How is everyone’s writing going? There don’t seem to be so many competitions this month, but here are a few more to add to the list of things to do during lockdown.

Stay safe and all the best with your writing endeavours.

Click March 2020 and April 2020 for posts detailing further competitions closing in May June and July.

 

 

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Closing soon

 

Val McDermid / Mirror Crime Short Story Competition

Theme: Crime, 2,500 words max

Prizes: £1,000 / 2 x £250

Closing date: 30 May 2020

Entry: Free

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Ongoing

 

Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest

Theme: Open, 1,000 – 3,000 words

Prizes: £300 / £150 / £100

Closing date: Ongoing

Entry: £6 / £3 subscribers

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June Competitions

 

Writing Magazine Creative Non-Fiction Competition

Theme: 1,500 – 1,700 words

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

Closing date: 15 June 2020

Entry: £6 / £4 subscribers

Details

 

Writers’ Weekend Short Fiction Competition

Theme: Open, 1,500 – 3,000 words

Prizes: £250 plus publication in magazine / 2 x subscriptions to Writing Magazine

Closing date: 19 June 2020

Entry: £10 / £8 subscribers

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Writing Magazine Grand Prize

Theme: Open, 2,000 words max

Prizes: £1,000 ‘ £250 / £100

Closing date: 30 June 2020

Entry: £15 / £10 subscribers

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July competitions

 

Writing Magazine Twist Short Story Competition

Theme: 1,500 – 1,700 words

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

Closing date: 15 July 2020

Entry: £6 / £4 subscribers

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Dream Quest One Writing Contest

Theme: Short story, open, 5 pages max

Prizes: $500 / $250 / $100

Closing date: 15 August 2020

Entry: US$10

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August competitions

 

Blue Mesa Review Summer Contest

Theme: Short story, open, 6,000 words max (also non-fiction and poetry)

Prizes: $500

Closing date: 31 August

Entry: $12

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The Exeter Story Prize

Theme: Open, 5,000 words max

Prizes: £500 / £150 / £100 plus Tricia Ashley Award £200

Closing date: 31 August 2020

Entry: £12

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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 Book for Children, Writing Magazine and The People’s Friend serial competition. She’s had stories and a serial published in magazines worldwide and three DC Thomson pocket novels. 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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