News room: Writing Competitions To Enter Before Christmas - Part Two

Writing Competitions To Enter Before Christmas -  Part Two by Jessica Barrah

Last week we published a list of writing competitions with deadlines up to 31st October, and today we’re sharing the second part of our collection. There are thirteen competitions gathered together here – hopefully lucky for some!

1. Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Details: This competition is for unpublished short fiction of between 2,500 and 5,000 words aimed at adults. To be eligible, you need to be a citizen of a Commonwealth country. You can write your story in English, Bengali, Chinese, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil, Kiswahili or Malay.
Entry Fee: Free
Deadline: 1st November 2017
Prizes: 1st – £5,000. Four regional winners – £2,500.

2. The Caledonia Novel Award

Details: This contest is open to unpublished and self-published debut novelists, and is for stories of at least 50,000 words in any adult or young adult genre. To enter you email the first 20 pages of your novel and a 200 word synopsis. If longlisted you will be expected to submit the full manuscript by 6th November.
Entry Fee: £25
Deadline: 1st November 2017
Prizes: 1st – £1,000. There is also a special prize for the best entry from the British Isles and Ireland of a place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre.

3. Words and Women Prose Competition

Details: A writing competition for women over 40, Write up to 2, 200 words on any theme. This can be a story in any genre, memoir, life writing, essays or creative non-fiction.
Entry Fee: £10
Deadline: 15th November 2017
Prizes: National Prize – £1,000 and up to a month’s writing retreat at Church Cottage near Stratford-upon-Avon. Regional Prize (East of England only) – £600 and a mentoring session.

4. Bath Children’s Novel Award

Details: A competition for novels of any length in any middle grade or young adult genre, open to unpublished and self-published debut novelists. Email the first 5,000 words of your story followed by a one page synopsis. If longlisted you will be expected to submit the full manuscript in December 2017.
Entry Fee: £25
Deadline: 19th November 2017
Prizes: £2,000. There is also a special prize for one shortlistee of £500 vouchers from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.

5. The Yesterday Scholarship

Details: This prize is funded by Curtis Brown author Felicia Yap. To be eligible, you must be unmarried, not co-habitating, have a gross income of less than £23,000 and savings of less than £5,000.You should submit 3,000 words of a novel in progress.
Entry Fee: Free
Deadline: 26th November 2017
Prizes: A place on a Curtis Brown Creative three- or six-month novel writing course, either in London or online.

6. Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition

Details: A competition for poems of up to 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem, £10 for three.
Deadline: 30th November 2017
Prizes: £1,000, £300, £200. Runners-up (6) – £50. Funniest Poem not winning another prize – £100. Norfolk Prize (for a permanent Norfolk resident) – £100.

7. Fish Short Story Competition

Details: Write a short story of less than 5,000 words on any subject.
Entry Fee: Online entries, €20 for the first entry, €10 for each further entry. Add €2 extra if they are postal entries.
Deadline: 30th November 2017
Prizes: 1st – 3,000 euros (1,000 of which is for travel expenses to the anthology launch), plus a 5-day fiction writing workshop with Claire Keegan during the West Cork Literary Festival. 2nd – A week at the Anam Cara Writers’ & Artists’ Retreat in West Cork with 300 euros travel expenses. 3rd – 300 euros. Ten stories will be published in an anthology and the authors will receive five free copies plus an invitation to read at the launch during the West Cork Literary Festival in July.

8. Foreign Voices Poetry Competition

Details: A competition for poems of up to 50 lines on any aspect of migration. The judges want to be ‘touched in some way by your poem, inspired by its imagery.’
Entry Fee: Free
Deadline: 30th November 2017
Prizes: £200 and publication in the Holland Park Press online magazine.

9. One in Four Writing Competition

Details: A competition from the single parents’ charity Gingerbread for aspiring writers with some experience of single parent family life. The name of the competition refers to the one in four families in the UK with a single parent. To enter, submit the first 5,000 words of your story plus a 500-word synopsis and a few lines about your experience of single-parent family life.
Entry Fee: Free
Deadline: 4th December 2017
Prizes: 1st – A £10,000 publishing contract with Trapeze Books, plus three hours of mentoring with one of the judges, bestselling author Tilly Bagshawe who was herself a single parent. Six shortlisted authors will be invited to the Trapeze offices for a group mentoring session.

10. H.E. Bates Short Story Competition

Details: A competition in memory of the author of such works as The Darling Buds of May for stories of up to 2,000 words on any theme.
Entry Fee: £6 for one, £10 for two, £5 each after that.
Deadline: 4th December 2017.
Prizes: £500, £200, £100.

11. The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition

Details: A competition for manuscripts of up to 80,000, with a suggested minimum of 30,000. The story should be suitable for a worldwide audience of children/young adults between the ages of 7 and 18 years. You should also include a brief synopsis (as described on the website) and a letter explaining the book’s appeal to children.
Entry Fee: £15
Deadline: 8th December 2017
Prizes: A publishing contract with an advance of £10,000, plus representation by a top children’s literary agent.

12. Writers’ Award

Details: This competition is from the Deborah Rogers Foundation, set up in memory of literary agent Deborah Rogers. It’s for first-time authors (fiction or non-fiction) who display literary talent but need financial support to complete a first book. To be eligible, writers must live in the British Commonwealth or Ireland. To enter, submit 20,000 to 30,000 words of a work in progress, as well as a brief synopsis and a biographical note about yourself.
Entry Fee: Free
Deadline: 13th December 2017
Prize: £10,000.

13. Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition

Details: A competition from charity InterAct Stroke Support for stories of up to 1,000 words in any genre. It’s open to anyone aged over 16, and stories must be suitable to be read in the sensitive environment of a hospital. The winner of the competition will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. The charity arranges for readings to stroke patients in hospitals and elsewhere by trained actors.
Entry Fee: £15
Deadline: 22nd December 2017
Prize: £1,000.

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

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