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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.

I knew my first ever writing competition submission wouldn't win- and it didn't- but even so, to see my entry in the Writers' Forum Flash Comp as Highly Commended feels good as a starting point. 

OK, bit of a departure from my usual comps, but I found this Sci-Fest comp which looks interesting. In brief, 1500 words, closing date 15 Dec, FREE entry.

Sci-Fest L.A. and Light Bringer Project are proud to accept entries for The Roswell Award international short science fiction story competition from writers age 16 and older. The “Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award” for feminist sci-fi is co-presented by Artemis literary journal and will also be awarded to a distinct winner. 

More info. on link. May the force be with you.

Hi everyone,

Passing on details of a competition that was sent to us. We can't vouch for these, but share the information in case you are interested in entering!

2021 International Rubery Book Award is now OPEN for self-published and independently published books

Book of the Year £1500 (approx 2000 US$; 1800€ )

Plus a minimum of the 3 category winners each winning £150 (approx 200$, 180€)

Closing date 31st March 2021


Narinder Dhami - Dhami has now been writing full-time for around nineteen years and has had more than 300 books published, including the novelization of the 2002 movie ‘Bend It Like Beckham’, ‘13 Hours’, ‘Bang, Bang, You’re Dead’, and the ‘Bindi Babes’ series. She has had many fiction and non-fiction texts published for educational publishers like OUP and Collins. Dhami has also taught creative writing at many venues including the Arvon centres at Lumb Bank and Hurst House, and the Cheltenham Festival. Clare Morrall - Morrall's debut novel, Astonishing Splashes of Colour, was shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. Morrall was also shortlisted for British Newcomer of the Year 2003. Her fourth novel, The Man who Disappeared, was selected for the TV Book Club 2010. In 2012 The Roundabout Man was released to critical acclaim.

Please see website for more details: https://www.ruberybookaward.com 

Just a reminder that the deadline for the Wenlock Olympian Society 1,000 word Flash Fiction Competition is 31st October. It's getting closer! Write in any genre on one of the following themes: 1.Five Rings. 2. Winning. 3. Gold is only a colour. Let the imagination soar, think outside the box. Entries will be shortlisted then judged by best selling author Sharon Bolton. Cash prizes and Olympian medals for the top 3 places and a public reading of the winning story.


Congratulations. Fingers crossed.

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Aaargh... I can’t believe but I’ve made the shortlist for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize!!! This year has been so crazy writing wise. 


Hi, Thought  you'd like to hear about a 1,000 word Flash Fiction Competition. Winners receive a cash prize and a prestigious Wenlock Olympian medal. (Check out the fascinating history of the Wenlock Olympian Society). Sunday Times best selling author Sharon Bolton will judge the shortlist. Deadline is 31st October. Still time to be creative.

Curtis Brown, NatWest and The Women's Prize Trust have launched Discoveries for unpublished women writers in the UK and Ireland. First 10,000 words of a novel of any genre and a synopsis. Closing date isn't until January. First prize is £5,000 plus agent representation: https://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/womens-prize-discoveries-2020/

Small Win, Huge Grin

It was only 100 words long but I just won the latest National Association of Writers' Groups 100x100 competition. 


Another competition just arrived in my Facebook feed. This one is run by the Jane Austen's House (museum).

WRITING COMPETITION 2020   16 Sep — 30 Oct 2020

'Little Matters and Universal Truths', inspired by Jane Austen's life, home and genius - and in response to lockdown and the small-scale way in which we've all been living our lives this year.

There are 3 categories: letter writing, poetry and fiction. Also 3 age categories. Worldwide submissions welcome. More details on link.

I found this competition, bit of a change from the usual ones I thought. Cheers, K.

Stop Loan Sharks Short Story Competition

Deadline: Fri 16 Oct 2020 / UK writers only

The England Illegal Money Lending Team have launched a short story writing competition to help people learn about the dangers of loan sharks. Entrants must write a short story or poem of no more than 1,250 words, which may be fiction or non-fiction and be related to one of the loan shark categories listed on the website. 

More info. on link