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Writing Opportunities - competitions and prizes you can enter

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31 December 2019 The Moth Poetry Prize 2019
Open to all poets over 16 for an unpublished poem. Entry fee €15 per poem
First Prize €10,000, three shortlisted poets €1,000
1 week 1 day ago
27 December 2019 The Bookbrunch Selfies Awards 2020
All titles submitted need to have been published in English since January 2018, and entries will be accepted from authors based in the UK who are predominantly or only self-published. Entrance fee of £25+VAT per title, and all those submitting work will receive six-month subscriptions to BookBrunch.
£1,000 in each category
2 weeks 12 hours ago
13 December 2019 The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2020
Open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland. No entry fee
First Prize £30,000, shortlisted authors get £1,000
3 weeks 1 day ago
9 December 2019 Nobrow Short Story Competition
Open to all writers of 18 and over with an unpublished and not yet submitted story or creative non-fiction piece. No entry fee
The overall winner will receive £2000, all selected contributors will receive £150 and two complimentary copies of the book
9 weeks 13 hours ago
1 November 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020
Open to Commonwealth writers for unpublished stories in 11 languages No entry fee
Overall winner £5,000, five regional winners £2,500
11 weeks 13 hours ago
31 October 2019 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award 2020
Writers writing in English and resident within the British Commonwealth and Eire, who have not yet published or self-published a full-length book No entry fee
First Prize £10,000, 2 runners-up £1,000
22 weeks 13 hours ago
31 October 2019 National Poetry Competition 2019
Open internationally to all poets who are 17 or over Entry fee £7 for the first poem, £4 for subsequent poems
First Prize £5,000, Second Prize £2,000, Third Prize £1,000 and 7 Commendations £200
10 weeks 1 day ago
21 October 2019 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2019
Open to all poets internationally, Entry fee £5/€6/$7 per poem
1st Prize £2,000, 2nd Prize £1,000 and 3rd Prize £500 plus 20 commendeds
8 weeks 18 hours ago
30 September 2019 The Caterpillar Story Prize 2019
Open to all writers over 16 Entry fee €12
First Prize €1,000, Second Prize a week’s retreat at the marvellous Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan, Ireland.
20 weeks 1 day ago
16 September 2019 The PBS & Mslexia Women's Poetry and Pamphlet Competitions 2019
All women poets - only women are eligible - Poetry £10 for up to three poems, Pamphlet £20
Poetry - £2000 (plus optional mentorship and writing retreat) | 2nd: £400 | 3rd: £250 Pamphlet – publication by Seren Books and £200
16 weeks 1 day ago
15 September 2019 The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry
Open to unpublished poems from poets from all over the world writing in English £7 for the first poem, then £4 for every subsequent poem
First prize £5,000, second prize £2,000, third prize £1,000
13 weeks 18 hours ago
10 September 2019 Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing
Open to previously unpublished and self-published writers based in the UK No entry fee
An advance of £10,000, editorial mentoring and the option of literary representation with Jenny Brown Associates
14 weeks 1 day ago