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Upcoming Writing Competitions

Calling all novelists, poets, playwrights and everyone in-between! There's something for everyone in this collection of upcoming writing competitions. Many are free to enter, and with so many prizes and accolades up for grabs it would be a shame to miss out. Take a look and enter your favourites! 

Now updated to the end of 2022!

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1st Oct

Essential Queer Voices of U.S. Poetry

USA

Free

No Limit

Poets

Publication

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1st Oct

Grindstone International Novel Prize

International

£16

5,000 Words

Novelists

£1000

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1st Oct

32nd Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize

International

$25

Various

Various

$5000 and Publication

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2nd Oct

Dillydoun Short Story Prize

USA

$25

8,000 Words

Short Story Writers

$5000 and Publication

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2nd Oct

Periscope Literary Flash Fiction Competition

International

£10

900 Words

Flash Fiction Writers

£1500

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3rd Oct

Peter Porter Poetry Prize

International

$25

70 Lines

Poets

$6000

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9th Oct

Bath Flash Fiction Award

International

£9

300 Words

Flash Fiction Writers

£1,000

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14th Oct

Closed: Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize

International

Free

Various

Poets and Short Story Writers

See Website

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16th Oct

The Galley Beggar Pres Short Story Prize

International

£10

6,000 Words

Short Story Writers

£2,500

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19th Oct

Fosseway Writers Short Story Competition

International

£5

2,500 Words

Short Story Writers

£50

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30th Oct

The Open Theme Short Story Contest

International

$2

3,000 Words

Short Story Writers

Publication

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31st Oct

Anthology Poetry Award

International

10 Euros

40 Lines

Poets

500 Euros

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31st Oct

Letter Review Prize for Short Stories

USA

$20

2,000 Words

Short Story Writers

$650

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31st Oct

Letter Review Prize for Poetry

International

$20

70 Lines

Poets

$1000

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31st Oct

WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

International

$12

1,000 Word

Non Fiction Writers

$500 and Publication

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31st Oct

Saveas Writer’ International Writing Competition

UK

£3

Various

Poets and Short Story Writers

£200

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31st Oct

Solstice Nature Prize for Writing

UK

Free

Various

Poets and Short Story Writers

£100 and Publication

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31st Oct

The National Poetry Competition

International

£7

40 Lines

Poets

£5,000

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31st Oct

The Bedford International Short Story and Poetry Awards

International

£7.50

Various

Poets and Short Story Writers

£1000

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31st Oct

Joffe Books Prize

UK

See Website

Min 50,000 Words

Novelists

£1,000 and Contract

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1st Nov

Caledonia Novel Award

International

£25

No Limit

Novelists

£1,500

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1st Nov

Commonwealth Short Story Prize

International

Free

5000 Words

Short Story Writers

£5,000

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7th Nov

Holiday Anthology Contest: Simple Gifts

USA

$20

3000 Words

Short Story Writers

$599 and Publication

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11th Nov

Halloween Horror Short Story Contest

USA

$4.99

5000 Words

Short Story Writers

$250

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14th Nov

Café Writers Open Poetry Competition

International

£4

40 Lines

Poets

£1,000

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14th Nov

Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

International

$12

3000 Words

Short Story Writers

$5,000 and Publication

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16th Nov

The Smokelong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction

USA

$12

1000 Words

Flash Fiction Writers

$2,500

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25th Nov

Wenlock Olympian Society Short Story Competition

International

£5

2500 Words

Short Story Writers

£150

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30th Nov

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

International

7 Euros

40 Lines

Poets

2,000 Euros

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30th Nov

Six Word Wonder Contest

International

Free

6 Words

Flash Fiction Writers

$100 and Publication

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30th Nov

WOW! Women on Writing Fall Flash Fiction Contest

International

$10

750 Words

Flash Fiction Writers

$400 and Publication

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30th Nov

Tadpole Press 100 Word Writing Contest

International

$10

100 Words

Flash Fiction Writers

$1,000

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30th Nov

East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition

International

£4

45 Lines

Poets

£500 and Publication

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30th Nov

New Writers Flash Fiction Competition

International

£6

300 Words

Flash Fiction Writers

£700 and Publication

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30th Nov

East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition

International

Free-£4

See Website

Poets

Various

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1st Dec

Chimera Fantasy Awards

International

£6

No Limit

Novelists

£2,500

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1st Dec

Orna Ross Green Stories Novel Prize

International

Free

10,000 Words

Novelists

£1,000

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2nd Dec

Sophomore Book Contest

International

$15

24 Pages

Poets

$500 and Publication

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5th Dec

Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition

International

£10

No Limit

Poets

£2,000

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15th Dec

Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize

USA

$10

No Limit

Poets

$750

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16th Dec

Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

International

Free

At Least 60,000 Words

Novelists

$10,000 and Publication

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31st Dec

Story Unlikely’s Short Story Contest

USA

Free

4500 Words

Short Story Writers

$500

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31st Dec

My Writing Journey Competition

International

Free

600 Words

Essay Writers

$200

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31st Dec

The Masters Review Chapbook Open

International

$25

45 Pages

Chapbook

$3,000 and Publication

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31st Dec

The Moth Poetry Prize

International

15 Euros

See Website

Poets

6,000 Euros

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31st Dec

The Society of Classical Poets Competition

International

$20

108 Lines

Poets

$2,000

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