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7 Writing Competitions to Enter Before New Year by Jessica Barrah
It’s almost the end of the year, but you’ve still got a few days left to enter a writing competition, and be a winner in 2016. Maybe you’ve already got a piece of writing that you could send off without much tweaking – or maybe it’s a good excuse to avoid another game of charades, hide in your study, and write a brand new story?

1. Fiction Factory Short Story Competition

Details:A new competition from the website Fiction Factory, for stories of no more than 3,000 words on any subject. All genres are welcome except young adult and children’s. The judge is novelist Tim Symonds,
Entry Fee: £6. Optional critique: £5.
Deadline: 31st December 2016
Prizes: £150, £50, £25, £25. Winners will be published on the website and, at a later date, in a planned anthology.

2. Writing Times Short Story and Poetry Competition

Details:A competition for stories of up to 7,000 words and poems of up to 80 lines on the theme of ‘Relationships’.
Entry Fee: £3 for the first entry, £1.50 after that.
Deadline: 31st December 2016
Prizes: £50 and the story published in the magazine.

3. Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

Details: A writing competition with a conscience! For every entry received, Magic Oxygen Publishing of Dorset will plant a tree in Kenya to create a ‘tropical word forest’. When the contest closes each entrant will receive the GPS co-ordinates of their tree. The contest is also funding the building of a new classroom at Kundeni Primary School next to the tropical world forest. There are two categories, for poems and short stories, and you can write on any theme that takes your fancy. Poems can be up to 50 lines, short stories – 4,000 words max. Check the website for more details of how to enter.
Entry Fee: £5
Deadline: 31st December 2016
Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, and 2 x £50 in each category.

4. Martin Lucas Haiku Award

Details: A haiku competition from ‘Presence’, an independent haiku journal.
Entry Fee:£5 for up to five haiku. £1 each additional haiku.
Deadline: 31st December 2016
Prizes: £100, £50. 2 x £25. Winning and commended entries will be published in the magazine.

5. Crimson Cloak Short Story Competition

Details: A contest for fantasy stories of between 1,500 and 3,000 words, inspired by the image on the website here.
Entry Fee: $10.
Deadline: 31st December 2016
Prizes: $150, $100, $50.

6. Mearns Writers New Beginnings Short Story Competition

Details: An international competition for stories of between 1,000 and 3,000 words in any genre, with the theme of ‘New Beginnings’.
Entry Fee: £7 for the first, £5 for each further entry.
Deadline: 31st December 2016
Prizes: 1st – £250. Runners-up (3) – £50. The winning entry and shortlisted stories will be published on the website.

7. Exeter Novel Competition

Details: Submit the first 10,000 words of your novel, including a synopsis of up to 500 words.
Entry Fee: £18.
Deadline: 1st January 2017
Prizes: £500 plus a trophy. Runners-up (5) – £75 and a trophy.

Good luck, and if you don’t have time to enter these, we’ll be back with more competitions in 2017.

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