Writing Competitions & Opportunities – June 2018

Ermmm, we’re half way through the year already (how? HOW?), so if you want to make a real difference to your writing in 2018 it’s time to send your writing out into the big wide world! Join us in our quest to send out 100 Submissions in 2018 and check out our mahoosive list of writing contests, competitions and opportunities for June. Get your work out there, get published, feel smug. YES.

The Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize 2018

Deadline: 1st June 2018
Word Limit:
6,000 words
Prize: 
£1,000 + one-day publishing workshop at 4th Estate
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
The competition is open to black, Asian, minority ethnic writers living in the UK and Ireland

More details and submissions info HERE

Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest

Deadline: 1st June 2018
Word Limit:
Up to five unpublished poems, no more than 10 pages total
Prize: 
$1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Notes:
All submitters receive a complimentary copy of Boston Review‘s 2018 special literary supplement, Evil Empire.

More details and submissions info HERE

Halifax Ranch Fiction Prize

Deadline: 1st June 2018
Word Limit:
2,000-6,500 words
Prize: 
$2,500
Entry Fee: $20

More details and submissions info HERE

Sapiens Plurum & Future of Life Institute: Earth-Day Short Fiction Contest 2018

Deadline: 1st June 2018
Word Limit:
1,500-3,000 words
Prize: 
1st prize: $1,000, 2nd prize: $500, 3rd prize: $300
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Is our children’s history our past, present, future or all three? Perhaps you will reimagine the historical introduction to society of a “new” technology, people considering (or not) the ethical and safety implications and potential impacts on their lives. 

More details and submissions info HERE

Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest

Deadline: 1st June 2018
Word Limit:
Feature-length scripts up to 140 pages
Prize: 
1st prize: $1,000 + consultation with top Hollywood literary managers and agents + personal introduction to industry professionals, 2nd prize: $200 + development and career strategy + personal introduction to industry professionals, Top 3 finalists: feedback and license to Final Draft 10
Entry Fee: $69

More details and submissions info HERE

Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition

Deadline: 4th June 2018
Word Limit:
3,000 words 
Prize:
$1,500
Entry Fee: $10 (voluntary)
Notes:
Stories must start and end with the same opening and closing lines from one of three classic works: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammet, Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, or A Telephone Call by Dorothy Parker

More details and submissions info HERE

Mad Like Us Competition

Deadline: 7th June 2018
Word Limit:
Poetry: 30 lines, Illustration: 1 image, Fiction: 1,500 words
Prize: 
Winners in each category will receive £100 + 5 copies of the book, Runners-up will also be included in the finished book and receive 2 copies
Entry Fee: £4
Notes:
 Entries in each category must be based in some way on emotional distress or mental ill health

More details and submissions info HERE

Dorset Fiction Award 2018

Deadline: 9th June 2018
Word Limit:
1,000 words
Prize: 
£500
Entry Fee: £7
Notes:
 The winner and 9 runners-up will be published in an anthology

More details and submissions info HERE

2018 Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Deadline: 11th June 2018
Word Limit:
Feature-length scripts: 40-120 pages or 121-150 pages, TV Pilots: half-hour format/45 pages, 1hr format/46-80 pages, Short scripts: 10-40 pages
Prize: 
Grand prize: $8,000, winners of Feature, Horror, TV Pilot & Short categories: $2,000 each
Entry Fee: $35-65 (see individual categories for more info)
Notes:
 Late and extended deadlines run until 23rd June and 27th July (increased fees apply)

More details and submissions info HERE

Great Eighty Challenge (RECURRING)

Deadline: 11th & 25th June 2018
Word Limit:
Exactly 80 words
Payment: 
Royalties on publication
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Title not included in word count (but limited to 6 words)

More details and submissions info HERE

Richard & Judy’s Search for a Bestseller 2018

Deadline: 14th June 2018
Word Limit:
The first 10,000 words of your novel (full manuscript must be at least 80,000 words) + synopsis + author biography
Prize:
£30,000 publishing deal with Bonnier Zaffre + specialist advice from literary agency Furniss Lawton
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: The contest accepts submissions for most fiction genres including crime fiction, historical fiction, romance, thrillers and women’s fiction, but is not looking for science fiction, fantasy, children’s and teenage fiction

More details and submissions info HERE

TSS Flash Fiction 400

Deadline: 15th June 2018
Word Limit:
400 words
Prize:
1st prize: £400, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: £50
Entry Fee: £5
Notes:
All winners will be published in a chapbook and interviewed by TSS Publishing about their writing. Up to five further flash fictions will be highly commended and published online

More details and submissions info HERE

Words With Jam First Page Competition 2018

Deadline: 15th June 2018
Word Limit:
Up to 400 words from the opening of a novel
Prize: 1st prize: £500, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: £50
Entry Fee: 1st entry: £6, thereafter £4
Notes:
Entries can be from a novel published, unpublished, a part-written novel, or simply a first page written purely for the competition

More details and submissions info HERE

The Twilight Hour Short Play Competition

Deadline: 15th June 2018
Word Limit:
15 minutes
Prize: Winning plays will be staged for 2/3 nights over the dates 29th, 30th and 31st July 2018
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Plays should be based on/inspired by The Twilight Zone TV series

More details and submissions info HERE

Segora International Writing Competitions 2018

Deadline: 15th June 2018
Word Limit:
Poetry: 50 lines, Short Stories: 3,000 words, Vignettes: 300 words, One-act Plays: 35 minutes
Prize: Poetry & Short Stories: 1st prize: £300, 2nd prize: £50, 3rd prize: £30; Vignettes & One-act Plays: 1st prize: £100
Entry Fee: Poetry: £5, Short Stories: £7, Vignettes: 
Notes:
See individual categories for more info

More details and submissions info HERE

Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award

Deadline: 15th June 2018
Word Limit:
An unpublished work of crime fiction (short story, first chapter, or work-in-progress) 2,500-5,000 words + cover letter
Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
This grant is intended to support the recipient in activities related to crime fiction writing and career development. She or he may choose from activities that include workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats; online courses; and research activities required for completion of the work. Unpublished writers are preferred although publication of one work of short fiction, an academic work or one or two self-published or traditionally published books will not disqualify an applicant.

More details and submissions info HERE

Creative Future Literary Awards

Deadline: 18th June 2018
Word Limit:
Fiction: 1,000 words, Poetry: 200 words 
Prize:
Platinum: £200 + mentorship + manuscript assessment + publishing consultation, Gold: £150 + online writing course + manuscript assessment, Silver: £100 + £100 of vouchers, Bronze: £50 + subscription to Mslexia, Highly Commended: a copy of The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook
Entry Fee: FREE (donation optional)
Notes:
Theme: ‘chemistry’. The Creative Future Literary Awards are for writers who are marginalised

More details and submissions info HERE

2018 Big Break Scriptwriting Competition

Deadline: 18th June 2018
Word Limit:
Full-length feature film (80-120 pages) and TV screenplays (40-70 pages)
Prize:
2 x Grand Prize winners will be flown to Hollywood for meetings and networking with industry professionals + $10,000 + a whole bunch of other prizes, 11 x winners will receive $1,000 + other prizes
Entry Fee: $50
Notes:
Extended and last-chance deadlines continue until 2nd and 17th July (increased fees apply)

More details and submissions info HERE

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2018

Deadline: 18th June 2018
Word Limit:
60 lines
Prize:
1st prize: £200, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: 50, People’s Choice: £25, Best-Read Poem: A bottle of sparkling wine
Entry Fee: £5
Notes:
Longlisted poems will be published in an anthology

More details and submissions info HERE

Eyelands 8th International Short Story Contest 2018

Deadline: 20th June 2018
Word Limit:
400 words
Prize: 
A week’s holiday on the island of Crete
Entry Fee: €10
Notes:
Theme: ‘luggage’. The first three winners’ stories will be published in two different anthologies (Greek and English). All shortlisted stories will be published in a special English edition.

More details and submissions info HERE

Lancaster Playwriting Prize

Deadline: 22nd June 2018
Word Limit:
Minimum of 40 minutes
Prize: 
1st prize: £1,500 + mentoring from the Tamasha Playwrights group, 2 shortlisted writers will receive bursaries at The Dukes of £500 each + mentorship opportunities
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
The Prize is focused on BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) playwrights.

More details and submissions info HERE

A3 Review (RECURRING)

Deadline: 23rd June 2018
Word Limit:
150 words (not incl title)
Prize:
1st prize: £175, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: £75
Entry Fee: $5/£3
Notes:
Theme: ‘wheel’ – optional critique for an extra $10

More details and submissions info HERE

Retreat West Flash Fiction Competition

Deadline: 24th June 2018
Word Limit:
500 words
Prize:
1st prize: £200, 2 x runners up: £100
Entry Fee: £8
Notes:
 Win a free entry via the Retreat West photo flash challenge

More details and submissions info HERE

Grindstone Lit Flash Fiction 500

Deadline: 28th June 2018
Word Limit:
500 words
Prize:
Grand prize: £100, Runner-up: £25
Entry Fee: £5
Notes:
All shortlisted stories will also be published in either Grindstone Literary Magazine or year-end Anthology. Every entrant will receive feedback on their story.

More details and submissions info HERE

V S Pritchett Short Story Prize

Deadline: 29th June 2018
Word Limit:
2,000-4,000 words
Prize:
 £1,000
Entry Fee: £7.50
Notes: Entrants must be resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth (see list of countries here) and likely to be available for a prizegiving event in Autumn 2018

More details and submissions info HERE

The Impress Prize 2018

Deadline: 29th June 2018
Word Limit:
Book proposal + sample chapter of no more than 6,000 words
Prize:
A publishing contract with Impress Books in both print and eBook, and a £500 advance
Entry Fee: £25
Notes: Impress accept both fiction and non-fiction across most genres (excluding poetry and children’s fiction, however they will consider Young Adult submissions)

More details and submissions info HERE

Hastings LitFest Short Story Competition

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
1,500 words
Prize:  1st prize: £200 voucher which can be used for any of Retreat West’s courses, critiques or retreats, a Hastings LitFest short story trophy, and a Guest Pass to the whole of Hastings LitFest 2019; Runner up: a selection of books, a Hastings LitFest trophy and a free place on any workshop of your choice at Hastings LitFest 2019; Highly commended: Hastings LitFest trophy and a selection of books
Entry Fee: £5
Notes: Theme: ‘conquest’. All 20 longlisted entries will receive written feedback from the judge.

More details and submissions info HERE

Screencraft Horror Screenplay Contest

Deadline: 1st June 2018
Word Limit:
Feature-length scripts up to 140 pages
Prize: 
1st prize: $1,000 + consultation with top Hollywood literary manager or agent + personal introduction to industry professionals, 2nd prize: $500 + consultation with top Hollywood literary manager or agent + circulation of your project’s logline, Top 3 finalists: development notes from professional script reader + lifetime license to WriterDuet Pro v4
Entry Fee: $59

More details and submissions info HERE

The Moth Short Story Prize

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
5,000 words
Prize: 
1st prize:€3,000, 2nd prize: a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France + €250 travel stipend, 3rd prize:€1,000
Entry Fee: €12

More details and submissions info HERE

Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
Most entries run from 800-4,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome
Prize: 
1st prize: $2,500 + 10 copies of Glimmer Train Stories, 2nd prize: $500 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies of that issue), 3rd prize: $300 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies of that issue)
Entry Fee: $18
Notes: Open only to emerging writers who haven’t had fiction appear in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Previous online publication is fine.)

More details and submissions info HERE

Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award 2018

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
First chapter of your novel up to 5,000 words + 300 word synopsis + cover letter with details on your writing career to date
Prize: 
1st prize: £1,000 + introduction to literary agent Madelaine Milburn, Runner up: £250 + manuscript review from a Blue Pencil Agency editor
Entry Fee: £20

More details and submissions info HERE

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
3,000 words
Prize: 1st prize: £300, 2nd prize: £200, 3rd prize: £100
Entry Fee: £5
Notes: Open to authors who have never had a full-length work published. Accepts fiction, science fiction, non-fiction

More details and submissions info HERE

Wells Festival of Literature

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
Short Stories: 1,000-2,000 words, Poetry: 40 lines, Book for Children: the first 3 chapters + synopsis, Young Poets: 35 lines
Prize: Short Story, Poetry, Book for Children: 1st prize: £750, 2nd prize: £300, 3rd prize: £200; Young Poet: 1st prize: £150, 2nd prize: £75, 3rd prize: £50
Entry Fee: £6 (£3 for Young Poet competition)
Notes: See individual categories for more info

More details and submissions info HERE

Henshaw Short Story Competition

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
2,000 words
Prize: 1st prize: £100, 2nd prize: £50, 3rd prize: £25
Entry Fee: £5

More details and submissions info HERE

The Quagga Prize for Literary Fiction

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
Full length independent or self-published books
Prize: 
1st prize: £300 (literary fiction), 2nd prize: £100 (any genre) + runners-up prizes and commendations
Entry Fee: £15
Notes: hereSubmit via the contact page

More details and submissions info HERE

Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
50 paragraphs total (each paragraph must be at least 40 words)
Prize: 
1st prize: $1,000, 2nd prize: $500, 3rd prize: $250
Entry Fee: £15
Notes: The contest provides the first and last paragraph and the writer crafts the rest. Do not include any dialogue in “quotes” – just narrative and action. 24 finalists will be published in an ebook anthology.

More details and submissions info HERE

Audio Arcadia’s Science Fiction/Fantasy Short Story Competition

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
5,000 words 
Prize:
Each winner will receive a royalty percentage of total net monthly sales
Entry Fee: £5.50 
Notes: 
Stories must either be science fiction or fantasy or both. The ten winning stories will be published as a paperback and eBook and made available for sale on Lulu, Amazon and other relevant retail websites.

More details and submissions info HERE

Crimson Cloak 2018 Writing Competition

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
3,000-5,000 words 
Prize:
1st prize: 100% royalties on published story, 2nd prize: 80% royalties on published story, 3rd prize: 60% royalties on published story, runners-up: free entry into the next competition
Entry Fee: $20 
Notes: 
Write a story where the main character slowly falls in love with the reader.

More details and submissions info HERE

Hickory Stump Short Story Contest

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
4,000
Prize:
$1,000 + 1 hr Skype conference with each of the jurists
Entry Fee: $20 
Notes: 
Only 150 entries can be accepted in total.

More details and submissions info HERE

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2018

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
Chapbooks between 16-23 pages
Prize:
1st prize: €1,000 + 50 complimentary copies, 2nd prize: €500 + 50 complimentary copies
Entry Fee: €25 
Notes: 
The winning poets are also offered a reading and three nights’ accommodation at the Cork 2019 International Poetry Festival (March 27th-30th, 2019)

More details and submissions info HERE

North Street Book Prize (for self-published fiction)

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
150,000 words
Prize: 
Grand prize: $3,000 + marketing analysis consultation + $300 credit at BookBaby, 1st prize in each category: $1,000 + marketing analysis consultation + $300 credit at BookBaby, Honourable Mention in each category: $250 + critique
Entry Fee: £6 
Notes: 
Entries can be submitted in the following genres: mainstream/literary fiction, genre fiction, creative nonfiction & memoir, poetry, children’s picture books

More details and submissions info HERE

2018 MNDA Short Story Competition

Deadline: 30th June 2018
Word Limit:
5,000
Prize:
1st prize: £250, 2nd prize: £150, 3rd prize: £50
Entry Fee: £6 
Notes:
Shortlisted entries will be published in a new collection by Claret Press. The competition is inspired by the work of Claret Press author Sarah Gray, who has Motor Neurone disease. Her short story collection Half Life deals with aspects of physical and mental illness in innovative and original ways. The Judges will be looking for similarly engaging and novel stories inspired by these issues. Stories can be written from any perspective and in any format. This can include murder mystery, thriller, romance, post-modern, horror, etc.

More details and submissions info HERE

Txtlit (RECURRING)

Deadline: 30th June 2018
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

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:
1000-3000 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

Check out our 100 Submissions in 2018 challenge here!

NOTE: We’ve mainly included listings that offer payment or prizes here, as an added impetus, but there are huuuundreds more literary mags and submissions opportunities out there that reward you with publication, which is absolutely nothing to be sniffed at, and is a great way to build your ‘writer’s CV’ and prove your mettle. Check out Duotrope or The Submission Grinder for wider listings of non-paying markets – or, y’know, google “list of literary magazines” and you should be busy for the next zillion years…

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