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 Henshaw Competition

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.

THRESHOLDS International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition

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 […]

Writing on a WALL Eltham Arts Creative Writing Challenge

The Writing on a WALL Eltham Arts Creative Writing Challenge is open until the end of February 2018. Free to enter. Submit short stories and poetry on the theme of WALL. Open to everyone who lives, works, is educated in, belongs to a club or group or shops in London SE9. Prizes and awards will […]

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2018

The Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2018 is open until February 28, 2018. Entry Fee: £4 for one poem or £10 for three poems Judge: Pascale Petit Prizes: £600, £200, £100. The winners will be invited to read alongside Pascale Petit at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize. More […]

The New Deal Writing Competition

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 […]

Pen to Print: Poetry and Short Story Competition

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.

Sunderland Short Story Award

The Sunderland Short Story Award is open until March 1, 2018. The award comes from the University of Sunderland in association with Waterstones. Open theme. There are two categories: adult and 11-17 years. Judge: Professor Ailsa Cox of Edge Hill University Prizes: £500 in the adult category and £200 in the 11-17 year old category. […]

New Welsh Writing Awards 2018

The New Welsh Writing Awards 2018 are for an essay collection. Deadline: February 2, 2018 Free to enter. Submit a minimum of two essays on a related theme between 5,000 and 30,000 words. First prize is £1,000 as an advance on an e-book deal with New Welsh Rarebyte, a critique, and lunch in London with […]

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.

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.

Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2018

The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2018 is open until March 2, 2018. Free to enter. Eligibility: 16-18 year olds who are in full or part-time education in the UK. Theme: Secrets Prizes: £3000, £1500, £500. Three runner-up prizes of £250 each. The winners will also win a place on the Tower Poetry Summer School. More […]

BBC National Short Story Award 2018

The BBC National Short Story Award 2018 is open until March 12, 2018 (9am). Free to enter. Open to authors with a previous record of publication who are UK nationals or residents, aged 18 years or over. Maximum 8000 words. Prizes: The winning author will receive £15,000. Four shortlisted authors will receive £600 each. More […]

Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2018

The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2018 is open until February 9, 2018 (5pm). Free to enter. The winner will receive £1500, an Arvon retreat, two-years’ membership to the Royal Society of Literature, a development meeting with agent Robert Caskie and a development meeting with an Unbound editor. Two highly commended writers will receive […]

The Northern Writers’ Awards 2018

The Northern Writers’ Awards 2018 are open until February 1, 2018. Free to enter. Open to writers from across the North of England. There are awards for poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and television. The awards vary for writers at different stages of their careers. More here.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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 […]

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.

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 […]

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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