Writing Comps Ending Soon …

For anyone interested, there are a few writing competitions ending soon that if you don’t know about them yet, I thought I’d share with you. I have entered the first two and am prepping my entry for the third.

Brighton COW Short Story Competition Summer 2011 – http://www.brightoncow.co.uk/comps/index.html

This is Brighton Community of Writers, however they encourage entries all across the UK, indeed the whole world. This is a short story comp, up to 3000 words, that can be emailed or posted to them. But hurry, closing date is noon on 31st August! Full rules are on the site and it’s only £4 per story entered. Please read the rules carefully before entering.

The Festival of Romance New Talent Award – http://festivalofromance.co.uk/#/awards/4549309129

Enter the opening chapter (up to 3,500 words) of a romance /romantic fiction novel, entry is free BUT the bad news is that … you have to be a delegate of the festival if you wish to enter. Good news … more incentive to come along to the Festival – the only festival specialising in romantic fiction in the UK (21st and 22nd October). You will be sent the full rules once you buy your festival ticket, but be aware that tickets are going fast and the deadline for this entry is 1st September!

The Harry Bowling Prize for New Writers – http://www.harrybowlingprize.co.uk/Harry_Bowling/Rules.html

This is a fantastic opportunity for new writers with some previous entrants having met with great publishing success. It used to be that manuscripts entered had to be set in London as the late Harry Bowling ‘King of Cockney Saga’ books were, however the rules have become more flexible in that a book can now have any urban setting. I have contacted MBA Literary agents who administer the prize and ‘urban’ means that it can be set in a city or a town. Also the MS can be a work in progress, it need not be finished. This is partially sponsored by  Headline, Harry’s publishers. The entry must consist of a synopsis of no more than five hundred words and an opening chapter of no more than five thousand words. This one is especially close to my heart as the winner is announced at the Romantic Novelist Association awards ceremony in March and I know of RNA members who have benefitted enormously by entering this comp. Deadline is 30th September so there is a little time left but please note that entries need to be sent in by snail mail so that needs to be factored into timescales.

Why not have a go at one – or all – of these? If you do, good luck. Until then …

Happy writing, Nikki.


7 thoughts on “Writing Comps Ending Soon …

    • nikkigoodmanwannabewriter says:

      Hi Suzanne,

      thanks for the comment. Have just visited your blog – very cool. Have followed. The WIP sounds great.

      Best wishes, Nikki

  1. Mandy Baggot (@mandybaggot) says:

    Unfortunately I can’t enter the Harry Bowling contest as they don’t accept entries from people who have been published in any form – even self-publishing. Would love to have entered though! As you know I am alongside you with the Festival of Romance contest!! See you at the finish line AKA THE BAR!!

    • nikkigoodmanwannabewriter says:

      Hi Mandy,

      Thanks for leaving a comment. Shame about HB but at least you’re a published author! Can’t wait for Festival of Romance, especially the Ball and excitement of the New Talent Award! We can definitely prop up the bar together along with the others – if there’s anything writers are good at doing it’s drinking. I’m a Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay girl myself. Ready, Set … Go!

      Nikki x

  2. 13artiag says:

    Hi Nikki,
    Thanks for the list. I missed out on the Brighton Cow contest. And as for the other two, I haven’t even thought of a novel right now.. Gives me the pins and needles on the thought 😦


    • nikkigoodmanwannabewriter says:

      Hi Arti,

      thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Short stories are just as valid as novels, if that’s what your thing is. Short story writing is in danger of becoming a lost art, given that so many of the women’s mags are dropping their fiction pages/sections, which is a real shame. Crafting, telling a whole story in circa 2,000 – 3,000 words (depending on the publication/comp) is actually incredibly difficult and requires a heck of a lot of discipline. I find short story writing harder than full length fiction writing!

      Happy writing, Nikki

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