Writing Competitions

Oxford Flash Fiction Prize 2022

The Oxford Flash Fiction Prize 2022 is open for entries until 31 January 2022.

Write yourself into history and become one of the greats with the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize.

Entry fee: £6 for one story, £10 for two, £14 for three.

1st prize is £1000.

Word count: 1000 words maximum.

Full details here.

Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition

The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition is open until March 1st, 2022.

They are looking for poems that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge Gillian Clarke.

Entry Fee: £7 for the first poem, £4 for up to five additional poems

Prizes:

1st prize – £1000

2nd prize – £500

3rd prize – £250

Word count: no longer than 40 lines.

Full details here.

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition

The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition opens for poetry entries from 1st December 2021.

Closing date: 9th January, 2022.

Poems can be in any style or genre written to the theme of ‘Hope in Nature’.

There are three age categories: 18 & Over, 12-17, and 11 & Under.

Entry fee:

Over 18s – £5 per poem, maximum 5 poems

Under 18s – entry is free but limited to 1 poem

Prizes:

18 & Over – £200

12 to 17 – £70

11 & Under – £50

Word count: 30 lines max.

Full details here.

Anansi Archive Writing Awards

The Anansi Archive Writing Awards are open until 1st December 2021. There are three categories to enter:

Poetry
Up to 500 words
Entry fee: FREE
Prize: First £20, runner-up £10

Flash Fiction
Up to 500 words
Entry fee: FREE
Prize: First £20, runner-up £10

Short Fiction
Up to 3,000 words
Entry fee: FREE
Prize: First £50, runner-up £20

In addition to cash prizes, Anansi will showcase the work on their website. They also hope to publish the best entries in their periodical anthologies.

Full details here.

Never Such Innocence Poetry Competition 2022

The Never Such Innocence Poetry Competition 2022 is now open for entries inspired by the theme: ‘Life After Conflict’.

It’s free to enter and the prizes are to be announced in the coming weeks.

Poems must not be longer than 40 lines and should be your own, original work.

Closing date: 18th March 2022.

Full details here.

The Henshaw Short Story Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open.

Closing Date: 6th January 2022

Prizes: 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50

Entry fee: £6 by PayPal or by Cheque to G. Jennings

Optional Critiques a further £14

Entry requirements: A short story on any subject up to 2000 words.

Results announced by the end of January 2022

Prize winners published on the Henshawpress website and in their next Anthology.

Full details here.

2022 International Rubery Book Award

The 2022 International Rubery Book Award is now open for self-published and independently published books, from all writers.

Closing date: 31st March 2022.

PRIZES:
Book of the Year: £2000 (approx US$2700; €2333)
A minimum of 3 category winners will each win £270 (approx $270, €233)

Entry fee: £39

Full details here.

Shooter Literary Magazine Flash Competition

The Shooter Literary Magazine Flash Competition is running on a rolling basis, with one story being published every month.

They are looking for fiction and nonfiction in any theme or genre.

Prize: £50 and inclusion in an annual anthology.

Word count: 1,000 maximum.

Entry fee: £3

Full details here.

Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing 2021

The Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing 2021 is open for short story entries, from writers around the world, until January 12th, 2022.

Entry fee: £15.

1st prize:

– £10,000
– An engraved award
– Publication on our website and in a linen-bound mini publication available in The Oxford Collection of hotels.
– A professional audio recording of their story, produced by The Story Player and uploaded onto the Mogford Prizes website.

Three runners up will receive:

– £250 each
– Publication on our website and in a linen-bound mini publication, which will be available in The Oxford Collection.

Word count: 2500 maximum

Full details here.

Latin Programme Poetry Prize 2021

The Latin Programme Poetry Prize 2021 is open until December 5th, 2021.

Entries must be no longer 40 lines and should be based on the theme ‘omnia vincit amor?’

Entry Fee: £12 (all proceeds go towards the delivery of Latin lessons in London state schools)

First Prize: £200

Full details here. 

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition 2021

The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition 2021 is open for entries until November 30th 2021.

Poetry can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world.

Entry fee: €7

Prizes:
1st prize – €2000 and a featured reading at the 2022 Cork International Poetry Festival
2nd prize – €500
3rd prize – €25
Ten runners-up – €50. All winners and runners up are published in Southword 42.

Full details here.

Fusilli Writing Flash Fiction Competition

The Fusilli Writing Flash Fiction Competition is a recurring contest that is open to all writers from across the globe.

They are looking for flash fiction of up to 200 words, on any theme, but with a twist.

It’s free to enter, but entrants can pay £3 for feedback on their work.

Winning entries will be published and promoted across Fusilli Writing’s social media.

Full details here.

The KSCPP Essay Contest

The KSCPP Essay Contest is open to young writers internationally and hopes to promote understanding of Korean history and culture.

It’s free to enter.

There are two ages categories: Junior – school years 6-9
Senior – school years 10-13

Prizes for each category:
1st prize (£500)
2nd prize (£200)
3rd prize (£100)
Honorable mentions (£50) may also be awarded at the panel’s discretion.

Closing date: January 2nd, 2022.

Full details here.

The Parracombe Prize 2022

The Parracombe Prize 2022 is open for short story entries, of any theme, until 31st January 2022.

Word count: 2022 maximum.

First prize: £100
Second prize: £50
Two runner-up prizes: £25

Entry fee: £5

Full details here.

Writing East Midlands Solstice Prize 2021

The Writing East Midlands Solstice Prize 2021 is now open for entries, from 10-17 year olds.

Closing date: November 26th 2021.

There are prizes on offer for winners in two age groups: 11-13 and 14-17.

1st Prize in both age categories is £50 cash, plus a £50 book token for their school or college.

Word count:
Poetry – 40 lines
Short stories – up to 500 words.

Full details here.