Monday Roundup!

Writing can be difficult and lonely and a bit hard at times but can be so worth it when you see your story in print. So, off you go now, enter all the competitions. Even though it can be slightly terrifying to put yourself out there! Also a gentle but consistent reminder of our “105” competition that’s running again this year.

Submission Calls
Flash Fiction Competitions
Short Story Competitions
Poetry Competitions
Playwriting Competitions
Novel Writing Competitions
Novella Submissions and Competitions
Grants and Residencies

As always, contact us with anything you feel should be included!


Submission Calls

Skylight 47
Deadline: 1 June
Looking for: Send up to four poems, along with a short biographical note (no more than 60 words please!). Poems to be no longer than 40 lines and should be previously unpublished.

Wild Words Volume 4
Deadline: Friday 3rd June, 2016
Looking for: New writing by young adults aged 14 to 18 years from all over Ireland. Those selected will have their work published and be invited to a FREE two-day writing masterclass with some of Ireland’s leading authors at the festival in Leitrim on Sat 13th & Sun 14th August 2016. There is no fee to enter and you may enter as many pieces as you wish.

Poetry Submissions: Strange Bedfellows
Deadline: 15 June 2016.
Looking for: Send up to 6 poems to poetry@headstuff.org, marked Strange Bedfellows. Max. 40 lines.

Mslexia Themed Writing
Deadline: 5 September 2016
Looking for: Stories up to 2,200 words and poems up to 40 lines on the theme of erotic passion. Requited or unrequited, chaste or salacious, enacted or just dreamed about, take us on a walk to the wild side of your romantic imagination.

Mslexia Themed Writing
Deadline:5 December 2016
Looking for: Stories up to 2,200 words and poems up to 40 lines about the commission, planning and/or consequences of a heinous or illegal act. Appal yourself, or simply have fun, exploring the darker impulses of the human psyche.

Tales From The Forest
Deadline: Sunday 19th June.
Looking for: Theme: monsters. The title is ‘Where Monsters Live.’ Welcome poetry, fiction, artwork or any mixing of mediums to tell a story. No limitations on poetry or visual art, but stories should be limited to 1,000 words.

Into The Void Magazine
Deadline: June 25th, 2016
Looking for: Short stories, flash fiction, non-fiction and poetry in various lengths for Issue One.

The Galway Review
Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for: Submissions from all countries, as long as they are written in English or Irish. Send your piece of writing, a bio in third person with 60-70 words and your photo, along with your phone number and address.

Flash Fiction Online
Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for: Publish stories from 500 to 1,000 words, not concerned about genre, pay $60 per story

The Atlantic
Deadline: ongoing
Looking for: nonfiction, fiction, and poetry

The Grind
Deadline: Ongoing
Notes: Audio recordings of poetry, prose, or music.

Prole
Deadline: Ongoing
Notes: Poetry and Prose, short stories upper word limit of 7500 words, small collection of up to five pieces,

The New York Times
Deadline: Ongoing
Notes: Modern Love are interested in receiving deeply personal essays about contemporary relationships, marriage, dating, parenthood…any subject that might reasonably fit under the heading “Modern Love.” 1500-1700 words

Unbuild Walls
Deadline: Ongoing
Notes: Speculative literary fiction up to 5,000 words.

The Future Fire
Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for: social-political elements of imaginary, futuristic, fantastic, horrifying, surreal or otherwise speculative universes. We are particularly interested in feminist, queer, postcolonial and ecological themes, writing by under-represented voices, and stories from outside the Anglophone world.

Headstuff
Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for: PoetryStuff including literature and poetry (see submission guidelines)

Anomaly
Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for: For poetry submissions, we ask that you send a cover letter with a brief bio, with no more than five poems, For fiction, commentary & narrative non-fiction no more than five pieces per submission (as an attachment) and include a cover letter, and a short bio, 2,000-3,000 words per piece.

Poetry Ireland Review
Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for:Send a maximum of six poems, Keep a hard copy / digital copy of each submission, Poems should be original, and previously unpublished, Editor, currently Vona Groarke, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Ireland,
32 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.


Flash Fiction

The 2016 WoW! One thousand word story competition
Deadline: 31st May 2016
Prizes: First Prize – £200 Second Prize – £100 Third Prize – £50
Notes: Entry fee is £5. The title is not included in the 1,000 words.

The Big Smoke 105 Competition
Deadline: June 6th 2016
Prizes: Big Smoke Writing School gift voucher, published on pastcards that are handed out on the day, the chance to read your story at the National Flash Fiction Day event FlashDash.
Notes: only 105 words (including title), 2 stories max can be sent (in separate emails please!) to flash@bigsmokewritingfactory.com with the subject The 105.

The Brighton Prize
Deadline: 10th June.
Prizes: Winning flash fiction story: £100
Two runners up: £50 each.
Notes: 350 words maximum, entry fee is £6.

Ad Hoc Fiction
Deadline: Weekly ongoing
Prizes: Free entry into the Bath Flash Fiction award.
Notes: Weekly, free to enter, flash fiction competition

99 words
Deadline: Monthly ongoing
Prizes: The winning entry will be published on the website.
Notes: 99 words or less on the monthly theme.

1000 Word Challenge
Deadline:31 May 2016
Prizes: 1st prize is £100, 2nd prize is £50, 3rd prize is £25.
Notes: A new competition with a different theme every three months. Current Theme is Lift.

The Bridport Prize
Deadline: Tue 31st May 2016
Prizes: 1st prize £1,000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £250, Highly Commended 3 x £100
Notes: Flash fiction: 250 words maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the word count, entry fee is £8 for each submitted flash fiction

Bath Flash Fiction Award
Deadline: June 12th 2016
Prizes: £1000 first , £300 second, and £100 third
Notes: 300 word limit. £7.50 for one entry (until Midnight UTC 10th April 2016, £9 thereafter), £12 for two entries (until Midnight UTC 10th April 2016, £15 thereafter), £18 for three entries (effectively £6 each, price held throughout competition).

The Artificium Short Stories & Poetry prizes
Deadline:31st July 2016
Prizes: Winner – £150, Prize pot of min. £100, to be shared between 1-4 runners up
Notes: For writing between 500-1,000 words, in English. Entry fee is £5 per single entry, £9 for two (any category)


Short Story Competitions

Hour of Writes – Weekly Writing Competition
Deadline: 11pm (GMT) every Friday
Prizes: Min £50 (increases with more participants)
Notes: Word Limit is 2000 words. Theme: New title every week. Entry Fee is £3

Hour of Writes – Weekly Writing Competition
Deadline: Ongoing
Prizes: First Prize: Usually min £50 (increases with more participants)
Notes:Word Limit: 2000 words
Theme: New title every week, check website for latest theme. Entry Fee is £3
Closing date: 11pm (GMT) every Friday

Hennessy New Irish Writing
Deadline: Ongoing
Prizes: Hennessy trophy and €1,500. Writers whose work is selected for publication will receive €130 for fiction and €65 for poetry.
Notes:Looking for First Fiction, for writers publishing their first story, Emerging Fiction, for writers still to publish their first book; and Emerging Poetry, for first-time poets or poets still to publish their first collection. 2,200 words. Up to six poems may be submitted. There is no entry fee.

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2016
Deadline: Friday 27th May 2016
Prizes: Winner will receive €3,000 and prizes of €2,000 and €1,000 will be awarded to the second and third prize winners.Each of the 25 short-listed stories is recorded being read by a professional reader.
Notes: Stories must be between 1,800 and 2,000 words.

Hourglass Literary Magazine
Deadline: May 31st 2016
Prizes: US$1000 as prize money, apart from a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp and diploma. Winning entries will be published in the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine, in the original language (English/BCMS languages) and translated (BCMS/English).
Authors will also receive three printed copies of the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine.
Notes: There are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries. Text for a short story should not exceed 7000 words or be less than 700 words. Entry fee: 13.59 USD. Essays should not exceed 9000 words or be less than 1000 words. Entry fee: 13.59 USD.

The Frome Festival Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31st May 2016.
Prizes:First Prize is £300, second Prize is £150, third Prize is £75
Notes: Stories must be in English and between 1000 and 2200 words in length. Entry fee is £5 per story.

Short Story Competition 2016
Deadline: 31st May 2016.
Prizes: 1st Prize £100, 2nd Prize £50, 3rd Prize £25
Notes: Genre: The story can be written on any theme or in any genre.
Word count: Maximum 1000 words. Entry fee is £5 per entry.

Yeovil Literary Prize
Deadline: 31st May
Prizes:1st £500, 2nd £200, 3rd £100
Notes: Maximum 2,000 words. Entry fee is £6

Short Story Competition 2016.
Deadline: 31st May 2016.
Prizes: 1st Prize £100, 2nd Prize £50, 3rd Prize £25. The winning entries will win cash prizes and will be published on this blog and Greenacre Writers. The winners will be announced at the Finchley Literary Festival, 25th June 2016.
Notes: The story can be written on any theme or in any genre. Maximum Word count is 1000 words
Entry fee is £5 per entry

The Bridport Prize
Deadline: Tue 31st May 2016
Prizes: 1st prize £5,000, 2nd prize £1,000, 3rd prize £500, Highly Commended 10 x £100
Notes: Short stories: 5000 words maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the word count, entry fee is £10 for each submitted short story.

The Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere Writing Competition
Deadline: May 31st, 2016
Prizes: The first prize is £350 and the runner up £150.
Notes: Free to enter. Submit a short story, max 3,000 words set in Elgin and surrounding area during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Baltimore Review Contest
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Prizes: Prizes are $500, $200, and $100.
Notes: The theme is “Games.” 3,000-word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction. Entry fee is $10. Three winners will be selected from among all entries.

The Reader Berlin and EXBERLINER 2016 short story contest.
Deadline: May 31st at midnight
Prizes: First place: Publication in the summer print edition of EXBERLINER, €100, and a goodie bag.
Runners up (2): Publication on the EXBERLINER website, €50, and a goodie bag.
The ten finalists will have their stories featured on The Reader Berlin showcase, and have the opportunity to perform their work live at a Reader Sunday Salon event in autumn.
Notes: Entry is free. Word limit: 1500 –3500. The theme “A Summer Night”.

Half The World Global Literati Award 2016
Deadline:8 June 2016
Prizes: The winning entrant will win a US$50,000
Notes: Entry fee is US$20 per submission. A single Entrant may submit up to five (5) different entries. Looking for stories that give a voice to the inner lives of women.

The Brighton Prize
Deadline: 10th June.
Prizes: Winning short story: £500. Two runners up: £100 each.Local prize (for a writer resident in Sussex: £100 book token.
Notes: short stories of 1-2000 words, entry fee is £8,

Eyelands 6th International Short Story Contest 2016
Deadline: June 20th, 2016
Prizes: First prize: A week holiday in the island of Crete (for 2 persons)
First three winners stories published in two different anthologies (Greek and English).
Notes: The theme of the contest this year is Colours. Entry fee is €10. Entries must be short stories, of any genre, and maximum length is 2,500 words

Twisted Tax Tales Short Story Competition
Deadline: 30th June, 2016
Prizes: Winner will receive $10,000
Notes: Maximum of 5000 words, one of the main characters must be an accountant.

The Henshaw Short Story Competition
Deadline: 30th June
Prizes: 1st Prize £100, 2nd Prize £50, 3rd Prize £25
Notes: Entries must be a fictional short story of up to 2000 words on any theme. Entry fee is £5

The Moth Short Story Prize 2016
Deadline: 30th June 2016
Prizes: A 1st prize of €3,000, a 2nd prize of a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel) and a 3rd prize of €1,000.
Notes: The Prize is for a single unpublished story of no more than 6,000 words. The competition is open to anyone, and you can enter as many stories as you like. The entry fee is €12 per story.

The 2016 Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition
Deadline: 11th July 2016
Prizes: 1st is £200, 2nd is £100 and 3rd is £50.
Notes: Entries must not exceed 1200 words. Entries should be in the form of a short story, on any theme, and written in English. Entry fee is £5.Open to anyone, of any age, from anywhere in the world.

The 2016 Wasafiri New Writing Prize
Deadline: 15 July 2016
Prizes: £300 will be awarded to the winner of each category and the work will be published in Wasafiri.
Notes: Fiction and Life Writing submissions welcome. Entry fee is £6.00 if entering one category, £10.00 for two and £15.00 for three categories. Entrants who are visually impaired or who are prevented from typing through disability can enter their work on audio CD.

The HG Wells Short Story Competition
Deadline: Tuesday 19th July 2016
Prizes: Adult category is £250. Junior category is £1,000. Shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology.
Notes: Aged over 21 on 17/07/16: £10 per entry (£5 students accompanied with copy of student id) Under 21 on 17/07/16: no entry fee. The theme is space. The length is 1500 to 5000 words.

Christopher Fielden’s Annual Short Story Competition “To Hull & Back”
Deadline: 31st July 2016
Prizes: 1st Prize: £1,000, 2nd Prize: £150, 3rd Prize: £75
Notes: Stories must be no longer than 4,000 (four-thousand) words in length. This includes the title. This is an open competition and there is no set theme, but stories must contain some element of humour.

The Artificium Short Stories & Poetry prizes
Deadline:31st July 2016
Prizes: Winner – £300.
Prize pot of min. £100, to be shared between 1-4 runners up.
Notes: For stories between 2,000-8,000 words, in English. Any style or genre. Any theme. Entry fee is £5 per single entry, £9 for two (any category)

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
Deadline: 31 August 2016
Prizes: £500 prize money for the Short Fiction winner, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, a selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books, one year print subscription to Granta, a complimentary copy of the Anthology
Notes: Entry fee is £15 + VAT, you may enter one work of up to 2,000 words in length.

Arkbound Annual Competition 2016
Deadline: September 5th 2016
Prizes: 1st Prize is £100, with a feature in Boundless magazine. 2nd Prize is £50, with a feature on the website and possibly Boundless (space permitting).
3rd Prize is £25
Each category will also have 3 runner-up places, each of which will receive £5. All prizes, including runner-ups, will also be accompanied by a special embossed certificate.
Notes: There are three categories-short story, article and visual art. Entry fee is £2.50. Theme for short story is something that has inspired you, or will inspire other people

Manchester Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday 23rd September 2016
Prizes: Fiction Prize: £10,000
Notes: Entry fee: £17.50, £10,000 prize for the best short story of up to 2,500 words. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

Bedford International Writing Competition
Deadline: 30th September 2016
Prizes: The winner of first prize will receive £200, second prize £100 and third prize £50.
Notes: Entry fee is £5 per story. Stories must be no more than 3000 words

The Ouen Press Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31st October 2016
Prizes: First prize £300, 2 x Runners up £100 each, Highly Commended entries recognised
Notes: The short story must be true. It should be based around a journey – at any time, of any distance, in any setting. The length of the submission should be no less than 3000 words and no more than 10000 words excluding the title and word count. No entry fee but only one entry is permitted per author.


Poetry Competitions

Hennessy New Irish Writing
Deadline: Ongoing
Prizes: Hennessy trophy and €1,500. 2,200 words. Writers whose work is selected for publication will receive €130 for fiction and €65 for poetry.
Notes:Emerging Poetry, for first-time poets or poets still to publish their first collection. Up to six poems may be submitted. There is no entry fee.

The Cultured Vultures competition
Deadline: Midnight every Saturday.
Prize: The winning poem will be published every Monday on their website, along with the second and third place winners.
Notes: Free to enter poetry competition, submit three poems of your choice (should be previously unpublished, apart from social media or your personal blog) and a small bio.

Susan’s Bad Poetry competition
Deadline: 27th May 2016
Prizes: A signed copy of Nothing Tastes As Good plus a selection of other recent YA titles
Notes: write and share a Bad Susan-esque Poem in the comments of this post.

Welsh Poetry Competition
Deadline: Sunday 29th May 2016
Prizes: 1st Prize is £500, 2nd Prize is £250, 3rd Prize is £100
Notes: No more than 50 lines in length, entry fee is £5.

Baltimore Review Contest
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Prizes: Prizes are $500, $200, and $100.
Notes: The theme is “Games.” One to three poems. Entry fee is $10. Three winners will be selected from among all entries.

Sonnet Writing Competition
Deadline: Monday 31st May, 2016
Prizes: The first, second and third-placed sonnets will all be published on writersandartists.co.uk alongside feedback from our esteemed judge, Ruth Padel. The writer behind the first prize entry will receive a beautiful leather-bound edition of Shakespeare’s Complete Works (RRP £99.99) and free membership to the Royal Society of Literature for a year. The winning entry will also have the honour of being published in the Royal Society of Literature Review. N.B. If the poet of the winning entry does not live in the UK and is unable to take advantage of the benefits of a Royal Society of Literature membership then an alternative prize of £50-worth of Bloomsbury titles will be offered. Second and third prize entries will receive a copy of On Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Poets’ Celebration, edited by Hannah Crawforth and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann and a gift edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Notes: Take inspiration from Shakespeare, and pen your very own sonnet in response to a Shakespeare sonnet of your choice.

Hourglass Literary Magazine
Deadline: May 31st 2016
Prizes: US$1000 as prize money, apart from a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp and diploma. Winning entries will be published in the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine, in the original language (English/BCMS languages) and translated (BCMS/English).
Authors will also receive three printed copies of the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine.
Notes: There are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries. There are no strict limits, provided that poems should not have more than 3500 words. Author, writer competing in the category for the best poem can submit up to three works. Entry fee: 13.59 USD.

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition(May 2016)
Deadline: 31st May, 2016
Prizes: First is £200, second is £100, third is £50. Highly Commended poems will receive £20 x 3. Commended poems will receive £10 x 3. The winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (July to September 2016 on 31st July 2016)
Notes: Length: Maximum 50 lines per poem. Entry Fees: £4/1 poem, £7/2 poems, £9/3 poems, £11/4 poems, £12.00/5 poems. (You may enter as many poems as you wish – with the applicable fees.)

Yeovil Literary Prize
Deadline: 31st May
Prizes: 1st £500, 2nd £200 , 3rd £100
Notes: Maximum of 40 Lines. Entry fee is £6 one poem; £9 for two; £11 for three

The David Burland Poetry Prize 2016
Deadline: 31st May 2016
Prizes: £500, £200, £100- in each language (English and French). There are also special mention prizes of £25 (3 Mentions for English and 3 Mentions for French). They will all be featured in a special anthology.
Notes: Open to both English and French speaking poets aged 16 years and over, entry fees are £9 for the first poem, £5 for each additional poem.

The Bridport Prize
Deadline: Tue 31st May 2016
Prizes:: 1st prize £5,000, 2nd prize £1,000, 3rd prize £500, Highly Commended 10 x £100
Notes: 42 lines maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the line count. Lines between text/stanzas are not counted, entry fee is £9 for each submitted poem

2nd Singapore Poetry Competition
Deadline: June 1, 2016
Prizes: Awards of USD100, 50 and 20 will go to the top three winners. The winning poems will be published on Singapore Poetry; non-winning poems will be considered for publication as well.
Notes: The contest is open to everyone who is NOT a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident in Singapore. Contest entry is free.

Lingo Spoken Word Festival
Deadline: June 10th
Prizes: Performance slot at festival between 21-23 October.
Notes: Three options: General Performer Slot, Lingo Poetry Slam Slot, New Work Fund

Women’s Pamphlet Competition 2016
Deadline: June 13th
Prizes: 1st prize is publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books in 2016. Plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet, and a ten per cent royalty on sales. One or more poems from the pamphlet will be published in Mslexia magazine.
Notes: Entry fee is £20 per pamphlet. The pamphlet competition is separate from the single poem competition and is for short collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems.

Women’s Poetry Competition 2016
Deadline: June 13th
Prizes: 1st prize: £2,000 plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Cove Park and a mentoring session with the Editor of premier magazine The Poetry Review. 2nd prize £400, 3rd prize £200, and 17 other finalists each win £25. Special prize: £500 for the best poem by a previously-unpublished woman poet
Notes: Entry fee is £7 for up to three poems. Poems may be in any style, of any length, on any subject.

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition
Deadline: 17 June
Prizes: £200 and the title of Poet of the Year, second prize is £100 and third £50. Best Read Poem receives a bottle of Sparkling Wine, and the People’s Choice receives £25.
Notes: Poems may be on any subject but not more that 60 lines long. Entry fee is £5.00.

The Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016
Deadline: June 21st
Prizes: £5,000, £1,000, £500
Notes: Poems shouldn’t be longer than 45 lines. Entry Fee per poem is 6 euro.

Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Competition 2016
Deadline: June 30th
Prizes:  €250 first prize plus 2 x €50 highly commended  
Notes: Entry €5 per poem. Poems, in English must be the unpublished, original work of the author. Poems must be printed on one side of A4 paper, maximum length 40 lines

The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016
Deadline: June 30th, 2016
Prizes: First Prize: £300, second Prize: £200, Third Prize: £150
Notes: All poems submitted must be previously unpublished and no longer than 40 lines. There is no criteria as to theme, form or style. First entry: £7
Subsequent entries: £5 (per poem)

The iYeats Poetry Competition 2016
Deadline: July 1st 2016
Prizes: General category: First Prize €500
Emerging category: €300 (aged 16 – 25 years)
Notes: Word Limit of 40 lines. Entry Fees is €5 per poem or €12 for three

The 2016 Wasafiri New Writing Prize
Deadline: 15 July 2016
Prizes: £300 will be awarded to the winner of each category and the work will be published in Wasafiri.
Notes: Entry fee is £6.00 if entering one category, £10.00 for two and £15.00 for three categories. Entrants who are visually impaired or who are prevented from typing through disability can enter their work on audio CD.

Winchester Poetry Prize 2016
Deadline: 31 July 2016
Prizes: First Prize: £1,000, 2nd Prize: £500 , 3rd Prize: £250
Notes: Entry fee: £5 for first poem, £4 for subsequent poems.

The Artificium Short Stories & Poetry prizes
Deadline: 31st July 2016
Prizes: Winner – £150, Prize pot of min. £100, to be shared between 1-4 runners up
Notes: For writing between 500-1,000 words, in English. Entry fee is £5 per single entry, £9 for two (any category)

PENfro Open Poetry Competition 2016
Deadline: Sunday, July 31st
Prizes: Prizes: 1st – £300; 2nd – £125; 3rd-£75.
Notes: Maximum length: 40 lines. Subject: open. Entry fee: £4 per poem.

Buxton Poetry Competition
Deadline: August 26
Prizes: Prizes: £500, £250, £100, book tokens.
Notes: Open Poetry — ages 18 and over
Young People’s Poetry — aged between 12 and 17
Children’s Poetry — aged up to 11 years old. Theme is Hidden. Entry fee: £5 per poem, free to under 18’s.

The Poetry & Politics Competition
Deadline: 31st August 2016
Prizes: £200 and publication in their online magazine.
Notes: Free to enter. Submit poetry about any aspect of politics.

The Manchester Poetry Prize
Deadline: 23rd September 2016
Prizes: £10,000
Notes: Entry fee is £17.50, £10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

Bedford International Writing Competition
Deadline: 30th September 2016
Prizes: The winner of first prize will receive £200, second prize £100 and third prize £50
Notes: Entry fee is £5 per poem. Poems must be no more than 40 lines

The Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition
Deadline: 1st October 2016
Prizes:1st Prize £200, 2nd Prize £100, 3rd Prize £75
Notes: Entry Fee is £4 for one, £7 for two, £10 for three, £3 for each additional poem. Poems may be in any style and on any subject. Maximum of 40 lines per poem excluding the title

World Book of Poetry
Deadline: 31 Oct 2016
Prizes: world-wide audience for their work
Notes: maximum of five complete poems. Poems may involve any subject, theme, or style, no entry fee


Playwriting Competitions

The Nick Darke Writers’ Award 2016
Deadline: Monday 30 May 2016.
Prizes: £6,000 Award provides the time to write that financial support facilitates.
Notes: Open to all national and international writers aged 16 or over. This year’s category is stage play.

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize
Deadline: May 31st 2016
Prizes: first prize is £10,000 and the opportunity to have their play considered for production by Liverpool’s Royal Court, while up to two Highly Commended awards of £1,500 will also be on offer.
Notes: There is a £20 entry fee. Genre: The play should have comedy at its heart, and clearly exemplify the comedy genre.
Length: The script should be full-length, i.e. over eighty minutes running time. The text should clearly indicate the intention to have an interval.
Cast: No more than eight actors.

Pint Sized Plays
Deadline: May 31st
Prizes: The six winning scripts will be performed in pubs in Tenby, Pembrokshire and other yet to be named venues. The scripts will also be performed at a script slam in Fishguard, along with four runners-up.
Notes: Entry Fee is £5.50. Submit plays with a running time of between five & ten minutes. Scripts should be capable of being staged in a pub and should require two or three characters only.

Half The World Global Literati Award 2016
Deadline:8 June 2016
Prizes: The winning entrant will win a US$50,000
Notes: Entry fee is US$20 per submission. A single Entrant may submit up to five (5) different entries. Looking for stories that give a voice to the inner lives of women.

The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Competition
Deadline: 9th June 2016
Prizes: €3000. Up to 10 finalists will be selected to pitch their idea in front of an audience and a panel of industry experts on 10th July.
Notes: Submit a 500 word written pitch (from beginning to end) of your idea. Three categories: drama, documentary or animation. Entry fee is €30.

Soundwork Monologue Competition
Deadline: 31st. August 2016
Prizes: The winner, in collaboration with Soundwork, will have the monologue recorded and posted on the website, along with a photo and details.
Notes: Your monologue may be any length up to fifteen minutes and may be on any theme. There is no fee to enter the competition

The Terence Rattigan Society Award
Deadline: 31st August 2016.
Prizes: The award winner will receive £2,500 and the play will be guaranteed a professional production of no less than six performances at the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Kent in the Summer of 2017. The second prize is £1,000 and a guaranteed rehearsed reading.
Notes: The play shall have a running time of not less than 75 minutes, preferably with an interval.It shall be performable by no more than six actors with doubling allowed


Novel Writing Competitions

First Novel Prize 2016
Deadline: 31st May 2016
Prizes: First Prize: £1000, Second Prize: £250, Third Prize: £100
Notes: Novel must be is over 50,000 words and of an adult genre, entry fee is £25

The Carousel Aware Prize for Independently Published Authors
Deadline: 31st May 2016
Prizes: Best Novel, Best Short Story Anthology, Best Non-Fiction Book, Best Poetry Anthology, Best Young Adult Book, Best Junior Book
Notes: entry per book is €50, majority of this entry fee will go directly to Aware, Must be published in the last 5 years, must have an ISBN number.

Richard & Judy’s “Search for a Bestseller”
Deadline: 31st May 2016
Prizes: The Winner will receive a publishing contract worth at least £50,000
Notes: Submit 10,000 word extract (plus a plot synopsis and short author biography within the same document)

Yeovil Literary Prize
Deadline: 31st May
Prizes: 1st £1000, 2nd £250, 3rd £100
Notes: Synopsis and Opening Chapters (combined maximum 15,000 words). Entry fee is £11.

The Big Five Competition
Deadline: 6 June 2016
Prizes: A year’s mentorship – from manuscript to publication
Notes: Entry fee is £10.00. The competition is open to any writer, anywhere in the world, with a complete UNPUBLISHED manuscript of up to 100,000 words.

Half The World Global Literati Award 2016
Deadline:8 June 2016
Prizes: The winning entrant will win a US$50,000
Notes: Entry fee is US$20 per submission. A single Entrant may submit up to five (5) different entries. Looking for stories that give a voice to the inner lives of women

The Impress Prize for New Writers
Deadline: 1st July 2016
Prizes: Publication
Notes: £15 per entry, accept fiction and non-fiction, no poetry. Submit a book proposal and a sample chapter of no more than 6,000 words

First Page Competition 2016
Deadline: 31st May 2016
Prizes: 1st Prize – £500, 2nd Prize – £100, 3rd Prize – £5
Notes: Looking for the most captivating first page (up to 400 words) of a story. Entries can be from a novel published, unpublished, a part written novel, or simply a first page written purely for the competition. First entry submitted is £6, and £4 per entry thereafter.

Children’s Novel Competition 2016
Deadline: 19 September 2016
Prizes: 1st prize: £5,000
Five finalists will receive an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents.
Notes: Entry fee is £25.Submit up to 3,000 words, which must be the first 3,000 words of the novel. Your novel can be in any genre, but must be for children who are able to read for themselves or for young adults.

Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
Deadline: 31st October
Prizes: First: £500, runner up: £200
Notes: Opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story. Entry fee is £10.

KillerReads
Deadline: Ongoing
Prizes: Publication
Notes: Looking for commercial crime and thrillers ranging from police procedurals, to psychological thrillers, to high-concept thrillers


Novella Submissions and Competitions

10th Annual Black Orchid Novella Award.
Deadline: 31st May 2016
Prizes: First prize is $1,000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
Notes: Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series, entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, no entry fee.

Half The World Global Literati Award 2016
Deadline:8 June 2016
Prizes: The winning entrant will win a US$50,000
Notes: Entry fee is US$20 per submission. A single Entrant may submit up to five (5) different entries. Looking for stories that give a voice to the inner lives of women

Novella-T
Deadline: ongoing
Notes: Pay contributors half of what we make in subscriptions, publishes novellas through a serialized format. Each week we send out a 2,000-5,000 word section of the story to subscribers, 13,000 and 40,000 words


Grants and Scholarships

Film Artist In Residence Screenwriter, University College Cork
Deadline: May 23
Prizes: The appointment of Film Artist in Residence is for one year and the successful applicant will be paid a fee of €20,000
Notes: Runs from 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2017. S/he will offer five contact hours per week in the form of screenwriting workshops, lectures and individual student consultations over two semesters, and will enjoy uninterrupted time to advance his/her own work during the university vacations. A dedicated public event with the Film Artist in Residence will be held during the course of the residency.

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