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10 Writing Competitions to Enter Before 2019 by Jessica Barrah

The days are getting shorter, so why not stay inside all cosy, polish up some stories or poems to enter some competitions – all with deadlines before New Year.

1. Templar Poetry Pamphlet Awards

Details: A quarterly contest from Templar Poetry. Submit a selection of your work as a manuscript of between 10-12 A4 single-sided pages.
Entry Fee: £15.50
Deadline: 26th November 2018
Prizes: The winner will have his or her entry published in perfect-bound Templar Paperback Pamphlet format and will receive 5 free copies with the option to buy more at a discount.

2. WB Flash Fiction Competition

Details:A competition from Writers Bureau, for stories of no more than 500 words.
Entry Fee: £5 for one story, £10 for three
Deadline: 30th November 2018
Prizes: £300, £200, £100. All winners also receive a WB writing course of their choice.

3. Wundor Editions Poetry Competition

Details: A competition for ‘diverse, disruptive and innovative writers’ to enter their latest poetry contest, for poems on any subject and any length.
Entry Fee: £5 for one poem, £10 for six.
Deadline: 30th November 2018
Prizes: £500. The winner and two runners-up will be published on the website, with a possibility of publication in print as well.

4. Everything With Words Urban YA Competition

Details: This contest is for first young adult novels of between 40,000 and 70,000 words, set in a real city in today’s multicultural Britain. Submit the completed novel plus a summary of up to 500 words.
Entry Fee: Free to enter.
Deadline: 30th November 2018
Prizes: £1,000 and possible publication of your novel.

5. Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

Details: An annual contest from the Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland, is for poems of up to 40 lines in English on any subject.
Entry Fee: 5 euros each, 20 euros for five.
Deadline: 30th November 2018
Prizes: 1st – 1,000 euros, publication in Southword Journal, a week’s residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and a trip to Cork to visit the Cork International Poetry Festival (with 4 night’s accommodation and up to 600 euros travel expenses). 2nd – 500 euros and publication in Southword Journal . 3rd – 250 euros and publication in Southword Journal. Runners-up (10) – publication in Southword Journal and a fee of 30 euros.

6. Fish Short Story Competition

Details: An international contest from Fish Publishing for short stories on any subject of no more than 5,000 words.
Entry Fee: Online entries are 20 euros for the first, 10 thereafter. If you are posting your entries, it’s 2 euros extra.
Deadline: 30th November 2018
Prizes: 1st – 3,000 euros (1,000 of which is for travel expenses to the anthology launch), plus a 5-day short story writing workshop 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. Runners-up (7) – 200 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.

7. Bath Children’s Novel Award

Details:This annual international contest is open to unpublished and self-published debut novelists. It’s for novels of any length in any middle grade or young adult genre. To enter, 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 2018. The longlist is chosen by a panel of children and young adults. The shortlist judge is Sallyanne Sweeney from Mulcahy Associates Literary Agency.
Entry Fee: £25
Deadline: 2nd December 2018
Prizes: 1st – £2,500. Runners-up – The writer of the most promising longlisted novel will receive an online place on Learn to Edit Your Novel the Professional Way from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. Shortlisted entrants will receive introductions to literary agents and feedback.

8. H.E.Bates Short Story Competition

Details: This annual contest in memory of the Nothamptonshire author of such works as The Darling Buds of May and Love for Lydia is for stories of up to 2,000 words on any theme.
Entry Fee: £6 for one, £10 for two.
Deadline: 3rd December 2018
Prizes: £500, £200, £100.

9. Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

Details: For every entry received, Magic Oxygen Publishing of Dorset will plant a tree in Kenya to create a ‘tropical word forest’. And when the contest closes each entrant will receive the GPS co-ordinates of their tree. The contest is also funding the building of another new classroom at Kundeni Primary School next to the tropical word forest. Poems should be less than 50 lines while short stories should be a maximum of 4,000 words.
Entry Fee: £5
Deadline: 31st December 2018
Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, and 2 x £50.

10. Moth Poetry Prize

Details: An annual contest from Irish magazine The Moth for poems of any length and on any subject.
Entry Fee: 12 euros.
Deadline: 31st December 2018
Prizes: 1st – 10,000 euros. Runners-up (3) – 1,000 euros.

Good luck if you enter any of these competitions, and do tell us how you get on!

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