FacebookTwitter

Roundup of October Writing Competitions

By on Sep 24, 2015 in Writing Competitions |

Share On GoogleShare On FacebookShare On Twitter

October

 

October offers a swathe of mixed writing opportunities, from smaller contests run by writing groups to one of the biggest poetry prizes. All are good. I just wish I was prolific enough to enter them each one. But I’m not, so I’ll just have to choose carefully.

 

Prolitzer Prize for prose writing, 2015

Prole magazine publish a selection of poetry and prose writing with the laudable mission of accessibility for both readers and writers. The annual Prolitzer Prize aims to celebrate this remit. High quality submissions, yes. Literary pompousness, no.

Word limit: 2500

Prizes: 1st – £200, two runners-up – £50

Entry fee: £4

Closing date: 1st October 2015

The winner will also be published in the magazine. Runners-up will be published on the website and possibly published in the magazine. The judge will be Jaki McCarrick, award-winning writer of short stories and anthologies.

http://prolebooks.co.uk/prose%20competition.html

 

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition

This is a great competition set up by Ruth Randell as part of her work with the InterAct Stroke Support charity. Sadly Baroness Ruth Randell passed away earlier this year, but the competition continues to help both aspiring writers and those that have suffered strokes. The whole purpose is to bring a selection of short stories together that can be read to patients on hospital wards. So, whilst there are no limits on subject or genre, the suitability of the story should be considered before submission. This is an international competition.

Word limit: 1000

Prizes: 1st – £1000

Entry fee: £15

Closing date: 29th October 2015

This year’s judge will be Linda La Plante, who will be presenting the award to the winner in the new year. The winner will also receive a commission to write a further four stories for the charity.

http://www.interactstrokesupport.org

 

The 2015 Exeter Novel Prize

One of the better novel prizes out there. It is simply a prize, not a covert way to make you pay for an agent or publisher submission (one of my pet peeves). The prize is open to any genre (bar YA and Children’s). They are looking for submissions from unrepresented authors who have not been published. The good news is that they will accept submissions from self-published authors, who may even (here’s the good bit) submit their self-published novels. This is an international competition.

Word limit: first 9,500 words plus 500 word synopsis

Prizes: 1st – £500, five runners-up – £75

Entry fee: £15

Closing date: 31st October

Entries will need to be accompanied by a synopsis. After a long list is selected the judging will be by Literary Agent Broo Doherty of the DHH Literary Agency. For an additional fee (£25), entrants can obtain a one page report on their submission. This in itself is very good value for a professional level report on what you might be submitting to agents or publishers down the line.

http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk/2015-exeter-novel-prize.html

 

Bare Fiction Prize

Bare fiction magazine is a relatively new player in the field, promoting poetry and fiction as well as plays. Launched at the end of 2013 on the back of a successful Kickstarter campaign it has been going strongly since. As a magazine they do accept submissions, so you can always submit work for publication even if you don’t enter the prize. They are certainly not afraid of the weird or dark as long as it is more literary than genre. The contest has three categories: flash fiction, short fiction and poetry. This is an international competition.

Flash Fiction Category

Word limit: 500 words

Prizes: 1st –£500, 2nd –£200, 3rd –£100, 2 highly commended –£25

Entry fee: £6 per entry

Short Story Category

Word limit: 3000 words

Prizes: 1st –£500, 2nd –£200, 3rd –£100, 2 highly commended –£25

Entry fee: £8 per entry

Poetry Category

Word limit: 40 lines

Prizes: 1st –£500, 2nd –£200, 3rd –£100, 2 highly commended –£25

Entry fee: £5 per entry

Closing date: 31st October 2015

Subscribers to the magazine will get a discount on entry fees.The top prize winners will be published in the Spring 2016 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine as well as on the website.

http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions/

 

Novel Opening & Synopsis Competition

Flash 500 do run some great competitions throughout the year and this is no exception. Have you got an unfinished, or finished but yet unpublished novel? You do know that the opening pages are the most important bit, the bit that sells it to your readers. Of course you know that. This competition gives you a chance to prove it. Submit your opening chapter and a one-page synopsis of the novel to be in with a chance. This is an international competition.

Word limit: first 3000 words plus 1 page synopsis

Prizes: 1st – £500, runners-up – £200

Entry fee: £10

Closing date: 31st October

The competition will be judged by Crooked Cat Publishing. The organisers also offer an optional critique of your entry for £25. This is very good value feedback, especially if you are looking to submit to agents or publishers.

http://www.flash500.com/index_files/novel.html

Twitter: @lomace

 

Poetry Society National Poetry Competition

This is still one of the most generous competitions for poetry in the world. It is also one of the most prestigious; win this and you could end up as, say, poet laureate in a few years time. Multiple entries are accepted for a small additional fee. This is an international competition.

Word limit: 40 lines

Prizes: 1st – £5000, 2nd – £2000, 3rd – £1000, also 7 runners-up will each receive £200

Entry fee: £6.50

Closing date: 31st October

The winners will also be published in the Poetry Review, there may also be opportunities for readings at major UK literature festivals. This year’s judges will be: David Wheatley, Esther Morgan and Sarah Howe.

http://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/national-poetry-competition/

 

Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize

Just because I like to create work that leans more towards narrative than high fallutin’ literary wordiness, does not mean I’m not interested. The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize is one of the more literary competitions out there and to win it is to stamp your literary credentials on the world. The competition is aimed exclusively at younger writers between 18 and 25. The fiddly bit is that the piece should interpret the following quote for its significance today: “If all Printers were determin’d not to print any thing till they were sure it would offend no body, there would be very little printed”. Make of that what you will; which is the point of the whole exercise. This is a UK only competition.

Word limit: 1000-1500 words

Prizes: 1st – £750, 2nd – £500

Entry fee: free to enter

Closing date: 31st October

The winners will be published on The Telegraph site as well as the Benjamin Franklin House website.

http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org/site/sections/news/literary_prize.html

 

NAWG Open Writing Competition

The National Association of Writers’ Groups offer a number of competitions throughout the year, this is their top end short story and poetry prize. The organisation represents and helps writers’ groups up and down the country. There are no restrictions on genre. As far as I can tell, this is a UK only competition

Short Story Category

Word limit: 500-2000 words

Prizes: 1st –£250, 2nd –£100, 3rd –£50

Entry fee: £5

Poetry Category

Word limit: 40 lines

Prizes: 1st –£250, 2nd –£100, 3rd –£50

Entry fee: £10 for three poems

Closing date: 31st October 2015

The organisation offers a critique service for your story or poems for only £5, which is very reasonable for any qualified feedback.

http://www.nawg.co.uk/3982/

 

The London Magazine Short Story Competition

Aiming to discover and support new literary talent, this venerable and prestigious publication runs an annual short story competition. “Imagination, originality and creativity” are the words used, which I always assumed should be implicit. This is an international competition.

Word limit: 4000 words

Prizes: 1st – £500, 2nd – £300, 3rd  – £200

Entry fee: £10

Closing date: 31st October 2015

The winning entry will be published in the London Magazine, and the runners-up will be published on the website. Judged by Susan Hill, Kevin Manwaring and Alessandro Gallenzi the winners will “be announced at a champagne reception at the House of Commons in early 2016. This is a fantastic networking experience and gives the winners a chance to meet The London Magazine team.”

http://www.thelondonmagazine.org/short-story-competition-2015/

 

Swansea Writers 2015 Short Story Competition

It is great to see open competitions coming from writers’ groups. It is also great to submit to a competition that feels less pressured than some of the high-profile awards out there. The competition is open to any theme or genre of short story. This is an international competition.

Word limit: 1500-2500 words

Prizes: 1st – £100, 2 runners-up – £25

Entry fee: £5

Closing date: 31st October 2015

Winners will be considered for publication in a new e-anthology from the group and will also receive a year’s free membership to the Swansea and District Writers’ Circle

www.swanseawriters.co.uk

 

Words on the Waves Competition

Another great competition from Ireland, WOW has prizes for both short story and poetry entries. There are no restrictions on either genre or theme (not even nautical). Both worth entering, although the designers of the website apparently didn’t receive the memo about combinations of lime green and scarlet, so make sure you have sunglasses and ibuprofen ready. This is an international competition.

Short Story Category

Word limit: 3000 words

Prizes: 1st – €750, 2nd – €250

Entry fee: €15

Poetry Category

Word limit: 100 lines

Prizes: 1st – €750, 2nd – €250

Entry fee: €10

Closing date: 31st October 2015

All winners as well as the top five shortlisted submissions in each category will also be published in the WOW anthology. Published writers will also receive a €30 publication fee.

http://www.wordsonthewaves.com/submissions.htm

 

 

%d bloggers like this: