Writing Competitions & Opportunities – November 2019

November. The liminal stretch between Halloween and Christmas in which we’d all much rather be sleeping under a pile of leaves until the clocks change again.

BUT THERE’S NO TIME FOR HIBERNATION. THERE’S WRITING TO BE DONE. AND SUBMISSIONS TO… UH… SUBMIT.

Over 40 of ’em, in fact, listed in handy alphabetised, dated order below. Aren’t we good to you? Yes we are.

So whether you’re working on a short story, a novel, a piece of flash, a poem or three, a script, a play, an essay, an article, or something else entirely, find a listing, send something out, and give yourself a gold star.

P.S. Our very own Writers’ HQ Flash Quarterly Contest closes on 31st December so get the heck in there. All we want from you is your best 500 words, it’s free to enter and you could win yourself a whole year’s WHQ membership and 3 productivity-boosting writing retreats. SKADOOSH.

The Caledonia Novel Award

Deadline: 1st November 2019
Requirements: The first 20 pages of a finished novel + a 200 word synopsis 
Prize: £1,500
Entry Fee: £25
Notes: Sponsored entries for authors on a low income are also available

More details and submissions info HERE

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Deadline: 1st November 2019
Word limit: 2,000-5,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £5,000 / Regional prizes: £2,500
Entry fee: FREE
Notes: Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country

More details and submission info HERE

The First Line

Deadline: 1st November 2019
Requirements: Fiction: 300-5,000 words / Poetry: no length limit
Payment: Fiction: $25-50 / Poetry: $5-10
Entry Fee: 
FREE
Notes: All submissions must begin with one first line from Volume 16, Issue 1 to Volume 20, Issue 4

More details and submission info HERE

Griffith Review 68: Getting On

Deadline: 1st November 2019
Word Limit: 2,000-6,000 words (essays and creative non-fiction, reportage, fiction, memoir) / up to 5 poems, max 2 pages
Entry fee:
FREE
Notes: Griffith Review seeks new work that examines the ramifications of [the] shift in [the older] population, and explores the transformations of our later years – the positive, the negative, the unanticipated.”

More details and submission info HERE

New Writing North Climate Emergency Writer-in-Residence

Deadline: 1st November 2019
Requirements: Application form + CV + references
Payment:
£10,000
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
The residency is open to writers working in poetry, fiction or non-fiction who have a strong track record of public work and engagement. Applicants can be based anywhere but will need to spend some time in the North East working with New Writing North, Newcastle University and local organisations and communities.

More details and submissions info HERE

Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition

Deadline: 2nd November 2019
Word Limit: 1,500 words
Prizes: 1st prize: $1,000 / 2nd prize: $100 / 3rd prize: $50
Entry Fee: $10
Notes: Theme: family (stories must also make a reference to alcohol or drugs)

More details and submissions info HERE

Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 2nd November 2019
Word Limit: 350 words
Prizes: 1st prize: $50 / 2nd prize: $25
Entry Fee: $10
Notes: Winners and up to 10 honourable mentions will be published and narrated on the Weird Xmas podcast

More details and submissions info HERE

Liar’s League (London)

Deadline: 3rd November 2019
Word Limit: 800-2,000 words
Prize: 
A 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: Sugar & Spice – witches, warlocks, wizards, wyverns, wights, wraiths and will-o-the-wisps (and other horror-themed things not beginning with W). Accepted stories will be read by a professional actor on the 10th of December 2019.

More details and submissions info HERE

The London Reader: Mothers and Motherhood

Deadline: 4th November 2019
Word Limit:
5,000 words / up to 5 poems
Entry Fee:
FREE
Notes: The London Reader is issuing an open call for short stories, true stories, creative nonfiction, flash/mini-fiction, poetry, photography, painting, and any other writing or art that explores the topic of mothers or motherhood.

More details and submission info HERE

Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

Deadline: 7th November 2019
Requirements: Feature screenplays, TV pilots and short scripts
Prizes: $20,000 in cash and prize packages
Entry fee: $50-75

More details and submission info HERE

The White Review Poet’s Prize

Deadline: 7th November 2019
Requirements: Poetry portfolios of 5-10 pages
Prize: £1,700 + editorial advice
Entry fee: £12 (or £20 incl the latest copy of The White Review)
Notes: There are also 50 free entries available for low income writers

More details and submissions info HERE

Printed Words

Deadline: 10th November 2019
Word Limit:
Short stories: 2,000 words / Flash fiction, creative non-fiction or book reviews: 500 words / Poetry: 50 lines
Entry Fee:
FREE
Notes: One contributor per quarter will win £20

More details and submission info HERE

BlueCat Screenplay Contest

Deadline: 11th November* 2019 (final deadline)
Requirements:
Features, episodic pilots and short film scripts
Prizes:
Over $40,000 in cash prizes
Entry Fee: $55-70
Notes: Every script submitted receives a written analysis. (*Late deadline extends to Dec 15th with increased submission fees)

More details and submissions info HERE

The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition

Deadline: 11th November 2019
Line Limit: 40 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: £2,000 + a one week writing residency at Cyprus Well, Charles Causley’s former home in Launceston / 2nd prize: £250 / 3rd prize: £100 / 5x highly commended: £30
Entry Fee: £7.50 for the first poem, £5 thereafter

More details and submissions info HERE

Granta

Deadline: 13th November 2019
Word Limit: Fiction and non-fiction: 3,000-6,000 (guideline)
Entry Fee: £3

More details and submissions info HERE

Caroline Aherne Bursary

Deadline: 15th November 2019
Requirements: A link to filmed content of up to 2 minutes + optional 2 page synopsis for a short form or sitcom idea
Prize: £5,000 development bursary + mentorship with a BBC commissioning comedy editor + access to BBC Writersroom training sessions
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Content can be filmed on a mobile phone – judging will focus on the quality of writing and performance

More details and submissions info HERE

Fly on the Wall Manuscript Submissions

Deadline: 15th November 2019
Requirements:
Collections of poetry (20-40 poems), flash fiction (2-10 pieces) or short fiction (2-5 stories) / OR individual short stories (2,000-3,500 words)
Payment: Royalties on publication
Entry Fee:
FREE (but you must have purchased a book from Fly on the Wall press in 2019)
Notes: Optional feedback for £15 (half-refunded if published)

More details and submission info HERE

Future Visions Award

Deadline: 15th September 2019
Word Limit:
3,500-7,000
Prize: $500
Entry Fee:
$2
Notes:“Future Visions accepts all stories that challenge either the way we see ourselves in the future, or how the world is represented in the future. This vision could be a science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, thriller, crime view, or a contemporary view following the lives of people as they adjust to the new, or who are entrenched in the modern way we have yet to experience.”

More details and submission info HERE

Palm Sized Prompts (RECURRING)

Deadline: 15th November 2019
Word Limit:
500 words
Prize: $300
Entry Fee:
FREE
Notes: Entries should be inspired by the monthly prompt and emailed to palmsizedprompts @ gmail.com

More details and submission info HERE

The Bath Children’s Novel Award

Deadline: 17th November 2019
Requirements:
The first 5,000 words of a children’s novel + a one-page synopsis
Prizes: £2,500
Entry Fee: £25
Notes: Sponsored places for writers on a low income are also available

More details and submissions info HERE

Claw and Blossom

Deadline: 25th November 2019
Word Limit: 1,000 words
Payment: $25
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: Rings. Submissions must contain elements of the natural world.

More details and submissions info HERE

Wales Poetry Award

Deadline: 28th November 2019
Line Limit:
70 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: £100 / 2nd prize: £50 / 3rd prize: £25
Entry Fee: £5
Notes: All winners will also a receive a bundle of Seren books

More details and submission info HERE

3Elements Literary Review

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Word Limit:
Fiction: 3,500 words / Poetry: 2 pages
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Stories must include the following 3 elements: carriage, pinwheel, sour

More details and submissions info HERE

49th New Millennium Writing Awards

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Word Limit:
Fiction and non-fiction: 7,499 / Flash fiction: 1,000 / Poetry: up to 3 poems, 5 pages total
Prizes: $1,000 in each category
Entry Fee: $20
Notes: The winner will be invited to read at an award ceremony in March 2020.

More details and submission info HERE

1000 Word Challenge

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Word Limit: 750-1,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £150 / 2nd prize: £75 / 3rd prize: $50
Entry Fee: £5
Notes: Theme: strangers. Optional feedback for an entry fee of £15

More details and submissions info HERE

Aeon Award

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Word Limit:
10,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: €1,000 / 2nd prize: €200 / 3rd prize: €100
Entry Fee: €8.50
Notes: Open to speculative fiction (fantasy, horror, science fiction)

More details and submissions info HERE

American Short Fiction

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Word Limit: 2,000 words
Payment: Professional payment (5c+ per word)
Entry Fee: $3
Notes: 20 entries will be highly commended

More details and submissions info HERE

Apofenie

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Word Limit: 
Fiction and non-fiction: 5,000 words / Poetry: up to 5 poems
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Theme: movement. Submissions must reflect the quarterly’s theme in order for consideration.

More details and submissions info HERE

Cinnamon Literature Award

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Word Limit: Poetry: 10 poems, up to 50 lines each / Short fiction: 2 short stories, up to 5,000 words each / Novel extracts: the first 10,000 words
Prize: Publication by Cinnamon Press
Entry fee: £16
Notes: Theme: artificial intelligence. 10 shortlisted stories will also be published in an anthology.

More details and submission info HERE

East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Word Limit: 45 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: £500 / 2nd prize: £200 / 3rd prize: £100 / 2x highly commended: £25
Entry Fee: £3
Notes: Theme: my mind, my thoughts

More details and submissions info HERE

Fish Short Story Prize

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Word Limit: 5,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: €3,000 + a 5-day short story workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival / 2nd prize: €300 + a week-long writing retreat / 3rd prize: €300 / 7x honourable mentions: €200
Entry fee: €20 for the first entry, €10 thereafter
Notes:The top ten stories will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2020

More details and submission info HERE

Green Stories TV/Netflix 6 Part Series Competition

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Requirements: A 6 part series of 25-60 minutes per episode – submit the first episode + a 3 page outline of the rest of the series
Prizes: 1st prize: £500 / 2nd prize: £100 / 3rd prize: £50
Entry fee: FREE
Notes: Green Stories are looking for TV/Netflix Series that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. The top five scripts will also be read by BBC Writersroom and Red Production Company.

More details and submission info HERE

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Line Limit: 40 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: €2,000 + a one-week residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre + accommodation at the Cork International Poetry Festival / 2nd prize: €500 / 3rd prize: €250 / 10x runners-up: €50
Entry Fee: €7 per poem or €30 for 5
Notes: Winning entries will also be published in Southword 38

More details and submissions info HERE

Heroine Eyes Poetry Competition

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Line limit:
40 lines
Prize: £100 + 250 copies of the winning poem on Artcard 
Entry Fee: £5
Notes: Entries must emulate or be dedicated to a female writer who you feel should be better respected.

More details and submissions info HERE

IHS International Haiku Competition

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Requirements:
Haiku/senryu written in any language
Prizes: 1st prize: €150 / 2nd prize: €50 / 3rd prize: €30
Entry Fee: €3
Notes: Haiku/senryu written in a foreign language should be accompanied by an English translation

More details and submissions info HERE

Littoral Press Nature Poetry Competition

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Requirements:
A collection of 42-96 poems (50-100 pages)
Prize: 50 copies of the winning collection
Entry Fee: £20
Notes: Theme: nature/spiritual/environmental poetry

More details and submissions info HERE

New England Review

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Word Limit:
Fiction and non-fiction: 20,000 words / Poetry: up to 6 poems
Payment:
$20 per page ($50 minimum)
Entry fee: $3 prose, $2 poetry
Notes: Open to writers from the UK, Commonwealth and Republic of Ireland.

More details and submissions info HERE

ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Word Limit: 20,000 word extract of a ‘cinematic’ book (up to 150,000 words)
Prizes: 1st prize: $1,000 / 2nd prize: $500
Entry Fee: $79
Notes: Winners and runners up will also be introduced to industry professionals

More details and submissions info HERE

ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Word Limit: 20,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: $1,000 / 2nd prize: $500
Entry Fee: $59
Notes: Winners and runners up will also be introduced to industry professionals

More details and submissions info HERE

ScreenCraft Stageplay Competition

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Requirements: Stage plays of 15-120 pages
Prize: 1st prize: $1,000 + optional travel to LA to produce your play / 2nd prize: $500 + introductions to industry professionals
Entry Fee: $69

More details and submissions info HERE

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Line Limit: 50 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: £250 / 2nd prize: £100 / 3rd prize: £50 / 3x highly commended: £30 / 3x commended: £15
Entry fee: £5 for 1, £8 for 2, £10 for 3, £12 for 4, £14 for 5, £16 for 7, £22 for 10
Notes: All winning and commended poems receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly (Online & Print)

More details and submissions info HERE

ServiceScape Short Story Award

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Word Limit:
5,000 words
Prize: $1,000 words
Entry Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

The Writers Bureau Flash Fiction Competition

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Word Limit: 500 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £300 / 2nd prize: £200 / 3rd prize: £100
Entry Fee: £5 per entry or 3 for £10

More details and submissions info HERE

Writers’ HQ Bursary

Deadline: 30th November 2019
Requirements: A 2,000 word writing sample + entry form
Prize: WHQ retreats & membership
Entry
Fee: FREE
Notes: Literary sponsorship for marginalised, low-income, and minority writers

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

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

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

If you have a writing competition or opportunity to add to our December listings, contact [email protected] before the 10th of November.

Please note: We rarely list contests with an entry fee of over £20/$25 (with the exception of scriptwriting competitions). 

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