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News room: 14 Summer Writing Competitions

14 Summer Writing Competitions  by Jessica Barrah

It’s summertime!

Instead of reading on your sunlounger, why not jot something down and then enter a writing competition? You could win some money towards your next holiday at the same time as boosting your writing career.


We’ve found some great competitions with deadlines up to back-to-school time in September. Some of these competitions have deadlines coming up very soon – so put your writing sunhat on, line up some cold drinks and set to it!


1. The Brighton Prize

Details: This competition comes from live literature night ‘Rattle Tales’, for stories of between 1,000 and 2,000 words. Best-selling crime novelist Peter James will be judging, and the winning writers will be invited to read their work at a live show and prizegiving event in November.

Fee: £6

Deadline: 7th July 2015

Prize: 1st – £500. Runners-up (2) – £100.


2. Pennine Ink Writing Competition

Details: This contest is for short stories of up to 250 words and poems of up to 25 lines. There are two themes to choose from: ‘Portraits’ or ‘Not Forgotten’.

Fee: £3 for one, £5 for two.

Deadline: 7th July 2015

Prize: £50. The top entries will be published in Pennine Ink Magazine.


3. Dog Diaries Short Story Competition

Details: This competition from Ouen Press is for working dog stories (sheepdog, guard dog, guide dog etc) between 2,000 and 8,000 words.

Fee: Free to enter

Deadline: 15th July 2015

Prizes: 1st – £300. Runners-up (2) – £100.


4. Olga Sinclair Open Short Fiction Competition

Details: This contest is for stories of up to 2,000 words – and must include the word ‘mustard’!

Fee: £7

Deadline: 17th July 2015 (postal entries) and 31st July 2015 (online)

Prize: £500, £250, £100. Winners will be considered for publication by Unthank Books.


5. Wild Atlantic Words Open Poetry Competition

Details: This contest is for poems of up to 40 lines on any theme related to coastal landscape or maritime life and heritage.

Fee: €10

Deadline: 19th July 2015

Prizes: 1st – €500. 2nd – A week’s retreat accommodation at The Creativity Cabin on the Beara Peninsula, Ireland. 3rd – €100.


6. Sixfold Short Story and Poetry Awards

Details: A quarterly competition for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totalling no more than 10 pages or a story of up to 20 pages.

Fee: $5

Deadline: 24th July 2015

Prize: Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Sixfold journal of short stories and poetry.


7. Cinnamon Press Debut Novel/Novella Prize

Details: Submit the first 10,000 words of your novel or novella.
The competition is open to all writers who have not had a previous full length novel published (self-published authors may enter).

Fee: £12

Deadline: 31st July 2015

Prize : £1,000 and a publishing contract.


8. Wells Festival of Literature Writing Competition

Details: Wells Litfest has two competitions – Poetry and Short Story. You may write up to 40 lines of poetry, while short stories should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words.

Fee: £5 for the short story, £5 for poetry.

Deadline: 31st July 2015

Prizes:Poetry and Short Story (in each category) – £500, £200, £100.


9. Dreamquest One Poetry and Writing Contest

Details: This contest accepts poems of up to 30 lines and short stories of up to five pages, with any style or theme.

Fee: Stories – $10 postal, $12 via email. Poetry – $5 postal, $7 via email.

Deadline : 31st July 2015

Prizes: Stories – $500, $250, $100. Poetry – $250, $125, $50. Winners will be published on the website.


10. Highlands & Islands Short Story Association Competition

Details: Submit stories of up to 2,500 words on any theme – unusual stories welcome!

There is also a flash fiction category for stories of up to 500 words.

Fee: £5 each, £12 for three. Flash Fiction – £2 each, £5 for three.

Deadline: 31st July 2015

Prizes: 1st – £400. Runners-up (2) – £50. Flash Fiction – £50.


11. PENfro Book Festival Writers’ Competitions

Details: This contest has two categories: Poetry and Memoir. Poems can be up to 40 lines, and for the memoir there is a 1,000 word limit.

Fee: Poetry – £4. Memoir – £5.

Deadline: 31st July 2015

Prizes (in each category): £250, £100, £75.


12. Buzzwords Poetry Competition

Details: This competition is for poems up to 70 lines. Proceeds from the competition will be used to fund ‘Buzzwords’ poetry gatherings.

Fee: Postal – £4 each, three for £10. Email – £4.35 each, two for £8.70, three for £11.

Deadline: 23rd August 2015

Prizes: £600, £300, 5 x £50. Gloucestershire Prize: £200.


13. Torbay Open Poetry Competition

Details: This annual contest is for poems of up to 50 lines. The judge is prizewinning poet and reviewer John Greening.

Fee: £5 each, £20 for five.

Deadline: 28th August 2015 (6pm)

Prizes:1st – £700 plus a weekend at the poetry festival with accommodation and Festival Pass. 2nd – £400 plus Festival Pass. 3rd – £200 plus ticket for the Festival supper for two.

Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their entries at the Prizegiving event.


14. Tethered by Letters Summer Writing Contest

Details: This international competition has three categories: short story, poetry and flash fiction.
The stories should be between 1,000 and 7.500 words, while poems can up to three pages.
Flash fiction has word limits of 55, 240 or 500.

Fee: Stories – $15. Poems and flash fiction – $7 each, $15 for three.

Deadline: 31st August 2015

Prizes: Stories – $500 and publication in the quarterly journal.
Poetry – $150 and publication in the quarterly journal.
Flash Fiction – $150 and publication in the quarterly journal.
All finalists in each category will receive professional edits on their submissions and will be considered for later publication.


Please let us know if you can recommend any other writing competitions to enter this summer, and of course, update us with your progress! We wish you all the best of luck.




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