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Writing Opportunities - competitions and prizes you can enter

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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Open to anyone 18 or over from all over the world to enter an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines.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
1 week 14 hours 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Open to anyone over the age of 16 with an unpublished piece of nature writing.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
3 weeks 8 hours ago
18 September 2023 Mslexia Women's Fiction Competitions 2023
All women are eligible. Not clear whether there’s an entry fee
7 weeks 6 hours ago
14 September 2023 First Graphic Novel Award
UK residents only. Entry fee £10
First option for publication
5 weeks 14 hours ago
1 September 2023 2023 Manchester Writing Competitions
Open internationally to those aged 16 or over. Entry fee for both prizes £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
10 weeks 6 days ago
8 August 2023 The Emma Press open submissions
Non-agented submissions in English from anywhere in the world. No entry fee
Publication by The Emma Press and small advances
13 weeks 13 hours ago
10 July 2023 Ledbury Poetry Competition 2023
All poets writing in English are eligible, no matter where they live. Entry fee £6 per poem
First prize £1,000 cash and a week's poetry course at Arvon, Second Prize £500 and Third prize £250
15 weeks 12 hours ago
30 June 2023 The Moth Short Story Prize 2023
Open to all writers over 16. Entry fee €15 per story
1st prize €3,000, 2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend, 3rd prize €1,000
18 weeks 5 days ago
30 June 2023 Nosy Crow LGBTQ+ Open Submissions 2023
Submissions from any writer over 18 must be in the English language and unpublished. No entry fee
Publication by Nosy Crow
16 weeks 6 days ago
1 June 2023 2023 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition
Open to unpublished, unagented children’s writers based anywhere in the world. Entry fee £20
First Prize: a publishing contract with Chicken House with an advance of £10,000, plus the offer of representation from literary agent Davinia Andrew-Lynch of Andlyn
21 weeks 6 hours ago
31 May 2023 The Oxford Pushkin Children's Fantasy Prize
All fantasy novelists at the beginning of their career
£2000, and the opportunity for mentorship with an editor at Pushkin Children's Books
26 weeks 5 days ago
31 May 2023 The 2023 Page Turner Awards
Open to all writers over 18. Entry fees
£35,000 prize fund
24 weeks 6 days ago