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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.

The Basics of Creative Writing Course

A rigorous training for both beginners and seasoned writers

Competitions and Events

Killer Shorts Screenplay Competition
Deadline: 15 December 2023
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Heroines Anthology – Volume 5: Call For Submissions
Deadline: 18 December 2023
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Prole Laureate poetry competition
Deadline: 20 December 2023
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The Henshaw Press Short Story Competition
31 December 2023
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1 January 2024
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Prolitzer Prize for Prose
Deadline: 21 January 2024
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Story Unlikely’s Annual Short Story Contest
Deadline: 31 January 2024
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New Writers Flash Fiction Competition 2024
Deadline: 31 January 2024
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2024 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Deadline: 14 February 2024
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The Rhys Davies Short Story Competition 2024
15 February 2024
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The 19th Elmbridge Literary Competition 2024
23 February 2024
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Next Generation Short Story Awards
Deadline: 28 February 2024
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Edinburgh Short Story Award
Deadline: 28 February 2024
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Next Generation Short Story Awards
Deadline: 28 February 2024
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The Literary Short and Flash Fiction Course

Learn how to write winning short stories

Regular Entries

The Plaza Prizes run many writing competitions throughout the year. The purpose is to discover, publish and promote talended new writers. You can see their upcoming competitions here.

The Letter Review runs regular competitions throughout the year. Genres include Short Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Unpublished Books.  Details here.

The Writers College My Writing Journey Competition. Free to enter, open to writers around the world. Regular submissions accepted.
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Almond Press runs a writing competition event calendar that is updated on a daily basis

Inkitt maintains an excellent website documenting lots of international writing competitions
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Storyhouse | Contests for previously unpublished writers
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Cranked Anvil Prompt Competition
DEADLINES: 10am GMT on 1 April; 1 July; 1 October
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Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition
DEADLINES: QUARTERLY: January; April; July; October.
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Cranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition
DEADLINES: QUARTERLY: February; May; August; November
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The Short Story Writing for Magazines Course

All the basics of short story writing in one course

Monthly Entries

The Write a Novel Course

Write your novel with one-to-one guidance from an award-winning author.

Weekly Entries

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