If you are looking to take your writing to the next level, then entering a writing competition often provides that extra impetus to refine your work.This is by no means a full list of competitions. Some writing competitions require an entry fee. Others don't. This seems to be the norm these days and there are credible competitions that require an entry fee. Always check that you are comfortable with sending money to the organizers if this is the case.
Please contact the competition organizers directly if you have any queries. SA Writers College cannot be held responsible for the conduct of any third party competitions or events.
SA Writers College offers a free-to-enter short story competition every year with cash prizes for the winners. We do this to support emerging writers and provide a platform for the genre. If you would like to see the kind of work people submit, or you just want a good read, have a look at the winning entries over the past five years.
Entries by Deadline
31 May 2017
21 June 2017
McLellan Poetry Prize
25 June 2017
National Literacy Trust and Bloomsbury Publishing's Short Story Prize 2017
16 July 2017
HG Well Short Story Prize
31 July 2017
Imbewu Trust Play Writing Competition
Golden Boabab Prize for Early Chapter Books
29 September 2017
Manchester Fiction Prize
31 October 2017
Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter and Synopsis Competition
19 November 2017
Bath Children's Novel Award