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Short story and other competitions

How to Enter Them - Beware of scams.

Please Note

The information given here is for GUIDANCE ONLY.

While every effort is made to ensure that it is accurate, before entering any listed competition you should

obtain full rules and an entry form from the organisers.  Information is provided by the organisers of the competitions

and we cannot accept any liability for its accuracy.

 

 

19th April 2017 1st £100


entry £3.50
THE POETRY KIT SPRING  COMPETITION 2017
This year's competition is for poetry on any subject.
There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected
 as a longer one.  
1st prize is £100. 
The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN
ENTER ONLINE 
Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal 
to the account of info@poetrykit.org
all entries must be received before midnight 10th October 2016
Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please 
do not put any identifying features on the poems.
Entry fees are as follows;  
1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00   5 poems  £10
For further details and to enter online see Poetry Kit Competition
10th March 2017 1st £10,000

entry from publishers only
The Forward Prize for Best Collection (£10,000)
The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (£5,000)
The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (£1,000)
Please let us know, via Submittable, the titles and authors of the collections you are submitting by 10 March 2017.
The deadline for sending us physical copies of the books is 24 March 2017.
http://www.forwardartsfoundation.org/
20th March 2017

£250

 

Entry fee £4

The Otley Poetry Prize 2017 Judge by The Otley Town Poet, Matthew Hedley Stoppard.   WIinners to read at Prizegiving event April/ May (date tbc).  Prizes £250, £50 and the Otley Prize for poet connected to the town:   £25.  Entry fee £4    3 for £10

Full details at http://www.owfpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/The-Otley-Poetry-Prize-2017-flyer-v4.pdf

20th March 2017

1st  £150

 

entry £5.00 

Binsted Arts Poetry Competition Adjudicator: Clare Best Prize-giving will be on Saturday 10 June in Binsted, near Arundel, West Sussex. First Prize £150 Second £100, Third £50.

Theme ‘Harvest’    entry £5.00 first poem,  £3. 00 all subsequent

Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival.  Winning poems will be published on the Festival website

For further details, rules & entry form visit http://www.binsted.org/poetry-comp-17
26th March 2017 £100

entry £3

FEDERATION OF WRITERS SCOTLAND VERNAL EQUINOX COMPETITION 2017

Three categories, poetry (any number of poems, no more than 40 lines each), short stories (any number, between 1,500 and 2000 words each), flash fiction/mini-story (any number, up to 500 words). Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10

There is no theme this year. Open entry. Closing date for the competition 26 March 2017. Entry fee is £3 per poem, £3 per flash fiction piece, £5 per short story.

For full rules go to https://federationofwritersscotland.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/vernal-equinox-competition-deadline-mar-26th/  or email accclarke6@btopenworld.com

31st March 2017 1st E1000


entry £12
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2017
€1,000 plus publication in The Caterpillar for a single poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. Judged by John Hegley. No line limit. You can enter as many poems as you like.  
Entry fee: €12
Closing date: 31 March 2017.
Details: www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com
31st March 2017 1st $125 and publication


entry $25

Vallum Chapbook Contest

SUMMARY: Submit 12 - 20 pages of poetry for the chance to be published alongside some of the best poets writing today. 

DEADLINE: March 31st, 2017

FIRST PRIZE: $125 and publication

ENTRY FEE: $25

www.vallummag.com

31st March 2017 1st £500

entry £7

The Aurora Poetry and Short Fiction Competition

Prizes: 1st £500/ 2nd £100/ 3rd £50

Plus the Stonewood Press Prize for the best home-grown talent from the East Midlands: £70 

Entry is £7 for the first story/poem and £6 per subsequent entry.  Submission to the Stonewood Prize is free for those in the East Midlands. 

The judges are the award-winning poet Penelope Shuttle and acclaimed novelist and short story writer Jacob Ross. Entries should be received by Friday 31st March 2017 via www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk or by post to Writing East Midlands Aurora Competition, 32a Stoney St, Nottingham, NG1 1LL. 

1st April 2017 1st $1000


entry free

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

Happy New Year! Our 16th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest welcomes your entry through April 1. There's no fee to enter. Jendi Reiter will judge, assisted by Lauren Singer. We'll award $2,250 in prizes, including a top prize of $1,000. Winners are published on our website.

This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Your poem may have up to 250 lines. One poem only, please. Submit online via Submittable.
 7th April 2017.  1st €500

entry E10
Poets Meet Politics Competition 2017
Entry fee: €10 is payable per entry of up to three poems.
Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines and must be on any theme related to politics.
Further info: Entries should be previously unpublished in printed or online format, and should not be currently under consideration for publication or competition elsewhere.
http://www.hungryhillwriting.org/pmp2017.html 
7th April 2017

1st  £1000

 

 

Entry  £7

The Basil Bunting Award poetry competition is open internationally to any poet writing in English. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines. The maximum number of entries per poet is 10.

The closing date for the 2017 competition is: 7th April 2017.

Entries will be judged by Ahren Warner.

1st  £1000   2nd £750   3rd £250 

Entry fee is £7 for a single poem, or £5 per poem for multiple entries

Prize-winners will be invited to an award ceremony at Newcastle Poetry Festival on 12th May 2017.

Shortlisted poets will be posted on the NCLA website by 28th April 2017.  
For further details, rules & entry form visit

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/competitions/bunting

19th April 2017 1st £100


entry £3.50
THE POETRY KIT SPRING  COMPETITION 2017
This year's competition is for poetry on any subject.
There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected
 as a longer one.  
1st prize is £100. 
The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN
ENTER ONLINE 
Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal 
to the account of info@poetrykit.org
all entries must be received before midnight 10th October 2016
Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please 
do not put any identifying features on the poems.
Entry fees are as follows;  
1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00   5 poems  £10
For further details and to enter online see Poetry Kit Competition
29th April 2017 1st £100


entry £3

The Red Shed Open Poetry Competition 2017

For poems of 50 lines or fewer

Prizes: !st £100, 2nd £50 Wakefield Postcode Prize £25

Sole judge: Di Slaney

Entry fee: £3 and £2 for subsequent entries

Closing date: Saturday 29th April

Award ceremony: Sunday 28th May

The Competition Organiser,

The Red Shed Poetry Competition,

3 Sandal Cliff, Sandal, Wakefield, WF2 6AU

Full details available from: http://www.currockpress.com/the-red-shed-open-poetry-competition-2017.html

30th April 2017

First prize £600

 

 

 

Entry £4

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2017

Adjudicator – Tamar Yoseloff
Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology

Entry from can be downloaded from verpoets.co.uk

Poems on any theme and in any form should be

no more than 30 lines in length.

Competitors may submit any number of

poems for a fee of 3poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.

Cheques/postal orders payable to Ver Poets.    

Please send entries to:

Competitions Secretary

181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 4AH

www.verpoets.co.uk

30th April 2017 1st Writers summer school place


entry £5
Swanwick 2017
Prizes: 1st - A fully inclusive week at the 2017 Summer School for the winner in each category; 2nd - Writing Magazine manuscript appraisal; 3rd - a copy of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2017.
Entry fee: £5 for each piece of work entered.
Theme for all entries this year is 'Escape'.
The categories are: A poem up to 40 lines; A short story up to 1,000 words and Children's fiction up to 1,000 words.
Further info: Swanwick Summer School, which runs from 12-18 August, is a week-long programme for writers of all ages, abilities and genres. It offers a full programme of courses, workshops, speakers, panels and optional one to one sessions.
http://www.swanwickwritersschool.org.uk
30th April 2017 1st £600


entry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2017

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150).

Anthology for winners and commended poets
(£3.50, post free: pre-ordered).

Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 7 July 2017

Fee: £4;  4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission).

Length:  up to 50 lines.

Deadline: 30 April 2017

Sole judge: Hannah Lowe 

Entry form available at http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware17.pdf

or send SAE to : The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 

21 Trinity Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7DB

or email: warepoets_competition@hotmail.co.uk

30th April 2017 1st £200


entry £5

Tools for Solidarity Poetry Competition

Belfast-based charity Tools for Solidarity is launching its inaugural poetry competition. Poems on the theme of ‘Solidarity’ in any style, up to 40 lines long. An international competition for poets from any part of the world.  Prizes: £200 (first prize), £75 (second prize), £25 (third prize). All winning and commended poems will be published on the Tools for Solidarity website. Judges: Poets Maria McManus  (We are Bone, The Cello Suites, Reading the Dog) and Deirdre Cartmill (The Return of the Buffalo, Midnight Solo)

Entry Fee: £5/1 poem, £8/2, £10/3

Closing date: 30th April 2017.  The Awards Night will be on Friday 9th June 2017 as part of Belfast Book Festival.  All entrants are invited to attend.

Contact and submission details:

 http://www.toolsforsolidarity.com/poetry-competition-2017/ 

Submit online to tfspoetrycompetition@gmail.com (pay through PayPal) or send cheques/postal orders (GB£ only) payable to Tools for Solidarity, 55a Sunnyside Street, Belfast BT7 3EX

30th April 2017 1st €500


entry €12

Poetry on the Lake International Competition for the Silver Wyvern

Silver Wyvern  theme: Metal, (max 40 lines) judged by patron, Carol Ann Duffy.

Other categories: Formal (40), Short (10) no set themes.

1st €500, other prizes. Awards 6th - 9th October

Online & postal entries.

Post (send 2 copies, one named): single poem £8 (€ 12), further poems £6 (€10) each: UK cheques to G.Griffin-Hall , send to POTL28016 Isola San Giulio NO, Italy. poetryonthelake@yahoo.co.uk Online entries see: www.poetryonthelake.org

15th May 2017 1st £150

entry £5

Slipstream Poets: The Sussex Chanctonbury Cup 2017 Poetry Competition.

Adjudicator: Janet Sutherland.

Unpublished poems up to 50 lines. 1st prize £150, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £50

The author of the 1st prize poem will also be awarded The Jim Johnston Chanctonbury Cup.

Entry Fee: £5 first poem, £3 each additional poem

All entrants must be living, studying or currently working in E.Sussex, W.Sussex or Brighton.

Details and entry forms: www.slipstream-poets.co.uk

19th May 2017 1st £400


entry

South Down Poetry Festival competition. Adjudicator Jackie Wills. Prize giving at SDPF event in Lewes, East Sussex, on Saturday 24th June. A full list of winners and commended poets will be published on the website. Unpublished poems up to 50 lines. 1st Prize, £400, 2nd prize £150, 3rd £50, best poem by an unpublished poet £100, best poem by a poet under 20 £100. Entry fees £4 (£4.50 online) Further details and entry forms www.sdpf.org.uk 

sdpf.org.uk - The South Downs Poetry Festival 2017

31st May 2017 1st £250 guineas


entry £3

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2017

Prizes: The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2016 will receive two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year's subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines. Adjudicator: Maggie Butt.
Entry £3.00

For full conditions of entry see: www.frogmorepress.co.uk. Postal entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.

31st May 2017

1st  £100

 entry fee £4

The Waltraud Field National  Open Poetry Competition Adjudicator of short list Gladys Mary Coles.  First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25
Winning poems will be published on the Festival website
Further details, rules & entry form on  
www.crewedistrictwriterscircle.webstarts.com

2nd June 2017 1st  £175


entry £4
Wirral Festival of Firsts 7th Open Poetry Competition. Adjudicator Gill McEvoy.  Prize Giving takes place at West Kirby Arts Centre on Sunday 9th July at 5.00pm.
First Prize £175, Second Prize £75, Third Prize £50 with 2 Highly Commended prizes of £10 each and a special Wirral Prize of £30.
Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival.  Winning poems will be published on the Festival website with the writers’ permission.
For further details, rules & entry form visit http://www.festivaloffirsts.com/2017/02/11/poetry-competition/
15th June 2017  1st £300



entry £5

Segora 11th International Poetry Competition

Original unpublished poems, any subject, any style up to 50 lines

Prizes: £300, £50, £30

Entry fees: £5, £2.50 subsequent entries

Judge: A. C. Clarke

Jocelyn Simms, 1 rue de la Sèvre, 79380 St. André-sur-Sèvre, France

Email : simms.gordon@orange.fr

Website : www.poetryproseandplays.com

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SegoraPPP/

Closing date: 15th June

Winning poems published on website

Proceeds from competition entries donated to Médecins Sans Frontières

18th June 2017 1st £500


entry  £6

Welsh Poetry Competition

Our 2017 international contest is now open and accepting entries!
Prize money
1st Prize – £500
2nd Prize – £250
3rd Prize – £100
plus 17 runners-up, specially commended entries
Judge – Kathy Miles
To enter http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk
Closing date: Sunday 18th June 2017

30th June 2017 1st £100


entry £3.5

Earlyworks Press Poetry Competition 2017

£100 first prize, £25 runner up, £5 for any shown on the website.
£3.50 per poem, £15 for up to six entries.

For rules and conditions see http://earlyworkspress.co.uk/Competition_poetry_details.htm Send paper copy to Earlyworks Press, Creative Media Centre, 45 Robertson Street , Hastings Sussex TN34 1HL or e-copy to services@earlyworkspress.co.uk Payment in pounds sterling. POs or cheques payable to Kay Green.

3rd September 2017
1st £600

entry £6

Making Waves! Spoken Poetry Competition Judge: Luke Wright. Prize-giving will be in early November in Falmouth, Cornwall.  First Prize £600 Second £250, Third £150

Poets are invited to enter digital sound files for this ground-breaking poetry competition. Short spoken poems (200 seconds max) will be judged anonymously. The winning entries will be those that make the best overall impression with their content and delivery.

Winners & runners-up will be invited to perform their winning poems at the prize-giving and the sound files will be available to listen to on the Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival website.
For further details, rules & entry form visit:  

https://cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com/making-waves-spoken-poetry-competion/

30th September 2017 1st £300

entry £6
Bedford Writing Competition 2017
Prizes: Prizes: £300, £150, £100. Special Bedford Prizes: Short Story £100;Poem £100. All shortlisted entries will be published as a download anthology.
Entry fee: Fees: £6 or 3 for £12.
Looking for: Story: up to 3000 words. Poems: up to 40 lines.
Further info: Judges: Ruth Hogan, Lesley Saunders, Steve Lowe.
As a not-for-profit group, all net proceeds go to charities/projects that help children or adults improve literary skills.
Email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.co.uk
http://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/cgi-bin/bwc17-home.cgi?page=2
 
Ongoing Competitions
We have decided not to list the ongoing competitions section as in some cases we are unsure as to the legitimacy of the competition.  In future we will only list competitions with a single closing date.