There are lots more competitions to get your teeth into this month. Three of them are free to enter, two of which have an interesting twist.

The Bubo competition wants entries it can add illustrations and music to. Bubo are developing an app that is soon to launch on Apple Store and may be at least one future of literature. When we think of stories with illustrations, it’s normally children’s tales that come to mind, but Bubo are also asking for adult literature, which brings a whole new challenge. The recent adult animation Loving Vincent, based on Van Gogh’s paintings, came to mind as a similar idea. You can find out a bit more about the here.

new app

The New Media Prize is likewise looking at the future of e-literature, this time using images and video clips, among other things. This competition is more likely suitable for those who are particularly computer savvy and worth a go if you are.

For the rest of us, there are plenty of traditional short story comps among this month’s selection, with a good variety of lengths. If you’re a children’s or YA author, the Chicken House competition is offering an excellent prize of a contract, money and an agent. Expensive at £15 entry, but then there’s a lot to win.

Happy comping everyone, and don’t forget to let us know of any competition success you have.

**Closing very soon**
The London Magazine Short Story Competition
Theme: Open. 2,000 words max
Prize: £500 / £300 / £200
Closing date: 31 October 17
Entry: £10

**Closing very soon **
Arkbound 2017 Annual Short Story Competition
Theme: Time. 1,000 words max
Prize: £100 / £50 / £25 / 3 x £10
Closing date: 1st November 17
Entry: £3

**Closing very soon **
Scribble Annual Short Story Competition
Theme: First line: ‘The bicycle was in its usual place’. 3,000 words max
Prize: £100 / £50 / £25
Closing date: 1st November 17
Entry: £4

**Closing very soon **
2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Theme: Open. 2,000 – 5,000 words
Prize: Regional Winner £2,500. Overall winner £5,000
Closing date: 1st November 17
Entry: Free

Words and Women Prose Competition (open to women only)
Theme: Short prose, any theme. 2,200 words max.
Prize: National prize: £1,000 and up to one month’s writing residency. Regional prize (East of England): £600 and mentoring session
Closing date: 15 November 17
Entry: £10

HE Bates Short Story Competition
Theme: Open. 2,000 words max.
Prize: £500 / £200 / £100 plus £100 for Northamptonshire writer.
Closing date: 4 December 17
Entry: £6 / £10 for 2

Bubo Short Story / Your World, Our Music Contest
Theme: Adult or Children’s literature, 2,000 – 4,000 words.
Prize: Winning entries will be published in an ebook with synchronised music and illustrations created specifically for them.
Closing date: 15 November 17
Entry: Free

The if:book New Media Prize 2017
Theme: Fiction and nonfiction specifically for delivery and reading / viewing on a PC, Mac, Web, tablet, phone etc.
Prize: £1,000
Closing date: 24 November 17
Entry: Free

1000 Word Challenge
Theme: ‘This Time’. Max 1,000 words
Prize: £100 / £50 / £25
Closing date: 30 November 17
Entry: £5

The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
Theme: Full length novel suitable for children / YA aged somewhere between 7 and 18.
Prize: Worldwide publication contract with Chicken House, royalty advance of £1,000 and representation from a top children’s literary agent.
Closing date: 8 December 17
Entry: £15

Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award 2018
Theme: 20,000 – 30,000 words of a work in progress. Open to those not previously published.
Prize: £10,000
Closing date: 13 December 17
Entry: Free

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition
Theme: Open. 500 words max.
Prize: £300 / £200 / £100
Closing date: Quarterly – next is 31 December 17
Entry: £5 / £8 for 2

Francesca Capaldi Burgess has been placed or shortlisted in a number of competitions including Winchester Writers’ Conference, Retreat West, Meridian Writing, Wells Festival and Writing Magazine. She’s had stories and a serial published in magazines worldwide and in three anthologies, including Diamonds and Pearls and 100 Stories for Haiti. She is a member of the RNA New Writers’ Scheme and the Society for Women Writers and Journalists. Francesca runs a writing blog along with RNA member, Elaine Roberts.
Write Minds Blog

Thanks Francesca! Good luck to everyone who enters.

This blog was prepared by blog team member, Louisa Heaton.


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