It is the month where us writers (and non-writers) get all sentimental – love letters and poems for Valentine’s Day. But don’t forget there is also a whole host of writing competitions with deadlines this month too. Which ones are you planning to enter?

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

Want to tell us all about your recent success in a competition? We would love to hear about it. Contact us here.

Here are the competitions with deadlines in February:

 


Short Story Competitions

 

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

 

Bath Flash Fiction Award

Type: flash fiction, up to 300 words

Entrance fee: £9 for one entry; £15 for two entries; £18 for three entries

Deadline: 11th February 2018

Prize: 1st, £1,000; 2nd, £300; 3rd, £100; 2 x £30 commended

URL: https://bathflashfictionaward.com/

 

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition 2018

Type: short story, up to 2,000 words

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 13th February 2018

Prize: publication and a writing retreat

URL: https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

 

Writers Online Dialogue-only Short Story Competition

Type: short fiction, 1,500–1,700 words, only dialogue

Entrance fee: £5

Deadline: 15th February 2018

Prize: £200 plus publication

URL: https://www.writers-online.co.uk/writing-competitions/open-competitions/writers-competitions-wro-wro-jan18-dialogue/

 

Reader’s Digest 100-Word-Story Competition 2018

Type: short story, exactly 100 words

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 19th February 2018

Prize: £1,000; two runners up, £250; additional school entry categories and prizes

URL: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/announcing-2018-life-writing-prize-mentors/

 

BBC 500 Words 2018

Type: short fiction, up to 500 words, authors aged 5–13-years only

Entry fee: free

Deadline: 22nd February 2018

Prize: various (see site)

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rfvk1?platform=hootsuite

 

Flash 500 Annual Short Story Competition 2018

Type: short story, between 1,000 and 3,000 words, open-themed

Entry fee: £7 for one; £12 for two; £16 for three; £20 for four

Deadline: 28th February 2018

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

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

 

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 2018

Type: fiction, short story, up to 3,000 words

Entrance fee: £6 per story

Deadline: 28th February 2018

Prize: 1st, £500; 2nd, £250; 3rd, £100; Writer in Devon, £100

URL: http://www.exeterwriters.org.uk/p/competition.html

 

CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

Type: short story, up to 3,500 words, must satisfy Margery Allingham’s definition of a mystery

Entrance fee: £12

Deadline: 28th February 2018

Prize: £500 plus two weekend passes to Crimefest 2018 and a selection of Margery Allingham-related books

URL: http://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/short-story-competition/

 

1000 Word Challenge (quarterly)

Type: short story, 750–1,000 words, current theme ‘set at a party’

Entrance fee: £5 per entry (£10 with feedback)

Deadline: current deadline: 28th February 2018

Prize: 1st, £100; 2nd, £50; 3rd, £25

URL: http://1kwordchallenge.byethost16.com/website2017/?i=1

 


Poetry Competitions

 

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

 

2018 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Type: poetry, up to 50 lines, on a medical subject

Entrance fee: £7 per entry

Deadline: 14th February 2018

Prize: publication

URL: http://www.hippocrates-poetry.org/2018-hippocrates-prize-for/online-entry-2018-hippocrat/index.html

 

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

Type: poetry, any subject, up to 50 lines

Entrance fee: £4 for 1; £7 for 2; £11 for 4; £12 for 5; £16 for 7 and £22 for 10

Deadline: 28th February 2018

Prize: 1st, £200; 2nd, £ 100; 3rd, £50; 3x£20 highly commended

URL: http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/

 


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

 

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/

 


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Upcoming Writing Competitions – February 2018