Writing Competitions

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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. […]

Dorset Fiction Award

The Dorset Fiction Award is open until October 15, 2017. Prize: £500 and publication in an anthology. Entry fee: £7 More here.

People Not Borders I Am Me Competition

The People not Borders I Am Me Competition is open until December 10, 2017 and invites writers to explore imaginatively what it’s like to be a refugee. There are two categories: secondary school student and adult. Submit short stories of up to 1000 words and poems of up to 100 words. Entry Fee: Minimum of […]

The Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award 2017

The Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award 2017 is now open until November 5, 2017. They welcome stories “with a mysterious element and perhaps a sting-in-the-tail”. Prizes: A$450, A$250, A$100. Also includes publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies. Highly Commended: A$5 x 27 stories = A$135) Entry Fee: A$12 […]

Words and Women Annual Writing Competition

The Words and Women Annual Writing Competition is open until November 15, 2017. Entries can be fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and life-writing. Any theme. Open to women writers over the age of 40. Entry Fee: £10 Prize: £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust. Winners will be published in the Words […]

The Portobello Prize

The Portobello Prize is open until October 16, 2017. Open to any UK citizen or UK-based writer who is unpublished in book form. The prize will showcase new voices in narrative non-fiction, offering writers an opportunity to seek out and publish an untold story that reflects our times. Prize: A book deal, representation by C+W, […]

London Short Story Prize 2017

The London Short Story Prize 2017 is open until October 9, 2017. Open to writers living in London. The winner will receive £1,000 and will have their story published in print and online by Open Pen. Entry Fee: £6 More here.

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.

Michael Terence Publishing (MTP) Short Story Competition

The Michael Terence Publishing (MTP) Short Story Competition is open until December 1, 2017. Entry Fee: £5 International entries welcome. Prizes: £300, £200, £100 and publication in their winter anthology. More here.

Creative Writing Ink August 2017 Competition Results

Many thanks to everyone who entered our free to enter August writing competition and congratulations to Marvel Chukwudi Pephel, the winner! Shortlist: Ursula Brunetti, Ruth Taaffe, Bill Lythgoe, Karrissa Webster, Robert Bester, Howard Kerr, Jackie Goulding, Magdalena Ratajczak, Hannah Jones, Kevin Doyle, Alison Dey, Nora Hegarty, Cheryl A. Van Beek, Jack Cooper. We’ll continue to […]

New Media Writing Prize 2017

The New Media Writing Prize 2017 is open until November 24, 2017 (noon). Free to enter. They say: “We are looking for good storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, the web, or a hand-held device such as an iPad or mobile phone. It could be a […]

National Poetry Competition 2017

The National Poetry Competition 2017 is open until October 31, 2017. Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000. Seven commendations: £200 each. The winning poems will be published on The Poetry Society website, and the top three in the spring 2018 issue of The Poetry Review. The winners will also be invited to read at events and festivals […]

The Big Glad Wolf Competition

The Big Glad Wolf Competition is open until October 20, 2017. Eligibility: 6-11 year olds Children across the North West are being invited to flip conventional fairy tales on their head by turning the big, bad wolf into the hero. Write a fairytale-style poem where the wolf is the good guy. It could be inspired […]

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.

The Writing District Competition

The Writing District competition is an ongoing monthly competition. Closing last date of every month. Free to enter Prize includes $50 and online publication. Further details here.  Note that The Writing District is our sister site.

Crossing the Tees Short Story Competition

The Crossing the Tees Short Story Competition is open until September 30, 2017. Prizes: £100, £75, £50, and publication in the Crossing the Tees festival anthology for all winners/shortlisted pieces. Free to enter. The theme for your story should be inspired by the idea of actually crossing the Tees. More here.

Lancaster Writing Award 2018

The Lancaster Writing Award 2018 is open until February 28, 2018. Open to Year 12 or 13 students in the UK. Free to enter. Categories include Criticism, Fiction, Poetry, and Script and Screen Writing. Prizes: £100, £50 and £25 in book vouchers. The first prize winner will be published in their student journal, Cake. The […]

The Virginia Prize for Fiction

The Virginia Prize for Fiction is open until October 1, 2017. Open to any woman aged 18 and over, writing in English. Your novel can be in any genre but should be previously unpublished. Prize: £1,000 and a conditional offer of publication by Aurora Metro Books. Entry Fee: £15 More here.

Women in Comedy Festival Comedy Writing Competition 2017

The Women in Comedy Festival Comedy Writing Competition 2017 is now open until October 12, 2017. There are two categories: a 3 minute comedy sketch or monologue category and a short story category. The winner of each category will receive £50. There are also publication and performance opportunities in each category. Entry Fee: £3 The […]

Psychologies Writing Competition

The Psychologies Writing Competition comes from Quercus and Psychologies magazine. Deadline: October 6, 2017 Free to enter. They are looking for a debut crime or thriller novel to publish in ebook form. The winner will receive a publishing contract with Quercus, an advance of £5,000 and representation by the agency David Higham Associates. Submit the […]

Next Chapter Award 2017

The Next Chapter Award 2017 is open until 27 September 2017 (midday). Open to writers who are based in Scotland, over the age of 40, and who are yet to publish a full-length work. The successful writer will receive a £2,000 bursary, nine months of mentoring arranged by Scottish Book Trust, and a two week […]

A3 Review Monthly Contest

The A3 Review monthly contest is open until the 4th Saturday of every month. They accept prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories, hybrid forms, photography, illustration, painting. Maximum number of words is 150. The two winning entries each month are published in The A3 Review, to be published every six months. From this shortlist of […]

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2017

The Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2017 is open until December 22, 2017. The competition is hosted by the charity InterAct Stroke Support. Submit a piece, in any genre (max 1,000 words). The winner of the competition will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year […]

Heatseeker Short Story Competition

The Heatseeker Short Story Competition is open until September 30, 2017 (11pm). Free to enter. Submit women’s fiction (max 2,500 words). The winner will receive a mentoring session with author Paige Toon and a critique of their work with literary agent Rebecca Ritchie. The winner will also receive an eBook contract from Simon & Schuster. […]

Crowvus Christmas Ghost Story Competition 2017

The Crowvus Christmas Ghost Story Competition 2017 is open until September 30, 2017 (midnight). There are two categories, children (under 16) and adults. Prizes: The children’s top prize is a £50 one4all gift card. The adult’s prizes work on a percentage of the entry fees. The first prize is 40%. There will also be 6 […]

The Young Walter Scott Prize

The Young Walter Scott Prize is open until October 31, 2017. Free to enter. It’s open to writers aged 11-19 who are full-time residents of the UK. They invite entries between 800 and 2000 words, inspired by any aspect of the past – an actual historical event, place or person. There are two age categories: […]

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2018

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2018 is now open until 6pm GMT on 28 September 2017. Free to enter. Submit stories up to 6000 words in length. Open to writers of any nationality or residency, but you must have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland. […]

2017 Shooter Poetry Competition

The 2017 Shooter Poetry Competition is now open until November 19, 2017. Entry Fee: £3 for one poem or £8 for three poems. Each entrant will receive an e-copy of the winter issue. The winner will receive £100, publication in the winter issue and on the website, and promotion on Shooter’s social media. The runner-up […]

The Caledonia Novel Award

The Caledonia Novel Award is open until November 1, 2017. Submit the first 20 pages of your novel for adults or young adults together with a synopsis. The winner will receive £1,000. Judge: literary agent Madeleine Milburn Entry Fee: £25 More here.

Clochoderick Press Poetry Competition

The Clochoderick Press Poetry Competition is now open until January 25th, 2018. Prizes: £500, £200, £100, 4x £50 Entry Fees: £5 per poem, £7.50 for three poems, £10 for 5 poems. Further details 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.

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 […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Competition is open until September 30, 2017. Submit a short story on any subject, up to 2,000 words. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. Publication on the Henshawpress website. Winners and authors of commended stories will also be offered the opportunity of inclusion in their next anthology. Entry fee: £5. Optional Critiques a further £10 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Striking 13 Writing Contest

The Striking 13 Writing Contest is a quarterly competition. Prizes: Three Amazon voucher prizes, for the top 3 entries ($100, $30, $20) and publication on the website. Entries should be max 513 words. Entry Fee: $2 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.

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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