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

Fiction Factory First Chapter+Synopsis Competition
Deadline: 31 May 2022
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Fiction Factory Poetry Competition
31 May 2022
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Te Tauihu Short Story Awards (NZ)
Deadline: 31 May 2022
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Seasiders’ Write Debut Novel Award
Deadline: 1 June 2022
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Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition 2022
Friday 3rd June 2022
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BlackInk Writing Competition 2022
Deadline: 6 June 2022
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Anthology Magazine Short Story Award
Deadline: 31 August 2022
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Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction
Deadline: 31 August 2022
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The Bedford Competition – Short Story and Poetry Competition
Deadline: 31 October
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Anthology Magazine Poetry Award
Deadline: 31 October 2022
More details here

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Regular Entries

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

Less Than 100 Words

Cooldog Short Story Competition


Apostrophe Books | Fiction Fast Track

Inkitt maintains an excellent website documenting lots of international writing competitions

Storyhouse | Contests for previously unpublished writers

Cranked Anvil Prompt Competition
DEADLINES: 10am GMT on 1 April; 1 July; 1 October
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Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition
DEADLINES: QUARTERLY: January; April; July; October.
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Cranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition
DEADLINES: QUARTERLY: February; May; August; November
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Grindstone International Novel Prize
Deadline: 1 October 2022
More Details here

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