre.
    Closing: 28.2.22 (5pm).
    Prize (in each category): £10,000.
    Entry Fee: £18.00.
    Comp Page:
MMU Writing Comp.

 


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1.11.21

 

Margery Allingham Short Story Competition.  Open to published and unpublished writers, this contest from the Crime Writers’ Association celebrates the author of the Albert Campion detective novels.  It is for stories of up to 3,500 words.  These must comply with Margery Allingham’s own definition of a mystery, which is basically as follows: a crime, a mystery, an enquiry and a conclusion, the conclusion providing reader satisfaction (so your investigator can’t end up thumping his/ her desk in frustration and muttering, ‘Damn - the bastard’s got away with it!’).
    Closing: 28.2.22 (6pm).
    Prize: £500 plus two weekend passes to Crimefest in 2022.
    Entry Fee: £12.
    Comp Page:
Allingham Story

 


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7.12.21

 

National Flash Fiction Competition.  Here’s a quick one from the Nottingham Writers’ Club.  It is for compact stories of up to 100 words on the theme of Wish You Were Here.  The contest is for new and non-professional writers only.  To be eligible you must not have earned more than £150 from your writing during 2020/21, nor should you have received payment for longer works of fiction and/or non-fiction.
    Closing: 28.2.22.  Opens for entries 1.2.22.
    Prizes: £100, £75, £50.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Nottingham Flash

 


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1.1.22

 

Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition .  Here we have another contest from Slipstream Poets of West Sussex.  It has a line limit of 60 but no theme.  The judge this time is prizewinning poet Roger Elkin.
    Closing: 28.2.22.
    Prizes: £300, £150, £75.  There is also £50 for the best West Sussex entry.  Winning poems will be published on the Slipstream website.
    Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £3.50 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Slipstream Poets

 


Added
2.1.22

 

Anansi Archive Writing Awards.  Here’s a freebie you might like to have a go at.  It comes from the Anansi Archive, a new writing community committed to supporting all levels of literary endeavour.  The contest has three categories: Poetry of up to 500 words, flash fiction of up to 500 words, and short fiction of up to 3,000 words.  There is no theme.
    Closing: 28.2.22, 31.5.22, 31.8.22.
    Prizes : Poetry and Flash Fiction - £20, £10.  Short Fiction - £50, £20.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Anansi Awards

 

 

 

Hi Michael,
     Thank you for continuing to provide so much information on your blog. It’d be a good read just for some of your coments even if I hadn’t found it extremely helpful. I’ve had luck with a few of the competitions you’ve mentioned, including getting my first novel 'Escape to the Country' published a while back and more recently being placed in last month’s Spinetinglers competition.
                                                                                      -  Patsy Collins

 


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18.1.22

 

Rialto Nature & Place Poetry Competition.  Any aspect of nature and place is the theme of this contest from The Rialto in association with the RSPB, Birdlife International, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and the University of Leeds Poetry Centre.  The judge is prizewinning poet Gillian Clarke.
    Closing : 1.3.22.
    Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250.
    Entry Fee: £7 for the first, £4 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Rialto Nature.

 


Added
2.12.21

 

Bridgend Writers’ Circle Short Story Competition.  Stories of up to 1,800 words from writers aged over 18 are required for this annual open contest from Bridgend in Wales.  There is no theme.  Advice about manuscript layout can be found in the T&Cs.
    Closing: 1.3.21.
    Prizes: £100, £50, £30.
    Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £2.50 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Bridgend Comp.

 


Added
1.11.21

 

Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine.  This international contest is open to young poets of between 14 and 18.  Poems of up to 50 lines on a medical subject are required.
    Closing: 1.3.22.
    Prize: £500.  Winning poems will be published online and in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page: Hippocrates
Young Poets.

 


Added
1.10.21

 

Green Stories Under 18s Competition.  This contest from the University of Southampton is for stories by writers aged 11 to 18.  Stories should in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society.  No word limit was given on the comp page when I wrote this, but something might be added when the submissions link appears two months before the deadline.
   Closing: 3.3.22.
    Prize:  £200.
    Entry Fee: None - but writers must show that they have read at least one chapter from successfully published pieces from the Green Stories project (free download available).
    Comp Page:
Sustainable

 


Added
23.12.21

 

Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing.  This international contest from the Windsor Fringe Festival is for one-act plays with a performance time of between 25 and 35 minutes, written by amateur playwrights.  Forget the cast of thousands - you are limited to six.  Be sure to download the PDF document for vital info on the submissions procedure.  The link is on the competition page.
    Closing: 5.3.22.
    Prize: £500.  Three scripts will be selected for performance during the Fringe Festival.  One of these will be chosen as the cash prize winner, judged on the writing only.
    Entry Fee: None if you write ‘BBC Writersroom’ on the top right-hand corner of your contact sheet.
    Comp Page:
Kenneth Branagh Award

 


Added
3.12.21

 

Fowey Festival Short Story Competition.  If despite the strain of the pandemic, lockdowns, shortages, etc, you are writing or thinking of writing a story with an optimistic air, fit to be entitled Spring Picture, then the organisers of this contest from Cornwall (Daphne du Maurier country) are waiting to read it.  Spring Picture was one of du Maurier’s lesser-known books, but you needn’t know the story as the interpretation of the title is entirely up to you.  Your entry should be no more than 1,500 words.
    Closing: 6.3.22 online; 20.2.22 postal.  Opens for entries on 6.12.22.
    Prizes: £200, £100.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Fowey Story

 


Added
13.1.22

 

Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize.  This contest, which is supported by the Arts Council, is for book-length essays of at least 25,000 words by writers who have not yet secured a publishing deal.  To enter, you submit a proposal of no more than 5,000 words, plus a biographical note, word count and delivery date of the completed manuscript.  You may also submit a writing sample of up to 5,000 words, published or unpublished.
    Closing : 14.3.20.
    Prize: Publication with a £3,000 advance. The winner will have the opportunity to spend up to 3 months in residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, to work on their book.
    Entry Fee: None - free entry.
    Comp Page:
FitzEditions Essay.

 


Added
20.1.22

 

Harper’s Short Story Competition.  Back again for another run is this annual freebie from the famous glossy magazine Harper’s Bazaar.  It is open to UK residents aged 18 or over.  The theme this time is Treasure, and you are allowed up to 2,200 words to run it through your fingers.
    Closing: 15.3.21.
    Prize: A two-night stay at Billesley Manor where Shakespeare wrote As You Like It.  Plus a chance to have your work published in the mag (very prestigious).
    Entry Fee : None - free entry.
    Comp Page:
Harper’s Bazaar.

 


Added
4.11.21

 

Never Such Innocence Poetry Competition.  Here we have a freebie for youngsters between the ages of 9 and 18.  It has four categories - Poetry, Art, Speech and Song - but here I deal only with the first.  Your poem, which should run to no more than 40 lines, must have the theme of Life After Conflict.
    Closing: 18.3.21.
    Prizes: Winners in all four categories will be invited to participate in unique experiences including NSI’s awards Ceremony.  All participants will receive a special certificate of commendation for their work.  In previous years participants have gone on to present their work at prestigious locations such as Buckingham Palace, and have received letters of congratulations from prime ministers and presidents
.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Innocence

 

 

 

Dear Michael,
     Thank you for maintaining your informative and witty list of writing competitions.
     I entered loads of them last year and got precisely nowhere, but I ploughed on regardless and have just won second prize (£100) in the Flash 500 Humour Verse contest, which would suggest that your friend Percy Vere might be onto something.
                                                                             -  Melanie Branton

 


Added
11.1.22

 

Rosemary Goodacre Short Story Competition.  This contest in memory of author Rosemary Goodacre is for stories of up to 1,500 words on the theme of Friendship.  All profits go to Spadework, Rosemary’s favourite charity.
    Closing: 31.3.22.
    Prizes: £150, £100, £50.
    Entry Fee: £7.50.
    Comp Page:
Rosemary Goodacre

 


Added
1.10.21

 

Fish Poetry Competition.  Poems of up to 300 words are invited for this contest from Fish Publishing based in southern Ireland.  Billy Collins will again be judging.
    Closing: 31.3.22.
    Prizes: 1st - 1,000 euros.  2nd - A week’s residency at Anam Cara Writers’ retreat.  3rd - 200 euros.  The top 10 poems will be published in the Fish Anthology 2022.
    Entry Fee: 14 euros, for the first, 8 euros thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Fish Poetry.

 


Added
1.12.21

 

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize.  Before you clutter up your mind with ideas for poems about caterpillars, let me just point out that the name of this annual contest is not intended to indicate the official subject, although if you wish to go that way, you are free to do so.  The only stipulations are that your poem must be suitable for children aged 7 to 11, and it must be written by an adult.  It can be any length and may have any number of legs, including none.  The Caterpillar, incidentally, is a children’s magazine based in Southern Ireland.
    Closing: 31.3.22.
    Prizes: 1st - 1,000 euros and publication in the mag.
    Entry Fee: 14 euros.
    Comp Page:
Catmag Poetry.

 


Added
2.12.21

 

Rubery Book Award.  This annual international award is for books of all genres published by independent publishers or self-published.  To enter, send a hardcopy of your book by post or submit an ebook electronically (see contest FAQs).
    Closing: 31.3.22.
    Prizes: 1st - £2,000.  Category winners - £200.  Winners also receive a glass plaque.
    Entry Fee: £37 or $60 (US).
    Comp Page:
Rubery Book.

 


Added
15.1.22

 

The Henshaw Short Story Competition.  This recurring contest from Henshaw Press of Northampton is for stories running to no more than 2,000 words on any subject.
    Closing: 31.3.22.
    Prizes: £200, £100, £50.  Winners will be published on the website and in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: £6.  Optional critique: £14.
    Comp Page:
Henshaw Story.

 


Added
20.1.22

 

Red Shed Open Poetry Competition.  This annual contest from Currock Press of Wakefield is for poems of up to 50 lines on any subject.
    Closing : 31.3.22.
    Prizes: 1st - £100.  2nd - £50.  Shortlisted - £10.  Wakefield Postcode: £25.  Covid-19 situation permitting, there will be an awards event at the Mocca Moocho cafe in Wakefield.  Special masks with fixed drinking straws may have to be issued.
    Entry Fee: £3 for the first, £2 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Red Shed.

 

 

 

Hi Michael
     Just to let you know I was a runner up in last year’s Eyelands short story competition. I entered it mainly because entries were accepted by email. The main prizes were very generous, as I remember they included video cameras and computers and “a notebook” which I took to mean a notebook computer. I didn’t win any of these but I was “awarded with distinction” and sent a certificate to prove it. I also received a copy of the Eyelands anthology which included my story. Only one problem – it’s in Greek. I recognised my story because it had my name at the top in English. I advise anyone entering this year's comp to look for the automatic translation feature in google - unless of course they understand Greek!
     Many thanks for your website. Always interesting even if I don't enter one of the comps.
                                                                               -  Mary Hodges

 


Added
1.8.21

 

Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Competition.  This annual freebie from Winning Writers in the USA is for published or unpublished humorous poems of up to 250 lines.  Before entering, it is advisable to check some of the past winners and judge’s comments (in the Contest Archives), as here you will find information about things the judges frown upon.
    Closing: 1.4.22.
    Prizes: 1st - $2,000 plus a gift certificate.  2nd - $500.  Runners-up (10) - $100.  The top 12 entries will be published online.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.  One entry per person.
    Comp Page:
Wergle Flomp.

 


Added
8.1.22

 

Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize.  The Alpine Fellowship is a charity project of the German-based ‘Argosophia Stiftung’ ... which I’m sure needs no introduction from me.  The prize is international in scope, as is the charity.  It is awarded annually for the best piece of writing of up to 2,500 words (prose, poetry, non-academic essay - all genres welcome).  The theme this year is ‘the Alpine Fellowship 2022’.  A study of the website should give you an idea of what the Alpine Fellowship is all about.
    Closing: 1.4.22.
    Prizes: £10,000, £3,000, £2,000.  The winner and runners-up will be invited to attend the symposium ... assuming there are no insurmountable obstacles thrown up by, say, a rampant virus.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.  One entry per person.
    Comp Page:
Alpine Writing Prize.

 


Added
8.1.22

 

Alpine Fellowship Poetry Prize.  The Alpine Fellowship is a charity project of the German-based ‘Argosophia Stiftung’, which holds a symposium every year ... although it didn’t last year as everyone was confined to barracks.  The contest, like the charity, is international.  The prize is awarded annually for the best piece of poetry on the set theme.  This year’s theme is ‘the Alpine Fellowship 2022’.
    Closing: 1.4.22.
    Prize: £3,000.  The winner and runners-up will be invited to attend the symposium. Travel expenses up to £500 will be reimbursed, and accommodation and food will be covered.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.  One entry per person.
    Comp Page:
Alpine Poetry Prize.

 


Added
10.1.22

 

MRRLS Fable Competition.  The challenge in this freebie is to write a fable for the 21st Century in the style of Robert Louis Stevenson.  The comp page has links to RLS fables so you can get your eye in.  Your story, however fabulous, must not exceed 350 words.
    Closing: 2.4.22.
    Prizes: £500, £100.
    Entry Fee: None - free entry.
    Comp Page:
RLS Fable.

 


Added
16.12.21

 

Binstead Poetry Prize.  The annual South Downs Poetry Festival in conjunction with the Binstead Arts Festival is coming round again, and as usual it features a competition for poems of up to 50 lines on any subject.  This is open to all poets aged over 16.
    Closing: 14.4.22.
    Prizes: £300, £150, £50.  Winners will be invited to a prizegiving event in Binstead in June.  The winning poem will be published in the South Downs Poetry Festival magazine.  There will also be an anthology of winning and commended poems.
    Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £4 thereafter.  If you are 16 to 25, the fee is £3 each.
    Comp Page:
Binstead Poetry .

 


Added
1.10.21

 

Tom Howard/John H Reid Fiction & Essay Contest.  This regular visitor from Winning Writers in the USA is two competitions in one.  The first is for fiction running to no more than 6,000 words, while the second requires factual essays, also with a limit of 6,000 words.
    Closing: 30.4.22.
    Prizes: Story - $3,000 plus $100 gift certificate.  Essay - $3,000 plus $100 gift certificate. Honourable Mentions (10) - $200.  The top 12 entries will be published online.
    Entry Fee: $20.
    Comp Page:
Tom H Comp.

 

 

 

Dear Mr Michael
    I discovered your website back in November, then, in January, finally had the guts to enter the Whidbey Writers’ Competition, with the 'lazy' way of judging entries: stopping reading once they found 'the one'. The January theme was Villains, and, guess what, I won.
    Thank goody-goody gumdrops for Prizemagic.
    Keep Smiling
                                                  
- Hannie Duncombe (The youngest ever Student Choice winner, at 13, thanks to you.)

 


Added
15.1.22

 

Ware Poets Poetry Competition.  This annual contest from Ware Poets of Hertfordshire is for poems of up to 50 lines on any subject.  There is a separate category for sonnets.
    Closing: 30.4.22.
    Prizes: £600, £300, £150.  Ware Sonnet Prize - £150.
    Entry Fee: £4.
    Entry Form and Details (pdf):
Ware Poets Comp

 


Added
15.1.22

 

Adventure Writers Competition.  Sponsored by the Clive Cussler family and others, this international contest is for adventure novels of between 50,000 and 200,000 words.  Details of what qualifies as an adventure story for the purpose of this competition can be found on the website.  New as well as published novels can be entered, but in the case of the latter, there are rules about how many copies can have been sold or given away.  There are also rules about script formatting, and unusually for novel manucripts, the requirement here is for single-spaced lines (read the rest on the website before entering).
    Closing: 30.4.22.
    Prizes: 1st - $1,000.  Runners-up (2) - $500.  The three winners will be considered by Braveship Books for publication/promotion.  The winners also get a free book trailer (whatever that is), and all finalists will receive a ‘Clive Trophy’
    Entry Fee: $35.
    Comp Page:
Adventure Novel.

 


Added
2.12.21

 

Ver Poets Open Competition.  Here’s a repeat of the annual contest from Ver Poets of St Albans in Hertfordshire.  It is for poems of up to 30 lines on any subject.  The judge this year is John McCullough.
    Closing: 30.4.22.
    Prizes: £600, £300, £100.  Winning and selected poems will be published in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: £4 each, £10 for three, £3 each thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Ver Poets.

 


Added
16.1.22

 

Parsec SF/Fantasy/Horror Short Story Competition.  This freebie from Parsec in America is, as it says on the tin, for science fiction, fantasy or horror stories.  Entries should be no longer than 3,500 words.  The theme is ‘Hearth, Song, and Table.‘  You should try to incorporate at least two of these concepts into your entry.  This,’ say the promoters, ‘can be conveyed in the setting, plot, characters, dialogue ... but it must be integral to the story.’  Parsec, incidentally, is Pittsburgh’s premier science fiction & fantasy organisation.
    Closing: 1.5.22 (11:59:59pm EST).
    Prizes: 1st - $200 and publication in the Confluence program book (and before you ask, Confluence is some sort of annual science fiction get-together).  2nd - $100.  3rd - $50.  Best Youth Story - $50.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.  Two entries per person permitted.
    Comp Page:
Parsec S/F Story

 


Added
11.12.21

 

Bristol Short Story Prize.  I once spent a whole day exploring Bristol while on a treasure hunt but the only thing I can remember about the place now (aside from the fact that the treasure was somewhere else) is that explorer and navigator John Cabot sailed from there, discovered Newfoundland and explored parts of North America before any other European.  Alas, he failed to update his blog with the details, and now, hundreds of years later, academics are still arguing about it.  You see, what matters in the end is not the going there but the writing about it - and he could have done that without going there, using just his imagination.  Anyway, back to this competition: it is for stories of up to 4,000 words on any theme and in any style or genre.  Entry is open to writers worldwide.
    Closing: 4.5.22.
    Prizes: 1st - £1,000.  2nd - £500.  3rd - £250.  Runners-up (17) - £100.  There will be an additional prize of £100 for the highest placed story from a Bristol writer.  The shortlisted stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 15, and the writers will each receive two free copies.
    Entry Fee: £9.
    Comp Page:
Bristol SSP.

 


Added
14.1.22

 

Creative Future Writers’ Award.  Creative Future is seeking poets and fiction writers from under-represented backgrounds, i.e. those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstances (you might for instance be a carer).  See the entry page for a comprehensive list.  You also need to be over 18, resident in the UK and not previously published in book form by an established publisher.  If you fit the bill, submit a work of fiction of up to 2,000 words, or poetry of up to 50 lines.  The theme in both cases is How It Started.  This, they say, is a creative prompt, not a requirement.
    Closing: 22.5.22.
    Prizes: (in each category): 1st - £100, a Chapter and Verse Mentorship, manuscript assessment and a chance to attend a TLC industry day, plus writing tuition (novel or poetry, depending on which category you entered).  2nd - £75, a manuscript assessment, a six-week online writing course from Curtis Brown Creative or The Poetry School.  3rd - £50, a partial manuscript assessment, and a copy of Mslexia’s Indie Press Guide.  4th - a story or poem critique and a copy of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook.
    There are also prizes for Highly Commended and Commended, and then there are ‘Joint prizes’, presumably so you can smoke away the blues after not winning the top prize ... oh, hang on, I think I’ve misunderstood that one.  It seems these prizes are something extra that all winners get jointly.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter (one entry per person in each category allowed).
    Comp Page:
Creative Future .

 


 Added
11.12.21

 

Frogmore Poetry Prize.  This annual contest is run by Frogmore Press which was founded in 1983 in the Frogmore tearooms in Folkestone.  Well, what else can you do in Folkestone?  I’ll tell you what: you can fall in the sea - a feat I managed at the age of 8.  Will I ever forget that day?  Unlikely, for I had the misfortune to be rescued by my two sisters.  ‘No, no - let me drown!’ I cried.  ‘I’ll never be able to face my mates again.’  But I had the ice cream money in my pocket and so my pleas were ignored.  I later wrote a poem about the shame of it all but it would have been too long for this contest as it ran to 360 lines.  The line limit here is 40.
    Closing: 31.5.22.
    Prize: 1st - 250 guineas.  Classy.  You also get a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers.  2nd - 75 guineas and a year’s subscription.  3rd - 50 guineas and a year’s subscription.  All shortlisted poems will be published issue 100 of The Frogmore Papers.
    Entry Fee: £4.
    Comp Page:
Frogmore PP.

 


Added
16.1.22

 

Yeovil Literary Prize.  This is the 21st of these annual international contests from Yeovil, the literary capital of the West Country where even the sheep appreciate poetry.  There are five categories: Short Story, Poetry, Novel, Children’s & YA Novel, and Unrestricted.  The short stories can run to 2,000 words, while poems should be no more than 40 lines.  Adult Novels have a limit of 10,000 words for the opening chapters and synopsis.  Children’s & YA entries should be no more than 3,000 (opening) words with a 500-word synopsis, and can include one illustration.  The final category is unusual in that it’s for anything you have written - as long as it has ‘the Wow! factor’ (they mean ‘Wow - that’s brilliant!’ rather than, ‘Wow - you’ve really plumbed the depths with that one!’).  Your entry could be a particularly creative tax return, a witty note to the milkman, or that hilariously scathing critique of your former best friend’s novel, etc.
    Closing: 31.5.22.
    Prizes: Short Story - £600, £250, £125.  Poetry - £600, £250, £125.  Novel - £1,250, £300, £125.  Children’s & YA Novel - £600, £250, £125.  Writing Without Restrictions - £250, £125, £75.  In addition there is the Western Gazette Best Local Writer Award for a shortlisted writer living in the Western Gazette distribution area (mainly Dorset and Somerset).  It isn’t worth moving down there however as the prize is only £100.
    Entry Fee: Short Story - £8.  Poetry - £5.  Novel - £14.50.  Children’s & YA Novel - £12.50.  Writing Without Restrictions - £6.
    Comp Page:
Yeovil Lit Prize.

 


Added
1.12.21

 

First Novel Prize 2022.  This contest from Daniel Goldsmith Associates of London is for first novels of over 50,000 words in any adult genre.  To enter you send in the full manuscript plus a synopsis.  Self-published or independently published novels are admissable.
    Closing: 31.5.22.  Opens on 1.2.22.
    Prizes: £1,000, £250, £100.
    Entry Fee: £25.
    Comp Page:
First Novel.

 


Added
16.1.22

 

Bridport Prize.  This international competition from the Bridport Arts Centre is one of the most prestigious writing contests in the British literary calendar.  Everyone in the trade whose mind is not addled by drugs has heard of it, and they will be impressed if you can claim to have won it.  The good news is that winning it is easy.  All you have to do is submit the best poem or short story, the former having no more than 42 lines, the latter running to no more than 5,000 words.  For those who find 5,000 words too tiring to write there is now a flash fiction category for stories of up to 250 words (if that’s too much, consider becoming a poet).  There is also a First Chapter Award (see separate listing) for a novel opening and synopsis.
    Closing: 31.5.21.
    Prizes: Short Stories, Poems (in each category) - £5,000, £1,000, £500, and ten @ £100.  Flash Fiction - £1,000, £500, £250, and five @ £100.  Young Writer Award (highest placed writer aged 16 to 25 in any category) - £500.  Dorset award (highest placed Dorset writer in any category) - £100.  Winning entries will be published in an anthology.
    Entry Fees: Poems - £10.  Short Stories - £12.  Flash Fiction - £9.
    Comp Page:
Bridport Prize.

 


Added
16.1.22

 

The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Novel Award.  This annual contest, which honours one of the founders of the Bridport Prize, is for novels by writers over 16 who are resident in the UK or R.o.I, or are British citizens living overseas, or writers living in any of the 14 British Overseas Territories.   To be eligible you must not have had a novel published (self-published excepted).  To enter, you submit the first chapters of your story (5,000 to 8,000 words), plus a synopsis of up to 300 words.  Three hundred words?  That’s more a blurb than a synopsis.  Warning: You need to have 15,000 words of the novel available at the longlist stage and 30,000 for the shortlist.
    Closing: 31.5.21.
    Prizes: 1st - £1,500 plus mentoring from The Literary Consultancy.  2nd - £750 plus full manuscript appraisal.  Runners-up (3) - £100 plus a 50-page manuscript appraisal.
    Entry Fee: £20.
    Comp Page:
Chapman-Andrews Award.

 


Added
11.6.04

 

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Competition.  This US contest is open worldwide and is for short stories of up to 17,000 words.  They should be science fiction, fantasy or horror with fantastic elements.
    Closing: Quarterly.
    Prizes: $1,000, $750, $500.
    Entry Fee: None.
    Website:
Click Here.

 

 

 

Dear Michael
     Just to say a big ‘Thank You’ for your work on the website. I have been selected for publication in the Mirador competition which ran last year and have been awarded 3rd place in the Stringybark Speculative Fiction competition. To be published twice is like a dream for me, which the information found on your site made possible. Thanks again.
                                                                                    -   Pat Davies

 
  

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Notes: Unless otherwise stated in the rules, all poetry should be single-spaced.  The rest should be double-spaced (which is to say, double spacing between the lines, not the words!).  It is sometimes the case that your name shouldn’t appear on the manuscript.  Again, check the rules.  If you put your name on there after being told not to, you’re out.  Don’t use coloured paper or fancy fonts, and don’t send your manuscript done up like the Queen’s dinner menu with a fancy gold-tooled leather cover.  These things merely announce that you have no confidence in your submission or, worse, that you think the judges are shallow enough to judge on appearance rather than content.  Plain white A4 80gsm paper is the stuff to use, with plain black typing or print.  Write on one side of the sheet only (unless asked to put your address on the back).

 
    
  

        Before you start writing, allow me to introduce you to an old friend

                                       The Typo Goblin

 
I am the Typo Goblin, my heart is made of flint,
  My role in life is simply this: to keep you out of print.
  I sneak into your manuscript and do my fiendish work,
  Adding errors guaranteed to make you look a berk.
  And then I cast the ‘Careless’ spell: you say, ‘Ah, what the heck!’
  And pop your script into the post without that final check.
  At length some hapless editor receives your golden wit,
  And after reading fifty words he writes it off as ... unpublishable.

                                                                           
- Michael Shenton

 
  

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