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

Literary Taxidermy Writing Competition
Deadline: 26 September 2021
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The Ovacome Writing Competition 2021
Deadline: 30 September 2021
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Grindstone International Novel Prize
Deadline: 1 October 2021
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The Literal Challenge | 2021 Screenplay Writing Challenge
Deadline: 7 October 2021
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Anthology Poetry Award
Deadline: 31 October 2021
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The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2021/22
Deadline: 10 October 2021
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The Bedford Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 October 2021
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The Eyelands Book Awards 2021 
Deadline: 20 October 2021
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Fiction Factory Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 October 2021
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The Smokelong Quarterly Comedy Prize

Deadline: 15 November 2021
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Fiction Factory Flash Fiction Competition
Deadline: 30 November 2021
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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Storyhouse | Contests for previously unpublished writers

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition
Deadline: QUARTERLY: 31st January; 30th April; 31st July; 31st October
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Cranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition
Deadline: QUARTERLY: QUARTERLY: 28th (or 29th) February; 31st May; 31st August; 30th November
More details here

 

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