For many of us in the UK it is a snow day, so lots of time to get writing for some new competitions. Check out some of the competitions with deadlines in March below. Good luck!

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 CompetitionsNovel/Novella CompetitionsPoetry Competitions and Non-fiction Competitions.

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Here are the competitions with deadlines in March:


Short Story Competitions

 

Bridgend Writers’ Circle Short Story Open Competition 2018

Type: short story, 1,500–1,800 words, any theme

Entrance fee: £5 for one story; £7.50 for two

Deadline: 1st March 2018

Prize: 1st, £200; 2nd, £50; 3rd, £30

URL: http://bridgendwriters.webplus.net/comp_gen_info14.html

 

The Write Review Short Story Prize 2018

Type: short story, 2,000–7,000 words

Entrance fee: £15

Deadline: 1st March 2018

Prize: £2,500

URL: http://www.thewhitereview.org/prize/white-review-short-story-prize-2018/

 

University of Sunderland in Association with Waterstones Short Story Competition Award

Type: short story, up to 1,500 words (11-17yrs), up to 2,500 words (adults), any theme

Entrance fee: £5 per entry (adults), free to younger category

Deadline: 1st March 2018

Prize: £500 (adult) and £200 (younger category)

URL: https://sunstoryaward.wordpress.com/

 

Wicked Young Writers Award 2018

Type: short fiction or poetry, up to 750 words, writers aged 5–25-years

Entry fee: free

Deadline: 12th March 2018

Prizes: various, see site

URL: https://www.wickedyoungwriterawards.com/

 

Wilbur Smith Author of Tomorrow Award

Type: short story, under 21-years, between 1,500 and 5,000 words, adventure writing

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 12th March 2018

Prize: £1,500 and digital publication

URL: http://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/awards/author-of-tomorrow

 

The BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University

Type: short story, up to 8,000 words

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 12th March 2018

Prize: £15,000; 4 x £600 shortlisted stories

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2QXsYTZYWZ40CTc8lbH0FdV/how-to-enter

 

Writers Online Humour Short Story Competition

Type: short fiction, 1,500–1,700 words, humourous

Entrance fee: £5

Deadline: 15th March 2018

Prize: £200 plus publication

URL: https://www.writers-online.co.uk/writing-competitions/open-competitions/writers-competitions-wro-wro-feb18-humour/

 

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/

 

Twisted Mysteries Writing Competition

Type: short story, 2,500–3,000 words, mystery with a twist (more theme details on website)

Entrance fee: £5 per story

Deadline: 30th March 2018

Prize: 1st, £100; 2nd, £50; 3rd, £25; plus all three prizes get a downloadable copy of the book

URL: http://www.thewritingworld.co.uk/Twisted_Mysteries.html

 

The Henshaw Press March 2018 Competition

Type: short fiction, up to 2,000 words, any theme

Entrance fee: £5

Deadline: 31st March 2018

Prize: 1st, £100; 2nd, £50; 3rd, £25

URL: https://www.henshawpress.co.uk/

 

The Writers Bureau Short Story Competition

Type: short fiction, up to 2,000 words

Entrance fee: £5

Deadline: 31st March 2018

Prize: 1st, £300; 2nd, £200; 3rd, £100; 4th, £50

URL: https://www.wbcompetition.com/

 

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition (Quarterly)

Type: Fiction, max. 500 words, any theme

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

Deadlines: 31st March 2018; 30th June 2018; 30th September 2018; 31st December 2018

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

 


Poetry Competitions

 

The Snapshot Press Book Awards 2018

Type: poetry, book length collections (60–100 poem collections); haiku, tanka and other short poetry

Entrance fee: £18 per collection entered

Deadline: 1st March 2018

Prize: publication by the press

URL: http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/book_awards/guidelines.htm

 

The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2018

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines, deal with any aspect of nature and place

Entrance fee: £6 for first entry; £3.50 for each additional

Deadline: 1st March 2018

Prize: 1st, £1,000; 2nd, £500; 3rd, writing course place

URL: https://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/nature-poetry-competition-2018/

 

Wicked Young Writers Award 2018

Type: short fiction or poetry, up to 750 words, writers aged 5–25-years

Entry fee: free

Deadline: 12th March 2018

Prizes: various, see site

URL: https://www.wickedyoungwriterawards.com/

 

Writers Online Monster Poetry Competition

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines, celebrating monsters

Entrance fee: £5

Deadline: 15th March 2018

Prize: £100 plus publication

URL: https://www.writers-online.co.uk/writing-competitions/open-competitions/writers-competitions-wro-wro-feb18-monster/

 

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/

 

‘A Slim Volume of One’s Own’ Collection Competition

Type: poetry, up to 40 poems per collection

Entrance fee: one collection, £25; two collections, £45; three collections, £60

Deadline: 15th March 2018

Prize: journal, publication of the collection, plus more

URL: https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/2017/10/07/a-slim-volume-of-ones-own-collection-competition/

 

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018

Type: poetry, poetry for children, no line limit

Entrance fee: €12 per poem

Deadline: 31st March 2018

Prize: €1,000

URL: http://www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=7253&page=14

 

The Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize

Type: poetry, poetry pamphlet submission, 10–15 poems, up to 50 lines per poem

Entrance fee: £10 per pamphlet

Deadline: 31st March 2018

Prize: 4 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contract

URL: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/poetry-pamphlet-prize

 

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

Prize: £1,500

URL: http://www.ruberybookaward.com/

 

New Nature Writing Competition 2018

Type: non-fiction, up to 600 words on ‘The Embodiment of Spring’

Entry fee: free

Deadline: 31st March 2018

Prize: various (see site – pg. 44)

URL: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/15ec9b_fa1fe60623fa45c1b494e57c54941b20.pdf

 


Novel/Novella Competitions

 

The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Type: adventure novel (two categories: published and unpublished), over 50,000 words

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 12th March 2018

Prize: £15,000 for published category; £7,500 award for the unpublished category

URL: http://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/awards/adventure-writing-prize

 

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/

 


Non-fiction Competitions

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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