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. […]

The Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize

The Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize is open to unagented children’s book writers resident in the UK or Ireland. Free to enter. The Prize will be judged by Julia Churchill, children’s book agent at A.M. Heath, and Lizza Aiken, daughter of Joan Aiken. The winner will receive £1,000 and a full set of ‘The Wolves Chronicles’. […]

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: […]

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017 is open to writers aged 11-17. It’s free to enter. Deadline: July 31, 2017 Prizes include mentoring or a residential Arvon writing course, Poetry Society membership and books. The top 15 poems will be published in a print anthology and 85 commended poets will have their […]

Seat 14C Contest

The Seat 14C Contest is open until August 25, 2017. Free to enter. One submission per person. They invite you to write a story about the passenger in seat 14C who lands 20 years into the future, to 2037. Open to anyone aged 18 and over. The winner will receive a prize package worth $10,000 […]

Creative Writing Ink June Competition Winner

Thanks so much for your June competition entries and congratulations to m.nicole.r.wildhood, the winner. You can read the winning entry here.

Inspired by Newark & Sherwood Poetry Competition

The Inspired by Newark & Sherwood Poetry Competition is open until August 31, 2017. Free to enter. The author of the winning poem will receive a heritage break in Newark. The top five poems will also be displayed at the National Civil War Centre in Newark. There’s an Inspiration Board with eight photos of historical […]

The Betjeman Poetry Prize

The Betjeman Poetry Prize is open until July 31, 2017 (midnight). Open to 10-13 year olds from the UK. It’s free to enter. Theme: Place First prize is £1,000 ((£500 to the winner and £500 to the English department of his or her school). Two runners-up will receive £50 each. The winner and runners-up will […]

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. […]

University Centre Grimsby International Literary Prize

The University Centre Grimsby International Literary Prize is open until August 31, 2017. Submit short stories on the theme of Eternal. Prizes : £600, £100, £50. 25 shortlisted entries will be published. Entry Fee: £10 More here.

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 […]

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 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 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.

Artificium Short Fiction & Poetry Competition

The Artificium Short Fiction & Poetry Competition is open until August 31, 2017. The prizes are £350, £75, and £50. The winners will also be featured in Artificium. Entry Fee: £5 for one, £9 for two, £12 for three. 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.

Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poetry Competition

The Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poetry Competition is open until July 30, 2017. Theme: Flights of Fancy Prizes: £500, £150, £100 Entry Fee: £4 for one poem or £10 for three. More here.

The 2017 Berlin Writing Prize

The 2017 Berlin Writing Prize is open until July 31, 2017. Theme: Home is Elsewhere. Genre: Prose (fiction and non-fiction). Length: Max. 3000 words Entry Fee: €9 Prizes include a one-month residency at The Circus Hotel, a place at The British Council Literature Seminar 2018, travel bursaries, publication in SAND Journal and in a Reader […]

The HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition

The HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition is open until September 1st, 2017. First prize is £500, publication in the Whispering Gallery and Historia Mag, a mentoring session from an author and agent, and tickets to the HWA Crowns Ceremony in London. Entry Fee: £5 More here.

The Short Story Competition 2017

The Short Story Competition 2017 is open until September 15, 2017. Prizes: £500, £100 Entry Fee: £8 More here.

Creative Writing Ink Competition May 2017 Results

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to submit a competition entry. And the winner is: Marvel Chukwudi Pephel. You can read the winning entry here. Shortlist: Molly-Mae Hannam, Bill Lythgoe, m.nicole.r.wildhood, Kevin Doyle, Lydia Melville, Iona Mandal, Anne McDonald. Our June competition is still open until the 30th and we look […]

The Melita Hume Poetry Prize

The Melita Hume Poetry Prize is open until August 31, 2017. The award is for a first full-length poetry collection for a person aged 35 or under, resident in the UK or Ireland, or of British or Irish citizenship, writing in the English language. Prize: publication by Eyewear Publishing LTD and an honorarium of £1,500. […]

SaveAs Writers International Competition 2017

The SaveAs Writers International Competition 2017 is open until August 31, 2017 (midnight). The theme for this year is Jane Austen. They invite poems and short stories on any aspect of Jane Austen’s life and works. Entry Fee: £3 per poem or £8 for three. For short stories, it’s £4 per story or £10 for […]

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.

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.

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 […]

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, […]

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.

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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