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 Henshaw Competition is open until March 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. Winners and authors of commended stories will be offered the opportunity of inclusion in their next anthology. Entry fee: £5 More here.
The THRESHOLDS International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition is now open until 18 March 2018, 11:59pm (GMT). Free to enter. First prize is £500. There are 2 runner-up prizes of £100 each. Submit feature essays on the short story form, either recommending a short story, collection or anthology, or profiling the life and writing of […]
The Writing on a WALL Eltham Arts Creative Writing Challenge is open until the end of February 2018. Free to enter. Submit short stories and poetry on the theme of WALL. Open to everyone who lives, works, is educated in, belongs to a club or group or shops in London SE9. Prizes and awards will […]
The Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2018 is open until February 28, 2018. Entry Fee: £4 for one poem or £10 for three poems Judge: Pascale Petit Prizes: £600, £200, £100. The winners will be invited to read alongside Pascale Petit at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize. More […]
The New Deal Writing Competition is open until April 2, 2018. Use a painting chosen by the staff of Livingston Arts as inspiration for your short story. Entry Fee: $5 All entries must be 10,000 words or less. Prizes: $200, $100, $50. First prize also includes publication in the magazine, Artsphere and on the Livingston […]
The Pen to Print: Poetry and Short Story Competition is open until March 29, 2018 (5pm). Free to enter. The winner will receive a Tablet PC. The best short stories and poetry produced during the project will be included in an anthology. More here.
The Sunderland Short Story Award is open until March 1, 2018. The award comes from the University of Sunderland in association with Waterstones. Open theme. There are two categories: adult and 11-17 years. Judge: Professor Ailsa Cox of Edge Hill University Prizes: £500 in the adult category and £200 in the 11-17 year old category. […]
The New Welsh Writing Awards 2018 are for an essay collection. Deadline: February 2, 2018 Free to enter. Submit a minimum of two essays on a related theme between 5,000 and 30,000 words. First prize is £1,000 as an advance on an e-book deal with New Welsh Rarebyte, a critique, and lunch in London with […]
The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2018 is open until March 2, 2018. Free to enter. Eligibility: 16-18 year olds who are in full or part-time education in the UK. Theme: Secrets Prizes: £3000, £1500, £500. Three runner-up prizes of £250 each. The winners will also win a place on the Tower Poetry Summer School. More […]
The BBC National Short Story Award 2018 is open until March 12, 2018 (9am). Free to enter. Open to authors with a previous record of publication who are UK nationals or residents, aged 18 years or over. Maximum 8000 words. Prizes: The winning author will receive £15,000. Four shortlisted authors will receive £600 each. More […]
The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2018 is open until February 9, 2018 (5pm). Free to enter. The winner will receive £1500, an Arvon retreat, two-years’ membership to the Royal Society of Literature, a development meeting with agent Robert Caskie and a development meeting with an Unbound editor. Two highly commended writers will receive […]
The Northern Writers’ Awards 2018 are open until February 1, 2018. Free to enter. Open to writers from across the North of England. There are awards for poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and television. The awards vary for writers at different stages of their careers. More here.
The Mad Like Us Competitions are now open until June 7th, 2018 (1pm). Open internationally to writers and artists. For details on the illustration competition, you can visit their website. They also have poetry and flash fiction competitions. Submit poems of up to 30 lines based in some way on emotional distress or mental ill […]
The Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is open until February 28, 2018. Submit stories up to 3,500 words. Your story should fit into crime writer Margery’s definition of what makes a great story: “The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry […]
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 Ms. Shakespeare Project is a regional initiative that curates events showcasing women in the arts. This competition is open to women authors from the Yorkshire region. Free to enter. Submit a 1000 word example of your current writing (can be in the form of prose or a dramatic monologue), and 500 words about you […]
Congratulations to Shaunna Harper, the winner of our November competition! You can read the winning entry here. Shortlist: Helen Kreeger, William Lythgoe, Sorcha King, Fabiyas M V, Hannah Aston, Marvel Chukwudi Pephel, Kester Grieve, Colette Coen, Howard Kerr.
Here’s an interesting one, The So Bad It’s Good Writing Competition. It opens on January 1st, 2018 and closes on February 28th. Entry Fee: $10 Prizes: $500, $250, $100. The long list (around fifty) will be published as an e-book. Maximum 500 words, open topic, open genre. More here.
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.
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 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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]