Tuesday, 26 of May 2015

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Bedford Short Story Competition

You are invited to enter the Short Story Competition 2014 being run by the Bedford Writing Competition. This is a new competition with the aim of providing a platform for the finest in fiction writing. BWC is a non-profit making organisation and any proceeds will be donated to charity.

This year the competition is for short stories of up to 3000 words in length, on any theme. Prizes totalling £200 will be awarded to three stories judged to be the best by award-winning novelist Leigh Russell with ten of the short-listed entries being published on BWC’ s website.

To see the entry requirements for stories which should be submitted by 30th September 2014 please click here

We look forward to receiving your entries.

Good luck.

The BWC Organising Committee

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Kingston Writing School Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition

Twice Man Booker Prize winning author, Hilary Mantel, will be judge for this competition.

First Prize £3000 and two Runners Up Prizes of £500

open for entries from May 1st to June 30th.

For more details, please see here

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WORD LIMIT:   1500 words


PRIZES:   1ST £50     2ND £25    3RD £15

ENTRY FEE:   £5.00

OPENING SENTENCE:      ”She did not need a looking glass to know she must look a fright.”

Cheques made payable to Sue Johnson

Double space entry

Put contact details on separate sheet

Entries will not be returned, so please do not send your only copy!
Only postal entries accepted. Please ensure correct postage!


Send To:


‘Ridiculous’ Short Story Competition,

c/o 2, Teme Close,





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Write a chocolate short story and win lunch with Joanne Harris

The FIG Tree in Garstang is delighted to announce their FIRST SHORT STORY WRITING COMPETITION!
The challenge for budding writers is to write a piece in any genre in no more than 1000 words on the theme of chocolate.
Shortlisted entries to be judged by our patron, the acclaimed author Joanne Harris
PRIZE: The top three finalists will be invited for lunch with Joanne Harris at The FIG Tree on Sunday 27th April 2014 and given free admission to her talk and discussion at the Crofters Hotel on the  same day.
Entry fee: £4 per story or £7 for two stories
No restriction on the number of stories entered by any individual
1000 words maximum per short story
Closing date: Friday 14th February 2014
Find full details here: http://www.fairtradecentre.org/

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MMU Novella Award

In 2014, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire Faculty is launching the inaugural MMU Novella Award, the first iteration of what will become a bi-annual literary prize. The competition will conclude with a one-day Novella Festival at the Cheshire Campus consisting of readings, talks and panel discussions. Novelist Jenn Ashworth will front the judging panel and decide the winner after a team of internal readers whittles down the submissions to a shortlist

Entries must be between 20,000 and 40,000 words long. The closing date for the competition is 23 May 2014

Details: http://www.cheshire.mmu.ac.uk/dev/novella/

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Belper Short Story Competition

Due to its success last year, the Belper short story competition will again form part of the wider Belper Arts Festival.

Entrants may submit, by 31st March 2014, an original, previously unpublished story on any subject or genre.

The maximum word limit is 2500. There is an entry fee of £5 per story.

The best story will recieve a prize of £200. Second prize is a £50 book voucher.

Contact Kathy or Joan for an entry form.


Note that Birmingham Writers Group member Simon Fairbanks won this competition last year – take a look at his winning entry at the page above!

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Words for the Wounded’s 2nd writing prize

Words for the Wounded’s 2nd writing prize is launched www.wordsforthewounded.co.uk – raising money to help in the recovery of wounded service personnel.

It has a 1st prize of £250, 2nd £100 and 3rd £50.

They ask for poetry, non-fiction or fiction up to a maximum of 400 words on the subject of The Journey. It can be physical, emotional or both.

The closing date is 11 March.

Have a look at the website and you can get all the details there.

There is also a W4W blog which includes writing tips which may be of interest (www.wordsforthewounded.blogspot.co.uk )


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Deddington Writers Group competition 2014

The Deddington Writers’ Group in Oxfordshire will again be running a writing competition as part of the Deddington Festival (12-22 June, 2014).

It will be in two sections: Flash Fiction, open theme, max. 1000 words, poem in any style, max. 100 words.

Deadline is Monday 14th April, 2014.

Entry fee £3 per entry for stories and/or poems.

Prizes:First £100, Second £60, Third £30. Judges:TBA.

Short-listed entrants will be notified by early June and
invited to attend the Awards event in Deddington Church on Sunday, 22nd
June at 2.30 p.m.

Full details and an entry form can be downloaded from www.deddingtonfestival.org.uk/what-s-on/writing-competition from the week commencing January 6th.

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Newfound journal invites writers to submit their work for their Annual Poetry Contest.

Deadline: August 15th, 2013
Judge: Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Awards: First place is $1,000 and publication, ten finalists will be announced, and all poems will be considered for publication as a general submission.
Submission Fee: $17
The winner will be announced in December in Hothouse Magazine.



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Short Story and Poetry -Entry Fee £5, Prizes £500, £200 and £100 plus a local
prize of £100

Judges - Della Galton (Short Stories) and Sean Borodale (Poetry)

Crime Novel (our fastest growing competition) Prize – introduction to a publisher plus £100

Judge – Janet Laurence

Closing Date
31st July 2013

For full details please visit our website (www.wellslitfest.org.uk) or phone

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