More writing competitions

If you fancy a challenge or are just looking for some inspiration to write, here is another list of up-coming writing competitions.

UK based:
You can find a longer list of writing competitions in the UK and Republic of Ireland here

Allen Raine Short Story Competition – First prize is £200 and the closing date is 30 September. Word limit is between 1,000 and 7,500 words and entry is £5. More information about Allen Raine Short Story Competition

CyberTalk Flash Fiction Competition – The theme is ‘Cyber’ and word limit is 1,500 words. There is no entry fee and the prize will be a laptop or tablet. Closing date is 1 August. More information about CyberTalk Flash Fiction Competition

CreativeWritingMatters Competition – Flash fiction competition, maximum 250 words. First prize is £100 and entry is £3. Closing date is 31 August 2014. More information about CreativeWritingMatters Competition.

Brick Lane Short Story Contest – The theme is London’s East End, and must include one of the following: Culture and romance, a mystery of some description, Long-lost family or friends, Insight and diversity, Poverty and wealth or Integration into a new society or setting (country, job, school etc). Entry is free, word limit is 5,000 words and closing date is 30 August. More information about Brick Lane Short Story Contest.

Northern Crime Competition – Open to anyone who lives in the north of England and who has written and completed a story. Word count 3,000 – 5,000 and closing date is 29 August. £10 per entry. More information about the Northern Crime Competition.

You can find more international writing competitions here

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014
Deadline: 20th of October 2014
Fees: £5 per poem
Judges: Amy Wack and Neil Astley
Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500
plus 20 prizes of £25 each, plus a spring 2015 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket, plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading with amy wack & neil astley on mon 1st dec 2014 for all prize-winning poets

Poems should be in English, no longer than 45 lines each and must fit on one side of one A4 or US-Letter-size page. Previously unpublished.

Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competitions
Free to Enter.
Closing Date: Last day of every month.
Prize: July 2014: £25 cash
Note that this competition is for writers 18 and over.

Short stories (up to 3,000 words) or poetry (up to 40 lines). One entry per person, per month. You can resubmit your work every month if you wish.

Open to writers around the world, of any age. Entries should be in English and previously unpublished.

Email your short story or poem to
The subject line in the email should be “Creative Writing Ink Competition.” Please paste your entry into the body of an email, as we don’t accept attachments.

One overall winner will be selected every month and the winning entry will be published in our e-journal (with the winner’s permission).


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4 responses to “More writing competitions

  1. Love it! Keep up the good work! #bloggersdoitbetter


  2. What are your thoughts on entry fees? Is it more or less acceptable to charge an entry (or “reading” fee) for a competition than for traditional paid publication? Side note: I find the idea of a fee for an unpaid publication or a prize-less contest patently offensive.


    • In quite a few competitions the entry fee contributes towards the monetary prizes and administration costs behind the scenes of the competition. But personally I find the idea of paying for someone to judge your work (which has been written freely) quite off-putting and would personally be more interested in those which are free to enter.


  3. Zayyan Choudhary

    Castle Craig Hospital would like to include our essay competition freely open to students. Would you be as so kind as to place our information and a DoFollow link on this post?

    Castle Craig Hospital would like to invite all interested undergraduate and postgraduate students to enter its International Addiction Research Essay Competition 2018.

    This annual competition has been instituted to mark Castle Craig Hospital’s 30th anniversary. We hope it will serve to foster connections between academic institutions and treatment services, and that this will eventually support best practice in the field of addiction treatment.

    The top award of £1,000, and runner-up awards of £250 will be a welcome financial assistant to the successful candidates. The competition will be judged by a panel including Professor Jonathan Chick, and Dr. Glynis Read of Castle Craig Hospital.

    Please could you take time to share this initiative with students at your university. Full details about the competition are available on this page of our website. Further news and updates will appear regularly on this page, and this link will continue to be updated for competitions in successive years.

    We suggest that you link to our competition on social media and any other page you think would be appropriate.

    The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2018 with the winners announced on the 30th of April 2019. The winning submissions will be published online by May 1, 2019 on the Castle Craig Hospital website.

    As we become increasingly integrated as an international community the exchange of global ideas and dialogue in this field is paramount to addressing the increasing demand for addiction treatment throughout the world. Castle Craig Hospital would be honoured to have you join us in this mission this year and in the future,


    Castle Craig Hospital


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