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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 73)

 


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.

 


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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

 


Updated
  2.6.15

 

Templar Quarterly Pamphlet Awards.  This is for short poetry collections of between 10 and 12 pages.
    Closing: 14.9.15, 30.11.15.
    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

 


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: 30.6.15, 30.9.15.
    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
18.4.15

 

NAWG 100 Words Competition.  This one from the National Association of Writers’ Groups is for mini-tales of exactly 100 words excluding the title.
    Closing: Ongoing.  Each round ends when 100 entries have been accepted.
    Prizes (in each round): £75, £25.
    Entry Fee: £3 each, £5.50 for two, £8 for three.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 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

 


Added
22.5.15

 

Finding Words Play writing Competition.  You need to be under 25 to enter this one.  If you can manage that while at the same time finding suitable words to make a play, you might like to know that the Ashton Group, an Arts Council National Portfolio organisation based in Barrow-in-Furness, is searching for a new stage play, any theme or subject, with which to tour the North West.  Your entry should have a running time of 60 minutes and feature four young actors, two of each gender (male and female in case you’re in any doubt).  If practicable, these actors could play a number of different roles.  To enter, you submit a synopsis (including a plot and character outline) and the first ten pages of the play.
    Closing: 6.7.15.
    Prize: Four writers will be given the opportunity to expand their entry into a full length piece with the support and guidance of a professional mentor.  One of these plays will then be selected to go into development for production by the Apprenticed Actor Company (see website).  There is a prize of £500 for the play chosen for production.  All writers will be offered feedback on their work.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Email Entries (or enquiries) to the associate director Chris Loveless:
chrisloveless@hotmail.co.uk
    Website: Click Here.

 


Added
 1.6.15

 

The Brighton Prize.  Here’s a Brighton breezy comp from Brighton-based live literature night Rattle Tales.  It is for stories of between 1,000 and 2,000 words.  Best-selling crime novelist Peter James will be judging.  The writers of the top ten stories will be invited to read their work at the live show and prizegiving event on November 2.
    Closing: 7.7.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £500.  Runners-up (2) - £100.
    Entry Fee: £6.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
26.5.15

 

Pennine Ink Writing Competition.  This year’s contest from the Pennine Ink writing group in Burnley is for short stories of up to 250 words and poems of up to 25 lines.  There is a choice of theme: ‘Portraits’ or, if you can’t remember that one, ‘Not Forgotten’.  You have to be 18 or over to enter, but you can be located anywhere in the world.
    Closing: 7.7.15.
    Prizes (in each category): £50.  The top entries will be published in Pennine Ink Magazine.
    Entry Fee: £3 for one, £5 for two.
    Comp Page (with last year’s winners)
Click Here:

 


Added
 7.6.15

 

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition .  This annual contest from Ledbury in Wales is for poems of up to 40 lines.  It has three age categories: Adult (18 and over), Young People (12 to 17), and Children (11 and under).  The judge is Deryn Rees-Jones who teaches literature at the University of Liverpool.
    Closing: 9.7.15.
    Prizes: Adults: 1st - £1,000 plus a residential writing course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers’ Centre for Wales.  2nd - £500.  3rd - £250.   12-17 category - £100, £50, £25.  11 and under category - £25, £15, £10 (all in book tokens).
    Entry Fees: Adults - £5 for the first, £3 thereafter.  Young People and Children get the first entry free and pay £1.50 each for any subsequent entries.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
17.6.15

 

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

 


Added
 3.7.15

 

Live Canon First Collection Competition.  To enter this international contest, which is open only to poets who have not yet had a collection published, you submit 16 A4 pages of your work.  If you make the longlist, you will be asked to send the rest of your collection.
    Closing: 10.7.15.
    Prize: The winning collection will be published by Live Canon Poetry Press.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 8.6.15

 

Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition.  Here’s another annual contest, this time from Wrekin Writers of Shropshire.  Stories can be on any subject but must not exceed 1,200 words.  As per last year, profits will be donated to Severn Hospice.
    Closing: 13.7.15.
    Prizes: £150, £70, £40.
    Entry Fee: £3.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 4.7.15

 

Romance Writing Life .  This contest comes courtesy of Mills & Boon, WH Smith and Kobo.  To enter you register an account with Kobo Writing Life and then submit a first chapter (up to 5,000 words) and a single-page synopsis (up to 500 words) of your romance novel.  Note that you must be able to supply the entire novel of at least 70,000 words by 30.9.15 if you win.  The novel must not have been previously published (self-published doesn’t count).  The T&Cs contain full details of what is required.  Read them!
    Closing: 14.7.15.
    Prizes: 1st - Publication with Mills & Boon in both print and ebook format.  Runners-up (2) a Kobo Glo HD.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.6.15

 

Dog Diaries Short Story Competition.  This one from Ouen Press of Folkestone in Kent is for working dog stories running and barking to between 2,000 and 8,000 words.  Let me emphasise that the dog in your story must be a working dog.  He doesn’t have to wear a suit and go to the office at nine every morning but he (or she) must be a bread-earner (sheepdog, guard dog, guide dog, etc).  I hope I have made this clear.  I know you have a wonderful story about a faithful but apparently useless lapdog that saves the family when fire breaks out, but please do not send it to this competition thinking it is so brilliant the judges will overlook the fact that it doesn’t quite fit the guidelines.  They won’t.  I judge competitions myself, so I know.  Not only would I disqualify your entry, I’d set fire to it and laugh while it burns.
    Closing: 15.7.15.
    Prizes : 1st - £300.  Runners-up (2) - £100.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter (and if that doesn’t get your tail wagging, nothing will).
    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
26.4.15

 

H.G.Wells Short Story Competition.  This annual event from the H.G.Wells Festival in Folkestone is for stories of between 1,500 and 5,000 words in any genre.  The theme is Class.  If you can arrange to be under 21 it will be to your advantage, as you can then enter for nothing while at the same time quailifying for a much bigger prize.  In addition to the story category, there is also a free-to-enter handwriting contest for local children of primary school age.  For this it is necessary to copy the poem on the comp page.
    Closing: 19.7.15.
    Prizes: Under 21  (The Margaret & Reg Turnill Prize) - £1,000.  Over 21 (The Grand Prize) - £250.  Handwriting Prize (open to primary school children within Folkestone and Cheriton) - £100.  All shortlisted entries will be published in a paperback anthology.
    Entry Fee: £10, although if you are under 21, it’s free.  And if you are a student and have ID to prove it, it’s £5.  And if you’re a time traveller, well, who knows?
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.6.15

 

Wild Atlantic Words Open Poetry Competition.  This one from Hungry Hill Writing in County Cork, Ireland, is part of the Wild Atlantic Words Poetry Festival.  It is for poems of up to 40 lines on any theme related to coastal landscape or maritime life and heritage.  Note that if your poem is deemed libellous it will be disqualified and you will not get your entry fee back ... so don’t submit any of your usual defamatory poison aimed at some innocent member of the maritime community.
    Closing: 19.7.15.
    Prizes: 1st - 500 euros.  2nd - A week’s retreat accommodation at The Creativity Cabin on the Beara Peninsula.  3rd - 100 euros.
    Entry Fee: 10 euros.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.6.15

 

Wild Atlantic Words School Student Poetry Competition.  Here’s another one from Hungry Hill Writing, this time for the younger generation.  It has two age categories: Under 14, and Over-14-but-Under-18.  There is a word limit of 400.  As with the adult contest, the theme is anything connected with coastal landscape or maritime life and heritage.  I’m sure I don’t have to warn you kids not to write anything libellous.  I know you never say anything nasty about other people.  But ... better get your lawyer to go over your script before you send it in.
    Closing: 19.7.15.
    Prizes (in each category): 50 euros, 25 euros, 10 euros.
    Entry Fee: 3 euros.
    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 (5pm).
    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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 1.6.15

 

Olga Sinclair Open Short Fiction Competition.  This contest from from Norwich Writers and Unthank Books is for stories of up to 2,000 words.  One of these words must be mustard.  ‘The ship’s crew mustard on deck,’ will not cut it.  The word must be used correctly.
    Closing: 31.7.15.
    Prizes: £500, £250, £100.  Winners will be considered for publication by Unthank Books.
    Entry Fee: £7.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 9.6.15

 

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2015.  This one from the Poetry Society is said to be the UK’s largest poetry competition for writers between the ages of 11 and 17.  It certainly attracts a lot of entries.  Over 7,600 young people from across the world entered last year.  Poems can be any length and on any subject.
    Closing: 31.7.15.
    Prizes: The top 15 winners will be invited on a week-long residential writing course at one of the Arvon Centres, or receive a short residency in their school by a leading poet followed by distance mentoring.  Winners will be published in the Foyle Winners Anthology which is sent out to over 20,000 people in the UK.  The top 15 and 85 Commended poets will received prizes including books and, if they are very good, chocolate.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 3.7.15

 

Bookers Corner Writing Competition.  This one from the ‘relaunched’ website Bookers Corner (about which I know nothing) is for stories of up to 2,000 words on sny theme.
    Closing: 31.7.15.
    Prizes: Publication on the website.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
 1.4.15

 

Wells Festival of Literature Writing Competition.  Here we go again with the famous Wells Litfest and its two competitions - Poetry and Short Story.  I should mention before we go any further that we are talking about Wells in Somerset, not Wells in Norfolk which also has an annual litfest (I wouldn’t want you turning up at the wrong event to receive your prize or to berate the judges for not awarding you anything).  Anyway, back to business.  For the poetry you are allowed up to 40 lines, while Short Stories should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words.
    Closing: 31.7.15.
    Prizes: Poetry and Short Story (in each category) - £500, £200, £100.  Wyvern Prize for a local entrant - £100.  Hilly Cansdale Local Prize - £100.
    Entry Fees: Poetry and Short Story - £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
13.4.15

 

Dreamquest One Poetry and Writing Contest.  The requirement for this US contest is for poems of up to 30 lines and short stories of up to five pages, any style or theme.
    Closing: 31.7.15.
    Prizes: Stories - $500, $250, $100.   Poetry - $250, $125, $50.  Winners will be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: Stories - $10 postal, $12 electronic.  Poetry - $5 postal, $7 electronic.
    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
 1.5.15

 

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2014.  This one from the Poetry Society is said to be the UK’s largest poetry competition for writers between the ages of 11 and 17.  It certainly attracts a lot of entries.  Over 7,600 young people from across the world submitted their work last year.  Poems can be any length and on any subject.
    Closing: 31.7.15.
    Prizes: The top 15 winners will be invited on a week-long residential writing course at a prestigeous Arvon Centre, or they will receive a poet residency in their school (don’t worry - you won’t have to move in).  The top 15 poems will be published in the Foyle Winners Anthology which is, they say, sent out to over 24,000 schools, arts organisations, poets and opinion formers each year.  I’d like to know who qualifies as an ‘opinion former’ and what exactly such people do other than form an opinion like the rest of us.  Perhaps they form opinions for people who can’t manage it themselves, the vacillators of this world, the erm-well-I-dunno crowd.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.  You can enter up to six poems but they make it clear they don’t want you bunging in any old rubbish to make up the numbers (they put it more subtly than that, but that’s what they mean).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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 8.6.15

 

Highlands & Islands Short Story Association Competition.  Stories of up to 2,500 words are required for this Scottish contest which is open worldwide.  Any theme, and there is an indication that unusual stories could find favour.  There is also a flash fiction category requiring stories of up to 500 words.
    Closing: 31.7.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £400.  Runners-up (2) - £50.  Flash Fiction - £50.
    Entry Fee: £5 each, £12 for three.  Flash Fiction - £2 each, £5 for three.
    Comp Page:
Click Here..

 


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 8.6.15

 

The Betjeman Poetry Prize.  This contest in honour of one of Britain’s most popular poets aims to foster creativity in young people.  Young people are apparently between 10 and 13, these being the age limits for the competition.  Old at 14, eh?  Too many crafty cigaretttes behind the bike sheds, I reckon.  Entries should on the theme of Place.  The place, say the promoters, ‘could be a country, a den at the end of the garden, Granny’s house or a hedge at the back of the school.’  They want to know what it means to you.  ‘It’s where I chill, innit?’ will not be sufficient.  The judges are poet A. F. Harrold and children’s author Lauren Child.
    Closing: 31.7.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £1,000 to be shared equally between the winner and his or her school or local library.  The winner and two runners-up will each receive four Eurostar tickets to Paris, Brussels or Lisle.  There will in addition be £50 each for the runners-up, and book tokens for Highly Commended entrants.  The prize-giving and reading of the winning poems will take place on National Poetry Day at St. Pancras station, hopefully before the rush hour.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.  Only one entry per person.
    Comp Page:
Click Here

 


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26.6.15

 

Writing Times Flash Fiction Competition.  This contest from the online magazine Writing Times is for stories of up to 1,500 words on the theme of travel or leisure, or you can write an inspirational story.
    Closing: 31.7.15.
    Prizes: £50, £25.  Winners will be published in the mag.
    Entry Fee: £4.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 9.6.15

 

Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize 2015.  This annual contest is open only to  uncommissioned first-time writers working on a biography.  If you qualify, submit a proposal of no more than 20 pages, including a synopsis and 10-page sample chapter.  In addition, send a cv and a note on the market for the book and competing literature.
    Closing: 31.7.15.
    Prize: £2,000.
    Entry Fee: £15.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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17.5.15

 

Sterts Theatre One-Act Play Competition.  This annual contest from Sterts Theatre in Cornwall  is for plays for up to four adult actors, with a running time of between 25 and 35 minutes.  Plays can be on any theme and set in any location but must be suitable for a studo space.  There is also a Cornish category for plays with a Cornish theme (written in English).  As always, read the guidelines before entering.  You need to be 18 or over to enter.
    Closing: 31.7.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £100 and the play produced on December 5 in Sterts Studio.  Runners-up (2) - unspecified prizes and the plays will be given rehearsed readings.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    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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26.4.15

 

PENfro Book Festival Writers’ Competitions.  This offering from the PENfro Book Festival in Pembrokeshire has two categories: Poetry and Memoir.  Poems, which can be up to 40 lines, will be judged by last year’s winner, Katherine Stansfield.  For the Memoir you have up to 1,000 words to play with, and you are advised by the judge, Cecilia Morreau, not to try to write your whole life story.  I don’t know about you, but 1,000 words would only cover my life up to the age of about eight when I was doing a magic act in Blackpool in front of a paying audience (no work, no pocket money in those days).
    Closing: 31.7.15.
    Prizes (in each category): £250, £100, £75.
    Entry Fee: Poetry - £4.  Memoir - £5.
    Comp Page :
Click Here.

 


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  1.7.15

 

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: 31.7.15.
    Prize: £50.
    Entry Fee: £1 plus the normal cost of sending a text message (no use asking me what that is).
    Website:
Click Here.

 


Updated
  3.6.15

 

Luke Bitmead Writers’ Bursary Competition.  For this annual contest from Legend Press you submit the first three or four chapters of your completed novel plus a synopsis.  You should also send a personal statement introducing yourself and saying why you would particularly benefit from the bursary.  Note that to be eligible you must be 16 or over, a UK resident and a first-time, non-published author of fiction for adults.
    Closing: 1.8.15.
    Prize: A publishing contract with Legend Press and a £2,500 cash bursary.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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23.6.15

 

BHAC Sussex Poets Competition .  This one from Brighton and Hove Arts Council is open to anyone born, living, working or studying in Sussex.  The contest is for poems of up to 40 lines on any subject.
    Closing: 10.8.15.
    Prizes: £500, £250, £150.
    Entry Fee: £5 for the first and £4 each thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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13.4.15

 

Buzzwords Poetry Competition .  This one from Buzzwords Poetry, Cheltenham, is for poems up to 70 lines.
    Closing: 23.8.15.
    Prizes: £600, £300, 5 x £50.  Gloucestershire Prize: £200.
    Entry Fees: Postal - £4 each, three for £10.  Email - £4.35 each, two for £8.70, three for £11.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 9.6.15

 

Torbay Open Poetry Competition.  This annual contest from the Torbay Festival of Poetry in Torquay is for poems of up to 50 lines.  The judge is prizewinning poet and reviewer John Greening.
    Closing: 28.8.15 (6pm).
    Prizes: 1st - £700 plus a weekend at the poetry festival with accommodation and Festival Pass.  2nd - £400 plus Festival Pass.  3rd - £200 plus ticket for the Festival supper for two.  Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their entries at the Prizegiving event.
    Entry Fee: £5 each, £20 for five.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 7.6.15

 

Writing the City.  This poetry and short story competition from SaveAs Writers of Canterbury in Kent is for writing with a strong sense of city as setting.  ‘Where will your writing take us?’ ask the promoters.  ‘Athens, Zagreb, Mars Central?’  Wow, Mars has been colonised now, has it?  I missed that one in the newspapers.  Probably it was pushed onto the back pages by more important stuff such as Kim Kardashian’s derriere.  I expect the Google camera cars will have been there (Mars Central, I mean, not ...), so you can have a look round before writing your entry.  Poems are limited to 40 lines while stories should run to no more than 2,000 words.
    Closing: 31.8.15.
    Prizes (in each category): £100, £50, £25.
    Entry Fee: Stories - £4.  Poens - £3 each, £8 for three.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
12.6.15

 

Tethered by Letters Summer Writing Contest.  This international competition from American literary journal Tethered by Letters has three categories: short story, poetry and flash fiction.  The stories should be between 1,000 and 7.500 words, while the poems can run to three pages.  Flash fiction has word limits of 55, 240 or 500.  The promoters are looking for ‘engaging stories, vivid characters and fresh perspectives and styles.’
    Closing: 31.8.15 (midnight PST).
    Prizes: Stories - $500 and publication in the quarterly journal.  Poetry - $150 and publication in the quarterly journal.  Flash Fiction - $150 and publication in the quarterly journal.  All finalists in each category will receive professional edits on their submissions and will be considered for later publication.
    Entry Fee: Stories - $15.  Poems and flash fiction - $7 each, $15 for three.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 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.

 


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

 


Added
 3.5.15

 

Hysteria Writing Competition.  This annual contest from the Hysterectomy Association is for short stories of up to 2,000 words, flash fiction of up to 250 words and poems of up to 20 lines.  Entries can be in any genre except horror or erotica.  The promoters say they are not looking for stories or poems about hysterectomy but ones that will appeal to their website visitors who are mostly women aged between about 25 and 65.
    Closing: 31.8.15.
    Prizes: Short Story - £400.  Flash Fiction - £200.  Poetry - £200.  The winners and nine runners-up from each category will be published in an anthology and will receive a free copy.
    Entry Fees: Short Stories - £5.  Flash Fiction and Poetry - £3.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 9.6.15

 

Literacy Trust Poetry Prize 2015.  This contest from Bloomsbury Publishing and the National Literacy Trust is for poems of up to 16 lines written for children about reading and literature.  It is intended that the winning poem will feature in a poster campaign in schools across the UK.  All forms of poetry are acceptable, they say, from sonnets to free verse to rap.  You can write your poem in English or Welsh, but if you write it in Welsh you have to include an English translation ... so you’d just as well save yourself some work and write it solely in English.
    Closing: 31.8.15.
    Prizes: An iPad and £250 worth of Bloomsbury titles, plus a framed copy of the poster featuring the winning poem.
    Entry Fee: £8.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
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.

 


Added
 3.6.15

 

Flambard Poetry Prize.  This contest from Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts is for groups of five poems by poets who have not yet published a collection or a pamphlet of their work.  Each poem is limited to 40 lines.  Entry is open to UK residents only.
    Closing: 1.9.15.
    Prizes: £1,000, £250.
    Entry Fee: £5 per group of five poems.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 3.6.15

 

Live Canon International Poetry Competition .  This contest from Live Canon is for poems of any length on any subject.
    Closing: 6.9.15.
    Prize: £1,000.  The shortlisted poems (25) will be published in an anthology and performed by the Live Canon ensemble at a special event at Greenwich Theatre to launch the anthology and announce the overall winner.
    Entry Fee: £5 each, £12 for three.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.7.15

 

Headway in West Kent Short Story Competition .  This fundraiser for the charity Headway West Kent is for stories of up to 500 words on the theme of Headway.  The theme can, they say, be interpreted in a broad and imaginative fashion.  Stories need not be about the charity or its services. Among the judges will be award-winning novelist Bridget Collins and bookseller Michael Venner, manager of Waterstones in Tunbridge Wells.
    Closing: 18.9.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £50 in Waterstones vouchers and your story published in the Kent & Sussex Courier.  Runner-up - £15 in book vouchers.
    Entry Fee: £3 each, £10 for four.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 8.6.15

 

Manchester Writing Competition.  This international contest from Manchester Writing School at the Manchester Metropolitan University celebrates ‘the substantial cultural and literary achievements of Manchester’ of which I am unable to give an example at this time.  My childhood memories of Manchester are centred around Moss Side where my father ran a fast-food business (chip shop, as we called it back then).  I was kept locked in the cellar peeling spuds, with a 15-watt incandescent light bulb for company.  It was there in that creepy dungeon, while peering into the dark corners, that I developed my vivid imagination - not to mention my nervous twitches.  Culture?  Literature?  Be serious.  But times, I suppose, have changed.  So let us return to the competition, which is for poems and short stories.  To enter the Poetry Prize you submit a portfolio of three to five poems, these to consist of no more than 120 lines in total.  For the Fiction Prize the requirement is for a story running to no more than 2,500 words in any genre.
    Closing: 25.9.15.
    Prize (in each cetegory): £10,000.
    Entry Fee: £17.50.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 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.)

 


Added
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.

 


Added
 1.6.15

 

Bedford International Short Story Competition .  This annual contest from Bedfordshire is for stories of up to 3,000 words on any theme.  Award-winning novelist Leigh Russell will be judging the shortlist.
    Closing: 30.9.15.
    Prizes: £200, £100, £50.  Bedford Prize (for best story from a Bedford resident): £50.  All shortlisted entries will be pulished in an ebook which will be available on Amazon.
    Entry Fee: £5 each, £10 for three.  Full-time students: £3.  Profits will be donated to charity.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 9.6.15

 

Crewe & District Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition.  Crewe and District Writers’ Circle has reached its 51st year in existence and is so chuffed it is running another competition.  It is for poems of up to 40 lines.  The judge is poet and novelist Mary Williams, winner of the Hypocrates Prize for Poetry in 2013.
    Closing: 30.9.15.
    Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
    Entry Fee: £4 each, £10 for three.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 8.6.15

 

Salopian Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition.  Here’s another annual contest from a poetry group in Shropshire. It is for poems of up to 42 lines.  The judge is poet Alison Chisholm.
    Closing: 30.9.15.
    Prizes: £150 £100, £50.  Runners-up (10) - £20.  All winners received a free copy of the magazine Salopeot, which will contain the winning entries.
    Entry Fee: £3 each, £10 for four.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
13.4.15

 

The Prolitzer Prize 2015.  Okay, so once again you failed ot win the Pulitzer Prize, but do not despair.  You might do better in this one from Prole Books of Abergele in Wales, as there will be fewer entries.  It is for fiction and creative non-fiction that challenges, engages and entertains.  Entries are limited to 2,500 words.
    Closing: 1.10.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £200 and publication on the website and in the anthology.  Runners-up (2) - £50 and possible anthology publication.
    Entry Fee: £4 for the first, £3 thereafter.
    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

 


Added
 9.6.15

 

Comica Graphic Short Story Prize.   This one from The Observer, Jonathan Cape and Comica is for graphic short stories in black and white or colour, fact or fiction, with or without words.  You can collaborate with an artist if you wish.  Your story must be complete and consist of four pages, each page to be 214mm x 280mm.  You can have a number of frames/panels per page (a previous winner had 45 frames/panels in all).  The story must be suitable for printing across a double-page spread in the Observer Review.  See website for further details, layout example and previous winning entries.
    Closing: 2.10.15.
    Prizes: 1st - £1,000 and your story published in the Observer Review.  Runners-up - £250 and online publication.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
21.4.15

 

Bath Children’s Novel Award.  Here we have one of the increasingly rare contests for authors of novels aimed at children and young adults.  To enter, send (up to) the first 3,000 words of your story, plus a one-page synopsis and a separate covering page.  As always, careful study of the guidelines is recommended.  The judge is literary agent Sallyanne Sweeney.
    Closing: 11.10.15.
    Prize: £1,000 and a trophy.
    Entry Fee: £20.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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 3.5.15

 

NUHA Blogging Prize. Back for the fifth year running is this international blogging competition from the NUHA foundation (a registered charity).  The contest was established, they say, ‘as a platform to debate issues of education and development, and to provide an opportunity for authors to be published and to develop their self-confidence’.  They add that it doesn’t matter if English if your first, second or third language ... you will be judged on the quality of your argument and the originality of your ideas.  There are three age categories: Adult, Youth and Young Writer.  There are different writing tasks in each category.  Each category page bears a different illustration too, according to what someone has decided is most appropriate for the age group.  For Youth it’s a notebook computer, for kids it’s a tablet, but for Adults it’s an antique typewriter.  Could I just point out that it was an adult who invented the computer, not some spotty youth who has never been out in the sun.  And if you qualify for the Young Person or Youth categories, then the adult who is writing this has been using computers since before you were born.  And I get along just fine with Windows 8.1, so there.
    Closing: 18.10.15.
    Prizes: Adult - £150.  Youth Prize - £100.  Young Writers - £50.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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 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
 9.6.15

 

Troubadour International Poetry Prize.  This potentially lucrative annual contest from Coffee House Poetry is for poems of up to 45 lines which fit on to one side of an A4 page.  The judges this year are Adam O’Riorden and Jean Sprackland.
    Closing: 19.10.15.
    Prizes: £5,000, £1,000, £500.  Runners-up (20) - £25.
    Entry Fee: £5 (or $8 or 6 euros).  Wot a bargain.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
21.4.15

 

Flash 500 Novel Opening Competition.  You are probably thinking: ‘I can open a novel better than anyone - I’ve opened thousands in the library.’  Alas, this contest is a little more complicated than that.  It requires you to write a novel opening.  And that, as any novelist will tell you, is the easy bit.  You then have to write a one-page synopsis of the rest of the story.  Aggghhhh!  The more you think about that story, the more you’ll want to include in the synopsis.  Fifty pages won’t be enough.  And when it’s done and you’ve sent it off, you’ll be haunted by the belief that you left out the best bits.  Sweet dreams.  Your entry should run to no more than 3,000 words plus the one-page synopsis.
    Closing: 31.10.15.
    Prizes: £500, £200.
    Entry Fee: £10.  Optional critique: £25.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
29.6.15

 

Writing Times Opening Line Competition.  This is for stories of up to 3,000 words beginning with one of the lines given on the contest page.  There ae three themes to choose from, each with a different opening line.
    Closing: 31.10.15.
    Prizes (3): £50.
    Entry Fee: £4.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
29.6.15

 

Writing Times Closing Line Competition.  Here’s another given-line contest from online magazine Writing Times.  This time they give you the closing line with which to end your story of up to 3,000 words on any one of three themes.
    Closing: 31.10.15.
    Prizes (3): £50.
    Entry Fee: £4.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 8.6.15

 

Poetry Society National Poetry Competition.  In 1983 Carol Ann Duffy won this contest and 26 years later she became the Poet Laureate.  So if you’re hoping to become an overnight sensation, this is probably not the ideal starting point.  But there are compensations.  The top cash award is one of the best in the business, and the second prize isn’t bad either.  The thing that makes me uneasy about this one is that the entry form always asks for your ethnic background.  They say this is for statistical purposes only, but I still don’t think it belongs on a competition entry form.  However, I have no complaints about the line limit which is 40.
    Closing: 31.10.15.
    Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000.  Runners-up (7) - £200.  The top three winners will be published in Poetry Review.
    Entry Fee: £6.50 for the first, £3.50 thereafter.
    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

 


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26.6.15

 

Atlantis Short Story Competition.  This international American contest is for stories of up to 2.500 words on any theme.  Stories can be fiction or based on true events.
    Closing: 30.11.15.
    Prizes: $100, $100, $50.  The three winners also receive in-depth feedback.
    Entry Fee: $10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 9.6.15

 

The Times /Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition.  If you have an original idea, a fresh voice and a story children will love, you could be in luck because that’s just what the organisers of this contest are looking for.  They’re also looking for fifteen quid from your pocket, but grit your teeth and think of the prize.  Your story should be suitable for a worldwide audience of youngsters between the ages of about 7 and 18.  Your manuscript can run to 80,000 words, and there is a suggested minimum of 30,000.  You have to include a brief synopsis, a plot plan (as described on the website) and a letter explaining the book’s appeal to children (e.g. ‘It’s about fluffy bunnies and adorable kittens - the hero likes to eat them.’).
    Closing: 18.12.15.
    Prize: A publishing contract with an advance of £10,000, plus representation by a top children’s literary agent.
    Entry Fee: £15.  And as if that isn’t bad enough, you have to send your entire manuscript in hard copy by post. Imagine what that’s going to cost.  Yike.  Still, you’ve got plenty of time - send it second class.  Ah, but then you’ll be worried the promoters will think you’ve got no confidence or pride in your work.  There’s no escape.  Have a stiff drink, then march boldly into the post office, heave your MS onto the scales and light up the shop with your nonchalant grin as you utter those ruinous words: ‘First class, please.’
    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.

 


 

 

 

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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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