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. […]

The Betjeman Poetry Prize

The Betjeman Poetry Prize is open until July 31, 2018. Free to enter. Open to 10-13 year olds. Theme: Place Judges: Jackie Kay and Zaffar Kunial Prizes: First prize is £500 for the winner and £5,000 for the English Department at the winner’s school, or the winner’s local library. The runners-up will receive £200. Highly […]

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.

STORGY Shallow Creek Fiction Challenge

The STORGY ‘Shallow Creek’ Fiction Challenge is a competition that challenges writers to create short stories (5,000 words maximum) based on characters, locations, and object assignments set in the fictional town of Shallow Creek. Entry Fee: £10 Prizes: £500, £100, £50 Deadline: August 31, 2018 More here.

The Children’s Society Writing Competition

The Children’s Society Writing Competition is open until August 31, 2018. The competition comes from The Children’s Society in partnership with Viking. Free to enter. As part of The Children’s Society Seriously Awkward campaign for vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds, they are looking for fictional stories on the theme of 16-17 year olds. There […]

Robert Graves Prize

The Robert Graves Prize is now open until August 15th, 2018. Judges: literary agent Peter Straus and renowned poet David Harsent. Shortlist will be judged by a panel including Susanna Howard. The winner will receive £1000, and two runners up will receive £100 each. All three winning entries will be published in POEM Magazine. Entry […]

WOW! Women on Writing Contests

The WOW! Women on Writing Contests are now open. ​The WOW! Women On Writing Q4 2018 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest​ is open until July 31, 2018. Submit creative nonfiction essays between 200 – 1000 words on any topic and in any style. Entry Fee: $12. Prizes: $500, $300, $200. The winners will also receive a […]

F(r)iction Summer 2018 Literary Competition

The F(r)iction Summer 2018 Literary Competition is open until July 31, 2018. There are three categories: short story, flash fiction and poetry. Prizes: Short Story: $1,000. Flash Fiction: $300. Poetry: $300. The winners will be published in F(r)iction. Entry Fee: Short Story: $15. Flash Fiction: $8 or $12 for 3. Poetry: $8 or $12 for […]

Dragonfly Tea Children’s Story Competition

The Dragonfly Tea Children’s Story Competition is open until July 31, 2018. Open to ages: 5-15 (three age groups, 5-7, 8-11, 12-15) Theme: The Wild Garden Prizes: £50 book vouchers for each winner, and £100 vouchers for their school Free to enter. More here.

2018 Manchester Writing Competition

The 2018 Manchester Writing Competition is open until September 14, 2018. Each year two £10,000 prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize for the best portfolio of poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for the best short story. Submit short stories of up to 2,500 words and/or 3-5 poems. The maximum combined length for poetry […]

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 is open until July 31, 2018. Free to enter. Eligibility: 11-17 year olds. The top 15 winners will attend a residential writing course at the Arvon Centre or they will benefit from poetry residences at their school, followed by distance mentoring. The top 15 poems will […]

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.

CWI May 2018 Winner

Thank you so much for all of your competition entries. Congratulations to Beatrice Hughes, our May winner! You can read the winning entry here.

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2018

The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2018 is open until August 6, 2018 (11pm). There are two categories: the open category (open to all poets aged 18 and over) and the English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an additional language). The […]

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 […]

Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest

The Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest is open until August 31, 2018. Prizes: $1,000, $100. Four Honorable Mentions of $25 each. The six finalists will be published online in the October issue of Gemini. Entry fee: $5 More here.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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