Thursday, 19 August 2021

Impress Prize for New Writers 2021

Impress Prize for New Writers

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The 2021 Impress Prize Submissions are now open!

MONO Poetry Competition



1st Prize £250

2nd Prize £100

3rd Prize £50

Deadline: Midnight 1st September 2021

(All winning entries will also be published in the April 2022 edition of MONO.)

It is with great excitement that we invite you to enter our first poetry competition on the theme of 'SANITY'. The competition will be judged by acclaimed poet, Padraig Rooney. You can interpret the theme in any way you wish.

You can submit up to three poems for a total cost of £6.00. Entries can be made by clicking on the appropriate payment button at the very bottom of this page. The button will take you through a secure payment process where there is also an option to use Paypal.

Two Simple Steps to Enter:

1. Please pay the relevant fee below. Your choice will be added to the cart where you can securely checkout.

2. Send your poems as a Word doc, along with full name and payment reference to Subscribers to the magazine pay a reduced entry fee and in all further competitions. (Please ensure your name does not appear in the body of the attachment as all entries will be judged anonymously.). Write POETRY COMPETITION in the subject bar of the email.

10% of monies received from this competition will be given to Poetic Unity, a Brixton (UK)-based charity using poetry to give a voice to the voiceless. We are excited to support this fantastic charity, using literature and creative writing to change lives and communities. Find out more here:

Finally, we don't mind how you present or format your poetry. Spoken word welcome. Be your brilliant, creative selves!

Manchester Cathedral 600 Poetry Competition 2021


Sharpen your pencil, polish your pen, hit the keyboard, the Manchester Cathedral 600 Poetry Competition is here! This year celebrates six centuries since the founding of the Collegiate Church which grew into our cathedral. We are celebrating the Cathedral - this extraordinary home of spiritual life and diversity, the beating heart of a vibrant city.

We are looking this year for poems which reflect, express or connect with the Cathedral in some way. Poems will be short – no more than 15 lines – so that we can make them really visible in the city and beyond. Poems you submit should be broadly religious or ‘spiritual’ in nature and, like all good religious poetry, appeal to those who might not describe themselves as ‘religious’. We would like to see poetry from different faith traditions, as well as from those struggling to discover a sense of the sacred. Write in any style or form – your poems will be judged solely on their merits as poetry.

And this year, rather than one winner and a lot of hopefuls, we will be simply offering TEN prizes of £100, and publishing the winning poems in a Celebration booklet.

Enter 2021 Competition

The Judges

This year's poems will be judged by a panel:

Robbie Burton

Robbie Burton began writing poetry in her 50s, gaining an MA at Liverpool Hope in 2003 and publishing the odd poem here and there the following year.

Someone Else's Street, published by HappenStance, is her first collection. Since 2009, she has run Cross Border Poets, a very successful Poetry Society stanza.

Her poems have appeared in a wide variety of magazines. Her work has appeared in the Quaker anthology A Speaking Silence (ed. R Bailey and S Krayer), The Book of Love and Loss (ed. R Bailey & J Hall) and other anthologies. Her poem Eternal Plane was commended in the 2010 Poetry Society Stanza Competition. Nun With Keys was highly commended in the 2019 Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition, and her poem, Deeds, won 3rd prize in the 2018 Ledbury Poetry Competition.



This prize is aimed at writers based in the UK and EU who are responding creatively and experimenting with the literature mold. with this prize, we seek to identify, recognise and develop writers’ careers in the genres of short fiction and poetry. we are supported by Arts Council England, Writers’ Centre Kingston, and Selcouth Station Press. this will be our third year of running this amazing prize.

there are two age categories (18-30 and 31 and over) in each category of short fiction and poetry, which
means there are four overall first place winners. we also award second-fourth places in each category.

1st place: six personalised mentoring sessions, book bundles, networking and performance/exhibition opportunities.
2nd place: two online personalised mentoring sessions from the streetcake editors, networking and book bundles.

3rd place: one email feedback session from the streetcake editors and book bundles. ​

4th place: book bundles.

all winning entrants published in the anthology.​​


Entry is by email to (If you find entering challenging in any way, please drop us an email and we will try to help you).

​Entry is free but if you can support us with a voluntary donation of £1-2, we would appreciate your support!
(*please note, donations have no impact on whether you are placed or not)

There is a limit of 2 pieces of short fiction (2500 words per story - this is approx 6 pages of A4 double-spaced) per entrant and / or 3 poems (max 2 sides of A4 per poem) per entrant.

In the subject line, please state your age and write either “poetry” or “fiction”, depending on what you are submitting (this will allow us to enter you into the correct category). Please send all poems or stories in the same email with your files saved as the name of your piece/s.

If you are entering in both categories, please send two separate emails for each writing genre but with the same personal information.

In the body of the email, please state:
Name (pseudonyms are allowed but you must enter with your legal name)
Title of work/s
Address (you must be living at a UK/EU address to enter but entry is not limited to UK/EU nationals)
Date of birth and age (for category banding)
Preferred phone number
Where you heard about the prize
If you are happy to tell us, please let us know if you belong to an underrepresented group. This is for monitoring purposes and will not be shared anywhere.
Pen Name (if any)
Please attach your entries as single WORD (.doc or .docx) or PDF files. Please read the rules for details about file formats for more visual works. Each poem/story should be submitted as a separate file and in a legible font (unless it is a visual piece and it is the intention to be unreadable). There should be no identifying features on the file other than the title of your work. If any personal details are left on the file, your entry will unfortunately be disqualified.

All entries must be received before 23:59 on MONDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2021 (UK time).
Entries received after this time will be discarded.

***please read the FULL RULES before entering.

​we also have some FAQs***


Short Story Competition

Our quarterly short story competition is open for entries all year round.

The competition is open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). Closing dates are:

31st January
30th April
31st July
31st October

You can enter up to three stories in each quarterly competition.

Entry fees: £5 for the first | plus £3 for the second | plus £2 for the third

1st – £150
2nd – £75
3rd – £30

The three placed stories from each quarter will be published on this website. Future anthologies will also be considered, published by Cranked Anvil Press, in which a selection of short- and long-listed stories from each competition will be published.

The results will be announced here (and in our social media) within six weeks of the closing dates.

Please ensure you read our rules for condition of entry.

Go to the entry page to pay your entry fee and enter the competition.

Good luck! – We look forward to reading your stories.

In the meantime, you can read previous winning stories here.

Congratulations on writing your 1,500-word story (or stories).

Click on the correct button below to choose how many stories you are entering.

RULES: our rules of entry have recently been updated, so make sure have read, understood, and are complying with all of them (especially if you have entered our competitions in the past). Read the updated rules here before entering.

ONE story – £5.00 GBP

TWO stories – £8.00 GBP

THREE stories – £10.00 GBP

Once payment has been made, email your manuscript(s) to us at

If you are entering more than one story, please send each story as a separate manuscript. You MUST ENSURE your email address is on the covering page of each manuscript you send – this will enable us to identify your story.

Frances Browne Multilingual Poetry Competition 2021

Multilingual Poetry Competition

We are delighted to welcome entries for the 2021 Frances Browne Multilingual poetry competition. There are three separate categories in the competition: Irish Language; English Language and Ulster-Scots Language. You may enter the competition online, or by downloading the hard copy paper form below.

Entries must be submitted by midnight on Friday 3rd September 2021

Prizes: Each Competition category will be awarded the following prizes:
First place: €250 Second place: €150 Third place: €100

Tuesday, 17 August 2021



Submissions open until August 30th

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Welcome to our 2021 Summer Short Story Award for New Writers, an annual contest that recognizes the best fiction from today’s emerging writers.  Judging this year’s contest is author of With Teeth and Mostly Dead Things Kristen Arnett! The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winning stories and any notable Honorable Mentions will receive agency review by the following: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, Sarah Fuentes from Fletcher & Company, Heather Schroder from Compass Talent, and Siohban McBride from Carnicelli Literary Management. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.


  • Winner receives $3000, publication, and agency review
  • Second and third place prizes ($300 / $200, publication, and agency review)
  • Stories under 6000 words
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
  • Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections are welcome to submit. Writers with novels published with small circulations (around 5000 copies) can also submit.)
  • International English submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee
  • Deadline: August 30th, 2021
  • Please, no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication
  • If requesting an editorial letter, please indicate on your cover letter if the submissions is fiction or creative nonfiction
  • A significant portion of the editorial letter fees go to our feedback editor, according to the rates established by the EFA

We don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. We’re simply looking for the best. We don’t define, nor are we interested in, stories identified by their genre. We do, however, consider ourselves a publication that focuses on literary fiction. Dazzle us, take chances, and be bold.

Kristen Arnett is the NYT bestselling author of the debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction. She is a queer fiction and essay writer. She was awarded Ninth Letter’s Literary Award in Fiction and her work has appeared at The New York Times, The Cut, Guernica, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, McSweeneys, PBS Newshour, The Guardian, Salon, and elsewhere. Her story collection, Felt in the Jaw, was published by Split Lip Press and was awarded the 2017 Coil Book Award. She was a Spring 2020 Shearing Fellow at Black Mountain Institute. Her next two books (With Teeth: A Novel and an untitled collection of short stories) will be published by Riverhead Books (Penguin Random House). She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from Florida State University and currently lives in Miami, Florida.


To thank you for your continued support of The Masters Review, we’re excited to offer you the following opportunities with your submission: is offering 15% off any of their classes this year, and the discount code will be included in the confirmation e-mail when you submit.

Literature & Latte is offering a 20% discount on their incredibly helpful Scrivener writing software for macOS and Windows users. There will be a discount code in the confirmation e-mail when you submit.

Benjamin Woodard’s class on Skillshare“Crafting Complex Characters (Quickly) for Short Fiction,” is available with a free 14-day trial (through a link in your confirmation e-mail).

The Writing Salon is offering every submitter a 10% off discount code on a writing class with a discount code included in your confirmation e-mail!

Winner update: Joe Bond earned representation from Sarah Fuentes of Fletcher & Company, and Caitlin O’Neil earned representation from Victoria Marini and our 2016 Fall Fiction winner, Ruth Joffre, selected by Kelly Link sold her story collection to Grove Atlantic with our winning piece as the title story. Awesome.

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

The Bedford Competition

Entries for the short story and poetry competitions are now being accepted.

As a result of such a successful year in 2020, we are pleased to announce that the first prize in both the short story and poetry competitions will be increased to £1,000.

This year could be your chance to win.

The standard entry fee is £7.50 per story or poem. If you enter three at a time, it will be £15. Students are charged at the reduced rate of £5 per story or poem or £10 for three at the same time.

We will once again award an additional prize to young writers for the best story and poem entered by those in the age group 17 to 25 years. This award is called the Cygnature Prize.

Also entrants who are residents of Bedford will qualify for the Bedford Prize of £100 for the story and poem judged best.

If you are eligible for either of the above awards, then your story or poem, in addition to being entered in the main competition, will automatically be considered for the additional prizes.

Please be sure to read the rules before entering.

To enter click on Competition in the menu bar at the top of this page and select either Story or Poem. You will be given the choice between continuing to enter online or downloading a printable form to be completed offline and sent in by post.



Top 10 Shortlisted Entries

Your story included in The Winners’ Collection, which is sent to literary agents and publishers to help your work get noticed.

Your story and biography included in our Winners’ Gallery on the Searchlight Awards’ website, which agents, publishers, friends and family can access.

Your story included in our annual Searchlight Awards’ Anthology, which features the best entries from all our competitions in the last year.
First Prize

All the above, with your story recognised as the Competition Winner, plus £300 in Cash.

Submissions from 10th May 2021 to 16th August 2021, midnight UK time

Judge: Finbar Hawkins, children’s author and Creative Director and Producer at Aardman Animations

Word limit: 500 words, not including the title

Entry fee per story: £9

Results published: 13th December 2021

Please read the rules below before entering the competition
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Impress Prize for New Writers 2021

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