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Writing Opportunities - competitions and prizes you can enter

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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Open to anyone 18 or over to enter an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines.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
5 weeks 5 days 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
1 week 6 days 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Open to anyone over the age of 16 with an unpublished piece of nature writing.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.
7 weeks 6 days ago
31 August 2020 The Kindle Storyteller Award 2020
Open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing. No entry fee
13 weeks 6 days ago
31 August 2020 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020
Open to all. Entry fee Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18 but offer if enter by 10 May
£1,000 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.
12 weeks 5 days ago
14 August 2020 Women Poets' Prize 2020
Open to all women poets of 18 and over resident in the UK and Northern Ireland. No entry fee
Awarded every two years to three women writers who each receive a package combining 'financial aid, creative development, well-being, and pastoral support'. This includes a £1000 bursary.
2 weeks 6 days ago
31 July 2020 Title Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020
11-17 year olds from all over the world writing in English. No entry fee
All 100 winning poets (top 15 and 85 commended) will be notified in early September 2020 and invited to an award ceremony in October 2020
16 weeks 6 days ago
31 July 2020 Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition
Unpublished short stories - open to all. Entry fee Early Bird: 31 May 2020 – €10 per story, Final Deadline: 31 July 2020 – €15 per story
A €300 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology Magazine
10 weeks 6 days ago
31 July 2020 Winchester Poetry Prize 2020
Open to all poets aged 16 or over. Entry fee £5 for first poem, £4 for subsequent poems
First Prize: £1,000, 2nd Prize: £500, 3rd Prize: £250
7 weeks 4 hours ago
1 July 2020 The Novel Prize
Open to published and unpublished writers across the world. No entry fee
$10,000 to the winner in the form of an advance against royalties, and simultaneous publication of their novel
14 weeks 5 days ago
30 June 2020 The Moth Short Story Prize 2020
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
21 weeks 5 days ago
31 May 2020 International Welsh Poetry Competition 2020
Open to all No entry fee £6 for first poems, then a sliding scale
1st Prize £500, 2nd Prize £250 and 3rd Prize £100
20 weeks 5 days ago