Writing Competitions

The Moth International Short Story Prize

The Moth International Short Story Prize is open until June 30, 2017.

Entry Fee: €12

Prizes: First prize is €3,000. Second prize is a week’s writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France. Third prize is €1,000. The winning stories will be published in the autumn issue of The Moth Magazine.

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Impress Prize

The Impress Prize is an international competition for fiction and non-fiction writers.

Deadline: June 30, 2017 (5pm)

Entry Fee: £15

The winner will receive a publishing contract with Impress Books.

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Tools for Solidarity Poetry Competition

The Tools for Solidarity Poetry Competition is open until April 30, 2017.

Prizes: £200, £75, £25

Entry Fee: £5 for one poem, £8 for 2, £10 for 3

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Bridport Prize

The Bridport Prize is open until May 31, 2017.

Short story, poetry, and flash fiction categories. There is also the Peggy Chapman-Andrews first novel award.

The prizes in the short story and poetry categories are: £5,000, £1,000, £500 with ten runner-up prizes of £100 each. The flash fiction prizes are: £1,000, £500, £250 and three runner-up prizes (£100 each). Finally, for The Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award, the prizes are £1,000 for the winner and £500 for the runner-up. 3 shortlisted entrants will receive £100 each.

Entry Fees: £8 flash fiction, £9 poetry, £10 short story, £20 first novel award.

Full details here.

Crediton Short Story Competition

The Crediton Short Story Competition is open until April 30, 2017.

There are two categories, adults (18 and over) and young adult (11-18).

Theme: Echoes

The prizes in the adult category are: £75, publication in Riptide, Riptide volumes and a night at the Lamb Inn, Sandford. Second prize is £30. The Young Adult prizes are £30 and a copy of Riptide vol. 6. Second prize is £10 and Riptide vol. 6.

Entry Fees: £5 for adults, £3 for young adults.

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Love the Words Competition

The Love the Words Competition is open until May 5, 2017 and is free to enter.

It’s open to writers aged 7-25, from around the world.

Hannah Ellis, the granddaughter of Dylan Thomas, will choose a selection of entries, which will be showcased on the Discover Dylan Thomas website on International Dylan Thomas Day on May 14.

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Eyelands International Short Story Competition

The Eyelands International Short Story Competition is open until June 20, 2017.

Theme: Strange love affairs

Entry Fee: €10

Prize: A week’s holiday in Crete. Shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology.

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The RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2017

The RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2017 is open until April 23, 2017 (6pm) and is free to enter.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open until August 31, 2017.

The competition is for short fiction and poetry. The prizes in each category are £1,000 and publication in the annual. Prizes also include a consultation with literary agency Redhammer Management, a subscription to Granta and books from Bloodaxe Books and Vintage Books.

Entry Fee: £18 for short fiction, £12 for poetry.

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February 2017 Competition Winner

Our February 2017 competition winner is Lucy Thynne, congratulations, Lucy! You can read the winning entry here.

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to submit an entry, our March competition is still open until the 31st (midnight GMT).

Ballyroan Library Annual World Poetry Day Competition

The Ballyroan Library Annual World Poetry Day Competition is open until April 21, 2017. The competition is only open to poets based in Dublin.

Prizes: €100, €50, €30. The winning and shortlisted poems will be published on South Dublin Libraries’ website.

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McLellan Poetry Competition

The McLellan Poetry Competition is open until June 21, 2017.

Prizes: £1000, £300, £100

Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £4 for subsequent entries.

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Helen Visual Prompt Quarterly Contest

The Helen Visual Prompt Quarterly Contest is free to enter.

Check out their website for prompts, and create work based on a prompt containing three images.

Prize: $25 and publication on the site

Submissions open on the first of every quarter and close on the last day of that quarter.

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Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Monthly Competitions

For more details on the Creative Writing Ink free to enter competitions, go here.

Making Waves Poetry Competition

The Making Waves Poetry Competition is for spoken poems.

Deadline: September 3, 2017

Prizes: £600, £250, £150

Entry Fee: £6 for the first entry, £4 for subsequent entries.

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