are thrilled to announce a new series for the RNA blog. Each month our Competition Monthly will bring news of
writing competitions that we hope will appeal to members. We’ve invited
Francesca Burgess to compile our list. Thank you, Francesca. Over to you…
Writing a novel is a
long undertaking and it can take a while to reap any rewards. For this reason I
like to enter short story competitions. These have the potential to earn you
some interim money as well as boost your confidence. It also gives you
something different to write if you’re sick of you current WIP (and we all go
through that stage!). As they say, a change is as good as a rest. As for novel
comps, they’re another avenue for your book, or something to put on your CV if
the prize you win isn’t publication.
Here’s a tip, which I
know shouldn’t need saying but having judged comps myself I know does need saying: always read the rules
and conditions several times. I like to print up or photocopy the ‘how to enter’
page and tick off each item as I do it. That way I know I’ve done all they want
of me.
**Closing soon** The Caledonian Novel Award. Any genre for adults or young adults,
at least 50,000 words. Unpublished novelists only but can have an agent. First
prize: £1,000. C/D 1November 2015. Entry £20. Link to details
Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
2015. Novels
for 7-to-18-year-olds. First prize: worldwide publishing deal, advance of
£10,000 (subject to contract). C/D 18 December. Entry £10. Link to details
Oxygen Literary Prize
for short stories up to 4,000 words and poetry
up to 50 lines. Open theme. Prizes £1000/£300/£100/2x£50. C/D 31 December 2015.
Entry £5.
Henshaw Short Story Competition
for short stories up to 2,000
words. Open theme. Prizes £100/£50/£25. C/D 31 December 2015. Entry £5.  Link to details
Writers’ Bureau Short Story Competition
for short stories up to 2,000
words. Open theme. Prizes £300/£200/£100/£50 + publication + free WB course.
C/D 30 Nov 2015. Entry £5.  Link
to details

has been placed or shortlisted in
a number of competitions including Twyford Writers, Winchester Writers’
Conference, Chorley and District Writers’ Circle, Cordelia.net, Flash a Famous
Phrase, Meridian Writing and those run by Writers’ News and Writing
. She’s had stories published in magazines worldwide and in three
anthologies, including Diamonds and
She’s been a member of the RNA New Writers’ Scheme for five years.

If you are organising a writing
competition please send details to Francesca via the comments section on the
Thank you, Francesca. We look forward to next month’s ‘Competition Monthly’.
The RNA blog is brought to you by,
Elaine Everest &
Natalie Kleinman

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    Thank you Elaine and Natalie for giving me the opportunity to fill this slot.

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    Sheryl Browne 3 years ago

    Brilliant idea! Well done! 🙂 xx

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    Sandra Mackness 3 years ago

    Thanks, Francesca, for your thoughts. It's good to hear of competitions, especially when some kind soul has taken the trouble to research the details!

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