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The British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition 2015

Are you the next George R.R. Martin, Terry Pratchett or J.R.R. Tolkien?

Then make your fantasy a reality with the BFS Short Story Competition 2015.

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Vogue Talent Contest 2015

Do you have an eye for fashion and a passion for journalism? Do you dream of a career in the bustle and glamour of glossy magazines?

Then Vogue’s 2015 Talent Contest is your calling. Read more…

Welcome to the Benchmark Creative Writing Competition

This competition is a fundraising collaboration between Willow Burn Hospice and writer Rachel Cochrane, inspired by Rachel’s latest drama, Benchmark.

This writing competition requires you to:

Imagine you had a bench dedicated to you

What would it say on the plaque? (30 words max)

Where would it be?

Why have you chosen that particular place? (200 words max)

We want you to express this in the present tense, celebrating the person that you are now.

For further details on how to enter this competition, please follow the link below.

About the Benchmark Creative Writing Competition


The 2014/15 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition

The 2014/15 International Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition is now open for entries.

The 29th annual international Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition invites entrants to submit a collection of 20-24 pages of poems for the chance to win publication by smith|doorstop, a share of £2,000 ($3,250) and other prizes.

Please see link below for further details on how to enter the competition.



Open House 2015: The Interpreter’s House Poetry Competition

Interpreter’s House is running a poetry competition with a top prize of £500. The deadline is February 2015 so plenty of time to get writing.

lizThe competition will be judged by poet. Liz Berry who received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009, an Arvon-Jerwood mentorship in 2011 and won the Poetry London competition in 2012. Her pamphlet The Patron Saint of Schoolgirls was published by Tall-Lighthouse in 2010. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, been broadcast on BBC radio and recorded for The Poetry Archive. She works as the assistant poetry editor at Ambit magazine. Her debut collection Black Country, published by Chatto in summer 2014, was winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

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Manchester Writing Competition 2014

The deadline for the 2014 Manchester Writing Competition – August 29 – is fast approaching. This brilliant prize has three sections: Poetry, Fiction and Writing for Children. Lots of prize money, eminent judges. All the details here.

Exciting competition for playwrights aged 18-25

Finding Words  – a new writing initiative
The Ashton Group is searching for a new stage play with which to tour the North West, professionally produced by its acclaimed Apprenticed Actors Company. The one act play should have a running time of 60 minutes.The play should be written for four young actors: 2 male, 2 female. If practicable, these four actors can play any number of different characters. The writer should be no older than 25. The play can be upon any theme or subject.


Selection Process:
All writers should submit before the deadline below a synopsis including plot and character outline, and thefirst ten pages of their play. Four writers will then be given the opportunity to expand their work into a full length piece with the support and guidance of a professional mentor. One of these plays will then be selected to go into development for production by the Apprenticed Actor Company. All writers will be offered feedback on their work.
Deadline for submissions: Friday 11th July 2014
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Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2014 open for entries

Wasifiri is looking for creative submissions in one of three categories: poetry, fiction and life writing.

The competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book in their chosen category. To enter, simply complete an entry form and send it along with your work and entry fee to Wasafiri by 5pm GMT on Friday 25 July 2014. The word limit is 3000 for fiction and life writing entries and a maximum of 5 poems (other terms and conditions apply). The prize is £300 and publication in the magazine. This year’s judges are Susheila Nasta, Editor of Wasafiri, Bidisha, Inua Ellams and Monique Roffey. For further details go to

Four days left to enter the York Mix/ York Lit Fest 2014 Poetry Competition

Here is the lovely judge, Carole Bromley, waiting to read your poetry submissions.

Fabulous cash prizes and a chance to read your poem at the York Literature Festival.

Find out more here. 

One for the girls – Mslexia Short Story Competition 2014

Mslexia Short Story Competition 2014

A fabulous cash prize of £2000 in Mslexia’s competition for unpublished short stories of up to 2,200 words on any subject.

1st prize: £2,000

Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Chawton House
, and a day with a Virago editor

2nd prize: £500

3rd prize: £250

Three other finalists each receive £100

Closing date: 17 March 2014