Writing isn't all about fiction. If you like to write about facts or memoirs, journalistic or technical articles then there are still competitions out there for you too.

REMEMBER: Please take care to read the guidelines and rules of entry for each competition to ensure that your work and eligibility is suitable for the competition, and that you are aware of the requirements and deadlines of each competition.

New competitions will continue to be added to these lists, so check back regularly. If you think there is a competition missing from this list, or if you are running a competition that you would like to be added to these list, then please contact us with the details.

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Upcoming Non-fiction Competitions


April 2018

Telegraph Travel’s Weekly Travel Writing Competition (Weekly)

Type: Non-fiction travel article, no more than 500 words

Entrance fee: Free

Deadlines: Midnight each Wednesday to be considered for publication 10 days later

Prizes: £200 and a chance to win £1,000 if chosen as article of the year

URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/4207858/Telegraph-Travel-Just-Back-competition-terms-and-conditions.html

 

Brentwood Writers’ Circle Room 101 Competition

Type: non-fiction, up to 101 words, write a case for something you hate to be consigned to Room 101

Entrance fee: £3 per submission

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: £101 in total – 1st, £51; 2nd, £30; 3rd, £20

URL: http://www.brentwoodwriterscircle.org/april.htm

May 2018

Telegraph Travel’s Weekly Travel Writing Competition (Weekly)

Type: Non-fiction travel article, no more than 500 words

Entrance fee: Free

Deadlines: Midnight each Wednesday to be considered for publication 10 days later

Prizes: £200 and a chance to win £1,000 if chosen as article of the year

URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/4207858/Telegraph-Travel-Just-Back-competition-terms-and-conditions.html

 

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

Type: Non-fiction, essay, letter 18 years and under, theme is ‘A Commonwealth for Peace’, 1,500 words or 750 words depending on age category

Entrance fee: Free

Deadline: 1st May 2017

Prize: Invite to attend Winner’s Week event

URL: https://thercs.org/youth-and-education/the-queens-commonwealth-essay-competition/

 

 

June 2018

Telegraph Travel’s Weekly Travel Writing Competition (Weekly)

Type: Non-fiction travel article, no more than 500 words

Entrance fee: Free

Deadlines: Midnight each Wednesday to be considered for publication 10 days later

Prizes: £200 and a chance to win £1,000 if chosen as article of the year

URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/4207858/Telegraph-Travel-Just-Back-competition-terms-and-conditions.html

July 2018

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2018

Type: Short fiction, non-fiction (life writing) and poetry (up to 3,000 words or 5 poems)

Entry fee: £6 for one entry; £10 for two entries; £15 for three entries

Deadline: 13 July 2018

Prize: Cash prize for each category and publication

URL: http://www.wasafiri.org/new-writing-prize

 

Telegraph Travel’s Weekly Travel Writing Competition (Weekly)

Type: Non-fiction travel article, no more than 500 words

Entrance fee: Free

Deadlines: Midnight each Wednesday to be considered for publication 10 days later

Prizes: £200 and a chance to win £1,000 if chosen as article of the year

URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/4207858/Telegraph-Travel-Just-Back-competition-terms-and-conditions.html

August 2018

Telegraph Travel’s Weekly Travel Writing Competition (Weekly)

Type: Non-fiction travel article, no more than 500 words

Entrance fee: Free

Deadlines: Midnight each Wednesday to be considered for publication 10 days later

Prizes: £200 and a chance to win £1,000 if chosen as article of the year

URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/4207858/Telegraph-Travel-Just-Back-competition-terms-and-conditions.html

September 2018

Telegraph Travel’s Weekly Travel Writing Competition (Weekly)

Type: Non-fiction travel article, no more than 500 words

Entrance fee: Free

Deadlines: Midnight each Wednesday to be considered for publication 10 days later

Prizes: £200 and a chance to win £1,000 if chosen as article of the year

URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/4207858/Telegraph-Travel-Just-Back-competition-terms-and-conditions.html

 

October 2018

Telegraph Travel’s Weekly Travel Writing Competition (Weekly)

Type: Non-fiction travel article, no more than 500 words

Entrance fee: Free

Deadlines: Midnight each Wednesday to be considered for publication 10 days later

Prizes: £200 and a chance to win £1,000 if chosen as article of the year

URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/4207858/Telegraph-Travel-Just-Back-competition-terms-and-conditions.html

November 2018

Telegraph Travel’s Weekly Travel Writing Competition (Weekly)

Type: Non-fiction travel article, no more than 500 words

Entrance fee: Free

Deadlines: Midnight each Wednesday to be considered for publication 10 days later

Prizes: £200 and a chance to win £1,000 if chosen as article of the year

URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/4207858/Telegraph-Travel-Just-Back-competition-terms-and-conditions.html

December 2018

Telegraph Travel’s Weekly Travel Writing Competition (Weekly)

Type: Non-fiction travel article, no more than 500 words

Entrance fee: Free

Deadlines: Midnight each Wednesday to be considered for publication 10 days later

Prizes: £200 and a chance to win £1,000 if chosen as article of the year

URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/4207858/Telegraph-Travel-Just-Back-competition-terms-and-conditions.html

PAST COMPETITIONS

January 2018

 

The Fresher Writing Prize 2018

Type: up to 3,000 words on the theme of ‘Monsters’

Entrance fee: £6 per entry (free to staff and students of Bournemouth University

Deadline: 14th January 2018

Prize: one-to-one with publishing expert

URL: http://www.fresherpublishing.co.uk/the-fresher-writing-prize-3/

 

The Keats-Shelley Prize 2018

Type: essay on any aspect of the romantics and their circles, up to 3,000 words

Entrance fee: free (enter up to two essays)

Deadline: 15th January 2018

Prize: prizes of £3,000

URL: http://www.keats-shelley.co.uk/the-keats-shelley-prizes/the-keats-shelley-prize/keats-shelley-prize-2018

 

The Young Romantics Prize 2018 (16–18yrs)

Type: essay on any aspect of the romantics and their circles, up to 2,000 words including quotes

Entrance fee: free (enter up to two essays)

Deadline: 15th January 2018

Prize: prizes of £2,000

URL: http://www.keats-shelley.co.uk/the-keats-shelley-prizes/young-romantics-prize/young-romantics-prize-2018

 

Telegraph Travel’s Weekly Travel Writing Competition (Weekly)

Type: Non-fiction travel article, no more than 500 words

Entrance fee: Free

Deadlines: Midnight each Wednesday to be considered for publication 10 days later

Prizes: £200 and a chance to win £1,000 if chosen as article of the year

URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/4207858/Telegraph-Travel-Just-Back-competition-terms-and-conditions.html

February 2018

Telegraph Travel’s Weekly Travel Writing Competition

Type: Non-fiction travel article, no more than 500 words

Entrance fee: Free

Deadlines: Midnight each Wednesday to be considered for publication 10 days later

Prizes: £200 and a chance to win £1,000 if chosen as article of the year

URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/4207858/Telegraph-Travel-Just-Back-competition-terms-and-conditions.html

 

Coram Voices 2018 Writing Competition

Type: non-fiction, fiction, poetry, school and care leavers, theme ‘Who or What Makes You Proud’

Entry fee: free

Deadline: 8th February 2018

Prize: For each category: 1st, tablet and £100 voucher; 2nd, £50 voucher; 3rd, £25 voucher

URL: http://www.coramvoice.org.uk/voices-2018

 

Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2018

Type: non-fiction, up to 5,000 words (can be the beginning of a longer piece)

Entry fee: free

Deadline: 9th February 2018

Prize: £1,500

URL: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/projects/life-writing-prize/

March 2018

Wicked: For Good Award 2018

Type: non-fiction, up to 750 words, writers aged 15–25-years

Entry fee: free

Deadline: 12th March 2018

Prizes: various, see site

URL: https://www.wickedyoungwriterawards.com/wicked-for-good-award-for-non-fiction

 

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2018

Type: short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, up to 2,500 words, on the theme ‘Childhood’

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 15th March 2018

Prize: £3,000, plus winner and 2 runners up are invited to attend symposium in Venice

URL: http://alpinefellowship.com/writing-visual-arts-prizes/

 

2018 Thresholds International Short Fiction Feature

Type: non-fiction essay, up to 2,000 words, either an short story author profile or recommendation

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 18th March 2018

Prize: £500

URL: http://thresholds.chi.ac.uk/thresholds-international-short-fiction-feature-writing-competition/

 

The International Rubery Book Award

Type: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, already published books

Entrance fee: One book, £36; two books, £72; three books, £108; etc

Deadline: 31st March 2018

URL: http://www.ruberybookaward.com/

 

Telegraph Travel’s Weekly Travel Writing Competition

Type: Non-fiction travel article, no more than 500 words

Entrance fee: Free

Deadlines: Midnight each Wednesday to be considered for publication 10 days later

Prizes: £200 and a chance to win £1,000 if chosen as article of the year

URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/4207858/Telegraph-Travel-Just-Back-competition-terms-and-conditions.html

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