Flexing our nonfiction muscles in competitions can be good practice for all the blogs and interviews we undertake as authors.

Most of you reading this will spend much of your time inventing stories for a cast of fictional characters. Even if you’ve never written a true life piece for a magazine or newspaper, there are times when you need to create some nonfiction. It could be for a blog, an interview or a quippy comment on Twitter or Facebook to promote yourself or your books. There’s a chance to flex those nonfiction muscles this month in a Writing Magazine competition that invites us to use our story telling talents to create something factual.

It’s hard to write when the sun is shining and you’re stuck in your writing garret. If you’d like to relive a recent holiday and give yourself a chance to win £200 (and ultimately, a £1,000), the Telegraph’s ongoing ‘Just Back’ competition could be for you. If you haven’t been on that holiday yet, remember to make some notes and take some photos when you do go, and enter the free competition when you return.

Apart from these two nonfiction comps, there’s a nice selection of contests for short stories, novels and flash fiction this month. There’s even a bit of fun added with the limerick competition. It’s quite cheap at £5 for four limericks, so why not have a go?

 

Have fun and good luck everyone

 

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Rolling competitions: 

Writers’ Forum Fiction Competition

Theme:  Open. 1,000 – 3,000 words

Prize: £300 / £150 / £100

Closing date: Rolling

Entry: £3 for subscribers, otherwise £6

Details

 

The Telegraph Just Back Travel Writing Competition

Theme: Feature article on travel experience. 500 words max

Prize: £200 (£1,000 if chosen as the annual winner)

Closing date: By midnight on Wednesday to be considered for publication ten days later.

Entry: Free

Details

 

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Closing Soon:

 Win Your Way to NAWG Festival Competition

Theme: ‘Unity’. 1,500 – 1,700 words

Prize: Weekend at NAWG Fest 2018 / Mini critique worth £100

Closing date: 30 June 2018

Entry: Free to NAWG members, otherwise £5

Details

 

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July competitions:

 

Penfro Book Festival’s First Chapter Competition

Theme: Open. First chapter up to 3,000 words

Prize: Consultation with Richard Davies of Parthian Books plus a report / 2 x consultations with R Davies

Closing date: 13 July 2018

Entry: £10

Details

 

Writing Magazine 1,000 Word Short Story Competition

Theme: Open

Prize: £200 plus publication in magazine / £50 plus online publication

Closing date: 15 July 2018

Entry: £4 subscribers, otherwise £6

Details

 

Cinnamon Press Annual Debut Fiction Prize

Theme: Open, adult and crossover novels (no children’s). First 10,000 words of novel / novella or 3 stories

Prize: One year’s mentoring worth £1,000

Closing date: 31 July 2018

Entry: £12

Details

 

To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, but must contain an element of humour. 2,500 words max

Prize: £1,000 / £500 / £250 / 3 x £50 / 14 x £25

Closing date: 31 July 2018

Entry: £11

Details

 

The Writers Bureau Limerick Competition

Theme: Open

Prize: £100 plus WB course / 2 x £50

Closing date: 31 July 2018

Entry: £5 for up to 4 limericks

Details

 

Stroud Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Open. 500 words max

Prize: £500 / £250 / £100

Closing date: 31 July 2018

Entry: £5 (£3 each additional entry)

Details

 

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August competitions:

 

The Costa Short Story Award

Theme: Open. Up to 4,000 words. Looking for bold and original stories.

Prize: £3,500 / £1,000 / £500

Closing date: 3 August 2018 (opens 2 July)

Entry: Free

Details

 

Writing Magazine Creative Nonfiction Competition

Theme: Article / Memoir / Slice of Life. 1,500 – 1,700 words.

Prize: £200 plus publication in magazine / £50 plus online publication

Closing date: 15 August 2018

Entry: £4 subscribers, otherwise £6

Details

 

 Kindle Storyteller Prize

Theme: For authors who publish a book in any genre to KDP between 1 May and 31 August.

Prize: £20,000 / Kindle E-reader for each finalist

Closing date: 31 August 2018

Entry: Free

Details

 

Exeter Short Story Prize and Trisha Ashley Award

Theme: Open. 10,000 words max. Humorous stories will be put forward for the Trisha Ashley Award

Prize: £500 / £150 / £100. For Trisha Ashley Award £200

Closing date: 31 August 2018

Entry: £12

Details

 

Exeter Flash Competition

Theme: Open. 750 words max

Prize: £200 / £100 / £50

Closing date: 31 August 2018

Entry: £6

Details

 

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Francesca Capaldi Burgess has been placed or 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 even 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.

 

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