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Writing Opportunities - competitions and prizes you can enter

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13 March 2023 The BBC National Short Story Award 2023
British nationals and UK residents, aged 18 years or over. No entry fee
Winner £15,000 plus 4 shortlisted authors £600
1 week 5 days ago
13 March 2023 Primadonna Prize
Unpublished authors 18 years old or over resident in the UK. Entry fee £8
Book contract with HQ with advance of £7,500 and agent representation
3 hours 48 min ago
10 February 2023 The Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize 2023
Open to unpublished and unagented female writers, aged 21 or over, who live in the UK or Ireland. Entry fee £12
Winner £1,500 and guidance and support from literary agent and sponsor Peters Fraser Dunlop
4 weeks 3 days ago
20 January 2023 Carcanet open submissions window
Poets with full-length poetry manuscripts in English, or translation No entry fee
Publication by Carcanet Press
16 weeks 6 days ago
3 January 2023 The Selfies Book Awards UK 2023
Authors who have self-published adult fiction, children’s books or adult memoirs/autobiography in the UK between January and December 2022. Entry fee: £35 per title to include a six-month subscription to Bookbrunch
£750 cash prize for each category plus other prizes
7 weeks 6 days ago
31 December 2022 The Moth Poetry Prize 2022
Open to all poets over 16 for an unpublished poem. Entry fee €15 per poem
1st prize €6,000, plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000 and eight commended poets will each receive €250
11 weeks 3 days ago
1 November 2022 Daily Mail First Novel Competition 2022
Open to anyone aged 16 or over who is a resident of the UK or Republic of Ireland and has not had a book published before No entry fee
A £20,000 advance and publishing contract with Little Brown's Sphere imprin and the services of top literary agency LBA
18 weeks 4 days ago
31 October 2022 The National Poetry Competition 2022
Open to anyone 18 or over from all over the world to enter an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines. Entry fee £7 for first entry, £5 for unlimited subsequent entries
First Prize: £5,000, Second Prize £2,000 and Third Prize £1,000, Commendations £200
13 weeks 6 days ago
30 September 2022 The Bridport Prize 2022
Eligibility please check on the individual category on their website for entry and fees for Poetry, Short Story, Novel, Memoir and Flash Fiction. Entry fees various, please check on their website
Various - please check on their website
28 weeks 4 days ago
15 September 2022 The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2022
Open to anyone over the age of 16 with an unpublished piece of nature writing. Entry fee €15 per entry
€1,000 and a week-long stay at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland.
22 weeks 5 days ago
9 September 2022 The Imagined Futures
YA writers resident in the UK or Ireland. No entry fee
The first prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Faber and a £15,000 advance, while the second and third prizes also receive publishing contracts with advances of £8,000 and £5,000 respectively.
24 weeks 5 days ago
31 August 2022 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2022
Open to all. Entry fee Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18
£2,500 awarded to both the Poetry and Short Fiction winners and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, which is awarded to 60 writers, shortlisted by the judging panel.
32 weeks 4 days ago