Latest competitions update! Click on the links to find out more.

The Bridport prize offers cash prizes for poems, short stories, flash fiction and novels. Funds to Bridport Art Centre.  Ist Prizes range from £1,00 – £5,000, depending on the category. Closing date 31 May.

The annual Newcomer Prize is run by The Fiction Desk.  It’s a short story competition only open to authors who have not been previously published by The Fiction Desk, and who have not yet published a novel or collection of short stories on paper. The first prize is £500, and there is a second prize of £250. Closing date 31 May, entry fee £8 per story.

Rhyme & Reason are running a short prose and poetry competitions to raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care. Closing date 1 June. There’s both an adult and junior section with prizes from £75 to £10. Entry costs £5 per piece for adults (£4 per piece for three or more entries) and £1 per entry for junior.

Dorset Fiction are running a short story competition, with proceeds going to the International Otter Survival Fund. The winner receives a £500 prize and there’s an entry fee of £7. Closing date 7 June.

Creative Future are running a writing competition to showcase writing by under-represented writers such as those with mental health issues, disability or other issues. Entries can be flash fiction or poetry, and there are prizes of  from £50-£200 in each category as well as professional writing development support.. There’s no entry fee and the closing date is 26 June.

Winchester Poetry Prize – original, unpublished poems, entry fee £5 for the first poem and £4 for any subsequent ones. Closing date 31 July.

H.G.Wells short story competition  –  for both adults and children, junior (under 21) no entry fee and prizes of £1,000. Adult £10 entry fee (£5 for students) and prize of £250.

Win a writing retreat with this short story competition run by Writers & Artists and Retreat West. Closes 17 September 2017.

There’s a top prize of £10,000 in the 2017 Manchester Writing competition, the two genres are poetry and fiction (short story). Entry fee £17.50, closing date 29th September. Open to new and established writers.


Sorry folks, it’s been a while since I updated this page but here we go, info on some of the latest writing competitions:

Writer’s Online, the website of Writing Magazine, has lots of competitions for both subscribers and non-subscribers. There’s a Battle of Britain Memorial Trust Competition for which you have to write a story featuring two Word War 11 pilots, a Haiku competition and a humour short story completion to name but three – closing date 15 March for these but there are other competitions with later dates. Check out the details on their website :

Christopher Fielden has details of several short story competitions on his website:

The Telegraph ‘Just Back’ travel competition has a weekly prize of £200 and a big prize of £1,000 for the best article of the year. Write a travel article of your own travel experience in a max 500 words which has to get to them by midnight on the Wednesday. Check out their website for more details.

Myslexia magazine are running a short story competition (300-3,000 words)  and a flash fiction competition, closing date 20th March. There’s a first prize of £2,000 for the Short Story completion and £500 for the Flash Fiction. Check out the competitions page on their website for details.

The Kelpies Prize  -Writers of children’s books you need to be quick for this one as it ends on February 28th. Here’s some details from their website, click on the link for find out more.

The Kelpies Prize is for new Scottish children’s writing. Submissions must be set wholly, or mainly, in Scotland. Submit: 30,000-60,000 words for Kelpies (8-11 years); or 40,000-70,000 words for Kelpies Teen (11-14 years). Submissions to one category only. Original, previously unpublished work only. Prize: £2,000 and publication.
Entry fee: Free. Closing date: 28 February
Kelpies Prize, Floris Books, 2a Robertson Avenue, Edinburgh EH11 1SH

If you’re a published writer there’s still time to enter the BBC National Short Story competition, the deadline for entries is 9 am Monday 6 March 2017. The winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The 2017 Award is open to UK residents or nationals, aged 18 or over, who have a history of publication in creative writing. Check out the details at




Do you like writing short stories? Enter the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Competition, closing date 29th September. First prize is a whopping £30,000. Entry details can be found here:

Another competition for children’s writers. The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition is now open. Both unpublished and unagented writers can enter. First prizes is £10,000 and representation by a literary agent. Closing date 18th December. More details here:

Another competition for writers of children’s novels, but this time you only have to write the first 3,00o words. First prize is £2,000 and the closing date is 20th November. Check out the details here:

Fancy writing a children’s novel? Myslexia is running a children’s novel competition, first prize £5,000 – closing date 19th September. Check the website for details.