Some photographs to inspire those competition entries 

It’s nearly Christmas, so not long to a brand new year – and a brand new decade. Perhaps among your new year’s resolutions will be one to enter more competitions. Sometimes it’s hard to think of fresh ideas, particularly when the competition’s theme is open so there’s no particular direction. Here are a few photos to give you a little inspiration for the coming year.

Happy New Year and good luck in your endeavours.

 

Click October 2019 and November 2019 for posts detailing further competitions closing in December and January.

 

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January Competitions

The Big Moose Prize

Theme: Unpublished novel, 90 – 1,000 pages

Prize: $1,000 plus publication

Closing date: 31 January 2020

Entry: $25

Details

 

The Hudson Prize

Theme: Unpublished collection of short stories or poems

Prize: $1,000 plus publication

Closing date: 31 January 2020

Entry: $25

Details

  

February Competitions

Northern Writers’ Awards (For writers from the North of England)

Theme: Several, including children’s/YA, fiction or non-narrative nonfiction, debut

Prize: Various

Closing date: 6 February 2020

Entry: Free

Details

 

March Competition

Bridgend Writers Short Story Open Competition

Theme: Open, 1,500 – 1,800 words

Prize: £100 / £50 / £30

Closing date: 1 March 2020

Entry: £5

Details

 

The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

Theme: Open, at least 10 pages (2,500 words), up to 50 pages (12,500 words)

Prize: $2,000

Closing date: 14 March 2020

Entry: $15

Details

 

Fowey Festival Short Story Competition

Theme: ‘Not After Midnight’, 1,500 words max

Prize: £100 / £75

Closing date: 16 Mar 2020

Entry: £5

Details

 

New Welsh Writing Awards: Rheidol Prize

Theme: Prose with a Welsh theme or setting, fiction or nonfiction, short unpublished books 5,000 – 30,000 words.

Prize: £1,000 plus an ebook deal / One week residential course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Course in Gwynedd. Further prizes

Closing date: 17 March 2020

Entry: £12

Details

 

An Axe to Grind Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: 1,000 words

Prize: $200 plus further prizes according to entry numbers

Closing date: 31 March 2020

Entry: $5

Details

 

Rubery Book Award

Theme: A book either self-published or by an independent press. All genres

Prize: Award money (possibly £1,500 / £500)

Closing date: 31 March 2020

Entry: £37

Details

 

The Lindisfarne Prize for Debut Crime Fiction

Theme: Writer from the North of England or a work which celebrates the area. A short story of no more than 10,000 words or 2 to 3 chapter of a full novel plus a synopsis

Prize: £2,500 plus editing support

Closing date: 31 March 2020

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, Writing Magazine and The People’s Friend serial competition. She’s had stories and a serial published in magazines worldwide and her third pocket novel is due out next year. 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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