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 Plaza Prizes – Crime: First Chapters
Deadline: 31 January 2023
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2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
10 February 2023
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Milton Keynes Literary Festival flash fiction and poetry competition
10 February 2023
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The Crazy Cats Flash Fiction Competition
27 February 2023
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The Plaza Prizes – Poetry
Deadline: 28 February 2023
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Minds Shine Bright Confidence 2023
28 February 2023
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Letter Review Prize for Poetry
28 February 2023
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Letter Review Prize for Short Stories
28 February 2023
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Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition
28 February 2023
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Fiction Factory Poetry Competition
Deadline: 1 March 2023
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The Plaza Prizes – Flash Fiction
Deadline: 31 March 2023
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The Plaza Prizes – Literary:First Chapters
Deadline: 31 March 2023
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Fiction Factory First Chapter (+ synopsis) Competition
Deadline: 31 March 2023
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2023 International Rubery Book Award
Deadline: 31 March 2023
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2023 Bristol Short Story Prize
Deadline: 26 April 2023
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(NZ) Folly Journal Open Short Story Prize
Deadline: 1 May 2023
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(UK) Creative Future 2023 Writers’ Award Competition
Deadline: 14 May 2023
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To Hull And Back humorous short story competition
Deadline: 30 June 2023
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The Plaza Prizes – Audio Poems
Deadline: 30 June 2023
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Anthology Short Story Award 2023
Deadline: 31 August 2023
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Anthology Poetry Competition
Deadline: 31 October 2023
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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

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

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
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