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Fowey Festival Short Story Competiton

 Full details  2021 Competition – ‘Breaking Point’ To provide what we hope is a welcome distraction from the uncertain times we all find ourselves in, and to get your creative juices flowing, we decided to launch the 2021 Fowey Festival Adult Story Competition, earlier than usual. With Daphne du Maurier’s popular collection of short stories in mind, the title for the competition is  “Breaking Point”.  It is widely publicised that when Daphne was writing the collection, entitled  The Breaking Point , she found solace and peace after a turbulent period. Whatever the competition title conjures up for you, be it a humorous tale or one of a serious nature, we would love to read your story! The entry fee is £10, which goes towards supporting the future of the Festival. The competition will open for entries on 7 th  December and close on 7 th  March 2021. Entries are to be no more than 1,500 words. The winner will receive £100 and the runner up £75. The winning entries w

The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

 Full details  The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize award for Best Unpublished Manuscript will be open for submissions 5th January - 7th March 2021 Best Unpublished Manuscript | Prize: Publishing deal with Bonnier Books UK * What are we looking for?  This is an adventure writing award. To be eligible your manuscript must fulfil  our definition of adventure writing .  As partner on the Best Unpublished Manuscript award, Bonnier Books UK have two representatives on the judging panel. When asked what they will be looking for, they responded:  The novel must be commercially viable We are looking for authentic authors and voices We will be looking for a piece of narrative fiction that embodies the epic nature of adventure writing; sweeping, unputdownable, page-turning, exciting and transportive Please consider this when deciding to submit your work.  We accept both unpublished and self-published manuscripts within this category. Please read the guidelines fully before sub

New Poet's Prize

  Full details  DEADLINE: last post on Monday 1st March 2021, or midnight on Monday 1st March 2021 for online entrants ENTRY FEE: £8* *A number of free entries are available for those who cannot afford the entry fee. Click here to apply. PRIZES: Pamphlet publication under the New Poets List imprint; a masterclass with the competition judge; a launch reading; publication in the North magazine; a place on an Arvon residential in 2021/22 for two of the winners and more. The Poetry Business is delighted to announce that the 2021 New Poets Prize judged by Kim Moore is now open for entries. The New Poets Prize is a pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 17 and 24 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 35 years. Entrants are invited to submit short collections of twelve pages of poems. Four outstanding collections wi

Christopher Tower Poetry Competiton

  Enter the Tower Poetry Competition The 21 st 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 Competition The 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

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 font We 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 form Entries will have to be disqualified if they do show names, addresses or identifying

Crime Writers' Association Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition

  Full details Welcome to the CWA Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition About the competition Submit your entry Terms and conditions 2020 winning story 2020 highly commended story 2020 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 details The 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 . submit guidelines  

Writers and Artists Short Story Competition

 Full details For 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 .  To 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 . The 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 www.writersandart

Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award

 Full details Write 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: Please 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 work The author's name, address and telephone number An approximate word-count The manuscript should be a RTF attachment, in st

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 Khakpour ​ Porochista 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

Teignmouth Poetry Festival

 Full details  The competition does not open until 1st November. Entries received prior to this date will not be accepted or refunded. Due to Covid19 we have no firm date yet for our next Festival.  However our Poetry Competition is going ahead as usual.  The Competition is a vital contributor to future festivals and is more important than ever in this very difficult time. If we are unable to stage a live awards ceremony we shall have an international zoom evening when winning poets can read their successful poems. For rules click here For postal entry click here ​For online entry click here ​​ Festival Open Poetry Competition Prizes:      1st - £500        2nd - £250        3rd - £100 Judge:  Helen Ivory   Local Competition – Devon residents only         Prizes:      1st - £100        2nd - £50          3rd - £25 Judge :   Alasdair Paterson   Closing date :  31 January 2021 JUDGE -  OPEN COMPETITION -  HELEN IVORY Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. Her fifth Blood

Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition

 Full details  The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition, 2021   We are pleased to announce that our annual Open Poetry Competition is now open for your entries. It is being judged this year by Rishi Dastidar , a well-known poet and editor whose most recent collection Saffron Jack is published by Nine Arches Press. The deadline for entries is 31st January, 2021. As in previous years, we offer seven prizes: 1st Prize: £1000 2nd Prize: £300 3rd Prize: £100 4th Prize: 4 x £50 Entry fee : £5 per poem; 3 or more poems, £4 each. _______________________________________________ Email Entry Email entries should be sent to after paying your entry fee using the Paypal buttons below. Please write COMPETITION ENTRY as the subject header. Please attach all poems in a single Word file, with each poem starting on a new page. Pages should be formatted A4. All poems are judged anonymously and should not bear your name, nor any other form o

Lanchashire Authors Assoication Flash Fiction Competition

  Full details  LANCASHIRE AUTHORS' ASSOCIATION We are an association devoted to the study of Lancashire literature, history, traditions and dialect. Podcasts | Children's Page | Other Competitions | Contact Us | Links Open Competitions Lancashire Authors Association   OPEN FLASH FICTION COMPETITION WIN £100 A STORY IN EXACTLY 100 WORDS     The Lancashire Authors Association is proud to announce that it will again be running its flash fiction competition. This year our sponsor is one of our valued members. Full competition details may be found on our website

Martin Lucas Haiku Award

 Full details Martin Lucas Haiku Award 2021 £100 1st prize  £50 2nd prize  2x £25 3rd prizes  Publication of winning and commended poems in Presence 69. Judge: Roberta Beary Entry fee:  £5 for up to 5 haiku. Additional haiku at £1 per haiku. Paid by: £ cheque made out to “Presence Magazine” or by PayPal using the button below.  The prize will be paid by cheque or by PayPal in pounds sterling with bank negotiation or currency exchange charges to be paid by the prize winner not Presence magazine. Format:  Please submit all haiku on one sheet of paper, with your name and address included, and also a copy of the same sheet without your name and address. Postal entries should be sent to: Chris Boultwood, 6 King Street, Chester CH1 2AH, England, UK Entries by email should be sent to  with the subject line  ‘Martin Lucas Haiku Award’ . All entries should be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere. The award administrator will anonymise t

Literary Awards Reader Views

 Full details  Have you reviewed our guidelines, category listings, prizes, and sponsor information in the tabs above? Then you are ready to submit your book! Authors are encouraged to submit their entries as soon as possible but all entries should be postmarked no later than December 31, 2020 . Any submission postmarked after this date will not be accepted. Hint : our judges read the book in its entirety – give them plenty of time to read the book. Registration for PRINTED BOOKS Registration for EBOOKS  

The Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing

  Full details Mogford Prize 2021 Terms & Conditions SUBMISSION OF ENTRY IMPLIES ACCEPTANCE OF ALL THESE RULES GENERAL: Food and/or drink must be at the heart of the tale. The short story ( no poems ) could, for instance, be about crime or intrigue; about a chance meeting over a drink; a life-changing conversation over dinner; or perhaps the details of a relationship explored through food or drink. We are looking for a short story that our hotel guests would enjoy reading while staying in one of our hotels. * The short story should have a maximum of 2,500 words . There is no minimum and the title is not included in the word count. * Entries for the Mogford Prize 2021 will be accepted from Wednesday 4th November 2020  (12 noon, GMT). * The closing date is Wednesday 13th January 2021  (12 noon, GMT). * The Longlist of 25 will be announced in March 2021. * The winning story will be announced in April 2021. We recommend you read our past winning stories before entering. ELIG

St Martin's Minotaur

  Full details  Contests for Writers Rules for the 2021 St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition Sponsored by Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America (MWA) 1. The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre), as defined by the guidelines below, (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel. Employees, and members of their immediate families living in the same household, of Minotaur Books or Mystery Writers of America (or a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of either of them) are not eligible to enter.  Only one manuscript entry (the “Manuscript”) is permitted per writer. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Please read all of the rules and guidelines before submitting yo