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 Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
Deadline: 14 May 2021
More details here

19th Annual Lush Triumphant Literary Awards
Deadline: 15 May 2021
More details here

2021 Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition
Deadline: 11 June 2021
More details here

Living Springs Publishers Baby Boomers Short Story Competition
Deadline: 15 June 2021
More details here

The Stenen Press Award
Deadline: 30 June 2021
More details here

The Saki Short Story Competition
Deadline: 30 June 2021
More details here

The Moderate Review Submissions open
Deadline: 1 July 2021
More details here

Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2021
More details here

Fiction Factory First Chapter Novel Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2021
More details here

Anthology Poetry Award
Deadline: 31 October 2021
More details here

The Bedford Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 October 2021
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

Grindstone Literary runs several competitions annually. Have a look at their competitions here – https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions

Writers-forum.com

Apostrophe Books | Fiction Fast Track

Inkitt maintains an excellent website documenting lots of international writing competitions

Storyhouse | Contests for previously unpublished writers

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