Writing Competitions

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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. […]

Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

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 […]

Ms Shakespeare Project

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 […]

Creative Writing Ink November 2017 Competition Winner

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.

Lancashire Authors’ Association Open Competition

The Lancashire Authors’ Association Open Competition is open until January 31, 2018. Submit a story in exactly 100 words (excluding the title). The winner will receive £100. Entry Fee: £2 each or £5 for three. More here.

The Society of Classical Poets Competition

The Society of Classical Poets Competition is open until December 31, 2017. Free to enter. First prize is $500. The poems must be within the four themes used by the Society, and at least one poem must be in the Issues of Our Age theme. Visit their website to find out more about their themes and […]

Best Villain Fairytale Competition

The Best Villain Fairytale Competition is open until January 3, 2018. Free to enter. The winner will receive a $200 Amazon gift certificate. Fairytalez wants to hear the other side of the story, the villains behind a so-called “happily ever after”! More here.

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2018

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2018 is open until January 31, 2018. Submit ghost stories (1000-7000 words). Prizes: £500, £250, £100 Entry fee: £8 More here.

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018 is open until March 31, 2018. Submit a poem suitable for 7–11-year olds. Judge: Chrissie Gittins The winner will receive €1,000 and their poem will be published in The Caterpillar. Entry Fee: €12 More here.

So Bad It’s Good Writing Competition

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 Keats-Shelley Prize 2018

The Keats-Shelley Prize 2018 is open until January 15, 2018. Free to enter. Submit poems on the theme of Liberty: a celebration of Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound, or an essay, which can be on any aspect of the work or lives of the Romantics and their circles. Open to all writers over the age of 18. […]

Live Canon Children’s Poetry Competition

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.

Closed: Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Prize 2017

The Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Prize 2017 is open until December 13, 2017 to all current students aged over 18. Judge: poet Sam Buchan-Watts Prizes: £100, £50, £25. An additional 3 highly commended poems will receive PBS Associate membership. The winners will have their poems published on the PBS website. Free to enter for […]

October 2017 Competition Winner

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a competition entry in October. Congratulations to Anne Walsh Donnelly, the winner! You can read the winning entry and see the shortlist here.

Tell a Tale – Gothic Fiction Writing Project

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

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 Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize

The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize is open until January 3, 2018 (noon, GMT). Submit up to 2500 words. Food and/or drink must be at the heart of the tale. Open to writers around the world. The winner will receive £10,000 and an inscribed prize. The winning entry will be read by an […]

The Henshaw Short Story Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open until January 10, 2018. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. The winners will also be published on the Henshawpress website. Entry Fee: £5 More here.

The Portico Sadie Massey Awards for Young Readers and Writers

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 […]

Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2018

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 […]

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.

Tamworth Literary Festival Competition

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, […]

Twisted Mysteries Short Story Competition

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 […]

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition is open until January 31, 2018. Prizes: £1000, £300, £100, 4 x £50. Judge: Helen Ivory Entry fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each 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.

Soundwork Short Story Competition

The Soundwork short story competition is for stories of up to a quarter of an hour, any style or theme. The winner’s piece will be recorded, produced and placed on the soundwork-uk.co.uk website and Soundcloud. Free to enter Deadline: December 31, 2017. More here.

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.

Lancaster Writing Award 2018

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 […]

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 […]

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2017

The Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2017 is open until December 22, 2017. The competition is hosted by the charity InterAct Stroke Support. Submit a piece, in any genre (max 1,000 words). The winner of the competition will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year […]

Clochoderick Press Poetry Competition

The Clochoderick Press Poetry Competition is now open until January 25th, 2018. Prizes: £500, £200, £100, 4x £50 Entry Fees: £5 per poem, £7.50 for three poems, £10 for 5 poems. Further details here.

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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