Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Writing Competitions

I've been a little 'under the weather' and haven't been able to write a thing for over a week. I'm pleased to say I'm on the mend, and to help get me back in the swing I've been compiling a summary of all the future competitions I’m aware of – one, some or all may be of interest.

Closing in April

Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition.
Closing: 28.4.08.
Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250.
Entry Fee: £5.
Details: Click Here.

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition.
Closing: 30.4.08.
Prizes: £500, £200, £100. Redwing Sonnet Prize: £100.
Entry Fee: £3 each or four for £10.
Details: Click Here for a pdf download.

Ver Poets Open Poetry Competition 2008.
Closing: 30.4.08.
Prizes: £500, £300, £100. Young Writers (16 to 21) - £100.
Entry Fee: £3 each, four for £10, £2 thereafter.
Details: Click Here.

Templar Poetry Pamphlet & Collection Competition.
Closing: 30.4.08.
Prizes (3): £500 plus publication in pamphlet form.
Entry Fee: £18 per collection.
Details: Click Here.

Southport Writers Circle Open Poetry Competition. For poems of up to 40 lines.
Closing: 30.4.08.
Prizes: £200, £100, £50. Humour Prize - £50.
Entry Fee: £2.
Details (send sae): Southport Writers Circle Poetry Contest Details, 32 Dover Road, Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 4TB.

Pulsar Poetry Competition.
Closing: 30.4.08.
Prizes: £125, £75, £50.
Entry Fee: £2.50 for the first, £1.50 thereafter.
Details: Click Here.

Earlyworks Press Sixty-Word Sagas.
Closing: 30.4.08.
Prizes: £60, £30, £10.
Entry Fee: £3. Details: Click Here.

Closing in May

Ledbury Festival Poetry Competition.
Closing: 1.5.08 (5pm).
Prizes: A writing course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers’ Centre for Wales. 2nd - £250. 3rd - £150.
Entry Fees: £3.50 for the first, £2.50 thereafter.
Details: Click Here .

Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition.
Closing: 1.5.08.
Prizes : £5,000, £1,000, £500. Runners-up - 2 @ £50.
Entry Fee: £5.
Details: Click Here.

Countryside Tales Article Competition.
Closing: 1.5.08.
Prizes: £50, £25, £15. The winning entries will be published in the mag. Entry Fee: £3.
Details: Click Here .

Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize. For poems of up to 40 lines.
Closing: 19.5.08.
Prizes: £800, £350, £200.
Entry Fee: £3 each or £12 for five.
Details: Click Here for pdf download.

Segora Short Story Competition. For stories on any theme, of between 1,500 and 3,000 words.
Closing: 29.5.08.
Prize: £100.
Entry Fee: £5.
Details: Click Here .

Yeovil Literary Prize.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes: Novel - £1,000, £250, £100. Short Story - £500, £200, £100. Poetry - £500, £200, £100.
Entry Fees: Novel - £10. Short Story & Poetry - £5.
Details: Click Here.

Leaf Books Micro-Fiction 2008 Competition. Up to 300 words.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes: 1st - £200. Runner-up - Ten Leaf books. All selected entries will be published in an anthology.
Entry Fee: £3 each or £10 for four.
Details: Click Here.

Alexander Cordell Literature Competition . Write a children’s story set during the Industrial Revolution in the South Wales Valleys.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes: £500, £300, £150.
Entry Fee : £3.
Details: Click Here.

Biscuit Publishing Poetry, Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes (in each category): 1st - £1,000 or your poetry/prose collection published with 75 free copies. 2nd - A one-week Writers’ Retreat holiday at Talbot House, Flanders, with £200 expenses. 3rd - £200. In addition, seven runners-up receive £25.
Entry Fees: Stories - £9 for the first, £3 for each additional. Poems - £9 each for the first three, £3 each after that.
Details: Click Here.

City of Derby Poetry Competition.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes: £500, £250, £150.
Entry Fee : £4 for the first, £3 thereafter.
Details: Click Here.

City of Derby Short Story Competition.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes: £500, £250, £150.
Entry Fee: £4 for the first, £3 thereafter.
Details: Click Here.

MiniWORDS 2008.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes: £250 in each category.
Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
Details: Click Here.

Earlyworks Press Open Poetry Competition.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prize: £100.
Entry Fee: £3.
Details: Click Here.

Frogmore Poetry Prize.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes : 1st - 200 guineas, plus a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. 2nd - 75 guineas. 3rd - 50 guineas.
Entry Fee: £2.
Details: Click Here.

Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes: 1st - £250. 2nd - £100. 3rd - £50. Winning and commended poems published in an anthology.
Entry Fee : £3 for the first poem, £1 thereafter.
Details: Click Here.

Closing in June

Poetry London Poetry Competition.
Closing: 2.6.08.
Prizes: £1,000, £500, £200, and 4 x £75.
Entry Fee: £4.
Details: Click Here.

Dawntreader Poetry Awards.
Closing: 5.6.08.
Prizes: £75, £50, £25.
Entry Fee: £3 each or £10 for four.
Details: Click Here.

Bruntwood Playwriting Competition. For full-length plays over fifty pages in length and over an hour of stage time.
Closing: 13.6.08 (6pm).
Prize: £15,000. In addition, if the play is produced the writer will also receive a percentage of box office receipts.
Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
Details: Click Here.

Manchester Cathedral Interfaith Religious Poetry Competition.
Closing : 30.6.08.
Prizes: £300, £150, £75. First prize winner will earn the title ‘Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year 2008’.
Entry Fee: £3 for the first, £2 thereafter.
Details: Click Here.

Poetry Writers’ Yearbook - Poetry Competition. For poems of up to 30 lines on the theme of Desire.
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prizes: 1st - £300 or £500 worth of A&C Black books. The winner will be published in the Poetry Writers’ Yearbook 2008.
Entry Fee : None - free to enter. Only one entry allowed per person.
Details: Click Here.

Writers’ Bureau Poetry & Short Story Competition .
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prizes: Stories - £1,000, £400, £200, £100 and 6 x £50. Poetry - £1,000, £400, £200, £100 and 6 x £50.
Entry Fee: £5 .
Details: Click Here.

The Bridport Prize. One of the most prestigious writing contests in the literary calendar.
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prizes (in each category): £5,000, £1,000, £500. There are also ten runners-up prizes of £50.
Entry Fee: £6.
Details: Click Here.

Cinnamon Press Short Story Award
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prizes: £100 plus publication.
Entry Fee: £16. This includes a copy of the winners’ anthology.
Details: Click Here.

Cinnamon Press Novel /Novella Writing Award.
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prizes: £400 and a publishing contract for the novel.
Entry Fee: £16.
Details: Click Here.

Cinnamon Press Poetry Collection Award.
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prizes: £100 plus a publishing contract for a collection of about 60 poems.
Entry Fee: £16. This includes a copy of the winners’ anthology which is usually prices at £8.99.
Details: Click Here.

Words Magazine Short Story Competition. For up to 2,000 words on the theme of Christmas.
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prize: £100. Winning entry and commended entries will be published in Words magazine.
Entry Fee: £2.
Details: Click Here .

Keats-Shelly Prize 2008.
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prizes: A total of £3,000 to be divided amongst the winners.
Entry Fee: £5.
Details: Click Here.

Closing in July

Hay on Wye Short Story Contest.
Closing: 19.7.08.
Prizes: £400, £200, £100.
Entry Fee: £6.
Details: Click Here.

Countryside Tales Autumn Poetry Competition.
Closing: 31.7.08.
Prizes: £50, £25, £15. The three winning entries will be published, and others may be considered.
Entry Fee: £3.
Details: Click Here.

Wells Festival International Short Story Competition.
Closing: 31.7.08.
Prizes : £500, £200, £200.
Entry Fee: £4.
Details: Click Here.

Wells Festival International Poetry Competition.
Closing: 31.7.08.
Prizes: £500, £200, £100.
Entry Fee: £4.
Details: Click Here.

Highlands & Islands Short Story Association Competition.
Closing: 31.7.08.
Prizes: £300, £50, £50.
Entry Fee: £4 each, £10 for three.
Details: Click Here .

Closing in August

Torbay Open Poetry Competition. For poems of up to 50 lines.
Closing: 15.8.08.
Prizes: Adults - £700, £300, £150.
Entry Fees: Adults - £4 each £10 for three, £20 for six.
Details (send sae): Poetry Contest Details, The Administrator, c/o The Mount, Brixham, South Devon, TQ5 8QY.

Essex Poetry Festival 8th Open Poetry Competition.
Closing: 30.8.08.
Prizes: £500, £200, £100. Runners-up - £10 in book tokens.
Entry Fee: £3 each or £10 for five.
Details: Click Here.

Closing in September

Earlyworks Press Short Story Competition.
Closing: 30.9.08.
Prize: £100 and first place in the anthology.
Entry Fee: £5 for up to 4,000 words; £10 for 4,000 to 8,000.
Details: Click Here.

Closing in October

Ragged Raven Poetry Competition.
Closing: 31.10.08.
Prizes: 1st - £300. Runners-up (4) - £50.
Entry Fee: £3 each, £10 for four.
Details: Click Here.

Closing in November

Scribble Annual Themed Short Story Competition. The theme is Brief Encounter, in up to 3,000 words.
Closing: 1.11.08.
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
Entry Fee: £4.
Details: Click Here


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