News room: 10 Summer Writing Competitions

10 Summer Writing Competitions  by Jessica Barrah

It’s time for the new season’s round-up of writing competitions. There are opportunities for writers of short stories, novels, non-fiction and poetry, so hopefully something for everyone.

Click on the competition title in blue to go straight to the contest’s own website.

1. The Moth International Short Story Prize

Details: An annual competition for short stories, this year with a limit of 6,000 words on any theme.
Entry Fee: €12
Deadline: 30th June 2017
Prizes: 1st – €3,000. 2nd – a week’s writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France with €250. 3rd – €1,000. The winning stories will be published in ‘The Moth’ magazine.

2. The Brighton Prize

Details: A competition for flash fiction of up to 350 words and short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words
Entry Fee: Short Stories – £8. Flash Fiction – £6.
Deadline: 30th June 2017
Prizes: Short Story – £1,000, 2 x £100. Prize for writer resident in Sussex – £100 in book tokens. Flash Fiction – £100, 2 x £50.

3. Impress Prize

Details: A competition to discover new writing talent,for fiction and non-fiction books. Submit a sample chapter of no more than 6,000 words, plus a synopsis or contents list, an author biography. See further information on the Entry Requirements page.
Entry Fee: £15.
Deadline: 30th June 2017 (5pm)
Prizes: A publishing contract with Impress Books.

4. TLM Poetry Competition 2017

Details: A competition from The London Magazine, (which was first published in 1732) for poems of up to 40 lines on any theme.
Entry Fee: £10 for the first, £5 for further entries.
Deadline: 30th June 2017
Prizes: £500, £300, £200. Winning poems will be published in the magazine.

5. Wells Festival of Literature Writing Competition

Details: There are three competitions – Poetry, Short Story and Book for Children. Poems should be up to 40 lines, short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words. The ‘Book for Children’ should be suitable for children aged 9+. Submit the first three chapters plus a brief synopsis (to fit on two sides of a page). If shortlisted, you will be asked to submit the rest of your story.
Entry Fee: £6
Deadline: 30th June 2017
Prizes: Prizes: Poetry, Short Story, Children’s (in each category) – £750, £300, £200. Additional prizes: Wyvern Prize for a local short story entrant – £100. Hilly Cansdale Local Prize (for poetry) – £100. Book for Children Local Prize – £100.

6. Live Canon International Poetry Competition

Details: A competition for poems of any length.
Entry Fee: £6.
Deadline: 1st July 2017
Prizes: 1st Prize: £1,000. There is another £100 for the highest placed poet living, studying or working in the London Borough of Greenwich. Fifty poems will be published in the 2017 anthology, and 20 will be performed by the Live Canon Ensemble during the prize-giving event at Greenwich Theatre.

7. Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition

Details: poems of up to 40 lines. It has three age categories: Adult (18 and over), Young People (12 to 17), and Children (11 and under). The judge is prize-winning poet Fiona Sampson MBE.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £3.50 thereafter. Young People and Children get the first entry free and pay £1.50 each for any subsequent entries.
Deadline: 13 July 2017
Prizes: Adults: 1st – £1,000 plus a residential writing course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers’ Centre for Wales. 2nd – £500. 3rd – £250. 12-17 category – £100, £50, £25. 11 and under category – £25, £15, £10 (all in book tokens).

8. Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition

Details: A competition for unpublished stories of up to 3,000 words on any subject.
Entry Fee: €15
Deadline: 31 July 2017
Prizes: 1st – €2,000 plus a week’s residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. If you win and go to Cork to collect your prize, you will receive hotel accommodation, meals, drinks and VIP access at Cork International Short Story Festival (13-16 September 2017). 2nd – €500. Runners-up (4) €120. All six winners will be published in the literary journal Southword.

9. Winchester Poetry Prize

Details: A competition for poem of up to 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £4 for subsequent entries.
Deadline: 31st July 2017
Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Winners will be invited to read their poems at a prize-giving event at Winchester Poetry Day on October 14. Winning and commended poems will be published in an anthology.

10. Manchester Writing Competition

Details: This competition has two categories, Poetry and Fiction. To enter the Poetry Prize, submit a portfolio of three to five poems, consisting of no more than 120 lines in total. For the Fiction Prize submit a story of no more than 2,500 words in any genre.
Entry Fee: £17.50
Deadline: 29th September 2017
Prizes: £10,000 in each category.

Good luck, and do let us know how you get on. If you don’t have time to enter these, we’ll be back with more competitions in the autumn.

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