Monday, 10 December 2018

Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize

How to enter

Thank you for your interest in the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2019.

The Prize is for a novel by a woman over the age of 21 that marries literary merit with unputdownability. The work can be on any subject at all. We welcome submissions of literary fiction and genre fiction equally. Novels for young adults or children are acceptable if they are mainly word-based; picture books are excluded.

The work you submit must be unpublished, and must not have been accepted for future publication or self-published. In addition, anyone who has previously had a full-length novel accepted for publication is not eligible to enter. Entrants must be resident in the UK or Ireland.

To be considered, you need to supply us with your entry fee of £12, and submit the first 40-50 pages of the novel via the online form and a synopsis (5-10 pages long) of the remainder.

For full details, please read and follow the competition Terms and Conditions carefully – unfortunately we cannot take entries forward if they do not comply with the rules!

The closing date for the competition is 12 noon Friday 8 February 2019.

The Dylan Thomas Birthplace

The Dylan Thomas Birthplace International Short Story Competition 2018 is a great opportunity for creative young people to have fun developing their unique short story.

Dylan was a precocious young writer who produced his first book of poetry at the age of nineteen. That’s why we’ve set the age limit as under 19 on his birthday - 27th October 2018. Although Dylan produced the vast majority of his published work by the age of nineteen he started writing at a young age so we have a separate competition for aspiring writers aged fifteen and under.

Whilst we have some great prizes everyone who enters is a winner and will receive a year’s membership of the Dylan Thomas Society

For this year’s topics we’ve chosen a watery theme to tie in with 2018 being the Visit Wales Year of the Sea.

However, the title is just the start to feed your inspiration – where you go is influenced by you, your imagination, the sight, sounds and the smell of the countryside and towns around you. The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) on 21st December and winners will be announced in the New Year.

Age Groups There are two age groups – under 15 years old and 15 to under 19 years old. The cut-off date being 27th October 2018 – Dylan’s birthday.

Entry Fees You can enter as many stories as you wish and select from the drop down list below. Make sure you keep your PayPal Transaction Number and Account Name to attach to the Entry Form. Without these we cannot identify you.

Maggie's Cancer Centres Maggie's is the Birthplace charity of 2018 and will benefit from the competition



This year's winter competition is for poetry on any subject.
There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one.

1st prize is £100.
2nd prize is £50

Entry is by email to after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of
all entries must be received before midnight MONDAY 22st January 2019
Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees are as follows;
1 poem £3.50
3 Poems £8.00
5 poems £10

Competition Judge; JIM BENNETT

Jim Bennett lives near Liverpool in the UK and is the author of 74 books, including books for children, books of poetry and many technical titles on transport and examinations.

His poetry collections include;

Drums at New Brighton (Lifestyle 1999)

Down in Liverpool (CD) (Long Neck 2001)

The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds (Bluechrome 2004 reprinted 2006)

Larkhill (Searle Publishing 2009)

The Cartographer / Heswall (Indigo Dreams 2013)

He has won many awards for his writing and performance including 3 DADAFest awards. He is also managing editor of one of the worlds most successful internet sites for poets. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Award on 7 occasions, and shortlisted for the Basil Bunting Award in 2013.

Jim taught Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool and now tours throughout the year giving readings and performances of his work.Authors page

Competition Rules

Poems, which must be in English, can be on any subject and presented in any form or style .
There are no restrictions on content.
All poem must be the unpublished work of the person entering them into the competition.
The actual given name of the entrant must be given, even if the poem is to be published under a pen name.
Poems should not have any indication within them to allow for the identification of the poet.
There is no length or content restrictions and a short poem is just as likely to win as a longer one.
Poems must be entered by email to the appropriate fee is paid through PAY PAL in Pound Sterling (GB Pounds).
Please attach all entered poems in one attachment using a standard Word file
Closing Date for all entries is midnight on MONDAY 22st January 2019
Poems will not be accepted by post.
We cannot accept alterations to the poem once it has been submitted.
Poems cannot be withdrawn from the judging process once they have been entered.
In exceptional circumstances we reserve the right to vary the prizes shown.
Although copyright will remain with the poet, we reserve the right to publish any shortlisted poem on our website.
The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


1 Pay the appropriate fee and obtain the transaction code.

2 Send your entry via email to
In the subject line please state "competition entry"
In the body of the email please state;
Your Name
Your address
Your email address
Poem title(s)
Please attach your poem or poems in a single WORD or TEXT file, there should be no identifying features on the file other than the poem titles,

no other file types will be opened. (No PDFs)

It's The Final Countdown

About the Prize

One of the most lucrative prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem
Overall prize of €10,000 and three runner-up prizes of €1,000
Open to anyone over 16, regardless of publishing history
Judged anonymously
No line limit
Poem can be on any subject or theme
Previous winners include Ann Gray, Tom Moore, Natalya Anderson, Lee Sharkey, Abigail Parry
Four shortlisted poems to be published in the spring 2019 issue of The Moth
Shortlisted poets to be invited to a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin, where the overall winner will be announced.
You can read an interview with this year’s judge Jacob Polley in the Irish Times.


Thursday, 1 November 2018

MTP Agency Short Story Contest

I Their  quest to offer new authors a stage we are hosting a Short Story Competition.

Entries close midnight (GMT, London), February 17, 2019

3,000 words maximum, no minimum

Open to new authors only


have never had a full-length work published

Open to authors worldwide

Multiple entries allowed

English language

Most genres accepted:


science fiction


e.g. biography, memoir, true story

Entry fee £6 (approx. $8.00 USD)

Winners announced February 25, 2019

Full RULES here

Previous Results

First Prize: £300

Publication in the MTP Winter Anthology (print book and ebook)

Anthology title based on the winning entry title

Publication on this website

Second Prize: £200

Publication in the MTP Winter Anthology (print book and ebook)

Publication on this website

Third Prize: £100

Publication in the MTP Winter Anthology (print book and ebook)

Publication on this website

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

First Prize – £1,000
Second Prize – £300
Third Prize – £100
Two Highly Commended – £50

We also plant a tree for every single entry we receive in Boré, Kenya and we’ll email you the GPS coordinates of it once the contest has closed and we’ve received confirmation of them from our Word Forest Coordinator.

Additionally, your entry will also help fund the construction of another much needed new classroom in the same community – click here to see the one our previous contests built.

All of this will be done via the newly formed charity The Word Forest Organisation, which was founded as a direct result of the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
The Rules in Brief
Open for entries 1st October 2018, through to midnight on 31st December 2018
Short Stories up to 4,000 words, excluding title
Poetry up to 50 lines, excluding title and lines between stanzas
The theme for short stories and poetry is open
Online entries preferred but written entries are also accepted (Click here for the address and postal details)
Open to writers all over the world
Entrants must be 15 or over at the time of submission
Entries must be written in English and must be your own previously unpublished work
Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title
You may submit as many entries as you wish
£5 per entry
Closing date midnight 31st December 2018

Click here to read the rules, Ts and Cs in full.

Your submission will also act as your acceptance of the rules.

Good luck!

The Team

Friday, 19 October 2018

The 2019 DISQUIET Prize

The 2019 DISQUIET Prize is now open for submissions. Contest winners in the categories offiction, poetry, and non-fiction will have their winning work published in North America’s leading publications. Additionally, one grand prize winner will receive a full fellowship (airfare stipend, tuition, and housing included) to the 2019 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will be considered for financial aid.

The complete guidelines for the 2019 contest are as follows:

New deadline for 2019: January 10, 2019
Eligibility: Only previously unpublished work in English can be submitted. We accept entries from all ages and countries.
All entries should be in a standard typeface and 12pt font and in .pdf, .doc or .odt format.
For fiction: ONE short story or novel excerpt, maximum 25 (double-spaced) pages per entry.
For non fiction: ONE piece of non fiction, maximum 25 (double-spaced) pages per entry.
For poetry: No more than SIX poems per entry, up to 10 pages total.
Entrants may submit to any or all categories more than once; however, each entry must be accompanied by its own entry fee.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
In the Submittable submission form, please include your name and type of submission (short story, novel excerpt, poetry, non fiction, etc.) e.g. Jane Smith – Poetry
Include your complete contact information (name, address, telephone, email address) in the Submittable form.
Winners will be notified by March 2019.
Previous first place winners may not re-enter in the same genre.

Visit our Submittable page to enter and pay the fee via Paypal. A $15 US reading fee must accompany each entry.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Short Story Competition

For published and aspiring writers alike - enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon's four- or six-day Clockhouse writing retreats, as well as seeing your story published on

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that's it. Unlike previous years, there's no theme for you to base your story on; all you have to do is make sure you're registered with the website, the subject line of your email reads 'W&A Short Story Competition 2019' and you send it to

The closing date for entries is midnight on Wednesday 13th February, 2019. The winner of the competition - along with two runners-up - will be announced on the blog pages of this site in March 2019.

Don't forget to read the terms and conditions in full (below) before you enter. Please remember to register on before submitting your entry.

Good luck!
This year's judge

Alysoun Owen is a publisher with over 20 years' experience as a commissioning editor and running her own publishing consultancy business. She has been the Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook and the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook for six years and is a regular speaker on how to get published at literary festivals and writer events.
About Arvon

Arvon runs three historic writing houses in the UK, where published writers lead week-long residential courses. Covering a diverse range of genres, from poetry and fiction to screenwriting and comedy, Arvon courses have provided inspiration to thousands of people at all stages of their writing lives. You can find out more and book a course online at

Terms and conditions

These are the full terms and conditions for Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Short Story Competition 2019.

1. No purchase necessary, but entrants must be registered on

2. The competition is open to all ages, professions and nationalities, and you don’t have to reside in the UK to enter.

3. All entries must be original and unpublished.

4. Writers may submit one entry only.

5. Winners will be notified at the email address stated in their entry. Sign-up for our newsletter here if you want to be notified about the winner or check back on You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where competition updates will also be posted.

6. Entries must be submitted via email to with the subject heading: "W&A Short Story Competition 2019"

Please include your email address and other contact details in the body of the email. Your entry can appear in the body of the email or as a Word/PDF attachment. As long as it’s clear and easy to read, we have no other formatting requirements.

7. Your entry must be submitted before midnight on Wednesday 13th February, 2019. Entries will not be accepted after this date.

8. By submitting, all entrants thereby grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the right to publish their entry on in the event of their work being shortlisted and/or winning the competition.

9. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group cannot accept responsibility for entries which are not received or which are received after the closing date due to technical failure or for any other reason.

10. Winners agree to participate in publicity events in connection with the competition.

11. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group and the winners may enter into agreements which will grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the publishing, broadcasting, serial and electronic rights in the shortlisted and winning entries.

12. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group reserves the right to change the rules of this competition without notice.

13. The winners of the competition will be notified in March 2019 and the winning entries published on

14. Prizes must be taken by 31st December 2019 and are subject to availability.

15. Bloomsbury are not responsible for travel costs to and from the writing retreat, so if you live outside of the UK, you will be responsible for your own travel costs.

16. The winning prize cannot be exchanged for the monetary equivalent.

17. The decision of the competition judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

18. Employees of The Bloomsbury Publishing Group, and members of their immediate family, are excluded from participating in the competition.

19. We may, from time to time, inform you of new books and special offers that we think will be of interest.

20. Please send direct competition queries to Any sent to will not be answered.

Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award 2019: Scholarship applications now accepted! - FINAL COUNTDOWN

Registration is now open for the Iceland Writers Retreat. In addition to general registration, which is currently open to all, we have scholarships slots available for those with financial need. The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award offers talented writers in need of financial support an opportunity to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavík, Iceland in April, 2019.

Please read these guidelines and click on the link at the end of this article to apply.

Who can apply

Anyone who is aged 18 or over on April 3, 2019 is eligible to apply for an Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award (anyone is welcome to independently register and attend the event without a scholarship). The winning candidate(s) must demonstrate that s/he does not have the financial means to attend the conference without this award.* Candidates do not need to be professional writers, but should be serious about the craft and interested in developing their skills and contacts. Their writing interests must fit well with the faculty for the 2019 retreat (i.e. literary fiction, non-fiction, memoir).

Family members of the judges and those who have already attended the IWR are not eligible to apply.*

What does it cover?

Entrants can apply for either full or partial funding. Full funding covers all participation of a “complete package” in the Iceland Writers Retreat, as detailed on our website (including accommodation). The scholarship also includes round-trip flights to Iceland.

Partial funding covers the participant fee for the Standard Package only, and neither accommodation nor round trip flights.

Please ensure that you apply for the most suitable category for you, as if you apply for full funding you are very unlikely to be considered for a partial award. (Note that we usually have many more applications for full funding than partial funding.)

The award does not include airport transfers, travel insurance, travel visas (if applicable)**, other incidentals or meals not listed in the itinerary, or the Relax & Write extension.

How are the recipients chosen?

The recipients will be chosen based primarily on two factors: a) The potential s/he demonstrates (or has demonstrated) as a writer and b) his/her need for financial support to be able to attend. We will also evaluate based on the other questions in the application, though, so make sure to tell us about yourself and why you think you’d be the perfect match for the Iceland Writers Retreat. (Please don’t just tell us how you have always wanted to visit Iceland.)

The applicant should also be available for media interviews before and during the Retreat, and be able to explain how s/he would help to share their experience with others after the fact. This may include being asked to prepare a short report on their experience to be published on the IWR website.

Applications will be reviewed by a group of IWR alumni. The final decision on the award recipient will be made by the IWR Founding Directors.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 31 October, 2018. Midnight, PST. We will announce the recipients on 3 December, 2018.

*If this financial stipulation does not apply to you, or if you have already attended the IWR, please consider entering our writing competition, which is open to all and will be advertised in November. We will provide details of this event on our website soon.

**Please note that we are not responsible for issuing travel visas and cannot guarantee that one will be issued for you. However, we would provide all the required supporting letters and our past recipients who have required visas have had no problem being issued with one.

Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize

How to enter Thank you for your interest in the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2019. The Prize is for a novel by a woman over the age of 21 t...