Writing Competitions

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

The Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest is open, internationally, for short works of fiction or nonfiction until 30th April 2021.

All themes accepted. 

1st Prize: $3000 for each category winner + 2-year gift certificates for DuoTrope.

Runners up: $200.

Word count: 6000 words.

Entry fee: $20.

Full details here. 

Well’s Festival of Literature 2021

Well’s Festival of Literature is a festival that welcomes literature from across the globe.

There are four different categories of competition to enter, all with a closing date of 30th June 2021.

Open Poetry 

Any subject. 35 lines max.

Entry fee: £6 

Prizes – 1st: £1,000

             2nd: £500

             3rd: £250

Short Story

Any subject. Word count: 1,000 – 2,000 words.

Entry fee: £6 

Prizes – 1st: £750

              2nd: £300

              3rd £200

A Book for Children 

Any subject, but stories must be aimed at readers aged 7+.

First two chapters or first twenty pages, whichever is the shortest, plus the synopsis.

Entry fee: £6 

Prizes – 1st: £750

              2nd: £300

              3rd: £200

Young Poets

Any subject. 35 lines max.

Entry fee: £3

Prizes – 1st: £150

              2nd: £75

              3rd: £50 plus a year’s membership of The Poetry Society

Full details here.

The Author of Tomorrow

The Author of Tomorrow is a free annual competition open to young people and children all over the globe.

It’s designed to find the adventure writers of the future. Send in your short piece of adventure writing in English.

Prizes offered in 3 age categories:

11 and under | 500 words | Prize: £100 plus £150 book tokens for your school

12-15 years | 1,500 – 5,000 words | Prize: £100 plus £150 book tokens for your school

16-21 years | 1,500 – 5,000 words |  Prize: £1,000

Deadline: 30 April 2021.

Full details here.

The City Academy Short Story Competition 2021

The City Academy Short Story Competition 2021 is open to anyone aged 18 or over, until 25th May 2021.

Short stories do not need to follow a theme or style. They must be written in English.

The winner will receive a £1000 cash prize, a £300 City Academy course voucher and their creative submission published on city-academy.com.

Entry fee: £15

Max word count: 4000 words

Full details here.

 

Canterbury Festival’s Poet of the Year Competition 2021

Canterbury Festival’s Poet of the Year Competition 2021 is open internationally to all adults, aged 18 or over.

Poems can be written on any subject and in any style, but must not exceed 60 lines.

Entry fee: £5 per poem.

1st Prize: £200

2nd Prize: £100

3rd Prize: £50

Closing date: 11 June 2021.

More details here.

The Fiction Factory First Chapter Competition 2021

The Fiction Factory First Chapter Competition 2021 is open internationally to anyone aged 16 or over.

Submit the first chapter of your drafted novel.

Closing date: 31st July 2021.

Maximum word count: 5000

All genres apart from Children’s and Young Adult fiction are accepted. Entries must be in English.

1st prize: £500 and an appraisal

Entry fee: £15 early bird (until May 15th) 

                  £18 standard

Full details here.

 

Winchester Poetry Prize 2021

The Winchester Poetry Prize 2021 is open to anyone aged 16 or over.

Entries can be based on any subject and in any form or style, but must not exceed 40 lines.

Closing date: 31 July 2021

1st prize: £1000

2nd prize: £500

3rd prize: £250

Entry fee: £5

Full details here.

 

The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2021

The Moth Nature Writing Prize is open to anyone aged 16 or over for poetry and prose submissions.

Closing date: 15 September 2021.

Word limit: 4000 words.

1st prize: €1000 plus a getaway at Circle of Misse in France.

Entry fee: €15

Full details here.

The Green Stories Writing Competition 2021 (TV/Radio Script)

The Green Stories Writing Competition 2021 is open to script writers, internationally, until 26th August 2021.

Scripts can be written for any genre but must engage with the idea of environmentally sustainable practices and/or sustainable societies.

Entry fee: free!

The winner will receive a free script appraisal and treatment by the Literary Consultancy, plus will be sent to production companies for consideration.

Length: three episodes and an outline of the others and/or synopsis of the whole story.

Full details here. 

The Mairtin Crawford Awards 2021

The Mairtin Crawford Awards for Poetry and Short Story 2021 are open for poetry and short story writers until 2nd May 2021 (GMT).

Prizes: 

Word count: Poetry – 3-5 poems

                        Short Stories – 2500 words

Entry fee: £6

Full details here.

 

F(r)iction’s Spring 2021 Contest

F(r)iction’s Spring 2021 Contest is open to writers from all over the globe. Short stories, flash fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction are all accepted.

Deadline: April 29, 2021.

Word limits: Short Story – 1,001 – 7,500 words

                    Flash Fiction – 1,000 words max.

                    Poetry – three pages max. per poem

                    Creative Nonfiction – 6,000 words max.

Prizes: $1600 between four categories.

Entry fees: Short Story – $15

                   Flash Fiction – $12

                   Poetry – $10 single entry, $12 three-pack

                   Creative Nonfiction – $15

Full details here.

Word Periscope Flash 1500

The Word Periscope Flash 1500 is a short story competition, which is open until May 15th 2021 to writers from all over the world.

Stories must be written in English and adhere to the theme of ‘TIME’.

First prize: £1500

Word count: 1500 +/- 10%

Entry fee: £15 (includes critique for longlisted authors and any other work felt to be deserving of advice) 

Full details here.

The Kipling Society’s John McGivering Poetry Competition

The Kipling Society’s John McGivering Poetry Competition is open for travel-based poetry until May 1st, 2021.

Poetry should draw inspiration from Rudyard Kipling’s fascination with people and places.

Poems must not exceed 35 lines.

1st prize: £350

2nd prize: £100

3rd prize: £50

Entry fee: £5

Full details here.

Bet Tuppi’s Ancient Near Eastern Historical Fiction Prize

Bet Tuppi’s Ancient Near Eastern Historical Fiction Prize is open to writers across the world.

Deadline: April 4th 2021.

The story should be within the boundaries of the historical fiction genre and should be set in the ancient Near East.

Prize: £50 and publication.

Word count: 1500 max.

Entry fee: £1

Find out more here.

 

The Poetry London Prize 2021

The Poetry London Prize is a major international award for outstanding poetry. Previous winners include a multitude of acclaimed poets, including Liz Berry, Niall Campbell, Richard Scott, Eleanor Penny, and Romalyn Ante.

Poems should not exceed 80 lines and must be written in English.

Deadline: 26 June, 2021

First prize: £5,000

Second prize: £2,000 

Third prize: £1,000

Entry fee: £4 for subscribers, £8 for non-subscribers.

Full details here.