With the current situation in the country with regards Covid-19, many of us will be self-isolating, with time on our hands that we would have used for writing events, conferences, chapter meetings and classes. A lot of our other non-writing activities will also be on hold. This month there are lots of competitions to fill those long days indoors. Stay well and stay sane.

All the best with your writing endeavours.

Click January 2020  and February 2020 for posts detailing further competitions closing in April and May.

 

 

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Ongoing Competitions 

 

Retreat West Micro Fiction Competition

Theme: A new prompt is posted on first Monday of each month, 100 words

Prizes: 50% of entry fees

Closing date: One week after the prompt is posted.

Entry: £4

Details

 

April Competitions

 

Quiet Man Dave Prize

Theme: Flash fiction and flash non-fiction, 500 words max

Prizes: £1,000 / £200  / £50 in each catergory

Closing date: 17 April 2020

Entry: £5

Details

 

May Competitions

 

London Independent Story Prize

Theme: Flash fiction 300 words max; short stories 1,500 words max; screenplay 30 pages max.

Prizes: £100 for flash fic and short story; for screen play Final Draft Software

Closing date: 3 May 2020

Entry: £5 – £15 depending on competition and date

Details

 

Booksie Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Theme: Use the photo for inspiration, 500 words max

Prizes: $500 / 2 x $100

Closing date: 8 May 2020

Entry: $6.95

Details

 

Shooter Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, 5,000 words max

Prizes: £400 / £100

Closing date: 31 May 2020

Entry: £7

Details

 

Creative Future Writers’ Award

Theme: For the under-represented (see eligibility list on site). Short story, 2,000 words max (also poetry)

Prizes: £75, mentorship, Faber course and consultation with publisher / £50, manuscript assessment, Curtis Brown course / £25, manuscript assessment

Closing date: 31 May 2020

Entry: Free

Details

 

June competitions

 

Green Stories Novel Competition

Theme: Sustainable Society, novel of 50,000 – 100,000 words. Submit 5,000 – 10,000 plus 1-page synopsis

Prizes: £750 / £500 / £100. Agents from Curtis Brown will read top entries

Closing date: 2 June 2020

Entry: Free

Details

 

Farnham Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Open, 500 words max

Prizes: £75 / £25

Closing date: 5 June 2020

Entry: £5

Details

 

Hastings Literary Festival Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, 2,500 words max

Prizes: £200 / £100 / £50

Closing date: 7 June 2020

Entry: £7.50

Details

 

Hastings Literary Festival Short Story from BAME Writers Competition

Theme: 5,000 words max

Prizes: £200 / £100 / £50

Closing date: 7 June 2020

Entry: £7.50

Details

 

Hastings Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Open, 500 words max

Prizes: £200 / £100 / £50

Closing date: 7 June 2020

Entry: £7.50

Details

 

Bath Flash Fiction Award

Theme: Open, 300 words

Prizes: £1,000 / £300 / £100

Closing date: 7 June 2020

Entry: £7.50

Details

 

Aurora Prize

Theme: Short story, open, 2,000 words max (also poetry)

Prizes: £500 + one-year membership of Society of Authors / £150 / one day course

Closing date: 8 June 2020

Entry: £9

Details

 

Segora Vignette Competition

Theme: Open, 300 words max

Prizes: £100

Closing date: 15 June 2020

Entry: £5

Details

 

Segora One-Act Play

Theme: Open, max running time 35 minutes

Prizes: £150 / £50

Closing date: 15 June 2020

Entry: £12

Details

 

Segora Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, 1,500 – 3,000 words

Prizes: £300 / £100 / £50

Closing date: 15 June 2020

Entry: £8

Details

 

Writers’ Weekend Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, 1,500 – 3,000 words

Prizes: £250, one-year subscription to Writing Magazine, publication in magazine / 2 x one-year subscriptions to Writing Magazine

Closing date: 19 June 2020, 5pm

Entry: £10

Details

 

Writers’ Weekend Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Open, 300 words

Prizes: £300 / £200 / £100

Closing date: 19 June 2020

Entry: £10

Details

 

Writers’ Weekend Opening of a Novel Competition

Theme: Open, first three pages plus 600 word max synopsis

Prizes: £250 / 2 x book prizes

Closing date: 19 June 2020

Entry: £10

Details

 

Retreat West Themed Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Music, 500 words

Prizes: £200 / 2 x £100

Closing date: 28 June 2020

Entry: £8

Details

 

Audio Arcadia Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, 5,000 words max

Prizes: Ten will be chosen for an anthology and authors will receive a percentage of royalties

Closing date: 30 June 2020

Entry: £6.50

Details

 

Flash 500 Competition

Theme: Open, 500 words max

Prizes: £300 / £200 / £100

Closing date: 30 June 2020 (quarterly)

Entry: £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, 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 was published this month. Her first historical saga, published by Hera Books, will be out on June 10th. Apart from the RNA, she’s also a member of the Society for Women Writers and Journalists. Francesca runs a writing blog with RNA member Elaine Roberts called Write Minds.

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