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

Desperate Literature Short Fiction prize
Deadline: 14 April 2024
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FFF Competition Twenty One
23 April 2024
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The Letter Review Prize for Short Fiction
Deadline: 30 April 2024
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The Letter Review Prize for Poetry
Deadline: 30 April 2024
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The Letter Review Prize for Unpublished Books
Deadline: 30 April 2024
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The Letter Review Prize for Nonfiction
Deadline: 30 April 2024
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WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest
30 April 2024
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New Writers 1000-Word Short Story Competition 2024
30 April 2024
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IRONCLAD CREATIVE SHORT STORY COMPETITION
​- SPRING 2024
Deadline: 30 April 2024
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The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction
Deadline: 30 April 2024
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Tadpole Press 100-Word Writing Contest
Deadline: 30 April 2024
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The 2024 Folly Prize
Deadline: 30 April 2024
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(UK) Goldfinch Books Novel Award
Deadline: 15 May 2024
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WOW! Women on Writing Spring 2024 Flash Fiction Contest
31 May 2024
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Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2024
Deadline: 7 June 2024
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Poetry Book Awards 2024
30 June 2024
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International Welsh Poetry Competition 2024
Deadline: 30 June 2024
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Fiction Factory Poetry Competition 2024
Deadline: 30 June 2024
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Historical Writers’ Association Short Story Competition
Deadline: 1 July 2024
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Hastings Book Festival Competitions (UK)
17 July 2024
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The Paul Cave Prize for Teenage Fiction
Deadline: 30 July 2024
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Inspiring Fiction’s Special Edition Short Story Contest
31 July 2024
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The Writers College Annual Short Story Competition
30 September 2024
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Next Generation Short Story Awards
Deadline: 27 February 2025
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Regular Entries

Andromeda Magazine Monthly Short Story Competition
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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.
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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.
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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
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Storyhouse | Contests for previously unpublished writers
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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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