something familiar, or even better, something outside your comfort zone in this
latest selection of competitions.
attended Adult Education creative writing classes I’d written several short
stories and poems, but not a lot else. Our tutor (author Elaine Everest),
encouraged us to try our hand at all sorts of different writing. We had a go at
scripts, several forms of poetry, articles, flash fiction, tips and fillers, leaflets,
non-fiction books, novels and a few more things besides.
most valuable aspects of these classes was that we were also encouraged to submit
to all sorts of markets. Between us, we’ve ended up with a whole heap of different
genres and types of writing published in different arenas. This success is
largely due to us being pushed to write and submit outside of our comfort zone.
Today, now running her own classes, Elaine still encourages us to try new
things, giving us challenges that we might not normally tackle.
year, so why not try a competition outside of your comfort zone? Or dig out work you’ve abandoned in order to
write something else. The selection this month includes short stories, novels
for adults and children, script writing, poetry, flash fiction and two humour
competitions. Perhaps you fancy yourself as a Ben Elton or Carla Lane? Perhaps
the new Mike Leigh? Have a go and see what new doors you can open.
Good luck to you all, and don't forget to let us know of any successes you have.
novel set in Scotland for either 8-10 or 12-15 year olds.
1,500 – 1,800 words
£50 / £30
£7.50 for 2
of 30 minutes max, 6 actors max. Only amateur playwrights.
winners selected for stage performance.
2,000 words max.
per genre / £50 pg / £25 pg
£3.50 each subsequent
short story, 1,500 – 1,700 words.
plus publication in magazine / £50 plus publication online
author collection of short stories, published between 1st Jan &
31 Dec 2017 (not self published)
/ £1,000 reader’s choice.
500 words max. No children’s stories
2 x £75
international and self published books.
plus read by top literary agent. Catergory winners £150 each. No publication
date restriction. All genres.
the brief, but basically what lies beneath the surface in 1933.
£50 / £25 plus all winners published in an eBook anthology.
Max 1,500 words. Unpublished writers only (novel and short story)
/ 2 x 100 / Scottish prize £500
2,000 words max.
£200 / £100 / £50 plus a WB course for all winners
1,000 – 3,000 words
£150 / £100
Forum also have a flash fiction competition each month, but the duration for
each is short and you’ll need to look for the current theme)
Up to 100 lines.
£300 / £100
poem up to 250 lines
/ £250 / 10 x £100
over 50,000 words
/ £250 / £100
February 1st – 31 May 2018
shortlisted in a number of competitions including Winchester Writers’
Conference, Twyford Writers, Chorley & District Writer’s Circle, Retreat
West, Cordelia.net, Meridian Writing, Flash a Famous Phrase, 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 plus a few
articles and a poem. 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 called Write Minds.