The most magical time of year is here already… but there is still time to enter a few more competitions before 2017 comes to an end.

Before this month’s round up though, I would like to say a big congratulations to our friend, David Stokes. David was recently announced as the first prize winner the Solution Loans Summer 2017 Short Story Competition for his short story, The Eternal Coin. You can read David’s winning story here: http://www.solution-loans.co.uk/competitions/short-story-writing-competition/results-summer-2017/winner/.

You may remember that David did an author interview with us earlier in the year (which you can read here: http://www.contentspage.co.uk/author-interview-david-stokes/).

Fantastic news, David. Well done!

Please remember to let us know if you have success entering writing competitions, we would love to share your news.

So now to the competitions with deadlines coming up this month:

 


Short Story Competitions

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition

Type: Fiction, max. 500 words

Entrance fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories; £10 per story for feedback

Deadline: 31st December 2017

Prizes: Three quarterly winners published on the website; 1st prize, £300 plus publication in Words with JAM; 2nd prize, £200; 3rd prize £100; highly commended entrants receive a copy of Bad Mood Rising.

URL: http://www.flash500.com/index_files/flashfiction.html

 

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)

Deadline: 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: Weekly

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

URL: https://hourofwrites.com/

 

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/

 

Fantastic Books Publishing – The SciFan ‘Fire and Ice’ Competition 2017

Type: Short story, up to 2,000 words, dystopian, theme ‘Fire and Ice’

Entrance fee: £5 per entry, £3.50 per entry for five or more entries

Deadline: 31st December 2017

Prizes: 1st, £100; 2nd, £50; 3rd, £25

URL: https://www.fantasticbooksstore.com/competitions/current-competitions

 

Scribble Quarterly Short Story Competition

Type: Short story, max. 3,000 words, any subject

Entrance fee: £3 or £5 with critique

Deadline: Ongoing, quarterly

Prize: 1st: £75; 2nd: £25; 3rd: £15

URL: http://www.parkpublications.co.uk/competitions.html

 

Dark Tales Short Story Competition

Type: Short story, up to 5,000 words, horror and speculative fiction

Entrance fee: £5 with critique, subscription available

Deadline: Ongoing, monthly

Prize: £100 plus publication

URL: http://darktales.co.uk/

 

TXTLit Micro Story Competition

Type: Short story, 154 character text message, theme posted monthly

Entrance fee: £1 plus text message cost

Deadline: monthly (end of the month)

Prize: 1st: £50

URL: http://txtlit.uk/index.php

 

The Woolf Short Story Competition

Type: fiction, short story, up to 2,000 words, inspired by the theme ‘Raw’

Entrance fee: 20 CHF

Deadline: 1st December 2017

Prize: 1st, 150 CHF plus publication; 2nd, 100 CHF plus publication; 3rd, 50 CHF plus publication

URL: http://thewoolf.org/competitions/

 

H. E. Bates Short Story Competition

Type: fiction, short story, up to 2,000 words

Entrance fee: £6 for one story, £10 for two stories

Deadline: 4th December 2017

Prize: 1st, £500; 2nd, £200; 3rd, £100

URL: http://hebatescompetition.org.uk/

 

Amnesty International York Short Story Competition

Type: short story, up to 1,700 words, on the theme ‘boarders’

Entrance fee: £5 per entry

Deadline: 10th December 2017

Prize: £50 plus a copy of Out of Me by Fiona Shaw

URL: http://yorkamnestyuk.blogspot.co.uk/p/competition.html

 

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2017

Type: short story, up to 1,000 words

Entrance fee: £15 per story

Deadline: 22nd December 2017

Prize: £1,000 plus a commission to write four more stories

URL: http://www.interactstrokesupport.org/news/ruth-rendell-short-story-competition-2017

 

Ouen Press ‘Taste’ Short Story Competition 2017

Type: short story, between 3,000 to 10,000 words

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 31st December 2017

Prize: 1st, £300; 2 x runners up, £100 each

URL: http://www.ouenpress.com/19.html

 

Soundwork Short Story Competition

Type: short story, up to 15 minutes long

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 31st December 2017

Prize: Your story recorded and posted on the website

URL: http://www.soundwork-uk.co.uk/competitions

 

The Henshaw Short Story Competition

Type: short story, up to 2,000 words on any theme

Entrance fee: £5 per entry (additional £10 for critique)

Deadline: 31st December 2017

Prize: Publication on website

URL: https://www.henshawpress.co.uk/

 

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

Type: short story, up to 4,000 words; poetry, up to 50 lines

Entrance fee: £5 per entry

Deadline: 31st December 2017

Prize: 1st, £1,000; 2nd, £300; 3rd, £100; 2 x highly commended, £50

URL: https://www.magicoxygen.co.uk/molp/

 


Poetry Competitions

Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition

Type: Poetry, max. 40 lines

Entrance fee: £4 (feedback given for additional £2)

Deadline: Monthly ongoing

Prize: £100 plus a Chambers dictionary

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

 

Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection Competition

Type: poetry, a collection of poems where more than half have nature, spiritual or environmental themes

Entrance fee: £20 per collection

Deadline: 31st December 2017

Prize: 50 copies of your pamphlet

URL: http://www.southendpoetry.co.uk/littoral/Competition.html

 

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

Type: poetry, up to 50 lines; short story, up to 4,000 words

Entrance fee: £5 per entry

Deadline: 31st December 2017

Prize: 1st, £1,000; 2nd, £300; 3rd, £100; 2 x highly commended, £50

URL: https://www.magicoxygen.co.uk/molp/

 


Novel/Novella Competitions

‘One in Four’ New Writer Competition

Type: fiction, novel, first 5,000 words and 500 word synopsis, a novel that celebrates single parent families

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 4th December 2017

Prize: £10,000 advance, publishing contract and mentoring

URL: https://gingerbread.org.uk/content/2454/One-in-four-new-writer-competition

 


Non-fiction Competitions

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

 

The Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism

Type: non-fiction, up to 1,000 word review on new work on the arts

Entrance fee: £10

Deadline: 30th November 2017

Prize: 1st, £3,000; 2 x runners up, £500 each

URL: https://www.anthonyburgess.org/observeranthony-burgess-prize-arts-journalism/

 


 

Upcoming writing competitions – December 2017