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Creative writing competitions 2017


Aim high and win big! Start planning your competition year with details of over 250 competitions closing before June 2017


Firstwriter International Poetry Comp

Poems up to 30 lines

Prizes: £200; ten special commendations will be awarded, publication for all winners

Entry fee: £3, three for £2.50 each, five for £2 each, ten for £1.50 each

Closing date: 1 Oct

Red Dragon?y New Writing Comp

30-minute stage plays by writers from British East Asian, South East Asian and South Asian communities

Prizes: 3x£1,000, plus performance at Red Dragonfly’s writing festival Free entry Closing date: 1 Oct

Resurgence Poetry Prize

Poems up to 54 lines on ecological themes

Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000

Entry fee: £7, £3 subsequent

Closing date: 1 Oct

The Resurgence Poetry Prize, First Floor, 10 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1BR

Bare Fiction Prize

Poetry up to 40 lines, flash fiction up to 500

words; short stories up to 3,000 words

Prizes: in each category £500, £200, £100, 2x£25

Entry fee: £5/£3 poetry, £6/£4 flash fiction, £8/£6 short story

Closing date: 31 Oct

Bare Fiction Prize, 177 Copthorne Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 8NA

East London Writeidea Prize

Short stories up to 3,000 words by unpublished writers

Prizes: £300, 4x£50

Free entry

Closing date: 10 Oct



Bath Flash Fiction Award

Rolling competition for flash fiction up to 300 words, will be judged when 1,000 entries have been received then start again

Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100

Entry fee: £9, £4 for members

Closing date: 16 Oct


Women in Comedy Festival Comp

Three-minutes comedy sketches or monologues; short stories up to 1,000 words

Prizes: £50 in each category

Entry fee: £3, £2 each subsequent entry

Closing date: 14 Oct

The Prolitzer Prize for Prose Writing

Fiction or creative non-fiction up to 2,500 words

Prizes: £200, 2x£50, plus publication

Entry fee: £4, subsequent entries £3

Closing date: 1 Oct P Robertson, 27 Thornton Ave, Heaton, Bolton Lancashire BL1 5PJ


Iota Shots Awards

For short poetry pamphlets – a series of sonnets, haiku, a sequence, a single narrative poem, a mini-epic or a short collection on a theme – 12-16 pages, up to 40 lines a page

Prizes: two poets will receive 50 copies of their ‘poetry shots’ published by Templar, with launch events and opportunity to appear at live events

Entry fee: £14.50 (£15.50 online)

Closing date: 17 Oct Iota Shots,58 Dale Road, Matlock DE4 3NB


Poetry Rivals

Poems of any length. Shortlisted poets will be invited to perform at a live slam final

Prize: Pamphlet publishing contract with Burning Eye Books Entry fee: £10 Closing date: 28 Oct

UGC International Literary Prize

Short stories 2,000-4,000 words, theme ‘conflict’

Prizes: £500, £100, £50

Entry fee: £10

Closing date: 30 Oct

Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize

Fiction and non-fiction interpretations, 1,000-1,500 words, by young writers aged 18-25, of the Benjamin Franklin quote ‘Light often arises from a collision of opinions, as fire from flint and steel.’

Prizes: £750, £500, web publication

Free entry

Closing date: 31 Oct Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF; tel: 0207 839 2006


Cannon Poets Sonnet or not

For 14-line poems that in some way reflect the sonnet form, or not

Prizes: £450, £200, £100

Entry fee: £4, subsequent entries £2.50

Closing date: 31 Oct Cannon Poets, 22 Margaret Grove, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9JH

Earlyworks Press Short Story

Short stories, up to 8,000 words

Prizes: £100, anthology publication

Entry fee: £10, or £5 if under 4,000 words

Closing date: 31 Oct Earlyworks Press, Creative Media Centre, 45 Robertson Street, Hastings TN34 1HL

Eric Gregory Trust Fund Awards

For a published or unpublished volume of no more than 30 poems by a UK author under 30

Prizes: A share of up to £24,000

Free entry

Closing date: 31 Oct Paula Johnson, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB; tel: 020 7373 6642; email:

Flambard Poetry Prize

Best group of five poems by a poet who has not published a single-author collection

Prizes: £1,000, £250

Entry fee: £5

Closing date: 31 Oct Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Percy Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU; email:

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition

For an opening chapter no longer than 3,000 words, plus synopsis

Prizes:£500, £200

Entry fee: £10

Closing date: 31 Oct


Lancashire Authors’ Association Flash Fiction Competition

A story in exactly 100 words

Prize: £100

Entry fee: £3/£2 members

Closing date: 31 Oct Competitions Secretary, c/o 1 Chatsworth Court, Heath Charnock, Chorley, Lancashire PR6 9SA


London Magazine Short Story Comp

For short stories, up to 4,000 words

Prizes: £500, £300, £200, plus publication

Entry fee: £5

Closing date: 31 Oct Short Story Competition, The London Magazine, 11 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5EL


McKitterick Prize

For a first novel by an author over 40

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