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.

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.