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. […]

WRITE Festival Short Story Competition

The WRITE Festival Short Story Competition is open until December 14, 2018. Free to enter. Submit stories of up to 3,000 words. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. The shortlisted stories will be published by Sixth Element Publishing during WRITE Festival 2019. More here.

Poetry Kit Winter Competition 2019

The Poetry Kit Winter Competition 2019 is open until January 22, 2019. First prize is £100, second prize is £50. Judge: Jim Bennett Entry Fee: £3.50 for 1 poem, £8 for 3, £10 for 5 More here.

Puchi Award

The Puchi Award comes from La Casa Encendida and Fulgencio Pimentel. The competition is open to books in any genre or form: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, novels, comics, illustrated albums, essays, cookbooks, geography books, combinations of the above or any other type imaginable. Free to enter. Deadline: January 31, 2019, 10pm (GMT+1). The winner will receive […]

November 2018 Competition Results

November 2018 Competition Results William Lythgoe. You can read the winning entry here. Shortlist: Beatrice Hughes, Ruth Taaffe, Fabiyas MV, Derek Bunce, James Stoddart, Frances Jones, Helen Morel, Anna McLellan, Tricia Lowther.

Lancashire Authors’ Association Open Competition

The Lancashire Authors’ Association Open Competition is open until January 31, 2019. Submit stories of exactly 100 words excluding the title. The winner will receive £100. Entry Fee: £2 each or £5 for three. More here.

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

The Dylan Thomas Birthplace International Short Story Competition 2018

The Dylan Thomas Birthplace International Short Story Competition 2018 is open until December 21, 2018. There are two age groups, Category A (under 15 years old) and Category B (15 to under 19 years old on 27th October 2018 – Dylan’s birthday). For Category A, submit 500 words on “…a world within a world of […]

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.

Drip Action Theatre Playwriting Competition

The Drip Action Theatre Playwriting Competition is open until January 31, 2019. Free to enter. The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its seventeenth year. It performs at the end of August, on each of the Arundel Festival’s eight days, eight short plays at eight different […]

Creative Writing Ink Competition Results

October 2018 Competition Results Winner: Maureen Cullen. You can read the winning entry here. Shortlist: Peter Moulding, Colette Coen, Lauren Galligan, James Wiffen

WICKED Young Writer Awards 2019

The WICKED Young Writer Awards 2019 are open until March 18, 2019. Free to enter. Open to 5-25 year old residents of the UK. Submit a piece of writing on a theme or subject of your choice. There are five age categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. The overall winners from each category will win […]

Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize

The Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize is open until February 8, 2019 (noon). Open to women over 21 who have not had a full-length novel published. Submit the first 40-50 pages and a synopsis of the remainder (5-10 pages). The winner will receive £1,500. The shortlisted entrants will receive a consultation with a Peters Fraser […]

Spotlight Books Competition

The Spotlight Books Competition is open until 24 February 2019. It’s a joint initiative between Creative Future, Myriad Editions and New Writing South. Only open to UK writers from under-represented backgrounds—those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance. (Full definitions are in their guidelines). Free to enter. Submit fiction, from […]

Bristol Short Story Prize

The Bristol Short Story Prize is open until May 1st, 2019. Submit stories of up to 4,000 words on any theme. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. There are 17 runner-up prizes of £100 each. The twenty shortlisted stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology. Entry Fee : £9 More here.

Edward Thomas Poetry Competition 2019

The Edward Thomas Poetry Competition 2019 is open until January 28, 2019. Judge: Jane Draycott Submit poems of any length, in any style and on any subject. Prizes: First prize is £150. There are two further prizes of £50 each. Entry Fee: £3 each, £10 for four More here.

Annual International Welsh Poetry Competition

The Annual International Welsh Poetry Competition is open until May 26, 2019. Submit up to 50 lines. Entry Fee: £5 (£6 PayPal) Prizes: £500, £250, £100, plus 17 runners up published on website and in a future anthology. More here.

Nine Dots Prize

The Nine Dots Prize is open until January 21, 2019. Free to enter. Submit a 3,000 word response to the question: Is there still no place like home? Prize: $100,000 to write a book expanding on your ideas. More here.

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival – Poetry Competition

The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival – Poetry Competition is open until January 13, 2019. Judge: David Morley Three age categories: Up to 11, 12-17, 18 and Over. Prizes for each category: £50, £70, £200 Entry fees: free to Under 18s, £4 per entry for 18 and Over Line Limit: 30 lines Theme: Snowdrops and landscape […]

The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize

The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize opens on November 5, 2018. Deadline: January 7, 2019 (noon). Submit a short story, up to 2,500 words. Food and drink must be at the heart of the story. The winner will receive £10,000 and an inscribed prize. The winning entry will be read by an actor […]

F(r)iction‘s Winter 2018 Literary Contests

F(r)iction‘s Winter 2018 Literary Contests are open until December 15, 2018. They are seeking previously unpublished flash fiction, short fiction, and poetry! Authors of selected work will receive a cash prize—$1000 for short fiction, $300 for flash fiction and poetry. All entries will be considered for publication in an upcoming issue of F(r)iction. Entry Fee: […]

Fiction Factory Short Story Competition 2018/2019

The Fiction Factory Short Story Competition 2018/2019 is open until January 30, 2019. Prizes: £150, £50, £25. The winning stories will be published on the Fiction Factory website and will be included in a planned anthology. Submit stories of up to 3,000 words (no children’s or young adult fiction). Entry Fee: £6 Judge: Tim Symonds […]

Soundwork Short Story Competition

The Soundwork Short Story Competition is open until February 28, 2019. Submit a short story of up to 2500 words. Any style or theme. Free to enter. Prize: Recording by a professional actor and production for inclusion on Soundcloud and the soundwork-uk.co.uk website along with a photo. More here.

2019 Prole Laureate Poetry Competition

The 2019 Prole Laureate Poetry Competition is open until January 31st 2019. First prize is £200 and publication in Issue 28 of Prole. Two runners up will receive £50 each and publication. Entry fee: £3 for one poem, £2 for any subsequent entries. Judge: Stuart A Paterson. 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.

Five Aspects 2018 Poetry Competition

The Five Aspects 2018 Poetry Competition is open until December 31, 2018. The competition comes from Five Aspects, a non-profit organisation that works with children and young people with emotional, behavioural disorders. Monies raised in the competition will be used to provide workshops and courses to disadvantaged children/families in the Blackpool area. Theme: The Spirit […]

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition is open until January 31, 2019. Prizes: £1000, £300, £100, 4 x £50. The prize-winning poems will be published in the Society’s Poetry Folio in September 2019. Judge: Ruth O’Callaghan Entry fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each. The competition is open to […]

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.

Flash 500 Competitions

The Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition is a quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words. The closing dates are 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories Prizes: £300, £200 and £100 The Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition is […]

International Essay Competition for Students of Medicine, Nursing, Psychology and Social Work

This competition is for students and marks Castle Craig hospital’s 30th anniversary. Deadline: December 30, 2018. Free to enter. The competition is intended for all students of medicine, psychology, nursing, psychotherapy and social work. Entrants can choose from three different essay questions on an aspect of addiction. Essays should be academic papers including references and […]

The To Hull And Back Humorous Short Story Competition

The To Hull And Back Humorous Short Story Competition is open until July 31, 2019. Prizes: 1st :£1,000, your head on the cover of a book and the opportunity to star in the winner’s video, riding a Harley Davidson to Hull. 2nd: £500. 3rd: £250. 3 x Highly Commended: £100. 14 x Shortlisted: £50. Submit […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Competition is open until December 31, 2018. Submit stories on any subject (max 2,000 words). Prizes: £100, £50, £25. The winning stories will be published on the Henshawpress website. Entry fee: £5 More here.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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