While I’m busy redrafting the novel and attending the fantastic events for Huddersfield Literature Festival (see my post on getting involved in your local lit fest), here’s a selection of writing competitions to keep you as busy as I am this month!
Daggerville Games Writing Competition
Deadline: Last day of every month
Entry Fee: Free
This is a monthly contest that sets a theme and requests flash fiction of up to 350 words. Although you have to ‘like’ them on Facebook to enter the prize is a £30 Waterstones voucher. The theme for March is ‘The Telescope’ and entrants are limited to one entry per month.
Erewash Writers Anecdote Competition
Deadline: 16th April 2015
Entry Fee: Free
This contest is looking for suitable entries of a magazine standard based on a 250 word anecdote that, if note entirely true, must have the ring of truth to it. You can submit two entries, but are only eligible for one prize. It is being judged by Maggie Cobbett and the prize is a copy of her book, in addition to gaining free entry into the group’s open short story competition (fee £3, closing date 24/09/15).
Kishboo Short Story Competition
Deadline: 20th April 2015 (runs quarterly)
Entry Fee: £3
Stories for this online magazine for fiction lovers must be within the 2,000 word limit and include a short brief detailing the synopsis which, if placed, will appear in the magazine alongside the story. The ten best stories will be available through their website and app for public voting (for free) and this is how the winner and runner-up will be identified, with a prize of £50 for the winner and £25 for the runner-up. They are looking for ‘entertaining stories of a good standard’ with the exception of erotic and children’s fiction and they request no swearing or explicit language – but read the rules first, entries can’t be withdrawn.
The Bath International Short Story Award
Deadline: 27th April 2015
Entry Fee: £8
This competition has a strict 2,200 word limit for stories and is being judged by a Literary Agent. Prizes are £1,000, £200 and £100 respectively for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places with £50 for an unpublished writer and a book token for this amount going to a local writer. Last year’s entries were made into an Anthology, now on sale.
Swanwick Writers’ School Competition
Deadline: 30th April 2015
Entry Fee: £5
This is a contest for a variety of forms, from short stories up to 1,000 words (which includes writing for children) and up to 40 lines of poetry on the theme of ‘At the heart of it’. You can win a place at the Swanwick Summer School in August, a manuscript appraisal or a copy of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook. Bear in mind though, that it appears they’re looking for postal entries rather than email.
And finally, as per tradition, here is something a little different: a competition for both established and aspiring Bloggers: My Dream Blog Writing Contest 2015! This contest is looking for entries that explain why people started (or would like to start) writing their blogs with a quote from an article about reasons to blog to be included in the 300-700 words requested. The top prize is a self-hosted WordPress blog with professional design and premium theme that typically costs a reasonable amount! See the website for the entry details, as the rules are quite particular.
Looking for more?
There are still a few competitions with deadlines from March onward in my February competition post.