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31 March 2024 The Rubery Prize 2024
Open to all writers internationally who have published their work through a small press or self-published their work Entry fee £45, varying internationally
First Prize is £2,000 plus £200 for four category winners. Every winner receives a glass plaque and all winners & shortlisted authors receive a write up
8 weeks 4 days ago
31 March 2024 The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2024
Open to all poets across the world over the age of 16, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. Entry fee €15 per poem
First Prize €1,000 and a week-long stay at The Circle of Misse in France, Second Prize €500 and Third Prize €250
4 weeks 4 days ago
18 March 2024 The BBC National Short Story Award 2024
British nationals and UK residents, aged 18 years or over. No entry fee
Winner £15,000 plus 4 shortlisted authors £600
2 weeks 5 days ago
9 February 2024 The Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2024
Open to unpublished and unagented female writers, aged 18 or over, who live in the UK or Ireland. Entry fee £12
Winner £1,500 and guidance and support from literary agent and sponsor Peters Fraser Dunlop
10 weeks 4 days ago
5 February 2024 ‘The People’s Friend’ 155th Anniversary Bursary Competition
UK entries only, over 18. No entry fee
£10,000 writing bursary
6 weeks 3 days ago
31 January 2024 The Prototype Publishing Prize
Open to writers resident in the UK or Ireland. No entry fee
£3,000 plus publication by Prototype will go to the best book-length project A second prize of £2,000 plus publication by Monitor Books will be awarded to the best proposal for a short-form work.
16 weeks 4 days ago
7 January 2024 The Selfies Book Awards UK 2024
Authors who have self-published adult fiction, children’s fiction or adult non-fiction in the UK between January and December 2023. Entry fee: £35 per title to include a six-month subscription to Bookbrunch
£750 cash prize for each category plus other prizes
14 weeks 4 days ago
31 December 2023 The Moth Poetry Prize 2023
Open to all poets over 16 for an unpublished poem. Entry fee €15 per poem and you can enter as many poems as you like
1st prize €6,000, plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000 and eight commended poets will each receive €250
18 weeks 3 days ago
30 November 2023 National Novel Writing Month 2023
Open to all writers No entry fee
You win by writing a 50,000 word novel
20 weeks 4 days ago
31 October 2023 The National Poetry Competition 2023
Open to anyone 18 or over from all over the world to enter an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines. Entry fee £8 for first entry, £5 for unlimited subsequent entries
First Prize: £5,000, Second Prize £2,000 and Third Prize £1,000, Commendations £200
22 weeks 5 days ago
30 September 2023 The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2023
Open to anyone over the age of 16 with an unpublished piece of nature writing. Entry fee €15 per entry
First Prize €1,000 and a week-long stay at The Circle of Misse in France, Second Prize €500 and Third Prize €250
24 weeks 4 days ago
18 September 2023 Mslexia Women's Fiction Competitions 2023
All women are eligible. Not clear whether there’s an entry fee
Various
28 weeks 4 days ago