I thought I’d do another round up of some free-to-enter writing competitions with submission deadlines before the end of 2013, to remind you that all it takes is a good story to win a prize! Why not give it a go – you’ve got nothing to lose!
Jeremy Mogford Prize
Closing Date: 1st October 2013
The Oxford Literary Festival are seeking submissions for stories up to 2,500 words with the theme of food and drink. The 2013 award attracted over 400 entries from around the world and the £7,500 prize was granted to Emma Seaman for A Dish of Chocolate Ice Cream. You can read this winning entry here. Entries for the 2014 Prize must be submitted by email with the results announced in March 2014.
Tom Gallon Trust Awards
Closing Date: 31st October 2013
NOTE: Entrants must have had at least one story accepted for publication previously
Any submissions should be traditional, rather than experimental, in character, and the financial circumstances of the writer should be taken into account. The Tom-Gallon Trust Award was previously awarded biennially alongside the Olive Cook Award. The Olive Cook Award was last awarded in 2010.
2013 Erewash Writers’ Group ‘Full Stop’ Story Competition
Closing Date: 7th November 2013 (noon)
The Erewash Writers’ Group say that their competitions “exist to encourage and reward writing”. They also use their competitions to raise money for charity. They have a free to enter competition for stories of up to 2,000 words that centres around the theme of ‘Full Stop’ – how you interpret this theme is up to you. The prizes for this competition are the ‘Teach Yourself’® guides on Creative Writing, Writing a Novel and Get Your Book Published.
Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 13th December 2013
The Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize is open to published and novice writers alike. Entrants should submit an original short story (up to 3,000 words) on the subject of ‘spring’. The winning entry will appear in the May 2014 issue.
The winning author will be able to choose a first-edition book from Asprey’s Fine and Rare Books Department to the value of £3,000 and enjoy a week-long retreat at Eilean Shona House, on the 2,000-acre private island off the west coast of Scotland where JM Barrie wrote his screenplay for Peter Pan.
Happy Writing and Good Luck!