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NovelConfirmed01/01/202101.JanExeter Novel Prize010,000N/A£18£32£500£100£100
5 x £100 for finalists. First 10,000 words of novel INCL synopsis. Unagented writers only
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed01/01/202101.JanThe Wheelbarrow Blog Competition01000BittersweetFreeFree£50N/AN/AUnlimited entries
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Short StoryConfirmed06/01/202101.JanHenshaw Short Story Competition02000N/A£6£12£200£100£50
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Short StoryConfirmed13/01/202101.JanMogford Short Story Prize02500Food and Drink£15£30£10,000£250£250£250 for three runner up stories
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PoetryConfirmed14/01/202101.JanMagma Poetry Competition - Editor's Prize010 linesN/A£5£9£1,000£300£150
Reduced fees for Magma subscribers. £3.50 for third and subsequent poems. NB Submittable gives deadline of 15/1 which usually means before midnight the previous day
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PoetryConfirmed14/01/202101.JanMagma Poetry Competition - Judge's Prize11 lines50 linesN/A£5£9£1,000£300£150
Reduced fees for Magma subscribers. £3.50 for third and subsequent poems. NB Submittable gives deadline of 15/1 which usually means before midnight the previous day
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed16/01/202101.Jan
NAWG 100 x 100 Winter Flash Fiction Competition
100100N/A£3£5£100N/AN/A
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Novella-in-Flash
Confirmed17/01/202101.JanBath Novella-in-Flash Award600018000N/A£16£32£300£100£100
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NovelConfirmed17/01/202101.JanDiscoveries Women's Prize010,000Aimed at adults onlyFreeN/A£5,000CourseCourse
Open to UK and Ireland women residents only. Novel can be unfinished. First prize includes representation by Curtis Brown, runner up and 4 x SL receive mentoring session. Up to 10000 words of novel opening plus up to 1K word synopsis. Unagented, unpublished novelists only.
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed20/01/202101.JanStrands International Flash Fiction Competition3001000N/A£5 / $6.50£5 / $6.50$120$60$30Can send two stories for £5 entry fee
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed22/01/202101.JanThe Book Collector Banquet Competition01000Book-lovers' banquetFreeN/A£500N/AN/A
700-800 words preferred. Any characters allowed: literary, real, alive, dead
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Short StoryConfirmed25/01/202101.JanThe Bournemouth Writing Prize03000N/A£7£14£200N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed30/01/202101.JanThomas Wolfe Fiction Prize03000N/A$25$50$1,000N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202101.JanCranked Anvil Short Story Competition01500N/A£5£8£150£75£30
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202101.JanCrazyhorse Prizes - Fiction025 pagesN/A$20$40$2,000N/AN/AEntry fee includes subscription to CrazyHorse
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Memoir / CNF
Confirmed31/01/202101.JanCrazyhorse Prizes - Non Fiction025 pagesN/A$20$40$2,000N/AN/AEntry fee includes subscription to CrazyHorse
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PoetryConfirmed31/01/202101.JanCrazyhorse Prizes - Poetry1 poem3 poemsN/A$20$40$2,000N/AN/AEntry fee includes subscription to CrazyHorse
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202101.JanDark Tales Short Story Contest05000Horror/Speculative£4£8£100N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202101.JanDreamers Magazine Writing Contest154000
Migration, Sense of Place, Home
$20$40$250 CAD$20 CAD$20 CADEntry includes year subscription to magazine
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/01/202101.JanFiction Factory Flash Fiction Competition01000N/A£5£8£150£50£25
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Memoir / CNF
Confirmed31/01/202101.JanFish Publishing Short Memoir Prize04000N/A18 euros28 euros1000 euros300 euros200 euros
2nd prize includes retreat in Spain; top 10 entries published in anthology
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202101.JanJerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest03000N/AFreeN/A$100N/AN/A
Stories up to 4000 words will be considered but under 3000 is ideal
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/01/202101.JanLancashire Authors' Association FF Competition100100N/A£2£4£100N/AN/A3 for £5
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202101.JanMichael McLaverty Short Story Competition03000N/AFreeN/A£2,000£250£250
Writers must be resident of Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/01/202101.JanOxford Flash Fiction Prize01000N/A£6£10£400£200£100
3 for £14. Low/no income free entry available: apply by 31 Dec. SL offered publication in digital anthology.
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202101.JanParacombe Prize02020N/A£5£10£100£50£25
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Novella Confirmed31/01/202101.JanReflex Press Novella Award 20211500040000N/A
Book purchase
2nd purchase£1,000£500£500
Plus publication with Reflex Press (prize money is an advance). Novellas-in-flash welcome.
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NovelConfirmed31/01/202101.JanRetreat West First Chapter Competition03500N/A£10£20Winner + shortlisted get submission package review
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202101.JanSecret Attic Long Short Story Competition15003000N/A£3£6£100N/AN/AWinners and SL published in printed booklet.
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PoetryConfirmed31/01/202101.Jan
The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition
040 linesN/A£5£10£1,000£300£1004 additional prizes of £50
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202101.Jan
The Masters Review Winter Short Story Competition
06000N/A$20$40$3,000$300$200
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202101.JanThe Stringybark Short Story Award01500Link to Australia$14 AUS$26 AUS$350 AUS$250 AUS$125 AUSAdditional goodies as part of prize bundles
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Memoir / CNF
Confirmed31/01/202101.JanWomen on Writing Creative Essay Contest2001000N/A$12$24$500$300$200Also prizes for runners-up and honourable mentions
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PoetryConfirmed01/02/202102.FebCuirt New Writing Prize - Poetry3 poems3 x 50 linesN/A10 euros20 euros500 eurosN/AN/A
NB 5pm deadline (GMT). Writers with a published collection of poems are not eligible. Some subsidised entries available.
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Short StoryConfirmed01/02/202102.FebCuirt New Writing Prize - Short Story02000N/A10 euros20 euros500 eurosN/AN/A
NB 5 pm deadline (GMT). Writers with a published collection of stories are not eligible. Some subsidised entries available.
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Memoir / CNF
Confirmed01/02/202102.FebSpread the Word Life Writing Prize05000N/AFreeN/A£1,500£500£500
UK, unagented, not-majorly-published writers only. Prize also includes mentorship and courses
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Memoir / CNF
Confirmed02/02/202102.FebCutbank Montana Prize for Creative Nonfiction035 pagesN/A$20N/A$500N/AN/AEntry fee includes subscription to magazine
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Short StoryConfirmed02/02/202102.FebCutbank Montana Prize for Fiction035 pagesN/A$20N/A$500N/AN/AEntry fee includes subscription to magazine
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PoetryConfirmed02/02/202102.FebCutbank Patrician Goedicke Prize for Poetry05 poemsN/A$20N/A$500N/AN/AEntry fee includes subscription to magazine
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Short StoryConfirmed03/02/202102.FebWilliam Van Dyke Short Story Prize05500N/A$20$40$1,500$300N/AEntry also purchases PDF copy of prize issue
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PoetryConfirmed05/02/202102.FebElmbridge Literary Competition - Poetry030 linesMusic£5N/A£250£150£100
5 pm deadline. See separate, free-to-enter comps for U19s. £50 book token for best story/poem by Elmbridge resident.
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Short StoryConfirmed05/02/202102.FebElmbridge Literary Competition - Short Story01500Music£5N/A£250£150£100
5 pm deadline. See separate, free-to-enter comps for U19s. £50 book token for best story/poem by Elmbridge resident.
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed07/02/202102.FebBath Flash Fiction Award0300N/A£9£15£1,000£300£100Early bird entry fee discount
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NovelConfirmed12/02/202102.FebThe Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize40 pages50 pagesN/AFreeN/A£1,500ConsultationConsultation
NB 12 noon deadline. Open to women writers resident in UK or Ireland. Submit a 3-5 page synopsis and first 40-50k words.
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Short StoryConfirmed12/02/202102.FebWriters' and Artists' Short Story Competition02000N/AFreeN/AArvon coursePublicationPublication
Course worth £1000. Open internationally but winner will have to pay for travel.
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed15/02/202102.Feb
National Flash Fiction Day Microfiction Competition
0100N/A£2£3.75£150£100£503 entries for £5.25
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed15/02/202102.FebThe Molotov Cocktail Flash Villain Contest01000
Villain: an antagonistic force
$8$16$300$200$100
Procrastinator's special' for slightly late entries at a higher fee. 750 words and fewer tend to do better.
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Short StoryConfirmed17/02/202102.FebNewcastle Short Story Award02000N/A$16.50 AUS$33.00 AUS$3000 AUS$1500 AUS$1000 AUSAlso $500 and $300 highly commended prizes
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed23/02/202102.FebFree Flash Fiction Competition Two100300N/A£1£2£75N/AN/A
Opens 5 Jan; 2 x Commended and 2 x Shortlisted stories published on the FFF website
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Short StoryConfirmed26/02/202102.Feb
CWA Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition
03500Mystery/Crime£12£24£500N/AN/A
NB 6pm deadline. Winner's prize also includes weekend passes to CrimeFest 2022 and Margery Allingham books.
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed28/02/202102.FebBlinkpot Flash Fiction Spring Award80100N/AFreeN/A£200N/AN/A
Opens 1st Feb. They also run monthly (no prize) fun Twitter comps: see link for details.
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed28/02/202102.FebCranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition0500N/A£3£5£100£25N/A
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Short StoryConfirmed28/02/202102.FebExeter Writers Short Story Competition03000N/A£7£14£700£250£100£100 Prize for best Devon writer
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed28/02/202102.FebFish Publishing Flash Fiction Prize0300N/A14 euros22 euros1000 euros300 eurosFree courseTop 10 stories published in anthology
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Short StoryConfirmed28/02/202102.FebFlash 500 Short Story Competition10003000N/A£7£12£500£200£100£16 for three, £20 for four entries
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed28/02/202102.FebReflex Fiction Flash Spring 180360N/A£7£14£1,200£600£300
£150 for fourth place. Now choose your own entry fee (fees quoted are recommended only)
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Short StoryConfirmed28/02/202102.FebScottish Arts Trust Story Awards02000N/A£10£20£1,000£500£250£750 for unpublished Scottish author
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed28/02/202102.FebWomen on Writing Flash Fiction Contest250750N/A$10$20$400$300$200Also prizes for runners-up and honourable mentions
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Short StoryConfirmed01/03/202103.MarBridgend Writers Open Writing Competition15001800N/A£5£7.50£100£50£30
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PoetryConfirmed01/03/202103.MarRialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition040 lines
Any aspect of nature & place
£7£11£1,000£500£250Some free entries available to low income writers
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed05/03/202103.MarBerkeley Fiction Review Sudden Fiction Contest01000N/A$5$10$150$100$50Honourable mentions get $25
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Short StoryConfirmed05/03/202103.MarOn the Premises Short Story Contest10005000RepairsFreeN/A$250$200$150$75 to honourable mentions
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Short StoryConfirmed07/03/202103.MarFowey Festival Short Story Competition01500Title: Breaking Point£10N/A£200£100N/A
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Short StoryConfirmed09/03/202103.MarBBC National Short Story Award08000N/AFreeN/A£15,000£600£600
£600 for four shortlisted authors. NB 9 am deadline. Previously published (see rules) British nationals and UK residents only.
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Short StoryConfirmed09/03/202103.MarWild Hunt Short Story Competition5003000
Weird, surreal, the other, imaginary worlds
£4£8£200£100Copy of novel
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Short StoryConfirmed12/03/202103.Mar
Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition
02500N/A£5£10£150£50£30Deadline 5 pm UK time
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Short StoryConfirmed15/03/202103.MarHarper's Bazaar Short Story Competition02200ThreadsFreeN/AHotel stayN/AN/A
Prize is two-night stay for two at The Mitre in Hampton Court (UK Residents only)
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed16/03/202103.MarBIFFY50 Microfiction Competition0100HopeFreeN/A£75N/AN/A
Must recommend a flash by a UK or Irish writer: see link for details. Word count INCLUDES title.
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Short StoryConfirmed16/03/202103.MarPhoebe Journal Fiction Contest05000N/A$7$14$500N/AN/A
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Essay/CNF/Memoir
Confirmed16/03/202103.MarPhoebe Journal Nonfiction Contest05000N/A$7$14$500N/AN/A
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PoetryConfirmed16/03/202103.MarPhoebe Journal Poetry Contest0
3-5 poems, 10 pgs
N/A$7$14$500N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed17/03/202103.MarSilver Apples Short Story Competition15005000
Stories that have been rejected elsewhere
10 euros20 euros200 euros125 euros65 euros
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Short StoryConfirmed19/03/202103.MarThe Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction250012500N/A$17$34$2,000N/AN/A
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed28/03/202103.MarRetreat West Themed Flash Competition0500A circus£8£16£200£100£100
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ProseConfirmed30/03/202103.Mar
Exisle Academy "When the Machine Arrived" Open-Form Writing Competition
01500
When the Machine Arrived
FreeFree
$1000 / £725
N/AN/A
Multiple entries welcome. NB deadline is 23:59 Sydney time.
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/03/202103.MarAn Axe to Grind Flash Fiction Contest01000N/A$5 CAD$10 CAD$700 CAD$200 CAD$100 CAD
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Short StoryConfirmed31/03/202103.MarArts & Letters Prize for Fiction025 pagesN/A$20$40$1,000N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed31/03/202103.MarBethlehem Writers Short Story Award02000An element of mystery$10$20$250$100$50
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/03/202103.MarErnest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize01500N/A$10$20$200N/AN/A
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PoetryConfirmed31/03/202103.MarFish Publishing Poetry Prize060 linesN/A14 euros22 euros1000 eurosretreat200 euros
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/03/202103.MarFlash 500 Flash Fiction Competition0500N/A£5£8£300£200£100
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Short StoryConfirmed31/03/202103.MarGemini Magazine Short Story Contest66000N/A$8$16$1,000$100$253x $25 for honourable mentions
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Short StoryConfirmed31/03/202103.MarHenshaw Short Story Competition02000N/A£6£12£200£100
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Short StoryConfirmed31/03/202103.MarL. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest017000Science Fiction / FantasyFreeN/A$1,000$750$500
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Short StoryConfirmed31/03/202103.MarPressfuls Short Story Contest200010000Horror / FantasyFreeN/A$50N/AN/A
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Various micro
Confirmed31/03/202103.MarSunspot Lit 'Geminga' Contest0100N/A$6$12$500N/AN/A
100 words of fiction / non-fiction OR 140 characters of micropoetry (includes spaces etc)
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/03/202103.MarThe 1000 Word Herd Competition01000
Individual prompts emailed to you
$8.79 / £6.59*
N/A$125$75$50
Estimated fee based on exchange rate 1st Mar. 4th - 10th place $15; 11th - 25th $10. Register by 31/3. Receive prompts (person and object/situation) on 3 April and submit by 00.01 10 April EST. Feedback provided to ALL participants.
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Short StoryConfirmed31/03/202103.MarThe Julia and Martin Wilson Short Story Prize02000N/A£10£20£400N/AN/A
NB 5 pm deadline. Free entries for young writers to separate strand of competition with £100 and £50 prizes.
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PoetryConfirmed31/03/202103.MarThe Lascaux Prize in Poetry0N/AN/A$15$15$1,000$100$100Each entry fee pays for 5 poems. Previously published accepted
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Short StoryConfirmed31/03/202103.MarThe Short Fiction / University of Essex Prize05000N/A£7 / £9£14 / £18£500£250N/A
Lower entry fee for early submissions / Free entry for 25 low-income writers
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Short StoryConfirmed31/03/202103.MarWriters Bureau Short Story Competition02000N/A£5£10£300£200£100£50 for 4th place
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Short StoryConfirmed31/03/202103.MarWriteTime Short Story Competition01500N/A£3£5£50£25£25Writers over 60 years old
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/03/202103.MarZizzle Literary Flash Fiction Contest5001000
Include dialogue prompt provided
$5$10$1000$500$150Stories must appeal to readers from age 11 upwards
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PoetryConfirmed01/04/202104.AprNew South Poetry Contest1 poem3 poemsN/A$9/18$18/36$1,000$250N/ANon-discounted fee includes annual subscription.
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ProseConfirmed01/04/202104.AprNew South Writing Contest07500N/A$9/18$18/36$1,000$250N/A
Non-discounted fee includes annual subscription. Short stories and non-fiction
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Short StoryConfirmed01/04/202104.AprThe Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize02500
Untamed: On Wilderness and Civilization
FreeN/A£10,000£3,000£2,000
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EssayConfirmed01/04/202104.AprThe Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize02500
Untamed: On Wilderness and Civilization
FreeN/A£10,000£3,000£2,000
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PoetryConfirmed01/04/202104.AprWergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest0250 linesHumorous poemsFreeN/A$2000$500$100$100 x 10 for HMs. Previously published accepted.
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NovelConfirmed07/04/202104.AprKilling It:The Killer Reads CompetitionUp to 10000Crime / suspense / thrillerFreeN/A
Editorial package
Editorial package
Editorial package
Plus one page synopsis (max 500 words). For undiscovered writers resident in UK. 3 winners receive full manuscript editorial report and mentoring from HarperFiction.