Writing Competitions and Events

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.



 
Short-Story-Archives
 
 
 

Entries by Deadline



15 September
Golden Boabab Prize for Early Chapter Books

29 September 2017
Manchester Fiction Prize

11 October 2017
Hendrick's Tiny Tales Contest

16 October 2017
Troubadour International Poetry Prize

31 October 2017
Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter and Synopsis Competition


19 November 2017
Bath Children's Novel Award

30 November 2017
Fish Publishing Short Story Prize

30 November 2017
Avbob Poetry Competition

1 December 2017
Golden Boabab Prize for Early Chapter Books

15 March 2018
Writers-Editors Network Annual International Writing Competition


12 March 2018
Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize/ Author of Tomorrow


31 March 2018
International Rubery Book Award


 



Regular Entries


 

My Writing Journey competition | The Writers' College Times

Cooldog Short Story Competition

Writers-forum.com


Inkitt maintains an excellent website documenting lots of international writing competitions
 

Monthly Entry


Dark Tales Short Story Competition

The Global Short Story Competition


Weekly Entries

The Telegraph Travel Writing Competition

The Long and Short of it - Unity Books Short Story Competition 2010

 



Ongoing


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