Friday, 1 July 2011

July Competition listings

1st July

Friends of Morley Literature Festival short story comp 2011

Story 3000 wds. Fee: FREE Prizes £50/£25/£10 Details: email for PDF entry form Post: FM LITFEST 84 Rein Road Tingley, Wakefield , WF3 1JA

The Ifanca Helene James Short Story Comp

Story: 2,200 wds. Fee: £3. Cheques payable to The Ifanca Hélène James Trust Prizes: £100/£50/£25. Details: web post: The Ifanca Hélène James Short Story Competition, Green Plain, 185 St David's Road, Letterston, Haverfordwest, Pembs SA62 5SS

4th July

Mere Litfest Biennial Poetry comp 2011

Poems: 40 lines max. Fee: adults £3.50 first poem, £3 subsequent poems. Jnrs: £1.50 per poem, £1 subsequent poems (25% discount on school entries of 10 or more poems - see website for details). Prizes: adults £200/£100/£50/3x£15/local awards. Junior cash awards and The Grace Wines Memorial Prize for resident of Mere or Mere school attendee. Details: web MLF Competition, Lawrences, Old Hollow, MERE Wilts.BA12 6EG

Laurel House Creative Workshops Short Story Comp

Story: 4000 wds. Fee: £4 (incls. 400 wd critique for every story entered). Prizes: £100, full LHCW critique, online workshop and publication/Full LHCW critique. Details: web post Laurel House, Groesfaen, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF72 8NS, South Wales, UK

11th July

The Doris Gooderson Short Story Comp

Story: 1200 wds. Fee: £3 or 2 for £5. Prizes: £150/£70/£40. Details: web post The Competition Secretary, 29 Christine Avenue, Wellington, Telford, TF1 2DX

12th July

The Allen Raine Celebration 2011 Short Story Comp

Story: min 1000 wds, max 7500 wds. Fee: £5. Prize: £200 for winner in each language (Welsh and English). Details: web post: ARCS Short Story Comp, David Heal, Competition Administrator, College, Tanglwst, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire SA38 9NJ

14th July

Lippfest Poetry Comp

Poems: 45 lines max. Fee: £4 or 3 for £10. Prizes: £250/£150/£100/Leeds Prize £50. Details: web post LIPPfest Poetry Competition, 6 Oakdale Meadow, Leeds, LS14 2HB, United Kingdom

15th July

Tenby Arts Festival Writing Comps

Story: 1500 wds. Poem: 40 lines. Fee: story £4 poem £4 or £6 for 2 poems, £8 for 3 poems. Prizes: £150/£70/£50 both categories, plus £25 in each category for West Wales resident. Details: web Writing Competition, PO Box 67, Saundersfoot, SA70 9AP

The Elmet Poetry Prize

Prizes: 1st, £300 / 2nd, £100 / Runners-Up, £50 For unpublished poems of no more than 40 lines on the theme of Connections. Entries must be in English and typed on one side of A4 paper, double-spaced. No identifying marks should be shown on the typescript. Pages should be numbered and clipped together, with the title on each page. Use an entry form for each poem. Visit: for full details and entry form.

The Virginia Prize

Novel: length not specified but must be unpublished and written by a woman. Fee: £5. Prize: £1000 plus conditional offer of publication by Aurora metro. Details: web post: The Virginia Prize, 67 Grove Avenue, Twickenham, TW1 4HX

The Ted Hughes Young Poets' Award

Prizes: 1st, £100/ Runners-Up, £50 in each of 3 age categories (6-10, 11-14, 15-18) For unpublished poems of no more than 40 lines on the theme of Connections. Entry fee: Free. Visit: for full details and entry form.

18th July

Mslexia Women's Poetry comp

Poem: any length. Fee: £7 (which allows entry of up to 3 poems - however, entrants may only win one prize.) Prizes: £2000 plus 1 week poets' retreat at Cove Park and mentoring by editor of Poetry Review/£400/£200/20x£25. Details: web post Women's Poetry Comp Mslexia Publications Ltd, PO Box 656, Freepost NEA5566, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1BR

20th July

Swale Life Poetry Competition

Prizes: 1st, £100 / 2nd, £50 / 3rd, £30 / Commendation (x2), £10 For previously unpublished poems in English with any subject or style up to 40 lines. The competition is administered by Eastern Light EPM International in aid of Diversity House, a UK charity and publishers of Swale Life Online Magazine. One third of the entry fee goes to Diversity House. The judge is Mandy Pannett, Creative Writing Tutor and prize-winning author of Frost Hollow. Enter by post or online. Entry fee: £3 for one poem, or £12 for 5 poems. Address: Eastern Light EPM International, Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, London, E18 1AB. E-mail: Visit: to enter online or to download entry form.

29th July

Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Writing Competition (Australia)

Prizes: of $7800 in cash prizes. An annual poetry writing competition giving poets of all ages the oportunity to compete for over $7,800 in prizes. Widely promoted to schools, libraries and the general community, the competition attracts local, interstate and global entries. Entry fee: $5 per poem for open age categories,free for children aged 5 to 17 years. Visit for entry form and further details.

Wasafiri Magazine Annual New Writing Prize

Prizes: £300 will be awarded to the winner in each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri. For creative submissions in one of three categories: Poetry, Fiction or Life Writing. The competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book. Maximum length 3000 words. All entries must be accompanied by an official entry form. Entry fee: £6.00 if entering one category, or £10.00 for two, or £15.00 for three categories. Address: Wasafiri, The Open University in London, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, London, NW1 8NP. Mark clearly on the envelope ‘New Writing Prize’. Visit: for entry form and more information.

31st July

Hay On Wye Short Story Comp

Story: 2000 wds. Fee: £6. Prizes: £400/£200/£100. Details: web Hay & District Community Support, Oxford Road, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5AL

HISSAC Short Story Comp

Story: 2500 wds. Fee: £5 or 3 entries for £12. Prizes: £400/2x£50. Details: web post HISSAC, 20 Lochslin, Balintore, Scotland IV20 1UP

Sussex Playwrights 2011 Radio Play comp

Radio Play: 30-45 mins. Fee: £7 (one free entry for Sussex Playwrights members). Prizes: £150/£100/£75 plus readings at Sussex Playwrights meetings. Details: web Mr Nicholas Quirke, 24 Highcroft Villas, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 5PS.

Wells Festival of Literature Short story and Poetry comps

Story: 1800-2000 wds. Poem: 40 lines. Rules: no more than 5 entries per person. Fee: £5 per story or poem. Prizes: £500/£200/£100 Wyvern Prize £50 (subject to confirmation by committee - check website for details) Details: web (nb: the website also carries very useful page of tips for entrants. )

Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest (USA)

Prizes - Writing: 1st, $500 / 2nd, $250 / 3rd, $100, Prizes - Poetry: 1st, $250 / 2nd, $125 / 3rd, $50 This is an international competition, open to everyone. Write a poem of 30 lines or fewer on any subject and/or write a short story with a maximum length of 5 pages, on any theme. All entries may use either single or double line spacing and must be neatly hand printed or typed. All contest winners will be published online in the Dare to Dream pages, on 31 August 2011. Entry fee: $10 per story, $5 per poem by postal mail. Electronic entries will incur a $2 transaction fee. Visit for details on how to enter.

Higlands & Islands Short Story Association Annual Open Theme Short Story Competition

Prizes: 1st, £400 / 2nd, £50 / 3rd, £50 For stories up to 2500 words on any theme, but no stories for children. It is not necessary to have a connection to Scotland, either in the location of the theme or the entrant. An entry form can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope, or one can be printed from the website. Entries must be typed, double-spaced,and have numbered pages. If sending entries by post, collate your work with paperclips rather than staples. The winners will be announced in October and winning entries will subsequently be published on the website. Entries can be submitted by e-mail or post (postal entries to be accompanied by PayPal receipt or cheque). Entry fee: £5 per story, or £12 for 3 entries. Payment by cheque to HISSAC or via Paypal. E-mail: Visit: for more details.

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition 2011

Prizes: 1st, £600 / Runner-up, £300 / Highly Commended (x5), £50 / The Gloucestershire Prize - for Gloucestershire residents only, £200 For poems up to 70 lines. Judged by Alison Brackenbury. Entry fee: Postal - £4 per poem or £10 for 3 poems, e-mail - £4.35 per poem for £10 for 3 poems. Address: Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, 2217, Brockworth, Gloucestershire, GL3 9DL. E-mail: For entry conditions and form, visit

Brighton COW Summer Loving Writing Competition

A free-to-enter competition for stories about Love. The trick with this one is that it's for stories with a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1000. You don't have to be a Barbara Cartland - your story can be soppy, romantic, dark, uplifting or depressing - or even terrifying, much like love itself. Visit for more information.

The 2011 Unbound Press Flash Fiction Award

Prizes: 1st, £250 + publication / 2nd, £125 + publication / 3rd, £50 + publication. All prize winners and other short-listed entries will receive one free copy of the annual print anthology. For fiction up to a maximum of 500 words. There is no theme. All styles (including experimental) and genre-based fiction (mystery, crime, fantasy, science fiction, historical) are welcome. Entries may be submitted via email or post. Entries submitted via email must be attached in the form of a Word (doc) or Rich Text Format (rtf). Entries submitted via post must be printed on standard-size paper and double-spaced. Entries sent via post will not be returned. Submissions must be your own original work and must be previously unpublished. Work that has appeared online, in print or has been broadcast is not eligible. International submissions are welcomed but all entries must be written in English. As a condition of submitting, the author agrees that Unbound Press has permission to publish the material online and in print. Copyright remains with the author. Entry fee: £5. Payment can be made by cheque or via PayPal. Address: Unbound Press, PO Box 16864, Glasgow, Scotland G11 9DJ. E-Mail: For full details visit

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