A mix of competitions to keep you busy 

 

There’s a nice variety of competitions this month, including writing for children, fantasy, flash, spooky, a couple of non-fiction contests and genre mash-up.

A more unusual challenge this month is to write a poem for a greetings card. The competition guidelines suggest we write about real emotions and feelings, so as romantic novelists this should be right up our street. It’s a free competition so worth having a go.

One of the non-fiction competitions calls for us to tell all about our writing day. It asks for an ‘honest account’. Are you up to the challenge?

See March 2019’s competition post for further competitions that are still open here

Happy Easter and good luck in your competition endeavours.

 

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Rolling competitions:

 

Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition

Theme: Open. 1,000 – 3,000 words

Prize: £300 / £150 / £100

Closing date:  Ongoing

Entry: £3 subscribers / £6 non

Details

 

 

Closing Soon:

 

Tamworth Literary Festival Short Story Competition

Theme: Open. 1,500 words max

Prize: £100 / £50 / £25

Closing date: 30 April

Entry: £4

Details

 

Writing Magazine Genre Mash-Up Competition

Theme: Genre-defying mash up. 1,500 – 1.700

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

Closing date:  15 May 2019

Entry: £4 subscribers / £6 non

Details

 

 

June Competitions:

 

Booksie First Chapter Novel Contest

Theme: Open. First chapter whether the book is finished or not

Prize: $1,000 / $150

Closing date:  14 June 2019

Entry: $7.95

Details

 

Segora Vignette Competition

Theme: Open. 300 words max

Prize: £100

Closing date: 15 June 2019

Entry: £5

Details

 

Writing Magazine Creative Non-Fiction Competition

Theme: Use story telling skills on a true story. 1,500 – 1,700 words

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

Closing date:  15 June 2019

Entry: £4 subscribers / £6 non

Details

 

Retreat West Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: ‘Reunions’. 500 words max

Prize: £300 / 2 x £100

Closing date: 30 June 2019

Entry: £8

Details

 

Impress Prize for New Writers

Theme: Fiction and non-fiction, including YA but not children’s. 6,000 words plus proposal

Prize: £500 plus possible publication

Closing date:  30 June 2019

Entry: £25

Details

 

Wells Festival of Literature Short Story Competition

Theme: Open. 1,000 – 2,000 words

Prize: £750 / £300 / £200 / Local prize £100

Closing date:  30 June 2019

Entry: £6

Details

 

Wells Festival of Literature Book for Children Competition

Theme: For aged 9+, so middle grade or teen. First 3 chapters or first 30 pages

Prize: £750 / £300 / £200 / Local prize £100

Closing date:  30 June 2019

Entry: £6

Details

 

The British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition

Theme: Any kind of fantastical story. 5,000 words max

Prize: £100 / £50 / £20

Closing date: 30 June 2019

Entry: £5

Details

 

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Open. 500 words max.

Prize: £300 / £200 / £100

Closing date:  30 June 2019

Entry: £5

Details

 

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Competition

Theme: Poem for a greetings card

Prize: $350 / $200 / $100

Closing date:  30 Jun

Entry: Free

Details

 

Hastings Literature Festival Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Open. 500 words max

Prize: £100 / £40 / £25

Closing date:  30 June

Entry: £5

Details

 

Hastings Literature Festival Short Story Competition

Theme: Open. 1,500 words max

Prize: £100 / £40 / £25

Closing date:  30 June

Entry: £5

Details

 

 

July Competitions

 

Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition

Theme: Open. 1,200 words max

Prize: £200 / £100 / £50

Closing date:  12 July 2019

Entry: £5

Details

 

Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize

Theme: Novels that are innovative and imaginative. Minimum 30,000 words

Prize: £3,000 in advance against publication

Closing date:  15 July 2019

Entry: Free

Details

 

Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition

Theme: ‘Change’. 1,500 words max.

Prize: Aus$100 / $50

Closing date:  19 July 2019

Entry: Free

Details

 

Brentwood Writers’ Circle ‘100’ Competition

Theme: ‘100 years ahead’. Exactly 100 words

Prize: £50 / £30 / £20

Closing date:  30 July 2019

Entry: £3

Details

 

Scribble Magazine ‘My Writing Day’ Article Competition

Theme: Account of how you spend your day as a writer. 1,000 – 1,500 words

Prize: £50 / £25 / £15

Closing date:  31 July 2019

Entry: £3

Details

 

To Hull and Back Competition

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

Prize: £1,000 / £500 / £250 / 3 x £100 / 14 x £50. Publication in an anthology

Closing date:  31 July 2019

Entry: £11

Details

 

 

August Competition

 

Curtis Brown First Novel Prize

Theme: Open, for adults (no children’s or YA).  Entrants must be unrepresented at time of entering. Up to 10,000 words of the opening plus 1 page synopsis, max 400 words.

Prize: £3,000 plus offer of representation by CB / Place on CB novel course plus mentoring / 4 x places on CB online course.

Closing date: 1 August 2019

Entry: Free

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, Danger for Daisy, was published by My Weekly Pocket Novels at the end of 2018. 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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