Writing Competitions

Competition Listings – Please Read

Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

Creative Writing Ink April 2017 Competition Results

Thanks again to everyone who entered our April competition and congratulations to the winners, Bill Lythgoe and Gary W. Bloom. You can read the winning entries in our Journal.

First Drafts Competition 2017

The First Drafts Competition 2017 is open until June 30, 2017 (noon). Submit up to 5,000 words from a novel or short story collection in progress. The prize is a week-long writing retreat in West Dean College near Chichester, editorial feedback from the judges and six months’ mentoring from a Myriad author. Entry Fee: £10 […]

V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2017

The V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2017 is open until June 14, 2017, to residents in the UK. Stories should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words. The winner will receive £1,000 and publication in Prospect online and the RSL Review. Entry Fee: £5 More here.

The Nick Darke Award

The Nick Darke Award is open until May 31, 2017 (5pm). Free to enter. Submit a full stage play script and one-page synopsis. Prize: £6,000 More here.

Pint-Sized Plays Writing Competition

The Pint-Sized Plays Writing Competition is open until May 31, 2017. Scripts should be capable of being staged in a pub, have a running time of between 5 and 10 minutes, and have 2 or 3 characters. Six winning scripts will be performed in pubs in Tenby, Pembrokeshire during Tenby Festival week. The six winning […]

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

Young Oxfordshire Writers Competition

The Young Oxfordshire Writers Competition is open until September 1, 2017. Eligibility: writers aged 18–30 who live in Oxfordshire They are looking for writing ‘Inspired by Oxford’. Submissions should be up to 500 words, either fiction or non-fiction. There will be five cash prizes: two prizes of £350 and three of £100. Philip Pullman, one […]

Olga Sinclair Open Short Fiction Competition 2017

The Olga Sinclair Open Short Fiction Competition 2017 is now open until July 31, 2017 (for email entries). Theme: Strangers Judge: historical novelist Ralph Jackman. Entry fee: £8 per manuscript Prizes: £400, £250, £100. More here.

Wirral Festival of Firsts Poetry Competition

The Wirral Festival of Firsts Poetry Competition is open until June 2, 2017. Prizes: £175, £75, £50. Two runner-up prizes of £10 each. Entry Fee: £4 each or £10 for three. More here.

The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction

The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction is now open October 31, 2017 (5pm GMT). Theme: ‘Café Stories’ Free to enter. One submission per writer. The winner will receive £500 and all 10 shortlisted authors will be featured in an ebook anthology which will be published by Comma Press. More here.

The Val Wood Prize 2017: Freedom in Hull

The Val Wood Prize 2017: Freedom in Hull is open until August 19, 2017. The theme for the competition is ‘Freedom in Hull’ to tie in with Hull’s current City of Culture status. Prizes: £200 and the winners will be published on Val Wood’s website. Free to enter. More here.

I Must be Off Travel Writing Competition

The I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition is open until July 31, 2017. It’s free to enter until May 31st. For entries submitted after May 31st, it costs €3 to enter. Prizes: €200, €50 More here.

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017

The Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017 is open for entries until July 14, 2017 (5pm GMT). They welcome entries in Fiction, Poetry and Life Writing. Open to anyone around the world who has not published a complete book in their chosen category. Prizes: £300 for the winner of each category and publication in Wasafiri magazine. […]

Green Alphabet Writing Prize

The Green Alphabet Writing Prize is open until July 31, 2017. Choose any letter of the alphabet and use it in any way you like in a piece of writing on a green theme. First prize is £500 in the adults’ category (16+) and £200 for under 16s. All entries will be considered for inclusion […]

Reflex Fiction

The Reflex Fiction competition is a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Entry Fee: £7 Deadline: May 31, 2017 More here.

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition

The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition is open until August 28, 2017 (11pm GMT). Open to writers around the world. There are two categories: for poets who write in English as an additional language and then for poets whose first language is English. Prizes: £1000, £200 in both categories. Entry Fee: £5 for one poem, […]

March 2017 Competition Results

Here are the Creative Writing Ink March 2017 Competition results! Winner: Kevin Doyle – you can read the winning entry over on our Journal. Shortlist: Enzo Bavetta, Cheryl Van Beek, Sian Hughes, Frank E Lee, Amaylia Dewis, Sapphire Allard, Grace Boettcher, Bill Lythgoe, L. J. Engelmeier, Joseph Draper, Ola Abdalkafor, Lydia Melville, Gary W. Bloom, […]

Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition

The Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition is open until July 31, 2017. Theme: Journey It is open to all non-professional writers who are UK residents. Have a look at their terms and conditions for the meaning of ‘non-professional writer’. There is also a children’s competition with the same deadline. Theme: Maps. The winner will receive […]

NUHA Blogging Competition

The NUHA Blogging Competition is open until October 15, 2017. Free to enter. The competition was established ‘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’. Prizes: up to $2,500 for the adult category, up to $1,000 for the […]

Winchester Poetry Prize

The Winchester Poetry Prize is open until July 31, 2017 Sole Judge: Sarah Howe Entry fees: £5 for the first poem, £4 for each subsequent entry. Prizes: £1000, £500, £250 The winners and longlisted poems will appear in an anthology. More here.

Rollick Magazine Most Popular Post Award

Submissions for the Rollick Magazine Most Popular Post Award will open on May 1st until the end of June 2017 for their Begin Again issue. They accept essays, poems, short stories, memoirs, confessionals, experimental writing, post cards, art, illustrations, reviews (of film, music, tv, theatre), satire, photography, and anything else in between. A prize of […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Competition is open until June 30, 2017. Submit a short story on any subject, up to 2,000 words. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. Publication on the Henshawpress website. Entry fee: £5. Optional Critiques a further £10 More here.

The Write Stuff Short Story Competition

The Write Stuff Short Story Competition is aimed at girls aged 11-16 who live in the UK. Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE and The Sunday Times are looking for short stories with a central theme of ‘family’. Prizes: A masterclass with Barbara Taylor Bradford, publication in an ebook by HarperCollins, and a box of books. Free […]

Wells Festival of Literature Competitions

The Wells Festival of Literature Competitions open on April 1, 2017 and close on June 30, 2017. There are three competitions: Poetry, Short Stories and A Book for Children.The prizes for each competition are: £750, £300, £200, and a local prize of £100 More here.

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition

The Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition closes on June 19, 2017. Prizes: £200, £100 and £50, with prizes for ‘People’s Choice’ and best read poem. Longlisted entries will published in an anthology and shortlisted poets will be invited to read at the adjudication event. Entry fee: £5 per poem More here.

Milestones International Poetry Competition

The Milestones International Poetry Competition in association with Write Out Loud opens on March 21 and closes on June 21, 2017. Prizes: £500, £100, £25. Separate prize for under-16s (£100). The prize winners and commended poets will also receive a copy of the anthology. Entry fee: £5 per poem, three poems for £10, subsequent poems […]

Frome Festival Short Story Competition

The Frome Festival Short Story Competition is now open until May 31, 2017. Submit 1,000-2200 words on any theme. Prizes: £400, £200, £100 plus local awards Entry fee: £8 Judge: novelist Laura Wilkinson Full details here.

STORGY Short Story Competition

The STORGY Short Story Competition is now open until May 31, 2017. Theme: Exit Earth Prizes: £1000, £500, £250 Entry Fee: £10 More here.

Wundor Poetry Contest 2017

The Wundor Poetry Contest 2017 is now open until May 31, 2017. Theme: spring The winner will receive £500, and the winner and two runners up will have their poems published on the Wundor website. Entry Fees: £10 for up to six poems More here.

Short Story Prize 2017

The Short Story Prize 2017 is open to unpublished authors. Deadline: 25 June 2017 Write a short story that gives a well-known fairy tale a modern twist. Entries should be aimed at children aged 8 to 12. The top 10 tales will be published in an eBook anthology by Bloomsbury.  The winners will receive £200 each. […]

Great Eighty Flash Fiction Competition

The Great Eighty Flash Fiction Competition comes from Third Word Press. It is a free to enter, biweekly competition. The prize is £20 cash and publication on their website. If your piece is chosen for publication in their anthology, you will be invited to join their fundraising initiative: to promote the anthology across your network […]

Closed: PDSA Animal Heroes Writing Competition 2017

The PDSA Animal Heroes Writing Competition 2017 is now open until May 26, 2017. Eligibility: under 16s Write a short story, which has been started by the author Hilary Robinson. The winner will receive a set of signed books by Hilary Robinson, an Amazon Kindle and a VIP tour at one of the charity’s Pet […]

Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize

The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize is now open until October 31, 2017. Free to enter. Submit a piece of fiction or non-fiction interpreting a Franklin quote in 1000–1500 words. The quote for this year is ‘if you would not be forgotten, As soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, […]

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

We are looking for short stories or poetry and the word limit is 3,000 words (for short stories) or 40 lines (for poetry). Entries should be in English and we accept submissions from writers around the world of any age. You can submit one entry every month. Please feel free to resubmit your work every month. We do not accept previously published material.

Striking 13 Writing Contest

The Striking 13 Writing Contest is a free to enter quarterly competition. Prizes: Three Amazon voucher prizes, for the top 3 entries ($25, $15, $10) and publication on the website. Entries should be max 513 words. One entry per person. Open to writers around the world. For further details on the terms, current deadline and […]

Pennine Ink Short Story Competition

The Pennine Ink Short Story Competition is now open until July 7, 2017. Theme – Chemistry. The winner will receive £50 plus publication in Pennine Ink Magazine and on the website. Entry Fee: £3 for one, £5 for two. Further details here.

Birds of a Feather Press Travel Writing Competition 2017

The Birds of a Feather Press Travel Writing Competition 2017 closes on May 31, 2017. The winner will receive $200. Ten runner-up prizes of $10 each. Free to enter. They are looking for travel writing of 500-2,000 words. This is your chance to fill in the gaps of your favourite destination. Share what you’d wish […]

Ad Hoc Fiction Competition

The Ad Hoc Fiction Competition is a free to enter weekly competition. The prize is a free entry to the Bath Flash Fiction award. More here.

1000 Word Challenge Competition

The 1000 Word Challenge Competition is an ongoing quarterly writing competition. Submit stories of up to 1000 words. The theme changes every quarter. It costs £5 to enter and the top prize is £100. More here.

TXTLit Micro Story Competition

The TXTLit Micro Story Competition is for stories up to 154 characters. The theme changes every month. The winner will receive £50 and there’s an entry fee of £1, plus the cost of sending a text message. Competitions are open to anyone of any age who has access to a mobile phone serviced by a […]

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