Writing Competitions to enter and win

The sun is shining, beaches are getting busier and flowers are in full bloom; summer is finally on its way and with it comes a ton of opportunities for some friendly writing competition. Get inspired and do something with your writing this year by entering one of the following and showing off your skills!

The Bridport Prize

Entry Fee: £8 – £20     Word Count: Dependent on genre     Prize: (1st) £5000 (poetry and short stories)

The Bridport prize is a competition most wordies will have heard of at some point in their writing lives but if you haven’t it’s not too late to get involved in this years contests                                                               (But you’d better hurry!)

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The Bridport Prize accepts all submissions within their four catagories:

  • Poetry
  • Flash Fiction
  • Short Story and
  • Novel

But if you’re thinking of entering you’d better hope you’ve got something most of the way written already as the deadline is fast approaching. You’ve got just under three days to submit. Find more info here if you’re interested in this long running, prestigious competition.

Deadline: Wed 31st May 2017

Adventure Writers Competition

Entry Fee: $25     Word Count: 50,000 min     Prize: £5000 grant

Like adventure? Have an unpublished manuscript you want to get out there? The Adventure Writers Competition could be your authorial salvation. And, the rules are pretty flexible too! “If your novel has sold or given away less than 5000 copies, you can enter it! If it is already published? Enter it. If it was written years and years ago? Enter it!”

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Find out more here and take a huge step in your writing adventure.

Deadline: before 11:59:59 PM PST on June 30, 2017. You’ve got plenty of time to hit the keyboard and create something fabulous.

100 Word Story Competition 

Entry Fee: Free     Word Count: 100 (no more, no less)     Prize: £2000

This unique competition request submissions of super short stories of exactly 100 words. It does not accept entries of any more or any less but does expect a full story within those 100 words. Find out more details here.

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Deadline: Submissions open on June 1st but if you’re eager to get started you can always try their ‘Photo promt’ competition too and really test your writing abilities. it also helps if inspiration has taken a weekend off!


Bristol Short Story Prize

Entry Fee: £8     Word Count: 4,000        Prize: £1000 (1st)

This international contest is open to both unpublished and published global writers and is a well known and respected short story competition. Wouldn’t it be cool to win? giphy (33)They’re big on finding up-and-coming writers with fabulous stories to tell so it’s a great place to start if you’re working on a short story. It’s time to be discovered, and if you win just think of how many books you could buy with that £1000 prize!

Deadline: Has passed for this year ( May 3rd 2017) but 2018 details will soon be released.


Mslexia Women’s Short Fiction Competition

Entry Fee: £5/£10     Word Count: 300/3000 limit    Prize: £500/£2000

Mslexia Women’s Short Fiction Competition is open to all female writers of any level of experience and aims to celebrate women in writing. ‘Girl Power’ and all that jazz.

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The categories in which you can enter are as follows:

  • Poetry
  • Pamphlet
  • Novel

Deadline: 18 September 2017 (novels), 19 June 2017 (Poetry/Pamphlet)


Whether you’re inspired for this year or contemplating it for the next one, make a note of the deadline dates and set yourself a new goal!

Have you ever entered a writing competition before? What was your experience like? If not, would you ever? Let me know in the comments below!

(And let me know if you’d like to read more things like this!)

  – Cat –

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