This month we're having a writing
competitions special! Here's a selection of current
fiction and poetry contests that are accepting submissions
around the world. And don't forget that you can find even more in our database
Eleventh International Short Story
There are only a few days left to enter
our short story contest, which closes on May 1. The
competition is open to short stories in English, on any
subject and in any style, up to 3,000 words. Writers from
anywhere in the world can enter. The first prize is £200
(about $300), and there are also ten vouchers for free
subscriptions to firstwriter.com up for grabs.
To enter online,
Festival Poet of the Year
competition to find the 2015 Poet of the Year is now open to
Last year 172
entries were received from all over the world including
America, Switzerland and Macedonia, and
the longlisted poems are published
in an anthology.
£5 per poem and must accompanied by an entry form which will
is available from the website.
information go to
Personify your pet
Write a poem about your favorite pet
with four 4-line verses. The title of the poem is the pet's
name. 24 lines total, including: Title, Verses, skipped
spaces, and By-line.
One entry per submission. Send yourpoem
in the body of an email (no attachments), or (preferred)
hard-copy on paper (US Mail).
Winners will be published in Lone
For more information go to
The New Guard Volume V Fiction and
The New Guard Volume V Fiction
and Poetry Contests are now open, offering the opportunity
to win $1,500 and publication in The New Guard Volume V.
Entry fee is $20. Online submissions
MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,500 and
publication for an exceptional work of fiction in any genre.
Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long
story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions
as a stand-alone story. Judged by ADAM BRAVER
KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,500 and
publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Three poems
per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Judged BY ROGER
For more information, go to
Battered Moons Poetry Competition
The sixth Battered Moons Poetry
Competition will be open from March 16, 2015, to all UK
residents aged 18 or over, and accepts poems on any topic
and style, up to 40 lines. Guest judge Pascale Petit and
Cristina Navazo-EguŪa Newton will both read all the poems.
The three winners and four commended
poets will be invited to read their poems at the Poetry
Swindon Festival on Saturday October 3, 2015, when Pascale
Petit will present the prizes and read from her own work.
Winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered
Moons pamphlet and on the website.
First prize, £700; second, £200; third,
£100, plus four commendations of £25 each. Entry fee: £5 for
the first poem and £3.50 thereafter. Closing date for
entries is June 30, 2015. Online and postal entries
accepted. For further information and to enter online, visit
The TARA Contest is open to unpublished
and published authors of novel length fiction. The author
does not have to be a member of Romance Writers of America
(RWA) to enter the TARA Contest, however the entry must be
the authorís original work, unpublished and not contracted
as of the time of the contest deadline. No entry may have
been previously published in any format. (on authorís
website visible to the public, self-published, ebook, mass
Entry fee is $25 and the closing date is
May 1, 2015.
For more information go to
Heart of Denver Romance Writers
announces the 2015 Molly Contest for unpublished writers
Participation is open to all unpublished
authors of novel length romance fiction and those who have
not published within three years prior to contest deadline.
Entries are to be up to the first 25 pages (including
prologue) PLUS up to 5 pages of a synopsis. (The synopsis is
not judged, but is helpful in helping the judges score your
entry, and judges will often give comments on the synopsis.)
Entry fee is $40 and the deadline is May
For more details go to
Erbacce Prize for Poetry 2015
The erbacce-prize for 2015 is now
accepting submissions up until midnight on the first of May,
The competition is free to enter, and
welcomes submissions from around the world.
The winner will have their collected
works published in perfect-bound format with the winner's
choice of full-colour gloss or matt cover; a royalty-paying
publishing contract; and five free copies.
For more details, go to
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