Sunday, 6 November 2011

Competition Listings

Events Listings

Festivals around the UK

Aldeburgh International Poetry Festival

London History Festival

14th to 24th November 2011 at Kensington Central Library and Waterstone's Kensington

Dylan Thomas Festival

The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

Richmond Upon Thames Literature Festival

2011 will see the 20th Richmond literary festival.

Cambridge Winter Wordfest

At the ADC Theatre in Cambridge

Southwold Literature Festival

Part of the Ways with Words series of literature festivals, held in the lovely seaside resort of Southwold, Suffolk

Competition Listings for November

Closing November 1st

Bridge House Short Story Competition

Prizes: 1st - Six months one-to-one mentoring; runner-up - five short story critiques. A total of fifteen winners will also have their stories published in a collection.

Entry fee: £5.

4Screenwriting Competition

Free to enter. looking for 12 talented, original writers who currently have no broadcast credit but want to write for television drama. Run by Channel 4, over a 5 month period participants will work on their own 1 hour script for an original series or serial, and attend two weekend talks and script-meetings.

Closing November 5th

Words With Jam/Cornerstones Literary Consultancy

Prize: Win a free General Report on a manuscript up to 100,000 words in length. Entry is Free. Send the opening paragraph (no more than 100 words) of your as yet unpublished novel. Further details on web site.

Closing November 15th

Creative competitor

Free to enter competition for stories upto 300 words.

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest (USA) Grand Prize: $1500, domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the 26th annual Festival in New Orleans (21-25 March 2012), VIP all-access Festival Pass for 2012 (value $500), public reading at a literary panel at the 2012 Festival, and publication in Louisiana Literature. For original short stories up to 7000 words in length. Visit for full guidelines.

The London School of Liberal Arts

The Subversive Image Competition, Prizes: 1st prize: £200, 2nd prize: £100. Entry is Free. Visit the competition page on our website for guidelines.

221b Magazine Winter Annual

Free to enter competition for detective stories up to 12,000 words. email to For full details please see our website:

Closing November 18th

The Women’s Empowerment Project Book Prize

Entry is £20. The competition winner will have their book published and receive competitive royalties.

Full details on web site.

Closing November 30th

The Betty Trask Prize

Free to enter competition for novelists under 35. Prize fund of £20,000.

Details on the web:

Cafe Writers Open Poetry Comp

For poems with a maximum of 40 lines there are generous prizes of up to £1000

Details on the web:

Cinnamon Press Poetry/ Short Story/ Novella

Three categories with great prizes. Details on the web:

Fish Publishing Short Story

For stories up to 5000 words. Details on the web:

Inktears Short Story Competition 2011 (UK)

For short stories on any theme between 1000 and 3000 words in length. Stories may be previously published (prior to 30 April 2011) or unpublished. Visit for full details.

Leaf Books First Chapter

Submit the first 2000 words of your novel to Leaf Books Ltd, 2 Hastings Place, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, U.K. CF64 2TD

Magma 50th Issue Poetry Competition (UK)

For unpublished poems up to 80 lines on any subject. Poems will be judged by George Szirtes. Poems of up to 10 lines will also be considered for the Magma Editor's Prize (first prize of £500, second£200).Visit for full details and to download postal entry form, or to enter online from 16 October onwards.

Mary Gornell Memorial Short Story Comp

For stories up to 2000 words. Details on the web:

The New Writer Prose and Poetry Prize

Story: 500-5000 wds. Micro Fiction: 500 wds. Poems: Single poems up to 40 lines. Collections 6-10 poems. Articles (literary theme) 2000 wds. Email with queries) The New Writer, PO Box 60, CRANBROOK, TN17 2RE

The Plough Poetry Prize

Prizes up to £1000. Details on the web:

Soul-Making Literary Competition (USA)

The competition now has 12 categories which include short story, flash fiction, young adult writers prose, humour, and novel excerpt. Address: The Webhallow House, 1544 Sweetwood Drive, Broadmoor Vlg., CA 94015-1717, USA. Visit for more information and complete rules.

Swanezine - Short Story Competition 2011

Free to enter with a 1000 word max no minimum.To enter go to the website. swanezine/short-story-competition

The New Writer Prose and Poetry Competition - Fiction

Short stories 500 to 5,000 words, micro fiction up to 500 words; on any subject or theme. Details on the web:

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