Writing Competitions

writingWriters’ Forum Short Story Competition.
   There’s a new monthly competiton in each issue of this writers’ magazine.  All types of stories are accepted, from horror to romance. 1,000 – 3,000 words. Entries arriving too late for one competition are entered into the next. Prizes: £300, £150, £100 in each issue. Entry Fee: £6, £3 for subscribers to the magazine.  Critique – £5 (enclose sae if entering by post).

Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition.  A monthly competition for poems of up to 40 lines. Entries arriving too late for one month go forward to the next.  Prizes: 1st – £100.  Runners-up – A Brewer’s  Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.  Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter. Includes a free critique (sae required if entering by post).

TXTLit Micro Story Competition Txt Lit is a new literary genre of creative writing using SMS -160 characters, including spaces and punctuation. Stories and prose written within such parameters are commonly known as Micro Stories. Txtlit provides a platform to test your writing skills. To enter text the keyword, STORY followed by a space and then your micro story to 82085 in no more than 154 further characters including spaces and punctuation – as many entries as you like.There is a different theme each month. Prize: £50. Entry Fee: £1 plus the normal cost of sending a text message.

 Flash 500 Humorous Verse Competition Any kind of humorous verse, up to 32 lines.  Closing Dates: 30th June, 30th Sptember and 31st December.  Prizes: 1st £150 and publication in Words with Jam.  2nd £100.  3rd £50.  Entry Fee: £3 for the first, £2.50 thereafter.       

Cinnamon Press Competitions Poetry Collection Award.  Entries -10 poems of up to 40 lines.  Closing Date: 30th June and 30th November. Prize: £150 and your collection published.  Entry Fee: £16 per batch of ten (includes a free copy of the winners’ anthology).

 Cinnamon Press Short Story Award.  Stories of 2,000 – 4,000 words. Closing Date: 30th June and 30th November.  Prize: £150 and publication.     Entry Fee: £16 (includes a free copy of the winners’ anthology).

Cinnamon Press Novel/Novella Award.  To enter this you submit the first 10,000 words of your novel or novella. Closing Date: 30th June and 30th November.  Prize: £400 and your novella published. Entry Fee: £16

WriteOnSite Writing Competition.  WriteOnSite is a unique on-line writing competition which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own sofa, from anywhere in the world! The competition opens at 5.30pm GMT every Saturday, at which point three themes are given.  Choose a theme, pay your entry fee and then write – 20 minutes to complete your story.  Three entries are then chosen to be read and judged by all the other entrants during the following week. Closing Date: Every Saturday.  Prize: £40.  Entry Fee: £3.

Telegraph ‘Just Back’ Travel writing Competition.  Your travel writing could earn you £1,000. That’s the prize for a ‘Just Back’ article of the year. The weekly prize is £200 in the currency of your choice from the Post Office. Free to enter.

Flash 500 Competition.  500 words  Closing Date: 30 June, 30th Septemebr, 31st December.  Prizes: 1st – £300 and publication in Words With Jam,  2nd  £200,  3rd £100.  Highly Commended – A copy of The Writer’s ABC Checklist. Entry Fee: £5 each, £8 for 2.

Daggerville Games Writing Competition.  This monthly contest from Daggerville Games is for short pieces of writing (up to 250 words) on a different theme each month. Closing Date: End of each month. Prize: $50 Amazon voucher.  Free to enter.

Dark Tales Short Story Competition.  Horror and speculative fiction up to 5,000 words. Current Closing Date is 30th April.  Prizes: £250, £50, £25.  Winners to be published in Dark Tales.  Entry Fee: £5.

Spinetinglers Short Story Competition.  International competition from Spinetinglers Publishing is for stories of up to 5,000 words. Closing Date: Monthly. Prizes : £100, £50 and 3 x £25.  Winners will be published on the website. Free to enter.

Lady in the Loft Writing Competition.  Regular competition with different themes. Up to 3,000 words.  Prizes: 1st – £10 WH Smith voucher.  2nd & 3rd – £5 WH Smith voucher.  Winners will be published in an anthology at the end of the year.  Free to enter

  Sixfold Writing Competition.  American competition from the online magazine Sixfold is for short stories and poems.  Contributors vote to select the contest winners. Entries must be uploaded as pdf files. Closing Date 23rd April.  Prizes: $1,000, $200, $100.  Highest voted manuscripts will be published in two separate issues.  There will be a paperback book available for the production cost of $10.  Entry Fee: $3.

Poetic Republic Poetry Competition.  Poems on any subject – no more than 42 lines.  Judging by the participants through an anonymous peer review system.  An eBook containing 48 poems will be published and include a selection of the best or most interesting comments. Closing Date: 30th April. Prizes: Single Poem – £2,000.  Portfolio Prize – £1,000.  Entry Fee: £7.

Poetic Republic Short Story competition  Stories may be on any subject; 500 to 3,000 words; previously unpublished work; £12 per story. There is a maximum of one entry per person; this is to ensure the effectiveness of the judging process. First prize is £2000, Best commentators (2 prizes) £250 Closing Date: 15th April

Bristol Short Story Prize 2014.  Annual international contest for stories of up to 4,000 words on any subject.  Closing Date: 30th April.  Prizes: 1st £1,000 plus a £150 Waterstone’s gift card,  2nd £700 plus a £100 Waterstone’s gift card,  3rd £400 plus a £100 Waterstone’s gift card.  Runners-up (17) £100.  All 20 winners to be published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Vol 7.

International Rubery Book Award.  For independent and self published books, including eBooks.  To enter, submit a copy of your published book. Closing Date: 30th April.  Prizes: £1,000, £200, £75.  The best entry will be read by a top literary agent from MBA. Entry Fee: £35.

Tom Howard/John H Reid Fiction & Essay Contest .  Stories, essays or other works of prose no more than 6,000 words. Any theme.  Previously published works accepted. Closing Date: 30th April.  Prizes: Best Short Fiction $1,000.  Best Essay $1,000.  Plus five Honourable Mentions in each category with prizes of $100 each.  12 winning entries published on the website. Entry Fee: $16.

A Ridiculous Short Story Competition.  Stories of up to 1,500 words in any genre except horror.  Your story must begin with the sentence, ‘She did not need a looking glass to know she must look a fright.’  Closing Date: 30th April.  Prizes: £50, £25, £15.  Entry Fee: £5.

Ver Poets Open Poetry Competition.  Any subject but 30 lines or fewer. Closing Date: 30th April. Prizes: £600, £300, £100.  Winning and selected poems will be published in an anthology. Entry Fee: £4 each, £10 for three, £2 thereafter.