This weekend I submitted two pieces of flash fiction to UK writing competitions. I’ve also been beavering away on a 5000-ish word short story. It feels sooooo good to be writing again! I spent hours looking for competitions to enter, so thought I’d write up a list for others in the same boat.
- Always thoroughly read the guidelines before submitting your entry.
- I’ve only included comps open to unpublished writers.
- I shall update this list as and when new competitions are announced.
- Best of luck!
UK Writing Competitions ending February 2019
The 2019 Life Writing Prize| Closes: 11:59pm 1st February | Free entry | 5000 words max of writing intended to be true, reflects someone’s own life journey or experiences *NOT fiction | 1st prize: £1500 Avron course, development meeting with an editor and agent, two highly commended: £500 | winners will receive two mentoring sessions and a development meeting with an editor and agent.
Bath Flash Fiction Award | Closes: midnight 10th February | £9 one entry, £15 two, £18 three | 1st prize: £1000, 2nd prize: £300, 3rd prize: £100 third, £30 two commended, 50 authors offered anthology print publication, with all published authors shipped a free print copy.
Writers & Artists Short Story Competition | Closes: midnight 13th February | Free to enter | Prize: a place on one of Arvon’s four or six day Clockhouse writing retreats, as well as seeing your story published on the W&A website| 2000 words max
The Tangerine | Closes: 22nd Feb | Free to enter | 6000 words max
The Tangerine particularly welcomes submissions from women, people of colour, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities
Scottish Book Trust | monthly prompt for 50 word piece of flash fiction | no fee | prize: mug from The Literary Gift Company
UK Writing Competitions ending March 2019
The White Review | Closes: 5pm on 4th March | Entry fee: £15 (proceeds go to their charity)| 2000 words min, 7000 words max
The Short Story | Closes: midnight on 31st March | Entry fee: £5 | 1st prize £400, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £50, plus up to five highly commended prizes of £25 each | 400 words max
UK Writing Competitions ending April 2019
Bath Short Story | Closes: midnight on 15th April| Entry fee: £8| 1st prize £1200, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £100, plus £50 for the local prize| 2200 words max
UK Writing Competitions ending May 2019
The Bridport Prize (Novel Extract Award) | Closes 31st May | Fee: £20 | 300 word synopsis and 8000 word extract | 1st prize: £1000 and mentoring, 2nd Prize: £500 and full manuscript assessment, 3 awards of £100 and 50 page manuscript assessment
The Bridport Prize (Flash Fiction) | Closes 31st May | Fee: £9 | 250 words max| 1st prize: £1000, 2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: £250, 3 highly commended prizes of £100
The Bridport Prize (Short Story) | Closes 31st May | Fee: £12 | 5000 words max| 1st prize: £5000, 2nd prize: £1000, 3rd prize: £500, 10 highly commended prizes of £100 | The winning and highly commended stories, poems and flash fiction will be published in the Bridport Prize anthology each year.
The winning Bridport stories and shortlist will be read by leading London literary agents A.M. Heath with a view to representing writers.
The London Independent Story Prize (LISP) | Closes 6th May | Fees: £5-12 | 300 words max| Prize: £200| All entrants will be considered for print and/or digital publication in the forthcoming London Independent Story Prize Anthology.
UK Writing Competitions ending June 2019
Bath Novel Award | Closes: 2nd June | Entry fee: £25 | 1st prize: £2500 and literary agent introductions and manuscript feedback, 2nd prize: literary agent introductions and manuscript feedback, 3rd prize: online place on editing course worth £1800 | send one page synopsis and first 5000 words of your unpublished or self-published novel (must be over 50,000 words in total)