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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 75)

 


Updated
  4.5.16

 

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.
    Entry Fee: £6, or £3 for subscribers to the magazine.  Critique - £5 (enclose sae if entering by post).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
  4.5.16

 

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.
    Prize: £100 and a Chambers dictionary.
    Entry Fee: £4 each, or £6 if you want a short critique (enclose sae for the critique if entering by post).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 
  

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Addad
30.4.16

 

Cinnamon Press Debut Collection Prize.  This annual contest from Welsh publisher Cinnamon Press is for poems of up to 40 lines.  Your entry should consist of 10 poems.
    Closing: Annually - end of November.
    Prizes: £300 plus a publishing contract.
    Entry Fee: £12.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
 30.4.16

 

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: A publishing contract plus 30 copies of the pamphlet.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
  29.4.16

 

Cinnamon Press Short Story Award.  This is for stories of between 2,000 and 4,000 words.
    Closing: annually (end of May).
    Prize: £500, £100, £50, plus publication.
    Entry Fee: £12 (includes a free copy of the winners’ anthology).
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Updated
 29.4.16

 

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 : £500 and a pulishing contract.
    Entry Fee: £12.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

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

 


Added
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
15.12.15

 

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 not updated 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
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
  1.4.16

 

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: 31.12.16, 31.3.17, 30.6.17, 30.9.17.
    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
 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 CompetitionThis ongoing contest from the National Association of  Wig Growers - or possibly Writers’ Groups - is for tales of exactly 100 words.  Now, it will almost certainly turn out that some of you don’t understand the meaning of the word ‘exactly’, so let me explain that it is not 99 words or fewer, nor is it 101 words or more.  It’s bang on 100.
    Closing: Ongoing.  Each round ends when 100 entries have been accepted.
    Prizes (in each round): £75, £25.
    Entry Fee: £3 each, £5.50 for two, £8 for three.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
21.9.15

 

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

 


Added
 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

 


Updated
29.11.16

 

Atlantis Short Story Competition.  This annual international contest from the USA is for stories of up to 2.500 words on any theme.  Stories can be fiction or based on true events.  And they can be written by two people - so if you have a split personality here’s your chance to make a name for yourselves.
    Closing : 11.12.16.
    Prizes: 1st - $300, $100, $50.  The three winners also receive in-depth feedback.
    Entry Fee: $10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.10.16

 

Opening Up Digital Fiction Writing Competition.  This free contest from Sheffield Hallam University and Bangor University is part of the AHRC-funded Reading Digital Fiction project which aims to introduce more readers to digital fiction.  Digital fiction is fiction that is intended to be read/played on digital devices but this is not the same as ebooks.  We are talking here about ‘born digital, work that would lose something if published in the conventional way.  So it might have hyperlinks, moving images, mini-games, sound effects ... well, you get the idea.  Whether you get the prize remains to be seen.  Speaking of which, there are five prize categories: tabby cat, siamese cat, Manx cat ... stop messing about.  The catgories are: Judges’ Prize, People’s Choice, Welsh Language Prize, Student Prize and Children’s Story Prize.
    Closing: 15.12.16.
    Prizes (in each category): £300, publication on the website and a series of mentoring meetings with select judges.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 5.7.16

 

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 annual 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 children/young adults somewhere between the ages of 7 and 18 years.  Your manuscript can run to a maximum of 80,000 words, and there is a suggested minimum of 30,000.  You have to include a brief synopsis (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: 18.12.16.
    Prize: A publishing contract with an advance of £10,000, plus representation by a top children’s literary agent.
    Entry Fee: £15.  Luckily you no longer have to send your manuscript by post at colossal expense.  You can now enter online.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
16.10.16

 

Wild Words Writing Competition.  This recurring contest from Wild Words is for prose or poetry running to no more than 1,000 words.  Your inspiration this time should come from the following dangerous advice by D.H. Lawrence: ‘Be a good animal.  True to your animal instincts.’
    Closing: 21.12.16.
    Prize: A subscription to the Wild Words online course of your choice.
    Entry Fee: £7.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
22.11.16

 

Fiction Factory Short Story Competition .  This new contest from the website Fiction Factory is for stories running to no more than 3,000 words on any subject.  All genres are welcome except young adult and children’s.  Novelist Tim Symonds, who writes in a converted oasthouse in East Sussex, will be judging.
    Closing: 31.12.16.
    Prizes: £150, £50, £25, £25.  Winners will be published on the website and, at a later date, in a planned anthology.
    Entry Fee: £6.  Optional critique: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
22.5.16

 

Writing Times Short Story and Poetry Competition.  This contest from online literary magazine Writing Times is for stories of up to 7,000 words and poems of up to 80 lines on the theme of Relationships.
    Closing: 31.12.16.
    Prizes (in each category) : £50 and the story published in the mag.
    Entry Fee: £3 for the first, £1.50 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
 2.9.16

 

Soundwork Short Story Competition.  Here’s another contest from Soundwork and as usual it’s for stories of up to 2,000 words on any theme.  The contest is open worldwide.
    Closing: 31.12.16.
    Prize: The winning story will be recorded and posted on the Soundwork-uk website along with a photo and details of the writer.
    Entry Fee: None - free entry.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
9.10.16

 

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize.  Here is a poetry and short story contest with a difference.  For every entry received, Magic Oxygen Publishing of Dorset will plant a tree in Kenya to create a ‘tropical word forest’.  And when the contest closes each entrant will receive the GPS co-ordinates of their tree.  It is not clear if you will have visiting rights or if you will be able to send your tree a card on its birthday, but you will certainly be able to feel good about helping to restore some of our planet’s lost greenery.  The contest is also funding the building of a new classroom at Kundeni Primary School next to the tropical world forest.  Poems should be limited to 50 lines while short stories can, if required, extend to 4,000 words.
    Closing: 31.12.16.
    Prizes (in each category): £1,000, £300, £100, and 2 x £50.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.11.16

 

Martin Lucas Haiku Award.  This contest from Presence (‘Britain’s leading independent haiku journal’) is for haiku.  Erm ... can’t think of anything to add to that.
    Closing : 31.12.16.
    Prizes: £100, £50. 2 x £25.  Winning entries and those commended will be published in the mag.
    Entry Fee: £5 for up to five haiku. £1 each thereafter.
    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
16.10.16

 

Crimson Cloak Short Story Competition.  This contest from American publisher Crimson Cloak is for fantasy stories of between 1,500 and 3,000 words based on the scene depicted in the image on the website.
    Closing : 31.12.16.  Open for entries from November 1st.
    Prizes: $150, $100, $50.
    Entry Fee: $10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
 1.12.16

 

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: 31.12.16.
    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
 9.8.16

 

Mearns Writers New Beginnings Short Story Competition.  This international contest from the Mearns Writers group in Aberdeenshire is for stories of between 1,000 and 3,000 words in any genre.  The theme, as you may have guessed, is New Beginnings.  Stories will of course need more than just beginnings.  They will need middlings and endings too.
    Closing: 31.12.16.
    Prizes: 1st - £250.  Runners-up (3) - £50.  The winning story and those shortlisted will be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: £7 for the first, £5 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.7.16

 

Exeter Novel Competition.  To enter this annual contest from Creative Writing Matters of Exeter you submit the first 10,000 words of your novel, this to include a synopsis of up to 500 words.
    Closing : 1.1.17.
    Prizes: 1st - £500 plus a trophy.  Runners-up (5) - £75 and a trophy.
    Entry Fee: £18.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
27.10.16

 

Fresher Writing Prize.  This open-to-all contest from publishing house Fresher at Bournemouth University has five categories: poetry, short story, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and novel opening.  Poems are limited to 42 lines, while short stories and creative non-fiction each have an allowance of 3,000 words.  Flash fiction must not flash past 500 words.  For novels you submit the first 500 words plus a short synopsis - and take note that your completed novel must be available by 31.1.17 in case the judges wish to see it.
    Closing: 5.1.17.
    Prizes: Well, there’s no money, I’m afraid.  This is all about furthering your literary career by various means, such as meeting top people in the publishing world and getting personal feedback and advice (in the case of poetry and flash fiction you get a podcast of your work).  That will be small consolation when you are evicted from your flat for non-payment of the rent and end up living in some dank and litter-strewn underpass.  But hey, that’s the writing game - get used to it.  All shortlisted entries will be published in the Fresher Writing Awards Volume 3 anthology.  The lucky writers will be invited to attend the book launch and the Fresher Writing awards at Bournemouth University.  There is also a mention of £25 book vouchers.
    Entry Fee: £6.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.16

 

Robert Tannahill Poetry Competition.  This contest from Reading Raw Ltd of Paisley in Scotland is for poems of up to 40 lines on any subject.  It is open to anyone aged 16 or over writing in English.  It is also open to those shy individuals who write in Scots in order to shield their work from the masses.
    Closing: 7.1.17
    Prizes: £1,500, £400, £100, 2 x £50.  Scots Langauge: £500, £100.
    Entry Fee: £6 for the first, £3 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
19.8.16

 

Templar Poetry Pamphlet Awards.  For this quarterly contest from Templar Poetry you submit a selection of your work as a manuscript of between ten and twelve A4 single-sided pages.
    Closing: 9.1.17.
    Prizes: One winner each quarter will have his or her entry published in pamphlet form and will receive 20 free copies with the option to buy more at a discount.
    Entry Fee : £12 online.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
16.9.16

 

Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize.  This handsomely-rewarding biennial contest from Notting Hill Editions of Broadhembury in Devon (that’s a long way from Notting Hill) is for essays of between 2,000 and 8,000 words on any subject.  What would have been wrong with Broadhembury Editions, I wonder?  Hmm, well, I suppose Broadhembury doesn’t have the same exciting connotations as Notting Hill with its carnival and so forth.  And nobody has named a film after it ... yet.
    Closing: 9.1.17.
    Prizes: 1st - £20,000.  Runners-up (5) - £1,000.  The winning essays will be published in hardback by Notting Hill Editions.
    Entry Fee: £20.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
14.10.16

 

Henshaw Short Story Competition.  This regular visitor from Henshaw Press of Northampton is for stories of up to 2,000 words on any theme.
    Closing: 10.1.17.
    Prizes: £100, £50, £25.  Winners will be published on the website and optionally in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.16

 

Doolin Writers Competition 2017.  This international contest from Doolin Writers’ Weekend in County Clare, Ireland, is for short stories of between 1,000 and 3,000 words, poetry of up to 40 lines and flash fiction running to no more than 500 words.
    Closing: 13.1.17.
    Prizes: Short Story - 1,000 euros.  Poetry - 1,000 euros.  Flash Fiction - 500 euros.  Winners will be invited to Doolin Writers’ Weekend and will receive free accommodation.
    Entry Fee: 10 euros (£8).
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
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

 


Added
2.11.16

 

Keats-Shelley Prize 2017.  This annual contest from the Keats-Shelley association is for poems of up to 30 lines on the theme of ‘To Be a Friend’, and essays running to no more than 3,000 words on any aspect of the work and lives of Keats, Shelley and their circle.  Matthew Sweeney and Jo Shapcott will be judging the poetry, while Professor Simon Bainbridge and Professor Sharon Ruston will be let loose on the essays.
    Closing: 15.1.17.
    Prizes: Winners will share £4,000 in prize money.  Shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the Annual Awards Ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.  You may send up to two essays and two poems.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
9.10.16

 

The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize .  Serving up a short story with a food and drink theme could win you a serious tip in this annual contest from Mogford Hotels and Restaurants.  Just make sure you don’t over-egg the pudding by exceeding the word limit of 2,500.  Your entry, which can be fiction or fact, should be your own original work and unpublished.  You must submit this via the form on the website.  The contest is open worldwide, but entries must be in English.  One of the judges is well-known author Philip Pullman.
    Closing: 15.1.17.  Entries only accepted from 6.11.16
    Prize: £10,000.  The winning story will be read by an actor and uploaded to the StoryPlayer website.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
2.11.16

 

The Young Romantics Prize .  This freebie from the Keats-Shelley Association is for writers between the ages of 16 and 18.  It is for essays of up to 2,000 words and poems of up to 30 lines.  The essays can be on any aspect of the work and lives of Keats, Shelley and their circle.  The theme for the poetry is ‘To Be a Friend’.
    Closing: 15.1.17.
    Prizes: Unspecified cash prizes plus publication online and in print.  Shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the Annual Awards Ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.  You may send up to two essays and two poems.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.16

 

Magma Poetry Competition.  Here’s an annual contest from the poetry magazine Magma.  It has two categories: Judge’s Prize (for poems of 11 to 50 lines), and Editors’ Prize (poems of up to 10 lines).  The judge this time is poet Jane Draycott.  It is not stated who the editors are.  The editorship rotates, they say.
    Closing: 16.1.17.
    Prizes: Judge’s Prize - £1,000, £300, £150.   Editors’ Prize - £1,000, £300, £150.  There are also ten Special Mentions of £15 each.  The six main winners will have their poems published in the magazine.  Winning and commended poets will read their entries at the prize-giving event.
    Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £4 for the second, £350 thereafter.  It’s cheaper for subscribers.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
14.10.16

 

IGGY and Litro Young Writers Prize.  Here’s a short story contest for youngsters between the ages of 13 and 18.  It comes courtesy of academic and social network platform IGGY, and Litro Magazine.  There is a word limit of 2,500, and a theme of Memory.  Don’t forget to read the T&Cs.
    Closing: 20.1.17 (9am).
    Prize: £1,000.  All shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the awards ceremony at the Shard in London.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    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
13.9.16

 

National Memory Day Creative Writing Competition.  This charitable contest from Literature Works is for poems of up to 100 lines and short stories running to no more than 1,500 words on the theme of Memories.  Winners will be announced on National Memory Day, May 18, 2017.
    Closing: 20.1.17 (5pm).
    Prizes: Best Poem - £4,000.  Best Short Story - £4,000.  Best Primary Carer Voice - £2,000.   Plymouth University Best Young Writer (15 - 18) - £2,000.
    Entry Fee: £3 for the first, £2 thereafter.  Proceeds go to the Memory Cafe Poetry Project which helps people with memory loss.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
2.11.16

 

Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize.  This international contest from the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation has two categories, one for adventure novels published by a recognised trade publisher in the previous calendar year, and one for unpublished adventure novels.  Here I will give details only for the latter.  If you’re interested in the former, see the website.  The rest must submit an unpublished adventure novel running to over 50,000 words, along with a synopsis and a cv, plus a letter explaining why the story qualifies as an adventure yarn.  Self-published e-books do not count as published, so if you have one of those and someone other than your mother/husband/wife/parrot has proclaimed its brilliance, you could send that in.
    Closing: 23.1.17.
    Prizes: Published category - £10,000.  Unpublished category - The opportunity to complete a creative writing residency at a prestigious university, plus career guidance from Wilbur Smith’s literary agents.
    Entry Fee: None - free entry.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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2.11.16

 

Wilbur Smith Author of Tomorrow Award.  Here’s another international contest from the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation.  Open only to writers aged 12 to 21, it is for short adventure stories of between 1,500 and 5,000 words.  To enter, you send in your story along with a synopsis and a scanned copy of your birth certificate.
    Closing: 23.1.17.
    Prize: £1,000 and a framed certificate.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 8.8.16

 

The Plough Poetry Prize.  Arr, it be that time again.  The Plough Prize is back for its umpteenth annual appearance.  It comes from the Plough Arts Centre in Torrington, Devon.  It is for poems of up to 40 lines in any style and on any subject.  The judge this year is Philip Gross.
    Closing: 31.1.17.
    Prizes: I’m tempted to say ploughs, but I think I’ve done that one before.  The prizes are actually quite useful amounts of money: £1,000, £500, £250.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.9.16

 

Fish Short Memoir Competition. This annual contest from Fish Publishing in Ireland is for memoirs of up to 4,000 words.
    Closing: 31.1.17.
    Prizes: 1,000 euros.  The best 10 entries will be published in the Fish Anthology.
    Entry Fee: 16 euros.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
2.11.16

 

Novella-in-Flash Award.  This unusual contest from Bristol is for novellas of between 7,000 and 18,000 words made up of individual flash fiction stories of about 1,000 words each.  Further details are of course to be found on the website.  I did start to go through them but I ran out of time and ended up no wiser.
    Closing: 31.1.17.
    Prizes: £300, £100, £100.
    Entry Fee: £16.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
2.11.16

 

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Open Poetry Competition.  This annual contest from Devon is for poems of up to 35 lines on any subject.  Award-winning poet Maro Petrucci will be judging.
    Closing: 31.1.17.
    Prizes: £500, £250, £100.
    Entry Fee: £4 for the first, £3 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 2.8.13

 

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

 


Added
1.12.16

 

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition .  This annual contest from Kent & Sussex Poetry Society is for poems of up to 40 lines.
    Closing: 31.1.17.
    Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, 4 x £50.  Winners will be published in the society’s Poetry Folio.
    Entry Fee: £5 each.  Three or more £4 each.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.10.16

 

Prole Laureate Competition .  This annual contest from Prole, a print magazine that publishes high quality, accessible poetry and prose, is for poems on any subject and in any style.  There are no restrictions on length, although you might like to consider how far it is reasonable to expect the judge to wade through that 5,000-line epic of yours before letting out an anguished groan and writing something obscene on it.  As an occasional poetry judge, the most I have ever managed before turning nasty is 100 lines.
    Closing: 31.1.17.
    Prizes: £200, £50, £50.  Winners will be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: £3 for the first, £2 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.16

 

PWG International Short Story Competition.  This contest from Plymouth Writers’ Group and the English and Creative Writing Department at the University of Plymouth is for stories of up to 1,500 words on any theme.
    Closing: 31.1.17.
    Prizes: £250, £50.  The best entries will be included in the PWG Anthology.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
2.11.16

 

Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize.  This is the seventh of these contests from the Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.  Open only to women over 21 who have not had a full-length novel published (self-published doesn’t count), it is for novels which combine literary merit with ‘unputdownability’.  These can be literary or genre fiction, or novels for young adults or children.  To enter you submit 40 to 50 consecutive pages of your story’s opening, plus a synopsis of the remainder (5 to 10 pages), as specified in the T&Cs.
    Closing: 10.2.17 (noon).
    Prize: £1,500.  The shortlisted entrants will receive a consultation with one of the judges, literary agent Nelle Andrew.  They will also be invited to the prize-giving dinner at the College along with a bunch of book trade freeloaders such as editors, agents, publishers and journalists.  Each shortlistee will be able to bring a guest (I’d suggest a teetotaller with a car, as there will be free drinks and if my experience is anything to go by you will be consuming this in unwise quantities when that gormless individual sitting opposite you is named as the winner).
    Entry Fee: £12.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.11.16

 

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition.  This annual international freebie from Bloomsbury’s venerable W&A Yearbook is for stories of under 2,000 words on any theme.  Take not that before emailing your entry, you have to register with the website.  Your entry will not be valid otherwise.
    Closing: 13.2.17.
    Prize: A residential writing course of your choice with Arvon worth £1,000, and your story published on the Writers’ & Artists’ website.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Website:
Click Here.

 


Added
16.10.16

 

Sceptre Loves Short Story Competition.  This contest from mainstream publisher Hodder & Stoughton opens on November 3 to coincide with the launch of How Much The Heart Can Hold, a volume of 7 short stories published under the Sceptre imprint.  To enter you submit a tale of between 5,000 and 10,000 words.  The theme, if you haven’t already guessed, is the thing that is alleged to make the world go round. No, not lust.  Love.
    Closing: 14.2.17.  Not open for entries until 3.11.16.
    Prize: Editorial advice on your entry, plus a 2-hour editorial meeting with Emma Herdman of Sceptre to discuss your work and the publishing industry in general.  You will also be offered the opportunity to have your entry published at the back of the paperback and ebook editions of How Much the Heart Can Hold.
    Entry Fee : None - free entry.
    Comp Page (pdf):
Click Here.

 


Added
2.11.16

 

International Bath Flash Fiction Award.  This recurring contest from Bristol is for short fiction of up to 300 words.  There is no set theme.  You are probably wondering about the contest’s name: why Bath?  Well, it’s like this: I don’t know.
    Closing: 14.2.17.
    Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100.
    Entry Fee: £9 (early bird entries up to 11.12.15 - £7.50).
    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

 


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19.11.16

 

Tethered by Letters Writing Competition.  This international contest from Tethered by Letters, an American literary publication and resource organisation, 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 a word limit of 750.  The promoters are looking for work that pushes the boundaries and takes risks in genre, plot and style.  Their motto is ‘Publish Weird’.  I don’t know how that goes in latin.
    Closing: 15.2.17 (midnight PST).
    Prizes: Stories - $1,000.  Poetry - $300.  Flash Fiction - $300.  Winners will be published in F(r)iction, a triannually-printed collection of literature and art.
    Entry Fee: Stories - $15.  Poems and flash fiction - $8 each, three for $12.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
14.10.16

 

Chiplitfest Short Story Competition.  This contest from Penny Shorts (a publisher, not a person or a cheap item of clothing) is part of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival.  It is for stories on any theme running to no more than 5,000 words.  If your story is close to the maximum and you want to save yourself some money on the two-tier entry fee, just snip out the waffle and digression until the tale is down to 2,500 words or fewer.  Yes, they charge by the yard for this one.
    Closing: 20.2.17.
    Prizes: £500, £100, £50.
    Entry Fee: £5 for stories no longer than 2,500 words.  £8 for up to 5,000 words.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.11.16

 

Readers’ Digest 100 Words Competition.  Here’s an old friend that’s been visiting us annually for seven years.  If you win, you will be paid a handsome £20 a word for your work - that’s almost as much as JK Rowling.  And best of all, it’s free.  But before you set your fingers flying across the keyboard, you must rid yourself of the notion that if your story ends up with a word or two more than 100, or a word or two less, the judges will accept it due to its unrivalled brilliance.  They won’t.  Your story must be exactly 100 words (excluding the title).  There are three age categories: Adult, 12 to 18, and Under 12.
    Closing: 20.2.17.
    Prizes: Adult - £2,000, £200, £200.  12 to 18 - A Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 and a Gear S2 watch, plus £150 for the winner’s school.  Two runners-up in this category will each receive £100.  Under 12 - A Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 and £100 for the school.  Two runners up will each receive £75.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.9.16

 

Fish Flash Fiction Competition.  This annual Fish competition is for stories running to no more than 300 words.
    Closing: 28.2.17.
    Prizes: 1st - 1,000 euros.  2nd - An online writing course with Fish.  The best 10 entries will be published in the Fish Anthology.  The writers will each receive five copies.
    Entry Fee: 14 euros.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

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

 


Added
1.12.16

 

Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2017.  This annual contest from Christ Church, Oxford, is open to full- or part-time UK students between the ages of 16 and 18.  It is for poems of up to 48 lines.  This year’s theme is ‘Stone’.
    Closing: 27.2.17.
    Prizes: £3,000, £1,000, £500.  The school/college of each winner will also receive a cash prize of £150.  The school/college of each winner will also receive a cash prize of £150.  The three winners will be eligible for a place on the Tower Poetry Summer School, and they will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Oxford.  Three or four commended entrants will each receive £250.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
13.11.16

 

NWC Short Story Competition.  This national contest from the Nottingham Writers’ Club is for stories of up to 2,000 words on the theme of Food and/or Drink.  It is aimed at new and less experienced writers, defined on the website as those who have earned under £300 from short stories in 2016.  I can think of some very experienced ones who haven’t earned that much.  All entrants will receive a few lines of feedback.
    Closing : 28.2.17.  Not open for submissions until 1.2.17.
    Prizes: £200, £100, £50.
    Entry Fee (online): £6 for one, £12 for two, £5 each thereafter.  Postal entry fees are a bit lower but probably not worth bothering with once you’ve factored in the cost of the stamp, sheet of A4 and envelope, and then considered the hassle of finding a postbox and ascertaining if it’s still in use (spiders’ webs across the letter slot/bird flying in with worm - not good signs).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
14.10.16

 

Wundor Short Fiction Competition.  This inaugural contest from Wundor Editions, a new independent publisher based in London, is for novellas, short stories and flash fiction.  To enter, you submit a single piece of work or a collection of pieces, or a novella.  In all cases the total word count should fall between 5,000 and 45,000.
    Closing: 28.2.17.
    Prize: £500.  The winner and two runners-up will have their work published in full or as an extract on the website, and will be ‘strongly considered’ for publication in print.  For any print publication a publishing contract will be offered.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.10.16

 

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition.  This annual contest from Exeter Writers in Devon is for stores of up to 3,000 words on any theme.  Entry is open worldwide.
    Closing: 28.2.17.
    Prizes: £500, £250, £100.  Plus £100 for a weiter from Devon.  Winners will be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: £6.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


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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
24.3.16

 

Flash 500 Short Story Competition.  Stories in any genre running to between 1,000 and 3,000 words are required for this one from the Flash 500 website.  Those of you who think no story is complete without a decent (or indecent) bedroom scene will be pleased to learn that adult material is acceptable here ‘providing the content fits the story and is not gratuitous’.  The rest of you will be relieved to learn that adult content is not compulsory.
    Closing: 28.2.17.
    Prizes: £500, £200, £100.
    Entry Fee: £7 each, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
11.11.16

 

Artificium Writing Competition.  This one from Artificium, a journal of new fiction and poetry, is for stories of between 2,000 and 8,000 words in any genre.  There is also a category called In Brief, for any writing of between 500 and 1,500 words.  For this you can submit poetry, and here there is no minimum word limit, but the maximum of 1,500 words still applies.
    Closing: 28.2.17.
    Prizes: Short Story: 1st - £300.  Runners-up (1 - 4) - a share of £100.  Winners will be published on the website.  In Brief - the winner gets £150 while runners-up (1 - 4) share £100.
    Entry Fee: £5 each, £9 for two.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
1.10.16

 

The Poetry Business New Poets Prize.  If you can arrange to be between 16 and 22, you will be eligible to enter this contest for collections of poems (12 pages).
    Closing: 1.3.17.
    Prizes: 1st and runner-up - a place on an Arvon residential course of your choice in 2017.   Four outstanding poets will receive mentoring, readings and publication in the North magazine.  One of these will receive pamphlet publication by smith/doorstop Books.
    Entry Fee: £8.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
21.11.16

 

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: 1.3.17.
    Prize: £1,000.
    Entry Fee: £12.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
20.11.16

 

Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition.  This contest from poetry magazine The Rialto in conjunction with BirdLife International, the RSBP and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, is for poems concerning Nature and Place.  A broad interpretation of the themes is acceptable.
    Closing: 1.3.17.
    Prizes: 1st - £1,000, 2nd - £500, 3rd - A place on a Ty Newydd writing course.  Additional prizes comprise a tour of wildlife places in East Anglia with nature writer Mark Cocker, and a tour of Wicken Fen with naturalist Nick Davies.  The winning poems will be published in the mag.
    Entry Fee: £6 for the first, £3.50 thereafter (up to a total of 6 poems in a batch).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
2.11.16

 

Bridgend Writers’ Circle Open Competition.  This one from Bridgend Writers is for stories of between 1,500 and 1,800 words on any theme.
    Closing: 1.3.17.
    Prizes : £200 and two at £50.
    Entry Fee: £5 each, £7.50 for two.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.10.16

 

The Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition.  To enter this annual international contest from The Poetry Business you submit 20 to 24 pages of your poetry.
    Closing: 1.3.17.
    Prizes (4): Publication by smith/doorstop Books, a share of £2,000, a launch reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books.  There will also be an opportunity to submit a full collection for possible publication in book form.
    Entry Fee: £28.  Yike.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
28.11.16

 

Limnisa Short Story Competition.  Limnisa, a creative writing centre on the idyllic Greek Island of Methana, seems like a great place to get your creative juices flowing - and you could be there if you win this free contest, although you will have to stump up for the travel costs unless you use your thumb.  The competition, which is open worldwide, is for stories of up to 3,000 words.
    Closing: 15.3.17.
    Prizes: 1st - One week Writers’ Retreat or Workshop in 2017 or 2018, with full-board accommondation in single room, at Limnisa in Greece with optional daily yoga sessions, literary evening, use of all Limnisa facilities (beach, bikes, library, etc).  Alternatively you can have five online sessions of personal tutoring.  2nd and 3rd - 50% discount on the Writers’ Retreat or Workshop.  Alternatively you can have an online session of personal turtoring or feedback on written work.  Runners-up - 25% discount for Writer’s Retreat or Workshop.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
28.11.16

 

Binsted Arts Poetry Competition.  This is the second year for this contest from Binsted Arts in West Sussex.  It is for poems of up to 40 lines on the theme of ‘Harvest’.  The judge is Clare Best, a creative writing tutor for the Open University.
    Closing: 20.3.17.
    Prizes: £100, £50, £25.  Winners will have the option of anthology publication.
    Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £3 each thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.9.16

 

Fish Poetry Competition.  Poems of up to 300 words are invited for this contest from Fish Publishing based in southern Ireland.  Jo Shapcott will be judging.
    Closing: 31.3.17.
    Prizes: 1st - 1,000 euros.  2nd - A week’s residency at Anam Cara Writers’ retreat.
    Entry Fee: 14 euros.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 6.9.16

 

RuberyBook Award.  This worthy international award is for self-published and independently published books of any type.  I emphasise that we are not talking about mere manuscripts here, but the actual end product book published at some point prior to submission.  Haven’t got a published book?  Well, you’ve got plenty of time to write one, get it published and send it in, because if you miss the deadline this time round, your entry will be put forward for the next award.
    Closing: 31.3.17.
    Prizes: 1st - £1,500 and your book read by a top London literary agent.  At least three category winners will each receive £150.
    Entry Fee: £35.  Nurse!  Someone just fainted.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.16

 

The Short Fiction Prize.  This one from Short Fiction, a literary journal from Plymouth University, is for stories running to no more than 6,000 words.
    Closing: 31.3.17.
    Prizes: £500, £100.  The 1st prize winner will be published in the journal.
    Entry Fee: £6.  Submit two for £10 and receive a free opy of the next issue of the journal.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 2.2.13

 

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
1.11.16

 

Bristol Short Story Prize.  I once spent a whole day exploring Bristol in connection with a treasure hunt but the only thing I can remember about the place now (aside from the fact that the treasure was somewhere else) is that explorer and navigator John Cabot sailed from there, discovered Newfoundland and explored parts of North America before amy other European.  Alas, he failed to update his blog with the details, and now, hundreds of years later, academics are still arguing about it.  You see, what matters in the end is not the going there but the writing about it - and he could have done that without going there, using just his imagination.  Anyway, this competition - it’s for stories of up to 4,000 words on any theme.
    Closing: 3.5.17.
    Prizes: £1,000, £700, £400.  Runners-up (17) - £100.  Twenty stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 10.
    Entry Fee: £8.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.16

 

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.
    Closing : 15.5.17.  Early entry deadline (for lower entry fee): 31.3.17.
    Prize: $20,000 (Canadian). There will be anthology publication for shortlisted entries, 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.

 


Added
11.6.04

 

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

 


Added
 1.9.11

 

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

 
  

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

 
    
  

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

                                       The Typo Goblin

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

                                                                           
- Michael Shenton

 
  

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