Writing Competitions

Note on Competition Listings

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. If you’re a competition organiser and would like to […]

Write It – Young Food Writer of the Year Competition

The Write It – Young Food Writer of the Year Competition is now open until April 30, 2017. Open to UK residents aged 18 and under. Theme: The Perfect Food Partnership Free to enter Prizes include a featured article on their website, a feature in The Week Junior, a writer’s experience with a trip to […]

The Alpine Fellowship

The Alpine Fellowship is awarded for the best piece of writing in response to the theme of the Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium. Prize: £3000. The winner and two runners up will be invited to attend the Venice symposium. Open to all nationalities and ages. All genres permitted, max 2500 words, one entry per person. Deadline: […]

Coram Voice Competition 2017

The Coram Voice Competition 2017 is open until February 21. It comes from the charity, Coram Voice which provides a range of services for children and young people in and around the care system. You must be in care, or a care leaver to enter the competition. Theme: New Beginnings There are three age categories: […]

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.

BBC National Short Story Award

The BBC National Short Story Award is open until March 6, 2017 (9 am). The winner will receive £15,000, and four shortlisted authors will receive £600 each. Eligibility: open to UK residents or nationals, aged 18 or over, who have a history of publication in creative writing. More here.

Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing

The Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing is open until March 5th. Submit an unpublished one-act play. You should be an amateur playwright. Three scripts will be selected for performances during the Windsor Fringe Festival. One of the three scripts will be chosen for the £500 prize. More here.

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 […]

17th Poetry on the Lake Competition

The 17th Poetry on the Lake Competition closes on 30 April 2017. There are three categories: Silver Wyvern (theme: metal, all forms, max 40 lines); short poems (any theme, max 10 lines); formal (any theme, max 40 lines). Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will judge the Silver Wyvern category and Kevin Bailey the short and […]

F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition

The F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition is now open until March 1, 2017 (or April 1 for creative nonfiction entries) There are four categories: creative nonfiction, short story, flash fiction, and poetry. The winners of the flash fiction and poetry categories will receive $300 each. The short story winner will receive $1000 and the creative nonfiction […]

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.

Writing is Art Competition

The Writing is Art Competition is free to enter. Open to writers in the UK and US, over the age of 18. Select a painting you want from the site, Modern Art by Post. Use it as a writing trigger and submit up to 75 words of fiction. Prize: an original painting of your choice […]

The Print Express Children’s Short Story Competition

The Print Express Children’s Short Story Competition is free to enter. Prize: £50 in book tokens for the winner, and £175 in book tokens for their school. Closing on March 31, 2017. Submit a story (max 500 words). Open to 5-13 year olds who are resident in the UK. Full details here.

Creative Writing Ink December 2016 Winner

The Creative Writing Ink December 2016 results are here! Congrats to to MT Ingoldby, the winner and to all shortlisted entrants: Declan Molloy, Martin Murphy, Emma K, Naoise Deeney, Richard Lee-Graham, Yasmin Spark, Karin Britt Gall, Kevin Doyle. And a big thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a competition entry. There’s […]

Closed: The 2017 Book a Break Short Story Competition

The 2017 Book a Break Short Story Competition is free to enter and closes on February 19th 2017 (6 pm GMT) The winner will receive 4 nights bed and breakfast for two in Provence. A selection of the best stories will be published in an anthology, the proceeds of which will go to charity. Submit […]

The Henshaw Short Story Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is now open until March 31, 2017. Prizes: £100, £50, £25, publication on the Henshawpress website. Entry fee: £5 Open to short stories on any subject (max 2,000 words). More here.

BBC 500 Words 2017

The BBC 500 Words 2017 competition closes on February 23, 2017 (7pm). Open to children aged between 5 and 13. Free to enter. Prizes: 2 Gold winners will win Chris Evans’ height in books and 500 books each for their school. 2 Silver winners will win Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s height in […]

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.

The Oh Zoe! Rising Talent Award

The Oh Zoe! Rising Talent Award closes on March 31, 2017. They are looking for picture book stories. It’s free to enter. The winner will receive £500, feedback and consultation with two commissioning editors, a personalised website and a range of professional development courses. All shortlisted entrants will be invited to publish their work through […]

Soundwork Audio Play Competition

The Soundwork Audio Play Competition closes on April 30, 2017. The winner will have their play recorded, produced and placed on the Soundwork website (and Soundcloud) along with their photo and details. The play can be up to 45 minutes long and on any theme. Free to enter. More here.

Hourglass Literary Magazine Competition

The Hourglass Literary Magazine Competition closes on April 30, 2017. There are three categories: short story, poem and essay. The winner in each category will receive $1000. Entry fee: $15 USD per submission for the short story and essay categories. You can make up to three poetry submissions for $15. More here.

The Kelpies Prize

The Kelpies Prize is open until February 28, 2017. Free to enter. Manuscripts must be set wholly, or mainly, in Scotland, and have Scottish characters or themes. Manuscripts submitted in the Kelpies category should be between 30,000 and 60,000 words long and suitable for children from eight to eleven years old. Manuscripts submitted in the […]

Reflex Fiction Competition

The Reflex Fiction Competition is a flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. Prizes: £100, £50, £25 and publication. Free to enter Deadline: February 28, 2017 More here.

Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2017

The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2017 is free to enter and closes on February 17, 2017. Eligibility: 16-18 year olds, who are in full or part time education in the UK. Submit poems of up to 48 lines on the theme ‘Stone’. Prizes: £3,000, £1,000, £500. More here.

The Wicked Young Writer Awards

The Wicked Young Writer Awards are run in support of the National Literacy Trust and are free to enter. Eligibility: 5-25 year olds Deadline: March 13, 2017 Prizes include writing internships, book vouchers, and the chance to get published in a printed awards anthology. More here.

The Stringybark Short Story Award 2016

The Stringybark Short Story Award 2016 is now open until February 5, 2017. There’s a prize pool of over A$1070 in cash and book prizes, as well as publication. Submit a story (max 1500 words), written for an adult (16+) audience that has some link, no matter how minor, to Australia. Open to writers around […]

Jane Austen 200 Writing Competition

The Jane Austen 200 Writing Competition is now open. Writers are encouraged to respond in 2017 words or fewer based on this quote from Mansfield Park: “Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure”. This competition is open to writers around the world, aged 16 and over. Prizes: […]

The Portico Sadie Massey Awards

The Portico Sadie Massey Awards are now open until March 17, 2017. Free to enter. For the Young Readers Competition, submit a review about a book of your choice. Open to students in Key Stages 2 to 5. For the Young Writers competition, write a piece of historical or contemporary narrative based on a person, […]

Free Association Books Short Story Competition

The Free Association Books Short Story Competition is open until March 3rd, 2017. Submit stories up to 2,500 words in length with an emphasis on mental health or any associated fields. Free to enter. Prize: £50 and two books. The winning story will also be published on the Free Association Books website. More here.

CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition closes on March 1st, 2017. They are looking for short stories (max 3,500 words) that fit into Margery Allingham’s definition of what makes a great story. “The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry […]

Closed: Sceptre Loves Short Story Competition

The Sceptre Loves Short Story Competition comes from Hodder & Stoughton. Deadline: February 14, 2017 Submit a story on the theme of Love. 5,000-10,000 words. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over. Free to enter. Prize: The winner will be given editorial advice on their entry and offered a two-hour editorial meeting with Emma […]

2017 Questions Writing Prize

The 2017 Questions Writing Prize is open to 18-30 year olds. Your submission can be fiction or non-fiction and on any topic. Prize: $2,000 and publication in a book and an issue of Questions. Deadline: 1 May 2017 Free to enter. More 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 […]

Ginosko Flash Fiction Contest

The Ginosko Flash Fiction Contest closes on March 1st 2017. Prizes include $500 and publication on the Ginosko Literary Journal website. Entry Fee: $5 More here. 

Limnisa Short Story Competition 2017

The Limnisa Short Story Competition 2017 is now open until March 15, 2017. Free to enter. The winner will receive a one-week writers’ retreat or workshop in 2017 or 2018 at Limnisa, Greece. For further information, visit their website.

Bridgend Writers’ Circle Open Competition

The Bridgend Writers’ Circle Open Competition is now open until March 1st, 2017. Submit stories of 1,500-1,800 words. Any theme. You must send your story by post. Prizes: £200, £50, £30. Entry Fee: £5 each or £7.50 for two. More here.

2017 Bristol Short Story Prize

The 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize is open until midnight (BST) May 3rd 2017. Stories may be on any theme or subject. Entry Fee: £8 Prizes: £1,000, £700, £400. There are 17 further prizes of £100 for each of the shortlisted writers. 20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology […]

Nature and Place Poetry Competition

The Nature and Place Poetry competition invites poems that deal with any aspect of nature and place. The competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. Deadline: March 1st Prizes include the following: first and second prizes are £1000 and £500. The winning entries will also be published in The Rialto. Entry fee: £6 for […]

Neil Gunn Writing Competition

The 14th Neil Gunn Writing Competition is now open until 03 March 2017. The poetry and short story categories are open to writers around the world, and there’s a choice of two themes: • “Knowledge is high in the head, but the salmon of wisdom swims deep” • “Wrong is a difficult word” The prizes […]

Young Writers’ Short Story Competition

The Young Writers’ Short Story Competition closes on February 28th 2017. Prizes: The winner will receive £150 £75 and £25 Runner up prizes Free to enter. Eligibility: you should be aged 16 – 25 and a UK resident. More here.

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.

Flash 500 Competitions

Flash 500 have three open competitions: a flash fiction competition, a novel opening chapter & synopsis competition and a short story competition. The Flash Fiction Competition is for fiction of up to 500 words and is a quarterly open-themed competition. Entry fee: £5, or £8 for two stories. Prizes: £300, £200 and £100 The Novel […]

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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