Writing Competitions & Opportunities – May 2020

Mayday, mayday, we’re all still in lockdown, so let’s escape through the magic of FICTION.

Join our #Submit2020 challenge and set your sights on some juicy, delicious, tantalising May submission deadlines.

We’ve put together over 80 writing competitions, opportunities, and excellent things with deadlines in May 2020, many of them free-to-enter, many with cash prizes.

So what are you waiting for? Get stuck in and get submitting!

Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Line Limit: not stated
Prize:
$1,000
Entry fee:
$15 for up to 5 poems
Notes: 20-ish shortlisted entries will also be published in the contest issue

More details and submission info HERE

The Broken City

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Word Limit: 3,000 words
Entry fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: The Wild West

More details and submission info HERE

Bloodbath Lit: The Vampires Issue

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Word Limit: Fiction: 2,000 words / Poetry: 40 lines
Payment: £30
Entry fee:
 FREE
Notes: Theme: Vampires

More details and submission info HERE

Counterclaim

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Requirements: 10 pages of fiction, non-fiction or poetry
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: New beginnings/starting afresh

More details and submission info HERE

Erbacce Prize for Poetry

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Requirements: 5 pages of poetry
Prize:
1st prize: A publishing contract with erbacce press + a perfect-bound collection of poetry + 20% royalties / 2x runners-up: either a perfect bound book or a high quality chap-book under similar terms as the winner
Entry fee:
FREE

More details and submission info HERE

The First Line

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Word Limit: 300-5,000 words
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Stories must begin with the chosen first line: The door was locked

More details and submission info HERE

HYBRID Future//Tense: Love

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Word Limit: 2,000-15,000 words
Payment: 2½¢ per word (maximum $100 per story)
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: What will love look like in the future?

More details and submission info HERE

Halfway Down the Stairs

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Word Limit: Fiction: 5,000 words / Non-fiction: 3,000 words / Poetry: 500 words
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: Upside down 

More details and submission info HERE

Iron Faerie Villains Anthology

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Word Limit: 2,500-7,000 words
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Iron Faerie Publishing are looking for horror, fantasy and paranormal romance stories about fairytales as told from the villain’s perspective

More details and submission info HERE

The Lorraine Williams Poetry Prize

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Requirements: Up to 3 poems, 10 pages total
Prize: $1,500 + an expenses-paid trip to Athens, Georgia, to give a public reading with the judge
Entry fee:
$15

More details and submission info HERE

Molly Keane Creative Writing Award

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Word Limit: 2,000 words
Prize: €500
Entry fee:
FREE

More details and submission info HERE

Montreal International Poetry Prize

Deadline: 1st May 2020 (*early deadline)
Line Limit: 40 lines
Prize: $20,000
Entry fee:
$20
Notes: *Deadline extends to 15th May with increased fees

More details and submission info HERE

The 2020 Moon City Poetry Award

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Requirements: A poetry collection of at least 48 pages
Prize: $1,000 + publication + royalty contract with Moon City Press
Entry fee:
$25

More details and submission info HERE

Nature and Place Poetry Competition

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Line Limit: 40 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: £1,000 / 2nd prize: £500 / 3rd prize: £250
Entry fee:
£7 for first poem, £4 thereafter (max 6 poems)
Notes: Theme: Nature and place 

More details and submission info HERE

Nostos

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Requirements: Up to 6 poems or up to 3 short stories
Payment: 2 copies of the edition
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: Poetry of science

More details and submission info HERE

New Voice in Poetry Prize

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Requirements: 2 recorded audio poems
Prize: £250
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: The New Voice in Poetry Prize is a brand new competition for emerging spoken word poets and performers who are yet to publish a full collection of work. The prize is open to 18-35 year-olds based in the UK

More details and submission info HERE

The Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Requirements: Up to 3 poems
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee:
$10
Notes: The winner and finalists will be published in the spring issue of Breakwater Review

More details and submission info HERE

Poetry London Prize

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Line Limit: 80 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: £5,000 / 2nd prize: £2,000 / 3rd prize: £1,000
Entry fee:
£8 (£4 for Poetry London subscribers)
Notes: There are a number of free entries for low-income writers

More details and submission info HERE

The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Requirements: CV + 1 page cover letter + complete fiction manuscripts of at least 45,000 words
Prize: $10,000 advance + publication
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Candidates must be first-generation residents of their country

More details and submission info HERE

Remastered Words

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Word Limit: 5,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £75 / 2nd prize: £50 / 3rd prize: £25
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Winning stories will be produced as an audio work by Remastered Words and created into an audio anthology. Authors will receive a 30% share of the royalties that will be split between the winners. Stories must be inspired by this year’s chosen theme.

More details and submission info HERE

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest

Deadline: 1st May 2020 (*early deadline)
Word Limit: 1,000 words
Prize: 1st prize: $25,000 + long-term industry circulation + script development / Runner-up: $2,500
Entry fee:
$60
Notes: *Deadline extends to 15th May with increased entry fee

More details and submission info HERE

Unbound Anthology of Irish Working Class Voices

Deadline: 1st May 2020
Requirements: Memoirs of up to 2,500 words + 500 personal statement
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: The anthology is looking for 16 new and emerging writers from a working-class background from all over the island of Ireland

More details and submission info HERE

Liars’ League London

Deadline: 3rd November 2019
Word Limit: 800-2,000 words
Prize: 
A public reading of your story + mp3 & YouTube recording
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
 Theme: Mystery & Suspense – high tension and twist endings, strange goings-on and unsettling encounters, noirish puzzles and domestic dramas. Accepted stories will be read by a professional actor on the 9th of June 2020.

More details and submissions info HERE

JKP Writing Prize

Deadline: 3rd May 2020
Requirements: Original, own-voices essays on the theme of Trans Everyday of 1,500-3,000 words
Prize:
£150
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: The JKP prize is open to unpublished/unagented writers who identify as trans and/or non-binary.

More details and submission info HERE

Mavis Batey Essay Prize

Deadline: 3rd May 2020
Word Limit: 5,000-6,000 words
Prize:
£250 + free membership of the Gardens Trust for a year
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: Garden history

More details and submission info HERE

John Yorke Story: Bursary for Women in Video Games

Deadline: 4th May 2020
Requirements: To apply for the bursary, email [email protected], explaining why you’re the perfect person to take this opportunity
Bursary:
80% bursary towards a place on the Story for Video Games online course
Entry fee:
FREE

More details and submission info HERE

The Nick Darke Award

Deadline: 4th May 2020
Requirements: A full length stage script (45 minutes minimum)
Prize:
£6,000
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Open to UK and European writers

More details and submission info HERE

London Reader

Deadline: 4th May 2020
Word Limit: 5,000 words or up to 3 poems
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: Stories from the lockdown

More details and submission info HERE

Power Play

Deadline: 4th May 2020
Requirements: A 500 word proposal for a new play set and staged site-specifically in a real nail bar/beauty salon, approximately one hour in length with a small cast + 300 word bio
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: This opportunity is open to female-identifying or non-binary writers

More details and submission info HERE

Disturbing the Body

Deadline: 7th May 2020
Word Limit: 8,000 words
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Entries must be speculative autobiography on the theme of bodies going wrong and how we narrate our own experiences

More details and submission info HERE

1000 Words Heard for INARA

Deadline: 8th/22nd May 2020*
Word Limit: 1,000 words
Prize:
Winning stories will be narrated by a professional voice actor and published at BIBLIOPHONE
Entry fee:
£4 donation to the charity INARA, who arrange medical support for war-wounded children around the world
Notes: *Donations must be received by 8th of May but the deadline for stories is not until the 22nd of May

More details and submission info HERE

Booksie Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 8th May 2020
Word Limit: 500 words
Prizes:
1st prize: $500 / 2x runners-up: $100
Entry fee:
$6.95
Notes: Entries must be inspired by a picture prompt on the Booksie competition page

More details and submission info HERE

RTÉ Short Story Competition 2020

Deadline: 8th May 2020
Word Limit: 1,800-2,000 words
Prizes:
1st prize: €3,000 / 2nd prize: €2,000 / 3rd prize: €1,000 / 7x runners-up: €250
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: The competition is open to people over 18 years of age who are Irish,
or resident in Ireland. All 10 short stories will be broadcast in a season of new writing on RTÉ Radio 1 in the autumn.

More details and submission info HERE

Pure Slush: The Tyranny of Bacon

Deadline: 10th May 2020
Word Limit: 50-1,000 words
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Submissions must include bacon in some form. Even just the mention of the word bacon is fine.

More details and submission info HERE

Untitled: Voices 

Deadline: 12th May 2020
Word Limit: Fiction: 2,000 words / Scripts & poetry: up to 50 lines
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Untitled: Voices seeks pieces written by underrepresented writers during the current lockdown or as a reaction to the worldwide pandemic.

More details and submission info HERE

Live Canon International Poetry Prize

Deadline: 13th May 2020
Line Limit: Any length
Prizes: 1st prize: £1,000
Entry fee:
£6.50 for 1 / £12 for 2 / £16.00 for 3 / £20 for 5 / £35 for 10

More details and submission info HERE

Mairtin Crawford Award

Deadline: 13th May 2020
Requirements: Poetry: 3-5 poems (60 lines each) / Short stories: 3,500 words
Prizes: (in each category) 1st prize: £1,000 + 3-night stay at The River Mill writing retreat / Runner-up: £250
Entry fee:
£6

More details and submission info HERE

Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition

Deadline: 15th May 2020
Requirements: Feature screenplays: 90-120 pages / Teleplays: 22-70 pages
Prizes: Screenplay: $5,000 / Teleplay: $1,000
Entry fee:
Screenplay: $70 / Teleplay: $60
Notes: See website for specific category information

More details and submission info HERE

ADANNA

Deadline: 15th May 2020
Word Limit: Fiction: 2,000 words / Poetry: up to 6 poems
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: Women’s stories during the Pandemic of Coronavirus outbreak  

More details and submission info HERE

Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize

Deadline: 15th May 2020
Word Limit: 1,000-5,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £1,000 / 2nd prize: £250 / 3rd prize: £100
Entry fee:
£10
Notes: The winners and longlisted entrants’ stories will be published in the Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize anthology in October 2020

More details and submission info HERE

Full Metal Horror 3: The Unknown

Deadline: 15th May 2020
Word Limit: 2,000-7,000 words
Payment: $10 + author copy
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: Sci horror, cosmic horror, and bizzaro horror

More details and submission info HERE

Cast of Wonders: Banned Book Week

Deadline: 15th May 2020
Word Limit: Young adult fiction of up to 6,000 words
Payment: $.08 per word
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: Banned books

More details and submission info HERE

Cow Creek Chapbook Prize

Deadline: 15th May 2020
Requirements: 15-30 pages of poetry
Prize: $1,000 + 25 author copies
Entry fee:
$15

More details and submission info HERE

The Fieldstone Review

Deadline: 15th May 2020
Requirements: Up to 5 poems or 2 pieces of fiction/creative non-fiction
Prize: The best submission will receive $100
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: Plastic identities

More details and submission info HERE

Grain Magazine

Deadline: 15th May 2020
Word Limit: Fiction & literary non-fiction: 3,500 words / Poetry: up to 6 pages
Payment: $50 per page (up to $250)
Entry fee:
FREE

More details and submission info HERE

Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

Deadline: 15th May 2020
Line Limit: 40 lines (up to 2 poems per entry)
Prizes: 1st prize: $1,500 / 2nd prize: $300
Entry fee:
$20 (includes a copy of Ruminate)

More details and submission info HERE

Luna Station Quarterly

Deadline: 15th May 2020
Word Limit: 500-7,000 words
Payment: $5
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Luna Station Quarterly publishes speculative fiction written by women-identified authors

More details and submission info HERE

Ploughshares Emerging Writers’ Contest

Deadline: 15th May 2020
Word Limit: Fiction & non-fiction: 6,000 words / Poetry: 3-5 pages
Prizes: $2,000 in each category
Entry fee:
$20

More details and submission info HERE

The Prophecy Creek Award in Speculative Fiction

Deadline: 15th May 2020
Requirements: An original, unpublished book-length work of speculative fiction
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee:
$20

More details and submission info HERE

Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize

Deadline: 17th May 2020
Line Limit: 1-3 poems, up to 3 pages total
Prize: $1,000 
Entry fee:
$15
Notes: Entrants must be under 40 years of age

More details and submission info HERE

Pilgrimage Press

Deadline: 17th May 2020
Word Limit: Prose: 6,000 words / Poetry: up to 6 poems
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: Edges & borders

More details and submission info HERE

The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation Writing Competition

Deadline: 20th May 2020
Word Limit: 1,000-2,000 words
Prize: The winning story will be recorded as an audiobook by multi-award winning and best-selling Austen narrator Alison Larkin, published worldwide and promoted for all to hear
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: Inspiration

More details and submission info HERE

Sick Cruising Anthology

Deadline: 20th May 2020
Word Limit: 2,000 words
Payment: $20 + 1 copy of the anthology
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: All stories must be a response to the anthology prompts

More details and submission info HERE

Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Deadline: 24th May 2020
Word Limit: 10,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: $2,000 / 2nd prize: $500 / 3rd prize: $250 / 2x editors’ choice: $125
Entry fee:
$17
Notes: The winning stories will be read by three literary agents

More details and submission info HERE

A3 Review

Deadline: 23rd May 2020
Word Limit:
150 words
Prizes: The two winning entries from each month’s contest will be published in Issue #13 of The A3 Review in early October 2020. Winners will also receive contributor copies and Writing Maps. Three overall winners of the March till August contests will receive cash prizes: 1st = £250, 2nd = £150, 3rd = £75
Entry Fee: £3
Notes: Theme: Human

More details and submission info HERE

SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction

Deadline: 24th May 2020
Word Limit: 1,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: $2,000 / 2nd prize: $200 / 3rd prize: $100
Entry fee:
$15.50 for up to 2 stories
Notes: All finalists will be published and receive $50

More details and submission info HERE

Live Canon First and Second Collections Competition

Deadline: 25th May 2020
Requirements: First or second poetry collections of 35+ poems (40+ pages)
Prizes: 3 books will win a publication contract with Live Canon
Entry fee: £12
Notes: 6 books will be longlisted in each category

More details and submission info HERE

Grindstone International Poetry Prize

Deadline: 28th May 2020
Line Limit: 40 lines
Prizes: Grand prize: £500 / Runner-up: £200 / 4x shortlisted poems: £50
Entry fee:
£8
Notes: Optional feedback is available for an additional £8

More details and submission info HERE

Wigtown Poetry Prize

Deadline: 29th May 2020
Line Limit: 40 lines
Prizes: Wigtown prize: £1,500 / Wigtown Scots prize & Wigtown Scottish Gaelic prize: £500 / Runner-up in each category: £200
Entry fee:
£6.50 for 1 (each subsequent entry after the first three costs £5)
Notes: Several other prizes are available, and those entering Wigtown Scottish Gaelic and Wigtown Scots categories can also submit their poems to be considered for the Wigtown Prize free-of-charge.

More details and submission info HERE

Lucent Dreaming Short Story & Poetry Contests

Deadline: 30th May 2020
Word Limit: Short fiction: 2,000-7,500 words / Poetry: 56 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: £100 / 2nd prize: £50 / 3rd prize: £25
Entry fee:
£4 or FREE for low-income writers
Notes: Winners will also receive a fiction/poetry bundle and limited edition merch

More details and submission info HERE

Deadman’s Tome

Deadline: 30th May 2020
Word Limit: 4,000-6,000 words
Payment: $10
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: Horror and dark fiction based on true crimes or serial killers

More details and submission info HERE

Riptide Climate Matters Anthology

Deadline: 30th May 2020
Word Limit: Poetry: up to 3 poems (max 40 lines each) / Fiction, science writing & life writing: 3,000 words 
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: Questioning capitalism

More details and submission info HERE

-1000 Below: Flash Prose & Poetry Contest

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Word Limit: Fiction: 1,000 words / Poetry: up to 1 poems, 40 words each
Prize: 1st prize: $500 / 2nd prize: $250 / 3rd prize: $50
Entry fee:
$10
Notes: All submissions will be considered for publication

More details and submission info HERE

Apparition Lit

Submission period: 15th – 31st May 2020
Word Limit: Fiction: 1,000-5,000 words / Poetry: up to 5 poems, 2 pages max
Payment: Fiction: $0.03 per word (min $30) / Poetry: $30
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: Redemption. Apparition Lit is seeking original, unpublished speculative fiction and poetry.

More details and submission info HERE

3Elements Review

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Word Limit: Fiction: 3,500 words / Poetry: up to 2 pages
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Entries must include the following three elements: Lobe, parrot, half-life

More details and submission info HERE

Bath Novel Award

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Requirements: The first 5,000 words of a novel + 1 page synopsis
Prize: £3,000
Entry fee:
£28 (free sponsored places available)
Notes: The contest is open to unpublished, self-published and independently published writers worldwide

More details and submission info HERE

Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Requirements: The first 5,000 words of a novel + 300 word synopsis + cover letter
Prize: £1,000 + agent introduction
Entry fee:
£20
Notes: The Award is open to unrepresented and unpublished authors for a novel in any adult fiction genre

More details and submission info HERE

Bridport Prize

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Word Limit: Poetry: 42 lines / Short stories: 5,000 words / Flash fiction: 250 words / Novels: 5,000-8,000 extract from the opening chapters + 300 word synopsis
Prizes: Poetry & Short stories: 1st prize: £5,000, 2nd prize: £1,000, 3rd prize: £500, 10x highly commended: £100 / Flash fiction: 1st prize: £1,000, 2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: £250, 3x highly commended: £100 / Novels: 1st prize: £1,500, Runner-up: £750, 3x shortlist: £150
Entry fee:
Poetry: £10 / Short stories: £12 / Flash fiction: £9 / Novel: £20
Notes: Longlisted novel entrants will be asked to submit 15,000 words for the next stage of the judging process. Shortlisted entrants will be asked to submit 30,000 words for the final stage of the judging process.

More details and submission info HERE

Creative Future Writing Award

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Word Limit: Fiction: 4,000 words / Poetry: 42 lines
Prizes: Platinum: £75 + mentorship + online course + professional consultations / Gold: £50 + manuscript assessment + online course / Silver: £25 + manuscript assessment / Bronze: Coaching + mentoring / Highly commended: critique / 
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Theme: Tomorrow 

More details and submission info HERE

The Frogmore Poetry Prize

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Line Limit: 40 lines
Prizes:
1st prize: 250 guineas + 2 year subscription / 2nd prize: 75 guineas + 1 year subscription / 3rd prize: 50 guineas + 1 year subscription
Entry fee:
£4
Notes: All shortlisted poems will appear in number 96 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2020)

More details and submission info HERE

Full Fat Collection – Trois

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Requirements: A collection of up to 40 poems (approx 60 pages)
Prize:
The winner will be published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press and receive 100 copies of their collection
Entry fee:
£25

More details and submission info HERE

Live Theatre

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Requirements: Full-length play scripts (60 mins or longer)
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Writers must be currently based in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

More details and submission info HERE

The Lord Whisky Sanctuary Fund Poetry Competition

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Line Limit: 40 lines
Prizes:
1st prize: 30% of total entry fees / 2nd prize: 10% / 3rd prize: 5% (50% of proceeds will go towards the work of the sanctuary)
Entry fee:
£5
Notes: Poems should have a connection to any of the following: the natural world; people and animals; rescue animals; the work of a sanctuary

More details and submission info HERE

MinK2020 – City of Dreams

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Word Limit: Flash fiction: 500 words / Poetry: 14 lines
Prizes: £25 in each category
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Submission is open to writers who live in Buckinghamshire (Milton Keynes’ home county) or in the neighbouring counties of Northamptonshire or Bedfordshire.

More details and submission info HERE

NAWG Flash Fiction Competition

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Word limit: 100 words (exactly)
Prizes: 1st prize: £100
Entry fee:
£3 (or £5 for 2)

More details and submission info HERE

Oversound Chapbook Prize

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Requirements: Poetry manuscripts of 15-30 pages
Prize: $1,000 + 25 copies
Entry fee: $18 (includes a subscription to Oversound)

More details and submission info HERE

Pint-sized Plays 2020 Competition

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Requirements: Short plays of 5-10 minutes capable of being staged in a pub, suitable for 2-3 actors
Prize: The six winning scripts and four runners up will be performed at the Script Slam on September 26th 2020. The scripts will be judged by the audience and there will be two prizes: for Best Script and Runner Up, together with a certificate for the third place. The performances will also be judged by a professional theatre director and awards made for the best performances.
Entry fee: £5.50

More details and submission info HERE

Shooter Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Word Limit: 5,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £400 / Runner-up: £100
Entry fee: £7 (£10 for 2)

More details and submissions info HERE

Thanet Writers Short Story Competition 2020

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Word Limit: 500-5,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £1,000 / Longlist: £10
Entry fee: FREE
Notes: Entries must be set in Thanet and be weird, strange, or unusual in some way. Writers must also have some form of connection to Thanet to submit.

More details and submissions info HERE

Well Review Editions: Call for Essays

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Requirements: A 2-3 page outline of your proposed essay + a 10 page writing sample
Entry fee: FREE
Notes: Essays will be published in a new pamphlet series in 2020

More details and submissions info HERE

Welsh Poetry Competition

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Line Limit: 50 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: £500 / 2nd prize: £250 / 3rd prize: £100
Entry fee: £6 for first poem, discounts for multiple entries
Notes: 17 runners up will also be published online and in a future anthology

More details and submissions info HERE

Yeovil Literary Prize

Deadline: 31st May 2020
Requirements: Novels: Synopsis and opening chapters up to 15,000 words total / Short stories: 2,000 words / Poetry: 40 lines / Writing without restrictions: n/a
Prizes: Novels: 1st prize: £1,000, 2nd prize: £250, 3rd prize: £100 / Short stories & poetry: 1st prize: £500, 2nd prize: £200, 3rd prize: £100 / Writing without restrictions: 1st prize: £200, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: £50
Entry fee: Novel: £12 / Short stories: £7 / Poetry: £7 for 1, £10 for 2, £12 for 3 / Writing without restrictions: £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

Third Word Press Great Eighty Challenge (RECURRING)

Deadline: Rolling
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

Faber Academy QuickFic (RECURRING)

Deadline: Weekly (new prompt every Friday)
Word Limit: 250 words
Prize: A selection of books
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Stories must be in response to a weekly prompt posted each Friday at 9.50am

More details and submissions info HERE

If you have a writing competition or opportunity to add to our June listings, contact [email protected] before the 31st of May.

Please note: We rarely list contests with an entry fee of over £20 (with the exception of scriptwriting and chapbook competitions) unless they also offer free entries for low income writers. 

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