Writing Competition Round-Up – May/June

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I wrote a post earlier in the week about my decision to put a pause on entering certain competitions (the last entry goes off shortly and was written before I made the decision!). Here it is! https://nikkimooreauthor.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/the-road-less-travelled/

But for all you folks out there who have a bit of time on your hands and are aching to enter a good competition or two, here you go…

The Impress Prize for New Writers 2012

This Competition is open to any unpublished author writing in english, with a submission closing date of 17 June. The book can be fiction or non-fiction and the prize is a publishing contract from Impress Books. Here is the link:


The Yeovil Literary Prize 2012

This is a really prestigious internationally acclaimed writing competition with three categories to be entered, with some great prizes but just bear in mind the steeper entry costs (Novel £11, Short Story £6 and Poems £6 for one, £9 for two, £11 for three).

The Novel – Betty Bolingbroke-Kent Award.  Submit a synopsis and opening chapters (up to 15,000 words in total). The prizes  are 1st £1000, 2nd £250 and 3rd £100.

The Short Story – submit a piece up to a maximum of 2,000 words long. The prizes are 1st £500, 2nd £200 and 3rd £100.

Poetry – Poems up to a maximum of 40 lines. Prizes are 1st £500, 2nd £200 and 3rd £100.

There’s also an additional Local Prize – The Western Gazette Best Local Writer Award, which is judged from the entries to all three of the above categories and the author must live in Dorset or Somerset. The prize is £100 plus a trophy.

For further info go here:

http://www.writing-competition.co.uk/Introduction.html or here


The Bridport Prize – newly extended closing date to 31 May.

This is one of the most prestigious OPEN writing competitions in the English Language and can be entered by post or via email. The closing date for receipt of postal entries is 31st May at 5.30pm and for online entries is 31st May at Midnight GMT.

The categories are short story, poem or flash fiction with a maximum of 5000 words for short stories,  42 lines for poems and 250 words for flash fiction (and no minimum word count for any of these).

The Prize is open to anyone, including non-UK applicants of over 16 years. For other eligibility criteria please see the website. The entry fees are £6 for each flash fiction, £7 per poem and £8 per short story and you can send in as many entries as you like (and can afford!)

The prizes are attractive and as follows:

SHORT STORIES: 1st prize = £ 5000  (approx. 8000 US$, 5900 € )

POEMS: 1st Prize = £ 5000 (approx. 8000 US$, 5900 €)

FLASH FICTION: 1st Prize =£ 1000 (approx. 1600 US$, 1180 €)

Good luck if you decide to enter. I’d love to hear updates from anyone who wants to share what they’ve entered and if they place…

Happy writing, Nikki 🙂


4 thoughts on “Writing Competition Round-Up – May/June

  1. yasminselena says:

    Took me a wee while to find the comment box but got there! I’ve seen this writing comp year after year and always forget to enter it or miss the deadline. I’ve never liked competitions that include fees but do get with some of them that they’re a necessity. Thanks for the heads up on it! And true to form, here I am looking at it with approximately…48 hours to enter ; ) x

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