The sun is shining and it is the perfect time for writing and entering some competitions. Check out the May deadlines coming up below.

Remember if you want to look further ahead then you can see more writing competitions 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 May deadlines:

 


Short Story Competitions

Bristol Short Story Prize

Type: short story, up to 4,000 words

Entrance fee: £8 per entry

Deadline: 1st May 2018

Prize: 1st, £1,000; 2nd, £700; 3rd, £400; 17 x shortlisted £100

URL: http://www.bristolprize.co.uk/rules/

 

The Page is Printed Creative Writing Competition 2017

Type: All genres, letter, story, poem, the only rule is that it is contained on one side of A4

Entrance fee: For adults, £5 for one entry and £10 for up to three entries; under 18, free

Deadline: 1st May 2017

Prizes: Adults, 3 x £100 prizes; under 18, 3 x £25 prizes

URL: http://tacchi-morris.com/whats-on/page-is-printed-2017–competition-entry

 

Bath Short Story Award

Type: Fiction, up to 2,200 words

Entrance fee: £8

Deadline: 1st May 2017

Prizes: 1st prize, £1,000; 2nd prize, £200; 3rd prize, £100; plus additional local and other awards

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

 

Bristol Short Story Prize

Type: Fiction, up to 4,000 words

Entrance fee: £8 per submission

Deadline: 3rd May 2017

Prizes: 1st prize, £1,000; 2nd prize, £700; 3rd prize, £400; and each of 17 remaining shortlisted authors receive £100. The top 20 are published in an anthology.

URL: https://www.bristolprize.co.uk/

 

Edit Crowd Short Story Competition

Type: Short story, fiction, 4,000 to 10,000 words, any genre

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 15th May 2017

Prizes: £25 credit on Edit Crowd and top spot on their leader-board

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

 

PDSA Animal Heroes Writing Competition

Type: Fiction, up to 1,000 words, for under 16 years. Create a story based on the themes and information given on the website

Entrance fee: Free

Deadline: 26 May 2017

Prizes: 1st prize, some signed books, an Amazon Kindle and a VIP tour of one of the animal hospitals; runners up prizes, signed copy of a book and a goody bag

URL: http://www.petprotectors.org.uk/win/writing-competition

 

Yeovil Literary Prize: Category 2. Short Story

Type: Fiction, short story, max. 2,000 words

Entrance fee: £7

Deadline: 31 May 2017

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

URL: http://www.yeovilprize.co.uk/

 

Yeovil Literary Prize: Category 4. Writing Without Restrictions

Type: No rules, anything you have written (see website for more details)

Entrance fee: £5

Deadline: 31 May 2017

Prizes: 1st prize, £200; 2nd prize, £100; 3rd prize, £50

URL: http://www.yeovilprize.co.uk/

 

Bridport Prize – Short Story Category

Type: Fiction, short story, up to 5,000 words

Entrance fee: £10 per story

Deadline: 31st May 2017

Prizes: 1st prize, £5,000; 2nd prize, £1,000; 3rd prize, £500; 10 highly commended prizes, £100

URL: https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/

 

Bridport Prize – Flash Fiction Category

Type: Fiction, short story, max. 250 words

Entrance fee: £8 per submission

Deadline: 31st May 2017

Prizes: 1st prize, £1,000; 2nd prize, £500; 3rd prize, £250; 3 highly commended prizes, £100

URL: https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/

 

Reflex Fiction International Flash Fiction Competition

Type: Fiction, between 180 and 360 words

Entrance fee: £7

Prizes: 1st prize, £1,000; 2nd prize, £500; 3rd prize, £250

Deadlines: quarterly; summer, 31 May 2017; autumn, 31 August 2017; winter, date tbc

URL: http://www.reflexfiction.com/

 

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 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

 

The Cinnamon Press Annual Short Story Competition

Type: fiction, short story, between 2,000 and 4,000 words

Entrance fee: £12

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 1st, 1 year mentoring; 2nd, short story collection and one year subscription; 3rd, one year subscription

URL: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/annual-short-story-prize

 

Cinnamon Press Annual Short Story Prize

Type: short story, 2,000–4,000 words

Entrance fee: £12 per story

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: various

URL: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/annual-short-story-prize

 

Frome Festival Short Story Competition

Type: short story, between 1,000 and 2,200 words, any theme or style

Entrance fee: £8 per story

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 1st, £400; 2nd, £200; 3rd, £100

URL: http://www.fromeshortstorycompetition.co.uk/

 

Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2018

Type: short story, flash fiction or novella up to 45,000 words

Entrance fee: £10 per entry

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: £500

URL: http://www.wundoreditions.com/wundor-editions-%E2%80%93-short-fiction-contest-2018.html

 

The Fiction Desk’s The Newcomer Prize for Short Stories

Type: short story, between 1,000 and 7,000 words, previously unpublished author

Entrance fee: £8 per story

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 1st, £500; 2nd, £250

URL: http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/newcomer-short-story-prize.php

 


Poetry Competitions

Poetry London 2018 Competition

Type: poetry, up to 80 lines

Entrance fee: £7 per poem (£3 for Poetry London subscribers)

Deadline: 1st May 2018

Prize: 1st, £5,000; 2nd, £2,000; 3rd, £1,000; four commendations, £500

URL: http://poetrylondon.co.uk/competition/

 

The Page is Printed Creative Writing Competition 2017

Type: All genres, letter, story, poem, the only rule is that it is contained on one side of A4

Entrance fee: For adults, £5 for one entry and £10 for up to three entries; under 18, free

Deadline: 1st May 2017

Prizes: Adults, 3 x £100 prizes; under 18, 3 x £25 prizes

URL: http://tacchi-morris.com/whats-on/page-is-printed-2017–competition-entry

 

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

Type: Poem, 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/

 

Poetry London 2017 Competition

Type: Poetry, max. 80 lines

Entrance fee: Poetry London subscribers, £3 per poem; non-subscribers, £7 per poem

Deadline: 2nd May 2017

Prizes: 1st, £1000; 2nd, £500; 3rd, £200; four commendations, £75

URL: http://poetrylondon.co.uk/competition/

 

Printers Ink Poetry Competition

Type: Poetry, up to 45 lines on the theme ‘New Beginnings’

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 5th May 2017

Prizes: £100 Amazon vouchers

URL: https://www.printerinks.com/poetry-competition.html

 

Welsh Poetry Competition

Type: poetry, up to 50 lines

Entrance fee: £6 per poem; discount for more than three poems

Deadline: 27th May 2018

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

URL: http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk/

 

Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines

Entrance fee: £3 per poem

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 250 guineas and 2 yr subscription

URL: http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk/uncategorized/the-frogmore-poetry-prize-2018/

 

Wundor Poetry Contest 2017

Type: Poetry, theme is ‘Spring’

Entrance fee: £10 for up to six poems

Deadline: 31st May 2017

Prizes: £500 and publication on website

URL: http://www.wundoreditions.com/wundor-editions—contests.html

 

Cinnamon Press Mini-competitions

Type: Poetry, very short haiku, lyrics or prose on specific themes throughout the year. No more than 60 words or 15 lines, and no more than 6 words per line.

Entrance fee: £4 per entry or £10 for three entries

Deadline: 31 May 2017 – the theme is Beltane

Prizes: A hand-writing journal for the overall winner and around 20 of the poems will be printed in a limited edition pamphlet

URL: http://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/mini-competitions

 

Yeovil Literary Prize: Category 3. Poetry

Type: Poetry, max. 40 lines

Entrance fee: £7 for one poem, £12 for two poems, £12 for three poems

Deadline: 31 May 2017

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

URL: http://www.yeovilprize.co.uk/

 

Bridport Prize – Poem Category

Type: Poetry, up to 42 lines

Entrance fee: £9 per poem

Deadline: 31st May 2017

Prizes: 1st prize, £5,000; 2nd prize, £1,000; 3rd prize, £500; 10 highly commended prizes, £100

URL: https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/

 

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

 

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

Type: Poetry, max. 50 lines

Entrance fee: £4 for one poem, £7 for two poems, £9 for three poems, etc

Deadline: 31st May 2017

Prizes: 1st, £200; 2nd, £100; 3rd, £50

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

 

The Bridport Prize Poetry Prize

Type: poetry, up to 42 lines

Entrance fee: £9 per poem

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 1st, £5,000; 2nd, £1,000; 3rd, £500

URL: http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/poetry-prize

 

Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2018

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines or 250 words

Entrance fee: £5 for first poem, £3.50 for each additional

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 1st, £700; 2nd, £200; 3rd, £100; four commendations, £25

URL: http://www.batteredmoons.com/


Novel/Novella Competitions

Daily Mail Novel Competition

Type: Fiction, novel; first 5,000 words, plus a 600 word synopsis

Entrance fee: Free

Deadline: 5th May 2017

Prizes: £20,000 publishing deal

URL: http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/home/books/article-4366454/Could-Agatha-Christie.html

 

The Kindle Storyteller Contest

Type: Novel, fiction, 5,000 words minimum, upload the book to Kindle platform, enroll it in KDP Select program and use ‘StorytellerUK2017’ as a keyword (please be aware that this is publishing your work)

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 19th May 2017

Prize: £20,000

URL: https://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&node=12061299031

 

Yeovil Literary Prize: Category 1. Novel

Type: Fiction, novel (synopsis and opening chapter, max. 15,000 words combined)

Entrance fee: £12

Deadline: 31 May 2017

Prizes: 1st prize, £1,000; 2nd prize, £250; 3rd prize, £100

URL: http://www.yeovilprize.co.uk/

 

Bridport Prize – Novel Category

Type: Fiction, novel, submit the first chapter (between 5,000 and 8,000 words) and a 300 word synopsis

Entrance fee: £20

Deadline: 31st May 2017

Prizes: 1st prize, £1,000 plus mentoring and possible publication; runners up prize, £500; 3 x shortlisted writer prizes of £100

URL: https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/

 

First Novel Prize 2018

Type: first novels over 50,000 words

Entrance fee: £25

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 1st, £1,000; 2nd, £ 250; 3rd, £100

URL: http://www.firstnovel.co.uk/

 

Hastings Litfest Crooked Cat Books Crime Novel Competition

Type: crime novels up to 90,000 words, for unpublished authors or authors published in other genres

Entrance fee: £10 per novel

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 1st, publication, trophy and £150; runner up, trophy and £100

URL: http://hastingslitfest.org/

 

The Bridport Prize – The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel

Type: novel, unpublished first novel, submit up to 8,000 words including a 300 word synopsis

Entrance fee: £20 per novel

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 1st, £1,000 plus a year’s mentoring; runner up, £500 plus a full manuscript appraisal

URL: http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/peggy-chapman-andrews-award-first-novel

 

Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2018

Type: short story, flash fiction or novella up to 45,000 words

Entrance fee: £10 per entry

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: £500

URL: http://www.wundoreditions.com/wundor-editions-%E2%80%93-short-fiction-contest-2018.html

 


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

 

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/

 


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