Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Parkinson's Art - Poetry Competition - “Empowerment”

Could you be the next Parkinson’s Art Poet of the Year?

Entries are invited for this prestigious, annual poetry competition. Our theme this year is “Empowerment”. Empowerment comes in different ways, at different times, in ways both visible and invisible. The theme is open to a wide variety of interpretations. In choosing the winners, the judges will be considering to what extent the theme has been addressed, even though we know this will offer tremendous scope for personal responses. We are looking for vibrant, emotionally honest writing with an impact , which shows confident control of structure and powerful use of language.

This is an open competition - everyone is welcome, including International entries.


Multiple entries are allowed.

£8 per poem or £20 for three.

Poems should be no longer than 40 lines and predominantly written in English.

There should be a clear connection with the theme.

All entries must carry the title of the poem, the name of the poet, and the entry number.

Entries should be submitted using Arial font size 12.

Nothing else in support of the poem or poet should be submitted.

Submitted work must be your own.

Poems must be original and should not have been published before, whether in print or through online outlets.

Copyright remains with the creator, however, Parkinson’s Art reserves the right to publish the content on it’s website and social media platforms.

The judges’ decision is final.

Submission process:

Tickets must be purchased first, see below. Your order number is your entry number

Once you have brought a ticket and received your order number, please email your submission to theteam@parkinsons.art

Remember to include your name and entry number

Every submission will be acknowledged. Please check your spam folder if you have not received an acknowledgement within 24hrs

Entries now being accepted. Closing date is Oct 31st (12 midnight UK time)


The winner will be announced on Nov 13th 2021 via the Parkinson’s Art website

Winning prize is £500 - winner takes all.




Searchlight Awards – Best Novel Opening

Searchlight Writing for Children Awards is a new rolling competition for aspiring authors writing for children or young adults.

Our purpose is to shine a bright light on exceptional writing. We publish it, send it out into the world, champion it and act as a stepping stone for children’s authors to achieve their literary dreams.

We can’t wait to tell the world about you and your writing, so the top ten stories from each competition receive maximum recognition. They will:

Feature in The Winners’ Collection, which is sent to an extensive list of literary agents and publishers who have requested it, to help your writing get noticed.

Appear, alongside your biography, in our Winners’ Gallery on the Searchlight Awards’ website, which agents, publishers, friends and family can access.

Be published in our annual Searchlight Awards’Anthology, which features the best entries from all our competitions in the last year.

And, to top it all, the First Prize winner for each competition receives a generous Cash Award.

Entries are invited for the following competitions

Best Novel Opening for Children or Young Adults

Submissions from 20th August 2021 to 22nd November 2021

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Best Short Story for Children or Young Adults

Submissions from 1st January to 1st March 2022

Read more


Judge: Michael Symmons Roberts

The Guernsey Literary Festival presents a competition that could deliver your work to thousands of readers.

Winning entries will be displayed on Guernsey buses a smaller selection will take part in a second, larger display at Guernsey Airport, then all over the island

Literary Festival 2022

Guernsey’s natural beauty, and its picturesque harbour town of St Peter Port, make the island an exceptional location for a literary festival. The tenth Guernsey Literary Festival takes place from 22nd-26th June 2022. We offer a varied and energetic celebration of literature with something for everyone – from aspiring writers to families looking for a fun day out. For more information on events in 2022 visit guernseyliteraryfestival.com

We invite you to join us for the International Poetry Competition Winners’ Reading on Wednesday 22nd June 2022.

Arena Fantasy Magazine’s Forbidden Friendship Competition

Word count—No more than 4000 words (title not included)

Entry - £10.00 (discount on multiple entries)

Winner - Will win £100* Winners will be published and featured in the December issue released on 15 December 2021. Runner up will win £50 plus publication.

Requirements -stories of up to 4000 words will be accepted as long as it is based on the following context.

You’re a young royal in disguise who befriends a villager with a scarred face. The next day, he’s arrested for stealing something you gave to him. Saving his life will mean risking everything.

Closing date - 25 November 2021
Submission guidelines - Please submit your entry with the following in the email body:
Story Title
Word Count
Pseudonym (If Applicable)
Telephone Number
Mob (if applicable)
PayPal Ref

Entry format - dot, doc, docx RTF or .txt format only


* Denotes may change depending on entries

Shooter Literary Magazine’s Poetry Competition

2021 Shooter Poetry Competition

Welcome to the 2021 Shooter Poetry Competition. Along with Shooter’s Short Story Competition (which reopens to entries in January 2022), our contests offer an additional means to spotlight literary excellence, with cash prizes and highlighted publication both in the pages of the magazine and online.

General submissions for each issue relate to a particular theme, but Shooter’s Poetry Competition offers a chance to write about whatever most compels you, in any style. We’re looking for sharply observed poetry with strong ideas, imaginative use of language, and meaningful form: in short, arresting poems that appeal to both the head and the heart.

In return for the entry fee (£3.50 or £8 for three poems), all entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s winter 2022 issue, featuring the winning poem.
The winner of the 2021 Shooter Poetry Competition will receive £150, publication in the winter issue and on the website, plus promotion on Shooter’s social media.
The runner-up will receive £50, publication on Shooter’s website, and promotion on social media.
All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s winter issue.
Poems may be any theme or style, up to 100 lines long.
The competition is open to entries through November 28th, 2021. Winners will be announced in December.
Proceeds from entry fees go toward prizes, contributor payments and Shooter’s production costs, supporting our mission to promote the best new writing and encourage the principle of paying writers for their work.

To enter, please email your poem(s) in a doc/docx/rtf attachment to contest.shooterlitmag@gmail.com by the deadline of November 28th, 2021. Include your name and title of poem(s) in the body of the email, with no authorial information on the attached document. Multiple entries are accepted.

Entry fees can be paid via the following links (card payments are accepted in addition to PayPal):

Single poem entry (quantities can be adjusted at checkout for multiple entries):

Discounted three-poem entry:

Free Writing Competition – My Writing Journey


This free writing competition is open to writers from around the world

Write and submit a 600-word piece on the theme: The best writing tip I’ve ever received.

We’ll publish the best piece in our newsletter and on our blog – plus the winner receives NZ $200 (R2 000 or £100). Read the competition rules far below.

CLOSING DATE: 31 January 2022
Send your story to nichola@nzwriterscollege.co.nz.

Shoreline of Infinity - A Science Fiction Ghost Story

A Science Fiction Ghost Story

At Christmas, everyone enjoys the thrill of a ghost story. This year, we want a science fictional ghostly tale to scare the bejeesus out of us. You have 1,000 words, starting now.


£50 for the winning story plus 1 year digital subscription to Shoreline of Infinity. Two runners-up will receive 1 year digital subscription to Shoreline of Infinity.

The top three stories will be published in Shoreline of Infinity – all three finalists will receive a print copy of this edition.
The Detail

Maximum 1,000 words, one story per submitter.

The story must not have been published previously.

Deadline for entries: 11.59pm (UK time) 5th September 2021.

There’s no entry fee, but on the submission entry form you will be asked for a certain word from issue 23 of Shoreline of Infinity as your key, hence: competition for Shoreline of Infinity Readers.

You can order a print or digital copy of Shoreline of Infinity 23 here.

Our judging panel (details to be confirmed) will not begin work until after the deadline, so use the time to polish that tale ’til it glistens.

Click on the button to submit your story – make sure you pick the right call, and have your copy of Shoreline of Infinity 23 to hand.


Green Bean Books and Jewish Book Week are pleased to announce the launch of two exciting new prizes for children’s authors and illustrators living in Europe, the UK and Israel. The awards have been established to discover inspiring and relevant stories for young children based on Jewish history, values and traditions. One author and one illustrator will each receive a £1000 prize and their work will be considered for publication by specialist Jewish children’s book publisher Green Bean Books. The awards will be judged by author and chair of the book selection committee of PJ Library Chris Barash; publisher of Green Bean Books Michael Leventhal; director of the Children’s and YA department at Kinneret-Zmora-Dvir Yael Molchadsky; and translator and author Lawrence Schimel.

Awards Judges

Chris Barash is chair of the book selection committee of PJ Library, a Jewish family engagement programme of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, a North American non-profit organization based in Agawam, Massachusetts. Chris is a former day school teacher and principal and the author of several Jewish-themed picture books.

Yael Molchadsky is the director of the Children’s and YA department at Kinneret-Zmora-Dvir publishing house in Israel overseeing the publication of more than 80 new titles each year, translated and original. She has translated picture books from English and German and her first book for children The Chameleon that saved Noah’s Ark, was translated into six languages.

Michael Leventhal is the publisher of Greenhill Books and Green Bean Books. He is the author of Green Bean Book’s The Chocolate King and was the co-author of Jews in Britain, published by Shire. He was the founder of the Jewish food charity Gefiltefest.

Lawrence Schimel is an author and literary translator based in Madrid, Spain who has published over 120 books in diverse genres. His picture books have won a Crystal Kite Award from SCBWI and have been selected for the White Ravens from the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany and for IBBY’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities three times.


Click here for submissions criteria and how to submit.

General Information
The winners of the Award for Illustration and the Award for Writing will receive £1,000 each.
All entries will be considered for publication by Green Bean Books but critical feedback will not be provided on submissions.
The prize money is separate from any advance made if an entry is contracted and published by Green Bean Books or another publisher.
Authors/illustrators must be aged 18 or over on the date of submission.
No hardcopy submissions will be accepted.
Entries must be submitted by 12pm BSTon 1 September 2021.
The author/illustrator retains copyright of their work.
Individuals may enter both the Award for Illustration and the Award for Writing but must do so separately.
The shortlist will be announced in December 2021.
The winners will be announced at Jewish Book Week 2022.

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Impress Prize for New Writers 2021

Impress Prize for New Writers

Impress Prize | How it Works | Past Winners | Terms and Conditions

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 editor.monosubmissions@gmail.com. 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: https://www.poeticunity.org.uk/

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

Parkinson's Art - Poetry Competition - “Empowerment”

Could you be the next Parkinson’s Art Poet of the Year? Entries are invited for this prestigious, annual poetry competition. Our theme this...