2018 Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150).


Anthology for winners and commended poets
(£3.50, post free: pre-ordered).


Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 6 July 2018.


Fee: £4;  4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission).

Length:  up to 50 lines.

Deadline: 30 April 2018


Sole judge: John Greening

Entry form available at



or send SAE to : The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition,

21 Trinity Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7DB

or email: warepoets_competition@hotmail.co.uk

Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre Poetry Competition

This is an international competition to raise money for Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre http://covrefugee.org/ and Clever Fox Press http://www.cleverfoxpress.com/clever-fox-press which is a charitable publishing venture which seeks to support and raise awareness of child refugees across the world. The competition also seeks to celebrate creativity and building bridges between communities.

First prize is £300, publication on the Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre website and on Wasafiri’s website http://www.wasafiri.org/ and second prize is £50 and again publication on these two websites. There are also three runners-up prizes. The competition will be judged by Bidisha and Joe Horgan and the deadline is 14th November 2017. Entry is £5 per poem or £10 for 3 poems and poems can be submitted on any theme or topic. The link to the website is www.writeabridge.com and is part of the Coventry Peace Festival.

Secrets or Lies Themed Short Story competition

Successful short story writers Vanda Inman and Linda Lewis have teamed up to create Write Space, a place to hone your writing skills by entering their short story competitions. The latest competition information is as follows:

Theme, Secrets or Lies.
Prizes, £250, £100 plus runner up prizes.
Word count, up to 1,000.
Entry fee, £6 entry, £4 optional critique.
Closing date 30th November, 2017.
Please see their website, www. vnlwritespace.com for full details.
They also have a facebook page, Vanda ‘n’ Linda’s Write Space.

2017 The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction

Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire are proud to announce the first annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction. For any queries regarding this competition, please contact the organisers via their website at: http://commapress.co.uk/resources/prizes 

Dinesh Allirajah (1967-2014) once said of himself (referencing a Sonny Criss sleeve note): ‘I am a jazz writer, which is a full-time creative job’. Dinesh had many other occupations, too – lecturing in creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Central Lancashire and Edge Hill, running workshops and literacy classes in community centres, schools and prisons, acting as Chair of the National Black Arts Alliance and the National Association for Literature Development, as well as being a long-term director of Comma Press. He was also a DJ, playwright, radio presenter, cricket enthusiast and blogger. Dinesh regularly performed to audiences across the UK, as well as in France, Poland, Germany, Bangladesh and Nigeria. His short stories were featured in numerous anthologies and magazines, and first collected in A Manner of Speaking (Spike Books, 2004). Scent is the first comprehensive collection of his work, published by Comma Press following his sudden passing in December 2014.

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2017 Robert Graves Prize

The Robert Graves Prize is launched this year as an exciting new collaboration between the Roehampton Poetry Centre and Wimbledon BookFest.It is named for one of the major figures of twentieth century poetry and encourages entries from all around the world. The Prize will be given for the best single poem submitted: multiple entries are encouraged but will be judged separately.

Judges: Fiona Sampson and literary agent, Peter Straus

Prizes: £200 for the winning entry and £100 for two runners up. All three winning entries will be published in POEM magazine.

Deadline: Wednesday 23rd August 2017

To qualify, entries must be original, written in English and unpublished at the time of submission. Each poem must be no longer than 40 lines and should be single-spaced.

Entry Fee: £5.

For more information, click here: https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/robert-graves-prize

2017 VS Pritchett Short Story Prize

The Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize for previously unpublished short stories is currently accepting entries. There is a prize of £1,000, and the winning entry will be published in Prospect Magazine online and in the RSL Review.

In addition to this, there will be an opportunity for the winner to appear at an RSL event with established short story writer in autumn 2017.

Entrants must be resident in the UK and stories should be 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. Submission fee is £5 per story. More information and entry details can be found here.

The closing date for entries is 14 June 2017.


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2017 Norwich Writers’ Circle Short Story Competition

The Norwich Writers’ Circle 2017 Open Competition is now open for entries. This is the third year of their competition. This time the theme is ‘Strangers’ and they are offering cash prizes and publication in their next anthology. Full details on attached images and at their website


You will also find hints and tips from their adjudicator currently on the home page at norwichwriters.wordpress.com.
Closing date for entries is 31st July 2017.

Hatchette’s The Future Bookshelf

Hachette UK is officially launching its new creative writing resource, The Future Bookshelf – http://thefuturebookshelf.co.uk/ . It is a creative writing hub for aspiring writers which aims to demystify publishing and guide users of the website through the process of writing, editing, submitting and publishing.

The Future Bookshelf will also be hosting an Open Submissions period in December 2017. This will be for unpublished, unagented writers of novels and non-fiction, who feel that the industry doesn’t adequately represent people from their background or with their experiences. It is to run from Friday 1st to Friday 8th December 2017.

You can find them on Twitter @FutureBookshelf and use the hashtag #ChangingtheStory

Full press release attached here: The Future Bookshelf press release

2017 Birmingham Literature Festival

For its 20th year, Birmingham Literature Festival welcomes Jess Phillips MP, bestselling novelist Lionel Shriver, poet Inua Ellams, as well as pop-up events and workshops across the city from Friday 21 April – Sunday 23 April 2017.

The full programme can be downloaded here BLF Spring Festival Programme e vesrion for the first ever Spring Edition, to complement the annual October festival- great speakers and workshops plus more events for children, and fun activities including canoeing and cycling!

You can find out more via our website: https://www.birminghamliteraturefestival.org/


2017 – 5th Virginia Prize for Fiction

The 5th Virginia Prize for Fiction

Now open for submissions

Aurora Metro, the Twickenham-based arts organisation, is once again searching for the best new fiction by a woman writing in English.  The winner will receive £1,000 and a conditional offer of publication by Aurora Metro Books.

This biennial prize was launched in 2009 as a tribute to Virginia Woolf who published her first novel, The Voyage Out, whilst living in Richmond.  The prize’s founder, publisher Cheryl Robson, hopes that “by naming this prize in Virginia Woolf’s memory we will inspire women to find their voice and contribute to the pantheon of great women writers.”

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18th Feb 2017 – near Bridgnorth – Ceridwen and the Cauldron of Transformation – A workshop to inspire writers

 *Ceridwen and the Cauldron of Transformation – A workshop to inspire

 *When: Saturday 18th February 2017*

 *Time: 10 am – 4 pm*

 *Where: Morville Village Hall*

In this workshop, run by writer Ruth Cameron, writers will explore the Welsh myth of* Ceridwen and the Cauldron of Transformation*.

Ceridwen, a great sorceress, intends to give her son the gift of wisdom. However, Gwion Bach, the young boy who is set to stir the cauldron accidently spills three drops onto his thumb and licks it off thus acquiring the gift. In fear he runs from Ceridwen and they both go through a series of transformations a she hunts him down, which ultimately results in Gwion transforming into the legendry bard and prophet Taliesin.

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Oh Zoe! Picture Book Competition

Oh Zoe! – is a new children’s book publisher looking for titles ahead of our launch in autumn this year.

They’re running the Oh Zoe! Rising Talent Award to find new authors with unpublished work – there is a prize fund of £500 and a range of professional development courses.

The competition runs until the end of March and more details can be found on their website www.ohzoe.com

2017 – Tamworth LitFest Writing Competition

Entries are now open for The Tamworth and District Civic Society and Tamworth Writers Group Tamworth writing competition.

With prizes totalling £310.00, which will hopefully aspire all budding writers  who have not yet been published, to enter. Entries must  be set in and around Tamworth, Staffordshire and a particular building or address.

The closing date for all entries  is Tuesday 31st January 2017. Winners to be announced in April 2017.

For full entry details please click on the writing-competition PDF link.

2017 Hampshire Cultural trust Short Story Competition

Short Story Competition

Taking this Jane Austen quotation as the story title, writers are encouraged to respond in 2017 words or fewer.  Open to writers aged 16 and over, across the world.

“Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.”

First Prize £1000. Second  Prize £500.  Judges David Constantine and Claire Fuller.  Closing date 28 February 2017.

Hosted by Hampshire Cultural Trust in partnership with Jane Austen’s House Museum to mark Jane Austen 200.

Full details and how to submit stories: www.janeausten200.co.uk/competitions

2017 Ware Poets Competition

Ware Poets is running its competition for the 19th year, and we are delighted that Hannah Lowe has agreed to judge the competition. Hannah Lowe’s first poetry collection, Chick, won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection, and she has been named one of the 20 Next Generation poets, as of 2014. Her family memoir is Long Time, No See (Periscope, 2014). Chan, her second poetry collection, is published by Bloodaxe. She lives in London and teaches at Kingston University.

The Ware Poets competition offers cash prizes for the winning poems, including one for the best sonnet, and we publish a competition anthology of prizewinning and shortlisted poems.

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Tamworth Writing Competition

Tamworth Literary Festival, in conjunction with The Tamworth and District Civic Society and Tamworth Writers Group, have recently launched a brand new writing competition. Sponsored by Tame Valley Wetlands with total prizes just over £300, the competition is open to everyone.
Pen a short story, maximum 1,500 words, and submit before midnight on January 31st 2017 to be in with a chance of winning. All entries are judged anonymously and winners are to be announced in April. A selection of the best entries will be included in an anthology, to be produced later that year and timed to coincide with a walk around the town where any of the entrants can join us to read their entry inside or outside the venue.

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2016 Shrewsbury Festival of Literature

NOVEMBER 25th – 27th   2016

Shrewsbury’s inaugural Festival of Literature kicks off at the end of November and we have something for everyone.  Festival Patron Jonathan Coe will be in conversation with Paul McVeigh on the opening night (Friday 25th November) and the weekend will finish with the wonderful John Agard (on Sunday 27th) performing his one-man verse play “Roll Over Atlantic”.  Both these events will take place in the beautiful Blackburn Chapel and Theatre in Prestefelde School, London Road and the venue will also play host to best-selling author Louise Doughty on the Saturday night.

Full details of the programmes are available on the website  http://www.shrewsburylitfest.co.uk and tickets may be purchased online or through Pengwern Books, Fish Street, Shrewsbury.  (TEL: 01743 232236)

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2017 Bristol Short Story Prize

The 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries. The competition is open to all writers around the world
whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based, over 16 years of age.

The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) May 3rd 2017. The maximum word limit is 4,000, there is no minimum.
Stories may be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online or by post.
There is an £8.00 entry fee for all stories submitted and entries must be previously unpublished.

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2017 Kent and Sussex Open Poetry Competition

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society OPEN POETRY COMPETITION for 2017 is now accepting entries:

* First Prize: £1000,  2nd: £300,  3rd: £100,  4th: 4 x £50

* Judge: Catherine Smith

* Entry fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each

* Closing date: 31 January 2017

* Entries to: The Competition Organiser, 13 Ruscombe Close, Tunbridge Wells,              TN4 0SG

* Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem


* OR ENTER ON-LINE and pay by Paypal


For more details, go to:


Dreamcatcher Magazine looking for Jacqueline Zacharias

Does anyone know Jacqueline Zacharias? She was longlisted in our 2015 Doris Gooderson short story competition, which is why the editor of Dreamcatcher magazine has approached us. He’s trying to get hold of her. She’s sent him some stories and he’d like to use some in an upcoming issue, but he has no contact details for her!

So, if anyone knows Jacqueline Zacharias, please ask her to get in touch with John Gilham, editor of Dreamcatcher magazine (www.dreamcatchermagazine.co.uk). It’s good news!

Norwich Writers’ Circle Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2016

Norwich Writers’ Circle is proud to announce the launch of its 2016 Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition.  We do hope that this year’s competition will inspire your members to enter a story including a reference to  SHOES, chosen in honour of the historical shoe and boot making trade in Norwich.  Van Dal Shoes, the only remaining working shoe factory in the City, is one of our sponsors, offering vouchers for their footwear to add to our generous  cash prizes.  For full details of how to enter see our blog link at https://norwichwriters.wordpress.com/competitions/open-competition/

The closing deadlines are 17th and 31st JULY and this year the entry fee is £8.  We look forward to receiving your stories…..

The Cheltenham Prize 2016

Cheltenham Writers’ Circle is launching its first open short story competition with cash prizes totalling £150 plus book tokens.  The theme, chosen to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, is ‘What You Will’ – in other words your creativity has no bounds.
Maximum word count is 2,000.
Opening date: 1 March 2016
Closing date: 4 June 2016

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: 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize is open

We have recently launched the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize and

are sending you some details

just in case any of your writing group members may be interested.

To celebrate our new competition Kindle versions of our anthologies, including the latest, are
on special offer at just £0.99p until the end of January! Please click here to visit our page on amazon.co.uk

Here are some details of the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize:


2016 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers.
Stories can be on any theme or subject and
entry can be made online via the website or by
post. Entries must be previously unpublished
with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum).
The entry fee is £8 per story.
The closing date for entries is April 30th 2016.

1st £1000
2nd £700
3rd £400
17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the writers
whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted
writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short
Story Prize Anthology Volume 9.

The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony
in Bristol in October 2016 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched.

The judging panel will be chaired by celebrated writer Tania Hershman. Tania is joined on the panel by
acclaimed writer Niven Govinden, owner of award winning Big Green Bookshop, Simon Key,
and Juliet Pickering, literary agent at Blake Friedmann.

Full details and rules at www.bristolprize.co.uk

2016 Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition

Ware Poets is running its competition for the 18th year, and are delighted that Philip Gross – poet, a playwright, librettist and writer for young people – has agreed to judge the competition. Philip leads the MPhil/PhD in Writing programme at the University of South Wales. He won the T S Eliot Prize 2009 with The Water Table, and Wales Book of The Year 2010 with I Spy Pinhole Eye. This year he published A Fold In The River with artist Valerie Coffin Price (Seren), and a new collection called Love Songs of Carbon (Bloodaxe).

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Jan 2016 – Arvon Wolverhampton – Starting to Write

We’ve received information about a three day course in Wolverhampton, organised by the Arvon foundation, to take palce in January 2016. The details are as follows:

Hello from Arvon. We are running a 3 day writing course in Wolverhampton in January with Liz Berry (Black Country) and Sathnam Sanghera (The Boy With The Topknot). I was wondering whether you would be interested in helping us spread the word about the course. You could mention this to your writing group and/or mention it on social media, an example tweet is written below. We are always delighted to reciprocate with anything you might like to pass on to our networks (we have a 16K mailing list on Twitter or Facebook).

We are also offering two grants worth £200 to encourage writers to apply, to read more about our grants and to download our grant application form, click here. Thecourse details are:


Get started, keep going

Jan 29th – Jan 31st 2016

In partnership with Writing West Midlands

Whether you’re searching for inspiration, need a creative boost, or want help getting your ideas onto the page, you can look no further because Arvon is wrapping up its special ingredients and bringing them to the Arts and Crafts splendor of Bantock House in Wolverhampton for a long weekend of writing.

Led by acclaimed writers, novelist and journalist Sathnam Sanghera and poet Liz Berry, this non-residential course will help you find your writing voice and make it sing. You’ll experience a powerful mix of workshops, one-to-one tutorials, the support of fellow writers and plenty time and space to write. For more information on the course click here.

Course fee:  £285 (lunch and dinner included).

Info / booking: 020 7234 2554 or book online.

2016 Nottingham Writers Club Short Story Competition

The theme of the competition this year is ‘Fire’ which, on the face of it, seems a bit limiting so we asked our members to suggest ways in which it can be used. These are just some of the ones we received:

Bonfire, house fire, barbeque, candle flames, fireworks, firing a gun, canon fire, lightning, brush fire, wood burning stove, coal fire, garden fire, firing someone from work, rockets, St Elmo’s fire, execution by firing squad, burning crop fields, smoke signals, brazier, fire pit, roasting chestnuts on an open fire, volcanic eruption, gas explosion, dynamite, cowboy shoot out, food smoker, sauna, assassination …

We decided to stop there!

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2016 Kent and Sussex Poetry Competition

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society have launched their 2016 Open Poetry competition:

First Prize: £1,000

2nd: £300  3rd: £100  4th: 4 x £50


* Judge: Anne-Marie Fyfe

* Entry fee: £5 per poem, 3 or more poems: £4 each

* Closing date: 31 January 2016

* Entries to:

The Competition Organiser, 13 Ruscombe Close, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 0SG

* Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem

Or enter on-line


2015 Chorley & District Writers’ Circle Short Story Competition

Chorley & District Writers’ Circle launch their annual short story competition with prizes totalling £180.  The theme this year is a little bit different: ‘Chaos in Lancashire’. They are looking for a setting in or strong connection to any part of Lancashire.
Maximum word count is 2,000.
Closing date: 4 Oct 2015
Judge: Shortlist will be judged by the competition’s sponsors: editorial consultancy Fiction Feedback www.fictionfeedback.co.uk
Prizes: £100, £50 and £30
Entry fee: £5 for one story, £9 for two or £13 for three.

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2015 InterAct Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition

Monday the 22nd June saw the launch of the fifth biannual Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition, hosted by the award winning charity InterAct Stroke Support, and proudly sponsored by Oberon Books.

The challenge for writers is to write a piece in any genre in no more than 1000 words. The winner of the competition will receive £1000 and a commission to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. Continue reading

2015 Peace hospice Care Poetry Competition

The Peace Hospice Care poetry competition has just been launched. (Peace Hospice Care is based in Watford).www.peacehospice.co.uk

 The Theme of the competition is ‘Love and Loss’ and we welcome entries. 

The competition will be judged by our Royal Patron HRH Princess Michael of Kent. 

Entrants may see their work in print in a poetry anthology that will be published later this year.

 Please follow the link.