Writing Competitions & Opportunities – October 2019

Unleash the spoopy skellingtons and throw a pumpkin at someone – October is here and the time for hibernation-based-writing is NOW.

The changing of the seasons may be a psychologically hideous transition but it sure does churn up the creative juices. It’s liminal, y’all. So hunker down in a leaf pile, gnaw on a conker, and write your way through the autumn.

Oh, and while you’re at it, why not send a story or poem or novel or random collection of words off to one of the 50+ writing competitions and opportunities we’ve wrangled together for you.

You’re freaking welcome.

P.S. The last Writers’ HQ Flash Quarterly Contest of 2019 opens for new entries on the 1st of October (Deadline 31st Dec) 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.

American Literary Review Awards

Deadline: 1st October 2019
Word Limit: Fiction: 8,000 words / Poetry: 3 poems / Essays: 6,500 words
Prize: $1,000 in each category
Entry Fee: $15

More details and submissions info HERE

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing TV Drama Prize

Deadline: 1st October 2019
Requirements: 10 page TV drama script extract + short synopsis + treatment + character breakdown + episode guide
Prize: Editorial support + showcase and performance at BAFTA
Entry fee: £42

More details and submission info HERE

Funicular Magazine: Call for Submissions

Deadline: 1st October 2019
Word Limit: Short fiction: 3,000 words / Flash fiction: 1,000 / Up to 3 poems
Payment:
Short fiction: $10 per page / Flash fiction & poetry: $25
Entry Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Kenyon Review: Open Submissions

Deadline: 1st October 2019
Word Limit: Short fiction & essays: 7,000 / Flash fiction: up to 3 pieces, up to 1,000 words each / Poetry: up to 6 poems / Plays and excerpts: 30 pages
Payment: Payment on publication
Entry fee:
FREE

More details and submission info HERE

Perito Prize

Deadline: 1st October 2019
Word Limit: 1,000-2,000 words
Prize:
£250
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Theme: accessibility

More details and submissions info HERE

Saints and Sinners Fiction Contest

Deadline: 1st October 2019
Word Limit: 3,000-7,000 words
Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $20
Notes: Theme: LGBT

More details and submissions info HERE

Split Lip Flash Contest

Deadline: 1st October 2019
Word Limit:
1,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: $500 / Runner-up: $50
Entry Fee:
$8 for one entry, $12 for two
Notes: All finalists will be considered for publication

More details and submission info HERE

Wilda Herne Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 1st October 2019
Word Limit:
500 words
Prize: $500
Entry Fee: 
$15

More details and submission info HERE

Wollongong Writers’ Festival Short Story Prize

Deadline: 1st October 2019
Word Limit:
2,500 words
Prizes: First prize: $1,000 / Runner-up: $250 
Entry Fee:
$15
Notes: Theme: All Lit Up

More details and submission info HERE

The Aryamati Poetry Prize

Deadline: 3rd October 2019
Line Limit: 40 lines
Prize: 250 copies of the winning poem printed on limited edition postcards + books worth £100 + 10 line edits from an editor
Entry fee: £2 for first poem, £1 thereafter
Notes: Theme: social change & peace

More details and submission info HERE

The Word Poetry Competition

Deadline: 3rd October 2019
Line Limit: 24 lines
Prize: £100
Entry fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: Light In Our Darkness. “Lichfield Cathedral invites you to write new poems inspired by the awe and wonder of the anniversary of the Moon landing and that one small step for humanity, to reflect on the origins of the universe and the vastness of space, light and time, and to explore our fragile earth through the themes of creation and cosmology, space travel and astronomical discovery.”

More details and submissions info HERE

Palm Sized Prompts (RECURRING)

Deadline: 4th October 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

INK Festival: Call for Scripts

Deadline: 5th October 2019 
Requirements:
Short plays: 30 mins / Radio plays: 15 mins / Themed plays: 10 mins (theme: Inside Out) / Radio game concepts: 30 mins
Prize: 
Winning plays will be produced at the INK festival
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Plays should be able to be performed by 5 actors or fewer. UK submissions only.

More details and submissions info HERE

Dalkey Writing Prizes

Deadline: 6th October 2019
Word Limit: Fiction: 2,000 words / Poetry: 15 lines
Prizes: €1,000 in each category
Entry Fee: €15.00

More details and submissions info HERE

London Short Story Prize

Deadline: 7th October 2019
Word Limit: 5,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £1000 / 2x runners up: £250
Entry Fee: £10
Notes: Open to writers living in London

More details and submissions info HERE

Waltham Forest Poetry Competition

Deadline: 7th September 2019
Line Limit: 40 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: £300 / 2nd prize: £200 / 3rd prize: £100 
Entry Fee: £3 for first poem, £1 thereafter
Notes: There are additional prizes for local and young poets.

More details and submissions info HERE

Comica Graphic Short Story Prize

Deadline: 11th October 2019
Requirements:
A 4-page graphic short story
Prizes: 1st prize: £1,000 / Runner-up: £250
Entry Fee:
FREE
Notes: The winning story will be published in The Observer New Review and the runner-up will be published in The Guardian.

More details and submission info HERE

NUHA Foundation Blogging Prize

Deadline: 12th October 2019
Word Limit:
Blogs of 600-1,500 words
Prizes: 1st prize: $2400 / 2nd prize: $1,200 / 3rd prize: $400
Entry Fee:
FREE
Notes: Blogs should be themed around specific topics listed on the competition website.

More details and submission info HERE

Bath Flash Fiction Award

Deadline: 13th October 2019
Word Limit:
300 words
Prize: £1,000
Entry Fee: £7.50 (or free for winners of the weekly Ad Hoc contest)

More details and submission info HERE

Mick Imlah Poetry Prize

Deadline: 14th October 2019
Line Limit:
35 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: £3,000 / 2nd prize: £1,500 / 3rd prize: £750
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, £3 thereafter
Notes: 10 shortlisted entries will be published on the website. All entires receive a 6 month subscription to TLS.

More details and submissions info HERE

La Napoule Art Foundation Writing Residency

Deadline: 14th October 2019
Requirements: Personal statement + CV + references + 25 page writing sample
Prizes: 1 month residency + breakfast and supper 5 nights/week + $1,000 stipend
Entry Fee: $30
Notes:The Chateau de LaNapoule is located in the historic seaside town of Mandelieu-La Napoule on the French Riviera. 

More details and submissions info HERE

Fearless Footsteps Travel Writing Challenge

Deadline: 15th October 2019
Word Limit:
1,000-1,500 words
Prize: Publication
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Entries must be factual, non-fiction travel stories that describe overcoming fear.

More details and submission info HERE

SmokeLong Quarterly Flash Fellowship

Deadline: 15th October 2019
Requirements: Application + 3x flash fiction samples (up to 1,000 words each)
Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $8 (free option for writers who are unable to afford the entry fee)
Notes: The fellowship is open to writers who do not have a chapbook or a book-length work published, self-published, or under contract.

More details and submissions info HERE

Steve Kowit Poetry Prize

Deadline: 15th October 2019
Line Limit:
Poems of any length
Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Notes: The winner will be invited to read at an award ceremony in March 2020.

More details and submission info HERE

Tennesee Williams Very Short Fiction & Poetry Contests

Deadline: 15th October 2019
Word Limit: Short fiction: 1,000 words / Poetry: 2-4 poems (up to 400 lines total)
Prizes: Short fiction: $500 / Poetry: $1,000
Entry Fee: Short fiction: $10 / Poetry: $15

More details and submissions info HERE

Sussex Poetry Competition

Deadline: 20th October 2019
Line Limit:
40 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: £1,000 / 2nd prize: £250 / 4x Runners-up: £25
Entry Fee: £6 for first poem, £4 thereafter
Notes: Open to writers living, working or studying in Sussex. Free entry to students under 30 (£150 prize).

More details and submissions info HERE

Troubadour International Poetry Prize

Deadline: 21st October 2019
Line Limit: 45 lines
Prize: 1st prize: £2,000 / 2nd prize: £1,000 / 3rd prize: £500
Entry Fee: £5
Notes: 20 entries will be highly commended

More details and submissions info HERE

Sixfold

Deadline: 24th October 2019
Word Limit: 
5,000 words of fiction, 1-5 poems
Prize: 
$1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Notes: 
Stories are submitted into 3 rounds of voting by participating writers (more on how it works here).

More details and submissions info HERE

Dinesh Allijarah Prize

Deadline: 25th October 2019
Word Limit: 2,000-5,000 words
Prize: £500
Entry fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: artificial intelligence. 10 shortlisted stories will also be published in an anthology.

More details and submission info HERE

A3 Review (RECURRING)

Deadline: 26th October 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: trees. 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

Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize

Deadline: 27th October 2019
Word Limit: 500 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £350 / 2nd prize: £200 / 3rd prize: £100 / Highly commended: £15
Entry fee: £8
Notes: All winners and shortlisters will be published in annual anthology.

More details and submission info HERE

Retreat West Short Story Prize

Deadline: 27th October 2019
Word Limit: 1,500-5,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £400 / 2nd prize: £200 / 3rd prize: £150 / Highly commended: £20
Entry fee: £10
Notes: All winners and shortlisters will be published in annual anthology.

More details and submission info HERE

Barren Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 30th October 2019
Word Limit: 1,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: 40% of entry fees / 2nd prize: 30% of entry fees / 3rd prize: 20% of entry fees
Entry Fee: $5

More details and submissions info HERE

Cinammon Pencil Mentoring Competition

Deadline: 30th October 2019
Requirements:
Flash fiction: 500 words / Poetry: 10 poems of up to 50 lines each / Short stories: 2 stories of up to 5,000 words each / Novel extracts: 10,000 words + synopsis + personal statement
Prize: 9 months of creative mentoring 
Entry Fee: £12

More details and submissions info HERE

Momaya Poetry Competition

Deadline: 30th October 2019
Word Count:
1,500 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £70 / 2nd prize: £35 / 3rd prize: £20
Entry Fee: £7
Notes: Theme: Masks. 50 honourable mentions will also be published. 

More details and submissions info HERE

Aftermath Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Word Count:
1,500-5,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: $1,000 / 2nd prize: $300 / 3rd prize: $100
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: climate change. All stories will be considered for publication with standard payment of $25

More details and submissions info HERE

ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Word Limit:
5,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £1,000 / 2nd prize: £500
Entry Fee:
FREE
Notes: Open to writers from the UK, Commonwealth and Republic of Ireland.

More details and submissions info HERE

Bedford International Writing Competition

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Word Limit:
Short fiction: 3,000 words / Poetry: 40 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: £500 / 2nd prize: £150 / 3rd prize: £100
Entry Fee: £6 for one entry, £12 for three
Notes: There is also a Young Writers prize (£100).

More details and submissions info HERE

Black River Chapbook Competition

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Requirements:
16-36 pages of prose
Prize: $500 + publication + 10 copies
Entry Fee: $15

More details and submissions info HERE

Blue Lights Book Prize

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Word Limit:
Short fiction collections of 140-180 pages
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20

More details and submissions info HERE

Collaborative Voices Folio

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Word Limit: TBC (competition opens 1st October)
Payment: $5 per printed page with a minimum of $20 (for publication in Split Lip) + 2 contributor copies + 1 year subscription / $5 per page with a minimum of $25 (Indiana Review) +  2 contributor copies + 1 year subscription
Entry Fee: TBC
Notes: Entries must be collaborative work written by two or more authors or by a single-author work that seriously considers the theme of collaboration.

More details and submissions info HERE

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Word Limit:
1,500 words
Prize: 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

Deborah Rogers Foundation Writer’s Award

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Word Limit: 20,000-25,000 word extract of a work-in-progress
Prizes: 1st prize: £10,000 / Runner-up: £1,000
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Open only to writers who have not previously published or self-published a full-length book of prose (with the exception of a collection of poetry).

More details and submissions info HERE

Earlyworks Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Word Limit: 8,000 words
Prize: £200
Entry
Fee: £5 for stories up to 4,000 words / £10 for stories up to 8,000 words
Notes: The best 10-20 entries will be published and receive 1 copy of the anthology.

More details and submissions info HERE

Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Requirements:
35 pages
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry Fee: $15
Notes: All entries will be considered for publication

More details and submissions info HERE

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Word Limit:
3,000 words of a first chapter + 1 page synopsis
Prizes:
1st prize: £500 / Runner-up: £200
Entry Fee: £10
Notes: Optional critique for £25

More details and submissions info HERE

Iceland Writers’ Retreat

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Requirements: 1,000 word writing sample + application statement
Prize: Full funding to attend the Iceland Writers’ Retreat + accommodation + airfare
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Partial funding is also available.

More details and submissions info HERE

Lunch Ticket: Call For Submissions

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Word Limit:
Flash prose: 750 words / Short stories/Creative non-fiction: 751-5,000 words / Poetry: 10 pages or 3 poems
Entry Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

National Poetry Competition

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Line Limit: 40 lines
Prizes: 1st prize: £5,000 / 2nd prize: 2,000 / 3rd prize: £1,000 / Runners-up: £200 x 7
Entry Fee: £7 for first entry, £4 thereafter

More details and submissions info HERE

ScreenCraft Action & Adventure Screenplay Contest

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Requirements: 1-5 page concept
Prize: 1st prize: $1,000 + conceptual development with Bad Robot / 2nd prize: $500
Entry Fee: $39
Notes: Winners will also be introduced to industry professionals.

More details and submissions info HERE

ScreenCraft Family Screenplay Contest

Deadline: 31st October* (early deadline) 2019
Requirements: Feature screenplays of up to 150 pages
Prizes: 1st prize: $2,000 / 2nd prize: $500
Entry Fee: $49
Notes: *Final deadline extends to 30th Dec with increased fees. Winners will also be introduced to industry professionals.

More details and submissions info HERE

Southport Writers’ Circle International Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st October 2019
Word Limit: 2,000 words
Prizes: 1st prize: £150 / 2nd prize: £80 / 3rd prize: £30
Entry Fee: £3 for one entry, £10 for four

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 November listings, contact [email protected] before the 13th of October.

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

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