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.

The Basics of Creative Writing Course

A rigorous training for both beginners and seasoned writers

Competitions and Events

My Writing Journey
Deadlines: 31 January; 31 May; 30 September
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Aniko Literary Magazine Submissions
Deadline: 28 February 2021
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Chapter One Prize for Novelists
Deadline: 1 March 2021
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The VOCAL Short Story Competition
Deadline: 2 March 2021
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The 2021 International Rubery Book Award
Deadline: 31 March 2021
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The 2022 Dryad Press Submissions
Deadline: 1 March -31 March 2021
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The Grist Climate-fiction short story contest
Deadline: 12 April 2021
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The 2021 Bristol Short Story Prize
Deadline: 5 May 2021
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The Saki Short Story Competition
Deadline: 30 June 2021
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Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2021
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Anthology Poetry Award
Deadline: 31 October 2021
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The Literary Short and Flash Fiction Course

Learn how to write winning short stories

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


Apostrophe Books | Fiction Fast Track

Inkitt maintains an excellent website documenting lots of international writing competitions

Storyhouse | Contests for previously unpublished writers

The Short Story Writing for Magazines Course

All the basics of short story writing in one course

The Write a Novel Course

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