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 Keats-Shelley Prize 2018

The Keats-Shelley Prize 2018 is open until January 15, 2018. Free to enter. Submit poems on the theme of Liberty: a celebration of Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound, or an essay, which can be on any aspect of the work or lives of the Romantics and their circles. Open to all writers over the age of 18. […]

Live Canon Children’s Poetry Competition

The Live Canon Children’s Poetry Competition is open until January 21, 2018. Free to enter. Open to 8-18 year old writers. The winner of each age category will receive a £50 book token. 100 winning poems will be published in an anthology. More here.

Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Prize 2017

The Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Prize 2017 is open until December 13, 2017 to all current students aged over 18. Judge: poet Sam Buchan-Watts Prizes: £100, £50, £25. An additional 3 highly commended poems will receive PBS Associate membership. The winners will have their poems published on the PBS website. Free to enter for […]

October 2017 Competition Winner

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a competition entry in October. Congratulations to Anne Walsh Donnelly, the winner! You can read the winning entry and see the shortlist here.

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

The Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition is open until November 30, 2017. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250 Entry Fee: £7 More here.

Closed: Write Christmas 2017 Competition

The Write Christmas 2017 Competition is now open until November 17, 2017. Free to enter. Open to children between four and 11 years old. Submit a short story or poem (max 200 words) inspired by winter or Christmas. The winning school will receive £1,500 to spend on books or writing materials and the winning child […]

Tell a Tale – Gothic Fiction Writing Project

The Tell a Tale – Gothic Fiction Writing Project is open until April 21, 2018. Free to enter. Open to residents of the UK. The winner will receive £300. Submit gothic fiction using the following quotation from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as inspiration, “It might be possible, of course, that far from being one, […]

The Never Such Innocence Poetry and Art Competition

The Never Such Innocence Poetry and Art Competition is open until March 16, 2018. Submit poems or artwork inspired by the events of the First World War. The competition is open to children aged 9-16, from around the world. It’s free to enter and there are cash prizes of up to £200. More here.  

Quantum Shorts Flash Fiction Competition

The Quantum Shorts Flash Fiction Competition is open until December 1, 2017. Submit stories (up to 1000 words) that take inspiration from quantum physics and include the phrase “There are only two possibilities: yes or no”. Free to enter. Win cash prizes of up to $1,500 and subscriptions to Scientific American. More here.

The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize

The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize is open until January 3, 2018 (noon, GMT). Submit up to 2500 words. Food and/or drink must be at the heart of the tale. Open to writers around the world. The winner will receive £10,000 and an inscribed prize. The winning entry will be read by an […]

The Somerset Maugham Awards

The Somerset Maugham Awards are open until November 30, 2017. Open to writers under the age of 35 who are resident in the UK. Submit a full-length book. It must have been first published in Britain in 2017. The work submitted may be poetry, fiction, criticism, biography, history, philosophy, belles-lettres or a travel book. The […]

The Henshaw Short Story Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open until January 10, 2018. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. The winners will also be published on the Henshawpress website. Entry Fee: £5 More here.

Creative Writing Ink September 2017 Competition Results

Many thanks to everyone who entered our free to enter September writing competition and congratulations to Jane McNamara, the winner.  Shortlist: Colin Dardis, Elizabeth Kay, Ola Abdalkafor, Hannah Aston, Howard Kerr, Maureen Cullen, Tim Abbott, Marvel Chukwudi Pephel, Phiona Lees, Ellie Klein, Mia Holmes-Nicholson, Lina Saadani Allali, Cora Joy, Jamie Stewart. You can read previous winning entries in our Journal.

The Portico Sadie Massey Awards for Young Readers and Writers

The Portico Sadie Massey Awards for Young Readers and Writers are now open until March 16, 2018. For the reading competition, submit a review about a book of your choice and ‘tell us why we should read it too!’ Open to students in Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5. For the writing competition, submit […]

Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2018

The Nature and Place Poetry Competition is open until March 1, 2018. Submit poems that deal with any aspect of nature and place. The competition comes from The Rialto magazine working with the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. The competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. Prizes: First is £1000, second […]

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.

Tamworth Literary Festival Competition

The Tamworth Literary Festival Competition is now open until March 31, 2018. Your story should be set in or around a Tamworth, Staffordshire building or address. There are three age categories and it’s free to enter for the under 11′s category and 11-16 category. If you’re over 16, it costs £4 per entry. Prizes: £100, […]

Twisted Mysteries Short Story Competition

The Twisted Mysteries Short Story Competition is open until March 30, 2018. They are looking for mystery stories with a twist. Your story should be set in the 1930s. Judging: Last day of each month (over a six month period). The prizes for each month’s submissions are: £100, £50, 2x £25. The winners will have […]

The Bath Children’s Novel Award

The Bath Children’s Novel Award is open until November 19th 2017 for emerging novelists writing for children or young adults. First prize is £2,000. Judge: Sallyanne Sweeney of Mulcahy Associates Literary Agency Entry Fee: £25 More here.

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition is open until January 31, 2018. Prizes: £1000, £300, £100, 4 x £50. Judge: Helen Ivory Entry fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each More here.

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.

Soundwork Short Story Competition

The Soundwork short story competition is for stories of up to a quarter of an hour, any style or theme. The winner’s piece will be recorded, produced and placed on the soundwork-uk.co.uk website and Soundcloud. Free to enter Deadline: December 31, 2017. More here.

Amnesty International York – Short Story Competition

The Amnesty International York – Short Story Competition is open until December 10, 2017. Theme: Borders Prize: £50 and publication on their website. Entry Fee: £5 Entrants must be 16 years of age or over and based in the UK. 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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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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