Writing Contests

Lots of contests and this is by no means exhaustive. I add links frequently and try to keep this list up to date. These contests are annual and if over for this year will be active again next year, so the link may be useful to help you plan ahead even if outdated.

DISQUIET Literary Prize: Closes January 31, 2018. Fiction (short story or novel excerpt) 25-page limit, double-spaced; poetry.

Doolin Writers’ Competition 2018: Closes December 1, 2017. Short stories 1,000-3,000 words, flash fiction 500 word limit, poetry.

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers: Closes December 31, 2017. 8,000 word limit.

The Moth Poetry Prize: Closes December 31, 2017. One poem, any length.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition: Closes May 1, 2018. 3,500 word limit.

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize: Closes November 30, 2017

Fish Publishing Short Story Prize: Closes November 30, 2017. 5,000 word limit.

Bath Flash Fiction Award and Bath Novella-in-Flash Award: Rolling deadlines. 300 word limit for flash.

Bath Short Story Award: Closes April 23, 2018. 2,200 word limit.

Bristol Short Story Prize: Closes May 1, 2018. 4,000 word limit.

Glimmer Train: Ongoing short story, very short fiction, and longer fiction contests or general submission for paid publication.

Grindstone Literary: Multiple deadlines. Includes Short Story, Novel, Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Micro Fiction.

Ruth Rendell Short Story Prize: Closes December 22, 2017. 1,000 word limit.

Bath Novel Award: Entries for 2018 open on December 1, 2017. They’ll provide details on the 2018 submission deadline when it opens.

2017 Exeter Novel Prize: Closes January 1, 2018. First 10,000 words, including synopsis, of a novel that has not been accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house.

Recommended Reading from Electric Lit: Closes November 29, 2017 – for translated stories.

2018 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest: Closes February 28, 2018. 5,000 word limit. Any genre of short fiction, including speculative, realistic, literary, experimental, and hybrid forms.

Reader’s Digest 100-Word Story Competition: Closes February 19, 2018. Only open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland.

River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest: Closed for 2017. Typical annual submission deadline is around October 15. Manuscripts must be between 150-400 pages.

Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition: Closed for 2017. Typical annual submission is from May to August. 3,000 word limit.

Bedford International Writing Competition: Closed for 2017. Typical annual submission deadline is around September 30. Short stories 3,000 word limit; poetry.

Zoetrope Short Fiction Contest: Closed for 2017. Typical annual submission deadline is around October 1. 5,000 word limit for short stories. Also runs a screenplay contest.

Bridport Prize: Closed for 2017. Typical annual submission deadline is around May 31. Annual international contests for poems, short stories (5,000 word limit), and flash fiction (250 word limit). If you live in the UK or Ireland, you’re eligible for the novel competition.

Bare Fiction Prize: Closed for 2017. Typical annual submission deadline is around October 31. 3,000 word limit for short stories. Also has flash fiction and poetry contests.

Manchester Fiction Prize: Closed for 2017, will open for 2018 in spring.  Typical annual submission deadline is around September 30. Short stories, 2,500 word limit.

Manchester Poetry Prize: Closed for 2017, will open for 2018 in spring. Typical annual submission deadline is around September 30.

John Steinbeck Award for Fiction: Closed for 2017. Opens for 2018 from June 1 to November 1. 5,000 word limit for short stories; also accepts non-fiction under 5,000 words and poetry.

The Brighton Prize: Closed for 2017. Typical annual submission deadline is around June 30th. Short stories 1,000-2,000 words. Flash fiction word limit 350 words.

The Moth International Short Story Prize: Closed for 2017. Typical annual submission deadline is around June 30th. 6,000 word limit.

Bath Children’s Novel Award: Closed for 2017.  Typical annual submission deadline is around mid-November.

 

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