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Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

First or second book-length poetry collections, 48- 88 pages Prizes: $2,000 purse, plus publication by Waywiser in UK and USA, and appearance at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC with judge Entry fee: $27 Closing date: 1 December Philip Hoy, The Waywiser Press, Bench House, 82 London Road, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5FN Tel: 01608 644755 waywiserpress@aol.com http://waywiser-press.com/hechtprize.html

Strokestown International Poetry Prize

Unpublished poems for open competition. Unpublished comic poems for Percy French Prize for Comic Verse Prizes: In 2018, €2,000, €700, €500, 3 x €300, Comic verse €300 Entry fee: TBC Closing date: 1 December TBC Strokestown Poetry Festival, Strokestown, Country Roscommon, Ireland scda@eircom.net http://strokestownpoetry.org

Bath Children's Novel Award

International prize for unpublished and independently published writers of children's novels. Send first 5,000 words and synopsis Prizes: £2,500, various shortlist prizes including Cornerstones online course worth £1,800 Entry fee: £25 Closing date: 2 December The Bath Children's Novel Award, PO Box 5223, Bath BA1 0UR entries@bathnovelaward.co.uk  wwwbathnovelaward.co.uk

HE Bates Short Story Competition

Short stories up to 2,000 words Prizes: £500, £200, £100, £100 for best short story by a Northampton writer not winning another prize Entry fee: £6, £10 for two Closing date: 3 December FAO Nick Hamlyn, HE Bates Competition, 19 Kingswell Road, Kingsthorpe, Nottingham NN2 6QB hebatescomp@gmail.com www.hebatescompetition.org.uk

Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Poems up to 75 lines Prizes: Aus$5,000, $2,000, $500 Entry fee: $25 Closing date: 3 December TBC www.australianbookrevie:com.au

Templar Poetry Quarterly Portfolio Awards

A portfolio of 10-12 pages of poetry. Quarterly award. Prizes: Pamphlet publication Entry fee: £12 Closing date: 18 December TBC 58 Dde Road, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3NB submissions@templarpoetry.co.uk http://templarpoetry.com

Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Comp

For full-length novels, 30,000-80,000 words, suitable for readers aged 7-18  Prizes: publicarion deal worth £10,000. All longlisted writers receive an editorial report Entry fee: £15 Closing date: 18 December TBC Children's Fiction Competition, Chicken House, 2 Palmer Srreet, Frome, Somerser BA11 IDS hello@chickenhousebooks.com www.chickenhousebooks.com/submissions

Wild Words Winter Solstice Writing Competition

Prose or poetry up to 1,000 words with a new theme each solstice Prizes: A Wild Words one-hour 1-1 mentoring session, online publication Entry fee: £7 Closing date: 21 December hello@wildwords.org www.wildwords.org
December 2018

RW Themed Flash Fiction Prize

Short fiction up to 500 words on quarterly set themes: December: Running Away; March: Fire; June: Wind. Prizes: £200, 2 x £100 Entry fee: £8 Closing date: 30 December www.retreatwest.co.uk

Audio Arcadia's General Fiction Short Story

Competition

Short stories up to 5,000 words Prizes: anthology publication, royalties Entry fee: £5.50 Closing date: 31 December info@audioarcadia.com www.audioarcadia.com

Henshaw Quarterly Short Story

Competition

Quarterly competition for short stories up to 2,000 words Prizes: £100, £50, £25 Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 31 December; quarterly, 31 March, 30 June. Graham Jennings, 24 Rowlandson Close, Northampton NN3 3PB editor@henshawpress.co.uk www.henshawpress.co.uk

Brexit in Poetry Competition

Poems on any aspect of the Brexit process Prizes: £200, publicarion in rhe Holland Park Press online magazine Free entry Closing date: 31 December bernadette@hollandparkpress.co.uk www.hollandparkpress.co.uk

Flash 500 Competitions

Quarterly competition for flash fiction, up to 500 words Prizes: £300, £200 and £100 Entry fee: £5, £8 for two Closing date: 31 December; 31 March; 30 June info@flash500.com www.flash500.com

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

Short stories up to 4,000 words, poetry up to 50 lines Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, two £50 highly commendeds in each category. A tree is pIanted for every entry Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 31 December Magic Oxygen, The Flat, 53 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorser DT7 3QF  www.magicoxygen.co.uk

Moth Poetry Prize 2018

For a single unpublished poem Prizes: €10,000, 3 x €1,000 plus publication in The Moth Entry fee: €12 Closing date: 31 December The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co Cavan, Ireland Tel: 00 353 49 4362677 enquiries@themothmagazine.com www.themothmagazine.com

Scribble Quarterly Short Story

Ongoing quarterly competitions for short stories, up to 3,000 words Prizes: £75, £25, £15 in each issue Entry fee: £3 (£5 with critique); free for annual subscribers Closing date: 31 December; quarrerly Park Publications, 14 The Park, Stow on the Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1DX Tel: 01451 831053  parkpub14@hotmail.com www.parkpublications.co.uk
January 2019

Exeter Novel Prize

First 10,000 words of a novel not under contract, including a 500-word synopsis. Any genre except children's Prizes: £500, five £100 runners-up Entry fee: £18 Closing date: 1 January Tel: 07722 144357 creativewritingmatters@virginmedia.com www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk

Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing

Short stories with food and drink themes, up to 2,500 words Prizes: £10,000 Entry fee: £10 TBC Closing date: 7 January http://writ.rs/mogfordprize

The Feature Script Competition

Original feature film scripts for which the writer holds the copyright Prizes: Industry accolades Entry fee: £60 Closing date: 9 January murray@ukfilmfestivd.com wwwmkfilmfestival.com

Bath Flash Fiction Novella in Flash Award

Flash fiction novellas, 7,000-18,000 words Prizes: £300, 2 x £100 Entry fee: £16 Closing date: 14 January novella@bathflashfictionaward.com http://bathflashfictionaward.com

Bradt Travel Guides -Travelling With Kids Anthology

Competition

Travel writing between 1,000 and 2,000 words of out-of- the-ordinary travel experiences with children Prizes: publication and a small fee for winners Free entry Closing date: 14 January hollyparsons@bradtguides.com  www.bradtguides.com

Keats-Shelley Prize

Essays on the Romantics, up to 3,000 words; poems on a theme TBC, up to thirty lines Young Romantics prize for poetry and essays by writers aged 16-18 Prizes: £4,000 prize fund Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 15 January TBC Keats-Shelley Prize, KSMA Registered Office, 11 Staple Inn London WClV 7QH susanna.seekings@talktalk.net www.keats-shelley.co.uk

Magma Poetry Competition

Poems on any subject in two categories, up to 80 lines, and up to 12 lines Prizes: up to 80 lines, £1,000, £300, £150, up to 12 lines, £1,000, £300 and ten £15 special mentions Entry fee: £5, £4 for second, £3 for rhird and each subsequent Closing date: 15 January TBC Magma, PO Box 333, Carshalton, SM5 9BR www.magmapoetrycom/competition

The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize and

Author of Tomorrow Prize for a short story by a

writer aged 21-21

The best published and unpublished adventure novels of the past year Prizes: In 2018, £15,000 in the 'published' category; £7,500 research travel grant in the 'unpublished' category Free entry Closing date: 23 January TBC The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation, 2-6 Atlantic Road, 2nd Floor, London SW9 8HY submissions@wilbur-nisosmithfoundation.org www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org

CUirt New Writing Prize

Fiction up to 2,000 words, three poems under 50 lines each Prizes: €500 in each category Entry fee: €10 Closing date: 25 January TBC info@cuirt.ie http://cuirt.ie

RW First Chapter Competition

Submission package: three chapters, synopsis, letter Prizes: Submission review and feedback from Sarah Manning Entry fee: £10 Closing date: 27 January www.retreatwest.co.uk

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail Writers' Competition

Short plays between 30 and 40 minutes Prizes: £250 Joy Goun Award for best play, £150 for each shortlisted play, performance Free entry Closing date: 31 January info@dripaction.co.uk www.dripaction.com

BBC International Playwriting Competition

Radio plays by new and established writers living outside the UK Prizes: In each caregory: £2,200 and a return trip to the UK to see the play being recorded for the BBC World Service Free entry Closing date: 3 1 January TBC http://writ.rs/bbcintlplaywritingcompetition

Caine Prize for African Writing

For short stories, 3,000-10,000 words, published by African writers (born in Africa, African nationals, and children of African parents) Prizes: £10,000, £500 for each shortlisted, anthology publication Free entry Closing date: 31 January TBC Lizzy Attree, The Caine Prize for African Writing, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU Tel: 020 7378 6234 info@caineprize.com www.caineprize.com

Martin Lucas Haiku Award

For original, unpublished haiku Prizes: £100, four £25 runners-up, publication in Presence Entry fee: £5 for up to five haiku, £1 each additional Closing date: 31 January TBC Chris Boultwood, 6 King Street Chester CHI 2AH haikupresence@gmail.com http://haiku-presence.50webs.com

Comedy Women in Print

Prize Comedy novels by women in two categories: published writers and unpublished writers Prizes: £2,000 for published writers, £1,000 and a free place on the University of Hertfordshire's MA in Creative Writing for unpublished writers Entry fee: Free for published writers, £10 for unpublished writers Closing date: 31 January hello@comedywomeninprint.co.uk www.comedywomeninprint.co.uk

Georgina Henry Award for Digital Innovation

For a specific journalistic project by a woman journalist Prizes: £4,000 prize fund Closing date: 31 January TBC http://womeninjournalism.co.uk

Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition

Annual ghost story contest for stories between 1,000 and 7,000 words Prizes: TBC, last year £500, £250, £100, publication Entry fee: TBC Closing date: 31 January TBC info@thefictiondeskcom www.thefictiondesk.com

Mother's Milk Books Poetry Prize

Poems in line with Mother's Milk Books' publishing remit: mindful parenting, mothering, breastfeeding, family life, home Prizes: £125, 2 x £25, £20 book token in children's carego'y Entry fee: Purchase worrh at leasr £5 from Morher's Milk Books Closing date: 31 January Dr Teika Bellamy, 30 Brockwood Crescent, Keyworrh, Nottingham NG12 5HQ writingprize@mothersmilkbooks.com www.mothersmilkbooks.com

Lancashire Authors' Association Flash Fiction

Competition

A story in exactly 100 words Prizes: £100 Entry fee: £2 - £5 for three Closing date: 31 January The Competitions Secreraiy 2 Pardoe Close, Hesketh Bank, Preston, Lancashire PR4 6PT Tel: 01772 816288 laa1OOword@gmail.com www.lancashireauthorsassociation.co.uk

Prole Laureate Poetry Comp

Poems of any length, style and subject Prizes: £200, 2 x £50 Entry fee: £2, £5 for three Closing date: 31 January TBC Breu Evans, 15 Maes-y-Dre, Abergele, Conwy LL22 7HW poetrycompetition@prolebooks.co.uk http://prolebooks.co.uk/

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Competition

Poems up to 35 lines Prizes: £500, £250, £100 Entry fee: £4, subsequent entries £3 Closing date: 31 January Poetry Teignmourh, c/o Virginia Griem, 12 Little Hayes, Kingsteignton TQ12 3YP www.poetryteignmouth.com

Fish Short Memoir Contest

For personal non-fiction, up to 4,000 words  Prizes: €1,000, publication in annual Fish Anthology, a week at Casa Ana Writers retreat in Andalucia and €300 travel expenses, seven honourable mentions €100 Entry fee: €17, €19 postal Closing date: 31 January Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland info@fishpublishing.com www.fishpublishing.com
February 2019

Northern Writers Awards

For works in progress by new writers in Yorkshire, the North East and North West, whether poetry, prose, children's prose, biography, life writing, or literary nonfiction. Submit up to 5,000 words or 30 poems. Prizes: up to £40,000 in awards Free entry Closing date: 1 February TBC Olivia Chapman, PO Box 1277, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 5PB Tel: 0191 2333850 info@newwritingnorth.com www.newwritingnorth.com

New Welsh Writing Awards

Long form writing between 3,000 and 30,000 words Prizes: Firsr prize £1,000, e-publication, literary critique from agent Catherine Summerhayes Free entry Closing date: 4 February New Welsh Review, PO Box 170, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 lWZ admin@newwelshreview.com www.newwelshwritingawards.com

National Flash Fiction Youth Competition 2019

Stories up to 360 words by AS, A and Scottish Higher students aged 16-19 Prizes: £100, £75 and £50 in Waterstones vouchers Free entry Closing date: 8 February TBC Aash.magazine@chester.ac.uk www.chester.ac.uk/flash.fiction/youthcompetition

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2019 Short Story

Competition

Stories up to 2,000 words on any theme Prizes: a place on a retreat at Arvon Clockhouse Free entry Closing date: 13 February competition@bloomsbury.com www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

Hippocrates Prize

Poetry on a medical subject up to 50 lines  Prizes: £5,000 in open and NHS categories, £500 young poets award Entry fee: £7 Closing date: 14 February TBC The Hippocrates Prize, c/o Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, 12 Chandos Street, London WIG 9DR http://hippocrates-poetry.org

Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize

The opening of an unpublished novel by a woman writer Prizes: £1,500 Entry fee: £12 Closing date: 14 February TBC executiveassistant@lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk  wwwlucy-cav.cam.ac.uk/fictionprize/

Spotlight First Novel Competition

A one-page synopsis plus the first page of an unpublished novel Prizes: mentoring package from Adventures in Fiction, dedicated Spotlight page on the Adventures in Fiction website, synopsis posted online Entry fee: £16 Closing date: 14 February Marion Urch, Adventures in Fiction, 14 Grosvenor Avenue, London N5 2NR Tel: 0207 354 2598 marion@adventuresinfiction.co.uk www.adventuresinfiction.co.uk

York Literature Festival/

York Mix Poetry Competition

Poems up to 40 lines Prizes: in 2018, £400, £100, £50, York postcode prize £40 Entry fee: £5 for up ro rhree poems Closing date: 25 February TBC www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk/york-literature-festival-yorkmix- poetrycompetitionl

Poets & Players Competition

Poems up to 40 lines Prizes: In 2018, £500, £200, £100 Entry fee: £4, £10 for three Closing date: 27 February TBC Poets and Players Poetry Competition, Poetry Dene, 16 Clifton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 5DY P-Pcomp@gmail.com http://poetsandplayers.co

Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award

For a crime novel. Submit the first 3,000 words plus synopsis up to 1,000 words  Prizes: £500 Entry fee: £36 Closing date: 28 February secretary@thecwa.co.uk www.thecwa.co.uk

Crime Writers Association Margery Allingham

Short Story Competition

Short stories 3,500 words based on Margery Allingham's definition of a mystery Prizes: £500 Entry fee: £12 Closing date: 28 February secretary@thecwa.co.uk www.thecwa.co.uk/ShortStory/rules.html

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition

For short stories, any genre and theme, but not children's, up to 3,000 words Prizes: £700, £250, £100, £100 for a Devon writer Entry fee: £7 Closing date: 28 February Jo Cole, 6 St Mary's Close, Chudleigh, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 0PL Tel: 01626 853093 exeterwriters@gmail.com www.exeterwriters.org.uk

Fish Flash Fiction Contest

For flash fiction, up to 300 words Prizes: €1,000, online writing course; €100 for seven honorable mentions Entry fee: £14 Closing date: 28 February Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland info@fishpublishing.com www.fishpublishing.com

Flash 500 Short Story Competition

Short stories up to 3,000 words Prizes: £500, £200 Entry fee: £7, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four Closing date: 28 February entry@flash500.com www.flash500.com

Kelpies Prize 2019

For a children's novel, details TBC  Prizes: TBC Free entry Closing date: 28 February TBC Editor, Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh EH11 1SH Tel: 0131 337 2372 floris@florisbooks.co.uk www.florisbooks.co.uk/kelpiesprize

Papatango New Writing Prize

New full-length playscript Prizes: Four-week run at Southwark Playhouse, £6,000 commission to write a follow-up play Free entry Closing date: 28 February TBC scripts@papatango.co.uk http://papatango.co.uk

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

Short stories up to 1,500 words, judged by Alexander McCall Smith Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250 Entry fee: £10 TBC Closing date: 28 February Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BW www.storyawards.org
March 2019

Bridgend Writers' Circle Open Short Story

Competition

Stories between 1,500 and 1,800 words on any theme Prizes: £100, £50, £30 Entry fee: £5 for one, £7.50 for two Closing date: 1 March BWC Open Competitions, 7 Coed Derw, Bridgend, CF31 5HA fenos51@hotmail.co.uk http://bridgendwriterscircle.com

Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet 2019

For short poetry collections (20-24 pages), no restrictions on theme, form or style Prizes: Prizes include publicarion by Smith/Doorstep Books, a share of £2,000 cash, publicarion in The North magazine and launch readings hosted by the Poetry Business Entry fee: £28, £25 for subscribers Closing date: 1 March TBC Submissions, The Poerry Business, Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS Tel: 0114 346 3037 office@poetrybusiness.co.uk www.poetrybusiness.co.uk

The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition

Nature poems up to 40 lines Prizes: In 2018: £1,000, £500, place on Ty Newydd writing course worth £550 Entry fee: £6 for the first poem in a batch of six, £3.50 thereafter TBC Closing date: 1 March TBC www.therialto.co.uk

Poetry Business New Poet's Prize 2019

Pamphlets by young poets between 16 and 22 Prizes: Publication by Smith/Doorstep for overall winner, publication in The North magazine and mentoring for four shortlisted poets Entry fee: £8 Closing date: 1 March TBC office@poetrybusiness.co.uk www.poetrybusiness.co.uk

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition

Poems by poets aged 16 to 18 Prizes: £3,000, £1,000, £500, 4 x £250. Winners' schools receive £150 and winners are eligible to attend a Tower Poetry Summer School worth £500. Free entry Closing date: 1 March TBC Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes, Christ Church, S Aldgate's, Oxford, OX1 1DP www.towerpoetry.org

Sunderland Short Story Award

Short stories up to 2,500 words (adult category) and 1,500 words (11-16 category) Prizes: £500 adult category, £20 11-16 category Entry fee: £4 adults, free 11-16 Closing date: June TBC, 1 March in 2018 sunshortstory@sunderland.ac.uk www.sunderland.ac.uk/shortstoryaward/

Edge Hill Short Story Prize

Single-author short story collections published between January and December 2018 Prizes: £5,000, £1,000 Readers' Prize Free entry Closing date: 3 March TBC Billy Cowan, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QP Tel: 01695 584121 billy.cowan@edgehill.co.uk www.edgehill.ac.uk

Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award For

New Drama Writing

Unpublished and unperformed one-act plays (30 minutes or less, no more than six actors) by amateur playwrights Prizes: Three winning scripts will be selected for performances during three Drama Nights at the Windsor Fringe Festival in October 2019, with £500 for an overall winner announced on the last night Entry fee: £10 Closing date: 5 March Ann Trewartha, The Windsor Fringe Drama Writing Award, Suite 640, 24-28 St Leonard's Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 3BB Tel: 01753 863218 ann.trewartha@btintemet.com www.windsorfringe.co.uk

Neil Gunn Writing Competition

Short stories up to 2,500 words and poetry up to 40 lines, interpreting one of three quotes from Scottish writer Neil Gunn Prizes: £500, £250 and £100 in each category Entry fee: £7 Closing date: 8 March Neil Gunn Writing Competiton, The Library Support Unit, High Life Highland, 3la Harbour Road, Inverness IVl 1UA charlotte.macarthur@gmail.com htlp://highlifehighlarld.com/libraries/neilgunn

Crawshay Cup Competition

One-act play script premiered in the first round of the Wales Final Festival of One Act Plays Prizes: Crawshay Cup Free entry Closing date: 10 March TBC Crawshay Cup Competition, Drama Association of Wales, The Makings, East Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF24 SEA offlce@dramawales.org.uk www.dramawales.org.uk

Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize

Best proposal for a book-length essay Prizes: £3,000, creative writing residency Free entry Closing date: 15 March https://fitzcarraldoeditions.com

Brittle Star Poetry and Short Fiction

Competition

Short stories up to 2,000 words; poems up to 60 lines. All details TBC. Prizes: £250, £50 and £25 in each category Entry fee: £4.50, £3.50 each subsequent Closing date: TBC, was 14 March in 2018 Bride Star Competition, 97 Benefield Road, Oundle, Peterborough PE8 4EU www.brittlestar.org.uk

Eyelands International Flash Fiction

Competition

Short fiction up to 500 words on a theme TBC  Prizes: A week's holiday in Crete for two people Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 20 March info@eyelands.gr www.eyelands.gr

Fowey Festival Short Story Competition

Short stories up to 1,500 words on the theme 'Rule Britannia' Prizes: £100, £75 Entry fee: £6 Closing date: 16 March Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Competition, Fowey Lubrary, Station Road, Fowey, Cornwall PL23 1JS info@dumaurierfestival.co.uk  www.foweyfestival.com

Gordon Burn Prize

Annual prize from NewWriting North for a published novel or work of non-fiction that challenges perceived ideas about genre Prizes: £5,000, writing retreat up to three months at Gordon Burn's cottage Free entry Closing date: 17 March TBC www.newwritingnorth.com

Thresholds Short Fiction Feature Writing

Competition

Essays up to 2,500 words on the life, writing and influence of a chosen short story writer Prizes: £500, 2 x £100 Free entry Closing date: 18 March TBC thresholds@chi.ac.uk http://blogs.chi.ac.uk/shortstoryforum/features-competition

Jane Martin Poetry Prize

Up to four poems by poets aged 18-30 Prizes: £700, £300 Free entry Closing date: 19 March TBC Jane Martin Poetry Prize, Girton College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 OJG poetryprize@girton.cam.ac.uk  www.girton.cam.ac.uk/news/

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize

Short poetry collections of 15-25 poems up to 50 lines each Prizes: Publishing contract and 30 copies of the pamphlet for each of two poets Entry fee: £10 Closing date: 31 March Cinnamon Press New Writing Prizes, Mierion House, Glan yr afon, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd LL41 3SU jan@cinnamonpress.com www.cinnamonpress.com

Evesham Festival of Words 2019 Short Story

Competition

Competition for short stories on any theme up to 2,500 words Prizes: £150 Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 22 March info@eveshamfestivalofwords.com http://eveshamfestivalofwords.org

Fish Poetry Prize

For poems, up to 300 words Prizes: first, €1,000; second, a week in residence at Anam Cara Writers Retreat, €100 for seven honourable mentions Entry fee: £14 Closing date: 31 March Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland info@fishpublishing.com www.fishpublishing.com

Forward Prizes for Poetry

Best Collection, Best First Collection, Best Single Poem, books must be submitted by publishers and single poems by magazine editors and competition administrators Prizes: Best collecrion £10,000, best first collection £5,000, best single poem £1,000 Free entry Closing date: 31 March TBC The Forward Prizes for Poetry, c/o The Royal Society of Literature, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA info@forwardartsfoundation.org www.forwardartsfoundation.org

Julia Darling Fellowship

Travel fellowship for published/produced writers living in the north of England Prizes: £2,000 Free entry Closing date: 31 March TBC http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/the-julia-darling-travel- fellowship

The Caterpillar International Poetry Prize

Poems for children between 7 and 11 Prize: €1,000 Entry fee: £12 Closing date: 31 March Rebecca O'Connor, The Caterpillar, Drummullen, Cavan, Co Cavan, Ireland Tel: 00 353 49 4362677 enquiries@thecaterpillarmagazine.com www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com

White Review Short Story Prize

Short stories, 2,000-7,000 words Prizes: £2,500 plus publication, TBC Entry fee: £15 Closing date: 31 March TBC The White Review, 243 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DN editors@thewhitereview.org www.thewhitereview.org

The International Rubery Book Award

Independently published or self-published books Prizes: £1,500, £150 category winners Entry fee: £37 Closing date: 31 March The Rubery Book Award, PO Box 15821, Birmingham B31 9EA submissions@ruberybookaward.com ww.ruberybookaward.com

Poetry on the Lake International

Poetry up to 40 lines, poems in short category, short stories up to 1,000 words Prizes: €500, other prizes TBC Entry fee: £8 Closing date: 31 March Gabriel Griffin, Isola San Giulio, Orta, Italy, 28016 NO Tel: (+39) 347 8464227 poetryonthelake@yahoo.co.uk www.poetryonthelake.org

William Soutar Writing Prize 2019

Short stories, details TBC Prizes: TBC Entry fee: TBC Closing date: 31 March TBC Barbara Hamilton, William Soutar Writing Competition 2015, AK Bell Library, 2-8 York Place, Perth PH2 8EP Tel: 01738 444949 library@pkc.gov.uk www.pkc.gov.uk/library

Writers Bureau Annual Short Story Competition

For short stories, up to 2,000 words  Prizes: £300, £200, £100, £50, a choice of Writers Bureau course worth over £374 Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 31 March The Competition Secrerary, Writers' Bureau, 8-10 Durton Street, Manchester M3 1LE Tel:0161 819 9922 studentservices@writersbureau.com  www.wbcompetition.com
April 2019

Harpers Bazaar Short Story Competition

Short stories up to 2,500 words on a theme TBC Prizes: in 2018, publication, weekend break, gifts from Smythson Free entry Closing date: 9 April TBC shortstory@harpersbazaar.co.uk  www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Highly enjoyable annual competition for humorous and spoof poetry, up to 250 lines Prizes: $1,000, $250, ten $100 Honorable Mentions Free entry Closing date: 1 April Adam Cohen, Winning Writers, Attn: Wergle Flomp Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampron, MA 01060-3961, USA adam@winningwriters.com www.winningwriters.com/wergle

Limnisa Short Story Competition 2019

Short stories up to 3,000 words on a theme TBC Prizes: One week's writing retreat at Limnisa, Greece, including full board and accommodation Free entry Closing date: 1 April TBC Mariel Hacking, Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece entries@limnisa.com www.limnisa.com

Binstead Arts Poetry Competition

Poems on a theme TBC Prizes: in 2018, £150, £100, £50 Entry fee: £5/£3.50 subsequent poems Closing date: 9 April TBC Competition Secretary, Shirley Park, Yapton Lane, Walburton, Arundel BN18 0AN www.binstead.co.uk/poetrycompetition

Winchester Writers' Festival Competitions

Multiple categories TBC: in 2018: poetry up to 40 lines; Writing Can Be Murder (first 500 words of a crime story); memoir; writing for children - picture book; children's funny fiction; Skylark Soaring Stories (middle grade and YA fiction); flash fiction; first three pages of a novel; short stories; young writers' competition. Prizes: Various writer development prizes Entry fee: £6 Closing date: 11 April TBC http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Unpublished short stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words Prizes: Aus$7,000, $2,000, $1,000, 3x$850 Entry fee: $25 Closing date: 10 April TBC ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, Studio 2, 207- 229 City Rd, Southbank, Vic. 3006, Australia www.australianbookreview.com.au

Leicester Writes Short Story Prize

Short stories up to 3,000 words  Prizes: £100, £50 Entry fee: £7, £3 Leicestershire writers Closing date: 2 April http://leicesterwrites.co.uk/prize/

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

Deliberately bad opening lines to novels, comic writing inspired by Edward Bulwer-Lytton's notorious Paul Clifford opening, 'It was a dark and stormy night...' Prizes: modest prizes ($250 Grand Prize), but a lot of interest Free entry Closing date: 15 April Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, Scott Rice, Department of English, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192- 0090 USA srice@pacbell.net www.bulwer-lytton.com

The RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2019

Short stories up to 4,000 words Prizes: A reading by a special guest at an evening at the Royal Academy of Arts Entry fee: TBC Closing date: 15 April TBC pindrop@pindropstudio.com http://pindropstudio.com/

2019 Shooter Short Story Competition

Stories up to 5,000 words Prizes: £500, £100 Entry fee: £7 Closing date: 21 April contest.shooterlitmag@gmail.com https://shooterlitmag.com

The Poetry Kit Spring Competition 2019

Poetry of any length on any subject Prizes: £100, £50 Entry fee: £3.50, £8 for 3, £10 for 5 Closing date: 21 April TBC comps@poetrykit.org www.poetrykit.org

Bath Short Story Award

Short stories up to 2,200 words, in any style and on any subject Prizes: £1,200, £300, £100, £50 in vouchers for the best local writer, £100 Acorn Award for the best story by an unpublished writer Entry fee: £8 Closing date: 23 April TBC Bath Short Story Award, 20 Penn Lea Road, BA1 3RA http://bathshortstoryaward.org

Divine Chocolate Poetry Comp

For poems on a theme TBC, for ages 7-11, 12-16 and 17+ Prizes: In 2018: Divine Chocolate, goodies, book tokens, Do You Speak Chocolate book by judge Cas Lester Free entry Closing date: 30 April TBC Divine Chocolate, 4 Gainsford Street, London SE1 2NE poetry@divinechocolate.com www.divinechocolate.com/uk/poetry

Earlyworks Press Poetry Competition

Poems, up to 40 lines Prizes: £100, £25, £5 for each poem on the website Entry fee: £3.50, £15 up to 6 Closing date: 30 April TBC Earlyworks Press, Creative Media Centre, 45 Robertson Street, Hastings TN34 1HL services@earlyworkspress.co.uk www.earlyworkspress.co.uk

Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Competition

Stories up to 250 words Prizes: £500 Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 30 April www.storyawards.org

London Magazine Novel Writing Competition

Unpublished novels Prizes: In 2018: £1,000 and publication by Author Enterprises, £200, £100 Entry fee: £20 Closing date: 30 April TBC The London Magazine, 11 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5EL competition@thelondonmagazine.org www.thelondonmagazine.org

Geoffrey Whitworth Competition

Original one-act plays first performed in one-act play festivals organised by All England Theatre Festival, Association of Ulster Drama Festivals, Drama Association of Wales and Scottish Community Drama Association Prizes: The Geoffrey Whitworth Trophy Free entry Closing date: 30 April TBC www.allenglandtheatrefestival.co.uk

Grey Hen Poetry Competition

For poems, up to 40 lines, by women 60+  Prizes: £100, £50, £25, website publication Entry fee: £4, £10 for three Closing date: 30 April Joy Howard, Grey Hen Press, PO Box 269, Kendal LS9 6QZ Tel: 01535 645711 info@greyhenpress.com www.greyhenpress.com

James White Award

Science fiction (broadly defined), 2,000-6,000 words, by non-professional writers Prizes: £200, pIus publication in Interzone Free entry Closing date: April TBC Entry through website strongly preferred, Martin McGrath, 48 Spooners Drive, Park Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL2 2HL www.jameswhiteaward.com

Red Shed Open Poetry Competition

For poems up to 50 lines Prizes: £100, £50, £25 Wakefield postcode prize Entry fee: £3, £2 each subsequent Closing date: 30 April The Competition Organiser, Red Shed Open Poetry Competition, 3 Sandal Cliff, Sandal, Wakefield, WF2 6AU www.currockpress.com

Southport Writers' Circle International Poetry

Poems, up to 40 lines Prizes: £150, £75, £25, humour prize £25 Entry fee: £3 or £10 for four Closing date: 30 April Southport Writers' Circle Poetry Competition, 60 Dinorwic Road, Southport, Merseyside PR9 7DX www.swconline.co.uk

The Bluepencilagency First Novel Prize

The first chapter of an unpublished novel up to 5,000 words Prizes: £1000, £250 and editorial report Entry fee: £20 Closing date: 30 April www.bluepencilagency.com

Momaya Press Short Story Comp

Short stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of 'trading places' Prizes: £110, £55, £25, winners and shortlisted authors will be published in the Momaya Short Story Review Entry fee: £11 Closing date: 30 April www.momayapress.com

Tom Howard/John H Reid Fiction and Essay

Contest

Short stories, essays or other prose, up to 6,000 words. International entries welcome Prizes: $2,000 in each category, ten honourable mentions each $100 Entry fee: $20 Closing date: 30 April Adam Cohen, Winning Writers, Attn: Tom Howard Short Story Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060-3961, USA adam@winningwriters.com www.winningwriters.com/tomstory

Ver Poets Open Poetry Competition

For poetry, up to 30 lines; open theme and form Prizes: £600, £300, £100, publicarion in The Ver Prize anthology and on website Entry fee: £4, £10 for three, £2 each extra Closing date: 30 April Gillian Knibbs, 181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire ALI 4AH Tel: 01727 762601 gillknibbs@yahoo.co.uk www.verpoets.org.uk

Ware Poets Open Poetry Comp

Poems up to 50 lines Prizes: £600, £300, £150; £150 prize for the best sonnet Entry fee: £4, £12 for four, £3 theareafter Closing date: 30 April TBC The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 21 Trinity Road, Ware, SG12 7DB warepoets_competition@hotmail.co.uk www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware18.pd
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Bristol Short Story Prize

Stories on any theme, up to 4,000 words Prizes: £1.000, £700, £400, 17 £100 shortlisted. All published in prize anthology Entry fee: £8 Closing date: 1 May Unit 5.16, Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH enquiries@bristolprize.co.uk  www.bristolprize.co.uk

Shore Scripts Short Film Fund

Short scripts between 3 and 13 pages  Prizes: Production budget of up to $15,000 Entry fee: £30 Closing date: 2 May TBC www.shorescripts.com/shortfilmfund/

The Page is Printed

A single A4 page of writing in any style on any subject Prizes: TBC Entry fee: £5, £10 for up to three Closing date: 4 May TBC Katherine Edwardes, The Page is Printed, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, School Road, Taunton, TA2 8DP Tel: 01823 414141 info@tacchi-morris.com www.tacchi-morris.com

International Welsh Poetry Competition 2019

Poems up to 50 lines Prizes: £500, £250, £100, plus 17 runners-up Entry fee: £5, PayPal available too Closing date: 26 May Welsh Poetry Competition, 9 The Avenue, Pontypridd, CF37 4DF Tel: 0789 0888585 info@welshpoetry.co.uk www.welshpoetry.co.uk

Poetry London Clore Prize

Poetry up to 80 lines Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000, 4 x £500 Entry fee: £7, £3 subscribers Closing date: 1 May Poetry London Competition, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG http://poetrylondon.co.uk/competition/

Nick Darke Award

Scripts TBC Prizes: £6,000 Free entry Closing date: 21 May TBC nickdarkeaward@falmouth.ac.uk www.falmouth.ac.uk/nickdarkeaward

Wigtown Poetry Competition

For poems, up to 40 lines in English, Scots or Scots/lrish Gaelic Prizes: TBC, in 2018: £1,500, £400, Gaelic Prize £250, Scots Prize £250, eight £25 runners-up Entry fee: £6.50, £17 for three, £5 each entry after that Closing date: 27 May TBC Claire Nash, Wigtown Festival Company, County Buildings, Wigtown DG8 9JH Tel: 01988 402036 mail@wigtownbookfestival.com www.wigtownbookfestivd.com/poetrycomp

Erewash Writers Free Entry Writing Competition

Writing on a theme TBC Prizes: In 2018, £25 short story, £10 poetry or flash fiction Free entry Closing date: 23 May EWG Writing Competition, Parklands Connexion, Stanhope Street, Long Eaton NG10 4QN erewashwriterscomps@hotmail.co.uk erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com

Battered Moons Poetry Competition

Poems up to 40 lines on any subject  Prizes: In 2018, £700, £200, £100, 4 x£25 Entry fee: £5, £3.50 for multiple entries Closing date: 31 May TBC Battered Moons Poetry Competition, 28 Brunswick Street, Swindon SN1 3NB batteredmoonsentries@gmail.com http://batteredmoons.com

Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize

Essays up to 3,500 words by writers between 18 and 35 Prizes: £1,000, £500, publication Free entry Closing date: 31 May TBC www.bodleyhead.co.uk

Fiction Desk Newcomer Prize for Short Stories

Stories from 1,000 to 5,000 words by writers who have not previously been published by The Fiction Desk Prizes: £500 Entry fee: £8 Closing date: 31 May TBC www.thefictiondesk.com

Frogmore Poetry Prize

For poems, any theme/style, up to 40 lines, for the contest's 33rd year Prizes: 250 guineas, 75 guineas, 50 guineas, plus subscriptions to The Frogmore Papers  Entry fee: £3 Closing date: 31 May Jeremy Page, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ Tel: 07751 251689 frogmorepress@gmail.com www.frogmorepress.co.uk

Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award

First 5,000-8,000 words of an unpublished debut novel, organised by the Bridport Prize Prizes: £1,000 and mentoring, £500 and manuscript appraisal, 3 x £100 and 50-page manuscript appraisal Entry fee: £20 TBC Closing date: 31 May TBC The Bridport Prize, PO Box 6910, Bridport DT6 9BQ www.bridportprize.org.uk

Bridport Prize 2019

For short stories (up to 5,000 words), poetry (up to 42 lines) and flash fiction (up to 250 words) Prizes: £5,000, £1,000, £500 and ten £100 highly commendeds for short stories and poetry/£1,000, £500, £.250, three £100 highly commendeds for flash fiction Entry fee: £8 per flash fiction, £9 per poem, £10 per short story TBC Closing date: 31 May TBC Kare Wilson, Competition Administrator, The Bridport Prize, PO Box 6910, Bridport, Dorset DT6 9BQ kate@bridportprize.org.uk www.bridportprize.org.uk

Frome Festival Short Story

Short stories between 1,000 and 2,200 words, any theme Prizes: £400, £200, £100, extra prizes for local entrants, winning entrants published on the website and may be sent to Woman’s Weekly and/or Frome FM for consideration Entry fee: £8 Closing date: 31 May Frome Festival Short Story Competition, c/o Frome Library, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE Tel: 01373 463131 fromefestivalshortstorycomp@gmail.com www.fromeshortstorycompetition.co.uk

Yeovil Literary Prize

For novels (opening chapters and synopsis, up to 15,000 words), short stories (max 2,000 words, poems (up to 40 lines), writing without restrictions, Western Gazette best local writer Prizes: in 2018: For novels, £1,000, £250 and £100, £500, £200 and £100 for poems/short stories, £500, £200 and 100, writing without restrictions £200, £100 and £50, £100 local prize Entry fee: TBC Closing date: 31 May Yeovil Literary Prize, The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil BA20 1UX www.yeovilprize.co.uk
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Bath Novel Award

For the first 5,000 words of a novel, plus one-page synopsis Prizes: £2,500 plus various shortlist prizes including Cornerstones online course worth £1,800 Entry fee: £25 Closing date: 2 )une The Bath Novel Award, PO Box 5223, Bath BA1 0UR entries@bathnovelaward.co.uk http://bathnovelaward.co.uk

Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

For full-length (at least an hour) new stage plays written in English, which have not been published or professionally performed Prizes: Prize money totalling £40,000, including £16,000 for the winner Free entry Closing date: 5 June TBC Suzanne Bell, New Writing Associate, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7DH Tel: 0161 833 9333 bruntwood.prize@royalexchange.co.uk www.writeaplay.co.uk

TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition

Fiction (adult and YA) and memoir, length TBC, open to TLC Writers' Day ticket holders Prizes: Five shortlisted writers will have the opportunity to pitch to literary agents and publishers during TLC Writers' Day Entry fee: TBC Closing date: 5 June TBC Aki Schilz, The Literary Consultancy, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA Tel: 0207 324 2563 info@literaryconsultancy.co.uk https://literaryconsultancy.co.uk

RTE Radio 1 Short Story Competition

Stories between 1,800 and 2,000 words from writers from Ireland Prizes: €3,000, €2,000, €1,000 Free entry Closing date: 8 June TBC fmacmanusstories@rte.ie www.rte.ie/writing

VS Pritchett Memorial Prize

Unpublished short stories between 2,000 and 4,000 words Prizes: £1,000 plus publication in RSL Review and Prospect online Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 14 June TBC Royal Society of Literature, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R Tel: 0207 845 4678 www.rslit.org

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year

Competition

Poems up to 60 lines Prizes: £200, £100, £50, £25 best read, people's choice, sparkling wine Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 17 June Festival House, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2JA tina@canterburyfestival.co.uk www.canterburyfestival.co.uk

George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition

Poems by Suffolk poet/members of the Suffolk Poetry Society, all details TBC Prizes: £600, £300, £150, 2 x £75 Entry fee: £3 Closing date: 15 June TBC http://suffolkpoetrysociety.org.uk

Segora Short Story and Poetry Competitions

Short stories between 1,500 and 3,000 words, poems up to 50 lines, vignettes up to 300 words, one-act plays Prizes: £300, £50, £30 for poetry and short story, £100 for vignettes and plays Entry fee: £5 poems and vignettes, £6 story, £12 play TBC Closing date: 15 June 1 rue de la Sevre, 79380 St Andre sur Sevre, Les Deus Sevres, France simms.gordon@orange.fr www.poetryproseandplays.com

Eyelands International Short Story Competition

Short stories up to 2,500 words, theme TBC  Prizes: A week's holiday for two in Crete Entry fee: €10 TBC Closing date: 20 June info@eyelands.gr  https://eyelands.gr

McLellan Poetry Prize

Poems up to 80 lines Prizes: First prize of £1,500 Entry fee: £5, £4 for three or more TBC Closing date: 19 June TBC The Competition Organiser, McLellan Poetry Award, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran, KA27 8PZ www.arranart.com

Wild Words Summer Solstice Writing

Competition

1,000 words of poetry or prose Prizes: One-hour mentoring session, online publication Entry fee: £7 Closing date: 21 June hello@wildwords.org www.wildwords.org

Creative Future Literary Awards

Poetry up to 200 words, short fiction up to 300 words, by disadvantaged writers  Prizes: £12,000 in development opportunities TBC Free entry Closing date: 26 June TBC Creative Future, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG literary@creativefiiture.org.uk https://literary.creativefuture.org.uk

From Page to Stage

Musical theatre playscripts Prizes: Commission for a new script to be workshopped Entry fee: TBC Closing date: 25 June TBC www.frompage2stage.com

ALCS Award for Educational Writing

Traditionally published non-fiction that enhances learning Prizes: £2,000 Free entry Closing date: 30 June Robyn Law, Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB pjohnson@societyofauthors.org www.societyofauthors.org

British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition

For any kind of fantasy short stories, horror, sf, magic realism etc, up to 5,000 words Prizes: £100, £50, £20, pIus year's membership of BFS and web publication TBC Entry fee: £5, free for BFS members Closing date: 30 June shortstorycomp@britishfantasysociety.org www.britishfantasysociety.co.uk

Harpers Bazaar Short Story Competition

Short stories up to 2,500 words on a theme TBC Prizes: in 2018, publication, weekend break, gifts from Smythson Free entry Closing date: 9 April TBC shortstory@harpersbazaar.co.uk  www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Highly enjoyable annual competition for humorous and spoof poetry, up to 250 lines Prizes: $1,000, $250, ten $100 Honorable Mentions Free entry Closing date: 1 April Adam Cohen, Winning Writers, Attn: Wergle Flomp Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampron, MA 01060-3961, USA adam@winningwriters.com www.winningwriters.com/wergle

Limnisa Short Story Competition 2019

Short stories up to 3,000 words on a theme TBC Prizes: One week's writing retreat at Limnisa, Greece, including full board and accommodation Free entry Closing date: 1 April TBC Mariel Hacking, Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece entries@limnisa.com www.limnisa.com

Binstead Arts Poetry Competition

Poems on a theme TBC Prizes: in 2018, £150, £100, £50 Entry fee: £5/£3.50 subsequent poems Closing date: 9 April TBC Competition Secretary, Shirley Park, Yapton Lane, Walburton, Arundel BN18 0AN www.binstead.co.uk/poetrycompetition

Winchester Writers' Festival Competitions

Multiple categories TBC: in 2018: poetry up to 40 lines; Writing Can Be Murder (first 500 words of a crime story); memoir; writing for children - picture book; children's funny fiction; Skylark Soaring Stories (middle grade and YA fiction); flash fiction; first three pages of a novel; short stories; young writers' competition. Prizes: Various writer development prizes Entry fee: £6 Closing date: 11 April TBC http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Unpublished short stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words Prizes: Aus$7,000, $2,000, $1,000, 3x$850 Entry fee: $25 Closing date: 10 April TBC ABR Elizaberh Jolley Short Story Prize, Studio 2, 207- 229 City Rd, Southbank, Vic. 3006, Australia www.australianbookreview.com.au

Leicester Writes Short Story Prize

Short stories up to 3,000 words  Prizes: £100, £50 Entry fee: £7, £3 Leicestershire writers Closing date: 2 April http://leicesterwrites.co.uk/prize/

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

Deliberately bad opening lines to novels, comic writing inspired by Edward Bulwer-Lytton's notorious Paul Clifford opening, 'It was a dark and stormy night...' Prizes: modest prizes ($250 Grand Prize), but a lot of interest Free entry Closing date: 15 April Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, Scott Rice, Department of English, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192- 0090 USA srice@pacbell.net www.bulwer-lytton.com

The RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2019

Short stories up to 4,000 words Prizes: A reading by a special guest at an evening at the Royal Academy of Arts Entry fee: TBC Closing date: 15 April TBC pindrop@pindropstudio.com http://pindropstudio.com/

2019 Shooter Short Story Competition

Stories up to 5,000 words Prizes: £500, £100 Entry fee: £7 Closing date: 21 April contest.shooterlitmag@gmail.com https://shooterlitmag.com

The Poetry Kit Spring Competition 2019

Poetry of any length on any subject Prizes: £100, £50 Entry fee: £3.50, £8 for 3, £10 for 5 Closing date: 21 April TBC comps@poetrykit.org www.poetrykit.org

Bath Short Story Award

Short stories up to 2,200 words, in any style and on any subject Prizes: £1,200, £300, £100, £50 in vouchers for the best local writer, £100 Acorn Award for the best story by an unpublished writer Entry fee: £8 Closing date: 23 April TBC Bath Short Story Award, 20 Penn Lea Road, BA1 3RA http://bathshortstoryaward.org

Divine Chocolate Poetry Comp

For poems on a theme TBC, for ages 7-11, 12-16 and 17+ Prizes: In 2018: Divine Chocolate, goodies, book tokens, Do You Speak Chocolate book by judge Cas Lester Free entry Closing date: 30 April TBC Divine Chocolate, 4 Gainsford Street, London SE1 2NE poetry@divinechocolate.com www.divinechocolate.com/uk/poetry
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Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

First or second book-length poetry collections, 48- 88 pages Prizes: $2,000 purse, plus publication by Waywiser in UK and USA, and appearance at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC with judge Entry fee: $27 Closing date: 1 December Philip Hoy, The Waywiser Press, Bench House, 82 London Road, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5FN Tel: 01608 644755 waywiserpress@aol.com http://waywiser-press.com/hechtprize.html

Strokestown International Poetry Prize

Unpublished poems for open competition. Unpublished comic poems for Percy French Prize for Comic Verse Prizes: In 2018, €2,000, €700, €500, 3 x €300, Comic verse €300 Entry fee: TBC Closing date: 1 December TBC Strokestown Poetry Festival, Strokestown, Country Roscommon, Ireland scda@eircom.net http://strokestownpoetry.org

Bath Children's Novel Award

International prize for unpublished and independently published writers of children's novels. Send first 5,000 words and synopsis Prizes: £2,500, various shortlist prizes including Cornerstones online course worth £1,800 Entry fee: £25 Closing date: 2 December The Bath Children's Novel Award, PO Box 5223, Bath BA1 0UR entries@bathnovelaward.co.uk  wwwbathnovelaward.co.uk

HE Bates Short Story Competition

Short stories up to 2,000 words Prizes: £500, £200, £100, £100 for best short story by a Northampton writer not winning another prize Entry fee: £6, £10 for two Closing date: 3 December FAO Nick Hamlyn, HE Bates Competition, 19 Kingswell Road, Kingsthorpe, Nottingham NN2 6QB hebatescomp@gmail.com www.hebatescompetition.org.uk

Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Poems up to 75 lines Prizes: Aus$5,000, $2,000, $500 Entry fee: $25 Closing date: 3 December TBC www.australianbookrevie:com.au
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Templar Poetry Quarterly Portfolio Awards

A portfolio of 10-12 pages of poetry. Quarterly award. Prizes: Pamphlet publication Entry fee: £12 Closing date: 18 December TBC 58 Dde Road, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3NB submissions@templarpoetry.co.uk http://templarpoetry.com

Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Comp

For full-length novels, 30,000-80,000 words, suitable for readers aged 7-18  Prizes: publicarion deal worth £10,000. All longlisted writers receive an editorial report Entry fee: £15 Closing date: 18 December TBC Children's Fiction Competition, Chicken House, 2 Palmer Srreet, Frome, Somerser BA11 IDS hello@chickenhousebooks.com www.chickenhousebooks.com/submissions

Wild Words Winter Solstice Writing Competition

Prose or poetry up to 1,000 words with a new theme each solstice Prizes: A Wild Words one-hour 1-1 mentoring session, online publication Entry fee: £7 Closing date: 21 December hello@wildwords.org www.wildwords.org

RW Themed Flash Fiction Prize

Short fiction up to 500 words on quarterly set themes: December: Running Away; March: Fire; June: Wind. Prizes: £200, 2 x £100 Entry fee: £8 Closing date: 30 December www.retreatwest.co.uk

Audio Arcadia's General Fiction Short Story

Competition

Short stories up to 5,000 words Prizes: anthology publication, royalties Entry fee: £5.50 Closing date: 31 December info@audioarcadia.com www.audioarcadia.com

Henshaw Quarterly Short Story Competition

Quarterly competition for short stories up to 2,000 words Prizes: £100, £50, £25 Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 31 December; quarterly, 31 March, 30 June. Graham Jennings, 24 Rowlandson Close, Northampton NN3 3PB editor@henshawpress.co.uk www.henshawpress.co.uk

Brexit in Poetry Competition

Poems on any aspect of the Brexit process Prizes: £200, publicarion in rhe Holland Park Press online magazine Free entry Closing date: 31 December bernadette@hollandparkpress.co.uk www.hollandparkpress.co.uk

Flash 500 Competitions

Quarterly competition for flash fiction, up to 500 words Prizes: £300, £200 and £100 Entry fee: £5, £8 for two Closing date: 31 December; 31 March; 30 June info@flash500.com www.flash500.com

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

Short stories up to 4,000 words, poetry up to 50 lines Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, two £50 highly commendeds in each category. A tree is pIanted for every entry Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 31 December Magic Oxygen, The Flat, 53 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorser DT7 3QF  www.magicoxygen.co.uk

Moth Poetry Prize 2018

For a single unpublished poem Prizes: €10,000, 3 x €1,000 plus publication in The Moth Entry fee: €12 Closing date: 31 December The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co Cavan, Ireland Tel: 00 353 49 4362677 enquiries@themothmagazine.com www.themothmagazine.com

Scribble Quarterly Short Story

Ongoing quarterly competitions for short stories, up to 3,000 words Prizes: £75, £25, £15 in each issue Entry fee: £3 (£5 with critique); free for annual subscribers Closing date: 31 December; quarterly Park Publicarions, 14 The Park, Stow on the Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1DX Tel: 01451 831053  parkpub14@hotmail.com www.parkpublications.co.uk

Exeter Novel Prize

First 10,000 words of a novel not under contract, including a 500-word synopsis. Any genre except children's Prizes: £500, five £100 runners-up Entry fee: £18 Closing date: 1 January Tel: 07722 144357 creativewritingmatters@virginmedia.com www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk

Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing

Short stories with food and drink themes, up to 2,500 words Prizes: £10,000 Entry fee: £10 TBC Closing date: 7 January http://writ.rs/mogfordprize

The Feature Script Competition

Original feature film scripts for which the writer holds the copyright Prizes: Industry accolades Entry fee: £60 Closing date: 9 January murray@ukfilmfestivd.com wwwmkfilmfestival.com

Bath Flash Fiction Novella in Flash Award

Flash fiction novellas, 7,000-18,000 words Prizes: £300, 2 x £100 Entry fee: £16 Closing date: 14 January novella@bathflashfictionaward.com http://bathflashfictionaward.com

Bradt Travel Guides -Travelling With Kids

Anthology Competition

Travel writing between 1,000 and 2,000 words of out- of-the-ordinary travel experiences with children Prizes: publication and a small fee for winners Free entry Closing date: 14 January hollyparsons@bradtguides.com  www.bradtguides.com

Keats-Shelley Prize

Essays on the Romantics, up to 3,000 words; poems on a theme TBC, up to thirty lines Young Romantics prize for poetry and essays by writers aged 16-18 Prizes: £4,000 prize fund Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 15 January TBC Keats-Shelley Prize, KSMA Registered Office, 11 Staple Inn, London WClV 7QH susanna.seekings@talktalk.net www.keats-shelley.co.uk

Magma Poetry Competition

Poems on any subject in two categories, up to 80 lines, and up to 12 lines Prizes: up to 80 lines, £1,000, £300, £150, up to 12 lines, £1,000, £300 and ten £15 special mentions Entry fee: £5, £4 for second, £3 for rthird and each subsequent Closing date: 15 January TBC Magma, PO Box 333, Carshalton, SM5 9BR www.magmapoetrycom/competition

The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize and

Author of Tomorrow Prize for a short story by a

writer aged 21-21

The best published and unpublished adventure novels of the past year Prizes: In 2018, £15,000 in the 'published' category; £7,500 research travel grant in the 'unpublished' category Free entry Closing date: 23 January TBC The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation, 2-6 Atlantic Road, 2nd Floor, London SW9 8HY submissions@wiibur-nisosmithfoundation.org www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org

CUirt New Writing Prize

Fiction up to 2,000 words, three poems under 50 lines each Prizes: €500 in each category Entry fee: €10 Closing date: 25 January TBC info@cuirt.ie http://cuirt.ie

RW First Chapter Competition

Submission package: three chapters, synopsis, letter Prizes: Submission review and feedback from Sarah Manning Entry fee: £10 Closing date: 27 January www.retreatwest.co.uk

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail Writers'

Competition

Short plays between 30 and 40 minutes Prizes: £250 Joy Goun Award for best play, £150 for each shortlisted play, performance Free entry Closing date: 31 January info@dripaction.co.uk www.dripaction.com

BBC International Playwriting Competition

Radio plays by new and established writers living outside the UK Prizes: In each caregory: £2,200 and a return trip to the UK to see the play being recorded for the BBC World Service Free entry Closing date: 31 January TBC http://writ.rs/bbcintlplaywritingcompetition

Caine Prize for African Writing

For short stories, 3,000-10,000 words, published by African writers (born in Africa, African nationals, and children of African parents) Prizes: £10,000, £500 for each shortlisted, anthology publication Free entry Closing date: 31 January TBC Lizzy Arrree, The Caine Prize for African Writing, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU Tel: 020 7378 6234 info@caineprize.com www.caineprize.com

Martin Lucas Haiku Award

For original, unpublished haiku Prizes: £100, four £25 runners-up, publication in Presence Entry fee: £5 for up to five haiku, £1 each additional Closing date: 31 January TBC Chris Boultwood, 6 King Street Chester CHI 2AH haikupresence@gmail.com http://haiku-presence.50webs.com

Comedy Women in Print

Prize Comedy novels by women in two categories: published writers and unpublished writers Prizes: £2,000 for published writers, £1,000 and a free place on the University of Herrfordshire's MA in Creative Writing for unpublished writers Entry fee: Free for published writers, £10 for unpublished writers Closing date: 31 January hello@comedywomeninprint.co.uk www.comedywomeninprint.co.uk

Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition

Annual ghost story contest for stories between 1,000 and 7,000 words Prizes: TBC, last year £500, £250, £100, publication Entry fee: TBC Closing date: 31 January TBC info@thefictiondeskcom www.thefictiondesk.com

Mother's Milk Books Poetry Prize

Poems in line with Mother's Milk Books' publishing remit: mindful parenting, mothering, breastfeeding, family life, home Prizes: £125, 2 x £25, £20 book token in children's carego'y Entry fee: Purchase worth at least £5 from Morher's Milk Books Closing date: 31 January Dr Teika Bellamy, 30 Brockwood Crescent, Keyworrh, Nottingham NG12 5HQ writingprize@mothersmilkbooks.com www.mothersmilkbooks.com

Georgina Henry Award for Digital Innovation

For a specific journalistic project by a woman journalist Prizes: £4,000 prize fund Closing date: 31 January TBC http://womeninjournalism.co.uk

Lancashire Authors' Association Flash Fiction

Competition

A story in exactly 100 words Prizes: £100 Entry fee: £2 - £5 for three Closing date: 31 January The Competitions Secretairy 2 Pardoe Close, Hesketh Bank, Preston, Lancashire PR4 6PT Tel: 01772 816288 laa1OOword@gmail.com www.lancashireauthorsassociation.co.uk

Prole Laureate Poetry Comp

Poems of any length, style and subject Prizes: £200, 2 x £50 Entry fee: £2, £5 for three Closing date: 31 January TBC Breu Evans, 15 Maes-y-Dre, Abergele, Conwy LL22 7HW poetrycompetition@prolebooks.co.uk http://prolebooks.co.uk/

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Competition

Poems up to 35 lines Prizes: £500, £250, £100 Entry fee: £4, subsequent entries £3 Closing date: 31 January Poetry Teignmouth, c/o Virginia Griem, 12 Little Hayes, Kingsteignton TQ12 3YP www.poetryteignmouth.com

Fish Short Memoir Contest

For personal non-fiction, up to 4,000 words  Prizes: €1,000, publication in annual Fish Anthology, a week at Casa Ana Writers retreat in Andalucia and €300 travel expenses, seven honourable mentions €100 Entry fee: €17, €19 postal Closing date: 31 January Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland info@fishpublishing.com www.fishpublishing.com
January 2019 February 2019

Northern Writers Awards

For works in progress by new writers in Yorkshire, the North East and North West, whether poetry, prose, children's prose, biography, life writing, or literary nonfiction. Submit up to 5,000 words or 30 poems. Prizes: up to £40,000 in awards Free entry Closing date: 1 February TBC Olivia Chapman, PO Box 1277, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 5PB Tel: 0191 2333850 info@newwritingnorth.com www.newwritingnorth.com

New Welsh Writing Awards

Long form writing between 3,000 and 30,000 words Prizes: Firsr prize £1,000, e-publicarion, literary critique from agent Catherine Summerhayes Free entry Closing date: 4 February New Welsh Review, PO Box 170, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1WZ admin@newwelshreview.com www.newwelshwritingawards.com

National Flash Fiction Youth Competition 2019

Stories up to 360 words by AS, A and Scottish Higher students aged 16-19 Prizes: £100, £75 and £50 in Waterstones vouchers Free entry Closing date: 8 February TBC Aash.magazine@chester.ac.uk www.chester.ac.uk/flash.fiction/youthcompetition

Writers' & Artists'Yearbook 2019 Short Story

Competition

Stories up to 2,000 words on any theme Prizes: a place on a retreat at Arvon Clockhouse Free entry Closing date: 13 February competition@bloomsbury.com www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

Hippocrates Prize

Poetry on a medical subject up to 50 lines  Prizes: £5,000 in open and NHS categories, £500 young poets award Entry fee: £7 Closing date: 14 February TBC The Hippocrates Prize, c/o Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, 12 Chandos Street, London W1G 9DR http://hippocrates-poetry.org

Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize

The opening of an unpublished novel by a woman writer Prizes: £1,500 Entry fee: £12 Closing date: 14 February TBC executiveassistant@lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk  wwwlucy-cav.cam.ac.uk/fictionprize/

Spotlight First Novel Competition

A one-page synopsis plus the first page of an unpublished novel Prizes: mentoring package from Adventures in Fiction, dedicated Spotlight page on the Adventures in Fiction website, synopsis posted online Entry fee: £16 Closing date: 14 February Marion Urch, Adventures in Fiction, 14 Grosvenor Avenue, London N5 2NR Tel: 0207 354 2598 marion@adventuresinfiction.co.uk www.adventuresinfiction.co.uk

York Literature Festival/

York Mix Poetry Competition

Poems up to 40 lines Prizes: in 2018, £400, £100, £50, York postcode prize £40 Entry fee: £5 for up to three poems Closing date: 25 February TBC www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk/york-literature-festival- yorkmix-poetrycompetitionl

Poets & Players Competition

Poems up to 40 lines Prizes: In 2018, £500, £200, £100 Entry fee: £4, £10 for three Closing date: 27 February TBC Poets and Players Poetry Competition, Poetry Dene, 16 Clifton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 5DY P-Pcomp@gmail.com http://poetsandplayers.co

Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award

For a crime novel. Submit the first 3,000 words plus synopsis up to 1,000 words  Prizes: £500 Entry fee: £36 Closing date: 28 February secretary@thecwa.co.uk www.thecwa.co.uk

Crime Writers Association Margery Allingham

Short Story Competition

Short stories 3,500 words based on Margery Allingham's definition of a mystery Prizes: £500 Entry fee: £12 Closing date: 28 February secretary@thecwa.co.uk www.thecwa.co.uk/ShortStory/rules.html

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition

For short stories, any genre and theme, but not children's, up to 3,000 words Prizes: £700, £250, £100, £100 for a Devon writer Entry fee: £7 Closing date: 28 February Jo Cole, 6 St Mary's Close, Chudleigh, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 OPL Tel: 01626 853093 exeterwriters@gmail.com www.exeterwriters.org.uk

Fish Flash Fiction Contest

For flash fiction, up to 300 words Prizes: €1,000, online writing course; €100 for seven honorable mentions Entry fee: £14 Closing date: 28 February Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland info@fishpublishing.com www.fishpublishing.com

Flash 500 Short Story Competition

Short stories up to 3,000 words Prizes: £500, £200 Entry fee: £7, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four Closing date: 28 February entry@flash500.com www.flash500.com

Kelpies Prize 2019

For a children's novel, details TBC  Prizes: TBC Free entry Closing date: 28 February TBC Editor, Floris Books, 15 Harrison Gardens, Edinburgh EH11 1SH Tel: 0131 337 2372 floris@florisbooks.co.uk www.florisbooks.co.uk/kelpiesprize

Papatango New Writing Prize

New full-length playscript Prizes: Four-week run at Southwark Playhouse, £6,000 commission to write a follow-up play Free entry Closing date: 28 February TBC scripts@papatango.co.uk http://papatango.co.uk

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

Short stories up to 1,500 words, judged by Alexander McCall Smith Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250 Entry fee: £10 TBC Closing date: 28 February Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BW www.storyawards.org
March 2019

Bridgend Writers' Circle Open Short Story

Competition

Stories between 1,500 and 1,800 words on any theme Prizes: £100, £50, £30 Entry fee: £5 for one, £7.50 for two Closing date: 1 March BWC Open Competitions, 7 Coed Derw, Bridgend, CF31 5HA fenos51@hotmail.co.uk http://bridgendwriterscircle.com

Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet 2019

For short poetry collections (20-24 pages), no restrictions on theme, form or style Prizes: Prizes include publication by Smith/Doorstep Books, a share of £2,000 cash, publication in The North magazine and launch readings hosted by the Poetry Business Entry fee: £28, £25 for subscribers Closing date: 1 March TBC Submissions, The Poetry Business, Bank Srreer Arts, 32- 40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS Tel: 0114 346 3037 office@poetrybusiness.co.uk www.poetrybusiness.co.uk

The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition

Nature poems up to 40 lines Prizes: In 2018: £1,000, £500, place on Ty Newydd writing course worrh £550 Entry fee: £6 for the first poem in a batch of six, £3.50 thereafter TBC Closing date: 1 March TBC www.therialto.co.uk

Poetry Business New Poet's Prize 2019

Pamphlets by young poets between 16 and 22 Prizes: Publicarion by Smith/Doorstep for overall winner, publication in The North magazine and mentoring for four shortlisted poets Entry fee: £8 Closing date: 1 March TBC office@poetrybusiness.co.uk www.poetrybusiness.co.uk

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition

Poems by poets aged 16 to 18 Prizes: £3,000, £1,000, £500, 4 x £250. Winners' schools receive £150 and winners are eligible to attend a Tower Poetry Summer School worth £500. Free entry Closing date: 1 March TBC Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes, Christ Church, S Aldgate's, Oxford, OX1 1DP www.towerpoetry.org

Sunderland Short Story Award

Short stories up to 2,500 words (adult category) and 1,500 words (11-16 category) Prizes: £500 adult category, £20 11-16 category Entry fee: £4 adults, free 11-16 Closing date: June TBC, 1 March in 2018 sunshortstory@sunderland.ac.uk www.sunderland.ac.uk/shortstoryaward/

Edge Hill Short Story Prize

Single-author short story collections published between January and December 2018 Prizes: £5,000, £1,000 Readers' Prize Free entry Closing date: 3 March TBC Billy Cowan, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QP Tel: 01695 584121 billy.cowan@edgehill.co.uk www.edgehill.ac.uk

Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award For New

Drama Writing

Unpublished and unperformed one-act plays (30 minutes or less, no more than six actors) by amateur playwrights Prizes: Three winning scripts will be selected for performances during three Drama Nights at the Windsor Fringe Festival in October 2019, with £500 for an overall winner announced on the last night Entry fee: £10 Closing date: 5 March Ann Trewartha, The Windsor Fringe Drama Writing Award, Suite 640, 24-28 St Leonard's Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 3BB Tel: 01753 863218 ann.trewartha@btintemet.com www.windsorfringe.co.uk

Neil Gunn Writing Competition

Short stories up to 2,500 words and poetry up to 40 lines, interpreting one of three quotes from Scottish writer Neil Gunn Prizes: £500, £250 and £100 in each category Entry fee: £7 Closing date: 8 March Neil Gunn Writing Competiton, The Library Support Unit, High Life Highland, 31a Harbour Road, Inverness IV1 1UA charlotte.macarthur@gmail.com htlp://highlifehighlarld.com/libraries/neilgunn

Crawshay Cup Competition

One-act play script premiered in the first round of the Wales Final Festival of One Act Plays Prizes: Crawshay Cup Free entry Closing date: 10 March TBC Crawshay Cup Competition, Drama Association of Wales, The Makings, East Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF24 5EA offlce@dramawales.org.uk www.dramawales.org.uk

Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize

Best proposal for a book-length essay Prizes: £3,000, creative writing residency Free entry Closing date: 15 March https://fitzcarraldoeditions.com

Brittle Star Poetry and Short Fiction Competition

Short stories up to 2,000 words; poems up to 60 lines. All details TBC. Prizes: £250, £50 and £25 in each category Entry fee: £4.50, £3.50 each subsequent Closing date: TBC, was 14 March in 2018 Bride Star Competition, 97 Benefield Road, Oundle, Peterborough PE8 4EU www.brittlestar.org.uk

Eyelands International Flash Fiction Competition

Short fiction up to 500 words on a theme TBC  Prizes: A week's holiday in Crete for two people Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 20 March info@eyelands.gr www.eyelands.gr

Fowey Festival Short Story Competition

Short stories up to 1,500 words on the theme 'Rule Britannia' Prizes: £100, £75 Entry fee: £6 Closing date: 16 March Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Competition, Fowey Lubrary, Station Road, Fowey, Cornwall PL23 1JS info@dumaurierfestival.co.uk  www.foweyfestival.com

Gordon Burn Prize

Annual prize from NewWriting North for a published novel or work of non-fiction that challenges perceived ideas about genre Prizes: £5,000, writing retreat up to three months at Gordon Burn's cottage Free entry Closing date: 17 March TBC www.newwritingnorth.com

Thresholds Short Fiction Feature Writing

Competition

Essays up to 2,500 words on the life, writing and influence of a chosen short story writer Prizes: £500, 2 x £100 Free entry Closing date: 18 March TBC thresholds@chi.ac.uk http://blogs.chi.ac.uk/shortstoryforum/features-competition

Jane Martin Poetry Prize

Up to four poems by poets aged 18-30 Prizes: £700, £300 Free entry Closing date: 19 March TBC Jane Martin Poetry Prize, Girton College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0JG poetryprize@girton.cam.ac.uk  www.girton.cam.ac.uk/news/

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize

Short poetry collections of 15-25 poems up to 50 lines each Prizes: Publishing contract and 30 copies of the pamphlet for each of two poets Entry fee: £10 Closing date: 31 March Cinnamon Press New Writing Prizes, Mierion House, Glan yr afon, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd LL41 3SU jan@cinnamonpress.com www.cinnamonpress.com

Evesham Festival of Words 2019 Short Story

Competition

Competition for short stories on any theme up to 2,500 words Prizes: £150 Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 22 March info@eveshamfestivalofwords.com http://eveshamfestivalofwords.org

Fish Poetry Prize

For poems, up to 300 words Prizes: first, €1,000; second, a week in residence at Anam Cara Writers Retreat, €100 for seven honourable mentions Entry fee: £14 Closing date: 31 March Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland info@fishpublishing.com www.fishpublishing.com

Forward Prizes for Poetry

Best Collection, Best First Collection, Best Single Poem, books must be submitted by publishers and single poems by magazine editors and competition administrators Prizes: Best collecrion £10,000, best first collection £5,000, best single poem £1,000 Free entry Closing date: 31 March TBC The Forward Prizes for Poetry, c/o The Royal Society of Literature, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R ILA info@forwardartsfoundation.org www.forwardartsfoundation.org

Julia Darling Fellowship

Travel fellowship for published/produced writers living in the north of England Prizes: £2,000 Free entry Closing date: 31 March TBC http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/the-julia-darling-travel- fellowship

The Caterpillar International Poetry Prize

Poems for children between 7 and 11 Prize: €1,000 Entry fee: £12 Closing date: 31 March Rebecca O'Connor, The Caterpillar, Drummullen, Cavan, Co Cavan, Ireland Tel: 00 353 49 4362677 enquiries@thecaterpillarmagazine.com www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com

White Review Short Story Prize

Short stories, 2,000-7,000 words Prizes: £2,500 plus publication, TBC Entry fee: £15 Closing date: 31 March TBC The White Review, 243 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DN editors@thewhitereview.org www.thewhitereview.org

The International Rubery Book Award

Independently published or self-published books Prizes: £1,500, £150 category winners Entry fee: £37 Closing date: 31 March The Rubery Book Award, PO Box 15821, Birmingham B31 9EA submissions@ruberybookaward.com ww.ruberybookaward.com

Poetry on the Lake International

Poetry up to 40 lines, poems in short category, short stories up to 1,000 words Prizes: €500, other prizes TBC Entry fee: £8 Closing date: 31 March Gabriel Griffin, Isola San Giulio, Orta, Italy, 28016 NO Tel: (+39) 347 8464227 poetryonthelake@yahoo.co.uk www.poetryonthelake.org

William Soutar Writing Prize 2019

Short stories, details TBC Prizes: TBC Entry fee: TBC Closing date: 31 March TBC Barbara Hamilton, William Soutar Writing Competition 2015, AK Bell Library, 2-8 York Place, Perth PH2 8EP Tel: 01738 444949 library@pkc.gov.uk www.pkc.gov.uk/library

Writers Bureau Annual Short Story Competition

For short stories, up to 2,000 words  Prizes: £300, £200, £100, £50, a choice of Writers Bureau course worth over £374 Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 31 March The Competition Secrerary, Writers' Bureau, 8-10 Durton Street, Manchester M3 1LE Tel:0161 819 9922 studentservices@writersbureau.com  www.wbcompetition.com
April 2019

Earlyworks Press Poetry Competition

Poems, up to 40 lines Prizes: £100, £25, £5 for each poem on the website Entry fee: £3.50, £15 up to 6 Closing date: 30 April TBC Earlyworks Press, Creative Media Cenrre, 45 Robertson Street, Hastings TN34 1HL services@earlyworkspress.co.uk www.earlyworkspress.co.uk

Edinburgh International Flash Fiction

Competition

Stories up to 250 words Prizes: £500 Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 30 April www.storyawards.org

London Magazine Novel Writing Competition

Unpublished novels Prizes: In 2018: £1,000 and publication by Author Enterprises, £200, £100 Entry fee: £20 Closing date: 30 April TBC The London Magazine, 11 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5EL competition@thelondonmagazine.org www.thelondonmagazine.org

Geoffrey Whitworth Competition

Original one-act plays first performed in one-act play festivals organised by All England Theatre Festival, Association of Ulster Drama Festivals, Drama Association of Wales and Scottish Community Drama Association Prizes: The Geoffrey Whitworth Trophy Free entry Closing date: 30 April TBC www.allenglandtheatrefestival.co.uk

Grey Hen Poetry Competition

For poems, up to 40 lines, by women 60+  Prizes: £100, £50, £25, website publication Entry fee: £4, £10 for three Closing date: 30 April Joy Howard, Grey Hen Press, PO Box 269, Kendal LS9 6QZ Tel: 01535 645711 info@greyhenpress.com www.greyhenpress.com

James White Award

Science fiction (broadly defined), 2,000-6,000 words, by non-professional writers Prizes: £200, pIus publication in Interzone Free entry Closing date: April TBC Entry through website strongly preferred, Martin McGrath, 48 Spooners Drive, Park Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL2 2HL www.jameswhiteaward.com

Red Shed Open Poetry Competition

For poems up to 50 lines Prizes: £100, £50, £25 Wakefield postcode prize Entry fee: £3, £2 each subsequent Closing date: 30 April The Competition Organiser, Red Shed Open Poetry Competition, 3 Sandal Cliff, Sandal, Wakefield, WF2 6AU www.currockpress.com

Southport Writers' Circle International Poetry

Poems, up to 40 lines Prizes: £150, £75, £25, humour prize £25 Entry fee: £3 or £10 for four Closing date: 30 April Southport Writers' Circle Poetry Competition, 60 Dinorwic Road, Southport, Merseyside PR9 7DX www.swconline.co.uk

The Bluepencilagency First Novel Prize

The first chapter of an unpublished novel up to 5,000 words Prizes: £1000, £250 and editorial report Entry fee: £20 Closing date: 30 April www.bluepencilagency.com

Momaya Press Short Story Comp

Short stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of 'trading places' Prizes: £110, £55, £25, winners and shortlisted authors will be published in the Momaya Short Story Review Entry fee: £11 Closing date: 30 April www.momayapress.com

Tom Howard/John H Reid Fiction and Essay

Contest

Short stories, essays or other prose, up to 6,000 words. International entries welcome Prizes: $2,000 in each category, ten honourable mentions each $100 Entry fee: $20 Closing date: 30 April Adam Cohen, Winning Writers, Attn: Tom Howard Short Story Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060-3961, USA adam@winningwriters.com www.winningwriters.com/tomstory

Ver Poets Open Poetry Competition

For poetry, up to 30 lines; open theme and form Prizes: £600, £300, £100, publicarion in The Ver Prize anthology and on website Entry fee: £4, £10 for rhree, £2 each exrra Closing date: 30 April Gillian Knibbs, 181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, Herrfordshire ALI 4AH Tel: 01727 762601 gillknibbs@yahoo.co.uk www.verpoets.org.uk

Ware Poets Open Poetry Comp

Poems up to 50 lines Prizes: £600, £300, £150; £150 prize for the best sonnet Entry fee: £4, £12 for four, £3 theareafter Closing date: 30 April TBC The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 21 Trinity Road, Ware, SG12 7DB warepoets_competition@hotmail.co.uk www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware18.pd
May 2019

Bristol Short Story Prize

Stories on any theme, up to 4,000 words Prizes: £1.000, £700, £400, 17 £100 shortlisted. All published in prize anthology Entry fee: £8 Closing date: 1 May Unit 5.16, Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH enquiries@bristolprize.co.uk  www.bristolprize.co.uk

Shore Scripts Short Film Fund

Short scripts between 3 and 13 pages  Prizes: Production budget of up to $15,000 Entry fee: £30 Closing date: 2 May TBC www.shorescripts.com/shortfilmfund/

The Page is Printed

A single A4 page of writing in any style on any subject Prizes: TBC Entry fee: £5, £10 for up to three Closing date: 4 May TBC Katherine Edwardes, The Page is Printed, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, School Road, Taunton, TA2 8DP Tel: 01823 414141 info@tacchi-morris.com www.tacchi-morris.com

International Welsh Poetry Competition 2019

Poems up to 50 lines Prizes: £500, £250, £100, plus 17 runners-up Entry fee: £5, PayPal available too Closing date: 26 May Welsh Poetry Competition, 9 The Avenue, Pontypridd, CF37 4DF Tel: 0789 0888585 info@welshpoetry.co.uk www.welshpoetry.co.uk

Poetry London Clore Prize

Poetry up to 80 lines Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000, 4 x £500 Entry fee: £7, £3 subscribers Closing date: 1 May Poetry London Competition, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG http://poetrylondon.co.uk/competition/

Nick Darke Award

Scripts TBC Prizes: £6,000 Free entry Closing date: 21 May TBC nickdarkeaward@falmouth.ac.uk www.falmouth.ac.uk/nickdarkeaward

Wigtown Poetry Competition

For poems, up to 40 lines in English, Scots or Scots/lrish Gaelic Prizes: TBC, in 2018: £1,500, £400, Gaelic Prize £250, Scots Prize £250, eight £25 runners-up Entry fee: £6.50, £17 for three, £5 each entry after that Closing date: 27 May TBC Claire Nash, Wigtown Festival Company, County Buildings, Wigtown DG8 9JH Tel: 01988 402036 mail@wigtownbookfestival.com www.wigtownbookfestivd.com/poetrycomp

Erewash Writers Free Entry Writing Competition

Writing on a theme TBC Prizes: In 2018, £25 short story, £10 poetry or flash fiction Free entry Closing date: 23 May EWG Writing Competition, Parklands Connexion, Stanhope Street, Long Eaton NG10 4QN erewashwriterscomps@hotmail.co.uk erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com

Battered Moons Poetry Competition

Poems up to 40 lines on any subject  Prizes: In 2018, £700, £200, £100, 4 x£25 Entry fee: £5, £3.50 for multiple entries Closing date: 31 May TBC Battered Moons Poetry Competition, 28 Brunswick Street, Swindon SN1 3NB batteredmoonsentries@gmail.com http://batteredmoons.com

Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize

Essays up to 3,500 words by writers between 18 and 35 Prizes: £1,000, £500, publication Free entry Closing date: 31 May TBC www.bodleyhead.co.uk

Fiction Desk Newcomer Prize for Short Stories

Stories from 1,000 to 5,000 words by writers who have not previously been published by The Fiction Desk Prizes: £500 Entry fee: £8 Closing date: 31 May TBC www.thefictiondesk.com

Frogmore Poetry Prize

For poems, any theme/style, up to 40 lines, for the contest's 33rd year Prizes: 250 guineas, 75 guineas, 50 guineas, plus subscriptions to The Frogmore Papers  Entry fee: £3 Closing date: 31 May Jeremy Page, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ Tel: 07751 251689 frogmorepress@gmail.com www.frogmorepress.co.uk

Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award

First 5,000-8,000 words of an unpublished debut novel, organised by the Bridport Prize Prizes: £1,000 and mentoring, £500 and manuscript appraisal, 3 x £100 and 50-page manuscript appraisal Entry fee: £20 TBC Closing date: 31 May TBC The Bridport Prize, PO Box 6910, Bridport DT6 9BQ www.bridportprize.org.uk

Bridport Prize 2019

For short stories (up to 5,000 words), poetry (up to 42 lines) and flash fiction (up to 250 words) Prizes: £5,000, £1,000, £500 and ten £100 highly commendeds for short stories and poetry/£1,000, £500, £.250, three £100 highly commendeds for flash fiction Entry fee: £8 per flash fiction, £9 per poem, £10 per short story TBC Closing date: 31 May TBC Kare Wilson, Competition Administrator, The Bridport Prize, PO Box 6910, Bridport, Dorset DT6 9BQ kate@bridportprize.org.uk www.bridportprize.org.uk

Frome Festival Short Story

Short stories between 1,000 and 2,200 words, any theme Prizes: £400, £200, £100, extra prizes for local entrants, winning entrants published on the website and may be sent to Woman’s Weekly and/or Frome FM for consideration Entry fee: £8 Closing date: 31 May Frome Festival Short Story Competition, c/o Frome Library, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE Tel: 01373 463131 fromefestivalshortstorycomp@gmail.com www.fromeshortstorycompetition.co.uk

Yeovil Literary Prize

For novels (opening chapters and synopsis, up to 15,000 words), short stories (max 2,000 words, poems (up to 40 lines), writing without restrictions, Western Gazette best local writer Prizes: in 2018: For novels, £1,000, £250 and £100, £500, £200 and £100 for poems/short stories, £500, £200 and 100, writing without restrictions £200, £100 and £50, £100 local prize Entry fee: TBC Closing date: 31 May Yeovil Literary Prize, The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil BA20 1UX www.yeovilprize.co.uk
June 2019

Bath Novel Award

For the first 5,000 words of a novel, plus one-page synopsis Prizes: £2,500 plus various shortlist prizes including Cornerstones online course worth £1,800 Entry fee: £25 Closing date: 2 )une The Bath Novel Award, PO Box 5223, Bath BA1 0UR entries@bathnovelaward.co.uk http://bathnovelaward.co.uk

Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

For full-length (at least an hour) new stage plays written in English, which have not been published or professionally performed Prizes: Prize money totalling £40,000, including £16,000 for the winner Free entry Closing date: 5 June TBC Suzanne Bell, New Writing Associate, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7DH Tel: 0161 833 9333 bruntwood.prize@royalexchange.co.uk www.writeaplay.co.uk

TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition

Fiction (adult and YA) and memoir, length TBC, open to TLC Writers' Day ticket holders Prizes: Five shortlisted writers will have the opportunity to pitch to literary agents and publishers during TLC Writers' Day Entry fee: TBC Closing date: 5 June TBC Aki Schilz, The Literary Consultancy, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA Tel: 0207 324 2563 info@literaryconsultancy.co.uk https://literaryconsultancy.co.uk

RTE Radio 1 Short Story Competition

Stories between 1,800 and 2,000 words from writers from Ireland Prizes: €3,000, €2,000, €1,000 Free entry Closing date: 8 June TBC fmacmanusstories@rte.ie www.rte.ie/writing

VS Pritchett Memorial Prize

Unpublished short stories between 2,000 and 4,000 words Prizes: £1,000 plus publication in RSL Review and Prospect online Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 14 June TBC Royal Society of Literature, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R Tel: 0207 845 4678 www.rslit.org

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year

Competition

Poems up to 60 lines Prizes: £200, £100, £50, £25 best read, people's choice, sparkling wine Entry fee: £5 Closing date: 17 June Festival House, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2JA tina@canterburyfestival.co.uk www.canterburyfestival.co.uk

George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition

Poems by Suffolk poet/members of the Suffolk Poetry Society, all details TBC Prizes: £600, £300, £150, 2 x £75 Entry fee: £3 Closing date: 15 June TBC http://suffolkpoetrysociety.org.uk

Segora Short Story and Poetry Competitions

Short stories between 1,500 and 3,000 words, poems up to 50 lines, vignettes up to 300 words, one-act plays Prizes: £300, £50, £30 for poetry and short story, £100 for vignettes and plays Entry fee: £5 poems and vignettes, £6 story, £12 play TBC Closing date: 15 June 1 rue de la Sevre, 79380 St Andre sur Sevre, Les Deus Sevres, France simms.gordon@orange.fr www.poetryproseandplays.com

Eyelands International Short Story Competition

Short stories up to 2,500 words, theme TBC  Prizes: A week's holiday for two in Crete Entry fee: €10 TBC Closing date: 20 June info@eyelands.gr  https://eyelands.gr

McLellan Poetry Prize

Poems up to 80 lines Prizes: First prize of £1,500 Entry fee: £5, £4 for three or more TBC Closing date: 19 June TBC The Competition Organiser, McLellan Poetry Award, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran, KA27 8PZ www.arranart.com

Wild Words Summer Solstice Writing

Competition

1,000 words of poetry or prose Prizes: One-hour mentoring session, online publication Entry fee: £7 Closing date: 21 June hello@wildwords.org www.wildwords.org

Creative Future Literary Awards

Poetry up to 200 words, short fiction up to 300 words, by disadvantaged writers  Prizes: £12,000 in development opportunities TBC Free entry Closing date: 26 June TBC Creative Future, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG literary@creativefiiture.org.uk https://literary.creativefuture.org.uk

From Page to Stage

Musical theatre playscripts Prizes: Commission for a new script to be workshopped Entry fee: TBC Closing date: 25 June TBC www.frompage2stage.com

ALCS Award for Educational Writing

Traditionally published non-fiction that enhances learning Prizes: £2,000 Free entry Closing date: 30 June Robyn Law, Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB pjohnson@societyofauthors.org www.societyofauthors.org

British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition

For any kind of fantasy short stories, horror, sf, magic realism etc, up to 5,000 words Prizes: £100, £50, £20, pIus year's membership of BFS and web publication TBC Entry fee: £5, free for BFS members Closing date: 30 June shortstorycomp@britishfantasysociety.org www.britishfantasysociety.co.uk
For writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry

Other Comps

For writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry

Other Comps