A new assortment of writing competition to enter

There’s another good selection of competitions this month, including one to win a week’s free place at Swanwick Writers’ Summer School this August, which is worth in excess of £500. I can personally recommend Swanwick as a week of great talks and good company, with loads going on in the evenings, both literary and otherwise. Of course, this is as long as we are actually out of lockdown by then, but I dare say the prize would be carried over until the following year should things change.

There’s an unusual competition to write a play on a topic affecting the LGBTQ+ community, which is free to enter, and you can even write it in Italian, if you so wish. (Though I speak a little, it certainly wouldn’t be good enough to attempt this!)

 

Happy writing, and I wish you all success in your comping endeavours.

 

Click February 21 for posts detailing further competitions closing in April.

 

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Closing soon

 

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition

Theme:  Open, 500 words max

Prizes: £300 / £200 / £100

Closing date: 31 March 2021 (and quarterly thereafter)

Entry: £5 (£8 for 2)

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April Competitions

Swanwick Writers’ Summer School Short Story Competition

Theme: ‘Second Chances’, 1,000 words max

Prizes: Fully inclusive stay at Swanwick Writers’ School between 7th and 13th August 2021

Closing date: 30 April 2021

Entry: £6

Details

 

Carlo Annoni Prize

Theme: A play on topics affecting the LGBTQ+ community and promotion of diversity in love, society, politics and culture. Can be in either English or Italian.

Prizes: €1,000 prize for a play in each language

Closing date: 30 April 2021

Entry: Free

Details

 

 

May Competitions

 

Curt Johnson Prose Awards

Theme: Open, 8,000 words max, fiction and non-fiction

Prizes: US$1,500 / $500

Closing date: 1 May 2021

Entry: $20

Details

 

Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

Theme: Open, 3,500 words max. Entrants much not have had a fiction book published

Prizes: CAN$1,000

Closing date: 1 May 2021

Entry: $25

Details

 

Shooter Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, 5,000 words max

Prizes: £400 / £100

Closing date: 9 May 2021

Entry: £7

Details

 

The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition

Theme: Suitable for children and young people aged somewhere between 7 and 18. 30,000 to 80,000 words

Prizes: Publishing contract, advance of £10,000

Closing date: 14 May 2021

Entry: £18

Details

 

Writing Magazine Spirit Short Story Competition

Theme: ‘Spirit’, 1,500 – 1,700 words

Prizes: £200 plus publication in Writing Magazine / £50 plus publication online

Closing date: 15 May 2021

Entry: £7.50 / £5 for subscribers

Details

 

Writing Magazine Writers’ Weekend Short Fiction Competition

Theme: Open, 1,500 – 3,000 words

Prizes: £250 plus publication in Writing Magazine and 1 year’s subscription to the mag

Closing date: 28 May 2021

Entry: £10 / £8 for subscribers

Details

 

Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award

Theme: Open. Opening chapters up to 5,000 words, plus 300 word synopsis and a covering letter

Prizes: £1,000 plus agent introduction / Manuscript review plus agent intro / agent intro

Closing date: 31 May 2021

Entry: £20

Details

 

Bridport Novel Prize

Theme: Open. Send 8,000 words max (5,000 min), from opening chapters, plus 300 words synopsis

Prizes: £1,500 / £750 / £3 x £150

Closing date: 31 May 2021

Entry: £20

Details

 

Bridport Short Story Prize

Theme: Open (not children’s), 5,000 words max

Prizes: £5,000 / £1,000 / £500 / 10 x £100

Closing date: 31 May 2021

Entry: £12

Details

 

Bridport Flash Fiction Prize

Theme: Open, 250 words max

Prizes: £1,000 / £500 / £250 / 3 x £100

Closing date: 31 May 2021

Entry: £9

Details

 

Frome Festival Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, 1,000 to 2,200 words

Prizes: £400 / £200 / £100

Closing date: 31 May 2021

Entry: £8

Details

 

 

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Francesca Capaldi Burgess has been placed or shortlisted in a dozen competitions including Winchester Writers’ Conference, Retreat West, Meridian Writing, Wells Festival Book for Children, Writing Magazine and The People’s Friend serial competition. She’s had stories published in magazines worldwide and her four DC Thomson pocket novels. She’s currently writing the third episode of her World War 1 Valleys series, set in Wales. 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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