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Flash 500 Novel Opening Competition

By on Sep 11, 2015

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 Have you got an unfinished, or finished but yet unpublished novel?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 Like this:Like...

Musings

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Roundup of September Writing Competitions

By on Aug 26, 2015

  Autumn is rushing towards us like a frieght train. Thank goodness we still have September and those Indian summers as a buffer. Hopefully everyone is all fired up and inspired because there are some great writing competitions for this month.     Mslexia Women’s novel competition 2015 The competition from Mslexia magazine is open to any genre of writing, if not every gender of writer. Only unpublished novelists are able to enter, although the rules do show that self-published manuscripts (and presumably novelists) are eligible. Winning does not guarantee a publishing deal, but the winner from 2011, Rosie Garland had her novel The Palace of Curiosities published by Harper Collins. This is an international competition. Word limit: at least 50,000 words Prizes: 1st – £5000 Entry fee: £25 Closing date: 21st Sept Just submit the first 5000 words of your novel, no synopis is...

Bath Flash Fiction Award

By on Aug 18, 2015

I’m getting to like this competition. How many times do you find the right contest for what you are writing only to find the deadline is the next day. It won’t happen here; Bath Flash Fiction Award is a rolling competition, each award ends at 1000 entries. It’s good odds and a good prize for the entry fee and the word count. This is an international competition. Word limit: 300 words Prizes: 1st – £1000, 2nd – £300, 3rd – £100, also 2 commendations. Entry fee: members £4.00, non-members £6.00 Each award ends at 1000 entries. There is no deadline date. The award is run by the same organiser as the Bath Short Story Award and will be judged by  Annemarie Neary, multiple award wining short story writer with two novels due out soon (go Annemarie). Judging takes place quickly, with a top prize of £1000. At the close of each competition, the next...

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By on Aug 17, 2015

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Bare Fiction Prize

By on Aug 11, 2015

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...

Mslexia Women’s novel competition 2015

By on Aug 5, 2015

The competition from Mslexia magazine is open to any genre of writing, if not every gender of writer. Only unpublished novelists are able to enter, although the rules do show that self-published manuscripts (and presumably novelists) are eligible. Winning does not guarantee a publishing deal, but the winner from 2011, Rosie Garland had her novel The Palace of Curiosities published by Harper Collins. This is an international competition. Word limit: at least 50,000 words Prizes: 1st – £5000 Entry fee: £25 Closing date: 21st Sept Just submit the first 5000 words of your novel, no synopis is needed. Plus “The winner and four other finalists will receive manuscript feedback from The Literary Consultancy.” Those five will also be offered a chance to attend “a special networking event with literary agents.” This year’s judges will be Maria Lewycka, Juliet Mushens and Di Speirs....

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