Writing Competitions & Opportunities – July 2019

Goshdarn it, half the year has zipped by like a Thanos snap and what do we have to show for it? A whole bunch of unfinished stories and discarded good intentions? Bah. Time to get some subs out there…

As per usual, your friendly neighbourhood WHQers have collated an enormous list of writing competitions, contests, opportunities and deadlines just for you – so there’s really no excuse not to send something out.

PLUS: Join our #Submit2019 challenge and aim to beat your personal best this year!

Conium Innovative Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: 1st July 2019
Word Limit: Any combination of flash fiction or short stories up to 7,500 total words
Prize: $500 + 5 copies of the winning issue + a copy of the judge’s latest book
Entry Fee: $15
Notes: The winner will be announced on or around 15th September 2019

More details and submissions info HERE

Nowhere Travel Writing Contest

Deadline: 1st July 2019
Word Limit: Fiction/non-fiction/essays: 800-5,000 words, Poetry: any length
Prizes: $1,000
Entry fee: $20
Notes: Nowhere is looking for stories that possess a powerful sense of place. Up to ten finalists also will be published.

More details and submission info HERE

Purorrelato Flash Fiction Competition

Deadline: 1st July 2019
Requirements:
Up to three stories of 1,400 characters each (not words)
Prize: €600
Entry Fee:
FREE
Notes: Purorrelato encourages writers to feel and think about Africa and continue to show the different realities that will bring us nearer to the continent, far from those stereotypes that for so long have marked it. Stories should have some type of link to Africa and can be submitted in any of the following languages: Spanish, English, French or Portuguese.

More details and submission info HERE

The Hinterland Prize

Deadline: 2nd July 2019
Word Limit: 5,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £500 + a mentoring session with AM Heath Literary Agency / 2nd prize: £200 / 3rd prize: £100
Entry fee: £5
Notes: All three prize-winning entries will be published in Hinterland Issue 3 – Autumn 2019, out 1st November.

More details and submission info HERE

Liars’ League

Deadline: 7th July 2019
Word Limit: 800-2,000 words
Prize: 
Public reading of your story + mp3 & YouTube recording + free drinks all night at the Liar’s League event (or a free book if you can’t attend)
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
 Theme: Women & Girls – accepted stories will be read by a professional actor on the 13th of August

More details and submissions info HERE

Trickster’s Treats 7 Deadly Sins

Deadline: 7th July 2019
Word Limit: 700 words
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Stories must be based on one of the seven deadly sins. Contributors will receive a PDF copy of the anthology. Profits will go to charity: water.

More details and submissions info HERE

Pennine Ink Writers Competition

Deadline: 7th July 2019
Word Limit:
500 words based on a picture prompt
Prizes: £50
Entry Fee:
£3 for one story, £5 for two
Notes: Visit the Pennine Ink website for the picture prompt.

More details and submission info HERE

Great Eighty Challenge (RECURRING)

Deadline: 8th & 22nd July 2019
Word Limit: Exactly 80 words
Prize: Royalties on publication
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Title not included in word count (but limited to 6 words).

More details and submissions info HERE

The H G Wells Short Story Competition

Deadline: 8th July 2019
Word Limit:
1,500-5,000 words
Prizes: £1,000 (under 21s) / £250 (over 21s)
Entry Fee:
FREE (under 21s) / £10 (over 21s) / £5 (over 21s with student ID)
Notes: Theme ‘time’.

More details and submission info HERE

Live Canon International Poetry Competition

Deadline: 8th July 2019
Requirements: No word/line limit
Prize: £1,000
Entry fee: £6.50
Notes: 50 poems will be longlisted and published in an anthology.
20 poems will be shortlisted and performed by the Live Canon ensemble at Greenwich Theatre as part of the prize giving event on 10th November.

More details and submission info HERE

Big Break Screenwriting Contest

Deadline: 9th & 23rd July 2019
Requirements: Screenplays of up to 150 pages (120 pages recommended)
Prize: $10,000 + a trip to Hollywood to meet industry professionals
Entry fee: $65 (extended deadline 9th July) / $75 (last chance deadline)

More details and submissions info HERE

Show Me Yours Prize

Deadline: 10th July 2019
Word Limit:
Fiction/non-fiction: up to two entries, 1,000 words total / Poetry: up to three poems, 60 lines total
Prize:
Grand prize: £300 / £50 to highly commended in each category
Entry Fee:
FREE for a single entry, £5 for a second entry
Notes: The Show Me Yours Prize is looking for fiction, non-fiction and poetry that engages with the world of sex and desire in surprising, breathless, and exciting ways. Winning and shortlisted stories will be published in a chapbook.

More details and submission info HERE

Finish Line Script Competition

Deadline: 11th July* 2019 (latecomers deadline)
Requirements: 
Original feature film screenplays/TV pilot script
Prizes: 
1st prize: $1,750 + up to $500 travel expenses to LA to meet with industry professionals / 2nd prize: $500 + script submission and consultation / 3rd prize: $300 + script submission and consultation
Entry Fee: $40
Notes: *Final resubmissions deadline 29th August 

More details and submissions info HERE

Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition

Deadline: 12th July 2019
Word Limit: 1,200 words
Prize: 1st prize: £200 / 2nd prize: £100 / 3rd prize: £50
Entry Fee: £5 (at least half the profits go to charity)

More details and submissions info HERE

Green Stories Radio Play Drama/Comedy Series Competition

Deadline: 12th July 2019
Requirements: Radio play dramas/comedy series in one of the following formats: 45 minute drama scripts / sample episode + 3-page outline for 6 x 30 minute comedy series / the first two episodes + outline for 5 x 15 minute drama series
Prizes: 1st prize: £500 / 2nd prize: £100 / 3rd prize: £50 
Entry Fee: $15
Notes: Entries must in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society

More details and submissions info HERE

The Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation

Deadline: 12th July 2019
Requirements:
Translate a poem from any language, ancient or modern (max 60 lines), into English together with the original poem and a commentary of no more than 300 words.
Prizes: Open category: 1st prize: £1,000, 2nd prize: £750, 3rd prize: £500 / 18-and under category: 1st prize: £250, 2nd prize: £150, 3rd prize: £100 / 14-and-under: £100
Entry Fee:
£7
Notes: Entrants must be UK or Irish citizens or residents. There are three categories: Open (adult); 18-and-under, for entrants still 18 on the closing date; and 14-and-under.

More details and submission info HERE

Dorothy Dunnet Short Story Award

Deadline: 14th July 2019
Word Limit: 3,500 words of historical fiction
Prizes: 1st prize: £500 + mentoring / 6 x shortlisters: £25 + invitations to the award ceremony in London.
Entry Fee: £5
Notes: Stories should be set at least 35 years in the past

More details and submissions info HERE

Staunch Book Prize

Deadline: 14th July 2019
Requirement:
The first 5,000 words of a thriller novel
Prize: £1,000
Entry Fee:
£20
Notes: The Staunch Prize is looking for thrillers in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped, or murdered. Thriller genres include crime, mystery, historical, sci-fi, cyber, comedy, psychological, spy, suspense, political, satirical and disaster.

More details and submission info HERE

The Anton Chekov Prize For Very Short Fiction

Deadline: 15th July 2019
Word Limit:
800 words
Prize: $300
Entry Fee:
$6

More details and submission info HERE

Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize

Deadline: 15th July 2019
Requirements: Full novel manuscripts (min 30,000 words) + outline + bio
Prizes: £30,000 + publication
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
The prize is open to residents of Great Britain and Ireland

More details and submissions info HERE

The Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest

Deadline: 15th July 2019
Requirements:
Up to three poems (max 5 pages)
Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10

More details and submission info HERE

PRISM International Creative Non-Fiction Contest

Deadline: 15th July 2019
Word Limit: 6,000 words
Prize: 1st prize: $1,500, 2nd prize: $600, 3rd prize: $400
Entry Fee: $35 Canadian entries; $40 US entries; $45 international entries (free entries for self-identifying indigenous writers + low-income writers)

More details and submissions info HERE

The Rattle Poetry Prize

Deadline: 15th July 2019
Requirements: Up to four poems of any length
Prize: 1st prize: $10,000 / 10 x finalists: $200 / Reader’s Choice Award: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Notes: Entry fee includes an annual subscription to Rattle

More details and submissions info HERE

Ledbury Poetry Competition

Deadline: 18th July 2019
Line Limit: 40 lines
Prize: £1,000 + residential writing course at Ty Newydd Writing Centre
Entry Fee: £5.75 for first entry, £3.50 for subsequent entries
Notes: Winners also have the opportunity to read their poems at the internationally renowned Ledbury Poetry Festival 2020.

More details and submissions info HERE

Michael Mullen Cancer Fund Writing Competition

Deadline: 18th July 2019
Word Limit:
Short stories: 2,000 words / Flash fiction: 500 words / Poetry: 40 lines
Prize: 1st prize: €200 / 2nd prize: €50
Entry Fee: Short stories: €15 / Flash fiction & poetry: €10
Notes: All entry fees will go to the Michael Mullen Cancer Fund

More details and submissions info HERE

The UK Film Festival Script Competition

Deadline: 24th July* 2019 (reminder deadline)
Requirements: 3 minute scripts / 10 minute scripts / Feature scripts + 1 page synopsis + treatment
Prize: Winners receive immediate marketing to the industry + publicity + the latest version of Final Draft 11
Entry fee: FREE
Notes: Winning scriptwriters be supported by UK Film Festival and their Associates including InkTip to help give their script the best chance of production and promotion. *Final deadline 9th January 2020

More details and submissions info HERE

A3 Review (RECURRING)

Deadline: 27th July 2019
Word Limit: 150 words (not incl title)
Prize: 1st prize: £250, 2nd prize: £150, 3rd prize: £75
Entry Fee: $5/£3
Notes: Monthly theme: ‘story of a square’. Two winning entries from each month will appear in The A3 Review (published every 6 months). From this shortlist of winners, 3 will be chosen to win cash prizes.

More details and submissions info HERE

Grindstone’s International Short Story Prize

Deadline: 28th July 2019
Word Limit: 3,000 words
Prize: 1st prize: £500 / Runner up: £50
Entry fee: £12
Notes: Shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology

More details and submission info HERE

Jericho Fellowship Prizes

Deadline: 30th July 2019
Word Limit:
Essays: 2,500 words / Plays: a dialogue sample of at least 10 pages + plot summary
Prizes: £8,000 in each category
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: ‘epiphany’. There are also prizes for visual art and ‘innovation’ submissions. 

More details and submissions info HERE

Lumberloft Press Short Fiction Prize

Deadline: 30th July 2019
Word Limit: 5,000 words
Prize:$1,000
Entry fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: ‘death from above’

More details and submission info HERE

Not Far From Roswell

Deadline: 30th July 2019
Word limit:
3,000-5,000 words
Payment: 2¢ per word
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: The Not Far From Roswell anthology is looking for dark stories of aliens, alien abduction, alien experimentation, cows, paranormal investigation and more. Stories should take place on Earth and have a strong connection to Roswell.

More details and submissions info HERE

Broken River Prize

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Requirements: Poetry chapbooks of 20-40 pages
Prize: £200 + 10 copies
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Finalists will also be considered for publication

More details and submissions info HERE

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Word Limit:
1,500 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £150 / 2nd prize: £75 / 3rd prize: £30
Entry Fee: £5 for first entry, £3 for second, £2 for third

More details and submissions info HERE

Fiction Factory Flash Fiction Competition

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Word Count:
500 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £150 / 2nd prize: £50 / 3rd prize: £25
Entry Fee: £6

More details and submissions info HERE

Haunted Waters Press

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Word Count:
Fiction: 10,000 words / Poetry: up to three poems of any length / Flash fiction: 500 words
Prizes: All submissions are eligible for paid print publication and HWP Awards in the amount of $250
Entry Fee: $10

More details and submissions info HERE

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Word Limit:
3,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £300, 2nd prize: £300, 3rd prize: £100
Entry Fee:
£5

More details and submissions info HERE

Screencraft Short Screenplay Competition

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Requirements:
Short scripts of 5-25 pages
Prizes: 1st prize: $1,000 + circulation of script + introductions to industry professionals / 2nd prize: $500 + circulation of script
Entry Fee: $49

More details and submissions info HERE

Seán O’Faoláin International Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Word Limit:
3,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: €2,000 + one week writing residency / 2nd prize: €500 / 3rd prize: €250
Entry Fee:
€18
Notes: If the winner comes to Cork to collect their prize the centre will pay for hotel accommodation, meals and drinks at the Cork International Short Story Festival (September 25-28, 2020)

More details and submissions info HERE

Stonecrop Review

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Word Limit:
500-5,000 words
Payment: $20
Entry fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: ‘roots/routes’. Stonecrop is looking for creative non-fiction, fiction, art, and photography that explores the ways in which human animals, non-human animals, and plants have created, adapted to, and thrived in cities.

More details and submissions info HERE

To Hull And Back Humorous Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Word Limit: 2,500 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £1,000 / 2nd: £500 / 3rd: £250 / 3 x Highly Commended: £100 / 14 x shortlisted: £50
Entry Fee: £13 for one story, £21 for two, £26 for three
Notes: Stories must include some element of humour. All shortlisted and winning stories will be published in an anthology.

More details and submissions info HERE

The Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Word Limit:
2,000 words
Prize: 1st prize: £400 / 2nd prize: £250, 3rd prize: £100
Entry Fee: £8
Notes: Theme: ‘spooks’. Seven shortlisted stories and the winners will be published in an anthology. 

More details and submissions info HERE

Txtlit (RECURRING)

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Word Limit: 160 characters
Entry Fee: Submissions are made by text message. You will be charged for one standard text by your network operator.
Notes: Themed (check website for details) – send your story as a text message from a UK mobile phone to our new number 07537 432 432.

More details and submissions info HERE

Walter Swan Poetry Prize

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Line Limit: 30 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: £200 / 2nd prize: £100 / 3rd prize: £75
Entry Fee: £5 (£2.50 for entrants under 25)

More details and submissions info HERE

Westgate Literary Festival Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Word Limit:
1,500-5,000 words
Entry Fee: £10
Notes: Theme: ‘Westgate-on-sea’. There is a cash prize for the adult category.

More details and submissions info HERE

Winchester Poetry Prize

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Line Limit:
40 lines 
Prizes:
1st prize: £1,000 / 2nd prize: £500 / 3rd prize: £250
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, £4 thereafter
Notes: Winners will be invited to read at a special prize-giving event
on Saturday 12th October 2019. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology.

More details and submissions info HERE

Words By Water

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Word Limit: Fiction: 2,000 words / Poetry: 30 lines
Prize: Fiction: €250 / Poetry: €150
Entry Fee: Fiction: €12 / Poetry: €6

More details and submissions info HERE

Writers Bureau Poetry Competition

Deadline: 31st July 2019
Line limit:
40 lines
Prizes:
1st prize: £300, 2nd prize: £200, 3rd prize: £100
Entry Fee: £5 

More details and submissions info HERE

Ad Hoc Fiction (RECURRING)

Deadline: Various (weekly)
Word Limit: 150 words
Prize: Free entry to the Bath Flash Fiction Award
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Entries must include the prompt word (see website for latest deadline). Once submissions are closed, entries are published for public voting on the Ad Hoc site.

More details and submissions info HERE

Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest (RECURRING)

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit: 1,000-3,000 words
Prize: 1st prize: £300, 2nd prize: £150, 3rd prize: £100
Entry Fee: £6 (£3 for subscribers)
Notes: Optional feedback for £5. This is a rolling competition which means that entries received after one issue’s cut-off point are simply placed in the next contest.

More details and submissions info HERE

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