News room: 10 Writing Competitions for the New Year

10 Writing Competitions for the New Year by Jessica Barrah

On the cusp of the New Year we bring you a new set of writing competitions, with deadlines up to the start of March. Why not make a resolution to enter a writing competition in 2020?






1. The Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition

Details: A competition for poems of up to 50 lines (including line breaks) which feature the five words given on the website for that week. A shortlist of 12 poems will be selected after the final closing date, and the winner will be chosen from that.
Entry Fee: 5 euro
Deadline: Every Tuesday at noon until the last week of January 2020
Prizes: 500 euros and an invitation to read at Ó Bhéal’s twelfth anniversary event in Ireland on 13th April 2020, with travel expenses of 100 euro and B&B accommodation.



2. SLF Salariya Children’s Picture Book Prize

Details: A competition for children’s picture books for the age 0 to 5. Submissions can be text only or words and illustrations. The book should be 28 pages excluding end papers and covers. The text should not rhyme. Stipulations about the artwork and further rules can be found on the website.
Entry Fee: Free to enter.
Deadline: 31st January 2020 (5.30pm)
Prizes: £1,000 and possible publication.



3. The Plough Poetry Prize

Details: A competition for poems of up to 40 lines in any style and on any subject, judged this year by Greta Stoddart.
Entry Fee: £5
Deadline: 31st January 2020
Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250.



4. Fish Short Memoir Competition

Details: A contest for memoirs of up to 4,000 words.
Entry Fee: 17 euros for the first, 11 after that for further entries.
Deadline: 31st January 2020
Prizes: 1st – 1,000 euros. 2nd – A week on a writers’ retreat at Casa Ana at La Alpujarra in Spain, plus 300 euros. 3rd – 200 euros. The best 10 entries will be published in the Fish Anthology 2020.



5. Spread the Word Life Writing Prize

Details: This contest is for new and emerging writers aged 18 or over. It’s for life writing, which this competition defines as non-fiction writing about someone’s own life journey or experiences (see further explanations on the website). It doesn’t have to be entirely prose, and can contain poetry, or be illustrated as a graphic novel. In all cases there is a word limit of 5,000. Your entry may be a self-contained item or the first 5,000 words of a longer work. The writing must be unpublished.
Entry Fee: Free
Deadline: 3 February 2020 (11am)
Prizes: 1st – £1,500, an Arvon course, a 2-year membership to the Royal Society of Literature and an optional development meeting with an agent or editor. Runners-up (2) – £500, two mentoring session and an optional development meeting with an agent or editor. Winners will be published on the Spread the Word website and in the Prize booklet.



6. W&A Yearbook Short Story Competition 2019

Details: This annual competition from the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, is for stories of up to 2,000 words aimed at adults. Please register with the website before sending your entry, or it won’t be accepted.
Entry Fee: Free
Deadline: 13 February 2020
Prizes: A place on one of Arvon’s residential writing courses, plus your story published on the website.



7. Fish Flash Fiction Competition

Details: The annual Fish Publishing competition is for stories of up to 300 words.
Entry Fee: 14 euros for the first, 8 thereafter.
Deadline: 28 February 2020
Prizes: 1st – 1,000 euros. 2nd – 300 euros. 3nd – An online writing course with Fish. The best 10 entries will be published in the Fish Anthology 2020.



8. Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

Details: Open to published and unpublished writers, this competition is for stories of up to 3,500 words. These stories need a crime, a mystery, an enquiry and a conclusion, the conclusion providing reader satisfaction.
Entry Fee: £12
Deadline: 29 February 2020
Prizes: £500 plus two weekend passes to Crimefest and a selection of Margery Allingham books.



9. Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing

Details: This contest from the Windsor Fringe Festival is for one-act plays with a performance time of no more than 30 minutes, written by amateur playwrights. Forget the cast of thousands – you are limited to six.
Entry Fee: £10
Deadline: 5 March 2020
Prizes: £500. Three scripts will be selected for performance during the Fringe Festival. One of these will be chosen as the cash prize winner, judged on the writing only.



10. Enfield Poets’ Poetry Competition

Details: A contest for poems of up to 50 lines on any theme. You must be 16 or over to enter. The judge is poet Ruth Padel, Professor of Poetry at King’s College London
Entry Fee: £4 each, £10 for three.
Deadline: 7 March 2020
Prizes: £500, £250, £100.



Get writing, good luck, and do let us know how you get on!


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