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

Sorry it’s taken me so long to update this – I’ve been busy writing, folks! Anyway, I’ve finally found time so here are a few competitions you might want to enter:


Bath Short Story Award

There’s not much time to enter this one. Short stories of up to 2,200 words and the deadline is 15th April. Prizes are are: £1200 first prize, £300 second prize, £100 third prize and smaller prizes.  Entry Fee: £8.  Details are here:

Win yourself a week-long Writing Retreat

You need to be quick to enter this one too as it closes on 30 April 2019.  Requirements – write a story for children, up to 1,000 words. Entry fee – £6. More details here:

Bristol Short Story Prize

This annual writing competition is open to published, unpublished, UK and non-UK writers.  Closing date: May 1 2019.  Top prizes £1,000, £500, £250 with smaller prizes too. Fee – £8

The Bridport Prize

Cash prizes for poems, short stories, flash fiction and novels.   Prizes range from £1,000 – £5,000, depending on the category. Entry fees from £9 -£20 depending on the category.

Closing date 31st May. Details here:

W&A Working Class Writer competition

If you consider yourself working class and are looking to get your writing out there you might be interested in entering this. To enter you have to send a piece of writing – any genre – and a synopsis. Closing date 10th June. More details on the Writers and Artist’s website, link below:

Bath Novel Award

Open to emerging novelists of adult or young adult books.  Prize – £2,500. Entry Fee – £25 per novel, but there are sponsored entries available for low-income writer. Deadline – 2 June 2019. For more details click here:

Soundwork Monologue competition

Now here’s a competition with a difference! To enter you have to write a monologue lasting up to ten minutes long. The winning entry will be read by a professional actor and be uploaded onto the Soundworks website. There is no entry fee and the competition ends on 30th September 2019. More info here:

Bath Children’s Novel Award

This competition opens from 17 June to 17 November so get writing your novel if you want to enter! First prize is an online place on the Learn to Edit your Novel course, by the Cornerstone Literary Agency.

Entry requirement will be listed here on 17 June.


If you know of any other competitions please mention them in the comments.