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31 October 2021 The National Poetry Competition 2021
Open to anyone 18 or over from all over the world to enter an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines.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
16 weeks 4 days ago
27 September 2021 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2021
Open to all poets internationally for unpublished poems.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
4 weeks 3 days ago
20 September 2021 Chicken House Open Coop
Open to writers of children’s novels for 7 up including YA. No entry fee
Mentoring
6 weeks 4 days ago
31 August 2021 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2021
Open to all. Entry fee Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18
£2,500 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.
10 weeks 2 days ago
1 July 2021 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award 2021
Writers writing in English and resident within the British Commonwealth and Eire, who have not yet published or self-published a full-length book No entry fee
First Prize £10,000, runners-up £1,000
28 weeks 2 days ago
1 July 2021 James Berry Poetry Prize
Open to poets of colour, who are UK residents who have not yet published a book-length collection, special consideration given to LGBTQ+/disabled poets and poets from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. No entry fee.
3 equal winners each to receive £1,000 prize, expert mentoring & debut collection published with Bloodaxe Books
22 weeks 4 days ago
30 June 2021 The Moth Short Story Prize 2021
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
24 weeks 5 days ago
30 May 2021 The 2021 Page Turner Awards
Open to all writers over 18. Entry fees £20 for entries received by 28 February and £30 after that
£10,000 prize fund
37 weeks 2 days ago
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Unpublished and unagented writers of children’s fiction suitable for children/young adults aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years.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
44 weeks 3 days ago
3 May 2021 Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize
International entry. No entry fee
Adult Fiction prize and a Young Adult /Middle Grade prize. First Prize Publication contract offer from Leapfrog Press and Can of Worms Press with advance against royalties, Second Prize $150 and critiques
26 weeks 5 days ago
31 March 2021 The International Rubery Book of the Year Award 2021
Open to all writers internationally who have published or self-published their work Entry fee £37
£1500 plus £150 for at least three category winners
30 weeks 4 days ago
7 March 2021 The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prizes 2021
Open to writers of any nationality writing in English Entry fee for Best Unpublished Novel £49
£15,000 for Best Unpublished Novel, an advance on a publishing deal with Bonnier and £10,000 for Best Published Novel
33 weeks 4 days ago