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Stiff Competition - the novel

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     I’ve never won a poetry competition, mainly, I like to think, because I haven’t entered many (4), but I did once win a cash prize for a short story, and then of course I won the Peter Pook Humorous Novel Contest with Stiff Competition, a novel 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 small, lesser-known competitions doesn’t lead to overnight fame.  But having a few such successes to boast about does you no harm when approaching editors or agents, so if you do 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 only advice I can offer is to suggest 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 found recently (entry is not necessarily limited to UK residents).

=> Bear in mind that contests with smaller prizes, and those where you have to write for details, attract fewer entries.  Such competitions are easier to win. 

 
  

UK Writing Competitions (currently 67)

 


Updated
  3.1.12

 

Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition.  There is a new contest in each issue of this 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 go into the next.
    Prizes: £300, £150, £100 in each issue.
    Entry Fee: £6, or £3 for subscribers to the magazine.  Critique - £5 (enclose sae if entering by post).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
  3.1.12

 

Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition.  This monthly contest from the glossy magazine Writers’ Forum is for poems of up to 40 lines.
    Closing: Monthly.  Entries arriving too late for one month go forward to the next.
    Prizes: 1st - £100.  Runners-up - A Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.
    Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter.  Includes a free critique (sae required if entering by post).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 
  

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Added
3.11.10

 

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

 


Updated
  17.9.14

 

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prizes.  Entries for ths one should comprise 15 to 25 poems of up to 50 lines each.
    Closing: Annually (end of March).
    Prizes: 4 x £150 plus publishing contract.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
 17.9.14

 

Cinnamon Press Short Story Award.  This is for stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words.
    Closing: annually (end of May).
    Prize: £700, £150, £50, plus publication.
    Entry Fee: £12 (includes a free copy of the winners’ anthology).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
  17.9.14

 

Cinnamon Press Debut Novel/Novella Prize.  To enter this you submit the first 10,000 words of your novel or novella.
    Closing: Anually (end of July).
    Prize : £1,000 and a pulishing contract.
    Entry Fee: £12.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
12.7.09

 

WriteOnSite Writing Competition.  This, they say, could be described as literary open mic.  The competition opens at 5.30pm GMT every Saturday, at which point three themes are given.  You choose your theme, pay your entry fee and then write.  You have just 20 minutes to complete your story.  Three entries are then chosen to be read and judged by all the other entrants during the following week.  Only for the brave.
    Closing: Every Saturday.
    Prize: £40.
    Entry Fee: £3.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 6.7.09

 

Telegraph ‘Just Back’ Travel writing Competition.  If you are just back from somewhere a little 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 the currency of your choice.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
  27.6.10

 

The Write Place Novel Competition.  This contest has now been cancelled by the promoters (The Write Place Creative Writing School) following my comments about the alleged value of the prize (publication) and the nature of the publishing firm (Pneuma Springs Publishing) supplying it.  Although the promoters are blaming me for ruining a worthwhile competition, I consider the cancellation to be their acceptance that my comments were spot on.
    Pneuma Springs Publishing offers services which are deemed by the book trade to be vanity publishing.  If anyone is unclear about the meaning and implications of this term, they should read the
free Occasional Paper on Vanity Publishing by the Society of Authors: 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.

 


Updated
  1.1.13

 

Camp Trip Writing Contest.  This recurring US contest is for camping related articles (minimum 200 words) in which you share your tips, tricks, advice, infomative experience, etc.  Note that your entry may appear on the website, so leave out the illegal stuff (such as what you were smoking round the campfire).
    Closing: Each time 100 entries have been received.  Then a new contest begins.  See website for latest count.
    Prizes: $100, $75, $25 - all in Visa Gift Cards.
    Entry Fee : None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.11.09

Updated
  12.4.11

 

Dear Michael,
     I just wanted to tell you
that I won first prize in the Charnwood Arts' miniWords Poetry Competition (£250), so thank you very much for that!
                                                                               -  Mary Whitsell
Hello Michael
     I've just won the Telegraph's 'Just Back' Travel Writing Competition, which I heard about on your site. Thank you yet again for providing this service to writers.
     It's a good thing I don't have to tell you about all the competitions I entered but didn't win, isn't it?  But all the rejections only make the wins that much sweeter!
                                                                                                  -   Mary Whitsell

 


Added
 7.4.13

 

Daggerville Games Writing Competition.  This monthly contest from Daggerville Games is for short pieces of writing (up to 250 words) on a different theme each month.  The theme for April - and I apologise if it is no longer April and I’ve forgotten to update this - is ‘The Perfect Murder’. You have to ‘Like’ the firm on Facebook to enter, but other than this requirement to be free and easy with your affections, there is no cost.
    Closing: End of each month.
    Prize: $50 Amazon voucher.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
5.12.12

 

Dear Michael
     I regularly look at your website which is very helpful. I entered my novella 'Living Doll' in the Pageturner competition run by Contact Publlshing which you listed and it made the 10 shortlisted entries, being rated 6th overall. Not a big success but something! Many thanks for your website.
     Best wishes
                                                                            -  Suzanne Thorpe

 


Updated
 1.6.14

 

Dark Tales Short Story Competition.  As you may gather from the name of the competition, this is not for the sort of cheerful 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 the lights out in case something is hiding in the wardrobe.  Your entry must be limited to 5,000 words.
    Closing: Monthly.
    Prize: £100.  Winner and shortlisted stories will be published in Dark Tales.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
21.4.13

 

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
 2.5.14

 

Templar Quarterly Pamphlet Awards.  This is for short poetry collections of between 10 and 12 pages.
    Closing: 1.3.15, 1.6.15.
    Prize: Your collection publsihed as a Templar Pamphlet with a page on the website dedicated to same.  You get 25 free copies of the pamphlet and an offer of further copes at a discount price.  You also get a Templar Poetry publishing agreement with the option to submit a full collection for possible publication.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    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

 


Updated
 23.7.14

 

Flash 500 Humorous Verse Competition.  This quarterly contest from the Flash 500 website is having the last laugh as it’s now in its fourth year.  Any kind of humorous verse is required, up to 32 lines.
    Closing: 31.3.15, 30.6.15.
    Prizes: 1st £150 and publication in Words with Jam.  2nd - £100.  3rd - £50.
    Entry Fee: £3 for the first, £2.50 thereafter.
    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
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

 


Updated
 23.7.14

 

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: 31.3.15, 30.6.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £300 and publication in Words With Jam.  2nd - £200.  3rd - £100.  Highly Commended - A copy of The Writer’s ABC Checklist.
    Entry Fee: £5 each, £8 for two.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.10.14

 

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
 31.3.15

 

Cultured Vultures Poem of the Week.  This one from American website Cultured Vultures (‘We eat your words’) is open to all comers and is for poems of any type.  To enter you submit three plus a short bio.
    Closing: Weekly.
    Prize: Publication on the website.
    Entry Fee : None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
2.11.14

 

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
11.8.13

 

Hello Michael
     Just writing to let you know that my poem was "Highly Commended" in a Poem Pigeon contest I found on your site. This was pleasing to me, but what was even better was to become part of such a friendly, hospitable group. Every one is so supportive of and kind to each other. They put up some pretty good poems too.
     Best wishes
                                                                                  -  Penny Turner

 


2.11.14

 

Neil Gunn Writing Competition.  This contest from Scotland, which is organised by High Life Highland and the Neil Gunn Trust, is open worldwide and is for short stories of up to 2,500 words and poetry of up to 40 lnes on any of the set themes taken from works by Scottish writer Neil Gunn.  The themes, which you may interpret in any way you choose, are as follows: 1. ‘For love is the creator and cruelty that which destroys.’  2. ‘The secret loveliness and laughter in things.’ 3. ‘The extra magic of distance.’  A fourth theme, ‘For goldtop holds the secret of creation ...’ from his note to the milkman has unfortunately been dropped.  The contest also has free-to-enter categories for children attending Highland schools.  The details and themes for these can be found on the website.
    Closing : 2.3.15.
    Prizes: Adults - £500, £250, £100 in each of the two categories (short story and poetry).
    Entry Fee: Adults - £7.
    Comp Page:
Click Here (links to entry rules and forms at foot of page).

 


Added
 1.1.15

 

Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing.  This one from the Windsor Fringe Festival is for one-act plays with a performance time of no more than 30 minutes.  Forget the cast of thousands - you are limited to six.
    Closing: 5.3.15.
    Prize: £500.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
15.1.15

 

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: 16.3.15 (6pm).
    Prize: £1,000.
    Entry Fee : £10.
    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
 1.2.15

 

Wenlock International Poetry Competition.  Poems of up to 40 lines are required for this one from the Wenlock Poetry Festival.  Winners will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Much Wenlock, Shropshire.  Head judge is Imtiaz Dharker, recent receipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.
    Closing: 23.3.15.
    Prizes: £500, £200, £100.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.10.14

 

Erewash New Writer Competition 2015.  Here’s another one from Erewash Writers.  It is for stories of up to 3,000 words on any theme.
    Closing: 26.3.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £40.  Runners-up receive a critique and a free entry to the Open Short Story contest.  All winners will be published online.
    Entry Fee : £3 for one; more than one - £2.50 each.
    Comp Page:.
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.3.15

 

Since 9/11 - National Schools Competition.  This contest for students aged between 13 and 16 is for essays of up to 1,200 words and short films of between 3 and 5 minutes, the theme in both categories being ‘How did 9/11 change the world?’
    Closing: 27.3.15.
    Prizes (3 in each category): A trip to New York in September for the 9/11 anniversary.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.3.15

 

Rollick Writing Competition.  This freebie from new online magazine Rollick is for poetry, short stories, essays, memoir - and just about any other type of writing on subjects as diverse as television, games and critical theory.  Art is also required, along with illustration, photography, film and animation.  The prize goes to the most popular item in each issue, which is to say the one that attracts the most comments, likes and interaction from readers.
    Closing: 30.3.15.
    Prize: $250.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.11.14

 

Fish Poetry Competition.  This international contest is for poems of up to 300 words on any subject and in any style.
    Closing: 30.3.15.
    Prizes: 1st - 1,000 euros.  2nd - A week’s residence at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat in Cork, Ireland.  Ten poems will be published in the anthology.
    Entry Fee: 14 euros for the first, 8 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
17.7.14

 

Bath Novel Award.  Don’t worry - you don’t have to write a story about someone having a bath.  The contest, which is open worldwide, takes its name from the town of Bath in Somerset and it is for novels on any subject.  To enter you submit the first 5,000 words and a synopsis.
    Closing: 31.3.15.
    Prize: £1,000.
    Entry Fee: £20.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.1.15

 

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition.  This contest is for stories of up to 1,500 words on any subject.  They do not need to be associated with Scotland.  Chair of the judges is well-known novelist Alexander McCall Smith.
    Closing: 31.3.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £800.  All finalists will receive a signed copy of a novel by Alexander McCall Smith.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
21.9.13

 

Dear Michael
     I wanted to let you know that I was awarded second prize, and publication in an anthology, for my entry into the Cwrtnewydd Scribblers Short Story Comp 2013.
     Without your wonderful website, I would never have found out about this prize!
     Thanks so much!
                                                                                     - Russell Clegg

 


Added
22.1.15

 

The Henshaw Competition.  This short story contest from Henshaw Press of Northampton is for fictional stories of up to 2,000 words on any subject.
    Closing: 31.3.14.
    Prizes: £100, £50, £25.  Winners will be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
10.12.14

 

Omega’s Summer Holiday Writing Competition.  If you have recently had a holiday in the land of the kiwi you might be interested in entering this contest from New Zealand car rental company Omega.  You might be interested even if you haven’t had a holiday there but it will be a bit difficult because you have to write 400 to 600 words about your favourite places to swim, surf, eat, fish, kayak, etc, and you must also supply a couple of your holiday snaps.  I went there on a working holiday in Christchurch once but I didn’t have time to swim, surf, fish or kayak.  I did eat however, albeit only in the guest house I was living in on Columbo Street.  Fish pie on Friday nights, left in the oven for me to enjoy when I got home from working late.  Crust like a paving slab.  Unforgettable.
    Closing: 31.3.15.
    Prizes: 1st - $500 NZD.  In addition there are $50 spot prizes along the way.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
25.1.15

 

Writing Times Short Story Competition.  This contest from online magazine Writing Times is for stories of between 1,500 and 2,000 words on the theme of Animals.
    Closing: 31.3.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £50 plus publication in the mag.  Runner-up - £25 plus publication in the mag.
    Entry Fee: £4.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
22.1.15

 

SPM Publication Poetry Book Competition.  For this international contest from Sentinel Poetry Movement you submit a collection of poems running to 20 pages.
    Closing: 31.3.15.
    Prizes: £500, £250, £125.  In addition the three winners receive publishing contracts and 20 free copies of their book.
    Entry Fee: £25.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
  1.3.15

 

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: 31.3.15.
    Prize: £50.
    Entry Fee: £1 plus the normal cost of sending a text message (no use asking me what that is).
    Website:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.3.15

 

My Dream Blog Writing Contest.  This contest from the website How to Start a Blog Online is for writing of between 300 and 700 words on one of two topics, depending on whether or not you already have a blog.  If you do have one, then it’s ‘Why I started my blog’.  If not, it’s ‘Why I would love to start a blog’.  In both cases you can give one reason or many reasons, but you must quote a sentence from the article ’29 Reasons to Start a Blog’ which is available to read on the website.
    Closing: 12.4.15.
    Prizes: 1st - A self-hosted Wordpress blog with a premium theme and a professional design.  2nd - A self-hosted Wordpress blog.  3rd - Honourable mention.
    Entry Fee : None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
31.1.15

 

Eyelands International Short Story Competition.  This is the fifth of these annual contests from Greece.  The theme this year is, appropriately enough, On the Verge, although this is probably not meant to relate to Greece’s current financial turmoil.  Stories should run to no more than 2,500 words.
    Closing: 20.4.15.
    Prizes: 1st - A week’s holiday on the Island of Crete.  Winner and runners-up (2) receive a Greek  hand-made ceramic from the collection of Omodamos Clayart (not sure if that’s a company or the designer).  The Shortlisted stories will be published in an English language anthology which will be available on Amazon.
    Entry Fee: 8 euros.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
2.11.14

 

Bath Short Story Award.  The task in this annual contest from the famous Roman spa town of Bath is simply to write a story for adults or young adults on any theme.  There is a word limit of 2,200.  Entries exceeding this will be going down the plughole, rejected before the first reading.
    Closing: 27.4.15.
    Prizes: £1,000, £200, £100.  Local Prize: £50.
    Entry Fee: £8.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
1.11.11

 

                                  One less Pedestrian ...
Hi
     Just to let you know rather belatedly that I entered a number of prose competitions last year – all from your web site and had great fun trying a varied menu of different word lengths and genres. I won $500 in an essay writing competition in the Pedestrian magazine - entering despite your scathing comments. I got the money and bought a lovely new bike. The magazine then went bust so my entry wasn’t published - so yet to see my name in print but I have the bike so hey ho
.
                                                                                                      
-  Rosemary Barry

 


Added
31.1.15

 

Writers Bureau Limerick Competition.  Here’s another contest from Writers Bureau, this time for limericks.  Not much more to say about it really, except that the limericks should of course be your own work.  The judge is Diana Nadin, Director of Studies at the Bureau.
    Closing: 30.4.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £100 plus a choice of any Writers Bureau course (normally costs over £300).  Runners-up (2) - £50 plus a subscription to Freelance Market News (worth over £60).  Winners will be published in Freelance Market News and on the Internet.
    Entry Fee: £5 for four limericks, then £1 each thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
16.2.15

 

Poetic Republic Short Story Competition.  This is for stories of between 750 and 3,000 words on any subject.  Entries are judged by the participants via an anonymous peer review system.  An ebook containing 14 to 21 stories will be published after the second round of judging.
    Closing: 30.4.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £2,000.  Best Commentator - £250.
    Entry Fee: £12.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.14

 

Senior Travel Expert writing Competition.  It doesn’t matter if you’re not a senior travel expert, for as long as you are 16 or over and have been to an interesting city, town or village, you can enter this contest.  The city, town or village could even be the one where you live.  Whatever the case,  you have to describe it’s virtues, its excitement, its downright irresistability, in such as way as to make people want to flock there en masse.  You are allowed 750 words for this.  Fortunately for those who live in a dismal, crime-infested hellhole entries can be fiction as well as fact.
    Closing: 30.4.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £100.  Runners-up (10) - a £10 firstwriter.com subscription voucher.  Winners will be published on the website,
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
 1.1.15

 

Ver Poets Open Poetry Competition.  Here is another familiar face in the competitions crowd.  It comes from a poetry group in St Albans.  Anything goes as far as the subject is concerned, but confine your efforts to 30 lines or fewer.
    Closing : 30.4.15.
    Prizes: £600, £300, £100.  Winning and selected poems will be published in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: £4 each, £10 for three, £2 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


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21.2.15

 

Postcard Poems. This contest from Sheffield’s Bank Street Arts, in conjunction with The Poetry Business and South Yorkshire Poetry Festival, is for poems short enough to be written legibly on the left-hand side of a postcard.  You have to actually hand-write the poem on a postcard, so those of you who have spent most of your lives sitting at a computer keyboard with a printer nearby could have some difficulty.  You may have to ask your parents for something called a pen.  After that it’s just a matter of trial and error.
    Closing: 30.4.15.
    Prizes: 1st - A book, pamphlet, ebook and audiobook download from The Poetry Business.  Runners-up (10) - Back issues of The North magazine.  Selected winning entries will be published in The North magazine.  All entries will be featured in an exhibition to be held as part of the South Yorkshire Poetry Festival.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here

 


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2.11.14

 

Tom Howard/John H Reid Fiction & Essay Contest.  This annual contest from American website Winning Writers is for stories and essays running to no more than 6,000 words on any theme.  Previously published works are acceptable.
    Closing: 30.4.15.
    Prizes: Best Short Fiction - $1,500.  Best Essay - $1,500.  In addition there will be ten Honourable Mentions with prizes of $100 each.  The twelve winning entries will be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: $16.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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 1.3.14

 

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

 


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 1.3.15

 

Momaya Short Story Competition.  Entries of up to 3,000 words are required for this annual international contest from Momaya Press of London.  The theme is ‘Treasure’ and you may interpret this in any way you choose, as a noun or a verb.
    Closing: 30.4.15.
    Prizes: £110, £55, £30.  Winners along with seven Honourable Mentions and possibly others will be published in the Momaya Short Story Review.
    Entry Fee: £8.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


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20.11.14

 

Bristol Short Story Prize 2014.  This annual international contest, bristoling with prizes as usual, is for stories of up to 4,000 words on any subject.  It is open to published and unpublished writers.  I went to Bristol on a treasure hunt once in search of a whalebone associated with the explorer John Cabot who was based there in the late 1400s.  The whalebone wasn’t the prize.  It was a clue, or rather it would have been if I hadn’t misinterpreted earlier clues and gone hopelessly wrong (the irrelevant Cabot whalebone was in the western entrance to St Mary Redcliffe church, a fact I’m confident you will one day find useful).  You have probably twigged by now that this is in no way relevant to the competition.  It’s just that I can’t think of anything else to say about Bristol, nice though it may be.  One of the contest judges, incidentally, is literary agent Sarah Davis.
    Closing: 30.4.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £1,000 plus a £150 Waterstone’s gift card.  2nd - £700 plus a £100 Waterstone’s gift card.  3rd - £400 plus a £100 Waterstone’s gift card.  Runners-up (17) - £100.  All 20 winners will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8.   The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony in Bristol where the winners will be announced.
    Entry Fee: £8.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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 1.2.15

 

Exeter Story Prize.  Stories of up to 10,000 words on any theme are eligible for this one from writing services company Creative Writing Matters.
    Closing: 30.4.15.
    Prizes: £500 + Trophy, £150, £100.   Best Humorous Story - £200 + Trophy.
    Entry Fee: £8.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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1.12.14

 

Rubery Book Award.  This international contest is for published fiction and non-fiction books of most types.  These can be submitted by a publisher, or an author published by an independent publisher.  They can be self-published books and they can be ebooks.
    Closing: 30.4.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £1,000, plus the wnning book will be read by a top London literary agent.  At least three category winners will each receive £100.
    Entry Fee: £35.  For struggling authors this will mean turning off the heating for a month, but they can always wait until April before entering as then it will be spring.
    Comp Page:
Click Here

 


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31.12.14

 

Luna Press Short Story Competition.  This new contest from Luna Press in Edinburgh is for science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy or, if you are one of those story chefs who like to throw in a dash of everything before bringing it to the boil and serving it up with a flourish, a mixture of these.  Your entry should run to no more than 8,000 words.
    Closing : 30.4.15 and 30.9.15.
    Prizes: £50 for the winner from each of the two rounds.  All shortlisted entries (10 from each round) will be published in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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16.2.15

 

Poetic Republic Poetry Competition.  This one from the Poetic Republic website is for poems on any subject running to no more than 42 lines.  The contest is judged by the participants through an anonymous peer review system.  An ebook containing 48 poems will be published and this will include a selection of the best or most interesting comments.
    Closing: 30.4.15.
    Prizes: Single Poem - £2,000.  Portfolio Prize - £1,000.
    Entry Fee: £7.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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15.10.13

 

Hi Michael
      I love your website, and am completely indebted to it! I began writing poetry when I was 12, but it would appear I've become a lot better at it now at 16, since I’ve had a pretty good year thanks to your website - coming highly commended in a Poem Pigeon contest, runner-up in a Red Cross competition, and commended in the Foyle Poet’s Award (which made me jump up and down for...hmm...three weeks straight). None of which I would’ve ever known about without your website.
     Thank you so much.  You’ve made this young writer very happy!
                                                                               -  Daniella Cugini x

 


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 1.1.15

 

Montreal International Poetry Prize.  This contest, which many of you will have guessed is from the land of the Mounties, is for poems of up to 40 lines on any subject.  The final judge is Evan Boland, poet and Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, California.
    Closing : 15.5.15.  Early entry deadline (for lower entry fee): 31.3.15.
    Prize: $20,000 (Canadian). There will be anthology publication for longlisted and shortlisted entries (two separate books), with a free copy going to each contributor.
    Entry Fee: $25 (Canadian) for the first, $15 thereafter.  Early entry fee: $20 for the first, $15 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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 1.1.15

 

Sandalle Five ’n’ Ten Competition.  This one from Wales is for four-minute monologues on the theme of The Phone Call or The Letter, and six-minute duologues on any theme.
    Closing: 30.5.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £500.  Further prizes: Performance at the prestigious Gwyn Hall in Neath, and Mentoring by a Senior BBC Scriptwriter.
    Entry Fee: £7 for the first, £6 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
19.2.15

 

Pint-sized Plays Writing Competition.  Now in its seventh year, this contest, as the name implies, is for compact plays, that is plays with a running time of between five and ten minutes, and featuring just 2 or 3 characters and only the furniture you’d normally find in a pub (so forget that three-in-a-bed scene you’ve always yearned to write).  Plays needn’t be set in a pub, but that’s where they will initially be performed.
    Closing: 31.5.15.
    Prizes: The six winning plays will be performed in pubs in Tenby, Pembrokshire and, along with four runners-up, at a script slam in Fishguard.  Here the audience can vote for their favourite and, if they are so inclined, throw fish at the rest (prior to being ejected from the premises).  The performances will also be judged by a professional theatre director.  There is a mention in the rules of two prizes: Best Script and Runner Up, plus a certificate for third place.  But no coin or silverware is indicated, so one must assume this contest is all about the fame rather than the fortune.  Winning scripts will be considered for inclusion in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: £5.50.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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31.1.15

 

Frome Festival Short Story Competition.  This annual contest from Froooom (as the eccentric locals like to pronounce it) is for stories of between 1,000 and 2,200 words.  Winning stories will be read by a leading London literary agent and forwarded to IPC magazines/ Frome fm radio station for consideration. The rest will presumably be read by the cleaning lady and dropped in the bin.  Judging this year is novelist Samantha Harvey.
    Closing: 31.5.15.
    Prizes: £300, £150, £75.  There is in addition a prize for a local author, defined as one living within 25 miles of the local library.  Damn - missed out by a mere 95 miles.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


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15.10.14

 

WritersReign Short Story Competition.  This annual contest from Essex writers’ group WritersReign is for stories of between 1,000 and 1,500 words on any theme.  They want stories that are well written, they say ... so that plotless shambles you dashed off in your coffee break probably won’t do.
    Closing: 31.5.15.
    Prizes: £100, £50, £25, plus runners-up 3x£10.
    Entry Fee: £3.50 each, £6 for two.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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 1.2.15

 

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).  This year’s judges are Roger McGough Lochhead (poems), Jane Rogers (short stories) and David Gaffney (flash fiction).  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: 31.5.15.
    Prizes: In each of the main categories (Short Stories, Poems) - £5,000, £1,000, £500.  There are also ten runners-up prizes of £50.  These are called ‘supplementary prizes’ to make you feel less like an also-ran.  There is in addition a special prize of £100 and a perpetual trophy for the highest placed writer from Dorset.  Prizes in the Flash Fiction category are £1,000, £500, £250, plus three supplementary awards of £25.  All winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in October at the Bridport Open Book Festival.  Winning entries are usually published in an anthology.
    Entry Fees: Poems - £8.  Short Stories - £9.  Flash Fiction - £7.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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16.10.14

 

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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 1.2.15

 

The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award.  This annual contest, which honours one of the founders of the Bridport Prize, is for first novels by writers who have not had a novel published (self-publishing excepted) and who do not have a literary agent.  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 Jane Feaver in conjunction with the Literary Consultancy and literary agents A.M. Heath.
    Closing: 31.5.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £1,000 plus mentoring from the Literary Consultancy and possible publication.  2nd - £500.
    Entry Fee: £20.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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 4.2.15

 

TLM Poetry Competition 2014.  This international contest from the UK’s oldest literary journal, The London Magazine, is for poems of up to 40 lines on any theme.  The magazine was first published in 1732, they say, and has hosted poetry from the likes of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.  On the strength of this they claim it is the country’s most prestigeous literary journal, but it hasn’t been graced by any of my immortal lines so I should take that claim with a pinch of salt (I’ve never sent them anything, but that’s no excuse).
    Closing: 31.5.15 (open for entries from April 1st).
    Prizes: 1st - £200 plus publication in the mag.  Runners-up - £150, £100, plus publication on the website.  Winners will be announced at a special networking drinks reception in London to which, presumably, the shortlisted entrants will be invited.  A great opportunity to meet the team, they reckon, but these events are also a great opportunity to drink too much and make an ass of yourself, so beware.  I speak from experience.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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15.2.15

 

Roundel Poetry Competition.  This contest from Roundel Poetry in Tonbridge, Kent, is part of the Tonbridge Arts Festival.  It is for poems of up to 40 lines on any theme.  If they run the contest next next year I’ll be able to make a joke about it coming round again, but right now I’m stuck for anything else to say.
    Closing: 31.5.15.
    Prizes: £200, £100, £50.
    Entry Fee: £3.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

     Thank you, Michael, for bothering to put your website together. Encouraged by your words I sent off a piece to the Daily Telegraph Travel Writing Competition but didn't win. Third time lucky, and after considerable honing and editing, I have just been informed by the deputy editor that my piece will be published this Saturday (17th July) and I have won £200.
     I am now inspired to go on to bigger things.
     Thanks again.                                                      -  Liz Cleere

 


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6.12.14

 

Frogmore Poetry Prize 2015.  This annual contest is run by Frogmore Press which was founded in 1983 in the Frogmore tearooms in Folkestone, Kent.  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 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: 31.5.15.
    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.  Shortlisted poets will receive selected Frogmore Press publications (FrogsMore FrogsFrog Recipes.  Stop.  Come back.  I’m joking.  They publish poetry - and none of it as far as I know is about frogs).
    Entry Fee: £3.
    Website:
Click Here.

 


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 1.1.15

 

David Burland Poetry Prize 2015.  This international contest, now in its ninth year, is for poems of any length in free style.
    Closing: 31.5.15.
    Prizes: £500, £200, £100.  The winning writers will have their work published in the Second Volume of Poetic Art.  The winning poem will be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: £8 for the first, £4 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 2.1.15

 

Yeovil Literary Prize .  This is the eleventh of these international contests from Yeovil, the literary capital of the West Country where even the sheep appreciate poetry.  There are four categories: Short Story, Poetry, Novel and Unrestricted.  The stories can run to 2,000 words, while the poems should be no more than 40 lines.  Novels have a limit of 15,000 words for the opening chapters and synopsis.  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 ex-best-friend’s new novel, etc.
    Closing: 31.5.15.
    Prizes: Short Story - £500, £200, £100.  Poetry - £500, £200, £100.  Novel - £1,000, £250, £100.  Writing Without Restrictions - £100, £50, £30.  In addition there is the Western Gazette Best Local Writer Award for someone living in Dorset or Somerset.  It isn’t worth moving down there however as the prize is only £100 plus a trophy.
    Entry Fee: Short Story - £6.  Poetry - £6 each, £9 for two, £11 for three.  Novel - £11 each.  Writing Without Restrictions - £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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 1.1.15

 

Wirral Festival of Firsts Poetry Competition.  This is the fifth of these contests from the Wirral Festival of Firsts, an arts festival held on Hoylake’s mile-long promenade in July.  Entries should stretch to no more than 40 lines.
    Closing: 1.6.15.
    Prizes: £250, £50, £50.
    Entry Fee : £4 each, £10 for three.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 4.2.15

 

Segora Writing Competition.  This is the eighth 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, plays with a running time of 20 to 35 minutes, and vignettes of up to 300 words on the theme of  The Seven Deadly Sins.  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: 15.6.15.
    Prizes: Short Stories and Poetry - £200, £50, £30.  Vignettes - £50, £10.  Play - £100 plus rehearsed reading.
    Entry Fees: Short Stories - £6 each, £11 for two, £15 for three.  Vignettes and Poems - £4 each for the first, £2.50 each thereafter.  Plays - £12.  Winners will be published on the website.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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 2.3.13

 

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.)

 


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 1.1.15

 

Curry Mallet Short Story Competition.  For this one you can write about curry or you can write about a mallet - but you probably won’t win any prizes, for Curry Mallet is a place in England, not the theme of the competition.  The town is holding a history festival, and this contest is part of it.  I don’t know where the place is.  In the middle of the Somerset Levels, probably.  But who cares?  This literary foray will put it on the map, and then it will be as famous as Bridport.  There are three categories: Adults, Children 11-and-under, and Children 12-to-16).  Adults are limited to 2,500 words, while children are allowed up to 500.  Adults and Children 12-16 have to use the theme of ‘Rebellion’.  You could of course rebel against this restriction and write something else, but it is not recommended as the judges may miss the irony.  Children 11 and under have to write a story about a wonder horse and/or a wonder cat.
    Closing: 15.6.15.
    Prizes: Adult 1st - £100.  Runner-up £10 book token.  Children (in each age category) 1st - £35.  Runner-up - £5 book token.
    Entry Fees: Adult - £5 each, £10 for three.  Children - £3 each.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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19.2.15

 

Wild Words Biannual Writing Competition.  This contest from Wild Words, which runs various writing courses, is for fiction and non-fiction in prose or poetry.  The theme or prompt is a quote from poet Mary Oliver: ‘Tell me, what is it you expect to do/ With your one wild and precious life?’ Do not allow your wild words to go galloping off without restraint, as you are limited to 1,000 words.
    Closing: 21.6.15.
    Prize : A place on a Wild Words online course of your choice.  The winning entry may be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: £7.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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 6.2.15

 

Four Corners International Poetry Competition.  St Cross College, Oxford, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with this contest for poems of up to 40 lines in any style.  You don’t have to have any connection to the college to enter.  The theme is taken from the college motto: ad quattuor cardines mundi (to the four corners of the earth).  Does the earth have corners?  If so, why has nobody ever found them?  A mystery.  Still, it doesn’t matter here because the theme is just ‘Four Corners’ and this is to be interpreted broadly.  The lead judge is poet and teacher Mimi Khalvati.
    Closing: 2.7.15.
    Prizes: Open category - £500.  St Cross category - £250.  Prizewinning and commended poets will receive a copy of the prize pamphlet, and their poems will appear on the college website.
    Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £3 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.3.15

 

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2015.  ‘Wasafiri’, according to the website, ‘is a literary magazine at the forefront of mapping new landscapes in contemporary international literature today.’  Try saying that in Kiswahili, the language from which the magazine’s title comes.  Now, you are probably thinking that the magazine itself must hail from Africa, but this is not so.  It was born at the University of Kent in 1984, and as far as I know it has no African connection at all.  Nor, I might add, has the contest.  This has three categories (Poetry, Fiction, Life Writing) and is open to anyone anywhere in the world who has not published a complete book in their chosen category.  Poetry submissions should, they say, ‘comprise of no more than five poems’.  Pardon my pedantry but things do not comprise of.  They may consist of, but if they are going to comprise, then they just comprise.  I learned that when I was 12 (and I’ve waited all this time to find a use for it).  The word limit for the Fiction and Life Writing categories is 3,000.  Incidentally, ‘wasafiri’, in case your Kiswahili is a bit rusty, means ‘cultural traveller’.
    Closing: 24.7.15 (6pm).
    Prize (in each category) : £300 and publication in the mag.
    Entry Fee: £6.  If you enter two separate categories it’s £10 and for three it’s £15.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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 1.2.15

 

‘I is Another’ Short Story Competition.  This one from Holland Park Press is for stories of up to 2,000 words inspired by Arthur Rimbaud’s famous declaration, ‘Je est un autre’ (I is another).  To enter you are required to write a story in the first person about someone who is not you, but which is about a subject close to your heart.  Your story should be under 2,000 words.  There will be an awards ceremony in London.
    Closing: 31.8.15.
    Prize: £200.  The winner and runners-up will be published in the online magazine.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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20.1.15

 

The High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature.  This annual contest, which is open only to writers with some connection to Cheshire, is for short stories of up to 1,500 words.  It is supported by the University of Chester’s Department of English.  To be eligible you must have been born, work or have worked, live or have lived, study or have studied, in Cheshire.  If you lived there for just a fortnight while on holiday in Stockport, I’m afraid this doesn’t count, although you might be in line for a medal of some sort.
    Closing: 1.9.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £2,000.  Additional prize money of £750 will be awarded at the judges’ discretion and the best entries will be published.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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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.

 


 

 

 

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 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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