(c) No Fee Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competition
Many thanks to everyone who entered our free to enter April writing competition and congratulations to the winner, Sue Morgan. You can read this month’s winning entry and previous winning entries here. Shortlist: Shirley Pringle, Sarah Masters, Jane Westhead.
(d) Writing Prompt Competition
Our free to enter writing prompt competition is open and closes on May 31st.
Here are some other free to enter writing competitions.
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(a) The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019 comes from the Poetry Society.Free to enter.
Open to writers between the ages of 11 and 17. Submit poems of any length, in English.
Deadline: July 31, 2019.
Judges: Raymond Antrobus and Jackie Kay
The winners will be invited to attend a week-long residential writing course at an Arvon Centre, or they will receive mentoring. The top 15 poems will be published in a print anthology and 85 commended poets will be published in an online anthology.
(b) The Betjeman Poetry Prize is open until July 31, 2019.
Open to 10-13 year olds from the UK and Ireland.
Free to enter.
Judges: Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon
First prize is £500 for the winner and £5,000 for the English Department at the winner’s school.
The runners-up will receive £200. £50 each to the Highly Commended Entrants. The winner and two runners-up will each receive four Eurostar tickets to Paris, Brussels or Lisle. The top 50 poems will be printed in an anthology.
(e) Amazon’s Kindle Storyteller Award is open until August 31, 2019.
The award is open to authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk from 1st May 2019 to 31st August 2019. Your book should be in English, must be previously unpublished and should be at least 24 pages in paperback.
The winner will receive a £20,000 cash prize, a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk, and the opportunity to have their book translated for readers around the world.
(f) The Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award is open until June 15, 2019.
Open to British or Irish authors aged 18-35.
The prize of £5,000 is awarded for a full-length published or self-published (in book or ebook formats) work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. There are three awards of £500 each for runners-up. The work must have been first published in the UK and/or Ireland, in the English language, between 9 June 2018 and 14 June 2019.
(g) The Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2019 is open until June 14, 2019. It’s free to enter.
Open to writers resident in Ireland or the UK.
There are five prizes of £100 each. An anthology of around a further 20 entrants will be published later in the year. A mentoring and support package leading to a first published collection will be offered to up to 3 entrants.
Entries should broadly deal with themes relevant to working-class life, politics, communities and culture. Submit up to three original, previously unpublished (in print) poems in English, each no more than 50 lines long.
There are dozens of other open writing competitions over on our websites. Many are free to enter. You can check out Creative Writing Ink UK or Creative Writing Ink Ireland for further details. In addition, The Writing District publishes even more new writing competition listings several times a week. You can check out the listings here.
(a) Fairy Tale Review are accepting submissions for The Coral Issue until July 31, 2019. No theme. However, they invite with special interest environmental fiction, poetry, and essays.Prose: You may submit a single piece (up to 8,000 words) or up to three flash pieces (each under 1,000 words). They accept short fiction and nonfiction, as well as excerpts of longer works.
Poetry: You may submit up to 5 poems, totaling no more than 10 pages.
They are also accepting submissions for their digital platform until May 31, 2019.
Submit up to 5,000 words of a single prose piece or up to three flash pieces of prose each under 1,000 words. They consider fiction, nonfiction, and drama along with scholarly, illustrated, and hybrid works.
Poetry: Again, you may submit up to five poems, totaling no more than 10 pages.
(b) Pipistrelle Press is a new small press for children’s fiction. They’re working with a social conscience – fostering new talent, while also giving back to great environmental causes.
They are looking for stories for children aged 7-12.
Deadline: June 7, 2019.
Further info here.
(c) ZYZZYVA are open for submissions until May 31, 2019. Submit previously unpublished fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork. (They don’t accept online submissions).
Submit one story or one nonfiction piece at a time, and no more than five poems at a time.
(d) Product is an independent arts and culture magazine. They are looking for short fiction and poetry for publication on their site.
Deadline: June 7, 2019.
3,500 words maximum per story. Two stories maximum per writer. 100 lines of poetry maximum.
(e) SWAMP Writing is currently taking submissions of previously unpublished poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction and memoir from writers currently enrolled in a postgraduate program in any university across the globe.
The theme for Issue 24 is “Home.”
Deadline: June 28, 2019
(f) AGNI Magazine are open for submissions until May 31, 2019.
They are interested in personal essays, think-pieces, memoir, prose poems, formal poems, blank verse, free verse, short stories, and short shorts.
Please send only one story, one essay, or up to five poems.
(g) Paul Spragg Memorial Short Trips Opportunity: Call for Story Submissions
Deadline: June 30, 2019.
This opportunity seeks to give new writers a chance to submit a story idea for a Doctor Who Short Trips adventure.
Submit an entry consisting of a single page synopsis (approximately 500 words) and a single page opening excerpt from the story (approximately 500 words).
Full information can be found here.
(h) Poetry in Public puts poetry in public places: service stations, shopping centres, petrol pumps, and pubs. They are currently seeking a poem for a pilot project.
Deadline: June 30, 2019.
Visit their website for further details.
(i) Strix are now open for submissions until May 31, 2019. Submit a max of 3 poems, no more than 40 lines each. No simultaneous submissions. All contributors receive a free copy of the magazine.
That’s it for this month. If you decide to enter any writing competitions or submit to magazines and journals – best of luck with your submissions! And many thanks to everyone for letting us know if you’ve won a competition or if you’ve been published, it’s great to hear!