There’s still almost two months of the year left! If you haven’t achieved all of your writing goals as yet in 2019, entering a competition can be a great way to get inspired, write something new to a deadline, or polish up something you’ve previously worked on and abandoned. Stay cosy inside in the warm, and get writing…
Details: A competition with two categories: short story and poetry. The stories should be between 500 and 2,000 words, the poems a max of 40 lines, on the theme of ‘Betrayal’.
Entry Fee: £5 for a single poem or short story, or 3 poems for £10.
Deadline: 30th November 2019
Prizes: £200, £100, £50 in each category. Winning entries may be published on the website, in Link magazine and/or in the annual anthology.
Details: A competition for poems of up to 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £4 each, £10 for three, £2 each for further entries.
Deadline: 1 December 2019
Prizes: £1,000, £300, £200. Runners-up (5) – £50. Norfolk Prize (for a permanent Norfolk resident) – £100.
Details: A competition for stories of up to 1,000 words in any genre, open to anyone aged over 16. The Interact Stroke charity arranges for readings to stroke patients in hospitals and elsewhere by trained actors. The winner of the competition will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. Stories must of course be suitable to be read in the sensitive environment of a hospital. The winner will be chosen by novelist Dame Margaret Drabble.
Entry Fee: £15
Deadline: 2 December 2019
Details: A competition for poems of up to 70 lines on any subject and in any style. There is also a contest for humour: The Percy French Prize for Witty Verse. The line limit and entry fees are the same.
Entry Fee: 6 euros
Deadline: 6 December 2019
Prizes: (Main Contest) 1st – 2,000 euros. 2nd – 700 euros, 3rd – 500 euros. Seven additional poets will be invited to read and will each receive a 300 euro reading fee. The ten shortlisted poems will be published in an anthology. The Percy French Prize for Comic Verse has a first prize of 300 euros. Nine shortlisted poets will be offered a reading fee of 100 euros.
Details: A short story competition for stories of up to 2,000 words on the theme, ‘Curious’. Entry is open worldwide to over 16s.
Entry Fee: £5.
Deadline: 12 December 2019
Prizes: £500. Shortlisted entries will be published online and in an anthology.
Details: A competition for full length crime novels with a minimum length of 50,000 words. The promoters are looking for something ‘fress’ which that breaks away from the genre’s stereotypes.
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: 19 December 2019
Prizes: $1,000 advance and publication by Black Spring Press.
Details: A competition for stories of up to five pages and poems running to no more than 30 lines. Entries can be on any subject and in any style.
Entry Fee: $12 online, $10 by post
Deadline: 29 December 2019
Prizes: $500, $250, $100. Poetry – $250, $125, $50.
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 2019
Prizes: 1st – 10,000 euros. Runners-up (3) – 1,000 euros.
Details: An international horror story contest for stories between 1,500 and 2,000 words including the title and your name. This story should be inspired by the image on the competition page
Entry Fee: £5 each, £12 for three.
Deadline: 31st December 2019
Prizes: 1st – £75. 2nd – £25. 3rd – A USB card containing two MP3 audiobooks of your choice from the Fantastic Books Store. 4th – A USB card with one audiobook of your choice from the Store. 5th – An MP3 audiobook of your choice from the Store. 6th to 10th – various numbers of ebooks from the Fantastic Books Store.
Details: To enter this annual contest from Creative Writing Matters of Exeter you submit the first 10,000 words of your unpublished novel, this to include a synopsis of up to 500 words.
Entry Fee: £18
Deadline: 1 January 2020
Prizes: 1st – £500 plus a trophy. Runners-up (5) – £100 and a trophy. Broo Doherty of DHH Agency will bejudging.
Good luck if you enter any of these competitions, and do let us know how you get on!