Writing Competitions

The Children’s Fairy Tale Competition

The Children’s Fairy Tale Competition is open to all 7-11 olds in the UK. They are requesting fairy tales that are inspired by, or include, trees.

It’s completely free to enter.

Prizes:

Closing date: 18th October, 2021

Word count: 750 words maximum

Full details here.

Wenlock Writers-on-the-Edge Short Story Competition

The Wenlock Writers-on-the-Edge Short Story Competition is open for entries from around the world, until November 15th 2021.

Writers must 16 or over.

Entry fee: £5 for one entry, £8 for two entries, £12 for 3 entries

Prizes: 1st prize £150 plus WOS gold medal

2nd prize £50 plus WOS silver medal

3rd prize £25 plus WOS bronze medal

Word count: 2,500 maximum

Full details here.

 

East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition

The East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition is open for entries from both adults and children, until November 27th 2021.

This year’s theme is “My reason to be cheerful” – because we all need something to be cheerful about at the moment!

Entry fee: Children – free
Adults – £4

There are 13 cash prizes available:

Adult
Collection HQ prize: £500
East Riding Gold prize: £200
East Riding Silver prize: £150
2x Highly Commended: £25 each
Young poets
East Riding Secondary 1st prize: £75
East Riding Secondary 2nd prize: £50
2x Highly Commended: £25 each
East Riding Primary 1st prize: £75
East Riding Secondary 2nd prize: £50
2x Highly Commended: £25 each

There is also a £100 voucher prize for prison inmates.

Full details here.

Create the Future Climate Writing Competition

The Create the Future Climate Writing Competition is open to writers of short stories and poetry from around the world.

Deadline: 17th October, 2021.

It’s free to enter.

Prizes include publication in the digital anthology, plus Eco Lifestyle bundles for UK winners.

Word count:

2000 words max. for short stories
40 lines max. for poetry

Full details here. 

Pen Nib International Writing Competition

The Pen Nib International Writing Competition 2021 is open to writers from across the globe, until 15th November 2021.

Choose from three categories to enter: Poetry, Essay and Amuse Bouche.

Entry fee: €6

Prizes

Poetry and essay:
First prize – £150
Runners up – various sponsors’ prizes, including a half price holiday.

Amuse Bouche:
First prize – £50

Word count:

Poetry – 50 lines max
Essay – 1500-2500 words
Amuse Bouche – a short piece

Full details here.

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition

The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition is open for entries from across the globe and has two categories: Open and English as an Additional Language.

Closing date: 20 September 2021

Prizes:

First Place in each category – £1000
Second Place – £200

Entry fee: £5 for each of your first three entries, £4 for every subsequent poem.

Limit of 50 lines per poem.

Full details here.

Create the Future Climate Writing Competition

The Create the Future Climate Writing Competition is open to writers of short stories and poetry, around the world, until 17th October, 2021.

It’s free to enter.

Prizes include publication in the digital anthology, plus Eco Lifestyle bundles for UK winners.

Word count: 2000 words max. for short stories

   40 lines max. for poetry

Full details here. 

Ireland’s Own Writing Competition 2021

Ireland’s Own is pleased to announce details of their 2021 Writing Competitions. Entrants are invited to compete for €2,450 in gift-card prizes.

The competition has three categories:

The winning entries will be published in Ireland’s Own Winning Writers Annual. Any number of entries may be submitted, but each story must be accompanied by a €10 fee.

Entries must be submitted by post.

The closing date is Friday 1st October 2021.

Full details here.

Templar Pocket Pamphlet Awards

The Templar Pocket Pamphlet Awards are open for entries of short poetry manuscripts, until 18th October, 2021.

Entry fee: £16

Prize: Publication of manuscript and publication of individual poems in iOTA Magazine.

Entry requirements: Manuscripts of between 20 and 24 pages, consisting of short poems that are up to 25 lines per page.

Full details here.

Sapere Books Historical Fiction Writing Competition

The Sapere Books Historical Fiction Writing Competition is open internationally to writers, until 31st December 2021.

It’s free to enter.

Choose one of the briefs listed on the website and draft the first three chapters (10,000-12,000 words) of the first book of that series.

Prize: Five publishing contracts for a five book series.

Full details here.

Bedford Competition Short Story and Poetry Awards

The Bedford Competition Short Story and Poetry Awards are open for entries worldwide until October 31st, 2021.

The Bedford Competition is a non-profit group. This year, net proceeds are going to Schoolreaders, a charity that helps schoolchildren ‘catch up’ with their reading, and The King’s Arms Project that supports the homeless.

Prizes:
1st – £1000
2nd – £200
3rd – £100.

There are also Cygnature Prizes of £100 for young writers aged 17 – 25 years.

Word limits:
Short stories – 3000 words
Poems – 40 lines

Entry Fees: £7.50 per entry or 3 for £15 (students: £5 per entry or 3 for £10)

Full details here.

Southport Writers’ Circle Short Story Competition

The Southport Writers’ Circle Short Story Competition is open for previously unpublished entries, on any theme or subject, until October 31st 2021.

Entry fee: £3 per entry; 4 entries for £10

Prizes: 1st – £150, 2nd – £80, 3rd – £30

Word limit: 2000

Full details here.

WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

The WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest is open internationally until October 31, 2021.

Seeking creative nonfiction essays on any topic and in any style. The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives.

Word count: 200-1000 words

Prizes:

1st Place: $500, publication, interview, and gift card 

2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and gift card 

3rd Place: $200, publication, interview, and gift card 

7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, interview, and gift card 

10 Honorable mentions receive a gift card

Entry fee: $12; critique option for an additional $13

Full details here.

Frances Browne Multilingual Poetry Competition 2021

The Frances Browne Multilingual Poetry Competition 2021 is open for entries until 3rd September 2021.

There are three separate language categories to enter: Irish, English and Ulster-Scots.

Prizes for each category:
First place – €250
Second place – €150
Third place – €100

Entry fee: €5 (£4 or $5)

Full details here.

WOW! Women On Writing Summer 2021 Flash Fiction Contest

The WOW! Women On Writing Summer 2021 Flash Fiction Contest is open for entries until August 31, 2021.

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

Prizes:
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card

Entry fee: $10; critique option for an additional $10

Full details here.