Monday, 18 January 2021

Blackwater Press Short Story Contest

Short Story Contest

Blackwater Press is pleased to announce its first short story contest!

Our theme is our Blackwater Press logo.

We accept short stories only (maximum 10,000 words, minimum 1000). Entrants may approach the theme however they wish. What sort of bird is the Blackwater bird? Where is the Blackwater bird going? What are its problems? Where does it live? To whom does it answer? Has someone metamorphosed like poor Gregor Samsa? Wherever your inspiration takes you, we want to read it.

The winning entry (as judged by the editors at Blackwater) will receive $150, with two runners up receiving $50. In addition, we will publish the top ten entries in a short story collection in 2021, with all winners receiving two free copies.

How to enter:

The entry fee is $5, which can be sent using the button at the bottom of the page. Please send your entry as a Word document to with 'Short Story Contest' in the subject. Remember, only once we have received your payment will your entry be confirmed. Entries should be double-spaced with an easy-to-read font. We accept American and British spellings and usage. Include a brief bio in the email, and title the document with your last name-short story (e.g, Bupp-short-story.docx).

Deadline is midnight on January 31, 2021. Winners will be notified in March (barring any extraordinary circumstances). Good luck!

Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2021


The Rialto working in association with the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative

Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge Daljit Nagra. Closing Date March 1st 2021

1st prize – £1000
2nd prize – £500
3rd prize – £250

A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen the location of his long term research studies of cuckoos.

Nick Davies is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge. For many years his work has focused on the evolutionary battle between cuckoos and their hosts and has been based at Wicken Fen in Cambridge. In 2015 Nick published Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature, a book David Attenborough describes as, ‘an amazing detective story by one of the country’s greatest field naturalists’.

The prize does not include the cost of travel or accommodation.


Daljit Nagra

Daljit’s four poetry collections, all with Faber & Faber, have won the Forward Prizes for Best Individual Poem, and for Best First Collection, the South Bank Show Decibel Award, the Cholmondley Award, and have been shortlisted for the Costa Prize and, twice, for the TS Eliot Prize. Daljit is a PBS New Generation Poet whose poems have appeared in The New Yorker, the LRB and the TLS, and his journalism in the FT and The Guardian. The inaugural Poet-in-Residence for Radio 4 & 4 Extra, he presents the weekly Poetry Extra. He also serves on the Council of the Royal Society of Literature, and teaches at Brunel University, London.


You can submit up to six poems in one batch, the entry fee for the first poem is £7 and includes an administration fee, the fee for each subsequent poem in the batch is £4.

If entering more than 1 poem, please load your poems as separate files and pay the appropriate fee.

If you wish to submit more than six poems you will need to make a second submission which will include a second administration fee.

Please note we require poems to be sent as either as a Adobe PDF or a Microsoft Word .doc or a .docx. Please retain all emails from Submittable regarding your submission and transaction.

Enter here using Submittable.

If you have any queries regarding the competition please contact

There are a limited number of free entries available for writers on low incomes. These will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and will cover the submission of up to two poems. To qualify, you should be in receipt in one or more of the following: Universal Credit, or any of the benefits that it is replacing, DLA (or PIP), Council Tax Support, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, or international equivalents. To enter, please email your poem to along with a scan of a recent letter proving your eligibility. Entries will be anonymised and entered into the Submittable system.

Closing date of the Competition is midnight on March 1 2021.
The Competition is open to anyone over the age of 18, other than Rialto team members and staff of the RSPB, CCI and UK staff of BirdLife International.
Poems must have a title and must be no more than 40 lines, excluding the title, and be typed in black ink on one side of A4.
Poems must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published, self-published or published online or broadcast. Poems are judged anonymously so the poet’s name address etc., MUST NOT appear on the poem.
Poems must be written in English.
No corrections can be made to poems entered, nor can fees be refunded.
Entries cannot be returned.
If you require confirmation that your postal entry has arrived please enclose a stamped self-addressed postcard marked ‘Acknowledgement’.
Copyright of each poem remains with the poet, but by entering the competition you give the organisers the right to publish the winning poems both online and in printed media.
The judge’s decision is final and neither they nor the organisers will enter into any correspondence.
Prizewinners will be notified in April, and lists of the prizewinners and the long-listed contestants will be published on The Rialto website.
The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judge without notice and not to award prizes if in the judge’s opinion such an action is justified.



£7 for your first poem £4 for each subsequent poem.



If you hate the internet or just find the technology and payment system intimidating and would prefer your entry to be on paper in an envelope you can download the leaflet and entry form below.


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Never Such Innocence 2020/21 Competition

The 2020/21 Competition is Open for Entries! Scroll Down to Enter!

This year’s theme is… The Unheard Voices of Conflict: Stories from Around the World

Share your reflections on conflict or give a voice to those who may not have one. To inspire your poetry, art, speech or song, use the 5Ws to explore the theme.

Who? This could be a conflict that has affected you / your family, or you could bring to light someone else’s story.

What? Conflict comes in many forms. What conflict affects you?

When? You can look at a historical or current conflict.

Where? This could be within your local community or around the world.

Why? New voices and perspectives are important if we are to understand the true impact of conflict.

Some examples of an ‘unheard voice’ could include: A personal family story relating to conflict, the feelings of a service child who has a parent deployed, the perspective of people from a defeated army, refugees fleeing from their homes, the perspective of indigenous or minority groups, young people caught in the midst of conflict, or if animals could speak - what would they say? Feel free to be creative with how you interpret the theme! Scroll down to see some examples created by other young people!

NSI goodies and other exciting opportunities - to be confirmed when we can!

The Volksbund had kindly offered 4 spots into their summer camp for first place winners in the 16-18 age category of each section of the competition! More details to come soon!
The competition will run from Friday 4th September 2020 - Friday 19th March 2021


Taking Part


The most important things to know before you enter:

The simplest way to enter is online, which you can do by clicking the buttons below. If you would like to send us a physical copy of your work, please send it to: Never Such Innocence, 11 Slingsby Place, London, WC2E 9AB. To request a physical entry form, please email We regret that we are unable to return work due to the volume of entries we receive.

You are welcome to enter each category once - Poetry, Art, Speech and Song - a total of four entries per person.

Please don’t filter your entries - every single participant receives a special personalised Certificate of Commendation!

If you are an individual submitting one piece of work, please use the Individual Entry Form.

If entering one work created by a group of young people please use a Group Entry Form. Include everyone’s names on the entry form, so that all of the young people receive a certificate.

If you would like to submit multiple works by different young people, please use the Multiple Entry Form.

Any problems just ask us! We are a small and dedicated team and will be more than happy to assist, email us at or call 020 7836 2603.


Farnham Flash Fiction Competition 2021

Flash Fiction Competition 2021

The Farnham Flash Fiction Competition is co-ordinated and facilitated by Creative Catalogues and Sally Dickson.

Have you a 500-word-story waiting to be written?

How to enter:
1. Format your story as a Word doc, font 12px Times New Roman, double spaced. Add word count.
2. Please do not include your name, pen name or identifier on your competition submission
3. Pay £5 competition entry fee using Paypal

4. Forward your PayPal receipt by email to and attach your document
5. Please put : FLASH FICTION SUBMISSION together with the title and author in the subject line
6. In the body of the email include:
a. Your name
​ b. Name of your story
c. Contact details incl. contact phone

​Deadline for competition entries:
Midnight Friday June 4th 2021
​Awards ceremony in Farnham:
Tuesday June 22nd 2021
Plus: ONLINE - Invite to all entrants
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Top Prize: £75 First Runner-up: £25
Best Flash Fiction featuring Farnham: £25

Cheshire Prize for Literature 2020

The 2020 Cheshire Prize for Literature is a celebration of all the creativity that has flowered and continues to flourish during the pandemic.

Some artists and writers have struggled, like many, and again, like many, they have used the situation as an opportunity to pause, reflect and create. We felt it important to offer a platform for the variety of writing that is happening. So this year the Prize is opening up its digital doors, in collaboration with Storyhouse, to accept digital submissions from all four categories of the past four years: poetry, short fiction, children’s literature and scriptwriting. The judges, William Stephenson* , Alex Clifton* , and Si Poole* , will choose one winner from each category. They will be looking particularly for original and inspiring responses to all aspects of the pandemic including “lockdown” and what has become for us all the “new normal”.
Rules and Conditions
The 2020 Prize for Literature will be awarded for an original and previously unpublished piece of creative work in one of four categories themed around all aspects of the pandemic including “lockdown” and what has become for us all the “new normal”.
A short story up to 1500 words.
A poem up to 100 lines.
A piece of work aimed at children aged 7 to 14 either a short story up to 1500 words or a poem up to 100 lines.
A playscript suitable for radio, theatre or television, no more than 15 minutes in length.
The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire. For the purposes of the Prize, Cheshire is deemed to include the Wirral, as well as Warrington and Halton. Documentary evidence of eligibility may be required.
Entrants can be any age, but those under 18 years of age on the 31st January 2021, will require written consent from a parent or guardian when submitting.
Entries can be submitted by an individual or be a joint submission but if entering a joint submission all participants must be eligible to enter.
Entries must be received by 31st January 2021. Email entries should be sent to, each entry must be attached as a separate Word document with a separate Word document containing a covering letter to include name, address, email address, title of entry(s) and category(s) they are entering. Joint submissions need to include contact details of all entrants. Entrants from outside the county must state the reason for their eligibility.

*Please note this year we are unable to accept postal entries and all entries must be submitted electronically.
There is no charge for entering the competition. Entrants may submit one entry in a maximum of two categories and must state clearly which category(s) they are entering.
Entries will be judged anonymously, by a panel chaired by Simon Poole, Faculty of Education, and Senior Lead in Cultural Education and Research at Storyhouse. The decision of the judging panel will be final. No correspondence can be entered into concerning individual entries.
By entering this competition the writer consents to their work being published – further terms and conditions can be found at
A £500 prize will be awarded to one winner from each of the four categories.

*The University reserves the right not to award a prize in any category if there are not enough entrants for that category. (A minimum of 5 entrants)

Enquiries about eligibility, or requests for further information, should be directed to:

Jenni Davies

Tel: 01244 511344


Twitter: @cheshireprize

History of the Prize


Open for entries from 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to writers worldwide over 16 years. Entries for the 2021 competition is pen now and will close on 28 February 2021.

We are seeking original and engaging stories on any topic up to 2,000 words. Our chief judge is Andrew O’Hagan, multi-award winning author and editor-at-large of the London Review of Books. He is assisted by a team of passionate and dedicated readers in the early rounds.

2021 Prizes include:

First prize of £1,000, second prize £500, third prize £250 open to writers worldwide

£750 Isobel Lodge Award open to unpublished writers born, living or studying in Scotland.

Publication for the top twenty stories in out next anthology.

The Scottish Arts Club will present one year free membership of the Club to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and Isobel Lodge winners. Explore the Club and its many affiliations in other cities (Please note this offer does not apply to current or former members of the Scottish Arts Club.)

Dedicated page on our website for all finalists to promote their work and share insights about their writing life. Go to the Writers' Pages.

The Scottish Arts Club Member's Prize is awarded by our reader's panel to the top story entered by a member of the Scottish Arts Club of at least two years standing.

Long-listed stories will be announced in August 2021. Seven short-listed finalists will be contacted by phone or email in early September.

Learn more about our chief judge, Andrew O’Hagan and what he looks for in a short story

Entry fee is £10 per story. All proceeds are used to support the arts in Scotland.
The competition is managed by the Scottish Arts Trust and run entirely by volunteers.


Watch/listen to these outstanding readings from Alan Cumming, Ali McGraw, Maureen Beattie and John Bett at the launch of our latest anthology ‘Life on the Margins’ - the book features stories from 70 writers who entered our short story and flash fiction competitions.

Free Flash Fiction Competition

Competition Two

Write, edit and submit by 23rd Feb 2021.

Submit a flash fiction piece of between 100 and 300 words, on any theme.

£1 per entry, per story.

£75 for one winner.

2x commended and 2x shortlisted stories will be published on the FFF web site.

Judge - Amy O'Neil @amygraceONeil

Friday, 8 January 2021



There are just over two weeks left to enter The Caterpillar Story Prize. The prize is for an unpublished story of no more than 1,500 words written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). Anyone over 16 can enter. The winner will receive €1,000 and their story will be published in the winter issue of The Caterpillar.

‘I am enormously humbled to have won this beautiful prize. I hope all children find solace in stories and discover The Caterpillar as a place of wonder.’ Louise Greig (2018 winner)

‘I am amazed and delighted to have been chosen as the winner of The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize. Thank you so much for the opportunities you give to children’s writers through your wonderful, whimsical magazine.' Jo Withers (2017 winner)


Saturday, 2 January 2021

Looking for a job?

Black Joy is a young adult non-fiction anthology which will feature essays from a variety of inspiring Black British voices around the topic of the joy they’ve found in their lives. It will be published in September 2021 by Penguin Random House Children’s Books. As well as including essays from well-known Black Brits, we would like to find a mentee who will act as co-editor and is brimming with ideas on potential commissions and topics that will be relevant to a younger audience to include in the anthology.

You don’t need to have worked in editorial in the past, but you do need to have lots of ideas about how we can reach new writers, and what original, insightful essay you would like to write for the anthology too.  

You will be paid £2500 for your contribution to this project.

What's on offer

  • You will be mentored by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff through the editorial process for Black Joy.
  • You will also have the opportunity to have your essay included in the anthology.
  • You will work as co-editor for this anthology as you select and commission essays from writers aged 18-24 years old.
  • This will be a remote mentorship, so there are no limitations to where in the UK the applicant is from, but you must be committed to the project and dedicate a total of 60 hours (maximum) to this project and be open to working collaboratively with both Charlie and the Penguin editor.

About you

  • Applicants must identify as Black British and be aged 18-24 at the time of applying for this mentorship.
  • Applicants must live in the UK.

How to submit your application

Fill in the application form below before Sunday 10th January 2021.


Monday, 28 December 2020

Oxford Flash Fiction Prize

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Blackwater Press Short Story Contest

Short Story Contest Blackwater Press is pleased to announce its first short story contest! Our theme is our Blackwater Press logo. We acc...