6th of June
Play: More than 1 hour in length. Fee: FREE. Prizes: £16,000/3x£8000 (be aware that prize monies are utilised in production of winning play(s). Judges: Simon Stephens, Maxine Peake, Sue Johnston, Jackie Kay, Frankcom, Michael Oglesby, see web for more details - http://www.writeaplay.co.uk/about/rules/
The Page is Printed Creative Writing Prize (UK)
Closing Date: 6 June 2011. Prize (Adult): £100 (£50 cash, £50 Waterstones vouchers) + free festival tickets. Prize (Under 16): £50 (£25 cash, £25 Waterstones vouchers) + free festival tickets. Visit www.tacchi-morris.com for more information or to enter online.
10th of June
NSC Theatre Awards
Seeks writers, directors and actors for 10 new plays. Writers should submit plays of up to 10 minutes on any theme. Prize: a shortlist of 10 plays will be performed to a celebrity panel and audience.
Entry fee: £5 per entry.
NSC Theatre Awards, Jo Adamson-Parker, Studio 81, Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS3 1LH. See website - www.northernspiritcreative.co.uk
11th of June
Wirral Festival of Firsts Open Poetry Competition
is for poems of up to 40 lines. Adjudicator: Gill McEvoy. Prizes: £100, 2@£25.
Entry fee: £3 for 1 poem, £5 for 2 poems.
FoF Poetry, 71 Alderley Road, Hoylake, Wirral, CH47 2AU. See website - www.festivaloffirsts.co.uk
13th of June
The Guardian International Development Journalism Competition 2011
challenges would-be journalists to write a feature of 650 to 1,000 words on one from a set of themes that highlights an aspect of global poverty which deserves greater media exposure (see website for full list). Prizes: 16 writers (eight professional, eight amateur) will have their work published in the Guardian. Online entry only.
Entry fee: Free. See website - www.guardian.co.uk/journalismcompetition
17th of June
The Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry
is now accepting submissions for any first collection of poetry at least 40 pages in length published in the UK or Ireland between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2010. The chairman of the judges will be Professor Harry Clifton, the Ireland Chair of Poetry. 2011 Prize: is £1000.
Mrs Gerry Hellawell, The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, School of English, Queen’s University, Belfast, 2 University Square, Belfast BT7 1NN
See website - www.qub.ac.uk/heaneycentre
20th of June
Poem: 40 lines max. Fee: £5. Prizes: £500/£250/£100/£75/£50/e-coaching session/3 mnths Premier 1 membership. See website - http://creativecompetitor.com/competitions/open-poetry-competition/
30th of June
Story: 5000 wds. Poems: 42 lines max. Flash Fiction: 250 wds max. Fee: £7 (story) £6 (poem) £5 (Flash) Prizes: £5000/£1000/£500/£100 local award for short story/poetry, £1000/£500/£250 for flash fiction comp. See website - http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/
Story: 3000 wds. Fee: £4. Prizes: £300/£100/£50. See website - http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/readers/shortstory-competition/index.html
Novel/Novella: 1st 10k words. Poems: 10 poems up to 40 lines. Story: 2-4000 wds. Fee: £16 each category. Prizes: £100 (poetry), £100 (story) £400 (novel/novella). See website - http://www.cinnamonpress.com/competitions/
Story: 1500 wds. Theme: Summertime. Fee: £5, £3 for subsequent entries. Prizes: £40/£20/£10 See website - http://cwrtnewyddscribblers.webs.com/shortstorycompetition.htm
Story: 3000 wds. Theme: inspired by pictures of 3 characters on website. Rules: Only three characters allowed in story. Fee: £3. See website - http://creativecompetitor.com/competitions/3-character-fiction-competition/
Story: 250 wds (incl title). Fee: £3 or up to 6 entries for £12. Prizes: £75/£15/£5 for runners up. See website - http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/Competitions.htm
Story: 5000 wds. Poem: 200 wds limit (not lines). First Chapter: 5400 wds max. Flash: 600 wds. See website - http://www.lightshippublishing.co.uk/
The Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest
For poems of up to 150 lines that do not exceed 4 pages. Prizes: US$600, US$400, US$200 plus publication.
Entry fee: US$30, US$40 for entrants outside of North America.
Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse
Prizes: 1st, $3000. Altogether there are 10 cash prizes totalling $5550. Submit poems in traditional verse forms, such as sonnets and free verse. This competition is now in its 8th year. Winning entries will be published on line. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Entries can be submitted by post or on line. Entry fee: $7 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers. See website - www.winningwriters.com/margaret
The Meridian Writing Summer Short Story Competition
Prizes: 1st, £100 / 2nd, £50 / 3rd, £25 plus firstwriter.com vouchers. For stories up to 3000 words from new and published authors. Open theme/genre. Entry fee: £5 Visit: http://www.meridian-writing.co.uk for full details.
Story: 400 wds. Poem: 30 lines. Theme: Time (in both categories). Fee: £5 in each category or £4 in each category for 3 entries or more. Prizes: £110/£60/£30 each category. Junior prizes of Book tokens £30/£20/£10 in each category. See website - http://www.irhh.org/sitehome/fundraising/fundraisinggroups/rhyme_reason.html
Story: 2000 wds. Poem: 40 lines. Play: 20 mins. Fee: £4 (short story and poetry comps), £6 (plays). reductions for multiple entries. See website for details. Prizes: £200/£50/£15 book token in each category. See website - http://www.the-village.co.uk/tedwalters.htm
Story: 1000=1500 wds. Theme: The Power of Love. Fee: £3.50 per story. Prizes: £100/£50/£25/3x£10. See website - http://www.writersreign.co.uk/WritersReign-Competition.html
The Writers’ Bureau Short Story Competition
For stories of up to 2,000 wds on any theme. Judge: Ian Pattison. Prizes: £500, £300, £200, £100; the winning story will be published in Freelance Market News. Entry fee: £5 per story. See website -
Writers’ Village Best Writing Award Summer 2011
For a short story of up to 3,000 words in any genre of prose fiction. All entrants will receive a short critique of their story. Prizes: £200, £100, £50, 5@£20; winning entries will also be published online.
£10 for up to two stories. See website - www.writers-village.org
Writers New and Old Short Story Competition
Prizes: 1st, £50 / 2nd, £25 For 500 word short stories on the theme of chocolate - it could be a story about your love of chocolate, or intrigue and mystery, or the name of a character or pet, or whatever you choose to write about. Simply use your imagination and let it run wild. Entry fee: £5. See website - www.writersnewandold.com/competitions.html
Ten Best Short Stories
For stories of up to 3,000 on any subject. Prize: top ten stories will be published in a short story collection. Entry is free. See website - www.creativeprintpublishing.com