Writing Competitions

Voice.Club Flash Fiction Contest

The Voice.Club Flash Fiction Contest is open until January 31, 2021 (12pm).

Free to enter.

Submit a story of 350 words or less, inspired by their current prompt “Dawn”. Prizes include: $50 Amazon gift card for Grand Prize, $25 Amazon gift card for Public Voting 1st place, and possible publication.

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The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition 2021

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition 2021 is open until January 31, 2021.

Submit poems of up to 40 lines. Judge: Rishi Dastidar

Prizes: 1st Prize: £1000, 2nd Prize: £300, 3rd Prize: £100, 4th Prize: 4 x £50

Entry fee: £5 per poem; 3 or more poems, £4 each.

Full details here.

Yeovil Literary Prize

The Yeovil Literary Prize is open until April 30, 2021.

There are four categories: Short Story, Poetry, Novel and Writing Without Restrictions.

The prizes in the short story and poetry categories are: £600, £250, £125. Novel: £1,250, £300, £125. Writing Without Restrictions: £250, £125, £75.

Entry Fee: Short Story, £8. Poetry, £5. Novel, £14.50. Writing Without Restrictions, £6.

Full details here.

Edward Thomas Poetry Competition 2021

The Edward Thomas Poetry Competition 2021 is open until January 18, 2021.

Submit poems of up to 40 lines. Judge: Jane Draycott

Prizes: £150, £75, £75. Six Highly Commended prizes of £25 each. Entry Fee: £3 each.

Full details here.

New Welsh Writing Awards 2021

The New Welsh Writing Awards 2021 are open until March 16, 2021.

Open to writers in Ireland and the UK, as well as those who have been educated in Wales for over six months. The winner will receive £1,000 as an advance against an e-publishing deal, as well as a critique from literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes.

This year, the Awards champion works of 5,000 – 30,000 words in one category, the Rheidol Prize for Prose with a Welsh theme or setting. Entry Fee: £12

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Nine Dots Prize

The Nine Dots Prize is open until January 18, 2021. It’s free to enter.

It’s a prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues. Entrants are asked to respond to a question in 3,000 words, with the winner receiving US$100,000 to write a short book expanding on their ideas. The question is: ‘What does it mean to be young in an ageing world?’

Full details here.

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Open Poetry Competition

The Teignmouth Poetry Festival Open Poetry Competition is open until January 31, 2021.

Prizes: Open – £500, £250, £100. Judge Open Competition: Helen Ivory

Entry Fee: £4.50 for the first, £3.50 for each additional poem.

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Lancashire Authors’ Association Open Competition

The Lancashire Authors’ Association Open Competition is open until January 31, 2021.

Submit stories of exactly 100 words. You must be 16 or over to enter the competition.

Prize: £100

Entry Fee: £2 each or £5 for three

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Michael McLaverty Short Story Award 2020

The Michael McLaverty Short Story Award 2020 is open until January 31, 2021.

The winner will receive £2000, and two runners-up will receive £250 each. The winning story will be published with the two runners-up in an anthology.

Judges: Donal Ryan and Patsy Horton. The award is open to those who were born in, or are citizens of, or resident on the island of Ireland. Submit up to 3,000 words.

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Cúirt New Writing Prize 2021: Poetry and Short Fiction

The Cúirt New Writing Prize 2021: Poetry and Short Fiction is open until February 1, 2021.

Submit poems (under 50 lines) and short stories (max 2,000 words), in English or Irish. The winner in each category will receive €500 and the opportunity to read at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway in April 2021.

Writers submitting work should not have had a collection published in the category in which they enter. Judges: Stephen Sexton (poetry) and Colin Barrett (short fiction).

Entry Fee: €10 for each separate submission.

Full details here.

The Women’s Prize Trust Discoveries Writing Development Programme 2020-2021

The Women’s Prize Trust Discoveries Writing Development Programme 2020-2021 is open until January 17, 2021 (midday).

Free to enter. Discoveries invites all unpublished women writers aged 18 and up, residing in Ireland or the UK and writing in English, to submit their works of fiction. The programme will accept novels in any genre of adult fiction. Submit the first 10,000 words of your novel and a synopsis. You don’t have to have finished a novel. The winner will be offered representation by Curtis Brown Literary Agency and a cash prize of £5000.

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NAWG Winter 100×100 Competition

The NAWG Winter 100×100 Competition is open until January 16, 2021.

Submit 100 words, not including the title. Any theme, any genre.

There’s a £100 prize. Entry Fee: £3 for one, £5 for two.

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Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize

The Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize is open until February 12, 2021 (noon).

The Prize is for a novel by a woman over the age of 18 that marries literary merit with unputdownability. You must be resident in Ireland or the UK.

Submit the first 40-50 pages of your novel, plus a synopsis of 3 to 5 pages of the remainder. The winner will receive £1,500. The shortlisted entrants will receive a one-to-one consultation with Peters Fraser Dunlop. Entry Fee: £12.

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Brotherton Poetry Prize

The Brotherton Poetry Prize is open until February 22, 2021.

The prize comes from the University of Leeds Poetry Centre and is for poets who have not yet had a full collection published.

Submit up to five poems with a combined line count of up to 200. The poems of the five shortlisted poets will be published as an anthology by Carcanet Press. First prize is £1,000 and the opportunity to develop your creative practice with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Four runners-up will each receive £200.

Entry Fee: £10 per five poems

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The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2021

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2021 is open until March 31, 2021.

The prize is for an unpublished poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. It’s open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

The prize is €1,000 and publication in the summer issue of The Caterpillar.

Entry Fee: €14 per poem.

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