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12 Writing Competitions for September by Jessica Barrah

September is a great time to start a new writing project. At the start of the new term, why not give yourself something to aim for with a deadline – you’ve got two weeks to go, and hopefully you may have some short stories or poems just waiting to be polished up and sent off.

1. Manchester Writing Competition

Details:An international contest from Manchester Writing School at the Manchester Metropolitan University for poems and short stories. To enter the Poetry Prize, submit a portfolio of three to five poems of no more than 120 lines in total. For the Fiction Prize, short stories of maximum 2,500 words in any genre.
Entry Fee:£17.50.
Deadline: 29th September 2017.
Prizes:£10,000 in each category.

2. Fiction Desk Flash Fiction Competition

Details:This contest from publisher ‘The Fiction Desk’ is for stories of between 250 and 1,000 words.
Entry Fee: £5 for one, £8 for two.
Deadline: 29th September 2017.
Prizes: £300, £100, £100.

3. Hammond House International Literary Prize

Details: A competition for short stories of between 2,000 and 7,000 words on the theme of ‘Eternal’.
Entry Fee: £10.
Deadline: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: £600, £100, £50. The top 25 entries will be published, and there will also be a televised awards ceremony.

4. Hammond House International Poetry Prize 2017

Details: This annual contest is for poems of any length on the theme of ‘Eternal’. You may also submit a short pamphlet of up to 7 of your other poems in support of your entry ‘to provide the judges with a context for your poem in relation to your wider body of work.’
Entry Fee: £10.
Deadline: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: £250, £50, £25. The top 25 entries will be published.

5. Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Details: This competition has become two competitions in one – the Tom Howard Prize and the Margaret Reid Prize. The former is for poems in any style, the latter is for traditional verse as defined on the competition page. The maximum line length is 250.
Entry Fee: $12.
Deadline: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: Tom Howard Prize (any style) – $1,500. Margaret Reid Prize (traditional verse) – $1,500. There will also be ten Honourable Mention awards of $100.

6. Bedford International Writing Competition.

Details: This annual contest is for stories of up to 3,000 words and poems of no more than 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £6 each, £12 for three.
Deadline: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: £300, £150, £100. In addition there is the Bedford Prize for local residents: Story – £100. Poem – £100.

7. Fantastic Female Fable Competition

Details:This competition from Fantastic Books Publishing is for stories of up to 2,000 words featuring strong, inspirational women, on the theme of Female Strength.
Entry Fee: £5 each, five or more £3.50 each.
Deadline: 30th September 2017
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.

8. SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition

Details:This contest from Sentinel Poetry Movement Publications is for full-length collections of poetry in any style and on any subject. For the first stage of the competition you send in 20 pages of poetry from your full collection. Note that for this initial stage you must submit your entry under a pen name.
Entry Fee: £25 per collection.
Deadline: 30th September 2017
Prizes: £300, £200, £100. The three winners will also receive publishing contracts for their collections and 20 copies of their published book.

9. Heatseeker Short Story Competition

Details: and Heat magazine are running this competition for women’s fiction of up to 2,500 words.
Entry Fee: Free entry
Deadline: 30th September 2017
Prizes: Publication and a standard e-publishing contract with mainstream publisher Simon & Schuster.

10. Henshaw Short Story Competition

Details: This competition from Henshaw Press is for stories of up to 2,000 words on any theme.
Entry Fee: £5
Deadline: 30th September 2017
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.

11. FT/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize

Details: A competition for people under 35, to write a proposal of up to 5000 words for a book about challenges and opportunities for business growth. See the website for ideas about future trends in business finance and management. You must also submit a biography to show why you are qualified to write a book of this kind.
Entry Fee: Free to enter
Deadline: 30th September 2017
Prizes: £15,000. The best proposals will be published on the Financial Times website.

12. Caterpillar Short Story for Children Prize

Details: This themeless contest from Irish literary magazine The Moth is for stories of up to 1,500 words aimed at children aged 7 to 11.
Entry Fee: €12
Deadline: 30th September 2017
Prizes: 1st – 500 euros and a two-week stay at The Moth Artists’ Residence. 2nd – 300 euros. 3rd – 200 euros. Winning entries will appear in The Moth’s literary magazine for children, The Caterpillar.

Good luck if you enter any of these competitions – and do let us know how you get on!

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