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     Despite having had hundreds of poems published I’ve never won a poetry competition, but that’s probably because I’ve only entered four.  However, I did once win a cash prize for a short story, and then I won the Peter Pook Humorous Novel Contest with Stiff Competition, a story that had previously been rejected by a top publisher for being too funny (see Comps Novel).  I therefore speak from experience when I say that winning literary competitions doesn’t always lead to fame.  But having a few such wins to boast about does you no harm when approaching editors or agents, so if you have dreams of a writing career, this could be the place to begin. Or maybe you just want to win some money.  Whatever your motives, the best advice I can offer is that you emulate my old friend Percy Vere, who reads, writes, reads, writes ad infinitum.

     Below is a list of the most interesting UK writing competitions I’ve seen recently.  I’ve done my best to vet them and eliminate the dodgy ones, but I can offer no guarantees.  Bear in mind that contests with smaller prizes attract fewer entries and are therefore easier to win.

 
  

UK Writing Competitions (currently 76)

 


Updated
 29.6.17

 

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:
Click Here.

 


Updated
  29.6.17

 

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: £4 each, or £6 if you want a short critique (enclose sae for the critique if entering by post).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
 29.6.17

 

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:
Click Here.

 


Added
27.1.15

 

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
17.6.16

 

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
 29.6.17

 

NAWG 100 Words CompetitionThis ongoing contest from the National Association of  Wig Growers - or possibly Writers’ Groups - is for tales of exactly 100 words.  Now, it will almost certainly turn out that some of you don’t understand the meaning of the word ‘exactly’, so let me explain that it is not 99 words or fewer, nor is it 101 words or more.  It’s bang on 100.
    Closing: Ongoing.  Each round ends when 100 entries have been accepted. Surplus entries automatically go into the next round.
    Prizes (in each round): £75, £25.
    Entry Fee: £3 each, £5.50 for two, £8 for three.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
 29.6.17

 

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:
Click Here.

 


Added
13.6.17

 

Dark Tales Short Story Competition.  As you may gather from the name of the competition, this is not for the sort of jolly happy-ending story that leaves you with a warm glow inside.  It is for horror and speculative fiction, the sort that leaves you afraid to turn out the lights in case something other than a tiny moth is hiding in the wardrobe.  Your entry must be limited to 5,000 words.
    Closing: Monthly.
    Prize: £100 and publication.
    Entry Fee: £4.
    Comp Page:
Click Here

 


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: 31.3.18, 30.6.18, 30.9.18, 31.12.18.
    Prizes: 1st - £300.  2nd - £200.  3rd - £100.  Highly Commended - A copy of Bad Moon Rising.  Winners will be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: £5 each, £8 for two.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 
    
  

                         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
16.1.18

 

Secret Attic Competitions.  Here are two free monthly contests from Secret Attic Press, one for short stories of up to 1,200 words, the other for poems running to no more than 28 lines.
    Closing: End of each month.
    Prizes (in each category): £10.  Best entries will be published in the monthly magazine.
    Entry Fee: None - free entry.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

Dear Michael
     I won this year's Cinnamon Press Short Story competition. I wouldn't have known about this excellent small publishing press without your listings site. I just wanted to share with you my success (but not the prize money, obvs).
     Best wishes,                                                         - Kerry Hood

 


Added
1.12.17

 

Readers’ Digest 100 Words Competition.  Here’s an old friend that’s been visiting us annually for eight years.  If you win, you will be paid a handsome £10 a word for your work - that’s almost as much as JK Rowling.  And best of all, it’s free.  But before you set your fingers flying across the keyboard, you must rid yourself of the notion that if your story ends up with a word or two more than 100, or a word or two less, it will be accepted due to its unrivalled brilliance.  It won’t.  Your story must be exactly 100 words (excluding the title).  There are three age categories: Adult, 12 to 18, and Under 12.  The three best stories in each category will be posted on the website on February 27.  The winners will be the ones that receive the most votes from readers.
    Closing: 19.2.18 (5pm).
    Prizes: Adult - £1,000, £250, £250.  12-to-18 and Under 12 winners will each receive a Fire HD 8 Tablet and a selection of Staedtler products worth £50 plus two Staedtler classpacks of pencils for their school.  The two runners-up in both non-adult categories will receive a Kindle E-Reader.  Shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
16.1.18

 

BBC 500 Words 2017.  This annual contest from the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 is open to children aged between 5 and 13.  If you are one of these, go for it, but be aware that it could start you on the road to a lifetime of rejection, heartbreak and poverty.  Your story, which must be your own original work, should run to no more than 500 words.  It should not contain any naughty words, not even if you heard Mummy and Daddy using them when they got the gas bill.  If you are planning to include any real people as characters, you should first ask your solicitor to explain the laws of libel.  Good luck.
    Closing: 22.2.18 (7pm).
    Prizes (in each of two age categories): 1st - Chris Evans’ height in books.  2nd - honorary judge The Dutchess of Cornwall’s height in books.  3rd - your own height in books.  Winners also get to ride in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang before taking tea on the Thames aboard HM The Queen’s Rowbarge Glorina. The top 50 shortlisted entries will earn for their writers 2 tickets to the final at Hampton Court Palace.
    Entry Fee: None - free entry (only one entry per person).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
16.11.17

 

Atlantis Short Story Competition.  This annual international contest from the USA is for stories of between 300 and 2.500 words on any theme.  Stories can be fiction or based on true events.  And they can be written by two people - so if you have a split personality here’s a chance to make a name for yourselves.
    Closing: 25.2.18.  Early entries submitted by 18.12.17 receive a 10% discount.
    Prizes: 1st - $300, $100, $50.  The three winners also receive in-depth feedback, as do numerous runners-up.  Every paticipant receives a comment on their entry and an evaluation table.
    Entry Fee: $10, or $9 if submitting by 18.12.17.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

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
16.1.18

 

The Felix Dennis Young Poets Prize.  This contest from the Stratford Literary Festival is for poems of up to 600 words.  It has three age categories: 5-10, 11 to 16, 17 to 21.
    Closing: 26.2.18 (5.30pm).
    Prizes: 17 to 21 - £300.  11 to 16 - £200.  5 to 10 - £100.  Winners will be published in a special Festival book.
    Entry Fee: None - free entry (one entry per person).
    Entry Address (email): info@stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 2.2.18

 

MJ Meads Short story Competition.  Here we have a free short story contest on the theme of Light.  You may interpret this in any way you choose, but don’t make light of the word limit (1,500 to 2,500) or your entry, notwithstanding its undeniable brilliance, will be cast into the dark regions of a rubbish bin and forgotten.
    Closing: 31.3.18.
    Prizes (2): A NOOK Glowlight 3 eReader (300dpi, 8GB).
    Entry Fee: None - Free entry.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.10.17

 

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition.  This annual contest from Exeter Writers in Devon is for stores of up to 3,000 words on any theme.  Entry is open worldwide.
    Closing: 28.2.18.
    Prizes: £500, £250, £100.  Plus £100 for a writer from Devon.  Winners will be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: £6.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 6.7.17

 

Flash 500 Short Story Competition.  Stories in any genre running to between 1,000 and 3,000 words are required for this one from the Flash 500 website.  Those of you who think no story is complete without a decent (or indecent) bedroom scene will be pleased to learn that adult material is acceptable here ‘providing the content fits the story and is not gratuitous’.  The rest of you will be relieved to learn that adult content is not compulsory.
    Closing: 28.2.18.
    Prizes: £500, £200, £100.
    Entry Fee: £7 for one, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four.
    Comp Page:
Click Here

 


Added
2.12.17

 

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: 28.2.18.
    Prize: £500 plus two weekend passes to Crimefest 2019 and a selection of Margery Allingham books.
    Entry Fee: £12.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.10.17

 

Fish Flash Fiction Competition.  This annual Fish competition is for stories running to no more than 300 words.
    Closing: 28.2.18.
    Prizes: 1st - 1,000 euros.  2nd - An online writing course with Fish.  The best 10 entries will be published in the Fish Anthology.  The writers will each receive five copies.
    Entry Fee: 14 euros.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
18.4.17

 

SciFan ‘Fire and Ice’ Competition.  Here’s another contest from Fantastic Books Publishing of Yorkshire.  They want you to get in touch with your dark side.  Eat a kitten.  Or perhaps not.  They are looking for your most twisted dystopian stories with the theme of Fire and Ice.  The genre is science fiction or science fantasy or, if you can’t make your mind up, a blend of both (hence the name SciFan).  Just be aware that when you walk into that dark room in your mind you may never get out.
    Closing: 28.2.17.
    Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
    Entry Fee: £5 each, five or more £3.50 each.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
15.1.18

 

Poets & Players Poetry Competition .  This contest from Poets & Players, one of Manchester’s leading organisers of poetry and music events, is for poems of up to 40 lines on any subject.  The judge is award-winning poet Pascale Petit.  She will be reading all the entries, although possibly not those with 41 lines or more as these will have been pounced upon by a cold-hearted sifter and consigned to oblivion (and serves you right too - I told you it was 40 lines max, but you thought they wouldn’t mind an extra bit in view of the brilliance of the writing).
    Closing: 28.2.18.
    Prizes: £600, £200, £100.
    Entry Fee: £4 each, £10 for three.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
29.3.14

 

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
 1.2.18

 

NWC Short Story Competition.  This national contest from the Nottingham Writers’ Club is for stories of up to 2,000 words by non-professional writers.  The theme is any season of your choice.
    Closing: 28.2.18.
    Prizes: £200, £100, £50.  Winners will also received a certificate with the judge’s comments on the back.
    Entry Fee: £6 if entering via the website.  The postal entry fee is a bit lower (£5) but probably not worth bothering with once you’ve factored in the cost of the stamp, sheet of A4 paper and envelope, and then considered the hassle of finding a postbox and ascertaining if it’s still in use (look for spiders’ webs across the letter slot/bird flying in with worm, etc - not good signs).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
15.12.17

 

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.  Mandy Pannett is the judge this time round.
    Closing: 28.2.18.
    Prizes: £200, £100, £50.  Runners-up - £20, £10.
    Entry Fee : £4 for one, £7 for two, £9 for three and so on.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
5.12.17

 

Papatango New Writing Prize.  This playwriting contest from the Papatango Theatre Company is for full-length plays of at least 60 minutes performance time  (sixty minutes, they say, is at least 40 pages or 6,000 words).
    Closing: 28.2.18.
    Prize: A 4-week production at Southwalk Playhouse, publication by Nick Hern Books, 10% royalities on gross box office, and a £6,000 commission to develop a follow-up play.
    Entry Fee: None - free entry.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Updated
  1.2.18

 

TXTLit Micro Story Competition.  For this contest you need a mobile phone.  Well, everyone’s got one, haven’t they?  No.  There’s still one person in the UK who hasn’t.  Me.  I don’t like phones of any sort.  I have one that plugs into the wall but I never answer it when it rings.  I think: ‘They’ll ring again if it’s important.’  They seldom do, and if they do I never answer it and they never ring again - which proves they were just time-wasters.  Now, I may seem to be rambling a bit here, but hey, what do you know, this turns out to be relevant because you mustn’t ramble in this competition.  Limit your stories to 154 characters (letters and spaces, not people), and while you’re about it, refrain from using abbreviated TXT gibberish, as this is not welcome.  At last - someone is fighting back on behalf of the English language!  There is a different theme each month.
    Closing: 28.2.18.
    Prize: Just the satisfaction of being the winner.
    Entry Fee: None.
    Website:
Click Here.

 


Added
 5.1.18

 

The White Review Short Fiction Competition.  This contest from literary magazine The White Review is for stories of between 2,000 and 7,000 words.  It is open to writers in Britain and Ireland who have yet to secure a publishing deal.  The promoters are looking for stories that ‘explore and expand the possibilities of the short story form’.
    Closing: 1.3.18 (5pm).
    Prize: £2,500.
    Entry Fee: £15.  There are 50 free entries on offer for low-income writers.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
2.11.17

 

The Rialto Nature & Place Poetry Competition.  This contest from the poetry magazine The Rialto, working with the RSPB, is for poems of up to 40 lines which deal with any aspect of nature and place.
    Closing: 1.3.18.
    Prizes : 1st - £1,000.  2nd - £500.  3rd - A place on a creative writing course at Ty Newyyd Writing Centre.  There are two additional prizes of personal tours conducted by two of the judges, each taking in their favourite wildlife place.
    Entry Fee: £6 for the first, £3.50 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
2.12.17

 

Bridgend Writers’ Circle Open Competition.  This annual open contest from Bridgend Writers’ Circle in Wales is for stories of between 1,500 and 1,800 words on any theme.
    Closing: 1.3.18.
    Prizes: £200, £50, £30.
    Entry Fee: £5 each, £7.50 for two.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
31.12.17

 

Sunderland Short Story Award.  This contest from the University of Sunderland in association with Waterstones has two ages categories: Adult and 11 to 17.  There is a word limit of 2,500 for the former, while the latter are restricted to 1,500.  In both cases there is no theme.
    Closing: 1.3.18.
    Prize: Adults - £500.  Aged 11 to 17 - £200.
    Entry Fee: Adults - £5.  11 to 17 year olds - Free.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
21.5.12

 

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
 1.1.18

 

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: 1.3.18.
    Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250.  Winning poems will be published online and in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: £2 each,  £15 for ten.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
 1.1.18

 

Snapshot Press Book Awards 2018.  This poetry contest from Snapshot press of Ormskirk is for  book-length collections of between 60 and 100 haiku, tanka and other short poetry up to 25 lines including any blank lines (prose poems and haibun up to 200 words).  Poems must not have been previously published in a collection.
    Closing: 1.3.18.
    Prizes: Publication by Snapshot Press.
    Entry Fee: £18 per collection.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

The Poetry Business New Poets Prize.  If you can arrange to be between 16 and 22, you will be eligible to enter this contest for collections of poems (12 pages).
    Closing: 1.3.18.
    Prizes: 1st and runner-up - a place on an Arvon residential course of your choice in 2018.   Four outstanding poets will receive mentoring, readings and publication in the North magazine.  One of these will receive pamphlet publication by smith/doorstop Books.
    Entry Fee: £8.
    Comp Page :
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

The Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition.  To enter this annual international contest from The Poetry Business you submit 20 to 24 pages of your poetry.
    Closing: 1.3.18.
    Prizes (4): Publication by smith/doorstop Books, a share of £2,000, a launch reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books, plus publication in the North magazine.  There will also be an opportunity to submit a full collection for possible publication in book form.
    Entry Fee: £28.  Yike.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
5.12.17

 

Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2017.  This annual contest from Christ Church, Oxford, is open to full- or part-time UK students between the ages of 16 and 18.  It is for poems of up to 48 lines.  I’ll whisper this year’s theme to you but you must promise not to tell anyone else.  It’s ‘Secrets’.
    Closing: 2.3.18.
    Prizes: 1st - £3,000.  2nd - £1,500.  3rd - £500.  The three winners will be eligible for a place on the Tower Poetry Summer School, and they will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Oxford.  Three commended entrants will each receive £250.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
16.1.18

 

SLF Salariya Children’s Picture Book Prize.  This contest from Stratford Literary Festival and the Salariya Book Company is, as the title indicates, for children’s picture books.  The target age group is 0 to 5.  Submissions must comprise both words and illustrations, so if you can’t illustrate your own story you will need to team up with someone who can draw.  The book should be 28 pages excluding end papers and covers.  The text should not rhyme.  Stipulations about the artwork can be found on the website.  To be eligible to enter you must be 16 or over and not have had a picture book published before (nor should you be represented by an agent).
    Closing: 5.3.18 (5.30pm).
    Prize: Publication in hardback by Scribblers (a Salariya imprint) plus a £5,000 advance.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

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
 1.2.18

 

Wicked Young Writer Awards.  Launched by the long-running West End musical Wicked, this annual contest for young writers between the ages of 5 and 25 is for stories, poems, and plays on any subject running to no more than 750 words.  There are six age categories, as detailed  below.  If you are 15 to 25 you can also enter a separate non-fiction category for essays, articles, biographies, reviews or letters.  Michael Morpurgo is an honorary judge of the Awards, and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is a patron - so there is a certain amount of prestige attached to this.
    Closing: 12.3.18.
    Prizes: I know most of you will be too young and pure to be motivated by avarice, but bear with me while I list the prizes for the benefit of the rest.  Winners in the 5-7, 8-10 and 11-14 categories will receive a £50 book token and £100 in books for the winner’s school.  Winners in the 15-17 category receive a £50 book token and a writing masterclass with a professional author.  18-25 category: £50 book token and a self-publishing package from Spiderwise.  All winners will also receive four tickets to see the London production of Wicked, and they will be able to meet cast members after the show.  In the non-fiction category the winner will receive work experience at First News newspaper, shadowing the editor Nicky Cox, MBE.  All finalists will see their work published in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize.  This international contest from the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation has two categories, one for adventure novels published by a recognised trade publisher in the previous calendar year, and one for unpublished adventure novels.  Here I will give details only for the latter.  If you’re interested in the former, see the website.  The rest must submit an unpublished adventure novel running to over 50,000 words along with a synopsis of up to 400 words, a cv up to 200 words. and an explanation of why the story qualifies as an adventure yarn (up to 200 words).  Self-published e-books do not count as published, so if you have one of those and someone other than your mother/husband/wife/parrot has proclaimed its brilliance, you could send that in.
    Closing: 12.3.18.
    Prizes: Published category - £15,000.  Unpublished category - A £7,500 grant for you to travel to undertake research for your next story, plus mentoring by Wilbur Smith’s literary agents.
    Entry Fee: None - free entry.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

Wilbur Smith Author of Tomorrow Award.  Here’s another international contest from the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation.  Open only to writers aged 12 to 21, it is for short adventure stories of between 1,500 and 5,000 words.  To enter, you send in your story along with a synopsis and a scanned copy of your birth certificate.
    Closing: 12.3.18.
    Prize: £1,500 and a framed certificate.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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26.10.17

 

A Slim Volume of One’s Own.  This contest from new publisher Hedgehog Poetry Press of Clevedon in Somerset is for collections of poetry in any form and on any subject.  Collections should comprise no more than 40 poems each.
    Closing: 15.3.18.
    Prizes: Publication of your collection, and 100 free copies.
    Entry Fee: £25 for one collection, £45 for two, £60 for three.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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12.2.18

 

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.  It is awarded for the best piece of writing of up to 2,500 words on the theme of Childhood, this being the topic of the Fellowship’s 2018 symposium later this year (click on ‘AF2018’ at the top of the competition page for further details).
    Closing: 15.3.18.
    Prize: £3,000.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

Never Such Innocence Poetry & Art Competition.  This International contest from the education charity Never Such Innocence is for children aged 9 to 16.  It is for artwork and poems of up to 40 lines inspired by the First World War. 
    Closing: 16.3.18.
    Prizes (in each category): £400, £200, £100.  Each prize is split 50-50 between the pupil and his or her school.  There are in addition prizes for runners-up.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
16.1.18

 

Stringybark Short Story Award .  This one from Australia, the home of the bird with the world’s most irritaing call (no, not Dame Edna - the kookaburra), is for stories on any theme aimed at adults.  Your story must have some link to Australia however tenuous.  Curtail your tale at 1,500 words or fewer and you could soon be clutching a handful of unfamiliar currency.  Incidentally, did you know that one of the names they considered for that currency was the Royal?  When I lived in Melbourne, there was a DJ called Don Lunn who used to introduce himself with the words: ‘This is Don dig the dollar, rubbish the royal, call it a quid Lunn.’  Day after day he said that, over and over.  He was worse than a kookaburra.
    Closing: 18.3.18.
    Prizes (in Oz dollars): 1st - $500 + 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: $12.50 each, $24 for two, $33 for three.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

Michael,
     I have been a follower of your excellent site for a few years, finally with some success.  I usually submit poetry but I have won 2nd Prize in the Eyelands Short Story competition - a piece of Greek pottery and copy of the Anthology containing my story.
     I hope the Anthology copy which I receive is not all GREEK TO ME like Mary Hodges copy last Year!
                                                                          -  Regards Fred McIlmoyle

 


Added
 2.2.18

 

Eyelands International Flash Fiction Competition.  This inaugural flash fiction contest from Strange Days Book in Greece is for stories of up to 500 words on the theme of Dreams.
    Closing: 20.3.18.
    Prizes: 1st - A week’s holiday on the island of Crete for two people (flights not included).  Three prizewinners will receive a ceramic gift, a certificate and a complimentary copy of the contest anthology.  All shortlisted stories will be included in the anthology.
    Entry Fee: 5 euros.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
1.10.17

 

Fish Poetry Competition.  Poems of up to 300 words are invited for this contest from Fish Publishing based in southern Ireland.  Ellen Bass will be judging.
    Closing: 31.3.18.
    Prizes: 1st - 1,000 euros.  2nd - A week’s residency at Anam Cara Writers’ retreat.
    Entry Fee: 14 euros.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
10.10.17

 

Rubery Book Award.  This annual award is for books published by independent publishers or self-published.  There are various categories (see website).  To enter, send a hardcopy of your book by post or submit an ebook electronically.
    Closing: 31.3.18.
    Prizes: 1st - £1,500, and the book will be read by a literary agent at MBA in London.  Runnerss-up (3) - £150.
    Entry Fee: £36.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

Tamworth Litfest Writing Competition.  This contest from Tamworth in Staffordshire is for stories and poems on any subject.  There are three age categories, each having a different word limit as follows: 16+ 1,500 words, 11 to 16 - 1,000 words, Under 11 - 500 words.
    Closing: 31.3.18.
    Prizes: Age 16+ - £100, £50, £25.  Age 11 to 16 - £50,£25, £15.  Age under 11 - £20, £15, £10.  Best entries will appear in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: Age category 16+ - £4.  Other age categories - free entry.
    Comp Page:
Click Here

 


Updated
 11.10.17

 

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize.  Entries for this open competition from Wales are invited from beginners and established poets alike. Submit 15 to 25 poems of up to 50 lines each.
    Closing: 31.3.18.
    Prizes (4): A publishing contract plus 30 copies of the pamphlet.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
15.1.18

 

Writers Bureau Short Story Competition.  This annual contest is for stories of up to 2,000 words on any theme.
    Closing: 31.3.18.
    Prizes: £300, £200, £100, 4 x £50.  Winners also receive a Writers Bureau course of their choice.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
20.1.18

 

Audiojam Play Script Competition.  This contest from Audiojam (formerly Soundwork) is for plays with a running time of up to 2 hours suitable for audio broadcast.  All genres are welcome and work may have been previously published.
    Closing: 31.3.18.
    Prizes: Up to five winning scripts will be adapted for audio, then produced and recorded in a studio with professional actors.  The recordings will be made available to an existing listener base and the world via the Audiojam website and SoundCloud.
    Entry Fee: £2.99.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

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
 1.1.18

 

Ver Poets Open Competition.  This annual contest from Ver Poets of St Albans in Hertfordshire is for poems of up to 30 lines on any subject.  Former poet laureate of Nottinghamshire Adrian Buckner will be judging.
    Closing: 1.4.18.
    Prizes: £600, £300, £100.  Winning and selected poems will be published in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: £4 each, £10 for three, £2 each thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
17.12.17

 

Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Competition.  This contest 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 accessed from the Our Contests menu), as here you will find information about things the judges frown upon.
    Closing: 1.4.17.
    Prizes: 1st - $1,000.  2nd - $250.  Runners-up (10) - $100.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.  One entry per person.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
2.12.17

 

Binsted Arts Poetry Competition.  This is the third year for this contest from Binsted Arts in West Sussex.  It is for poems of up to 40 lines.  The theme this year is ‘Country’.  Poet Jeremy Page, editor of the Frogmore Papers, will be judging.
    Closing: 9.4.18.
    Prizes: £150, £100, £50.
    Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £3.50 each thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.10.17

 

Theatre Cloud Tell a Tale Competition.  Theatre Cloud is inviting you to write a gothic fiction story of up to 500 words using as your inspiration the following quotation from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: ’It might be possible, of course, that far from being one, we may posess two selves.’  The contest is open only to UK residents.
    Closing: 21.4.18.
    Prizes : 1st - £300.  There will be other prizes for runners-up.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.2.18

 

Bath Short Story Award.  Now in its sixth year, this international contest from Bath is for stories running to no more than 2,200 words on any subject.  The judge this year is Euan Thornycroft from literary agents A M Heath.
    Closing: 23.4.18.
    Prizes: £1,200, £300, £100.  Local Prize - £50 in book vouchers.  Acorn Award for an unpublished writer - £100 worth of acorns.  Ah, I now see that it’s cash.
    Entry Fee: £8.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 2.1.18

 

James White Award.  This annual freebie is for science fiction stories of between 1,000 and 6,000 words.  It is supported by the publishers of Interzone, the UK’s leading science fiction magazine.
    Closing: 27.4.18.
    Prize: £200 and publication in Interzone.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
16.2.18

 

Red Shed Open Poetry Competition.  This contest from Currock Press of Wakefield is for poems of up to 50 lines on any subject.
    Closing: 28.4.18.
    Prizes: 1st - £100.  2nd - £50.  Shortlisted - £10.  Wakefield Postcode: £25.  There will be an awards event at the Mocca Moocho cafe in Wakefield.
    Entry Fee: £3 for the first, £2 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

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

 


Added
12.2.18

 

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: 30.4.18.
    Prizes: £600, £300, £150.  Ware Sonnet Prize - £150.
    Entry Fee: £4 each, £12 for four, £3 each thereafter.
    Entry Form and Details (pdf):
Click Here.

 


Added
26.10.17

 

Creative Writing for All Competition.  This contest in aid of the RSPCA animal rescue and rehoming centre in Kempsey, Worcestershire, has two categories: short story and poetry.  In both cases the theme is Cats and/or Dogs.  Stories should be (pun alert!) curtailed at 2,000 words, while poems can run fur as many as 40 lines.
    Closing: 30.4.18.
    Prizes (in each category): £60, £30, £15.
    Entry Fee: £5 for one, £3 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
12.2.18

 

Grey Hen Poetry Competition.  This contest from Grey Hen Press is for poems of up to 40 lines by woman who are prepared to admit to being over 60.  There is no theme.
    Closing: 30.4.18.
    Prizes: £100, £50, £25.  Winners will be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: £3 each, £10 for four.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 7.1.18

 

Write Space Short Story Competition.  Stories of up to 2,000 words are required for this recurring contest from Linda ’n’ Vanda’s Write Space.  The theme this time is open.
    Closing: 30.4.18.
    Prizes: £250, £100.  There are in addition some runners-up prizes of an unspecified number and nature. Winners may be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: £6.  Optional critique - £4.
    Comp Page:
Click Here (and scroll down to Open Theme Competition).

 


Added
26.1.18

 

Belfast Book Festival Martin Crawford Awards.  This contest from the Belfast Book Festival is for poems and stories by writers who have not yet had a full collection published.  In the poetry category each submission should consist of between 6 and 10 poems, the poems to be no more than 60 lines each.  Stories (one per submission) should not exceed 2,000 words.
    Closing: 1.5.18.
    Prizes: The winners in each category will receive a six-month professional mentorship with editorial advice, plus help to achieve significant breakthroughs both creative and professional.  In addition the winners will receive other prizes which, at the time of writing, had yet to be announced.  Winners will also be invited to read live at the awards celebration one evening during the Festival.
    Entry Fee: £5 for each submission of one story or 6 to 10 poems.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

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
1.12.17

 

Bristol Short Story Prize.  I once spent a whole day exploring Bristol in connection with 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 amy 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, this competition - it’s for stories of up to 4,000 words on any theme.
    Closing: 1.5.18.
    Prizes: £1,000, £700, £400.  Runners-up (17) - £100.  Twenty stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 11.
    Entry Fee: £8.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
12.12.17

 

Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018.  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 because it ran to 360 lines.  The line limit here is 40.
    Closing: 31.5.18.
    Prize: 1st - 250 guineas.  Classy.  You also get a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers.  2nd - 75 guineas and a year’s sub to the Papers.  3rd - 50 guineas and a year’s sub.
    Entry Fee: £3.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
 11.10.17

 

Cinnamon Press Short Story Prize .  This is for stories of between 2,000 and 4,000 words.
    Closing: 31.5.18.
    Prize: 1st - One year’s mentoring/free place on a Ty’n y coed course. 2nd Pack of short story collections. 3rd - A year’s subscription to the book club. Winners and runners-up will be published in the Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction.
    Entry Fee: £12 (includes a free copy of the winners’ anthology).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.2.18

 

First Novel Prize.  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: 31.5.18.
    Prizes: £1,000, £250, £100.
    Entry Fee: £25.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 2.2.18

 

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 below) for a novel opening of between 5,000 and 8,000 words, plus a 300-word synopsis.  Writers from beyond the veil should note that the Bridport rules forbid posthumous entries.  Shame: the awards ceremony would be so much more interesting with a couple of ghosts in attendance.
    Closing: 31.5.18.
    Prizes: In each of the main categories (Short Stories, Poems Flash Fiction) - £5,000, £1,000, £500.  There are also ten runners-up prizes of £100.   The Peggy Chapman Andrews First Novel Award: 1st - £1,000.  2nd - £500. Runners-up (3) £100.  There will be an awards ceremony at the Bridport Arts Centre on Sunday October 20.  Winning entries are usually published in an anthology.
    Entry Fees: Poems - £9.  Short Stories - £10.  Novel - £20.  Flash Fiction - £8.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 2.2.18

 

The Peggy Chapman-Andrews 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 and who have not 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.  Deciding if you’ve got what it takes to be a winner will be author Nathan Filer in conjunction with the Literary Consultancy and A.M. Heath.  Warning: You need to have 15,000 words of the novel available at the longlist stage and 30,000 for the shortlist.
    Closing: 31.5.18.
    Prizes: 1st - £1,000 plus mentoring from the Literary Consultancy and possible representation by top literary agents A.M. Heath.  2nd - £500 plus feedback from The Literary Consultancy and a place on one of their Industry Days.  Runners-up (3) - £100 plus manuscript assessment and a place on an Industry Day.
    Entry Fee: £20.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

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

 


Added
 8.2.18

 

Battered Moons Poetry Competition.  Part of the Poetry Swindon Festival and supported by Arts Council England, this contest is for poems of up to 40 lines on any subject and in any style.
    Closing: 31.5.18.
    Prizes: £700, £200, £100, and 4 @ £25.  Winners will be published in the Battered Moons pamphlet.  Losers will simply be battered (metaphorically speaking).  In addition, all prize-winners will be invited to read their poems at the above-mentioned Festival.
    Entry Fee : £5 for the first, £3.50 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 8.2.18

 

Segora Writing Competition.  This is the twelfth of these contests from Poetry Prose and Plays, which is based in France.  It is for short stories of between 1,500 and 3,000 words, poems of up to 50 lines, one-act plays with a running time of up to 35 minutes, and vignettes of up to 300 words.  Not many vignette contests about these days.  This is because hardly anyone knows what a vignette is.  You do of course, and in fact you probably have a dozen or so already written.  For the rest, I’ll give by way of enlightenment a definition from Collins: ‘A short piece of writing that clearly expresses the typical characteristics of something or someone.’  You can read last year’s winners for all categories on the website.
    Closing: 15.6.18.
    Prizes: Short Stories and Poetry - £300, £50, £30.  Vignettes - £100.  Plays - £100.  Wnners will be published on the website.
    Entry Fees: Short Stories - £7 each, £13 for two, £19 for three.  Vignettes and Poems - £5 each for the first, £2.50 each thereafter.  Plays - £12.  Winners will be published on the website.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.2.18

 

Stroud Book Festival Writing Competition.  This contest from the Stroud Book Festival has two categories: flash fiction of up to 500 words and poetry of up to 40 lines.
    Closing: 31.7.18.
    Prizes (in each category): £500, £250, £100.
    Entry Fee: Flash Fiction - £5.  Poetry - £5 for the first, £3 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
11.10.17

 

Cinnamon Press Debut Novel/Novella Prize .  To enter this you submit the first 10,000 words of your novel or novella.
    Closing: 31.7.18.
    Prize: A publishing contract and 100 copies of the novel.
    Entry Fee: £12.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.1.18

 

Snapshot Press Chapbook Awards 2018.  This contest from Snapshot press of Ormskirk is for chapbook-length collections of between 8 and 24 haiku, tanka and other short poetry up to 25 lines including any blank lines (prose poems and haibun up to 200 words).  Poems must not have been previously published in a collection.
    Closing: 31.7.18.
    Prizes: Online publication by Snapshot Press.
    Entry Fee: £12 per collection.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.2.18

 

New Voices Novel Competition.  This international contest from London-based mentoring service Adventures in Fiction requires you to submit the first page of your novel and a one-page synopsis.
    Closing: 14.9.18.
    Prizes: A start-up mentoring package (nomally costing £550) which includes manuscript appraisal, a consultation and a development strategy.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
22.1.18

 

Novel Opening Competition.  For this annual contest from the Flash 500 website you submit the first chapter of your novel, or just the first 3,000 words if the chapter is longer.  Add to this a one-page synopsis outlining the rest of the story.
    Closing: 31.10.18.
    Prizes: £500, £200.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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.

 


Added
 1.9.11

 

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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