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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 entered the Cheshire Novel Prize this year - primarily because the organisers said that all entrants would receive feedback. I got mine yesterday and I was very impressed with the care they took. I can't repeat it as they labelled it 'Strictly confidential - please do not share' but it will be very helpful during my July NaNo editing sessions. I recommend entering this prize next year.

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Hi All,

Julie B saw my post on another bit of the Community and suggested I copy it here too in case others find it useful. I hadn't realise this group exists. I'll be checking in here from now on. I was responding to Jo who wanted to know about how I find out about Competitions:

Hi Jo, well there are some that are famous - eg Mslexia (writing magazine for women) - they're currently doing comps for children's novels (written by older people I mean) plus short fiction and poetry I think. Then there other writing magazines which run comps, plus all of them mention other competitions too. 

Sometimes one sees info on literature newsletters eg London Library had a comp recently to develop writers. There was also the Womens' Prize Discoveries comp - the prizes for those were writing development sessions for new-ish writers and support groups. Arvon has a newsletter which generally has an Opportunities section. That told me that Queen Mary College & Wasafiri Magazine has a comp on this month which I might have a go at. There are a number of short story prizes too. 

The above are all in the UK but there are lots in the US - I sometimes borrow The Writer Magazine, that's from the US, as an emag (not sure if they call them that but I guess you know what I mean) from my local library - a member of the London Libraries Consortium, and there are lots of opportunities in that too.  

I have been meaning to suggest that Jericho opens a forum where people can post info about comps and other opportunities that they've come across so that everyone can see them. I think it would help us all even if it does increase competition (if you see what I mean). 

Before entering one, my tip is to think hard about the group/organisation running the comp and see if what you have fits their bill. These comps can be expensive to enter eg £20+ and you don't usually get feedback . The Cheshire Novel comp promised to give every entrant some this year, but I haven't had mine yet - there must have been loads of entries, especially with the promise to tell us a bit about what they thought of our writing.

Hope this helps and good luck

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Another fab competition for you all!

The Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction offers a first prize £2,000, open to writers worldwide and stories on any topic up to 250 words. The deadline every year is 31 August, and entry fee is £7. The competition is entirely managed by volunteers on behalf of the charity, Scottish Arts Trust, and all proceeds are used to support the arts in Scotland. Take a look at www.scottishartstrust.orgfor for more information. Good luck :)

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Hi everyone,

There's another great writing opportunity available; the Joffe Books Prize for underrepresented crime authors is back.

With prestigious judges Ella Diamond Kahn and Oyinkan Braithwaite, the prize is open to unagented crime authors from Black, Asian, Indigenous and minority ethnic backgrounds. The winner will receive £1,000 and a two-book publishing deal with Joffe Books. Those who are shortlisted will receive editorial feedback.

You can enter from 1st May to 30th September 2022. To enter, submit your full-length manuscript, along with a synopsis of your book and an author biography, to prize@joffebooks.com.

Visit their website for more information: https://www.joffebooks.com/prize 

Good luck!


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A new writing competition opportunity just in:

The Edinburgh Awards for Flash Fiction is open to writers around the world and for stories on any topic up to 250 words. First prize £2,000, second prize £300, third prize £150. Publication in their anthology is offered to the top 20 writers.
Enter from 1 June to 31 August

More info at: www.storyawards.org

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Hi all! 

I’m Savannah, Digital Content Assistant here at Jericho Writers. I’ll be around here a little more often, so please let me know if there’s anything I can help you with. 

Today I’m writing to tell you about a writing competition some of you might be interested in. It’s called The Seasiders` Write Debut Novel Award, and I’ve included some of the details below. Please see their website for more information:   https://www.seasiderswrite.com/competitions 

The Seasiders` Write Debut Novel Award is open to writers from anywhere around the world who have not yet published a full-length novel (more than 25,000 words) and do NOT have a literary agent. 

Entries should consist of the first 5000 words of your novel together with a one-page synopsis. Shortlisted entrants will be required to send the remainder of their completed novel which should be at least 65,000 words. 

Entries can be submitted from the 1st March 2022. The closing date for entries is 1st June 2022. The winners of the competition will be announced on Wednesday 31st August 2022. 

The winner will receive a cash sum of £1500 and the publication of their entry by Seasiders` Write as a paperback and eBook. The book launch will be supported by press and media coverage and a package of PR to promote the title. 

Happy writing, and good luck!

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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?