Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Writing Competitions Ending This Month

Mainly for the benefit of the members of my writing group, but for anyone else who may be interested, here is a list of some 18 writing competitions (poetry and prose) that have closing dates this month. Happy writing – and good luck!

Prose

H.E. Bates Short Story Competition 2008 – up to 2,000 words on any subject. Closing: 6.10.08. Prizes: £200, £150, £100. Entry Fee: £3. Website: http://litnorthants.wordpress.com/opportunities/

Tall Tales & Short Stories Competition – between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Closing: 15.10.08. Prizes: £350, £150. Entry Fee: £5. Website: http://www.felicityroberts.co.uk/tlc/storycompetition.htm

Bookworms Short Story Competition – up to 1,500 words. Closing: 27.10.08. Prize: £100. Entry Fee: £5 (includes crossword book and entry form). Website: http://www.beanpolebooks.co.uk/comp.html

Criminal Tendencies Short Story Competition. Crime stories of up to 3,000 words. Closing: 31.10.08. Prize: Publication in the Criminal Tendencies anthology. Entry Fee: £5 (includes a donation to the Genesis Appeal). Website: http://www.cremedelacrime.com/criminal.htm

Sunpenny Christian Writers Competition – up to 3,000 words with a Christian theme or message. Closing: 31.10.08. Prizes: £100, £50. Entry Fee: £4. Website: http://www.sunpenny.com/competitions/Oct2008/christianwriters-oct2008.html

Sunpenny Open Writers’ Competition – up to 3,000 words on any subject. Closing: 31.10.08. Prize: £150, £75. Entry Fee: £4. Website: http://www.sunpenny.com/competitions/Oct2008/open-oct2008.html

Southport Writers Circle Open Short Story Competition – for unpublished stories of up to 2,000 words on any subject. No entry form needed. Entrant’s name should not appear on the story. Include a separate cover sheet with the title, word count and your name and contact details. Closing: 31.10.08. Prizes: £150, £75, £25. Entry Fee: £3. Entry Address: Short Story Competition, Southport Writers Circle, 16 Ormond Avenue, Westhead, Lancashire, L40 6HT.

Speakeasy Open Creative Writing Competition – up to 2,100 words. Closing: 31.10.08. Prizes: £125, £50, £25. Entry Fee: £5. Discounts apply for multiple entries. Website: http://www.mkweb.co.uk/Speakeasy/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=58082

Ballista Open Short Story Competition. Ballista is a magazine that publishes tales of dark fantasy, the supernatural, modern horror, the paranormal, and all things macabre and bizarre. To enter the contest, submit a suitable story of up to 3,500 words. Closing: 31.10.08 Prizes: £60, £30, £20. Prizewinners will be included in Issue 6. Entry Fee: £4. Website: http://www.mucusart.co.uk/short_story_competition.htm

Dark Tales Autumn Short Story Competition – up to 3,000 words. Closing: 31.10.08. Prizes: £250, £50, £25. All shortlisted entries published in Dark Tales. Entry Fee: £3. With tick-sheet critique - £5. With full critique - £15. With full critique and post-critique therapy in secure institution - P.O.A. Website: http://www.darktales.co.uk/

Short Story Radio Competition – up to 3,000 words Closing: 31.10.08. Prizes: 1st - Your own website worth £250, your story professionally recorded by a British Equity actor and broadcast on Short Story Radio, plus 5 CD copies of your story for personal use. Three runner-up stories will appear in the online Short Story Magazine and their writers will have a web page profile on the Short Story Radio website. Entry Fee: £8. Website: http://www.shortstoryradio.com/


Poetry

Debt Free Poetry Competition. Closing: 31.10.08. Prizes : £300, £200, £100. Entry Fee: None - free to enter. Website: http://www.talkaboutdebt.co.uk/community/2008/09/debt-free-poetry-to-inspire-action/

Poetry Society National Poetry Competition – up to 40 lines. Closing: 31.10.08. Prizes: £5,000, £1,000, £500. Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £3 thereafter. Website: http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/competitions/npc/

Ragged Raven Poetry Competition – of any length on any subject. Closing : 31.10.08. Prizes: 1st - £300. Runners-up (4) - £50. Entry Fee: £3 each, £10 for four. Website: http://www.raggedraven.co.uk/competition.htm

Speakeasy Open Creative Writing Competition – for poems of up to 60 lines. Closing: 31.10.08. Prizes: £125, £50, £25. Entry Fee: £4. Discounts apply for multiple entries. Website: http://www.mkweb.co.uk/Speakeasy/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=58082

Leaf Books Poetry Competition – of any length on any subject. Closing : 31.10.08. Prizes: 1st - £200. Runner-up - ten pocket-sized Leaf Books. Entry Fee: £3 each, £10 for four. Website: http://www.leafbooks.co.uk/New/For%20Writers/CurrentCompetitions.html

Black Horse Poets Open Poetry Competition. Closing: 31.10.08. Prizes: £100, £50, £20. Entry Fee: £3 for the first, £2 for the second. Two further entries free. Details (send sae): The Competition Secretary, 25 Wycliffe Street, Ossett, West Yorkshire, WF5 9ER.

Cannon Poets Silver Jubilee Competition. Poems on the theme of Play between 20 and 40 lines. Closing: 31.10.08. Prizes: £150, £80, £40. Entry Fee: £4 for the first, £2 thereafter. Website: http://www.cannonpoets.co.uk/16901.html

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