News room: Spring Into Writing - Competitions with deadlines before Midsummer

Spring Into Writing - Competitions with deadlines before Midsummer by Jessica Barrah

So, it’s the beginning of the Summer term, if not quite feeling summery as yet – or even particularly Spring like. Still, whether you’re writing outdoors on a sunlounger or indoors wearing three jumpers, we’ve collected together competitions with deadlines to take you up to midsummer.

1. Bath Short Story Award

Details: An international contest for stories of up to 2,200 words on any subject, judged this year by Euan Thornycroft from literary agents A M Heath.
Entry Fee:£8.
Deadline: 23rd April 2018.
Prizes: £1,200, £300, £100. Local Prize – £50 in book vouchers. Acorn Award for an unpublished writer – £100

2. James White Award

Details: A free contest for science fiction stories of between 1,000 and 6,000 words, supported by the publishers of Interzone, the UK’s leading science fiction magazine.
Entry Fee: None.
Deadline: 27th April 2018.
Prizes: £200 and publication in ‘Interzone’.

3. Bath Novel Award

Details: A competition for unpublished or self-published novels in any genre, aimed at adults or young adults. Submit the first 5,000 words plus a one-page synopsis. If longlisted you will be expected to submit the full manuscript in May.
Entry Fee:£25
Deadline: 30th April 2018.
Prizes: 1st – £2,500. Shortlisted entrants will receive manuscript feedback and literary agent introductions. The most promising longlisted entrant will receive an online professional editing course from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.

4. Belfast Book Festival Mairtin Crawford Awards

Details: A contest for poems and stories by writers who have not yet had a full collection published. Poetry – each submission should consist of between 6 and 10 poems, each poem being less than 60 lines each. Stories (one per submission) should be less than 2,000 words.
Entry Fee: £5 for each submission of one story or 6 to 10 poems.
Deadline: 1st May 2018.
Prizes: Winners in each category will receive a six-month professional mentorship with editorial advice, other prizes yet to be announced, and an invitation to read at the awards celebration one evening during the Festival.

5. Poetry London Clore Prize

Details:Poetry London, a magazine with nationwide and international scope despite its title, is seeking poems of up to 80 lines on any subject and in any style. This year’s judge is award-winning poet Kwame Dawes.
Entry Fee: £7
Deadline: 1st May 2018.
Prizes:£5,000, £2,000, £1,000 and 4 x £500.

6. Bristol Short Story Prize

Details: A competition for stories of up to 4,000 words on any theme.
Entry Fee:£8.
Deadline: 1st May 2018.
Prizes: £1,000, £700, £400. Runners-up (17) – £100. Twenty stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 11.

7. Yeovil Literary Prize

Details:There are four categories: Short Story, Poetry, Novel and Unrestricted. The stories can be up to 2,000 words, the poems should be no more than 40 lines. Novels have a limit of 15,000 words for the opening chapters and synopsis. The final category can be anything with a ‘wow’ factor.
Entry Fee: Short Story – £7. Poetry – £7 each, £10 for two, £12 for three. Novel – £12 each. Writing Without Restrictions – £5.
Deadline: 31st May 2018.
Prizes: Short Story – £500, £200, £100. Poetry – £500, £200, £100. Novel – £1,000, £250, £100. Writing Without Restrictions – £200, £100, £50.

8. Segora Writing Competition

Details: Run by ‘Poetry Prose and Plays’, this competition is for short stories of between 1,500 and 3,000 words, poems of up to 50 lines, one-act plays with a running time of up to 35 minutes, and vignettes of up to 300 words. Read last year’s winners for all categories on the website.
Entry Fees: Short Stories – £7 each, £13 for two, £19 for three. Vignettes and Poems – £5 each for the first, £2.50 each after that. Plays – £12.
Deadline: 15th June 2018.
Prizes: Short Stories and Poetry – £300, £50, £30. Vignettes – £100. Plays – £100. Winners will be published on the website.

9. Eyelands International Short Story Competition

Details: A competition for short stories of up to 2,500 words, this year with the theme of ‘Luggage’.
Entry Fee: 10 euros.
Deadline: 20th June 2018.
Prizes:A week’s holiday for two on the island of Crete (flights not included). The shortlisted stories will be published in an English language anthology available on Amazon, and the top three entries will also be published in Greek.

10. McLellan Poetry Competition

Details: An annual contest for poems of up to 80 lines on any subject, judged this year by award-winning poet Sinéad Morrissey.
Entry Fee: £6 for the first. £5 for further poems.
Deadline: 21st June 2018
Prizes:£1500, £300, £150, and 6 prizes of £25.

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

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