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. […]

Spotlight Books Competition

The Spotlight Books Competition is open until 24 February 2019. It’s a joint initiative between Creative Future, Myriad Editions and New Writing South. Only open to UK writers from under-represented backgrounds—those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance. (Full definitions are in their guidelines). Free to enter. Submit fiction, from […]

Bristol Short Story Prize

The Bristol Short Story Prize is open until May 1st, 2019. Submit stories of up to 4,000 words on any theme. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. There are 17 runner-up prizes of £100 each. The twenty shortlisted stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology. Entry Fee : £9 More here.

Edward Thomas Poetry Competition 2019

The Edward Thomas Poetry Competition 2019 is open until January 28, 2019. Judge: Jane Draycott Submit poems of any length, in any style and on any subject. Prizes: First prize is £150. There are two further prizes of £50 each. Entry Fee: £3 each, £10 for four More here.

Annual International Welsh Poetry Competition

The Annual International Welsh Poetry Competition is open until May 26, 2019. Submit up to 50 lines. Entry Fee: £5 (£6 PayPal) Prizes: £500, £250, £100, plus 17 runners up published on website and in a future anthology. More here.

Nine Dots Prize

The Nine Dots Prize is open until January 21, 2019. Free to enter. Submit a 3,000 word response to the question: Is there still no place like home? Prize: $100,000 to write a book expanding on your ideas. More here.

The Solstice Prize

The Solstice Prize is open until November 30th, 2018. Open to 10-17 year old writers. Free to enter. Submit poetry (up to 40 lines) and short stories (up to 1000 words) on any subject. There are two age categories, 10-13 and 14-17 years. The first prize in both categories is £50 cash for the entrant […]

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

The Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition is open until November 30, 2018 (midnight UK time). Reflex Fiction is a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. The fifty long-listed authors will be offered publication in their annual print anthology and will receive a free copy. They will also publish one […]

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival – Poetry Competition

The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival – Poetry Competition is open until January 13, 2019. Judge: David Morley Three age categories: Up to 11, 12-17, 18 and Over. Prizes for each category: £50, £70, £200 Entry fees: free to Under 18s, £4 per entry for 18 and Over Line Limit: 30 lines Theme: Snowdrops and landscape […]

September 2018 Competition Results

Winner: William Lythgoe. You can read the winning entry here. Shortlist: Cameron Clark, Ella Morel, R.S. Pyne, Fabiyas MV, Amaylia Dewis, Ava Montgomery.

The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize

The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize opens on November 5, 2018. Deadline: January 7, 2019 (noon). Submit a short story, up to 2,500 words. Food and drink must be at the heart of the story. The winner will receive £10,000 and an inscribed prize. The winning entry will be read by an actor […]

F(r)iction‘s Winter 2018 Literary Contests

F(r)iction‘s Winter 2018 Literary Contests are open until December 15, 2018. They are seeking previously unpublished flash fiction, short fiction, and poetry! Authors of selected work will receive a cash prize—$1000 for short fiction, $300 for flash fiction and poetry. All entries will be considered for publication in an upcoming issue of F(r)iction. Entry Fee: […]

The Writers’ HQ Fight Back Flash Fiction Competition

The Writers’ HQ Fight Back Flash Fiction Competition is open until November 30, 2018. Theme: From LGBTQ+ With Love. The competition is free to enter but they welcome optional donations to LGBTQ+ mental health charity MindOut, if you can. Ten shortlisted stories will be selected by their readers and passed to the judges to choose […]

Fiction Factory Short Story Competition 2018/2019

The Fiction Factory Short Story Competition 2018/2019 is open until January 30, 2019. Prizes: £150, £50, £25. The winning stories will be published on the Fiction Factory website and will be included in a planned anthology. Submit stories of up to 3,000 words (no children’s or young adult fiction). Entry Fee: £6 Judge: Tim Symonds […]

Soundwork Short Story Competition

The Soundwork Short Story Competition is open until February 28, 2019. Submit a short story of up to 2500 words. Any style or theme. Free to enter. Prize: Recording by a professional actor and production for inclusion on Soundcloud and the soundwork-uk.co.uk website along with a photo. More here.

2019 Prole Laureate Poetry Competition

The 2019 Prole Laureate Poetry Competition is open until January 31st 2019. First prize is £200 and publication in Issue 28 of Prole. Two runners up will receive £50 each and publication. Entry fee: £3 for one poem, £2 for any subsequent entries. Judge: Stuart A Paterson. 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.

Five Aspects 2018 Poetry Competition

The Five Aspects 2018 Poetry Competition is open until December 31, 2018. The competition comes from Five Aspects, a non-profit organisation that works with children and young people with emotional, behavioural disorders. Monies raised in the competition will be used to provide workshops and courses to disadvantaged children/families in the Blackpool area. Theme: The Spirit […]

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition is open until January 31, 2019. Prizes: £1000, £300, £100, 4 x £50. The prize-winning poems will be published in the Society’s Poetry Folio in September 2019. Judge: Ruth O’Callaghan Entry fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each. The competition is open to […]

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 […]

Bradt Travel Guides ‘New Travel Writer of the Year’ Competition 2019

The Bradt Travel Guides ‘New Travel Writer of the Year’ Competition 2019 is open until November 25, 2018 (midnight). The overall winner will receive a break for two in Lapland and a commission to write an article about their trip for Wexas Traveller magazine. Three short-listed finalists will be invited to the Edward Stanford Travel […]

WOW! Women on Writing Contests

The WOW! Women on Writing Contests are now open. The WOW! Women On Writing Q1 2018 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest is open until October 31, 2018. Submit creative nonfiction essays between 200 – 1000 words on any topic and in any style–from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid and more. Prizes: $500, $300, $200. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]

International Essay Competition for Students of Medicine, Nursing, Psychology and Social Work

This competition is for students and marks Castle Craig 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 papers including references and […]

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 […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Competition is open until December 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. Entry fee: £5 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 […]

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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