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10 New Writing Competitions to Enter This Spring by Jessica Barrah

It’s Spring, and hopefully you’re full of energy, bounding around like a frisky hare, and raring to get going on your entries for these new writing competitions.

1. Glimmer Train New Writers Short Story Award

Details: A competition for stories of between 300 and 12,000 words by emerging writers whose work has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation of over 5,000.
Entry Fee: $18.
Deadline: 30th April 2019
Prizes: 1st – $2,500 plus publication in Glimmer Stories and 10 free copies. 2nd – $500. 3rd – $300. Prizes for 2nd and 3rd places increase if the stories are published in the anthology ($700 plus 10 free copies).

2. Bristol Short Story Prize

Details: A competition for stories of up to 4,000 words on any theme, and in any style, including graphic, verse or genre-based (crime, sci-fi, fantasy, historical, romance, children’s, etc).
Entry Fee: £9
Deadline: 1st May 2019
Prizes: 1st – £1,000 and publication in the print edition of Bristol 24/7 magazine. 2nd – £500. 3rd – £250. Runners-up (17) – £100. Additional prize of £100 for the highest placed story from a Bristol writer. The twenty shortlisted stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 12 (print and ebook).

3. Poetry London Clore Prize

Details: A competition for poems of up to 80 lines on any subject and in any style, judged this year by award-winning poet Sasha Dugdale.
Entry Fee: £7
Deadline: 1st May 2019
Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000 and 4 x £500. Winner will be published in the magazine.

4. Bridport Prize

Details: A competition with three main categories – Poems of up to 42 lines, short stories of up to 5,000 words, and flash fiction of up to 250 words.There’s also a ‘First Chapter’ category. (see below)
Entry Fee: Poems – £10. Short Stories – £12. Novel – £20. Flash Fiction – £9.
Deadline: 31st May 2019
Prizes: Prizes in each of the three categories – Short Stories, Poems and Flash Fiction – £5,000, £1,000, £500. Ten runners-up prizes of £100.

5.The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award

Details: A competition for writers over 16 resident in the UK or R.o.I and who have not had a novel published (self-published excepted). Submit the first chapters of your story (5,000 to 8,000 words), plus a synopsis of up to 300 words. You need to have 15,000 words of the novel available at the longlist stage and 30,000 for the shortlist.
Entry Fee: £20.
Deadline: 31st May 2019
Prizes: 1st – £1,000 plus mentoring from The Literary Consultancy. 2nd – £500 plus manuscript assessment. Runners-up (3) – £100.

6. First Novel Prize

Details: A competition for first novels of over 50,000 words in any adult genre. To enter you send in the full manuscript plus a synopsis. Self-published or independently published novels can be submitted.
Entry Fee: £25.
Deadline: 31st May 2019
Prizes: £1,000, £500, £100.

7. Eyelands International Short Story Competition

Details: A short story competition with the theme ‘Round Midnight’, with a word limit of 2,500.
Entry Fee: 10 Euros
Deadline: 20th June 2019
Prizes: A week’s holiday on the island of Crete (flights not included) in a studio for 2 people at Triopetra Beach, with beds for 2 children available if required. Shortlisted stories will be published in an English language anthology available on Amazon. The top three entries will also be published in Greek

8. V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize

Details: A contest from the Royal Society of Literature for stories of between 2,000 and 4,000 words. To enter you must be over 18 and reside in the UK, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland, and be available to attend a prize-giving event in Autumn this year.
Entry Fee: £7.50
Deadline: 28th June 2019
Prizes: £1,000 and publication is RSL Review and Prospect Magazine online.

9. James White Award

Details: A free competition for science fiction stories of between 2,000 and 6,000 words by non-professional writers, supported by the publishers of Interzone, a science fiction magazine.
Entry Fee: Free to enter
Deadline: 28th June 2019
Prizes: £200 and publication in Interzone.

10. Wells Festival of Literature

Details: Various categories for this competition – Poetry, Short Story, Book for Children and Young Poets. For poetry you can write up to 35 lines, Short Stories should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words. For the Book for Children, suitable for children aged 9+, you need to submit the first three chapters plus a synopsis brief enough to fit two sides of a page. If shortlisted, you will need to submit the rest of your story. The Young Poets category (for people aged between 16 and 22) is for poems of no more than 35 lines.
Entry Fee: Adults categories – £6. Young Poets – £3.
Deadline: 30th June 2019
Prizes: Open Poetry, Short Story, Book for Children (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. Young Poets – £150, £75, £50.

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

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