Upcoming Writing competitions

image-medium (4)Up coming closing dates short story and poetry competitions

Homestart Bridgewater Short Story Prize 2014. To support the Homesart Bridgewater charity. Stories up to 2,200 words, any theme, judged by award-winning author Rose Tremain. Entry Fee: £7 Closes: 20.1.14 Prize: £500, £200, £100.

The James White Award.  Science fiction stories of under 6,000 words written by non-professional writers.   Entry Fee: Free but a donation would be appreciated. One entry PP  Closes: 31.1.14.   Prize: £200 and winning story  published in the science fiction magazine Interzone.

TXTLit Micro Story Competition.  Micro story/text message competition Different theme each month, January is ‘Hello’.   Entry Fee: £1 plus cost of text message  Closes: 31.1.14  Prize: £50.                                                                                     http://www.txtlit.co.uk/

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition.  Stories of up to 2,000 words on the theme of ‘the visit’. Entry Fee: Free  Closes: 15.2.14. Prize: £500 plus a place on a residential Arvon writing course of your choice. The winning story will be published on the website.                                                                  www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

Margery Allingham Short Story Competition.  This new contest from the Crime Writers’ Association celebrates the 60th birthday of the author of the Albert Campion detective novels. Short stories of up to 3,500 words. Entry Fee: £10.  Closes: 16.3.14     Prize: £1,000, plus other prizes as yet unspecified.

Grace Dieu Writing Competition. 10th anniversary competition. Short stories of up to 2,000 words and poems of up to 40 lines.   Entry Fee: Stories – £5 for the first, £3 thereafter.  Poems – £4 each, £12 for four £3 each thereafter.Closes: 28.2.14.  Prize (in each category): £500, £200, £100, £75, £50  http://gracedieuwriterscircle.btck.co.uk/Our2014Competition

Poetry – See Grace Dieu above as well

British Haiku Awards 2013.  Entries for the Haiku, Haibun & Tanka  Entry Fee: £5 for up to three haiku or tanka, then £1 . Haibun – £5 each. Closes: 31.1.14 Prize :Haiku £125, £125, £50, £50. Tanka £125, £50, Haibun £100   http://britishhaikusociety.org.uk/2013/08/724/

Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2014.  Most valuable prize for young poets.  Open to full or part-time UK students aged 16 – 18.  Poems up to 48 lines. Theme is ‘News’.   Entry Fee: Free. Closes: 28.2.14.  Prize: £3,000, £1,000, £500.  The school/college of each winner will also receive a cash prize (£150).

Cardiff International Poetry Competition 2014.  A poem of up to 50 lines Entry Fee: £7. Closes: 14.3.14. Prize: 1st – £5,000, £500, £250, and five @ £50. Winners will be published in New Welsh Review.                                              www.literaturewales.org/cipc/

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