News room: Writing Competitions 2015 (Part One)

Writing Competitions 2015 (Part One) by Jessica Barrah

Winning a writing prize is an excellent way to stand out from the crowd as a self-published author. It can increase your press coverage, it’s great for your writing CV and, if you’re interested in being traditionally published, a prize can help capture an agent’s attention.

We’ve searched for the best writing competitions that have deadlines up to June – and we’ll be sure to update you with more competitions later on in the year.

Here are 10 writing competitions of various kinds, organised by their deadline date (soonest first). Good luck!

1. Iceland Writers Retreat

Details: Write a short story or essay of no more than 500 words, using this image of Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Center as your inspiration.
Fee: Free
Deadline: 25 January 2015
Prize: The winner will receive the full retreat package, including a free hotel stay, tours, most meals, and all workshops for the duration of the event, from 8 to 12 April.

For more information, check the competition website here.

2. Word of Mouth Prize (Conville and Walsh)

Details: Competition for new novelists – email an attachment of your full manuscript (or a partial manuscript, with a minimum of 30,000 words written), as well as a synopsis and a covering letter.
Fee: Free
Deadline: 31 January 2015
Prize: The winner will receive a cheque for £1,000 and, if mutually agreeable, representation by Conville & Walsh.

For more information, check the competition website here.

3. The Homestart Bridgwater Short Story Prize 2015

Details: Short stories on any theme. Must be not more than 2200 words in length. Judged by Tracy Chevalier.
Fee: £7 per story
Deadline: 1 February 2015
Prize: First Prize £500
Second £200
Third £100

For more information, check the competition website here.

4. Myriad First Drafts Competition 2015

Details: Open to all writers who have not yet published a collection of stories or a novel. Send over a one-page synopsis and up to 5,000 words of a work-in-progress (novel or short story collection, for adults).
Fee: £5
Deadline: 2 February 2015
Prize: The prize is a week-long writing retreat at West Dean College near Chichester, as well as detailed editorial feedback from industry experts. The winner will also benefit from six months mentoring from a Myriad author.

For more information, check the competition website here.

5. Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2015 Short Story Competition

Details: Short story competition open to all ages, professions and nationalities. All entries must be original unpublished prose of 2,000 words or fewer. One entry per author.
Fee: Free, but entrants must be registered on
Deadline: 15th February 2015
Prize: a cash prize of £500, a place on an Arvon residential writing course of your choice and
publication of the winning story on

For more information, check the competition website here

6. Bath Short Story Award

Details: Write a story for adults or young adults on any theme, up to 2200 words.
Fee: £8
Deadline 27 April 2015
Prizes: £1,000, £200, £100. Local Prize: £50.

For more information, check the competition website here.

7. The Bristol Short Story Prize

Details: Short stories up to 4,000 words. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style, including graphic, verse or genre-based.
Fee: £8.00 entry fee for each story entered.
Deadline: 30th April 2015
Prize: First prize is £1,000 plus a £150 Waterstones gift card, 2nd prize is £700 plus a £100 Waterstones gift card and 3rd prize is £400 plus a £100 Waterstones gift card.

Twenty stories will be shortlisted and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology. The top three winning stories will be selected from the shortlist of twenty.

For more information, check the competition website here.

8. The Yeovil Prize

Details: There are various categories in this competion. For novels please send a synopsis with opening chapters (combined maximum up to 15,000 words). For short stories, you may write up to a maximum of 2,000 words and for poetry, poems with a maximum of 40 lines.
Please see the website for more details about the ‘Writing without Restriction’ category.
Fee: Novel:£11, short story £6, poetry: £6 for one poem, £9 for two or £11 for three
Writing Without Restriction: £5
Deadline: 31st May 2015.
Prize: Novel:£1,000, £250 and £100
Short story: £500, £200, £100
Poetry: £500, £200, £100
Writing Without Restriction: £100,£50, £30

For more information, check the competition website here.

9. The Bridport Prize

Details: Again for this competition there are various categories which you could enter.
For poems, you are restricted to a maximum of 42 lines. Short stories should be 5000 words max, with no minimum, and
flash fiction is 250 words max, with no minimum.
Fee: Flashfiction £7, Poem £8, Short story £9,
(There is also a novel competition, £20 entry,more details on the website.)
Deadline: 31 May 2015
Prize: The poetry and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. An additional 10 supplementary prizes (for each category) of £50 each are awarded.
Flash fiction – £1000, a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and 3 supplementary prizes of £50.

For more information, check the competition website here.

10. ‘Just Back’ – The Telegraph Travel Writing Competition

Details: Entrants must write a feature article on their travel experiences in no more than 500 words.

Fee: Free
Deadline: Ongoing weekly competition
Prize: The winning entrant of each weekly competition will receive £200 in the foreign currency of his or her choice. The writer of the ’Just Back’ article of the year will receive £1,000 in the foreign currency of his or her choice.

For more information, check the competition website here.

Do let us know if you are successful in any of these competitions, or if you have any recommendations of other good ones!

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    I will definitely have a go at the first two. But anyone have an idea about where I might float a children’s/young adults story of around 6,000 words?

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