WRITING COMPETITIONS AND SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES

For writey writing writers

**IMPORTANT NOTICE**

Writers’ HQ will now only be accepting listings from organisations offering accessible submission opportunities for low-income writers. If you run a literary journal or writing competition and would like to be listed on this page, please read our rules on accessible submission fees here.

January 2021

Every Day Fiction

Deadline: 27th January 2021
Word Limit: 1,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking seasonal flash fiction for February edition

More details and submissions info HERE

Another Chicago Magazine

Deadline: 31st January 2021
Word Limit:
3-5 poems
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking poetry

More details and submissions info HERE

Cheshire Prize for Literature

Deadline: 31st January 2021
Word Limit:
1,500 words / 100 lines / 15 minutes
Prizes: £500 for each category winner
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Open to writers who were born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire

More details and submissions info HERE

Dragon Soul Press

Deadline: 31st January 2021
Word Limit:
15,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: Valliance, submissions must have an East Asian female warrior as the main character

More details and submissions info HERE

Inkett New Year, New Genre Writing Contest

Deadline: 31st January 2021
Word Count:
20,000 words (minimum)
Prize: $500
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Winners selected based on reader engagement – see website for details

More details and submissions info HERE

Masque and Spectacle Journal

Deadline: 31st January 2021
Word Limit:
8,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: civil rights

More details and submissions info HERE

Silver Stork Magazine

Deadline: 31st January 2021
Word Limit:
3,000 words / 4 poems
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: March

More details and submissions info HERE

February 2021

Crucible First Novel Award

Deadline: 1st February 2021
Word Limit:
First 5,000 words of a completed novel
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking crime, thriller and mystery novels

More details and submissions info HERE

Cúirt New Writing Prize

Deadline: 1st February 2021
Word Limit:
3 poems / 2,000 words
Prize: €500
Submission Fee: €10 / 35 x subsidised entries

More details and submissions info HERE

The Full Harvest

Deadline: 1st February 2021
Requirements: Pitch
Payment: £500 per story plus £150 day rate
Submission Fee: Seeking to commission writers from South-East England on the subject of South Downs National Park

More details and submissions info HERE

The London Reader

Deadline: 1st February 2021
Word Limit:
5,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: Counterculture

More details and submissions info HERE

Raising Mothers

Deadline: 1st February 2021
Word Limit: 
4,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking poetry, short fiction, essays and hybrid work from BIPOC on the theme “Every mother is a futurist”

More details and submissions info HERE

Room 204 Writer Development Programme

Deadline: 1st February 2021
Requirements: Portfolio – see website for details
Application Fee: FREE
Notes: Open to writers based in the West Midlands

More details and submissions info HERE

Society of Authors: Grants for a Work-in-Progress

Deadline: 1st February 2021
Requirements: See website for details
Grant: Varies
Application Fee: FREE
Notes: Open to previously published British authors under the age of 40

More details and submissions info HERE

Spread the Word Life Writing Prize

Deadline: 1st February 2021
Word Count: 5,000 words (can be stand alone or part of a longer piece)
Prize: £1,500, Arvon course and mentoring
Application Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Volney Road Review

Deadline: 1st February 2021
Word Limit:
3-5 poems / 3,500 words of prose
Payment: $10
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Creative Scotland: Our Voices

Deadline: 12th February 2021
Requirements:
Initial application form
Prize: Feedback plus mentoring
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking submissions from writers who are disabled, LGBTQ+, care-experienced, BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic), and/or from a low-income household

More details and submissions info HERE

Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize

Deadline: 12th February 2021 (noon)
Requirements: 
First 40-50 pages of a novel, plus synopsis of the remainder
Prize: £1,500
Submission Fee: £12 / 14 x FREE sponsored entries available
Notes: Open to previously unpublished women only, who are residents of the UK or ROI

More details and submissions info HERE

Writers and Artists Short Story Competition

Deadline: 12th February 2021
Word Limit: 2,000 words
Prize: Arvon course
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Penguin Michael Joseph Christmas Love Story Competition

Deadline: 14th February 2021
Requirements: 
200-word pitch plus 1,000 words of a completed or in-progress manuscript
Prize: Publishing contract
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking novel-length love stories from UK and ROI residents

More details and submissions info HERE

Ambroggio Prize

Deadline: 15th February 2021
Word Limit:
48-100 pages
Prize: $1,000 plus publication
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking book-length poetry manuscripts by US residents, originally written in Spanish and with an English translation

More details and submissions info HERE

Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry

Deadline: 15th February 2021
Word Limit:
48 pages (minimum)
Prize: $10,000 plus publication
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking book-length poetry manuscripts by residents of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Michigan

More details and submissions info HERE

CAAPP Book Prize

Deadline: 15th February 2021
Word Limit:
48-168 pages
Prize: $3,000 plus publication
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking first or second books from writers of African descent

More details and submissions info HERE

National Flash Fiction Day Microfiction Competition

Deadline: 15th February 2021
Word Limit:
100 words
Prizes: 1st: £150 / 2nd: £100 / 3rd: £50
Submission Fee: £2

More details and submissions info HERE

Persimmon Tree

Deadline: 15th February 2021
Word Limit:
500 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking submissions from women aged 60 or over

More details and submissions info HERE

Salt Hill Journal

Deadline: 15th February 2021
Word Limit:
5 poems / 30 pages of prose
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Northern Writers Awards

Deadline: 18th February 2021
Word Limit:
See website for details
Prize: See website for details
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Various awards available for different genres, open to writers from the north of England only

More details and submissions info HERE

Puchi Award

Deadline: 18th February 2021
Requirements: Book proposal
Prize: €8,000 plus publication
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Free Flash Fiction Competition

Deadline: 23rd February 2021
Word Limit: 
300 words
Prize: £75
Submission Fee: £1

More details and submissions info HERE

It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility

Deadline: 27th February 2021
Word Limit: 15,000 words
Payment: $0.08 per word plus 50% royalties
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking speculative fiction on the theme of queer possibility

More details and submissions info HERE

Blinkpot Flash Fiction Award

Deadline: 28th February 2021
Word Limit: 100 words
Prize: £200
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Bridge House Annual Anthology

Deadline: 28th February 2021
Word Limit: 5,000 words
Payment: 50% royalties split between anthology authors
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: Resolutions

More details and submissions info HERE

Humana Obscura

Deadline: 28th February 2021
Word Limit: 3-5 poems / 2,000 words of prose
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Once Upon a Time Twice

Deadline: 28th February 2021
Word Limit: 3,000 words
Payment: $0.08 per word
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking mash-up re-tellings  of two fairy tales, in any genre

More details and submissions info HERE

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 28th February 2021
Word Limit: 180-360 words
Prizes: 1st: £1,200 / 2nd: £600 / 3rd: £300 / 4th: £150
Submission Fee: Choose your own

More details and submissions info HERE

Rolling deadlines

101 Words

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 
101 words (exactly)
Payment: $10
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Does not accept poetry, children’s fiction or erotica

More details and submissions info HERE

Asymptote Journal

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 
5,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Awakenings Review

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 
5,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking work from writers who have had a personal experience with mental illness

More details and submissions info HERE

Blue Marble Review

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 
3 poems / Prose: 1,500 words
Payment: $25 per piece
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essays, opinion pieces, travel writing, photography and art

More details and submissions info HERE

Blue Moose Books

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 
send the first three chapters of a novel, plus synopsis
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking novels from unpublished writers. No children’s, YA or poetry

More details and submissions info HERE

Book of Matches

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 
2,100 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction and translation

More details and submissions info HERE

Brevity Magazine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
750 words
Payment: $45
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking extremely brief essays

More details and submissions info HERE

Bust

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
250 – 2,500 words (see website for full details)
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Carve Magazine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
none
Payment: $50-$100
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

CHILLFILTR

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
3,000 words
Payment: $20/1,000 words (up to $60)
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Looking for poetry, memoirs, short stories and personal essays

More details and submissions info HERE

The Common Tongue Magazine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
600 – 6,000 words
Payment: $0.03/word
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking submissions of dark fantasy

More details and submissions info HERE

Creative Nonfiction

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
4,000 words
Payment: $125 + $10 per printed page
Submission Fee: $3
Notes: Seeking all types of creative nonfiction

More details and submissions info HERE

Daily Science Fiction

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
1,500
Payment: $0.08 per word
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Especially seeking flash sci-fi

More details and submissions info HERE

The Decolonial Passage

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
3,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: See mission statement for guidelines on theme

More details and submissions info HERE

Driftwood Press

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
None
Payment: Novellas: $400 plus royalties / Short stories: $100 / Poetry: $15 / Poetry collections: $500 plus royalties / Visual arts, comics and graphic novels: varies
Submission Fee: Fiction: £3.99 / Poetry: $2.99 / Novella: $20 / Poetry collection: $20 / Visual arts, comics and graphic novels: free

More details and submissions info HERE

Fairlight Books

Deadline: Rolling
Word Count:
Novel: 50,000+ / Novella: 25,000 – 50,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Accepting submissions of literary fiction only. Please send no more than 10,000 words

More details and submissions info HERE

The Fiction Desk

Deadline: Rolling
Word Count:
1,000 – 20,000 words
Payment: £20 per 1,000 words
Submission Fee: £4 / free when you buy an anthology

More details and submissions info HERE

Fictive Dream

Deadline: Rolling
Word Count:
500 – 2,500 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking short stories

More details and submissions info HERE

The Forge

Deadline: Rolling
Word Count:
5,000 words
Payment: $75
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Frontier Poetry

Deadline: Rolling
Word Count:
5 poems or 10 pages
Payment: $50 per poem (up to $150)
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Open to new and emerging poets only (no more than one full-length published work)

More details and submissions info HERE

Gasher Journal

Deadline: Rolling
Word Count:
8 poems or 500-3,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

The Good Literary Agency

Deadline: Rolling
Word Count:
none
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking book-length submissions in any genre from writers who are part of groups under-represented in mainstream publishing

More details and submissions info HERE

Grand Little Things

Deadline: Rolling
Word Count:
none
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking formal poetry only

More details and submissions info HERE

Hindsight 2020

Deadline: Rolling
Word Count:
2,000
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking personal stories of 2020

More details and submissions info HERE

Hip Mama Magazine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Count:
none
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking articles on the subject of alternative parenting

More details and submissions info HERE

HOOT Review

Deadline: Rolling
Word Count:
150 words
Submission Fee: $2
Notes: Seeking fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, and book reviews

More details and submissions info HERE

Kissing Dynamite Poetry

Deadline: 1st – 10th of each month
Word Limit: 
One poem
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Lavender Review

Deadline: Rolling
Word Count:
3-6 poems
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Open to submissions of work by, about and for lesbians

More details and submissions info HERE

Lumiere Review

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 
2,000 words / 2 pages of poetry
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

The Missouri Review

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
Prose: 2,000-9,000 words / Poetry: 8-20 pages
Submission Fee: $4

More details and submissions info HERE

Microverses

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
Poetry: 8 lines / Narrative pieces: 280 characters or fewer
Payment: Poetry: $1/line / Other: $2.80/piece
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Experimental and interactive forms welcome

More details and submissions info HERE

Motherly

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
1,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking personal, first-person insights about motherhood

More details and submissions info HERE

Motherwell

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
1,200 words
Payment: Paid
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking personal essays on a variety of parenting topics

More details and submissions info HERE

Murderous Ink Press

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
10,000 words
Payment: 1,000-5,000 words: £10 / 6,000-10,000 words: £20
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking crime fiction

More details and submissions info HERE

Mutha Magazine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
1,500 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking nonfiction on all aspects of parenthood

More details and submissions info HERE

Neon Magazine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
6 poems / Prose: 5,000 words
Payment: Prose: 1p per word / Poetry: 10p per line (minimum payment £10)
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: Horror

More details and submissions info HERE

New Walk Editions

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 
12 – 20 pages
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking poetry pamphlets

More details and submissions info HERE

Nightmares and Phantasms Podcast

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
1,000 – 6,000 words
Payment: $5
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: One story per submission and one submission per month

More details and submissions info HERE

One Hand Clapping

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
none
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Please submit writing as a Word document

More details and submissions info HERE

The Other Stories Podcast

Deadline: Rolling
Word Count: 
2,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking short themed horror for professional narration and broadcast – see website for themes and deadlines

More details and submissions info HERE

Pidgeonholes

Deadline: 1st – 10th of each month
Word Limit:
1,000 words / 5 poems
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Pithead Chapel

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
4,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking short fiction, nonfiction and prose poetry

More details and submissions info HERE

Pocketfire

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
1-3 poems
Submission Fee: Video: $5 / print: $3 / online: $2 (all reimbursed on acceptance)
Notes: Seeking submissions of poetry for video performance, print and online publication

More details and submissions info HERE

Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 
Up to 3 poems
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Poetically Magazine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
Poetry: 2 pages / prose: 2,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Poetry Ireland Review

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
6 poems or 10 pages
Payment: €40
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Submissions from women and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds are actively encouraged

More details and submissions info HERE

Poetica Magazine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
None
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Looking for poetry and prose centred on the Jewish experience. Interested in personal stories – not historical or political views

More details and submissions info HERE

Post Quarantine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
None
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: Letters to open when all this is over

More details and submissions info HERE

The Rambling

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 
500 – 1,500 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking work relating to the eighteenth century

More details and submissions info HERE

Ruminate Magazine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
1,500 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Payment: $20/page for poetry (with a maximum of $80 per poem), $20/400 words for prose
Notes: Various submission windows for each genre – please see website for full details

More details and submissions info HERE

Sand Hills Magazine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 
1,000 words / 3 poems
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking submissions from writers currently residing in the US only

More details and submissions info HERE

Shirley Magazine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
3,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Smokelong Quarterly

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 
1,000 words
Payment: $50
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

The Spectator

Deadline: Wednesdays at midday
Word Limit: 
150 words
Payment: £25
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Weekly themed writing competition – see website for latest theme

More details and submissions info HERE

Split Lip Magazine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 
Submit one piece only
Payment: $50
Entry Fee: October, December: Tip Jar / November: FREE
Notes: Free submissions are available to Black writers for the rest of the year

More details and submissions info HERE

Stand Magazine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
4-6 poems / Fiction: 3,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Does not accept simultaneous submissions

More details and submissions info HERE

Stinger Stories

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
300 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: sci fi/fantasy/experimental

More details and submissions info HERE

Trampset

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
None
Payment: $25 per accepted piece
Submission Fee: $3 (50 free entries available per month for economically disadvantaged writers)
Notes: Shorter pieces tend to get more love

More details and submissions info HERE

The Treason Show

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
None
Payment: Share of box office
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking parody songs, one-liners and topical sketches

More details and submissions info HERE

Tuna Fish Journal

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
30 lines / 5,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: New theme each calendar month. Click here for schedule

More details and submissions info HERE

Vela Press

Deadline: Rolling
Word Count: 
80,000+ words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking science fiction, technothrillers and fantasy

More details and submissions info HERE

Wigleaf

Deadline: Last day of each month
Word Limit:
1,000 words
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Submissions open in the final week of August,
September, October, November, January, February, March and April

More details and submissions info HERE

The White Pube Writers Grant

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
None
Award: £500
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Open to working-class writers based in the UK

More details and submissions info HERE

Wyldblood Press

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
Flash: 300 – 1,000 words / Novels: 40,000 – 120,000 words
Payment: short fiction: 1p per word / Novels: royalty only
Submission Fee: FREE
Notes: Seeking speculative and literary fiction

More details and submissions info HERE

Yours Magazine

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 
3,200 words
Payment: £25-£125 depending on length
Submission Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

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