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

Winchester Writers’ Festival Competitions

The Winchester Writers’ Festival Competitions are now open until May 15, 2017. They include: Poetry/ Picture Book/ Children’s Funny Fiction/ Flash Fiction/ ‘Writing Can Be Murder’/ Memoir/ First Three Pages of a Novel/ Short Story/ Skylark Soaring Stories / Young Writers’ Competition. Entry Fee: £6 except for Young Writers’ Competition, which is free to enter. […]

Creative Writing Ink February 2017 Winner

Many thanks to everyone who entered our free to enter February writing competition. And congratulations to Lucy Thynne, the winner for February. You can read the winning entry here. Shortlist: Lisa Ardill, Peter Caunt, Ani King, Deborah Guzzi, Colin Mayson, Cathy Keaney, Sue Kinsella, David Woods, Rohan Chakraborty, Kevin Doyle, Cheryl Van Beek, Peter Branson,m.nicole.r.wildhood.

Bath Novel Award

The Bath Novel Award is open until April 24, 2017. There’s a £2,000 prize for novels by writers who are yet to be traditionally published. They also offer a £500 runner’s up prize supported by Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. Judge: Laura Williams of PFD literary agents Entry Fee: £25 per novel 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 […]

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.

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.

Southport Writers’ Circle Annual International Poetry Competition 2017

The Southport Writers’ Circle Annual International Poetry Competition 2017 closes on April 30th. Prizes: £150, £75, £25. Humour – £25 Fee: £3 each or £10 for 4. More 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.

The Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Short Story Award 2017

The Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Award is now open until April 23, 2017. Pope Gregory I believed there were seven major sins: wrath, gluttony, lust, greed, pride, jealousy and sloth. Stringybark invites you to write a short story of up to 1500 words that addresses one (or more) of these sins in your story. Prizes […]

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. […]

The Solstice Prize for Young Writers 2017

The Solstice Prize for Young Writers 2017 is open until April 30, 2017. Eligibility: 10-17 year olds living in the UK They accept poetry and short stories and it’s free to enter. Prizes include £50 cash for the winners and a £50 book token for your school library, along with publication on their website. More […]

2017 Shooter Short Story Competition

The 2017 Shooter Short Story Competition is now open until April 16, 2017. Prizes: The winner will receive £250, publication in the summer issue of the magazine and on the website. The runner-up will receive £50 and publication on Shooter’s website. All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s summer issue. Stories may be any […]

Creative Writing Ink January 2017 Winner

Many thanks to everyone who entered our free to enter January writing competition. And congratulations to Deborah Guzzi, the winner! Shortlist: Gregg Jansen, Ida Champion, Louisa Kitley, Grace Spencer, Margaret Gumley, Christof R. Davis, Howard Kerr, Susan O’Brien, Cheryl Van Beek, Hannah Fitzpatrick, Ilaeira Leto Agrotou Georgiou, Frank E. Lee, Grace Boettcher, Pat Drummond, m.nicole.r.wildhood.

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Closed: 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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