Showing posts from April, 2022

The 2022 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Poetry Contest

  Full details The 2022 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Poetry Contest runs between April 1 and July 15.  Judge:  Ellen Bass First Prize: $1,000 (The Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award) Second Prize: $250      Third Prize: $100 Honorable Mentions receive a one-year subscription. Submission Period Opens April 1st annually. Deadline: July 15th (postmark) FOR MAIL SUBMISSIONS:            Send to: The Comstock Review Summer Contest, 4956 St. John Drive, Syracuse, NY 13215. Fee is $5 per poem, no limit to poems.  SASE Optional  OR submit online ($25 plus $2.50 online fees for up to 5 poems): No names or contact info on poems.  This info MUST be in cover letter. To submit online, press black “click here to SUBMIT ” button below. GUIDELINES AND ENTRY FEES Here’s how it works — Our editorial staff chooses approximately fifty to sixty finalists. The highest scoring finalists (25 or so) are considered Special Merit poems. Special Merit poems go to the judge and are guaranteed pub

The BFS Short Story Competition

  Full details  The BFS Short Story Competition is an annual event. Anyone can enter, regardless of how many times they have been previously published. The competition is open to entries from 1st April to 30th June of each year. The judges for the 2022 competition are: Lead judge: Steven Poore Richard Webb Trudi Topham Polly Dee Prizes 1st prize: £100, a year’s membership of the BFS, and publication in BFS Horizons. 2nd prize: £50, a year’s membership of the BFS, and publication in BFS Horizons. 3rd prize: £20, a year’s membership of the BFS and publication in BFS Horizons. Schedule Open to entries from 1st April to 30th June of each year No entries will be accepted outside these dates. Steven Poore, with Richard Webb, Trudi Topham and Polly Dee are the judges of this year’s competition and will read every entry all the way through. We will send an email acknowledgement to all entrants within a few days of receipt of their story. The winners will be announced on the BFS webs


 Full details  Ends 30 June 2022   EIGHT short stories will be chosen as winners. These stories will be published in paperback and eBook formats and offered for sale on Amazon’s global websites. The short stories to be based on General themes . Winning authors will receive royalties on net monthly sales of both the paperback and eBook. Please read our Terms and Conditions below for full details of how to enter our short story competition. Terms and Conditions The closing date for this competition is midnight (USA time), 30 June 2022.  Submissions received after that date will not be eligible for consideration. The names of the EIGHT winners will be published on this website on 25 July 2022. Neither nor the judges will enter into any correspondence with entrants regarding the final decision of the judges or give advice as to the content of the work submitted. Please note that the story or stories you are going to send us have not already been submitt

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Contest

 Full details  lue Mountain Arts Announces Its Fortieth Biannual Poetry Contest Deadline: June 30, 2022 1st prize: $350 * 2nd prize: $200 * 3rd prize: $100 In addition, the winning poems will be displayed on our website. Please read the following, then scroll down to submit your poem. Poetry Contest Guidelines Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming, although we find that non-rhyming poetry reads better. We suggest that you write about real emotions and feelings and that you have some special person or occasion in mind as you write. Poems are judged on the basis of originality and uniqueness. English-language entries only, please. Enter as often as you like! Poetry Contest Rules All entries must be the original creation of the submitting author. All rights to the entries must be owned by the author and shall remain the property of the author. The author gives permission to Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. to publish and display the entry on the web (in electronic form only) if the entry is selecte

Coemdy Women in Print

  Full details  Published Comedy Novel If you’re a publisher or a witty published author, we are indecently keen  to read your comedy novel. It needs to be published between 29th May 2021 and 14th October 2022 to make it eligible for CWIP 2022/23. From entry to longlist, to shortlist, to winner’s party, your witty novel is urgently needed for laughter purposes. ​ See our published novel entry criteria for more information.  Entries Open 5 September Unpublished Comedy Novel If you’re a witty author whose manuscript is waiting to be tweaked, written, finished or discreetly disinfected - we want to hear from you. The rewards are huge, and the risk is nil. It doesn’t matter when you wrote it, if your work has the potential to make the reader incapacitated with hysteria, we need to read it. We’d love a few thousand words from you first, and then for you to be ready with the actual manuscript. ​ See our un published novel entry criteria ​ for more information.  

SI Leeds Literary Prize

  Full details  ntries for the 2022 SI Leeds Literary Prize for unpublished fiction by black and Asian women will be open from 18 April – 2 May 2022.  We have a fantastic range of Prizes and support through our Prize Plus programme for successful entrants, including £4,000 for the winning entry, free access to an Arvon writing course, a free manuscript read by The Literary Consultancy and a range of profile raising events and development support for our shortlisted writers, plus cash prizes for the 2nd and 3rd placed entry and the winner of the SI Leeds Readers Choice award, chosen by readers and members of Soroptimist International. Entries cost £10 and there are bursaries available for low income writers – please contact us at for more information. Please see separate pages for how to enter , the rules  or to read more about our Prize Plus programme of writer support .  We have had the most fantastic range of writers enter during the first 10

Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition 2022

 Full details  The Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition 2022 is open for entries from February 25, 2022! The deadline for receipt of all entries is September 30, 2022 at 4pm (GMT) . Entries will only be accepted through Submittable. Entries can be on any subject, theme or genre. Entry fee: £9 per entry. You can submit multiple entries as long as each entry is paid for individually and includes a separate entry form. Maximum word count is 3,000 words. All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, social media details , etc. on the short story document or in the file name as this will result in disqualification. Formatting your short story: Your story must be written in English. A maximum of 3,000 words. No minimum. Title not included in the word count. Please submit a typed story in Arial or Times New Roman, 12pt, black. Double spaced. Include a front page which details the title of story and the word count

The Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction

 Full submissions  Open to writers worldwide over 16 years The £2,000 Edinburgh Flash Fiction Award is open to writers worldwide, published and unpublished, and for stories on any topic up to 250 words. Prizes include: Trophy commemorating the Edinburgh Flash Fiction Award Winner First Prize £2,000, Second Prize £300, Third Prize £150 Invitation to our annual Flash Bash for the top twenty shortlisted writers, to be held on Saturday 18 February 2023 at the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh, when the winners will be announced. The Scottish Arts Club will present one year free membership of the club to the main prize-winners. Explore the Club and its many affiliations in other cities Publication in our anthology will be offered to the authors of the top twenty flash fiction entries. Entries are open from 1 June to 31 August (midnight UK time) every year. Shortlist of the top 20 stories will be announced in December Writers may enter as many times as they wish. The entry fee is £7 per stor

Willesden Herald Short Story Competition 2022

  Full details  Guidelines This competition is open to all aged 18 or over, regardless of nationality or country of residence. There is no set theme. You may submit as many entries as you wish but there will be no more than one prize per author. You can find examples of what we like in our  back issues  and also in our  Story of the Month features , as well as in the periodicals listed under  Links . We’re generally looking for literary fiction not genre stories. “Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 12” will be published simultaneously in the US and the UK and will be available from online booksellers by print on demand. We can also do print runs on favourable terms when bulk orders are requested. Our publisher is Willesden Herald Books, an imprint of Pretend Genius Press, which is a cooperative venture based in Maryland USA. The printers we use have production and distribution facilities in the US, the UK and Australia. Prizes 1st. £300 + one-off Willesden Her

W&A Working-Class Writers' Prize

  Full details  About Are you a writer who identifies as working-class? If you’re looking for an opportunity to hone your writing craft and let your work take centre stage, then this prize is for you.  Writers & Artists are thrilled to announce the return of our Working-Class Writers’ Prize for the fourth year in a row. This competition is a celebration of the story; a format that continually finds a way to connect and empower. But everyone needs to be encouraged to share their experiences and tell them; to become part of a conversation we all need to hear. Past Winners & Entrants Our inaugural winner Lucy Kissick  went on to secure literary representation and a two book deal with Gollancz. Her debut novel,  Plutoshine ,  will be published on 17th March 2022. Speaking about the Prize, Lucy said " I’m so grateful to Writers & Artists for organising and judging the Working Class Writers’ Prize. Sitting down to write requires time and headspace

Tales by Moonlight

 Full details  oin Ankara's inaugural writing contest to establish a community for writing talent all over the world. Submissions open on May 15th. Competition details Tales By Moonlight is a novella writing competition. The theme of this contest's edition is fiction and magic. Release your imagination and let your creative juices run free! Rules The grand prize is $1000 cash. Submissions will be accepted from May 15th until the end of the competition. The competition will end on August 15th. All stories submitted for the competition must be in the genre of fantasy. Stories must be written in the theme of Magic. Submissions must have approximately 15,000 - 20,000 word length and be separated into chapters of reasonable length. Entries can be submitted through Ankara Editor, our writing platform. Access will be given from May 15th. The winner will be determined by audience voting. The submission with the most votes at the end of the contest period will win the grand pri


  Full details  SUBMISSIONS OPEN JUNE 15 - JULY 15, 2022 The Gutsy Great Novelist Page One Prize, brought to you by award-winning novelist and writing teacher Joan Dempsey, is open to all writers over 18 who are working on an as-yet-unpublished novel.  This second annual prize aims to find the best first page  of a novel-in-progress written in the English language.  On August 2, 2022, the three prize winners and honorable mentions will be announced here on the website and via social media, and all entrants will be contacted via email about the results. All winners and honorable mentions will have their Page One Prize-winning entries showcased on this website. + CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY + READ THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES & SUBMIT NOW + CLICK HERE TO DISCOVER THE 2020 WINNERS

McLellan Poetry Competition

  Full details  THE 2022 COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES ​ ​ We are really excited to announce that this year’s judge will be the wonderful Hollie McNish.   Hollie McNish is a poet and author based between Glasgow and Cambridge. She won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her poetic parenting memoir – Nobody Told Me -  of which The Scotsman stated ‘The World Needs this Book’. She has published four further collections of poetry – Papers, Cherry Pie, Plum and her most recent poetic memoir Slug...and other things I’ve been told to hate, which is a Sunday Times Bestseller.  With fellow poet Sabrina Mahfouz, she co-wrote Offside , a play relating the history of UK women’s football, and has just completed a re-imagining of Sophocles’ Greek Tragedy Antigone, published in October 2021 with Hachette. Hollie loves writing. Her poetry has been translated into German, Spanish, Hungarian, Polish, Japanese and French. She is a patron of Baby Milk Action. ​ ww

The Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction

 Full details  The Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction (‘The Lindisfarne Prize’) is a literary prize which recognises outstanding writing in the genre of crime or thriller fiction, sponsored by the author L J Ross through her publishing imprint, Dark Skies Publishing, in association with the Newcastle Noir Crime Writing Festival and Newcastle Libraries. It is open to all writers who are from, or whose work celebrates the North East of England, and who have not previously had their submission published in any form (though they might have had other stories published before). To be considered, entrants must submit a short story of no more than ten thousand words or the first two chapters and a synopsis of their work in progress. The winning entry will be awarded a prize of £2500 to support the completion of their work and funding towards a year’s membership of both the Society of Authors (SoA) and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), and smaller financial awards to sh

The Henshaw Short Story Competition

Full details   Our June Competition is now open with  a closing date of 30th June.                                            March results will be published on the 30th April                              Prizes in the June competition are:-              1st Prize £200, 2nd Prize £100, 3rd Prize £50               The entry fee is £6 and the fee for a critique is £14.       We now offer a Proof Reading Service     If this is your first competition entry or if you are concerned about the presentation of your story do read our writing tips and our guides to on the Story Presentation Page, before submitting your entry.     Competition Rules 1. Entries must be a fictional short story of up to 2000 words on any theme. 2. Entries must be on A4, double spaced and page numbered with the title on each page.. 3. All entries must be the original work of the Author, must not have been published before the date of submission and must be accompanied by the aut