Christopher Tower Poetry Competiton

Enter the Tower Poetry Competition The 21st Christopher Tower Poetry Competition will be opening for entries on 2 November 2020, with students between 16-18 years of age challenged to write a poem on a set theme.The competition will close at noon, 1 March 2021.About the CompetitionThe Tower Poetry competition offers the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets, and is open to students between 16-18 years of age who are educated in the UK.The competition is judged anonymously by two judges, who are different each year, and Peter McDonald, the current Christopher Tower Student. Each year the theme is chosen with the intention of giving entrants free rein to interpret it as widely as they like.The competition is free to enter, and offers a top prize of £3000. Schools of prizewinners are awarded an additional £150, intended for investment in further study of poetry and literature.First Judge revealed - Kwame DawesKwame Dawes is the author of …

The Bridgend Writers' Circle Opne Short Story Competition

 Full details Open competition - conditions of entry You may submit as many entries as you’d like, and we offer a discount for multiple entries (when submitted together):​£5.00 for the first entry and £2.50 thereafter (e.g £7.50 for two, £10.00 for three, etc.)​Entries must not have been ranked in any previous competition.Entries must not have been previously read or heard by members of Bridgend Writers’ Circle.1500 to 1800 word count. Word count to be shown in top right hand corner of entry.Page numbers and the title of the story must be inserted at the bottom of each page.Entries must be in English, typed using the Times New Roman size 12 fontWe need to maintain impartiality so please don't include your name or any other personal details on your short story – please include and submit these details on the separate competition entry formEntries will have to be disqualified if they do show names, addresses or identifying marks other than the story titleEntries must have a corre…

Crime Writers' Association Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition

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Welcome to the CWA Margery Allingham Short Mystery CompetitionAbout the competitionSubmit your entryTerms and conditions2020 winning story2020 highly commended story2020 highly commended story

Our mission is to find the best unpublished short mystery – one that fits into legendary crime writer Margery’s definition of what makes a great story:“The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry and a Conclusion with an Element of Satisfaction in it.”The way a submitted story matches this definition is awarded greater weighting in the scoring than any other criteria.
Closing date: 6pm GMT Friday 26 February 2021.

Ambroggio Prize

 Full detailsThe Ambroggio Prize is a $1,000 publication prize given for a book-length poetry manuscript originally written in Spanish and with an English translation. The winning manuscript is published by the University of Arizona Press, which is nationally recognized for its commitment to publishing the award-winning works of emerging and established voices in Latinx and Indigenous literature, as well as groundbreaking scholarship in Latinx and Indigenous studies.Established in 2017, the Ambroggio Prize is the only annual award of its kind in the United States that honors American poets whose first language is Spanish.Submissions will be accepted from September 15, 2020 to February 15, 2021 (11:59 p.m. Eastern Time). The 2021 Ambroggio Prize will be judged by Rigoberto Gonz├ílez.submitguidelines

Writers and Artists Short Story Competition

 Full detailsFor published and aspiring writers alike - enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon's residential writing courses, as well as seeing your story published on enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that's it. Unlike previous years, there's no theme for you to base your story on; all you have to do is make sure you're registered with the website, the subject line of your email reads 'W&A Short Story Competition 2021' and you send it to closing date for entries is midnight 12th February 2021. The winner of the competition - along with two runners-up - will be announced on the blog pages of this site in March 2021. Don't forget to read the terms and conditions in full (below) before you enter. Please remember to register on be…

Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award

 Full detailsWrite a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.No entry fee. But please only submit one story...your best one!No reprints.Entries can be from any country.All entries must be original works in English. Plagiarism, poetry, song lyrics, or stories that utilize characters or settings from another person’s works will not be considered.E-mail submissions only. Send entries as .RTF attachments to:
baen.nss.contest@gmail.comPlease put the word SUBMISSION in the subject line when sending a contest entry and QUESTION in the subject line for questions to the contest administrator.Please include the following in the body of your email:The title of the workThe author's name, address and telephone numberAn approximate word-countThe manuscript should be a RTF attachment, in standard manuscript format and should be titled and numbered on every page, but the author's name MUST BE DEL…

Breakwater Fiction Contest

Full details And the 2021 Breakwater Fiction Contest judge is...

Porochista Khakpour
We're thrilled to announce Porochista as our guest judge for the 2021 Breakwater Fiction Contest!

“I think to really be an artist, to really inhabit that, you have to accept on some level that you are not going to belong. Being an outsider, for instance, can be like being an observer...I just had to tell myself that one day, being on the periphery would become an asset (and I think it finally has, as a creative adult).” Porochista KhakpourPorochista Khakpour is the author of four critically acclaimed books, most recently Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity (Vintage Books, 2020), which Ploughshares called “fearless.” In 2018 she published the memoir Sick (HarperCollins), which Kirkus Reviews praised as “lucid, eloquent, and unflinchingly honest.” Among her many fellowships is a National Endowment for the Arts award. Currently, she is a guest faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA…