Writing Competitions (International & UK)

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The following list consists of links to submission calendars for UK and International writing competitions. These links will be regularly updated.

January

1st January 2017 – Exeter Novel Prize

6th January 2017 – Georgina Henry/Women in Journalism Award for Innovation

9th January 2017 – Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize

9th January 2017 – Templar Poetry Portfolio Awards

9th January 2017 – The Feature Script Competition

12th January 2017 – Orwell Prize

15th January 2017 – Basil Bunting Poetry Award

15th January 2017 – Keats-Shelley Prize

16th January 2017 – Magma Poetry Competition

20th January 2017- National Memory Day Creative Writing Competition

20th January 2015 – KISHBOO Short Story Competition

23rd January 2017 – Wilbur Smith Prizes

29th January 2017 – Strokestown International Poetry Prize

30th January 2017 – Open House 2017

30th January 2017 – The Red Planet Prize

31st January 2017 – Arundel Festival Theatre Trail Writers’ Competition

31st January 2017 – Bath Flash Fiction Novella in Flash

31st January 2017 – Caine Prize for African Writing

TBC 31st January 2017 – Dundee International Book Prize

TBC January 2017 – BBC International Playwriting Competition

31st January 2017 – Fish Short Memoir Contest

31st January 2017 – Hippocrates Prize

31st January 2017 – Plough Prize

TBC 31st January 2017 – Plymouth Writers’ Group Open Competition

31st January 2017 – Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet

31st January 2017- Poetry Business New Poet’s Prize

31st January 2017 – Teignmouth Poetry Festival Competition

31st January 2015 – British Haiku Awards

31st January 2015 – The Caine Prize for African Writing

31st January 2015 – Chudleigh Phoenix Annual Short Story Competition

31st January 2015 – Fish Prize for Memoir

31st January 2015 – James White Award

31st January 2015 – Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition

31st January 2015 – New Venture Theatre and Sussex Playwrights Ten-Minute Play Competition

31st January 2015 – Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award

February

2nd February 2017 – Northern Writers’ Awards

TBC 10th February 2017 – Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize

13th February 2017 – Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2017 Short Story Competition

14th February 2017 – Spotlight First Novel Competition

TBC 14th February 2017 – York Literature Festival/YorkMix Poetry Competition

TBC 17th February 2017 – Christopher Tower Poetry Competition

20th February 2017 – Reader’s Digest 100-word Competition

20th February 2017 – Emerging Writer Award

28th February 2017- Artificium Short Stories and In Brief

28th February 2017 – Exeter Writers Short Story Competition

28th February 2017 – Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award

28th February 2017  – Crime Writers Association Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

28th February 2017 – Fish Flash Fiction Contest

28th February 2017 – Kelpies Prize

TBC 28th February 2017 – Papatango New Writing Prize

28th February 2017 – The Bristol Poetry Prize

28th February 2017 – Writers Bureau Annual Short Story

28th February 2015 – Fish Prize for Flash Fiction

28th February 2015 – Dark Tales Short Story Competition 

28th February 2015 – Exeter Writers Short Story Competition

28th February 2015 – The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition

28th February 2015 – Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

28th February 2015 – Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition

28th February 2015  – Lewis Wright Short Story Competition

28th February 2015  – Herbert Spencer Poetry Competition

28th February 2015 – Kelpies Prize

March

1st March 2017 – New Welsh Writing Awards

1st March 2017 – Bridgend Writers’ Circle Open Writing Competition

TBC 1st March 2017 – Edge Hill Short Story Prize

TBC 2nd March 2017 – Gordon Burn Prize

3rd March 2017 – Neil Gunn Writing Competition

5th March 2017 – Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing

13th March 2017 – Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition

15th March 2017 – Limnisa Short Story Competition

15th March 2017 – The Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize

TBC 16th March 2017 – Fowey Festival Short Story Competition

TBC 21st March 2017 – Jane Martin Poetry Prize

TBC 21st March 2017 – Straid Collection Award

27th March 2017 – Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition

30th March 2017 – Caterpillar International Poetry Prize

31st March 2017 – Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize

31st March 2017 – Crawshay Cup Competition

TBC 31st March 2017 – Forward Prizes for Poetry

31st March 2017 – Fish Poetry Competition

31st March 2017 – Francis MacManus Short Story Competition

31st March 2017 – Rubery Book Award

31st March 2017 – University of Plymouth Short Fiction Prize

TBC 31st March 2017 – Warwick Prize for Writing

31st March 2017 – The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

31st March 2017 – The Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing

1st March 2015 – The Word Hut 17th Short Story Writing Competition

1st March 2015 – Michael Murphy Memorial Prize

5th March 2015 – Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama 2012

16th March 2015 – Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition

16th March 2015  – The Crime Writers’ Association’s Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

23rd March 2015 – Straid Collection Award

30th March 2015 – Fish Prize for Poetry

31st March 2015 – The Henshaw Competition

31st March 2015 – Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize

2015 TBC – Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets

April

1st April 2017 – Wergle Flomp Hunor Poetry Competition

TBC 1st April 2017 – Colm Toibin International Short Story Award

TBC 11th April 2017 – Elizabeth Jolley Short Poetry Prize

15th April 2017 – Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

24th April 2017 – Bath Novel Award

TBC 29th April 2017 – Bristol Short Story Prize

29th April 2017 – Red Shed Open Poetry Competition

30th April – Bath Short Story Award

30th April 2017 – Divine Chocolate Poetry Competition

TBC 30th April 2017 – Wainwright Prize for Nature and Travel Writing

30th April 2017 – Exeter Story Prize

30th April 2017 – Grey Hen Poetry Competition

30th April 2017 – Luna Press Writers & Illustrators Contest

30th April 2017 -Momaya Press Short Story Competition

30th April 2017 – Overton Poetry Prize

30th April 2017 – Poetry on the Lake International

30th April 2017 – Tom Howard/John H Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

30th April 2017 – Swanwick Short Story & Writing for Children Competitions

17th April 2015 – The Dickens Prize

20th April 2015 – KISHBOO Short Story Competition

30th April 2015 – Poetic Republic Poetry Prize

30th April 2015 – Poetic Republic Short Story Prize

30th April 2015 – Momaya Short Story Competition

30th April 2015 – Dark Tales Short Story Competition

30th April 2015 – Writers Bureau Limerick Competition

30th April 2015 – Southport Writers’ International Poetry Competition

30th April 2015 – Bristol Short Story Prize

May

1st May 2017 – Sunday Times/Peter Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year

TBC 27th May 2017 – Wigtown Poetry Competition

28th May 2017 – International Welsh Poetry Competition

TBC 30th May 2017 – Nick Darke Award

31st May 2017 – The Yeovil Literary Prize

31st May 2017 – Bridport Prize

31st May 2017 – Cinnamon Press Short Story Prize

31st May 2017 – Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition

31st May 2017 – Frogmore Poetry Prize

TBC 31st May 2017 – Frome Festival Short Story Competition

31st May 2017 – Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award

31st May 2017 – Writers Bureau Spring Flash Fiction Competition

1st May 2015 – RTE Radio Francis MacManus Short Story Competition

1st May 2015 – The Plough Prize Short Story Competition

15th June 2015 – Curry Mallet Adults’ Short Story Competition

28th May 2015 – Short Story Competition with Mardibooks and IdeasTap

31st May 2015 – Yeovil Literary Prize – Short Story

31st May 2015 – Dark Tales Short Story Competition

31st May 2015 – Frogmore Poetry Prize

31st May 2015 – The Bridport Prize

31st May 2015 – Writers Reign Short Story

31st May 2015 – Cinnamon Press Annual Short Story Prize

31st May 2015 – The Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition

31st May 2015 – Inspired by Tragore

June

TBC 1st June 2017 – Samuel Taylor Coleridge Memorial Poetry Prize

1st June 2017 – Sunderland Short Story Award

TBC 1st June 2017 – Wirral Festival of Firsts Open Poetry Competition

TBC 5th June 2017 – Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

12th June 2017 – Mslexia Women’s Pamphlet Competition

12th June 2017 – Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition

TBC 15th June 2017 – George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition

TBC 16th June 2017 – VS Pritchett Memorial Prize

TBC 17th June 2017 – Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition

TBC 18th June 2017 – McLellan Poetry Prize

27th June 2017 – Templar Short Fiction Prize

30th June 2017 – British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition

TBC 30th June 2017 – Commonwealth Diversity Writing for Children Prize

30th June 2017 – Battered Moons Poetry Competition

30th June 2017 – King’s Cross Award

30th June 2017 – Moth International Short Story Prize

30th June 2017 – North Street Book Prize

TBC 30th June 2017 – Wells Festival of Literature Short Story Competition

TBC 30th June 2017 – Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition

TBC 30th June 2017 – Wells Festival of Literature A Book for Children

TBC 30th June 2017 – Greenhouse Funny Prize

TBC 30th June 2017 – William Soutar Writing Prize

5th June 2015 – Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

2015 TBC – Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition

2015 TBC – Mxlexia Poetry Pamphlet Competition

2015 TBC – British Czech & Slovak Association Writing Competition

21st June 2016 – Troubadour International Poetry Prize

30th June 2015 – British Fantasy Society Short Story Prize

30th June 2015 – Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award

July

1st July 2016 – Impress Prize for New Writers

7th July 2016 – Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition

11th July 2016 – Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition

15th July 2016 – The 2016 Wasafiri New Writing Prize

17th July 2016 – HG Wells Short Story Competition

26th July 2016 – Black Country Living Museum Poetry Competition

29th July 2016 – Ilkley Literature Festival Short Story and Poetry Competitions

31st July 2016 – Ink Tears Flash Fiction

31st July 2016 -Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

31st July 2016 – Sherborne Literary Society Competition

31st July 2016 – HISSAC Annual Open Short Story

TBC July 2016  – The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition

31st July 2016 – Cinnamon Press Annual Debut Novel Prize

August

1st August 2016 – Luke Bitmead Bursary for New Writers

5th August 2016 – Costa Short Story Award

15th August 2016 – Torbay Festival of Poetry

16th August 2016 – Elbow Room Competition

21st August 2016 – Val Wood Prize

31st August 2016 – Sunday Times/EFG Bank Short Story Award

31st August 2016 – Terence Rattigan Society Award

31st August 2016 – Exeter Flash Fiction Competition

31st August 2016 – Poetry and Politics Competition

31st August 2016 – Aesthetica Creative Writing Competitions

31st August 2016 – Second light Poetry Competition for Short and Long Poems by Women

31st August 2016 – HISSAC Annual Open Short Story Competition

September

1st September 2016 – The Cheshire Prize for Literature

5th September 2016 – Arkbound Short Story Competition

TBC 5th September 2016 – Wellcome Book Prize

15th September 2016 – Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize

TBC 16th September 2016 – London Short Story Prize

17th September 2016 – Imison Award

19th September 2016 – Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition

23rd September 2016 – Manchester Fiction and Poetry Prizes

23rd September 2016 – Chorleywood Literary Festival Writing Competition

24th September 2016 – Mere Literary Festival Write in the Week Competition

30th September 2016 – Caterpillar Short Story Prize

TBC 30th September 2016 – Buxton Poetry Competition

30th September 2016 – The New Children’s Author Prize

30th September 2016 – Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

30th September 2016 – Writers Bureau Annual Poetry Competition

October

1st October 2016 – Firstwriter International Poetry Competition

1st October 2016 – Red Dragonfly New Writing Competition

1st October 2016 – Resurgence Poetry Prize

1st October 2016 – The Prolitzer Prize for Prose Writing

10th October 2016 – East London Writeidea Prize

14th October 2016 – Women in Comedy Festival Competition

16th October 2016 – Bath Flash Fiction Award

17th October 2016 – Iota Shots Award

20th October 2015 – KISHBOO Short Story Competition

28th October 2016 – Poetry Rivals

30th October 2016 – UGC International Literary Prize

31st October 2016 – Troubadour International Poetry Prize

31st October 2016 – Eric Gregory Award

31st October 2016 – McKitterick Prize

31st October 2016 – Earlyworks Press Short Story Competition

31st October 2016 – Bare Fiction Prize

31st October 2016 – Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize

31st October 2016 – Cannon Poets Sonnet or not

31st October 2016 – Flambard Poetry Prize

31st October 2016 – Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition

31st October 2016 – London Magazine Short Story Competition

31st October 2016 – The National Association of Writers’ Groups Open Writing Competitions

31st October 2016 – Poetry Society National Poetry Competition

31st October 2016 – SCPSW Annual Children’s Short Story Competition

31st October 2016 – Sussex Playwrights Club Constance Cox Playwriting Competition

31st October 2016 – Tom Gallon Trust Awards

31st October 2016 – WOW! Awards

November

1st November 2016 – Caledonia Novel Prize

1st November 2016 – Commonwealth Short Story Prize

1st November 2016 – Scribble Annual Short Story Competition

1st November 2015 – The Betty Haigh Shakespeare Prize 

12th November 2016 – Writeabridge International Poetry Competition

15th November 2016 – Words and Women Writing Competition

19th November 2016 – Tell a Tale

20th November 2016 – Bath Children’s Novel Award

2015 TBC – Iota Shots Poetry Pamphlet Awards

2015 TBC – Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition

30th November 2016 – Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition

30th November 2016 – Fish Short Story Prize

30th November 2016  – Cinnamon Press Mini Competition

2015 TBC – The Plough Prize

2015 TBC – St. Andrews Day Short Story Competition

30th November 2016 – Betty Trask Prize and Awards

3oth November 2016 – Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Prize

30th November 2016 – Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize

30th November 2016 – Ink Tears Short Story Competition

30th November 2016 – Jhalak Prize

30th November 2016 – Aeon Award

30th November 2016 – The Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism

30th November 2016 – The Artificium Signo Novella Prize

30th November 2016 – WriteStars The Final Word Competition

30th November 2016 – UK International Novel Writing Competition

30th November 2016 – Writers Bureau Autumn Flash Fiction Competition

December

1st December 2015 – Earlyworks Press Web Poetry Competition

1st December 2016 – The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

18th December 2016 – Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition

31st December 2016 – Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

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