Prize : A book deal with Penguin Random house uk and a 20,000 advance. Added.6.18 penfro first Chapter Competition. . This offering from the penfro book festival in Pembrokeshire is for novel openings of up to 3,000 words by unpublished authors. . The work submitted must be for adults. . This includes teens, they say. . Adult at 13, eh? .
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young about people and Children get the first entry free and pay.75 each for any subsequent entries. Added.4.18 Doris gooderson Short Story competition. . Heres another annual contest, this time from Wrekin Writers of Shropshire. . Stories can be on any subject but must not exceed 1,200 words. . 50 of profits will be dontated to severn Hospice. Prizes : 200, 100,. Comp Page : Click here Added.5.18 daily mail First novel Competition. . The good thing papers about having your novels rejected and your dreams tossed into the gutter like a greasy chip-wrapper is that you remain eligible for fabulous contests like this one which is only open to authors who have never had a book published. . okay, it may be just another opportunity to see your best work swept away by a tsunami of indifference from some faceless judges, but for a while in your mind at least you can be the winner and have the literary world at your feet. . to enter, you send in the first 3,000 words of your story and a synopsis of the rest of the plot (up to 600 words). Closing :.6.17 (5.30pm).
It has three age categories: Adult (18 and over young people (12 to 17 and Children (11 and under). . The judge is nia davies, editor of poetry wales. Closing :.7.18 (5pm). Prizes : Adults: 1st - 1,000 plus a residential writing course at ty newydd, the national Writers Centre for Wales. . 12-17 category - 100, 50,. . 11 and under category - 25, 15, 10 (all in book tokens). Entry fees : Adults -.75 for the first,.50 thereafter. .
Thank goody-goody gumdrops for Prizemagic. Keep Smiling - hannie duncombe ( biography The youngest ever Student Choice winner, at 13, thanks to you. ) Added.4.18 Pennine Ink Flash Fiction Competition. . This contest from the pennine Ink Writers Workshop of Burnley in Lancashire is for stories of up to 500 words on the theme of Mine. . you can interpret the theme in any way you wish. Prize : 50 plus publication in Pennine Ink and on the website. Entry fee : 3 for one, 5 for two. Added.4.18 Ledbury poetry festival poetry competition. . This annual contest from Ledbury in Wales is for poems of up to 40 lines. .
Here are two free monthly contests from Secret Attic Press, one for short stories of up to 1,200 words, the other for poems running to no more than 28 lines. Closing : End of each month. Prizes (in each category. . Best entries will be published in the monthly magazine. Entry fee : None - free entry. Dear Mr Michael I discovered your website back in november, then, in January, finally had the guts to enter the Whidbey writers Competition, with the 'lazy' way of judging entries: stopping reading once they found 'the one'. The january theme was Villains, and, guess what, i won.
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The rules, the t cs, the fine Print When you submit a story or poem to a competition, you are entering into a contract with the promoter. . make sure you know the terms. . It may be, for instance, that you are granting the promoter the right to publish your work without payment even if you dont win. . This is often the price you pay for entering a contest with no entry fee. . If summary it bothers you, dont participate. . But before you get sniffy about that 450-word story set in the sedate world of turnip farming, ask yourself this: would I really be able to sell it to anyone else? .
Publication, even without payment, might not be a bad thing if it gets you a healthy crop of readers. . And if its in a newspaper or magazine that carries some prestige. Well, there are plenty of struggling writers who would gift wrap and hand over their very souls for the privilege of being able to put that in their. . Only you can decide if its worth. Added.1.18 Secret Attic Competitions. .
Prizes : 75, 25,. Added.6.17 Dark tales Short Story competition. . As you may gather from the name of the competition, this is not for the sort of jolly happy-ending story that leaves you with a warm glow inside. . It is for horror and speculative fiction, the sort that leaves you afraid to turn out the lights in case something other than a tiny moth is hiding in the wardrobe. Your entry must be limited to 5,000 words. Prize : 100 and publication.
Comp Page : Click here Added.1.18 Flash 500 Competition. . This quarterly flash fiction contest, which offers higher prize money than many similar competitions, is for stories of up to 500 words on any theme. Closing :.9.18,.12.18. Prizes : 1st - 300. . Highly commended - a copy of Bad moon Rising. . Winners will be published on the website. Entry fee : 5 each, 8 for two.
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Prize : 50 (usually the minimum, they say; prize increases if more write entries are received). Entry fee :. Added.6.16 Hello again! Thanks for all you've done. I've had another two wins recently - concrete cow and upli - and i've actually had my book how to win Writing Competitions accepted by a publisher! Your website gets a mention in it, of course. Best wishes, Cathy Bryant Updated.6.17 Scribble quarterly Short Story competition. . This quarterly contest from Scribble magazine is for stories in any genre and on any subject, running to no more than 3,000 words. . Winners are chosen by the magazines readers.
a voyage across the mersey is opstellen one of them - proving that you dont have to write about anywhere exotic to scoop the prize. Prize : 200 in your choice of currency. Entry fee : None - free to enter. Added.1.15 hour of Writes Competition. . to enter this new weekly peer-reviewed contest from Manchester you submit a piece of writing of any type you choose running to no more than 2,000 words. There is a different theme every week. Closing : 11pm every Friday.
the next. Prize : 100 and a chambers dictionary. Entry, fee : 4 each, or 6 if you want a short critique (enclose sae for the critique if entering by post). Updated.6.17, telegraph Just Back Travel writing Competition. . If you are just back from somewhere a shade more interesting than the local park, the telegraph Online would like the gripping details in up to 500 words. . you can read previous winners on the website. .
bear in mind that contests with smaller prizes attract fewer entries and are therefore easier to win. Uk writing Competitions (currently 65 updated.6.17. Writers Forum Short Story competition. . There is a new contest in each issue of this glossy writers mag. . All types of stories resumes are accepted, from horror to romance, with a length of between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Entries arriving too late for one comp automatically go into the next. Prizes : 300, 150, 100. Entry, fee : 6, or 3 for subscribers to the magazine. . Critique - 5 (enclose sae if entering by post).
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Despite having had hundreds of poems published ive never won a poetry competition, but thats probably because ive only entered four. . However, i did once win a cash prize for a short story, and then I won the peter pook humorous novel Contest with. Stiff Competition, a story that had previously been rejected by a top publisher for being fuller too funny (see, comps novel ). I therefore speak from experience when I say that winning literary competitions doesnt always lead to fame. . But having a few such wins to boast about does you no harm when approaching editors or agents, so if you have dreams of a writing career, this could be the place to begin. Or maybe you just want to win some money. . Whatever your motives, the best advice i can offer is that you emulate my old friend Percy vere, who reads, writes, reads, writes ad infinitum. Below is a list of the most interesting uk writing competitions ive seen recently. . ive done my best to vet them and eliminate the dodgy ones, but I can offer no guarantees. .