Competitions With August Deadlines

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1st
Ilkely Literature Festival Competition

Genre: Fiction and Poetry
Word Count: Fiction- Maximum 3000 words, Poetry- Maximum 30 lines
Entry Fee: £5
Prize: £200
http://www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk/competitions/

1st
Costa Short Story Award

Genre: Fiction
Word Count: Maximum 4000
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: £3,500
http://www.costa.co.uk/costa-book-awards/costa-short-story-award/

3rd
The Word Hut 14th Short Story Competition

Genre: Fiction
Word Count: Maximum 1000
Entry Fee: £4.00
Prizes: 1st- £70, 2nd- £35, 3rd- £15
http://www.thewordhut.com/

11th
Equestrian Short Story Competition

Genre: Equestrian Fiction
Word Count: Maximum 6000 words plus 500 word synopsis
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Winning story to be published as Ebook, with proceeds going to World Horse Welfare
http://www.hay-net.co.uk/equestrian-short-story-competition-2014

23rd
The Bigger Picture- Reflections on the Great War

Genre: Prose and poetry written in response to art associated with World War I. The art could be visual art, music, poetry, film etc.
Word Count: Prose- Maximum 3000 words, Poetry Maximum 50 lines
Entry Fee: Prose- £3, Poetry £2
Prizes: 1st-£50, 2nd-£30, 3rd- £20
http://www.saveaswriters.co.uk/

29th
Manchester Fiction and Poetry Prizes

Genre: Fiction and Poetry
Word Count: Fiction- Maximum 2500 words, Poetry- three to five poems
Entry Fee: £17
Prizes: £10,000 in each category
http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/

31st
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Genre: Fiction and Poetry
Word Count: Fiction- Maximum 2000, Poetry- Maximum 40 lines
Entry Fee: £10 plus VAT for two pieces in either category
Prizes: £500 in each category
http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting
31st
The Salopian Poetry Society’s Open Poetry Competition

Genre: Poetry
Word Count: Maximum 42 lines
Entry Fee: £3 or £10 for four
Prizes: 1st- £200, 2nd-£100, 3rd-£50, 6x runners-up- £25
http://www.thesalopianpoetrysociety.webeden.co.uk/#/competition-rules/4531672813

31st
Creative Writing Matters Flash Fiction Competition

Genre: Fiction
Word Count: Maximum 250 words
Entry Fee: £3
Prizes: 1st-£100, 2nd-£25
http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk/2014-flash-competition.html

Competitions With July Deadlines

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1st
The Ifanca Helene James Short Story Competition

Genre: Fiction
Word Count: Maximum 2200
Entry Fee: £4
Prizes: 1st- £100 and bottle of champagne, 2nd- £50, 3rd- £25
http://ifancahelenejames.wordpress.com/2014-competition/

10th
Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition

Genre: Poetry
Word Count: Maximum 40 lines
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, then £3.50
Prize: £1000 and course at Ty Newydd
http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/ledbury-poetry-competition/

14th
Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition

Genre: Fiction
Word Count: Maximum 1200
Entry Fee: £3.00
Prizes: 1st- £150, 2nd- £70, 3rd- £40
http://wrekinwriters.wordpress.com/doris-gooderson-short-story-competition/

25th
Wasafiri New Writing Prize
Genre: Fiction, Life Writing and Poetry
Word Count: Fiction and Life Writing- Maximum 3000, Poetry- Up to five poems
Entry Fee: £6. If entering more than one piece in same category- £10 for two, £15 for three
Prizes: £300 to winner in each category
http://www.wasafiri.org/wasafiri-new-writing-prize.asp

25th
The Elmet Poetry Prize

Genre: Poetry
Word Count: Maximum 40 lines
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes: 1st- Arvon course at Lumb Bank, 2nd- a week’s writing retreat at Ted Hughes’ house,
Runners up- £50
http://www.theelmettrust.org/competitions

31st
HISSAC Short Story Competition

Genre: Fiction
Word Count: Maximum 2500
Entry Fee: £5 for one story, £12 for three
Prizes: 1st- £400, 2nd and 3rd- £50
http://www.hissac.co.uk/CompetitionDetails

31st
The WriteIdea Prize
Genre: Fiction
Word Count: Maximum 4000
Entry Fee: £5.00
Prizes: 1st- £500, 5x Finalists- £100
http://writeideafestival.org/short-story-competition/

31st
InkTears Flash Fiction Competition

Genre: Fiction
Word Count: Maximum 500
Entry Fee: £3
Prizes: 1st- £250, Runner up- £50, Highly commended x4- £25
http://www.inktears.com/Inktears/WritersNewWritersContest.html

31st
Cinnamon Press Annual Debut Novel Prize

Genre: Fiction- novel/novella
Word Count: First 10,000 words
Entry Fee: £12 for first entry, then £10
Prize: £1000 and pubishing contract
http://www.cinnamonpress.com/competitions/annual-debut-novel-or-novella-prize/

31st
Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest

Genre: Fiction and Poetry
Word Count: Fiction- Maximum 5 pages; Poetry- Maximum 30 lines
Entry Fee: Fiction- US$10, Poetry- US$5
Prizes: Fiction: 1st – $500, 2nd- $250, 3rd- $100
Poetry: 1st-$250, 2nd-$125, $50
http://www.dreamquestone.com/

31st
Love on the Road 2014 Writing Contest

Genre: Fiction and Non-fiction- Love and Travel theme
Word Count: 4000-6000
Entry Fee: US$10
Prizes: 1st- $200, 2nd- $100, 3rd- $50
Top twelve stories will be published in an anthology
http://malinkipress.com/lotr2014

Competitions With June Deadlines

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2nd
The Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children’s Writing

Genre: Fiction- novel for children aged 7-12
Word Count: First 5000 words, one page synopsis and author biog
Entry Fee: FREE
Prizes: 1st- Publishing deal with Scholastic, representation with LBA and a weekend for two in Venice, Runners up x4- Editorial advice session with LBA and a Montegrappa fountain pen
http://www.scholastic.co.uk/montegrappa

5th
Erewash Writers’ Group Flash Fiction Competition

Genre: Fiction- theme: “Seize the day, but don’t be surprised if it bites back.”
Word Count: Maximum 500
Entry Fee: FREE
Prizes: 1st- Book by Maggie Cobbett, one free entry to open comp, 2nd- One free entry to open comp.
http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2014-flash-fiction-with-maggie-cobbett.html

16th
Swansea and District Writers’ Circle First World War Short Story Competition

Genre: Fiction about the First World War
Word Count: 1500-2500
Entry Fee: £5.00 for one story, £7.50 for two.
Prizes: 1st- £100 and £15 in book tokens, Runners up x2- £25 and £5 in book tokens
http://www.swanseawriters.co.uk/

16th
V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize

Genre: Fiction
Word Count: 2000-4000
Entry Fee: £5.00
Prize: £1000
http://www.rslit.org/v-s-pritchett

30th
Earlyworks Press Poetry Collection

Genre: Poetry
Word Count: Maximum 3000 or 10 pages
Entry Fee: £15
Prizes: Contract with Circaidy Gregory Press, including £100 advance
http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/Competitions.htm

30th
Steampunk Journal and Titan Publications Short Story Competition

Genre: Fiction- Steampunk
Word Count: Maximum 2000
Entry Fee: FREE
Prizes: A copy of Steampunk Style (Two winners, one under eighteen, one over eighteen)
The best stories will be published on the Titan website
http://steampunkjournal.org/2014/03/11/win-a-copy-of-steampunk-style/

30th
Flash 500
Genre: Fiction
Word Count: Maximum 500
Entry Fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two
Prizes: 1st- £300 and publication in Words with Jam, 2nd-£200, 3rd- £100
http://www.flash500.com

30th
Writers’ Village Short Story Competition

Genre: Fiction
Word Count: Maximum 3000
Entry Fee: £15
Prizes: 1st- £3000, 2nd-£500, 3rd- £250, 15x runners up- £50
http://www.writers-village.org/competition-rules.php

Competitions With May Deadlines

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2nd
Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe Flash Fiction Competition
Genre: Fiction
Word Count: Maximum 300
Entry Fee: £4, or £10 for three
Prizes: 1st- £50, 2nd-£25, 3rd- £10
http://worcslitfest.co.uk/flash-fiction-competition-2014/

11th
Writers’ and Artists’ Writing Historical Fiction Competition
Genre: Fiction- Historical
Word Count: Maximum 1000
Entry Fee: FREE
Prizes: 1st- £150, two tickets for Beamish Museum and Writing Historical Fiction: a Writers & Artists Companion. Runners up- £25 and Writing Historical Fiction: a Writers & Artists Companion.

https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

30th
Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition
Genre: Fiction- Ghosts
Word Count: 2000-5000
Entry Fee: £7
Prizes: 1st- £500, five runners up- £100
Winning stories will be published in an anthology, winners will receive two copies.
http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php

31st
David Burland Poetry Prize
Genre: Poetry in English or French
Word Count: None stated
Entry Fee: £8 for one poem, additional poems £4
Prizes: 1st- £500, 2nd-£100, 3rd- £30
Winners will also receive a recording of their poem on CD
http://www.davidburlandpoetryprize.com/index.html

31st
Frome Festival Short Story Competition
Genre: Fiction
Word Count: 1000-2200
Entry Fee: £5
Prizes: 1st- £300, 2nd-£150, 3rd- £75
Winning stories will be read by a London literary agent.
http://www.fromeshortstorycompetition.co.uk/

31st
The Bridport Prize
Genre: Fiction and poetry
Word Count: Short Story- Maximum 5000; Flash Fiction- Maximum 250; Poetry- Maximum 42 lines
Entry Fee: Short Story- £9; Flash Fiction- £7; Poetry- £8
Prizes:
Short Story: 1st- £5000, 2nd- £1000, 3rd- £500, Highly Commended (X10)- £50
Flash Fiction: 1st- £1000, 2nd- £500, 3rd- £250, Highly Commended (X3)- £50
Poetry: 1st – £5000, 2nd- £1000, 3rd- £500, Highly Commended (X10)- £50
http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/

31st
Yeovil Literary Prize
Genre: Fiction and poetry
Word Count: Short Story- Maximum 2000; Novel (synopsis and first three chapters)- Maximum 15000; Poetry- Maximum 40 lines
Entry Fee: Short Story- £6; Novel- £11; Poem- £6 or £9 for two, or £11 for three
Prizes:
Short Story- 1st- £500, 2nd- £200, 3rd- £100
Poetry- 1st- £500, 2nd- £200, 3rd- £100
Novel- 1st- £1000, 2nd- £250, 3rd- £100

http://www.yeovilprize.co.uk/competition.html

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