It’s that time again! Here’s a round up of some of the competitions out there at the moment to encourage my fellow writers to get submitting. I know I’ll be entering at least one of these this year.
Saga Ghost Story Competition
Deadline: 1st May 2014
Saga are looking for thrilling ghost stories of up to 3,000 words for a £250 prize and publication in a Halloween anthology. Two runners up will get £100 each too. They will accept entries by email.
While There’s Still Time
Deadline: 1st June 2014
This new competition focuses on the theme of regret and reconciliation, hoping that the stories of this type will encourage others to recognise the limited time we have left and prioritise their lives accordingly. Entries needs to be up to 2,500 words long – or 40 lines of poetry – and you can submit up to three pieces. Prizes are: 1st – £200, 2nd – £100 and 3rd – £50, with certificates and possible anthology publication.
Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition
Deadline: 14th July 2014
Entry: £3 per story
Wrekin Writers are looking for stories on any theme of up to 1,200 words. There is an entry fee, but any profits go to the Severn Hospital charity – so it’s for a good cause. Prizes are £150, £70 and £30 respectively for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Again, email submissions are accepted.
Hysteria Writing Competition
Deadline: 31st August 2014
Entry: £3 or £5
For women only, this competition requests entries for flash fiction, short stories and poetry – entry fee is £5 for short stories and £3 for flash fiction and poetry. There is no genre but they do request no horror or erotic stories, and contrary to popular belief the story does not have to involve a hysterectomy! There are cash prizes for each category and nine further winners from each of the categories will also be published in their annual anthology.
SASH Writing Competition
Deadline: 10th October 2014
Entry: No fee, but a donation would be welcomed
This charity for homelessness is launching their writing competition on 1st May, but some details have already been announced. The theme will be ‘homelessness’ and short stories of up to 3,000 words are requested. First prize will include a place on one of the highly coveted Arvon retreat.
Late Addition: added after originally published.
Read Kirklees Writing Competition
Deadline: 11th July 2014
My (original) Yorkshire home district is having a writing competition that is free to enter in celebration of their Around the World in 80 Days series of events to celebrate the written word. They’re looking for entries (short story or poem) of up to 500 words on the theme of ‘On Your Bike’ with book vouchers as prizes. And honestly, which writer doesn’t covet more books?