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. […]

RWL Short Story Competition

The RWL Short Story Competition is open until August 31, 2018. Free to enter. Open to all writers aged 16 and over. Prizes: £100, £50, £20. More here.

Live Canon International Poetry Competition

The Live Canon International Poetry Competition is open until July 2, 2018. Prize: £1,000 Guest Judge: Liz Berry Fifty poems will be published in their annual anthology and 20 poems will be performed at their prize-giving event. Entry Fee: £6.50 for one poem. There are various options for multiple poems. More here.

Saltaire Poetry Competition

The Saltaire Poetry Competition is open until June 25, 2018 (5pm). Theme: The World in Saltaire: Saltaire in the World Free to enter. The winning entries will be featured on their website, promoted on social media channels, and printed in the Saltaire Review. More here.

Impress Prize for New Writers

The Impress Prize for New Writers is open until June 29, 2018 (5pm). The prize is a publishing contract with Impress Books and a £500 advance. Submit a book proposal of up to 1,000 words and a sample chapter of up to 6,000 words. They accept fiction and non-fiction entries across all genres, no poetry. […]

Creative Writing Ink April 2018 Winner

Thank you so much for your competition entries and congratulations to Fabiyas MV, the winner of our April competition! You can read the winning entry 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 […]

Link Age Southwark Writing Competition

The Link Age Southwark Writing Competition is open until August 31, 2018. Link Age Southwork is a charity providing volunteer support to over 600 isolated, older people in Southwark. They have been building friendships between older people and volunteers in order to end feelings of loneliness and isolation in their local community for a quarter […]

UEA FLY Festival Competition

The UEA FLY Festival Competition is open until June 4, 2018.  Free to enter. Open to 11-18 year olds. Submit 500 words of fiction or non-fiction, or 20 lines of poetry, celebrating one of the 20 lost words of nature. You can check out the list on their website.  There are two age categories: 11-14 and […]

SaveAs Writers’ International Writing Competition 2018

The SaveAs Writers’ International Writing Competition 2018 is open until August 31, 2018. Submit poems and stories in the Gothic tradition. Poetry Prizes: First prize is The Canterbury Christ Church University Poetry Prize of £200. Second: £100. Third: £50. Judge: Sonia Overall Entry Fees: £3 per poem or £8 for three The short story prizes […]

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

Reflex Fiction is a quarterly international flash fiction competition. The current competition closes on May 31st, 2018 (midnight GMT). Submit stories between 180 and 360 words. They publish one story every day as they count down to the winner of each competition. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Fifty long-listed authors will be offered publication in a […]

Winchester Poetry Prize

The Winchester Poetry Prize is open until July 31, 2018. Prizes: £1000, £500, £250. There is also a prize for the best poem by a Hampshire-based poet. The winners will be invited to read at a prize-giving event at the Winchester Poetry Festival on Saturday 6th October 2018. Winning and commended poems will also be […]

STERTS One-Act Playwriting Competition

The STERTS One-Act Playwriting Competition is open until July 31, 2018 (noon). They are looking for plays with a running time of between 25-35 minutes for up to four adult actors. First prize is £100 and a performance of the play will take place in November. Two runners-up will receive £40 each and there will […]

WOW! Women On Writing 2018 Flash Fiction Contest

The WOW! Women On Writing 2018 Flash Fiction Contest is open until May 31, 2018. The honorable guest judge this season is literary agent Sharon Pelletier with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Literary Agency (DG&B). Submit 250 – 750 words. First prize is $400, publication, an interview, and a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Entry Fee: $10 […]

First World War Away from the Western Front

The First World War Away from the Western Front Competition is open until July 31, 2018. Free to enter. They are looking for poetry or short stories inspired by the First World War Away from the Western Front. Three age categories: 10 and under; 11-18; Over 18. The winner of each category will receive a […]

Kindle Storyteller Award

The Kindle Storyteller Award is open until August 31, 2018. Free to enter. The prize will be open to all authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk between 1st May and 31st August 2018. The book should be at least 24 pages. Prizes: £20,000 main prize, £5,000 Judge’s Prize. The main […]

The Wells Festival Competitions

The Wells Festival Competitions are now open until June 30, 2018. There are short story, poetry, book for children and Young Poets competitions. It costs £3 to enter the Young Poets Competition and £6 for short story, poetry and book for children competitions. The top prizes in the short story and poetry competitions are £750. […]

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.

Creative Writing Ink March 2018 Competition Results

Congratulations to Jean Cooper Moran, our March 2018 winner! You can read the winning entry here.

Creative Future Literary Awards 2018

The Creative Future Literary Awards 2018 are now open until June 18th, 2018 (noon). The competition is aimed specifically at under-represented writers in mainstream publishing. Open to UK residents over 18 years old. Free to enter. There is an optional suggested donation. The theme is ‘Chemistry’. Submit poetry (up to 200 words) and short fiction […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Competition is open until June 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. Winners and authors of commended stories will be offered the opportunity of inclusion in their next anthology. Entry fee: £5 More here.

Pennine Ink Flash Fiction Competition

The Pennine Ink Flash Fiction Competition is open until July 7, 2018. Theme: MINE. Word limit: 500 First prize is £50 plus publication in Pennine Ink Magazine and on the website. Entry fee: £3 for one, £5 for two. More here.

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.

Dorset Fiction Award

The Dorset Fiction Award is open until June 9, 2018. The winner will receive £500, and will be featured in an anthology and on their website. Entry Fee: £7 Your story must have fewer than 1,000 words. More here.

The Brighton Prize

The Brighton Prize is open until July 1, 2018. Judges: Erinna Mettler, Alison MacLeod and Sarah Manning. Prizes: First prize is £1,000 for the short story category and £500 for flash fiction, plus publication. Entry Fee: £8 for short stories, £6 for flash fiction. More here.

Eyelands 8th International Short Story Contest

The Eyelands 8th International Short Story Contest is now open until June 20, 2018. They’re looking for short stories, maximum 2,500 words in any genre on the theme of “Luggage”. First prize is a week’s holiday on the island of Crete (for 2). An interview with the first prize winner will also be featured in […]

2018 MNDA Short Story Competition

The 2018 MNDA Short Story Competition is open until June 30, 2018. The competition is inspired by the work of Claret Press author Sarah Gray, who has Motor Neurone disease. Her short story collection Half Life deals with aspects of physical and mental illness in innovative and original ways. Submit stories of up to 5,000 […]

High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature

The High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature is now open until September 1, 2018. Free to enter. This year it is for a short story and is open to anyone who has ever lived, worked or studied in Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington or Halton. The winner will receive £2000 and £750 will be divided in runners […]

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition 2018

The Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition 2018 is now open until June 18, 2018. Entry Fee: £5 per poem Prizes: University of Kent Prize £200, Second £100, Third £50. Peoples Choice £25. More here.

Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2018

The Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2018 is open until May 31, 2018. Open to novellas, short stories and flash fiction. The winner will receive £500. The winner and two runners up will have an extract of their work published on the Wundor website. Entry Fee: £10 More here.

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition

The Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition is open until June 30, 2018. Submit up to 3,000 words. Eligiblity: Open to new authors worldwide, writing in English, who have never had a full-length work published. Prizes: £300, £200, £100 – plus publication (print book) Entry Fee: £5 More here.

The Good Life in Galicia 2018 Writing Competition

The Good Life in Galicia 2018 Writing Competition is open until August 1, 2018. Free to enter. The competition is for works in English about Galicia, Spain. Submit poetry, max 20 lines and prose, 1,200 to 4,500 words in English. Prizes: €10, €5 for each category. The prizes also include a voucher for a night’s […]

Words with JAM First Page competition 2018

The Words with JAM First Page competition 2018 is open until June 15, 2018 (midnight GMT). Prizes: £500, £100, £50. The winning entries will also be published on the website in July 2018. Judge: Jane Davis Submit up to 400 words. Entries can be published or unpublished. Entry Fee: £6 for the first entry, £4 […]

Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition

The Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition comes from Regulus Press and is open until June 4, 2018. Submit a short story of up to 3,000 words. They provide your opening and closing lines chosen from a classic work of literature. You provide the rest. Three winning stories will be selected, for a total prize of […]

Hastings Literary Festival Competitions

The Hastings Literary Festival Competitions are now open. The short story competition is open until June 30, 2018. Submit 1,500 words on the theme of ‘Conquest’. First Prize is £200 to spend with Retreat West. The runner up will receive a selection of books, a trophy and a place on a Hastings LitFest 2019 workshop. […]

Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2018

The Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2018 is open until May 31, 2018. Open to all UK residents aged 18 or over. Submit poems on any topic and style of up to 40 lines. Guest judge Jacob Sam La-Rose and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton will both read all the poems. Prizes: £700, £200, £100, plus four commendations […]

Segora Writing Competition

The Segora Writing Competition is open until June 15th, 2018. There are short story, poetry, vignette and one-act play categories. The prizes for the short story and poetry categories are: £300, £50, £30. The winner of the vignette and one-act play categories will receive £100. The winners will also be published on the website. Entry […]

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.

Stroud Festival Writing Competition

The Stroud Festival Writing Competition is now open until July 31, 2018. Submit poetry (max 40 lines) and flash fiction (max 500 words). Prizes: £500, £250, £100 in both categories. Entry fee: £5 for the first and then £3 for each additional entry. Adam Horovitz will judge the poetry entries and Sue Limb the flash […]

Mad Like Us Competitions

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 […]

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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