Writing Competitions

Nowhere Travel Writing Contest

The Nowhere Travel Contest is open until 31st December 2018.

Submit fiction, nonfiction, poetry and essays: 800-5000 words. They are looking for stories with a powerful sense of place.

The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in Nowhere. Up to ten finalists will also be published.

Entry Fee: $20

More here.

Mikrokosmos Fiction and Poetry Contest

The Mikrokosmos Fiction and Poetry Contest is open until December 15, 2018.

There are two categories: fiction and poetry. For fiction, submit up to 3 pieces up to 6000 words max. For poetry, submit up to 5 poems or 10 pages.

The prizes in each category are: $200, $100, $50. All non-prize winning submissions will also be considered for online publication in mojo.

Fiction Judge: Lindsey Drager
Poetry Judge: Ruth Ellen Kocher

Entry Fee: $5

More here.

The Bridport Poetry Prize 2019

The Bridport Poetry Prize 2019 is open until May 31, 2019.

Winning and Highly Commended entries will be published in an anthology in October 2019.

Prizes: £5000, £1000, £500 plus ten Highly Commended awards of £100.

Submit poems of up to 42 lines on any theme.

Entry fee: £9 per poem (or £10 from 1st Jan 2019).

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Holland Park Press Poetry Competition

The Holland Park Press Poetry Competition is open until December 31, 2018.

Free to enter. Submit poems of up to 50 lines on the theme of Brexit.

Prize: £200.

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Exeter Novel Competition

The Exeter Novel Competition is open until January 1, 2019.

Submit the first 10,000 words of your unpublished novel (including a synopsis of not more than 500 words).

The winner will receive £500 and a trophy. There are five runner-up prizes of £100 each and a trophy.

Entry Fee: £18

More here.

2019 Bath Short Story Award

The 2019 Bath Short Story Award is open until April 15, 2019.

The short list judge is literary agent, Samuel Hodder, from Blake Friedmann Literary Agency.

Prizes: £1200, £300, £100. There’s also £100 for the Acorn Award (for an unpublished writer).

Submit stories of up to 2200 words long on any theme and subject.

Entry Fee: £8 per entry.

More here.

November 2018 Competition Results

William Lythgoe. You can read the winning entry here.

Shortlist: Beatrice Hughes, Ruth Taaffe, Fabiyas MV, Derek Bunce, James Stoddart, Frances Jones, Helen Morel, Anna McLellan, Tricia Lowther.

Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

The Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is open until February 28, 2019 (6pm).

Submit stories of up to 3,500 words. Your story must satisfy Margery Allingham’s definition of a mystery.

The winner will receive £500 and two weekend passes to Crimefest 2020.

Entry Fee: £12

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The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is an ongoing free to enter monthly competition.

Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Prize: AUD$30.The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website.

Open to all writers aged 18 or over regardless of their nationality or country of residence.

More here.

International Young Theatre Playwriting Contest

The International Young Theatre Playwriting Contest is open until December 15, 2018.

The contest aims to encourage authors in the creation of bold and powerful plays for young audiences (suggested age 15-25).

Free to enter. You can submit up to three entries. Plays can be written in any official European language.

The play must cater for a performance time of 60-120 mins (category A), or 30-60 mins (category B).

The runner-up plays will be published. The authors of the winning scripts will be awarded: Category (A) €5000 (cash prize of €2400, plus the publication of the work and translation into other languages, and public reading of the play).

Category (B) €3500 (cash prize of €1000, plus the publication and translation into other languages, and public reading of the play).

More here.

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize is open until December 31, 2018.

Submit poems of up to 50 lines and short stories of up to 4,000 words.

Magic Oxygen Publishing will plant a tree in Boré, Kenya for every single entry they receive. When the competition closes each entrant will receive the GPS co-ordinates of their tree. Your entry will also help fund the construction of another new classroom in the same community.

Prizes (in each category): £1,000, £300, £100. Two Highly Commended, £50.

Entry Fee: £5

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The Moth Poetry Prize 2018

The Moth Poetry Prize 2018 is now open until December 31, 2018.

The overall prize is €10,000, and there are three runner-up prizes of €1,000. Entry fee: €12 per poem

Judge: Jacob Polley

More here.

Creative Writing Ink Competition Results

October 2018 Competition Results

Winner: Maureen Cullen. You can read the winning entry here.

Shortlist: Peter Moulding, Colette Coen, Lauren Galligan, James Wiffen

Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Competition

The Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Competition is open until April 1, 2019.

Free to enter.

Submit published or unpublished humorous poems of up to 250 lines.

Prizes: $1,000, $250. 10 honorable mention prizes of $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online.

More here.

Salariya Picture Book Prize

The Salariya Picture Book Prize is open until January 31, 2019 (5.30pm).

It’s free to enter.

The winner will receive £1,000 and advice from a children’s book agent and publicity through the Stratford Literary Festival. Salariya Books imprint, Scribblers, has an option to publish the winning story.

More here.