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A place to share details of any upcoming flash fiction, short story or novel writing competition, but also share successes, ask for advice. If people are interested in sharing stories and asking for feedback I can make this group private.

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I just entered First Novel contest. Has anyone entered in the past? 

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Hello everyone! I'm usually not confident enough to enter writing competitions but this year I have decided to stop being a coward and I am entering the Debut Daggers competition. I'd love to hear from anyone else who is entering or who has entered in the past.

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My first short story win (and in my fav writing magazine too). I was about to give up sending stuff out when I got an email that I won a dystopian short story contest. Can't begin to describe how I feel. The story is published in March issue and also available online: https://www.writers-online.co.uk/writing-competitions/showcase/dystopian-short-story-competition-1/winner/

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WriteMentor Children's Novel and PB Awards received 1,361 entries this year as compared to last year's 444! Cross your fingers for me, I need all the help I can get! And GOOD LUCK to everyone that entered!

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The Page Turner Awards are now open for entries. Here's the blurb: 

"Giving you the chance to propel your writing career!
As we did so successfully in the 2020 Awards, the Page Turner Awards aim to give writers and authors the chance of securing a literary agent, a publishing contract or a film rights option, plus many more prizes."

There are five categories and you can enter up to five submissions across the different award categories:

Writing Award ~ for unpublished, completed manuscripts
Young Writer Award ~ for writers aged between 18 and 25
Writing Mentorship Award ~ for uncompleted manuscripts
Screenplay Award ~ for scriptwriters with a completed screenplay
Book Award ~ for authors with a published book, mainstream or independently published
All Awards accept fiction and non-fiction in all genres

More information here: https://pageturnerawards.com 

Just sharing, not affiliated... 

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Harper Collins is running a competition for undiscovered writers. It is open to new crime writers looking to find a way into the publishing industry, especially Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic writers.

The closing date for applications to participate is January 21st, 2021.

Details at:

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Short story competition (for adults, not children or YA), max 2000 words on any topic. Open to anyone, closing date 12th Feb.

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Fantastic opportunity for aspiring romance writers for a chance to get published by a brilliant publisher!

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Closing date is coming up!

Discoveries invites all unpublished women writers aged 18 and up, residing in the UK or Ireland and writing in English, to submit their works of fiction to the Discoveries Prize. The prize doesn’t require writers to have finished a novel – only to have started one – and it is free to enter.

The prize will accept novels in any genre of adult fiction and entrants will be required to submit only the first 10,000 words of their novel with a synopsis.

Discoveries is now open for entries. The competition will close at midday on 17 January 2021.


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100 words flash comp organised by the NAWG closes 16 January 2021. Entry £3 or 2 entries for £5. Definitely worth a try for prize of £100.

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Hiya - I'm new to this group but am entering competitions avidly – short stories, flash, novel first chapters.  So far - shortlistings, longlistings and one third prize. One comp others might have missed (and which has a huge cash prize – not that that's why we do it, of course...) is Mogford Food and Drink Short Story  – https://www.mogfordprize.co.uk.. - 2,500 words with a food/drink theme. By Jan 15.