News room: Writing Competitions to Enter Before Christmas - Part One

Writing Competitions to Enter Before Christmas - Part One by Jessica Barrah

There are so many writing competitions this autumn – and a particularly large crop of poetry contests – that we’ve split this article into two. Part One has competitions with deadlines just up to the end of October. Part Two, coming next week, will list competitions up to the end of this year.

1. NAWG Open Writing Competition

Details: There are two categories: short stories should be between 500 and 2,000 words, and poems should have no more than 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £5 for a poem or short story, or three poems for £10.
Deadline: 31st October 2017
Prizes: £200, £100, £50, and winning entries may be published in the anthology.

2. Flambard Poetry Prize

Details: A competition for the best group of five poems in any style and on any subject. Each poem needs to be under 40 lines, and you must not yet have published a single-authored pamphlet or collection.
Entry Fee: £5 per group of 5 poems.
Deadline: 31st October 2017
Prizes: £1,000, £250.

3. Flash 500 Novel Opening Competition

Details: A competition for the opening chapter of a novel in any genre. Please include a one page synopsis of the rest of the story.
Entry Fee: £10
Deadline: 31st October 2017
Prizes: £500, £200.

4. Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2017

Details: A poetry pamphlet competition – submit up to 30 pages of poetry (36 lines maximum for each poem, including breaks).
Entry Fee: £15 per block of poems.
Deadline: 31st October 2017
Prizes: Two winners will each receive a royalty publishing contract with Indigo Dreams and will receive 20 free copies of their poetry pamphlet.

5. Bare Fiction Prize 2017

Details: A competition for poems of up to 40 lines, short stories of no more than 3,000 words, and flash fiction with a maximum of 500 words.
Entry Fee: Short story – £8, flash fiction – £6, poetry – £5.
Deadline: 31st October 2017
Prizes in each category: £500, £200, £100, 2 x £25.

6. Dinesh Allirajah Prize

Details: A competition for stories of between 2,000 and 6,000 words on the theme of ‘Café Stories’.
Entry Fee: Free
Deadline: 31st October 2017 (5pm)
Prizes: £500. Shortlisted entries will be featured in an ebook anthology.

7. NAWG Novella Competition

Details: Send 5,000 words plus a synopsis of your novella.
Entry Fee: £10
Deadline: 31st October 2017
Prizes: £300, £200, £100. The prize money must be spent on book printing, although not necessarily on printing the work entered.

8. Poetry Society National Poetry Competition

Details: A prestigious and lucrative poetry prize, for poems with a limit of 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £6.50 for the first, £3.50 for further entries.
Deadline: 31st October 2017
Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000. Runners-up (7) – £200. The top three winners will be published in Poetry Review.

9. TLM Short Story Competition 2017

Details: This international contest is for stories of up to 4,000 words on any theme.
Entry Fee: £10
Deadline: 31st October 2017
Prizes: £500, £300, £200. Winners will be published in the magazine.

10. McKitterick Prize

Details: This is a competition for a first novel (adult), published or unpublished by a writer over the age of forty on December 31 2017. Submit five copies of your published novel or one copy of up to 30 pages of your unpublished one. Published novels must have been published this year.
Entry Fee: Free
Deadline: 31st October 2017
Prizes:1st, £4,000. Runner-up, £1,000.

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

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