Writing competitions can be a great place to start to give your confidence a boost and earn some money. They can also be a good option if you have a story that is difficult to place elsewhere. Always remember to follow instructions to the letter as not doing so can automatically disqualify your entry. Proof-read your entry before sending it off to make sure it is free from errors.
If you do enter any of the following writing competitions, I’d love to know how you get on, so do please leave a comment. Good Luck!
1. Bridgend Writers’ Circle Open Competition
The Bridgend Writers’ Circle Open Competition is now open until March 1st, 2017.
You must send your story by post.
Submit stories of 1,500-1,800 words on any theme.
Entry Fee: £5 each or £7.50 for two.
Prizes: £200, £50, £30.
Stories will be judged by local author Laura Foakes.
For further information go to http://bridgendwriters.webplus.net/
2. Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition
This writing competition is quarterly with closing dates throughout 2017. The next one is 31st March 2017, followed by 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.
Submit stories of up to 500 words on any theme.
Entry fee: £5, or £8 for two stories.
Prizes: £300, £200 and £100
For further information go to http://www.flash500.com/
3. 1000 Word Challenge Competition
Another quarterly writing competition open for entries every three months throughout 2017. The next closing date is 28 February 2017. They have a different theme every quarter.
Submit stories up to 1000 words – the current theme asks for your story to start with the following direct speech: “Stop!”
Entry fee: £5 (£10 with feedback) and there are cash prizes for the top three stories:
Prizes: 1st prize – £100 • 2nd prize – £50 • 3rd prize – £25
For further information go to http://www.1000wordchallenge.com/
4. Jane Austen Writing Competition
This writing competition has a theme based on the following quote from Mansfield Park, “Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.”
Closing date is 28th February 2017.
Submit stories up to 2017 words.
Entry fee: £5.:
Prizes: 1st place – £1,000, 2nd place – £500.
For further information go to http://janeausten200.co.uk/competitions
5. Nottingham Writers’ Club National Short Story Competition
Competition opens on 1st February 2017 and closes on 28th February 2017.
They are looking for stories on the theme of food and drink by writers who have not earned more than £300 from short stories sold in 2016.
Submit stories up to 2,000 words
Entry fee: £5, £10 for two, £4 each subsequent (£6, £12 and £5 each online).
Prizes: £200, £100, £50 plus 5 x Runners up prizes.
For further information go to www.nottinghamwritersclub.org.uk
6. Solution Loans Short Story Competition
This writing competition is asking for uplifting short stories which involve someone getting finance or a loan for a very specific purpose. Stories should be works of fiction, not personal accounts or experiences. The closing date is midnight on Friday 31st March 2017.
Submit stories between 1500 and 2500 words.
Entry is FREE
The winner will receive £200 and publication on the Solution Loans website, with £50 and publication for three runners-up.
For more information go to http://www.solution-loans.co.uk/short-story-writing-competition/
7. Park Publications UK Writing Competition
The Scribble Annual short story competition 2017 are asking for stories that begin with the first line: ‘The bicycle was in its usual place’. All you have to do is finish the story. The closing date is November 1st 2017.
Submit stories up to 3000 words.
Entry Fee: £4.00
Prizes: £100.00. £50.00. £25.00.
All entries for this competition must be sent by post. Cheques payable to Park Publications. The winning entry will appear in the winter edition of Scribble, which will be published during December 2017.
For more information go to http://www.parkpublications.co.uk/competitions.html
8. Writers Bureau Short Story Competition
This writing competition is now accepting entries on any theme. The closing date is 31 March 2017.
Submit stories up to 200 words.
Entry fee is £5.
Prizes: 1st £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100, 4th £50 and all winners receive a Writers Bureau course of their choice worth over £350.
For more information go to: http://www.wbcompetition.com/
9. Earlyworks Press Flash Fiction Competition
The competition closing date is 31st August 2017.
Submit flash fiction of up 100 words including the title.
Entry fee is £3.50.
First prize is £100.
For more information go to: http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk
10. Crediton Short Story Competition
This writing competition is asking for stories on the topic of Echoes and they are open to how it is interpreted. There are specific guidelines that must be followed to guarantee acceptance of your entry into the competition. The closing date is Sunday 30th April 2017.
Submit stories up to 3000 words
Entry fee is £5.
Prizes: 1st £75, 2nd £30
The top six stories will be published on the CredFest website.
For more information go to: http://credfest.co.uk/