Stepping Stones Short Story Competition. This one in aid of the charity Stepping Stones Nigeria is for stories of up to 1,000 words beginning or ending with ‘In the distance stood Mount Kilimanjaro’. You can read about the chairity’s work on the competition page.
Prizes: 1st - Publication and an Anne Aylor Creative Writing voucher. 2nd - £20 book voucher. 3rd - £10 book voucher.
Entry Fee: £5.
Malahat Review Creative Non-Fiction Prize. This international contest from Canada’s premier literary magazine is for non-fiction (essay, memoir, cultural criticism, nature writing, etc) of between 2,000 and 3,000 words.
Prizes: $1,000 plus publication in the mag.
Entry Fee: $45. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review.
Biography: 20 pages, to incl synopsis and 10 page sample chapter. Also incl CV and note on marketing for the book and competing literature. Fee: £10. Prizes: £2000. Details: web post Anna Swan, 119A Fordwych Road, London NW2 3NJ email firstname.lastname@example.org
Story: 500 wds. Fee: £5. Prizes: £250/£125/£50. Details: web post Unbound Press, PO Box 16864, Glasgow, Scotland, G11 9DJ
Fiction: 3000 wds. Poem: 3 poems of up to 40 lines each or 1 poem of 100 lines. Fee: €10 single entry or €7.50 each for multiple entries. Prizes: €300 to winner in each category then €400 to overall winner (meaning winner receives €700 in total). Details: web post: Over The Edge, New Writer of the Year competition, 3 Carbry Road, Newcastle, Galway, Ireland
Story: 3000 wds. Fee: £15. Prizes: £10,000 (may be split amongst up to 2 winners). Details: web post Manchester Fiction Prize 2011, HLSS Finance Office, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, 4 Rosamond Street West, Manchester, M15 6LL, UK.
Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award.
The contest, from Australia, is for erotic stories of up to 2,000 words.
Prizes: 1st - A$300. 2nd - A$150. 3rd - A$50. Winners will be published in hard copy and/or electronically (can’t make their minds up), and will received a certificate which, if they are not unduly modest, they can photocopy and hand out to their visitors or indeed to complete strangers.
Entry Fee : A$9.50 each.
HLF Open Poetry Competition. This one from the Havant Literary Festival is for poems of up to 40 lines on any theme. Is there any town in this country that doesn’t have a literary festival these days? It seems not.
Prizes : £200, £100, £50.
Entry Fee: £4.
Eyelands 2011 Short Story Competition. This free-to-enter international contest from Greece is for unpublished stories of up to 2,000 words in any genre. Stories must somehow refer to this year (2011). Entries must be in Greek or, for those who feel they will not be able to learn the language in time, English. If you happen to speak Greek already, you will be able to discover what the Eyelands website is all about. The rest of us can only wonder, as the contest page alone is in English.
Prizes: 1st - A notebook computer. 2nd - A digital video camera. 3rd - A digital photo camera. There will in addition be four Honourable Mentions. All shortlisted entries will be published in a book. The writers will receive a free copy of the book and another (unspecified) book. As I understand it, the book featuring the winners will be in Greek. It seems they are determined to make you learn Greek one way or another.
Entry Fee: None - free to enter (only one entry per person).
Script, novel extract, short story, play etc: 1000 wds max plus 40 word synopsis if required. Fee: £5, then £3 for subsequent entries. Prizes: £200/5x£25. Details: web post 'Comedy Scene Competition 2011', Quinn Publications, 2 Malt Kiln Road, Newbiggin, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0TU, United Kingdom (cheques payable to J Smith)
Didsbury Open Poetry and Short Story Competition. This one from the Didsbury Arts Festival is for poems of up to 40 lines and stories of up to 2,500 words. The theme is Maps. There are four age categories: Under 12, Under 18, Over 18, Over The Hill. Actually I’m not too sure about the last. I think I may have imagined it.
Prizes (in book tokens): In each of the two older age categories - £50, £30, £15. Under 12s - £25, £15, £10.
Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
New Eastbourne Writers’ Short Story Competition. This one from New Eastbourne Writers, ‘a friendly, informal group’ who hold their meetings in a wine bar opposite the town hall, is for stories of up to 1,500 words on the theme of Lucky Break. The judge is Bloomsbury author Vanessa Grebbie.
Prizes: £100, £50, £25. Winners will be publishe don the website.
Entry Fee:£5 each, £7 for two.
Brighton COW Short Story Competition. This one from Brighton COW is for stories of up to 3,000 words on any theme. Why not have a go yourself?
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
Entry Fee: £4.
CheerReader Autumn Story Competition. Make ’em laugh in up to 1,500 words and you could win a handful of euros. But don’t worry - you can convert the euros into something more stable, such as, er ... gold, or wheat. This is the third of these quarterly contest from CheerReader, a website dedicated to writing that amuses.
Prize: 100 euros. The winner and commended entries will be published on the site.
Entry Fee: 5 euros.
Earlyworks Press Memoirs & Journalism Competition
is for stories/articles of up to 2,000 words in two categories: autobiographical, from the writer’s own or their family’s experience; opinion/journalistic pieces on current affairs. Prizes: £100, £50, 10@£10, plus publication opportunity.
Entry fee: £5 per article.
Gemini Flash Fiction Competition. This one from the American magazine Gemini is for stories of up to 1,000 words. ‘Absolutely no restrictions on content, style or genre,’ they say. I feel queasy just thinking about some of the stuff they might receive.
Prizes: $1,000, $100. There will be four Honourable (or as they put it in America Honorable) Mentions. The six finalists will be published online and in the mag.
Entry Fee : $4 for the first, $3 thereafter.
Paws n Claws Children’s Wild Animal Story Competition. This is for fictional stories of between 500 and 1,500 words about a wild animal. There are three age categories based on the school years 5 & 6; 7 & 8; and 9,10,11. The actual ages that these usually apply to are given on the website. Virginia McKenna, well-known actress and founder of the Born Free Foundation, not to mention winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award 2011, will be one of the judges.
Prizes: Publication in a book that will be sold to raise money for the Born Free Foundation, which aims to keep wildlife in the wild.
Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
Northern Crime Competition
seeks fresh new voices and great crime stories from writers who live and work in the North of England. Submit: the opening chapter of a unpublished crime or thriller novel, of up to 3.000wds; a synopsis; a short biography. Prizes: 4@£1,000, plus each winner will have their novel published in print and as e-books by Moth Publishing in 2012.
Entry fee: £20 per submission.
Northern Crime Competition, Business Education Publishers Ltd, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Chase House, Mandarin Way, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5RA.
Images: at least 300 dpi. Story: 2000 wds Poem: £40 lines Fee: £10 (allows up to 2 entries in each category). Prizes: £500 in each category plus 'additional prizes' and publication. Details: web
Poem: 40 lines. Fee: £3 or 4 for £10. Prizes: £200/£100/£50/6x£25. Details: web post Roger Hoult, 5,Squires Close,Madeley,Telford, Shropshire, TF7-5RU
Story: 1500 wds. Theme: open. Fee: £4.50. Prizes: £100/£75/£50 Details: web post TWP Competition, Francesca Burgess, 34 Capelands, New Ash Green, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8LG