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 Momaya Short Story Competition is open until April 30, 2018. Submit stories up to 3,000 words. Theme: Coming of Age. Prizes: $150, $75, $35 and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2018. The top ten writers will be published in the Momaya Short Story Review 2018, which will come out in November […]
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 […]
The Best Gender Swap Fairy Tale Writing Competition is open until April 6, 2018. Free to enter. “We all know the classic fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and The Little Mermaid. Now it’s time to put a new twist on stories like these by changing the gender roles with a gender […]
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 Entries can be published or unpublished.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 […]
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 […]
Many thanks for your competition entries and congratulations to William Lythgoe, our February competition winner! Shortlist: Jack Cooper, Howard Kerr, Fabiyas MV, Paul Breen, John Cooper, Colette Coen, Kevin Doyle, Eamon McManus, R. S. Pyne , Matthew Jamieson, Charlotte Gray, Lucy Bignall, Frances Sambrook, Ilona Weir, Sorcha King, Ilsa Nite, S. Bance. You can read […]
The Sustainable Societies Short Story Competition is open until 19 April 2018, 10 pm GMT. They are looking for short stories of up to 3,500 words that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. Prizes: 1st Prize: £200, 2nd Prize (by a student): £50, 2nd Prize (all eligible): £50. The best […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Thank you so much for your competition entries and congratulations to Jack Cooper, our January winner. You can read the winning entry here. Shortlist: Frances Sambrook, Cameron Clark, Isabel Renjith, Howard Kerr, Fabiyas MV, William Lythgoe, Rebecca Ladbrook, Farhana Khatun, Umaima Junejo, Rachel S., Vanessa Deroo, Emily Barbour.
The Crowvus Poetry Prize is now open until March 28, 2018. There are two categories, one for children under 16 and one for adults. It’s free to enter for children and for adults, it’s £3 for one poem, £5 for 2. Visit their competition page, choose one of the five pictures on the page and […]
The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction is now open. The winner will receive $1500, nomination for The Best Small Fictions series, the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and other awards, and publication in their 15th-anniversary issue. Entry Fees: $10 for up to 2 stories until April 29. From April 30 to May 20, […]
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 […]
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 Stringybark Open Theme Short Story Award 2018 is open until March 18, 2018. Submit short stories of up to 1,500 words. They are offering over $1175 in cash and books for the winning authors and publication in an ebook and print anthology. Entry Fees: A$12.50 for one story, A$24 for 2 stories, A$33 for […]
The Mairtín Crawford Awards are open until May 1, 2018 (midnight GMT). Open to writers of any nationality or residence aged 18 and over, who have not yet published full collections. The judging panel for The Mairtín Crawford Poetry Award will be headed by poet Moyra Donaldson, whilst novelist and short story writer Jan Carson […]
The Eyelands Flash Fiction Contest is open until March 20, 2018. Submit flash fiction (max 500 words) on the theme of “Dreams”. First prize is a week’s holiday in Crete (for 2 people). Three prize winners will receive: publication in an anthology, a handmade ceramic gift, a certificate, a copy of the anthology. Shortlisted stories […]
The Remastered Words Short Story Competition opens on February 1st and closes on the 1st of May, 2018. Free to enter. Prizes: £75, £50, £25. The winning stories will be produced as audio shorts by voiceover artists. Submit stories up to 5,000 words. More here.
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 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 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 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 […]
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 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 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 […]