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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.

 

 

23rd October 2017 1st £100

entry £3.50

THE POETRY KIT SUMMER 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.   Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt.

1st prize is £100.

Selected poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.orgn   after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org all entries must be received before midnight 23rd October 2017 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 https://www.poetrykit.org/comp-summer17.htm

4th September 2017 1st £150



entry £4

Nantwich Words & Music Festival Competition 2017

Deadline: 4th September 2017

Prizes: £150, £75, £50 plus 2 free tickets to Roger McGough reading on 11th October where winners will be announced. Winning poems will also appear in a special anthology to mark the Festival's 10th anniversary.

Entry fee: £4 per poem or 3 for £10

Entries can be on any subject and in any form with a maximum of 40 lines. Entries must be previously unpublished. Poems will be judged by John Lindley, Cheshire Poet Laureate 2004, Manchester Cathedral Poet 2010.

For further information and submission details see: http://www.wordsandmusicfestival.com/words-and-music-festival-2017/competitions/
15th September 2017 1st $500

entry $15

27th SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest.  This contest is run by SLO NightWriters, the premiere writing organization on the Central Coast of California.

The call for entries begins June 15, 2017 and the deadline is September 15, 2017.  The theme of the contest this year is Liberation.

For the small entry fee of $15, participants may enter one or more of the following categories:

Flash/Short Fiction

Now it’s writer’s call with this new merged category.  Test your skill in composing a Flash Fiction piece, or choose the standard Short Fiction format – your choice!  Entries may be no longer than 1,500 words.

Poetry

Interpret the theme creatively in a poem up to 40 lines in length.

Creative Non-Fiction

This is a brand new category this year, by popular demand!  Tell any true story within the theme with a personal story, personal essay, or memoir up to 1,500 words.

Entries are accepted via Submittable, a secure online submissions management tool, at http://slonwgoldenquillwritingcontest.com/  and http://slonightwriters.org/ on the Enter Here link.

All contest rules and other contest information can be found on our webpage, http://SLONWGoldenQuillWritingContest.com/

15th September 2017 1st Pkt Hobnobs


entry free

We're a new UK based Poetry Magazine aiming at regular biweekly updates. We take submissions through email only at wantonfckerypoetry@gmail.com. We're a publisher primarily of anti-poetry and surreal trash.

We're also currently running a competition with a dealing of the 15th of September 2017. First prize is a packet of hobnobs and a hand drawn picture of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Entry is Free. As a Summary: Myth of Mogg Competition Adjudicator: WFP Editorial Team. Send us your myths on Mogg in whatever form your heart or kidneys desire. For further details visit https://wantonfuckery.wordpress.com/competitions/

21st September 2017

$600USD

 

Entry  $10

Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival Poetry Contest

Poems of maximum 50 lines in length not including title and stanza breaks

Unpublished poems only, international entries welcome

Winner to be announced at the festival on 5 October 2017

Full details and entry here https://losgatoslistowelwritersweek.submittable.com/submit

22nd September 2017 1st Publication + $100 + reading




entry $20

:C&R Press Summer “Tide Pool” Chapbook Series

Deadline: September 22, 2017

First Prize: 1-3 authors selected for publication receive ten copies of the book, $100 dollars and a reading in New York City.

Summary: C&R Press is current reading submissions to our Summer “Tide Pool” Chapbook Series. Entries are open from the Summer Solstice (June 21) to the Autumnal Equinox (Sept 22).

In Spring 2018 C&R Press will publish 1-3 chapbooks of poetry, short stories, or other types of literary or mixed work. Summer Tide Pool Chapbooks of poetry are between 20-40 pages, and chapbooks of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays and mixed work are between 25-60 pages not including front matter. Manuscript authors selected for publication receive ten copies of the book, $100 dollars and a reading in New York City.
We are looking for work that is developed, polished, and has a strong singular voice. We encourage emerging and established authors in the manuscript process to submit their best work. 

Please visit our Submittable for all submissions or our website for more details. https://www.crpress.org/submissions/ 

23rd September 2017 lots of prizes


entry $1

Announcing the 2017 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest

It's our twentieth annual Poetry Contest featuring cash prizes and 47 sponsors who've donated 94 additional prizes.  Last year we were able to send every contest entrant a prize for participating and we're hoping to do the same this year. (Click here for information on sponsoring this year's contest.)

Read below for all the Entry Guidelines, The Complete Prize List, The Judges, and the 2017 Contest Calendar.

Entry Guidelines | Prizes | Meet Your Judges | Contest Calendar
27th September 2017

1st $400 USD

Entry  $8

 

Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival Youth Poetry Contest (Under 18’s)

Poems of maximum 50 lines in length not including title and stanza breaks

Unpublished poems only, international entries welcome

Entrants must be under 18 years of age

Winner to be announced at the festival on 5 October 2017

Full details and entry here https://losgatoslistowelwritersweek.submittable.com/submit

29th September 2017 1st  Pamphlet published

entry £10

Poetry Rivals 2017
Closing date: 29th September 2017.
Prizes: Pamphlet publishing contract with Burning Eye Books.
Entry fee: £10.
Looking for: Poems of any length. Shortlisted poets will be invited to perform at a live slam final.
Website: www.poetryrivals.com
29th September 2017 1st £10,000


entry £17.50

The Manchester Poetry Prize 2017

Chair of Poetry Judges: Adam O'Riordan. £10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).
Entry £17.50

For more information see: http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/Poetry-Prize.php. 

30th September 2017 1st £150

entry £3

Salopian Poetry Society - 41st annual, open poetry competition

1st prize £150; 2nd £100; 3rd £50; ten consolation prizes of £20.

Maximum number of lines increased to 80.

Closing date 30th September 2017.

Full rules and entry form at :- thesalopianpoetrysociety.webeden.co.uk

30th September 2017 1st $1,500

entry $12
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Closing date: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: $1,500 in each category, ten $100 honorable mentions.
Entry fee: $12.
Looking for: Poems in two styles: open and traditionally rhymed. Up to 250 lines.
See website: www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry
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
30th September 2017 1st £250

entry £10

Hammond House Poetry Competition

Deadline 30 September 2017

First Prize £250  - Entry £10, members £5

International Poetry Prize 2017.  Judges: Christopher Sanderson, Robert Etty, and Paul Sutherland.   Award Ceremony 13th December 2017 at the UCG Grimsby.  First prize £250,  2nd Prize £50, 3rd Prize £25.  Worldwide publication for 25 shortlisted entries.   Full details, rules and entry form, at https://www.hammondhousepublishing.com/2017-poetry-comp

30th September 2017 1st £300


entry £25

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2017

The third SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition is for full length poetry collections. Three collections will be awarded the First, Second and Third prizes of £300, £200 and £100 plus a standard publishing contract. Each winner will also receive 20 copies of his or her collection. For the first stage of the competition, entrants submit 20 pages of poetry that will form part of the final collection.The 20 pages may be made up of any number of poems, of any length, on any subject. All poems submitted for this stage of the competition must be previously unpublished. The collections should be submitted under Pen Names. The Cover Notes should have both the author's real and pen names. The submission deadline for The First Stage is 30th September, 2017 The Shortlist A shortlist of five collections will be announced on 31st October, 2017 The Second Stage Authors of the five shortlisted collections will be invited to submit their full collections. The full collections may include poems previously published in magazines, journals or in multi-author anthologies. The submission deadline for The Second Stage is 30th November, 2017. The winners will be announced on 5th January, 2018. The Judge Roger Elkin
Entry
£25.00 per collection

For details see http://www.spmpublications.com/competitions/2017

16th October 2017 1st £2000

entry £6

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2017

Prizes: 1st £2,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500 1 two-year subscription to the manhattan review 5 one-year subscriptions to poetry (from poetry foundation) 3 one-year subscriptions to poetry ireland review 2 one-year subscriptions to the rialto £100 troubadour restaurant gift voucher bottle of troubadour champagne plus, for all prize-winning poets, spring 2018 coffee-house poetry season-tickets & invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, Mon 27 nov 2017 with Imtiaz dharker & Michael Symmons Roberts submit via e-mail or post By Post: No entry form required.
Entry  £6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5

Contact: For entry and more information: http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes

23rd October 2017 1st £100

entry £3.50

THE POETRY KIT SUMMER 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.   Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt.

1st prize is £100.

Selected poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.orgn   after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org all entries must be received before midnight 23rd October 2017 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 https://www.poetrykit.org/comp-summer17.htm

31st October 2017 1st Publication of Pamphlet



entry £15

INDIGO DREAMS PAMPHLET PRIZE 2017

Two winners will receive a royalty publishing contract from award-winning  Indigo Dreams and receive 20 copies of their poetry pamphlet

Submission: Full poetry pamphlet sent as one document up to 30 pages 36 lines max inc line breaks

Entry Fee: £15 per submission.

Closing Date: 31st October 2017.

Publication: Summer 2018

Postal entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to ‘IDP’ or via PayPal. Email via PayPal only.

See full submission rules at

http://www.indigodreams.co.uk/pamphlet-prize/4592772045

Postal submissions to

Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill,

Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU

31st October 2017 1st award


entry free
Eric Gregory Trust Fund Awards
Closing date: 31 October 2017.
Prizes: A share of up to £24,000.
Free entry.
Looking for: For a published or unpublished volume of no more than 30 poems by a UK author under the age of 30 on 31 March 2014.
Email: info@societyofauthors.org
Website: www.societyofauthors.org
31st October 2017 1st £1000

entry£5
Flambard Poetry Prize
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £1,000, £250.
Entry fee: £5 per group of five poems.
Looking for: Best group of five poems by a poet who has not published a single-author collection.
Further info: Judges are Ellen Phethean and Rebecca Goss.
Website: www.ncl.ac.uk/competitions/#theflambardpoetryprize
31st October 2017 1st $500


entry $15

RHINO Founders’ Prize

A poetry contest open to all poets with a distinctive voice.

One winning poem will receive $500 and publication in the next issue.

Two runners-up will receive $50 and publication.

The poems will also be posted on our website.

Send up to 5 unpublished poems (no more than 5 pages total).

Submissions must be postmarked or time-stamped between September 1- October 31.

Submit to our website: rhinopoetry.org

For further inquires about this subject matter, please contact editors@rhinopeotry.org 

31st October 2017 1st £500


entry £5

Bare Fiction Prize 2017

International awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story.Poetry: 40 lines Poetry Judge: Wayne Holloway-Smith. PRIZES (IN EACH CATEGORY) 1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100 2 x Highly Commended Award: £25 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on our website, with the prizes to be awarded at the launch reading in Birmingham in Spring 2018. Each highly commended entry will also be published on the website.
Entry £5 per poem £2 entry discount for magazine subscribers.

See website for full competition rules and to download a postal entry form or enter online. http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions/

31st October 2017 1st £200

entry £5
NAWG Open Poetry Competition
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £200, £100, £50, publication.
Entry fee: £5, £10 for three.
Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines.
See website: www.nawg.co.uk
31st October 2017 1st £500

entry £5
Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £500, £250, £125.
Entry fee: £5, subsequent entries £2.50.
Looking for: 14-line poems that in some way reflect the sonnet form, or not.
Website: www.cannonpoets.org.uk
31st October 2017 1st £5000


entry £6.50

National Poetry Competition 2017

The Poetry Society's annual National Poetry Competition is for previously unpublished single poems. Ten Prizes. First Prize: £5000, Second Prize: £2000, Third Prize: £1000, Seven commendations: £200. Judges: Hannah Lowe, Andrew McMillan and Pascale Petit.
entry
£6.50. Subsequent poems in the same submission cost £3.50 per poem. Poetry Society members (including those joining at time of submission) get a free second poem, with subsequent poems at £3.50

For further information

1st November 2017 1st $4500


entry $45
The Malahat Review's Open Season Awards
Closing date: 1st November 2017.
Prizes: $4500 (Cdn.) over three genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction (one prize of $1500 per genre)
Entry fee: $45 (Cdn.) for UK entrants. Additional entries cost $15, no limit. Can mix/match entries over different genres.
Looking for: Poems (3 poems up to 100 lines each); fiction (2500 words max.); creative nonfiction (2500 words max.)
For further information on conditions of entry visit website below.
Email: malahat@uvic.ca
Website: www.malahatreview.ca/contests/info.html
14th November 2017 1st £500

entry £5

Barnet Open Poetry Competition 2017

Elegy? satire? comedy? for young and old write a poem of not more than 35 lines on any topic general category 1st prize  £500, 2nd £250 3rd prize x3  £50.00 juniors (7-11 & 12-16) 1st prize  £25.00 2nd prize  £15.00 3rd prize x3  £10.00   free entry to Barnet schools reduced fee to Barnet residents the judges - Anne stewart (general catagory) Katherine Gallagher (junior catagory) poets encouraged to illustrate their work with drawings and patterns
Entry: £5.00 adult, £1 7-11s

Downloadable forms available at http://www.barnetarts.org.uk/bbac/index_main.htm or send a SAE to Barnet Arts Council, c/o All Saints Arts Centre,122 Oakley Road North, London N20 9EZ

19th November 2017 1st £100

entry £3

Shooter Literary Magazine's 2017 Poetry Competition invites entries on any theme, in any style, up to 125 lines long. Cash prizes and print/online publication for the winners. Entry fee of £3 (or £8 for three poems) includes e-copy of the winter issue for all entrants. Submission deadline November 19th. Details at https://shooterlitmag.com/poetry-competition.

31st December2017

1st Collection Publication

 

 

 

entry £20

 

 

 

 

Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection Competition

The littoral press will be holding a twice yearly competition for a full collection of nature/spiritual/environmental poetry.  60 copies of the winning collection will be published by the Littoral Press. 10 copies will be retained by the littoral press for ‘legal deposit’ and the press’s archives. 50 copies will be delivered free of charge to the winning poet - UK mainland only. For entries from outside this area delivery charges will have to apply, unfortunately. The book will be A5 in format, perfect bound, with full colour covers (gloss laminated or matt laminated according to the winning author’s choice), between 50 pages minimum and 100 pages maximum in length. It will have an ISBN number and therefore be subject to ‘Legal Deposit’. This means that one copy will be sent to each of the major universities: Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh, where they will be archived; and a further copy will be deposited with the British Library. There will be no need for a contract. The copyright will remain exclusively with the poet to do whatever he or she wishes with those rights. The deadline for the first competition is December 31st 2017. Results will be published on the Littoral Press website sometime in January 2018. Entrants will be charged £20.00 per manuscript.Please read full details of the competition and its rules and conditions.
These can be found on the littoral press website- www.southendpoetry.co.uk/littoral/Competition.html

Prize: Winner will receive 50 copies of their publication with the Littoral Press 
Closing date: 31st December 2017
Entry fee: £20 per manuscript
Adjudicator: Mervyn Linford, Littoral Press Editor.
Contact: www.southendpoetry.co.uk/littoral/Competition.html

31st December 2017 1st €10,000

entry €12
€10,000 Moth Poetry Prize
Formerly known at the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. 1st prize €10,000, with 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000. Judged by Daljit Nagra. Award ceremony to take place at Poetry Ireland. Closing 31 December 2017. See www.themothmagazine.com.
1st January 2018 1st £600

entry £5

Tongues&Grooves Prose Poem Prize 2018. Adjudicator: Michael Loveday. Prize-giving will be on Sunday 25 March at The Square Tower, Portsmouth. First prize £600, Second £200, Third £100. 7 commendations of £25. Winners and runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the Square Tower.   For further details, rules & entry form visit: https://tonguesandgrooves.com/category/competition-2/

25th January 2018

1st £500

 

 

Entry £5
Clochoderick Press Annual Poetry Competition is now calling for entries. We are new press, started up in partnership with Paisley 2021 city of culture bid. Our prizes are as follows: 1St £500, 2nd £200, 3rd £100, 4x £50. Judge: Magi Gibson. Deadline 25th January 2018. Entry Fee £5 per poem (discount for multiples). No theme. 35 lines max per poem. All seven prize winners will be published in our bi-annual literary journal. To submit, please visit: www.clochoderickpress.co.uk and visit our dedicated page for submissions to our competition.
31st January 2017 1st £200

entry £3

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition, 2018

Prize  Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 25 in April 2018.

Publication on the Prole website

2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 25.

Publication on the Prole website

Judge  All emtries will be read by our judge, Kate Garrett - details below.

Time scale We will receive entries from August 1st 2017 to January 31st 2018.

Winners will be announced in issue 25 of Prole in April 2018 and on our website by April 20th 2018.

Details We are, as ever, open regarding style, content and length. What we are after is poetry that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality is all.

All work must be the original work of the writer and be unpublished.

Fees  £3.00 for first entry, £2.00 for any subsequent entries.

For more details see http://prolebooks.co.uk/poetry%20competition.html

31st January 2017 1st £1000


entry £5

The Plough International Poetry Prize    

Closing date: 31 January 2018

For previously unpublished poems on any subject.

An Open Competition for a poem up to 40 lines plus, new this year,

The Ronald Duncan Short Poem  Competition  –  maximum length 10 lines.

Both competitions will be judged by Michael Symmons Roberts.

The prizes in each category:  1st prize £1,000 – 2nd prize £500 - 3rd prize £250

Entry fee:  £5 per poem in each category.

Contact:  Details and entry forms downloadable from www.theploughprize.co.uk

or obtainable by snail mail upon receipt of a sae from

The Plough Arts Centre, 9 – 11 Fore Street, Torrington EX38 8HQ.

31st March 2018 1st publishing contract


entry £10
Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize
Closing date:31st March, 2018.
Prizes: 4 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contracts for each of the four winners.
Entry fee: £10.
Further details: Open to beginners and established writers.
Website: www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/
April 2018 to January 2019 1st E500


entry ?

Ó Bhéal  International Five Words Poetry Competition

At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April to the end of January, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.
The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and  prize of 500 euros is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in early April (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). Follow the link for submission guidelines.

http://www.obheal.ie/blog/five-words-poetry-competition/

 
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.