Writing Competitions

UK Writing Competitions 2015/16 – Updated 1st day of every month

*Poetry competitions to be included soon!*

There is nothing like the prospect of winning money or fame (or both) to pick up that manuscript collecting dust in the corner or to start a brand new book. Writing competitions are a great way to kickstart your writing career.

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Not only do they look great on your Scriptor’s CV but they gave your manuscript the chance to be read by an expert in the industry. The short story competitions are particularly useful for a Scriptor to experiment with genres and dabble in story ideas without the commitment of a 60,000 word project. However, do read the terms and conditions properly and click on the links for further information.

A little competition is always healthy for the zealous scriptor. So on your marks, get set…

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Bath Novel Award
An international prize for unpublished & independently published novels.Opens October 2015

Deadline 1 March 2016
Entry Fee: £20
Submit: First 5,000 words and 1 page synopsis. Longlisted entrants will be asked to submit their complete manuscript (min. 50,000 words).
Prize: £1,000.
Web Link: Click here

Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize.
A competition for writers aged between 18 and 25. Entrants are required to interpret the following Benjamin Franklin quote for its relevance in our time: ‘If all Printers were determin’d not to print any thing till they were sure it would offend no body, there would be very little printed.’

Deadline: 31 October 2015
Entry Fee : None
Submit: 1000 – 1500 words fiction or non fiction
Prizes: First prize is £750. Second prize is £500. Winning entries will also be published on The Telegraph website.
Web Link: Click here

Caledonia Novel Award
International competition for unpublished novels (minimum 50,000 words).

Deadline: 1 November 2015
Entry Fee: £20
Submit: The first 20 pages plus 200 word synopsis.
Prize: £1000
Web Link: Click here

Cinnamon Press Annual Short Story Prize
International competition open to Open to beginners and established writers.

Deadline: 31 May, 2016.
Entry Fee: £12
Submit: 2000-4000 word short story
Prize: £500, £100 & £50. Publication of the winners and up to 10 runners’ up stories.
Web Link: Click here

Exeter Novel Prize
International competition open to writers without an agent or publisher.

Deadline: 31 October 2015
Entry Fee: £12
Submit: first 10,000 words and 500 word synopsis.
Prize: £500. Five runners up receive £50.
Web Link: Click here

Flash 500 Competition
Quarterly competition for flash fiction

Deadline: 20 September 2015 – quarterly
Entry Fee: £5 or £8 for two submission
Submit: 500 word flash fiction
Prize: First prize is £300 and publication in Words With Jam. Second prize is £200. Third prize is £100. Highly Commended – get’s a  copy of The Writer’s ABC Checklist.
Web Link: Click here

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter Competition
Annual competition for unpublished novels.

Deadline: 31 October 2015
Entry Fee: £10
Submit: opening chapter of no more than 3,000 words, plus 1 page synopsis
Prize: First prize is £500. Second prize is £200.
Web Link: Click here

Harry Bowling Prize for New Writers
Competition runs every two years for unpublished novel with an urban setting.

Deadline: Check in October 2015
Entry Fee: £10
Submit: first chapter (no more than 5,000 words), synopsis (no more than 500 words), plus entry form.
Prize: £1,000 and a critique of your work by publishing experts.
Web Link: Click here

Hysteria Writing Competition
Annual contest held by the Hysterectomy Association. Entries can be in any genre except horror or erotica.

Deadline: 31 August 2015
Entry Fee: Short Stories – £5. Flash Fiction – £3.
Submit: 2000 words for short story or 250 words for flash fiction.
Prize: Short story – £400. Flash fiction – £200. The winners and nine runners-up from each category will be published in an anthology and will receive a free copy.
Web Link: Click here

I is another short story competition
Competition held by Holland Park Press for stories inspired by Arthur Rimbaud’s famous declaration, ‘Je est un autre’ (I is another).

Deadline: 31 August 2015
Entry Fee: None
Submit: 2000 words story about someone who is not you, but which is about a subject close to your heart.
Prize: £200. The winner and runners-up will be published in the online magazine. There will be an awards ceremony in London.
Web Link: Click here

London Short Story Prize 2015
Competition for UK residents for stories that move, excite, enthral and inspire on a theme and subject matter of your choice.

Deadline: 1 September 2015
Entry Fee: £8
Submit: 8000 word short story
Prize: £1000, a Brunel writing desk courtesy of Heal’s and publication via Spread the Word’s Flight Press short story anthology
Web Link: http://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/resources/view/london-short-story-prize-2015-now-open-for-entries

Lucy Cavendish
International prize open to women over the age of 21 for unpublished novels.
Deadline: February 2016

Entry Fee: £10
Submit: Three copies of first 30 pages, plus up to 10 page synopsis
Prize: £1,000 plus a networking dinner and editorial consultation. All shortlisted entrants also receive the editorial consultation.
Web Link: Click here

Mslexia
Competition for unpublished women novelists.

Deadline: 21 September 2015
Entry Fee: £25
Submit: first 5,000 words.
Prize: £5,000. Three finalists get free professional feedback and 12 shortlisted authors attend a networking event with literary agents and editors in London.
Web Link: Click here

Observer – Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism
Annual competition for a review on books, theatre, film, TV or art.

Deadline: 31 October 2015
Entry Fee: £10
Submit: 1,500 words
Prize: £2,000 and publication in the Observer.
Web Link: Click here

Rubery Book Award
International completion for independent and self published fiction or non fiction.

Deadline: 1 April 2016
Entry Fee: £35
Submit: one copy of the book, book blurb and entry form.
Prize: £1000 and a read by leading literary agency.
Web Link: Click here

Telegraph “Just-back” Competition
A weekly competition for review of somewhere you have just been to.

Deadline: Weekly
Entry Fee: None
Submit: short review
Prize: £200
Web Link: Click here

The London Magazine Short Story Competition.
Annual international contest by the London Magazine

Deadline: 31 October 2015
Entry Fee: £10
Submit: 4000 word short story
Prize: £500 and the story will be published in the magazine.
Web Link: Click here

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2016
An international competition for unpublished stories stories or first published after 1 January 2015.

Deadline: 24 September 2015
Entry Fee: None
Submit: A maximum of 6000 words
Prize: First prize is £30,000 and the shortlisted authors each receive £1,000
Web Link: Click here

The Times /Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
A competion for ficion targeted at children aged 7-18 years old. A minimum of 30,000 words (up to 80,000 words)

Deadline: 18 December 2015
Entry Fee: £15
Submit: the full manuscript, a brief synopsis, a plot plan (as described on the website) and a letter explaining the book’s appeal to children.
Prize: £10,000 and a publishing contract.
Web Link: Click here

Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition.
Annual international competition for short stories of any genre.

Deadline: 16 November 2015
Entry Fee: $20
Submit: 1,500 words
Prize: First prize is $3000 and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference. Second prize is $1500. The top 10 winners will be published in Writer’s Digest.
Web Link: Click here

Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition
A monthly competition for fiction in any genre.

Deadline: Monthly
Entry Fee: £6 and £5 if you would like critique of your story
Submit: 1000 – 3000 words short story
Prize: £300
Web Link: Click here

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    1. Okay I just realised that
      *Poetry competitions to be included soon!*
      My eyes are getting old! I will be looking forward to those as I prefer the poetry competitions. Cheers!

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      1. Dear Blue Smurf,

        Many thanks for your comments. We promise that the poetry competitions will be added very soon. Please do let us know which ones you enter and how you get on. Good Luck!

        Kind regards

        Thesecretscriptor

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