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


Creative Comedy Project

500-word stories on a theme from ‘Anita and Me’ by Meera Syal

Prizes: £300, £150, £50 Free entry

Closing date: 1 April

Firstwriter International Short Story Contest

Short stories up to 3,000 words, any theme

Prizes: £200, ten special commendations will receive subscription voucher worth £20, publication for all winners

Entry fee: £6.50

Closing date: 1 April

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Highly enjoyable annual competition for

humorous and spoof poetry, up to 250 lines

Prizes: $1,000, $250, ten $100 Honorable Mentions

Free entry

Closing date: 1 April Adam Cohen, Winning Writers, Attn: Wergle Flomp Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060-3961, USA

Leicester Writes Short Story Prize

Short stories up to 3,000 words

Prizes: £100, £50

Entry fee: £7, £3 Leicestershire writers

Closing date: 3 April

Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award

Short stories, 1,800-2,000 words

Prizes: €1000, €500, €350

Entry fee: €8

Closing date: 1 April

Colm Tóibín Short Story, c/o Focal @ Enniscorthy Library, Lymington Road, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, Ireland

Historical Novel Society New Novel Award

An outstanding unpublished historical novel

Prizes: £3,000

Entry fee: $35 non-members, $20 members

Closing date: 1 April TBC

Melita Hume Poetry Prize

Annual competition for a collection by

poets under 35 from Eyewear Publishing

Prizes: £1,000, publication

Entry fee: £20

Closing date: 2 April

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Unpublished short stories, 2,000-5,000 words

Prizes: Aus $7,000, $2,000, $1,000, 3 x $850

Entry fee: $25

Closing date: 10 April Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, Studio 2, 207- 229 City Rd, Southbank, Vic. 3006, Australia

The Poetry Kit Spring Comp

Poetry of any length on any subject

Prizes: £100

Entry fee: £3.50, £8 for 3, £10 for 5

Closing date: 19 April

Basil Bunting Poetry Award

Poems up to 40 lines

Prizes: £1,000, £750, £250

Entry fee: £7 for a single poem, £5 per poem for multiple entries

Closing date: 7 April Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Percy Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RY

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

Deliberately bad opening lines to novels,

comic writing inspired by Edward Bulwer-

Lytton’s notorious Paul Clifford opening,

‘It was a dark and stormy night…’

Prizes: Modest prizes, but a lot of interest

Free entry

Closing date: officially 15 April each year, actually 30 June

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, Scott Rice, Department of English, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192-0090 USA

The Ruskin Poetry Prize

Open competition for poems up to 40 lines

Prizes: winners published in POEM magazine

Entry fee: £5, £3 each additional

Closing date: 17 April

Bath Novel Award

For the first 5,000 words of a novel,

plus one-page synopsis

Prizes: £2,000, £500

Entry fee: £25

Closing date: 24 April

The Bath Novel Award, PO Box 5223, Bath BA1 0UR

Erewash Writers Pets Aplenty Competition

Animal stories between 500 and 600 words

Prizes: Book, online publication

Free entry

Closing date: 20 April

EWG Pets Aplenty Competition, Parklands Connexion, Stanhope Street, Long Eaton NG10 4QN

The RA The Ruskin The Ruskin The Ruskin Pin Drop Short Story Award 2017

Short stories up to 4,000 words

Prizes: A reading by a special guest at an evening at the Royal Academy of Arts

Free entry

Closing date: 23 April

Red Shed Open Poetry Competition

For poems up to 50 lines

Prizes: £100, £50, £25 Wakefield postcode prize

Entry fee: £3, £2 each subsequent

Closing date: 29 April the Competition Organiser, Red Shed Open Poetry Competition, 3 Sandal Cliff, Sandal, Wakefield, WF2 6AU

Geoffrey Whitworth Competition

Original one-act plays first performed in one-act play festivals organised by All England Theatre Festival, Association of Ulster Drama Festivals, Drama Associaiton of Wales and Scottish Community Drama Association

Prizes:the Geoffrey Whitworth Trophy

Free entry

Closing date: 30 April

Scottish Community Drama Association, Suite 88, Stirling Enterprise Park, Springkerse, Stirling, FK7 7RP; tel: 01786 440077

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition

Poems up to 50 lines

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, £150 sonnet prize

Entry fee: £4, £12 for four, £3 thereafter

Closing date: 30 April the Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 21 Trinity Road, Ware, SG12 7DB

RW First Chapter Competition

Submission package: three chapters,

synopsis, letter

Prizes: Submission review by literary agent Laura Williams

Entry fee: £15

Closing date: 30 April

Crediton Short Story Competition

Stories up to 3,000 words on the theme

of ‘echoes’

Prizes: £75, a night’s stay at the Lamb Inn, Sandford, publication in Riptide, £30 runner up

Entry fee: £5

Closing date: 30 April

Credition Short Story Competition, Park House, Sandford, Crediton EX17 4NQ

Overton Poetry Prize

A sequence of poems up to 300 lines on the

subject of the poet’s choice

Prizes: Chapbook publication, 2 x £50

Entry fee: £10

Closing date: 30 April

Exeter Story Prize

Short stories on any theme, up to 10,000 words

Prizes: £500, £150, £100, £200 Trisha Astley Award for the best humorous story

Entry fee: £10

Closing date: 30 April

Cathie Hartigan, 103 Old Tiverton Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 6LD

Tel: 07722 144357

Grey Hen Poetry Competition

For poems, up to 40 lines, by women 60+

Prizes: £100, £50, £25, website publication

Entry fee: £4, £10 for three

Closing date: 30 April

Joy Howard, Grey Hen Press, PO Box 269, Kendal LS9 6QZ

Tel: 01535 645711

Momaya Press Short Story


Short stories up to 3,000 words on the

theme of dystopia/utopia

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WIN!! More than £500,000 of writing prizes in your free Competition Supplement, with information about hundreds of writing competitions for you to enter in 2017 Find out how you can apply the winning formula to your writing: • How to win writing competitions • Short story structure made simple • Reach 'The End' of your novel Also in this issue, read our star interview with bestselling 'Me Before You' author Jojo Moyes on writing romance the modern way, and find out if crowdfunding might be the smart new way to publish your book. • Writers News is 20 packed pages of news you can use, including 30 paying markets and 51 opportunities to get your writing into print. asasaasasasass

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