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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.



First Prize


31st March 2014 1st £300

entry £5

Flash 500


      Type of Competition: Open-themed 500 word  short story


Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories

Optional critiques: £10 per story


Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First: £300

Second: £200

Third: £100

Highly commended: A copy of The Writer’s ABC Checklist


Full details are available on the website

30th April 2014 1st $1000

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Judge: Arthur Powers

22nd annual contest sponsored by Winning Writers. Submit short fiction and nonfiction on any theme, up to 6,000 words per entry. Both published and unpublished work accepted. All entries that win cash prizes will be published on (nearly one million page views per year) and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter, with over 50,000 subscribers. See guidelines, past winners, and enter online at

30th April 2014

First Prize $1,000 (two awards)

Ten honorable mention prizes of $100

Entry fee: $16 

1st May 2014 1st  £50


The Travel Expert Travel Writing Competition

Competition title:

Prize: £50.00 paid to the winning entry to be judged by the website editors

Deadline: midnight on 1st May 2014

Word limit: 1,5000

16th May 2014 1st  £2000

entry £7

Rhys Davies Short Story Competition 2014 has been revamped for 2014 with the inclusion of a brand new Under 21 Prize, and an increased total prize fund of £5,000 now on offer. Literature Wales is delighted to announce that the 2014 competition will be judged by Cynan Jones and Deborah Kay Davies with Gee Williams acting as Filter Judge.

The winner of the first prize will receive an impressive £2,000. The second prize winner will receive £800, the third prize is £400 and six runners-up will receive £100 each.

Under 21 Prize
New for 2014, children and young people can enter the Under 21 Prize for the chance to win a first prize of £1,000 – one of the largest awards for a youth competition of its kind. One runner-up will also receive a prize of £200. This competition will be judged independently by Rachel Trezise.

This could be your chance to make your mark on the Welsh literary scene. You have until Friday 16 May 2014 to enter your prize-winning story. Entry fee is £7.00 or £4.00 for Under 21 Prize.

Both Competitions are open to all writers born in or currently living in Wales. Under 21 Prize entrants must be aged 21 years or younger at the closing date. Stories can be in any style and on any subject but must be no more than 2,500 words in length. Entries must be previously unpublished, in English and must not be a translation of another author’s work. Click here to read the full Terms & Conditions of Entry.

You can enter by post or online: click here to download the entry form or click here to enter online.

To receive an entry form through the post, please send a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Literature Wales, Rhys Davies 2014 Entry Form, Cambrian Buildings, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff, CF10 5FL

For further information, please visit or contact Literature Wales: 029 2047 2266 /

The Rhys Davies Short Story Competition is administered by Literature Wales and sponsored by The Rhys Davies Trust.

31st May 2014 1st $1000

entry $16

Sports Fiction & Essay Contest

Judges: Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche

3rd annual contest sponsored by Winning Writers. Submit short fiction and nonfiction on themes related to sports, up to 6,000 words per entry. Both published and unpublished work accepted. All entries that win cash prizes will be published on (nearly one million page views per year) and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter, with over 50,000 subscribers. See guidelines, past winners, and enter online at

31st May 2014

First Prize $1,000 (two awards)

Ten honorable mention prizes of $100

Entry fee: $16

31st May 2014 1st £1000
entry $16

entry £20

The Bridport Prize is delighted to announce a new prize for 2014!

The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel                  

Win £1,000

plus expert mentoring and possible publication for your first novel

Judge:   Alison Moore


The novel is still the holy grail of writing.  Named after its founder, Peggy Chapman-Andrews, the Bridport Prize is delighted to announce a new award for talented novelists who are yet to be published or represented by a literary agent.

Alongside the Bridport Prize in this terrific opportunity for the aspiring novelist, are partners The Literary Consultancy and A.M. Heath Literary Agents, offering mentoring and possible publication for the winning novel. 

Up-and-coming writers take note!  For the first stage, all you need to enter are the first chapters of your novel, up to 8,000 words, with a strong synopsis.  Those longlisted and later shortlisted will need to submit further chapters at the relevant stages.  Your novel does not have to be complete to win.  The Literary Consultancy will offer mentoring and feedback over a period of time whilst you finish the novel.  And should it turn out to be a riveting read, A.M. Heath Literary Agents will consider representing you and offering the novel to a publisher they recommend. 

Judging the competition alongside The Literary Consultancy and A.M. Heath, will be acclaimed author, Alison Moore, shortlisted for The Booker Prize in 2012 for her novel The Lighthouse.  When looking for a winning entry Alison will be searching for “evidence of a feel for language. A story that draws me in, involves me in its world, moves me in some way, and lingers in my head long after I've finished reading.”

Rebecca Swift of The Literary Consultancy says of the project: “The Bridport Prize holds a romantic place in my imagination, as it was one of the first National prizes I became aware of, and seemed a glamorous, serious and exciting initiative full of promise.   Many years later, I am extremely proud that my company, The Literary Consultancy has been asked to be involved with helping to support their new prize, aimed for the first time, at novelists. Bridport stands out in terms of its serious commitment to unearthing, and supporting writing talent, and we look forward to being part of the process of helping those involved to the best of our capabilities.”

A.M. Heath’s Euan Thorneycroft says Discovering new writers is one of the most exciting things about reading, whether you are an agent, a publisher, a bookseller or a book buyer. This is why A.M. Heath is delighted to be involved with a prize dedicated to that aim, particularly one that is founded by the much loved and highly respected Bridport Prize. I am sure we are going to find many literary stars of the future.” 

The award is open to writers, resident in the UK, with a part-written or completed novel in any adult fiction genre.  The winning writer must be unpublished, nor signed with a literary agent, (although they may have self published or have published for other genres such as poetry, short stories, non fiction).  It will be judged anonymously and the entry fee is £20 for each submission.

The first prize is £1000, plus a personal critique from Alison Moore and one to one appraisal and mentoring from The Literary Consultancy to assist with the completion of the novel.  In addition, meetings will be arranged with A.M. Heath Literary Agents to discuss the progress of the work.

The runner-up will receive £500 and written professional feedback from The Literary Consultancy.

The closing date is 31st May 2014 and full details are on the Bridport Prize website:


1st June 2014 1st £100

e3ntry free

Senior Travel Expert Writing Competition
Closing date: Midnight on 1st June 2014
Prizes: £100.00 on a prepaid currency card and published on website.
Entry fee: Free to enter.
For an exciting, original travel article, factual or fictional, up to 1,000 words, which may or may not relate to a senior travel experience.
See the website for full details:

15th June 2014 1st £150

entry £5.50

Segora Writing Competitions 2014

deadline for all competitions June 15th and results 13th July

entry details:

Short Story Judge:  Michèle Roberts

First prize: £150    Second: £50    Third: £30

Entry fees: £5.50, 2 for £10, 3 for £14  

Vignette (short fiction) Judge: Ed Briggs

First Prize: £50 Commended £10

Entry fees: £4, adding £2 per subsequent entry, no limit

Judge: Ed Briggs

Presentation Evening 29 August 2014 at the St Clémentin LitFest

30th June 2014 1st  €3,000

entry  €9
Moth International Short Story Competition
Closing date
: 30 June 2014
Prizes: 1st €3,000, 2nd €1,000, 3rd week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 towards travel)
Details: Mike McCormack will judge this year's prize, which is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The entry fee is €9 per story, and you can enter as many stories as you like. The word limit is 6,000. For further details go to