After sharing my tips for entering writing competitions last week – here’s a list of current competitions:
A Story for Daniel. Flash fiction (max 500 words) with a joyful, hopeful or uplifting theme. No entry fee but entrants are given a list of charities to donate to if they wish. Deadline: 31 October. Enter here.
Lancaster One Minute Monologue Competition. Monologues (a text spoken by a single performer) that can be read aloud in one minute or less. FREE to enter. Deadline: 31 August. Enter here.
Soundwork Monologue Competition. Monologues of up to ten minutes duration on any subject FREE to enter. Deadline: 30 September. Enter here.
Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition. Short stories, in any genre, in no more than 1000 words. Stories must be suitable to be read in the sensitive environment of a hospital. Entry fee: £15. The winner of the competition will receive £1,000 and will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. Entries accepted between 1 August-2 December. Enter here.
Val Wood Prize 2019: Love Letters. Entries in the form of a love letter of up to 1500 words. FREE to enter. Deadline: 21 September. Enter here.
Perito Writing Prize. Short stories of 1000-2000 words on the theme of accessibility. FREE to enter. Entries accepted between 1 September-1 October. Enter here.
Ninevoices’ short story competition 2019. For short stories between 1200-1500 words on the theme of Summer. To enter you should have earned less than £300 from your fiction during 2018. Entry fee: £5 per story. Deadline: 28 September. Enter here.
Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competition. Poems (max 60 lines) and stories (max 3500 words) on any aspect of humanity’s relationship with the cosmos – the moon, starts and planets, astronomy or astrology, space exploration, UFOs. Entry fees: £3 per poem (£8 for three), £4 per story (£10 for three). Deadline: 31 August. Enter here.
Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry. Poems (max 54 lines) which in some way investigate ecology, the environment, or the relationship between human culture and the natural world. Entry fee: £7 for the first poem, then £4 for each subsequent poem. Deadline: 15 September. Enter here.
Ilkley Literature Festival Competitions:
• Short Story Competition. Short stories of 1000-2000 words on any subject. Entry fee: £5 per story. Deadline: 31 July. Enter here.
• Walter Swan Poetry Prize. Poems (max 30 lines) on any subject. Entry fee: £5 per poem. Deadline: 31 July. Enter here.
Brentwood Writers’ Circle International Writing Competition. Fiction or non-fiction of exactly 100 words (minus the title) on the theme 100 years ahead. Entry fee: £3. Deadline: 30 July. Enter here.
Momaya Poetry Competition. Poems (max 1,500 words) on the theme of masks. Entry fee: £7. Deadline: 30 October. Enter here.
Bath Flash Fiction Award. For flash fiction on any subject (max 300 words). Entry fees: £7.50 (discounted until 18 August when it will be £9.00). 50 longlisted entrants offered publication in end of year print and digital anthology. Deadline 13 October. Enter here.
Verve Poetry Festival Competition. For poems (max 80 lines) on the theme of diversity. Entry fees: £5 for the first poem and £3 for each subsequent poem. Deadline: 31 August. Enter here.
One Small Step Flash Writing Competition. For fact or fiction flashes of 50 words or under inspired by the first Moon walk. Entry fees: £3 for one piece or £5 for two. Deadline: 17 August. Enter here.