Easter is almost upon us and the start of a new month and hopefully some lovely spring weather. There are a lot of writing competitions coming up to keep you busy though. Check out those with April deadlines below. Good luck!

Remember if you want to look further ahead then you can see more writing competitions listed in our competitions pages: Short Story Competitions, Novel/Novella Competitions, Poetry Competitions and Non-fiction Competitions.

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Here are the competitions with April deadlines:


Short Story Competitions

Best Gender Swap Fairy Tale Competition

Type: fiction, short story, between 300–5,000 words, gender swap fairy tale

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 6th April 2018

Prize: $200 Amazon voucher and digital winner badge

URL: https://fairytalez.com/competitions/best-gender-swap-competition/

 

Harper’s Bazaar Short-story Competition 2018

Type: fiction, short story, up to 2,500 words, on the theme ‘The Looking Glass’

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 9th April 2018

Prize: two night stay at Amberley Castle and publication in Harper’s Bazaar

URL: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/culture-news/a36157/harpers-bazaar-short-story-competition-2018/

 

Limnisa Short Story Competition 2018

Type: fiction, short story, up to 1,500 words, theme to involve plastic

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 15th April 2018

Prize: a week for writing at Limnisa in 2018 or 2019

URL: https://www.limnisa.com/

 

Green Stories Competition

Type: fiction, short story, up to 3,500 words, all genres, must touch on ideas of building a sustainable society

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 19th April 2018

Prize: 1st, £200; 2nd (student), £50; 2nd (non-student), £50

URL: http://www.greenstories.org.uk/about-the-competition/

 

Theatre Cloud Tell a Tale – Gothic Fiction Short Story Competition

Type: fiction, short story, up to 500 words, inspired by the quote given on the website

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 21st April 2018

Prize: £300

URL: http://theatrecloud.com/get-involved/creative-projects/tell-a-tale-gothic-fiction

 

Bath Short Story Award 2018

Type: short story, up to 2,200 words

Entrance fee: £8 per story

Deadline: 23rd April 2018

Prize: 1st, £1,200; 2nd, £300; 3rd, £100; plus other awards and prizes

URL: https://www.bathshortstoryaward.org/

 

James White Award Short Story Competition

Type: short story, 1,000–6,000 words, science fiction

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 27th April 2018

Prize: £200 plus publication in Interzone

URL: http://www.jameswhiteaward.com/

 

Creative Writing For All Competition

Type: short story up to 2,000 words or poetry up to 40 lines, on the theme(s) ‘Cats’ and/or ‘Dogs’

Entrance fee: £5 for first entry, £3 for each additional entry

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: In each category (short story or poetry): 1st, £60; 2nd, £30; 3rd, £15

URL: http://www.writing-experiment.com/competition-for-2018

 

Vanda ‘n’ Linda’s Write Space Open Theme Competition

Type: short fiction, up to 2,000 words

Entrance fee: £6 (optional critique: £4)

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: 1st, £250; 2nd, £100; plus runner up prizes

URL: https://www.vnlwritespace.com/competitions

 

‘Words & Deeds: Stories of a Woman’s Right to Vote’ Anthology, 2018

Type: short story, any genre, up to 4,000 words, theme ‘women and the vote’

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: Publication and royalties

URL: http://www.sarahlking.com/?page_id=622

 

Txtlit Writing Competition by Text

Type: Fiction, monthly theme to write a story in 154 character text message, April’s theme ‘The Invention’

Entrance fee: £1 per entry, plus text message charge

Deadline: Ongoing, last day of each month.

Prize: £50

URL: http://txtlit.uk/index.php/latest-competition

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/txtlit/

 

Writers’ Forum Fiction Competition

Type: Short stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words

Genre: All welcome

Entrance fee: Between £3 to £6 (feedback given for additional £5)

Deadlines: Monthly ongoing

Prizes: 1st prize £300; 2nd prize £150; 3rd prize £100

URL: http://www.writers-forum.com/storycomp.html

 

Hours of Writes On-line Writing Competition

Type: Fiction on a theme released each week, written on-line within 1 hour

Entrance fee: One credit (approx. £3)

Deadline(s): Weekly

Prize: Approx. £50, depending on number of entrants

URL: https://hourofwrites.com/

 

The Momaya Short Story Competition

Type: fiction, short story, up to 3,000 words, any subject or style, theme ‘coming of age’

Entrance fee: £11 per story

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: 1st, £110; 2nd, £55; 3rd, £25

URL: http://momayapress.com/momaya-short-story-competition/

 

The Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award

Type: fiction, flash, up to 250 words, any topic

Entrance fee: £5 per story

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: trophy, £500 cash etc

URL: https://www.storyawards.org/aboutflashfiction/

 

The National Association of Writers’ Group (NAWG) 100 Word Mini-Tales Competition

Type: Fiction, 100 words exactly!

Entrance fee: £3 for  one entry, £5.50 for two entries and £8 for three entries

Deadline: Rolling, each competition continues until there are 100 entries

Prizes: 1st prize, £75; 2nd prize £25

URL: http://www.nawg.co.uk/3805/

 

WriteInvite’s WriteOnSite On-line Writing Competition

Type: Fiction, short story, written on-line and submitted within 20 minutes of the themes being released

Entrance fee: £4

Deadline(s): Ongoing, live on-line from 5.30pm on the last Saturday of the month

Prize: £40 to the winner after being judged by other participants

URL: http://www.write-invite.com/write-on-site.php

 


Novel/Novella Competitions

Write Here Right Now

Type: fiction, novel, needs to be complete in case you are shortlisted, theme ‘that of new beginnings and discovery’

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 13th April 2018

Prize: representation and publication

URL: http://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/c/Write-Here-Right-Now

 

The Bath Novel Award

Type: fiction, novel, novel should be written in full, submit first 5,000 words and a synopsis

Entrance fee: £25 per novel

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: Shortlist: feedback and agent introductions; longlisted novel: online editing course; winner: £2,500

URL: https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/

 


Poetry Competitions

Wergle Flump

Type: poetry, humour, up to 250 lines

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 1st April 2018

Prize: 1st, $1,000; 2nd, $250; 10 x honourable mentions, $100

URL: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

 

Binsted Arts 2018 Poetry Competition

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines, theme ‘Country’

Entrance fee: £5 for one entry, £3.50 for each subsequent

Deadline: 9th April 2018

Prize: 1st, £150; 2nd, £100; 3rd, £50

URL: http://www.binsted.org/poetry-comp-18

 

Creative Writing For All Competition

Type: short story up to 2,000 words or poetry up to 40 lines, on the theme(s) ‘Cats’ and/or ‘Dogs’

Entrance fee: £5 for first entry, £3 for each additional entry

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: In each category (short story or poetry): 1st, £60; 2nd, £30; 3rd, £15

URL: http://www.writing-experiment.com/competition-for-2018

 

Grey Hen Poetry Competition – For Women Poets Over 60

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines, any subject

Entrance fee: £3 per poem, £10 for four poems

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: 1st, £100; 2nd, £50; 3rd, £25

URL: http://www.greyhenpress.com/poetry-competition-2018-entry-rules/

 

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2018

Type: poetry, any subject, up to 50 lines

Entrance fee: £4 per poem, £12 for four poems, £3 per poem thereafter

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: 1st, £600; 2nd, £300; 3rd, £150

URL: http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware18.pdf

 

Southport Writers’ Circle Annual International Poetry Competition 2018

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines

Entrance fee: £3 per poem, £10 for four poems

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: 1st, £150; 2nd, £75; 3rd, £25; humour poem, £25

URL: http://www.swconline.co.uk/n1/?cat=5

 


Non-fiction Competitions

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

 

 


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