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Roundup of August Writing Competitions

By on Jul 24, 2015

August seems to be the time for flash fiction and poetry, though there are a few short fiction competitions to be entered before the month is up. 2015 The Exeter Flash Competition From CreativeWritingMatters, a competition that squeezes down the envelope for flash fiction further than most with a 250 word limit. Make every one count. This is an international competition. Word limit: 250 words Prizes: 1st – £100, 2nd –£50 Entry fee: £4 Closing date: 31st August 2015 The winning stories will be published as part of an anthology and on the CreativeWritingMatters website. Winners will be announced by the end of September. http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk/2015-exeter-flash-competition.html   Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015 This works out to be one of the more prestigious writing competitions for exposure, Aesthetica Magazine is well respected in the literary and...

Carried In Waves

By on Jul 17, 2015

From UCC 98.3FM at University College Cork in Ireland. I’m a big fan of hearing short stories read out. Even better if the reader is a trained actor. It demonstrates how words can have a richness and texture in their pronunciation. It also turns all those tiny marks that litter our sentences from a dry and mutable legalese into real guidance for the performance –a map of pauses and emphasis, not so different to a musical score. This competition not only offers the winners the opportunity to have their work broadcast, but also offers cash prizes on top. What is not to like. There are two categories available. The standard short story prize and the George Boole special category for young adults. This is an international competition. Main category Word limit: words 3000 Prizes: 1st –€300, 2nd – €200, 3rd – €100 Entry fee: €10 George Boole special category for young adults Word limit:...

The 2015 Exeter Novel Prize

By on Jul 10, 2015

One of the better novel awards 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). Creative Writing Matters 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 longlist is selected the judging will be by Literary Agent Broo Doherty of the DHH Literary Agency. For an additional fee of £25 entrants can obtain a one page report on their submission....

The Luke Bitmead Bursary

By on Jul 8, 2015

  This annual writers’ award was set up by Legend Press and the family of Luke Bitmead, the first novelist to be published at legend. The award is intended to help talented but unpublished writers overcome personal circumstances that might be holding them back. The competition is for adult fiction and while there is nothing in the rules regarding genre, previously published winners all tended towards literary fiction. The bursary is open to international submissions. Word limit: at least 50,000 words Prizes: 1st – £2500 Entry fee: £10 Closing date: 1st August The winner of the bursary prize will also win a publishing contract with Legend Press (who run the contest). The submission needs to be the first 3-4 chapters of the completed manuscript plus a one page synopsis. Additionally a 1-2 page personal statement is needed to inform the judges about the writer and the circumstances...

The Manchester Writing Competition

By on Jul 3, 2015

A competition of two prizes: The Manchester Fiction Prize and the Manchester Poetry Prize After The Sunday Times Prize this is the largest UK prize for short fiction and, as far as I’m aware, the largest annual prize for poetry. It is not cheap to enter, and hotly contended, but the kudos and the cash make it a very tempting competition to enter. The competition is also, notably, open to any writing geniuses of 16 or over, rather than the usual 18. This is an International Competition. Short Story Category Word limit: 2500 words Prize: £10,000 Entry fee: £17.50 Poetry Category Word limit: three to five poems, combined maximum of 120 lines. Prize: £10,000 Entry fee: £17.50 Closing date: 25th September The Manchester Competition has being going strong since 2008 and should certainly be on the map of anyone writing top notch poetry or short fiction. The fiction prize judges this year will...

Literature Works First Page Writing Prize

By on Jun 30, 2015

I like this competition. It’s original, exceptionally cheap to enter, the prize money is good and the agent thing is a bonus rather than just the prize alone. On the downside, however, despite being a web-based organisation, entries must be printed on A4 and sent via the post. This also necessitates payment by cheque or bank transfer, which is a bit of a faff these days. The competition is open to UK residents only. Word limit: 350 word first page, plus a 150 word synopsis Prizes: 1st – £1500, 2nd – £400, 3rd – £200  Entry fee: £6 Closing date: 30th September The winning entry will also receive a report from Clare Wallace, an agent with the Darley Anderson Literary Agency. Not only this but, according to Literature Works, the winner should be ready with a manuscript.  “You should have completed at least the first three chapters of your novel at time of submission. If you were to win...

Roundup of July Writing Competitions

By on Jun 24, 2015

Inkitt Mystery/Thriller Writing Contest The Inkitt site is a great place to read and review short stories. It is also great place to publish and get feedback on your own work. As a bonus, Inkitt periodically offer short story contests. The Fated Paradox Mystery/Thriller contest, whilst themed, is free to enter, has no word limit and offers a cash prize. It doesn’t come much better than that. Word limit: None Prizes: 1st – $50 plus five custom printed copies of story, 2nd – $40, 3rd – $30 Entry fee: free Closing date: July 4th “Fated Paradox: Tales of Gripping Suspense.” Keep us on the edge of our seats with your best mystery and thriller stories. Submit accounts of murders and red herrings, or have us biting our nails over stories full of adrenaline and espionage. We want you to leave us breathless with yours tales of unmatched suspense. A shortlist of submitted stories is...

Ledbury Poetry Fesival Competition 2015

By on Jun 16, 2015

This is one of the better UK competions, with categories for both adults and under 18s. As far as I can tell it’s an international competition. Although if you win, you’ll need to travel to Wales for the writing course at Ty Newydd. Word limit: 40 lines Adult Entries Prizes: 1st – £1000 plus a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales, 2nd – £500, 3rd – £250 Entry fee: £5 Young People: 12 – 17 Prizes:  1st – £100,    2nd – £50,  3rd – £25 Children: (11 and under) First Prize:  1st – £25 book token, 2nd – £15 book token, 3rd – £10 book token Entry fee for under 18s: first poem free then £1.50 for each additional entry. Closing date: 9th July This years judge will be Deryn Rees-Jones “Deryn Rees-Jones’s most recent books are ‘And You, Helen’ with Charlotte Hodes (Seren, 2014) and ‘Burying the Wren’ (2012) shortlisted for the Roland Mathias and T.S....

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