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Writing Opportunities - competitions and prizes you can enter

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15 May 2021 The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2020
Unpublished and unagented writers of children’s fiction suitable for children/young adults aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years. No entry fee
A worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000, plus an offer of representation from a top literary agent
6 weeks 19 hours ago
1 March 2021 The 2021 International Book and Pamphlet Competition
Open internationally. Entry fee £28, £25 to subscribers to The North
Publication by Smith|Doorstop Books; a share of £2,000 cash; a launch reading; publication in the North magazine; book vouchers from Inpress Books
3 weeks 1 day ago
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.
19 weeks 1 day ago
1 January 2021 The Selfies Book Awards UK 2021
Authors who have self-published adult fiction, children’s books or adult memoirs/autobiography in the UK between January and December 2020. Entry fee: £25 per title to include a six-month subscription to Bookbrunch
£750 cash prize for each category plus a profile in BookBrunch and the option of a special publishing deal provided by sponsors IngramSpark
8 weeks 1 day 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Open to all poets over 16 for an unpublished poem.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
18 weeks 23 hours 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Open to anyone 18 or over to enter an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines.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
31 weeks 3 hours 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
14 weeks 1 day 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
22 weeks 1 day 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
27 weeks 20 hours 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
23 weeks 22 hours 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
25 weeks 20 hours 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.
33 weeks 20 hours ago