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17 January 2021 Discoveries Women’s Prize for Fiction
Open to all women aged 18 and above, residing in the UK or Ireland and writing in English. No entry fee
Winner £5,000. All longlisted and shortlisted authors will be offered tailored mentorship packages from a Curtis Brown agent or industry expert and free or discounted places on Curtis Brown Creative’s creative writing courses.
10 weeks 2 days ago
31 December 2020 The Moth Poetry Prize 2020
Open to all poets over 16 for an unpublished poem. Entry fee €15 per poem
1st prize €6,000, plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000 and eight commended poets will each receive €250
9 weeks 1 day ago
31 October 2020 The National Poetry Competition 2020
Open to anyone 18 or over to enter an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines. Entry fee £7 for first entry, £4 for subsequent entries
First Prize: £5,000, Second Prize £2,000 and Third Prize £1,000, 7 Commendations £200
22 weeks 1 day ago
31 October 2020 Gingko Prize for Ecopoetry 2020
Open to all poets from across the world Entry fee: first submission £7 then £4 for each additional poem.
First prize £5,000, second prize £2,000 and third prize £1,000
5 weeks 2 days ago
28 September 2020 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2020
Open to all poets internationally for unpublished poems. Entry fee £5/€6/$7 per poem
1st Prize £2,000, 2nd Prize £1,000 and 3rd Prize £500 plus 20 commendeds
13 weeks 2 days ago
24 September 2020 The Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize 2020
Open to anyone from across the world aged between 18 and 35 years of age. No entry fee
First Prize £1,000 cash and an e-publication with The Bodley Head, publication in the FT of their winning essay and a mentoring session with The Bodley Head. Two runners-up £300
18 weeks 1 day ago
21 September 2020 Mslexia Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020
Open to women writers only from across the world with unpublished manuscripts (self-published work allowed) Entry fees - various
Various
14 weeks 1 day ago
18 September 2020 2020 Manchester Writing Competition
Open to writers across the world. Entry fee £18
Two £10,000 prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story
16 weeks 1 day ago
15 September 2020 The Moth Nature Writing Prize
Open to anyone over the age of 16 with an unpublished piece of nature writing. Entry fee €15 per entry
€1,000 and a week-long stay at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland.
24 weeks 1 day ago
14 September 2020 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2020
Open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe £5 to submit one poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries
Winners in each category will receive £1000 and both runners up £200
15 weeks 1 day ago
31 August 2020 The Kindle Storyteller Award 2020
Open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing. No entry fee
£20,000
30 weeks 1 day ago
31 August 2020 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020
Open to all. Entry fee Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18 but offer if enter by 10 May
£1,000 awarded to both the Poetry and Short Fiction winners, and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, which is awarded to 60 writers, shortlisted by the judging panel.
29 weeks 1 day ago