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Best place for writing competitions?

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MumOnTheNurseryHunt Fri 06-Jan-17 16:10:07

Hi! Where is the best place to look for writing competitions (mainly looking for short story ones). Writing magazines? Anywhere else? Thanks smile

septembersunshine Mon 09-Jan-17 18:11:30

I only know of the short story ones I had to enter. They were bridport PRIZE, Fish, Costa and Bristol short story prize. Mslexia is good too (all entry fees though...expensive to entre loads or multiple shorts). Novel comps are a whole other thing. There was one for woman called the Lucy Cavendish. There are a few websites that list all of them too if you Google it plus the writers and artists year book might have lists of them!

AmandaJane82a Tue 10-Jan-17 22:33:14

A good place for comps is

MumOnTheNurseryHunt Wed 11-Jan-17 20:15:28

Thanks both!

Naicehamshop Sat 14-Jan-17 20:57:22

Writing Magazine has quite a few writing competitions. You can see it online or in libraries.

Sweetpea15 Sun 15-Jan-17 03:48:58

Google Cathys Calls and Comps. Usually got some good links on there smile

kungfupannda Sat 28-Jan-17 18:50:41

Writers' Forum magazine run a monthly writing competition - rolling entry, so you just submit whenever you like and they put it into the next competition. £3 for subscribes or £6 otherwise, but a £300 first prize every month, so worth a punt!

Off the top of my head, other reputable short story comps include Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Yeovil, Wells, Frome, London Magazine, Fish (expensive), Bridport, Mslexia, Words with Jam, Costa, BBC and Times EFG (you have to be published for those two), HE Bates, Brighton, HISSAC, (another monthly one), Commonwealth, Manchester. Have a look at Paul McVeigh's website for details of others.

For novels, there's the Lucy Cavendish, mentioned above. Also Bath, Exeter, Mslexia (not every year), Bridport, Yeovil.

HappyApril89 Sat 18-Mar-17 21:04:06

If erotic fiction is your thing, holds competitions regularly.

Fionje Thu 27-Apr-17 14:13:30

Coastal Retreats Northumberland are currently running a writing competition for 5-18 year olds to win a stay at one of their holiday cottages.

Reebs123 Tue 01-Aug-17 00:13:24

If you haven't done so already Join Twitter. I find it's the best place for writing competitions & news.

Reebs123 Tue 01-Aug-17 00:15:47

Costa have a SS comp. deadline 4 Aug 2017

rosie17 Tue 10-Apr-18 06:47:59

Does anyone know of any UK up and coming flash fiction/short story competitions?

CantFeelMyFace Tue 10-Apr-18 08:28:10

Are you on Twitter?

If you follow @shortstopsuk, they tweet about opportunities and also do a monthly round up of comps. They have a website too.


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