Writing Competitions List - Summer 2019


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. 