Writing Competitions
and Events

If you are looking to take your writing to the next level, then entering a writing competition often provides that extra impetus to refine your work.

This is by no means a full list of competitions. Some writing competitions require an entry fee. Others don’t. This seems to be the norm these days and there are credible competitions that require an entry fee. Always check that you are comfortable with sending money to the organizers if this is the case.

Please contact the competition organizers directly if you have any queries. The Writers College cannot be held responsible for the conduct of any third party competitions or events.

Competitions and Events

The Hope Prize 2024
22 March 2024
More details here

The Broadway Arts Festival Julia & Martin Wilson Short Story Prize 2024
28 March 2024
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South Warwickshire Literary Festival Writing Competition 2024
29 March 2024
More details here

Deadline: 29 March 2024
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BLB Short Story Prize (UK)
Deadline: 7 April 2024
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Desperate Literature Short Fiction prize
Deadline: 14 April 2024
More details here

​- SPRING 2024
Deadline: 30 April 2024
More details here

The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction
Deadline: 30 April 2024
More details here

Tadpole Press 100-Word Writing Contest
Deadline: 30 April 2024
More details here

(UK) Goldfinch Books Novel Award
Deadline: 15 May 2024
More details here

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Regular Entries

The Plaza Prizes run many writing competitions throughout the year. The purpose is to discover, publish and promote talented new writers. You can see their upcoming competitions here.

Northern Life Writing Competition run regular writing competitions.
More details here

Anthology run many competitions throughout the year. Check their competitions here.

The Letter Review runs regular competitions throughout the year. Genres include Short Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Unpublished Books.  Details here.

The Writers College My Writing Journey Competition. Free to enter, open to writers around the world. Regular submissions accepted.
Details here>

Almond Press runs a writing competition event calendar that is updated on a daily basis

Inkitt maintains an excellent website documenting lots of international writing competitions
Details here>

Storyhouse | Contests for previously unpublished writers
Details here>

Cranked Anvil Prompt Competition
DEADLINES: 10am GMT on 1 April; 1 July; 1 October
Details here>

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition
DEADLINES: QUARTERLY: January; April; July; October.
Details here>

Cranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition
DEADLINES: QUARTERLY: February; May; August; November
Details here>

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