Writing Competitions UK 2018

YouByYou Books Writing Competition

The YouByYou Books A Woman I Admire Competition is open until Sunday 25th February, 10pm. Free to enter. Write about a woman who you admire. Your subject must be real and the story must be true. Max 500 words. Prizes: The winner will receive £100 worth of National Book Tokens. There are three runner-up prizes […]

Stringybark Open Theme Short Story Award 2018

The Stringybark Open Theme Short Story Award 2018 is open until March 18, 2018. Submit short stories of up to 1,500 words. They are offering over $1175 in cash and books for the winning authors and publication in an ebook and print anthology. Entry Fees: A$12.50 for one story, A$24 for 2 stories, A$33 for […]

Eyelands Flash Fiction Contest

The Eyelands Flash Fiction Contest is open until March 20, 2018. Submit flash fiction (max 500 words) on the theme of “Dreams”. First prize is a week’s holiday in Crete (for 2 people). Three prize winners will receive: publication in an anthology, a handmade ceramic gift, a certificate, a copy of the anthology. Shortlisted stories […]

The Mairtín Crawford Awards

The Mairtín Crawford Awards are open until May 1, 2018 (midnight GMT). Open to writers of any nationality or residence aged 18 and over, who have not yet published full collections. The judging panel for The Mairtín Crawford Poetry Award will be headed by poet Moyra Donaldson, whilst novelist and short story writer Jan Carson […]

Remastered Words Short Story Competition

The Remastered Words Short Story Competition opens on February 1st and closes on the 1st of May, 2018. Free to enter. Prizes: £75, £50, £25. The winning stories will be produced as audio shorts by voiceover artists. Submit stories up to 5,000 words. More here.

Lancaster Writing Award 2018

The Lancaster Writing Award 2018 is open until February 28, 2018. Open to Year 12 or 13 students in the UK. Free to enter. Categories include Criticism, Fiction, Poetry, and Script and Screen Writing. Prizes: £100, £50 and £25 in book vouchers. The first prize winner will be published in their student journal, Cake. The […]

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2018

The Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2018 is open until February 28, 2018. Entry Fee: £4 for one poem or £10 for three poems Judge: Pascale Petit Prizes: £600, £200, £100. The winners will be invited to read alongside Pascale Petit at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize. More […]

Writing on a WALL Eltham Arts Creative Writing Challenge

The Writing on a WALL Eltham Arts Creative Writing Challenge is open until the end of February 2018. Free to enter. Submit short stories and poetry on the theme of WALL. Open to everyone who lives, works, is educated in, belongs to a club or group or shops in London SE9. Prizes and awards will […]

Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

The Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is open until February 28, 2018. Submit stories up to 3,500 words. Your story should fit into crime writer Margery’s definition of what makes a great story: “The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry […]

Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2018

The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2018 is open until February 9, 2018 (5pm). Free to enter. The winner will receive £1500, an Arvon retreat, two-years’ membership to the Royal Society of Literature, a development meeting with agent Robert Caskie and a development meeting with an Unbound editor. Two highly commended writers will receive […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Competition is open until March 31, 2018. Submit stories on any subject (max 2,000 words). Prizes: £100, £50, £25. The winning stories will be published on the Henshawpress website. Winners and authors of commended stories will be offered the opportunity of inclusion in their next anthology. Entry fee: £5 More here.

THRESHOLDS International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition

The THRESHOLDS International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition is now open until 18 March 2018, 11:59pm (GMT). Free to enter. First prize is £500. There are 2 runner-up prizes of £100 each. Submit feature essays on the short story form, either recommending a short story, collection or anthology, or profiling the life and writing of […]

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018 is open until March 31, 2018. Submit a poem suitable for 7–11-year olds. Judge: Chrissie Gittins The winner will receive €1,000 and their poem will be published in The Caterpillar. Entry Fee: €12 More here.

Pen to Print: Poetry and Short Story Competition

The Pen to Print: Poetry and Short Story Competition is open until March 29, 2018 (5pm). Free to enter. The winner will receive a Tablet PC. The best short stories and poetry produced during the project will be included in an anthology. More here.

Sunderland Short Story Award

The Sunderland Short Story Award is open until March 1, 2018. The award comes from the University of Sunderland in association with Waterstones. Open theme. There are two categories: adult and 11-17 years. Judge: Professor Ailsa Cox of Edge Hill University Prizes: £500 in the adult category and £200 in the 11-17 year old category. […]

Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2018

The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2018 is open until March 2, 2018. Free to enter. Eligibility: 16-18 year olds who are in full or part-time education in the UK. Theme: Secrets Prizes: £3000, £1500, £500. Three runner-up prizes of £250 each. The winners will also win a place on the Tower Poetry Summer School. More […]

BBC National Short Story Award 2018

The BBC National Short Story Award 2018 is open until March 12, 2018 (9am). Free to enter. Open to authors with a previous record of publication who are UK nationals or residents, aged 18 years or over. Maximum 8000 words. Prizes: The winning author will receive £15,000. Four shortlisted authors will receive £600 each. More […]

The Portico Sadie Massey Awards for Young Readers and Writers

The Portico Sadie Massey Awards for Young Readers and Writers are now open until March 16, 2018. For the reading competition, submit a review about a book of your choice and ‘tell us why we should read it too!’ Open to students in Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5. For the writing competition, submit […]

Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2018

The Nature and Place Poetry Competition is open until March 1, 2018. Submit poems that deal with any aspect of nature and place. The competition comes from The Rialto magazine working with the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. The competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. Prizes: First is £1000, second […]

Tamworth Literary Festival Competition

The Tamworth Literary Festival Competition is now open until March 31, 2018. Your story should be set in or around a Tamworth, Staffordshire building or address. There are three age categories and it’s free to enter for the under 11′s category and 11-16 category. If you’re over 16, it costs £4 per entry. Prizes: £100, […]

Twisted Mysteries Short Story Competition

The Twisted Mysteries Short Story Competition is open until March 30, 2018. They are looking for mystery stories with a twist. Your story should be set in the 1930s. Judging: Last day of each month (over a six month period). The prizes for each month’s submissions are: £100, £50, 2x £25. The winners will have […]

The New Deal Writing Competition

The New Deal Writing Competition is open until April 2, 2018. Use a painting chosen by the staff of Livingston Arts as inspiration for your short story. Entry Fee: $5 All entries must be 10,000 words or less. Prizes: $200, $100, $50. First prize also includes publication in the magazine, Artsphere and on the Livingston […]

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

The Writing District Competition

The Writing District competition is an ongoing monthly competition. Closing last date of every month. Free to enter Prize includes $50 and online publication. Further details here.  Note that The Writing District is our sister site.

Mad Like Us Competitions

The Mad Like Us Competitions are now open until June 7th, 2018 (1pm). Open internationally to writers and artists. For details on the illustration competition, you can visit their website. They also have poetry and flash fiction competitions. Submit poems of up to 30 lines based in some way on emotional distress or mental ill […]

Stroud Festival Writing Competition

The Stroud Festival Writing Competition is now open until July 31, 2018. Submit poetry (max 40 lines) and flash fiction (max 500 words). Prizes: £500, £250, £100 in both categories. Entry fee: £5 for the first and then £3 for each additional entry. Adam Horovitz will judge the poetry entries and Sue Limb the flash […]

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

We are looking for short stories or poetry and the word limit is 3,000 words (for short stories) or 40 lines (for poetry). Entries should be in English and we accept submissions from writers around the world of any age. You can submit one entry every month. Please feel free to resubmit your work every month. We do not accept previously published material.

Ms Shakespeare Project

The Ms. Shakespeare Project is a regional initiative that curates events showcasing women in the arts. This competition is open to women authors from the Yorkshire region. Free to enter. Submit a 1000 word example of your current writing (can be in the form of prose or a dramatic monologue), and 500 words about you […]

Tell a Tale – Gothic Fiction Writing Project

The Tell a Tale – Gothic Fiction Writing Project is open until April 21, 2018. Free to enter. Open to residents of the UK. The winner will receive £300. Submit gothic fiction using the following quotation from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as inspiration, “It might be possible, of course, that far from being one, […]

Creative Writing Ink December 2017 Competition Winner

Many thanks to everyone who entered our free to enter December writing competition and congratulations to Afia Khatun, the winner. Shortlist: Laura McGlashan, Peter Branson, Zoe Perrenoud, Barry Carter, William Lythgoe, Camilla Moni, Joy Deacon, Jimmy Gleeson, Fabiyas M V, Maisie Beckett, Katherine Young, Marvel Chukwudi Pephel, Howard Kerr, Jennifer Hayashi Danns, Lauren Edwards, Jack […]

A3 Review Monthly Contest

The A3 Review monthly contest is open until the 4th Saturday of every month. They accept prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories, hybrid forms, photography, illustration, painting. Maximum number of words is 150. The two winning entries each month are published in The A3 Review, to be published every six months. From this shortlist of […]

Great Eighty Flash Fiction Competition

The Great Eighty Flash Fiction Competition comes from Third Word Press. It is a free to enter, biweekly competition. The prize is £20 cash and publication on their website. If your piece is chosen for publication in their anthology, you will be invited to join their fundraising initiative: to promote the anthology across your network […]

Striking 13 Writing Contest

The Striking 13 Writing Contest is a quarterly competition. Prizes: Three Amazon voucher prizes, for the top 3 entries ($100, $30, $20) and publication on the website. Entries should be max 513 words. Entry Fee: $2 More here.

Ad Hoc Fiction Competition

The Ad Hoc Fiction Competition is a free to enter weekly competition. The prize is a free entry to the Bath Flash Fiction award. More here.

1000 Word Challenge Competition

The 1000 Word Challenge Competition is an ongoing quarterly writing competition. Submit stories of up to 1000 words. The theme changes every quarter. It costs £5 to enter and the top prize is £100. More here.

TXTLit Micro Story Competition

The TXTLit Micro Story Competition is for stories up to 154 characters. The theme changes every month. The winner will receive £50 and there’s an entry fee of £1, plus the cost of sending a text message. Competitions are open to anyone of any age who has access to a mobile phone serviced by a […]

Clochoderick Press Poetry Competition

The Clochoderick Press Poetry Competition is now open until January 25th, 2018. Prizes: £500, £200, £100, 4x £50 Entry Fees: £5 per poem, £7.50 for three poems, £10 for 5 poems. Further details here.

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