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Pick your favourites and start scheduling your entries with over 250 competitions to enter. This could be the year you win big!


Limnisa Short Story Competition 2018

Short stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of ‘plastic’

Prizes: One week’s writing retreat at Limnisa, Greece, including full board

Free entry

Closing date: 1 April Mariel Hacking, Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Highly enjoyable annual competit ion 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

Winchester Writers’ Festival Competitions

For poetry up to 40 lines; Writing Can Be Murder (first 500 words of a crime story); memoir; writing for children – picture book; children’s funny fiction; Skylark Soaring Stories (middle grade and YA fiction); flash fiction; first three pages of a novel; short stories; young writers’ competition

Prizes: Various writer development prizes

Entry fee: £6

Closing date: 11 April

Leicester Writes Short Story Prize

Short stories up to 3,000 words

Prizes: £100, £50

Entry fee: £7, £3 Leicestershire writers

Closing date: 2 April

Binsted Arts Poetry Competition

Poems on the theme of ‘country’

Prizes: £150, £100, £50

Entry fee: £5/£3.50 subsequent poems

Closing date: 9 April Competition Secretary, Shirley Park, Yapton Lane, Walburton, Arundel BN18 0AN

Straid Collection Award

A single full collection of new poetry (30+ pages)

Prizes: Publication by Templar Poetry

Entry fee: £22.50, online £20

Closing date: 9 April

Templar Poetry, PO Box 7721, Matlock,

Derbyshire, DE4 9DD

2018 Shooter Short Story Competition

Stories up to 5,000 words

Prizes: £500, £100

Entry fee: £7

Closing date: 15 April contest.shooterlitmag@gmail.com

The Poetry Kit Spring Competition 2018

Poetry of any length on any subject

Prizes: £100, £50

Entry fee: £3.50, £8 for 3, £10 for 5

Closing date: 16 April

Harpers Bazaar Short Story Competition

Short stories up to 2,500 words on the theme of ‘the looking glass’

Prizes: Publication, weekend break, gifts from Smythson

Free entry

Closing date: 9 April

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Unpublished short stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words

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

Entry fee: $25

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

Tell a Tale – Gothic Fiction

500-word tales of terror inspired by The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Prizes: £300, readings of selected stories during touring performances of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Free entry

Closing date: 21 April

Bath Short Story Award

Short stories up to 2,200 words, in any style and on any subject

Prizes: £1,200, £300, £100, £50 in vouchers for the best local writer, £100 Acorn Award for the best story by an unpublished writer

Entry fee: £8

Closing date: 23 April Bath Short Story Award, 20 Penn Lea Road, BA1 3RA

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 ($250 Grand Prize), but a lot of interest

Free entry

Closing date: 15 April 30/6/18 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, Scott Rice, Department of English, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192-0090 USA

The RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2018

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 pindrop@pindropstudio.com

James White Award

Sci-fishort stories between 1,000 and 6,000 words by nonprofessional writers

Prizes: £200 and publication in Interzone

Free entry

Closing date: 27 April

Red Shed Open Poetry Competition

For poems up to 50 lines

Prizes: £100, £50, £25 prize for best entry from a WakeTheld postcode writer

Entry fee: £3, £2 each subsequent

Closing date: 27 April The Competition Organiser, Red Shed Open Poetry Competition, 3 Sandal Clifi, Sandal, WakeTheld, WF2 6AU

Bath Novel Award

For the first 5,000 words of a novel, plus one-page synopsis

Prizes: £2,000

Entry fee: £25

Closing date: 30 April The Bath Novel Award, PO Box 5223, Bath BA1 0UR

Brentwood Writers’ Circle 101 Words Competition

Exactly 101 words on something you hate, to be consigned to Room 101

Prizes: £51, £30,£20

Entry fee: £3

Closing date: 30 April The Secretary, Brentwood Writers’ Circle, 1 Delta Road, Brentwood, Essex CM13 1NG

Dark Tales Short Story

Ongoing monthly comp for horror and sci-fishort stories, up to 5,000 words

Prizes: £100 for each monthly winner plus publication in Dark Tales

Entry fee: £4, £8 with critique, £20 with edit and critique

Closing date: 30 April, then monthly, last day of each month Sean Jeffrey, Dark Tales, 7 OThey Street, Worcester WR3 8BH

Divine Chocolate Poetry Comp

For poems on the theme ‘Celebrating

Divine Chocolate’, 7-11, 12-16 and 17+

Prizes: Divine chocolate, goodies, book tokens, Do You Speak Chocolate book by judge Cas Lester

Free entry

Closing date: 30 April Divine Chocolate, 4 Gainsford Street, London SE1 2NE

Earlyworks Press Poetry Competition

Poems, up to 40 lines

Prizes: £100, £25, £5 for each poem published on the website

Entry fee: £3.50, £15 for up to six

Closing date: 30 April Earlyworks Press, Creative Media Centre, 45 Robertson Street, Hastings TN34 1HL

Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Competition

Stories up to 250 words

Prizes: £500, one-year membership of the Scottish Arts Club

Entry fee: £5

Closing date: 30 April

NAWG Open ‘100’ Mini-tale Competition

Rolling competition for flash fiction of exactly 100 words, will be judged when 100 entries have been received then start again

Prizes: £75, £25 every 100 entries

Entry fee: £3, £5.50 for two, £8 for three

Closing date: 30 April

SI Leeds Literary Prize

Biennial prize for unpublished fiction (novels or short stories, up to 30,000 words) by Black and Asian women in the UK

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