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. […]

Wundor Poetry Contest 2018

The Wundor Poetry Contest 2018 is open until November 30, 2018. The winner will receive £500. The winner and two runners-up will have their poems published on the Wundor website. The prize is open to anybody writing in English, aged 16 or over. Entry Fee: £5 for one poem or £10 for six poems. Poems […]

CWI August 2018 Competition Results

August 2018 Competition Results Winner: Millicent Stott. You can read the winning entry here. Shortlist: Miriam Gallacher, Maisie Banning, Owen Swan, Ella Morel, Colette Coen, Anna Hayes.

NUHA Blogging Prize

The NUHA Blogging Prize is open until October 13, 2018 (midnight PST). Free to enter. The winner will receive up to $2400, with a 2nd Prize of up to $1200 and a 3rd Prize of up to $400. Submit an article of 600 to 1500 words on one of the topics listed on their website. […]

Ghosts in the Bookshop Competition

The Ghosts in the Bookshop Competition comes from The Petersfield Bookshop. Submit a ghost story set in a bookshop. There’s no word limit, but your story should “be easily read at a nice dramatic pace” in less than 20 minutes. Deadline: November 30, 2018 (midnight). Michelle Magorian (Goodnight Mister Tom, Just Henry, A Spoonful of […]

Crowvus 2nd Christmas Ghost Story Competition

The Crowvus 2nd Christmas Ghost Story Competition is open until October 12, 2018. Your story should have a maximum word count of 4,000 words. Entry Fee: £3 for one entry or £5 for two for adults. Children’s entries are free (under the age of 16 on 1st December 2018). ​ The prizes for the adult […]

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 […]

Grindstone’s 2018 International Competitions

Grindstone’s 2018 International Competitions are open until September 28, 2018. Grindstone’s 2018 International Short Story Prize has a grand prize of £500 and a runner-up prize of £50. Special Guest Judge: Matt Johnson Submit up to 3000 words. Entry Fee: £10 Their 2018 International Poetry Prize also has a grand prize of £500 and runner-up […]

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 […]

Creative Writing Ink July 2018 Competition Results

July 2018 Competition Results Winner: Katie Mason. You can read the winning entry here. Shortlist: Jack Cooper, JC Cairns, Joy Deacon, Kath Lamb, Evie Heywood, Helen Mills, Natalie Peteranna, Clare Lally.

The Tourist Trail Children’s Writing Competition

The Tourist Trail Children’s Writing Competition is open until September 28, 2018. Free to enter. Prizes: First prize is an An AttractionWorld family ticket. Second prize is £50 in book tokens. Third prize is £25 in book tokens. Simply submit a blog post, 500 to 1000 words describing your day out or holiday in the […]

Castle Craig International Essay Writing Competition

The Castle Craig International Essay Writing Competition is for students and marks the 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 […]

10th Mags4Dorset Short Story Competition

The 10th Mags4Dorset Short Story Competition is open until October 30, 2018. Judge: author and short story writer Della Galton Entries must be inspired by the words ‘plastic nightmare’. Submit up to 1,000 words. Entry Fee: First entry £5. Further entries £3 each. Prizes: £300, £100 plus publication in 4Dorset or Viewpoint or in both, […]

Short Story Project Contest

The Short Story Project Contest is open until September 30, 2018. Submit short stories of up to 2,500 words. Open to writers around the world. Entry Fee: $17 Prizes: $5,000, $1,900, $950 Full details here.

READ Foundation Writing Competition 2018

The READ Foundation Writing Competition 2018 is open until October 10, 2018. Free to enter. The theme of the competition is “My education helped me…..” Submit short stories, poems or essays. The winning entry will be displayed in hundreds of READ Foundation schools and will published on their website. The winner and two runners up […]

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 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.

Grindstone International Novel Prize

The Grindstone International Novel Prize is open until September 28, 2018. Special Guest Judge: Literary Agent Emma Finn of C+W Literary Agency Grand Prize: £1000. Runner Up: £100, Shortlist: Publication, Free/Discounted Placement on a Curtis Brown Creative Course Entry Fee: £20 More here.

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 […]

Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize

The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize is open until October 31, 2018. Free to enter. Open to 18-25 year old writers living in the UK. Submit fiction or non-fiction, 1,000-1,500 words. The quote for 2018 is ‘Let all man know thee, but no man know thee thoroughly’ Poor Richard, 1743. Entrants should interpret this quote […]

The 14th Elmbridge Literary Competition 2018

The 14th Elmbridge Literary Competition 2018 is open until October 29, 2018 (5pm). Free to enter. The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council are looking for your frightening short stories and poems to help commemorate the bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece. There are several age categories, from 5-7 up to […]

Galley Beggar Short Story Prize

The Galley Beggar Short Story Prize is open until September 30, 2018. Submit stories of up to 6,000 words. The winner will receive £1,000 or 12 months of editorial support from Galley Beggar Press. Shortlisted writers will receive £150. Longlisted writers will receive £50 in book vouchers and a subscription to Galley Beggar Press. Entry […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Competition is open until September 30, 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.

Dinesh Allirajah Prize

The Dinesh Allirajah Prize is open until October 26, 2018. Free to enter. The prize is organised by Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire. Submit stories between 2,000 and 6,000 words. Theme: Scent The winner will receive £500 and 10 shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology. More here.

Everything With Words Competition

The Everything With Words Competition is open until November 30, 2018. They are looking for a debut novel for young adults (40,000-70,000 words), set in today’s multi-cultural Britain. The prize is £1000 and possible publication by Everything with Words. The shortlist will be judged by Patrice Lawrence, author of Orangeboy and winner of the Bookseller’s […]

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.

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 […]

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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