Make sure you always read the small print on competition rules.

In the process of researching this month’s blog, I seem to have discounted more competitions than normal. This is due to the organisers claiming they have the right to publish either shortlisted or even all entries, without giving a prize. Once your work is published online, you’re unlikely to be able to submit it elsewhere. Consequently you won’t be able to make any money for all your hard work. Therefore, be careful always to read the small print on competition rules, to make sure you’re happy with the rights you’re granting them.

 

Good luck, everyone

 

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Closing Soon:

 

Writing Magazine Halloween Competition

Theme: 500 words max

Prize: £100 or critique, plus publication on the website

Closing date:  1 November 2018

Entry: £5

Details

 

Writing Magazine Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Open, 500 words max

Prize: £200 plus publication in the magazine / £50 plus publication on the website

Closing date:  15 November 2018

Entry: £6 / £4 subscribers

Details

 

The London Magazine Short Story Prize

Theme: Open, 2,500 words max

Prize: £500 / £300 / £200

Closing date:  30 November 2018

Entry: £10 / £5 for students

Details

 

Fish Short Story Prize

Theme: Open, 5,000 words max

Prize: €3,000 plus 5-day workshop at West Cork Literary Festival / €300 plus week at Aman Cara retreat / €300 / 7 x €200

Closing date:  30 November 2018

Entry: €20

Details

 

Everything with Words Urban YA Novel Competition

Theme: Urban YA novel set in today’s multicultural Britain, 40,000 – 70,000 words

Prize: £1,000 plus possible publication

Closing date:  30 November 2018

Entry: Free

Details

 

Writing Bureau Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Open, 500 words max

Prize: £300 / £200 / £100 plus WB course for all 3

Closing date:  30 November 2018

Entry: £5

Details

 

ServiceScape Short Story Award

Theme: Fiction or non-fiction, 5,000 words max

Prize: $1,000

Closing date: 30 November 2018

Entry: Free

Details

 

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December competitions:

 

The Bath Children’s Novel Award

Theme: Novel for children or teens. First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis

Prize: £2,500

Closing date: 2 December 2018

Entry: £25

Details

 

HE Bates Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, 2,000 words max

Prize: £500 / £200 / £100

Closing date:  3 December 2018

Entry: £6 / £10 for 2

Details

 

Writing Magazine Twist Short Story Competition

Theme: Must feature a twist, 1,500 – 1,700 words

Prize: £200 / £50

Closing date:  15 December 2018

Entry: £6 / £4 for subscribers

Details

 

Retreat West Themed Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: ‘Running Away’, 500 words max

Prize: £200 / 2 x £100

Closing date:  30 December 2018

Entry: £5

Details

 

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Open, 500 words max

Prize: £300 / £200 / £100

Closing date:  31 December 2018

Entry: £5 / £8 for 2

Details

 

The Henshaw Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, 2,000 words max

Prize: £100 / £50 / £25

Closing date:  31 December 2018

Entry: £5

Details

 

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January competitions:

 

The Exeter Novel Prize

Theme: First 10,000 words of unpublished novel by authors without agents

Prize: £500 / 5 x £100

Closing date:  1 January 2018

Entry: £18

Details

 

Mogford Prize for Food Writing

Theme: Food and/or drink must be at heart of tale, 2,500 max

Prize: £10,000 / 3 x £250

Closing date:  7 January 2018

Entry: £10

Details

 

Bath Novella-in-Flash Award

Theme: Novella written in flash fiction chapters, 6,000 – 18,000 words

Prize: £300 / 2 x £100

Closing date:  14 January 2018

Entry: £9

Details

 

Retreat West First Chapter Competition

Theme: First chapter up to 3,500 words

Prize: Various package review and feedback prizes

Closing date:  27 January 2018

Entry: £10

Details

 

Fiction Factory Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, 3,000 max

Prize: £150 / £50 / £25

Closing date:  30 January 2018

Entry: £6

Details

 

Comedy Women in Print Prize

Theme: Comedy novel, first 5,000 and one page synopsis

Prize: Unpublished writer: £1,000 plus place on University of Hereford MA in Creative Writing

Published writer: £2,000

Closing date:  31 January 2018

Entry: £10

Details

 

Lancashire Authors’ Association Open Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Flash in exactly 100 words

Prize: £100

Closing date: 31 January

Entry: £2 / 3 for £5

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. Her first book, Christmas Mystery at Sealfarne Island, is due to be published by My Weekly Pocket Novels in December. Apart from the RNA, she’s also a member of 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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