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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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This may be of interest: 5 competitions for unpublished novels, with deadlines for the end of the month. Some of them have agents as the judge, so worth checking whether your story is their sort of thing... all of the them have an entry fee of around 25 dollars/pounds. I think all are open to world wide submissions, even though UK based, but do check this! Good luck and would be lovely to hear from anyone who gets feedback or is long/short listed :))

Blue Pencil

300 synop+5000wds

https://bluepencilagency.com/bpa-first-novel-award-2021/ judge: Helli Ogden from Janklow & Nesbit is judge

31 May 21

First Novel prize

full MS + 300 synop

https://www.firstnovel.co.uk/  Juliet Mushens agent is judge 

31 May 21

Bath Novel Award

5000 wds+ 1page synopsis


31 May 21

Page Turner Awards


31 May

Bridport novel

8000wds, 300 synops 

https://bridportprize.org.uk/the-competition/novel-award/ judge is novelist Victoria Hislop

31 May

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 Hello everyone! Just wanted to share this, because only other writers can understand how these little things can make your day. I entered First Pages Prize way back in January on impulse and completely forgot about it. It's not specific for children's books, but open to all children or adult fiction genres including creative non-fiction. Although I didn't make the LL, it was a nice surprise to receive this email today:

With over 2,000 entries from 54 countries, the quality was excellent. We want you to know that if you are receiving this email, it means that your entry reached the top 15% of this year's entries. We were impressed with the craft, originality and how much we were hooked by your writing.

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Hi all! Hope you are doing well. 

I wanted to alert you all to a short story comp and also to ask a favour. First news of the competition. It's for short/flash fiction. It's open all year round but selection works on a voting system and from what I can gather the voting in 2021 closes on July 31st. Find the details of the comp in the link below. As mentioned, the comp requires writers to get at least 25 votes for their story synopsis to be considered. I have entered a short story entitled 'WOOF' in the horror/thriller category. Please can I ask for your vote? You simply provide you name and email address to vote.

Thanks in advance and if you enter also - good luck!

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If anyone is a member of SCBWI, their Work In Progress Grant deadline is 15 April. Must be a polished ms, ready to go before agents. You get a second entry for your ms if you are over 50. :D

"To assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project currently not under contract. Given in the categories of Picture Book Text, Chapter Books/Early Readers, Middle Grade, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, and Underrepresented Fiction or Nonfiction."

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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.