As well as reading and writing these reviews I’m always looking for new inspiration to get the creative juices flowing. So here’s a list of upcoming writing competitions for you to browse.
Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize is for unpublished novels by women over the age of 21. Submit: first 30 pages, plus a synopsis. Judges: Literary agent, Madeleine Milburn, and Dr Lindsey Traub. Prizes: £1,000; shortlisted entrants will be given half hour consultations. Entry fee: £10 per entry, closes 12th March 2014.
Brittle Star creative writing competition (stories and poems) – Prizes in each genre: First £250, Second £100, Third £50. Fee £4 for first entry then £3 subsequent entries. Closing date is 12 March 2014. 2014 Brittle Star subscribers get second entry for free.
Exeter Writers’ Short Story Competition is open to writers anywhere in the world. Stories up to 3,000 words in any genre except children’s. First prize £500, second £250, third £100, plus publication on their website, and an additional prize of £100 for the best story from a Devon writer. Entry fee: £5 per story closes 31st March 2014. Website or send SAE to Competition, 202 Manstone Avenue, Sidmouth, UK, EX10 9TL.
Bath Short Story Award – No story theme’; 2,200 word limit. Entry is £8 and prizes range from £50 to £1,000. Closing Date is 31 March 2014.
Short Fiction Journal competition – No restriction on theme. Entry is £10 for up to two stories or £5 for one. First prize is £500, second prize is £100. Closing date March 31 2014.
Writers’ Village Foundation – Debut novelists can win a £500 bursary to have their novel professionally critiqued at the Writers’ Village Foundation. The top eight submissions will also gain personal feedback from the award judge, novelist Michelle Spring. Entry is £12 and the deadline is 31 March 2014.
The Brighton Prize is a new competition for stories of 1,000 – 2,000 words on any subject. Prizes: £400; 2 x£50. The top three writers will be invited to read their work at the Brighton Fringe Festival, and the top ten will be included in an anthology and will receive tickets to the Brighton Fringe. Entry fee: £6 per story closes 1st April 2014.