Writing Competitions

The 2020 Brush & Lyre Prize

The 2020 Brush & Lyre Prize will accept work that incorporates poetry into new media formats, including but not limited to: music, video, art, photography, sculpture, and performance.

Prizes: $3,000, $300, $200. There’s a $20 reading fee.

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The Aryamati Poetry Prize

The Aryamati Poetry Prize is open until October 1, 2020.

​The winning prize is: 10 Fly on the Wall books worth £100, 250 copies of the winning poem printed on limited edition postcards. The poem will also be published on the Fly on the Wall Blog and the winner will be invited to record a video of the piece for the Fly on the Wall YouTube Channel.

Poems must respond to their brief of social change and peace. Entry Fee: £3 for the first poem, £1 for subsequent poems.

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Pressfuls 2020 Fantasy Short Story Contest

The Pressfuls 2020 Fantasy Short Story Contest is open until October 31, 2020.

Free to enter. Open to writers worldwide. Submit 1,000 – 5,000 words. Top Prize: $50

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2020 Manchester Irish Language Writing Competition

The 2020 Manchester Irish Language Writing Competition is open until October 23, 2020.

Theme: Change. There are two categories – poetry and short story. The prizes for both categories are: £50, £25. Entries must be in Irish.

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Crowvus Christmas Ghost Story Competition 2020

The Crowvus Christmas Ghost Story Competition 2020 is open until September 30, 2020.

They are looking for ghost stories of up to 4000 words for a Christmas anthology. Open to writers worldwide.

Adult category.
Prizes: £100, £75, £50
Entry fee £3 per story. 2 stories are £5. There is a maximum of 2 stories per author.

Children
This year there are two classes within the Child Category: Aged 10 and under (on 1st December 2020) and Aged 11-16 (on 1st December 2020). First prize is a £50 One4all gift voucher for the winners of each category. It’s free to enter for children.

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Oxford Brookes University International Poetry Competition 2020

The Oxford Brookes University International Poetry Competition 2020 is open until September 14, 2020 (23:00 BST/22:00 GMT).

Open category (open to all poets aged 18 and over).
English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language).
The winners of each category will receive £1000 and both runners up £200.

Judge: Fiona Benson. Entry Fee: £5

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Hammond House International Literary Prize

The Hammond House International Literary Prize is open until September 30, 2020.

Entry Fee: £10. Theme: Survival. There are poetry, short story and screenplay categories. The top prize in the short story category is £500, and £100 in the other two categories.

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Wales Poetry Award 2020

The Wales Poetry Award 2020 is open until November 27, 2020.

The Award is an international competition and is open to single poem entries from new and established poets aged 17 or over.

Prizes: 1st: £250 & a place on a residential course of your choice at Literature Wales’ Ty Newydd Writing Centre in 2021 / Seren Book Bundle / Publication in Poetry Wales
2nd: £50 / Seren Book Bundle / Publication in Poetry Wales
3rd: £25 / Seren Book Bundle / Publication in Poetry Wales
There are also 10 Highly Commended Prizes.

Entry Fee: £5 per poem. You may submit up to 5 poems.

Judge: Pascale Petit. More here.

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2020/21

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2020/21 is open until September 30, 2020.

Submit short stories (max 6,000 words).

First prize: £2000. Shortlist: £200. Longlist: £50 book vouchers, and a 4-book subscription to Galley Beggar Press.

Entry fee: £10 per story. (They are also offering 150 free entries to writers on a low income.)

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Erewash Open Short Story Competition

The Erewash Open Short Story Competition is open until July 22, 2021. Submit stories up to 2,500 words, any theme.

Prizes: £100, £70, £30. Entry Fee: £3 for one, £5 for two, £2.50 thereafter.

Judge: Helen Baggott

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Annual Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards 2020

The Annual Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards 2020 are open until September 26, 2020.

There are poetry and prose sections. Submit up to 45 lines of poetry and up to 1,500 words of prose. Entry Fee: €5 per poem or €12 for 3 poems. Prose: €7 for each piece. Judges: Michael Whelan and Maria Wallace. There are cash prizes for both sections.

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Allingham Arts Festival Poetry & Flash Fiction Competitions

The Allingham Arts Festival Poetry & Flash Fiction Competitions are open until September 28, 2020.

You may submit up to 50 poems (max 40 lines per poem) and up to 5 flash fiction pieces (max 700 words each).

The prize fund in each category is €300. Entry Fee: €5 per poem or flash fiction

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Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Prize

The Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Prize is open until September 30, 2020.

The Tom Howard Prize is for poems in any style and the Margaret Reid Prize for traditional verse. Submit up to 250 lines.

Prizes: $3,000 + gift certificate for both prizes.

Entry Fee: $15 per poem

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Bath Flash Fiction Award

The Bath Flash Fiction Award is open until October 11, 2020.

Submit fiction of up to 300 words. Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, 2 x £30. 50 longlisted entrants offered publication in the end of year print and digital anthology. Those accepting receive a free copy.

Entry Fee: £9 for one, £15 for two, £18 for three. Flash Award judge, Nod Ghosh, shortlists to 20 and chooses the winning, second, third, and two commended fictions.

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The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2020

The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2020 is open until November 5, 2020.

First Prize is the Ledwidge plaque inscribed with the winner’s name & cash prize. Cash prizes and books for second and third. The winner will also be invited to read at the annual Francis Ledwidge Commemoration at the National War Memorial Gardens in July 2021.

Poems should not exceed 40 lines of type. Entry fee: €5 per poem: 4 for €15. Submit max 6 poems.

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