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www.mslexia.co.uk/poetryClosing date: 19 JuneErewash Writers’ Group ‘Books’ Themed Writing Competition 2017 is for writing of any formon the theme of ‘books’, up to 500, 2500 or 5000 words. Prizes: publication on the group’s website, plus books or free enrolment ona Short Story Writing Course. Proceeds from this competition will be donated to charity. Entry fee:£2 for up to 500 words; £3 for upto 2,500 words; £6 for up to 5,000 words. FAO Debbie Wilkinson, EWG ‘BOOKS’ Competition, Parklands Connexion, Stanhope Street, Long Eaton NG10 4QN. erewashwriterscomps@hotmail.co.uk erewashwriterscompetition.weebly. comClosing date: 29 JuneThe Bluepencilagency FirstNovel Prize 2017 is open to unrepresented and unpublished authors. Submit the first chapter(up to 5,000 words) of a novel. Prizes: £1,000 first prize, an editorial report from Bluepencilagency and an introduction to literary agentEve White. Runner-up receives a writing retreat at Retreats For You plus an editorial report. Judges: Eve White and best selling author Saskia Sarginson. Winners announced 31 October. Visit the website and click on competition for details on how to enter and eligibility.Entry fee: £15 for each submission. www.bluepencilagency.com Closing date: 30 JuneWow! CreativeWritingMatters Short Story Competition is for a story of 1,000 words with a 50-word margin either side. Prizes: £200, £100, £50. For full details see website. Entry fee: £6. www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk Closing date: 30 JuneImpress Prize for New Writers 2017 was created to discoverand publish new writing talent in fiction and non-fiction. The winner of the prize is offered a publishing contract with Impress Books with the aim of releasing the bookthe following year. Entries to the prize are assessed by the Impress team and a shortlist is produced from which a panel chooses the winner. The panel is comprised of representatives from the publishing industry. In the past the winners and shortlisted candidates have gone on to be represented by agentsand received subsequent publishing contracts. Entry fee: £15 per entry. www.impress-books.co.ukClosing date: 30 JuneCinnamon Press Début Novel/ Novella Prize Submit the first 10,000 words of your unpublished début novel or novella. Judge: Ian Gregson. Prize: £500 plus publication. Entry fee: £12. www.cinnamonpress.comClosing date: 31 JulyHISSAC Annual Open Short Story Competition is for stories of upto 2,000 words. Unusual writing welcome but no stories for children. Prizes: £250, £50, £25. Entry fee: £5 per story; £12 for three. HISSAC, 20 Lochslin Place, Balintore, Easter Ross IV20 1UP. info@hissac.co.uk www.hissac.co.ukClosing date: 31 JulyHISSAC Annual Open Flash Fiction Competition is for stories of upto 500 words. Prizes: £250, £50, £25. Entry fee: £5 per story; £12 for three. info@hissac.co.uk; www.hissac.co.ukChristopher Fielden’s Annual Short Story Competition is looking for stories of up to 3,000 wordswith an element of humour. Prizes: £1,000, £200, £100, 3@£50, 14@£25 and publication in an anthology.The winner will also receive a copy of their anthology that has literally been to Hull and back strapped toa motorcycle! Entry fee: £7 for one story, £12 for two, £15 for three before 30 April 2017. £9 for one story, £15 for two, £18 for three from 1 May 2017. www.christopherfielden.com/short- story-competitionClosing date: 31 JulyIlkley Literature Festival Short Story Competition is for short stories of up to 3,000 words. Prize: £200; winning authors and runners- up will be invited to read at the festival in October 2017. Entrants must be previously unpublished. Entry fee: £5 per story. Short Story Competition, Ilkley Literature Festival, 9 The Grove, Ilkley, West Yorkshire LE29 9LW. www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk Closing date: 1 AugustAesthetica Creative Writing Competition is for poems of upto 40 lines each or short storiesof up to 2,000 words each. Prizes: £1,000 in each category; winners and finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology. See the website for full details. Entry fee: £12 per poem or £18 per story. www.aestheticamagazine.com Closing date: 31 AugustMslexia Women’s Novel Competition is for fiction booksfor adults, of at least 50,000 words from unpublished women writers. Submit: first 5,000 words of the novel. Judges: Philippa Gregory and others. Prize: £5,000. Entry fee: £25 per novel extract.0191 204 8860. novel@mslexia.co.uk www.mslexia.co.uk/novelClosing date: 18 SeptemberBenjamin Franklin House Literary Prize is open for entries of prose (fiction or non-fiction) from writers aged 18-25 years of age. Please send between 1,000-1,500words inspired by this Benjamin Franklin quote, ‘If you would notClosing date: 31 Julybe forgotten, As soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.’ Prizes: £750, £500 and publication online by the Telegraph Entry fee: free. 020 7839 2006. info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org Closing date: 31 OctoberCannon Poets’ Sonnet or Not 2017 Poems of 14 lines on any theme, traditional/varied form –or something other! Judge: Liz Berry. First prize: £500. Publication in Cannon’s Mouth. See website for entry form and details (online or not). Cannon Poets, 22 Margaret Grove, Birmingham B17 9JH. www.cannonpoets.org.ukClosing date: 31 OctoberNAWG ‘100’ Competition is anew competition for flash fiction of exactly 100 words on any theme. There is no set deadline; rather each round ends when 100 entries have been accepted. Subsequent entries then go into the next round. Prizes: £75, £25 (per round). See the website for full details. Entry fee: £3 for one entry, £5.50 for two, £8 forthree. www.nawg.co.ukClosing date: ongoingWriters’ Forum Fiction Competition is for short stories of 1,000-3,000 words, on any theme. Prizes: £300; £150; £100. The judges also offer an optional personalised critiquing service, for an extra fee. Entry fee: £6 (£3). Critiquing is £5 extra. storycomp@writers-forum.com www.writers-forum.comClosing date: ongoingHour of Writes is an online weekly competition in which you have one hour to write a story without pauses or restarts. When the theme is up, it’s automatically submitted. Weekly themes. Entry fee: £5. www.hourofwrites.comTelegraph Just Back Travel is a weekly competition for feature articles of up to 500 words on recent travel experiences. Entries mustbe previously unpublished. Prize: £200 in the foreign currency of the winner’s choice. justback@telegraph. co.uk;www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ just-back-travel-writing-competition Closing date: ongoingClosing date: ongoingmslexia Mar/Apr/May 2017 63ListingsCompetitionBridport PrizeTHE PRIZE: This prestigious award has been running forover 40 years and saw just under 13,000 entries last year.Open to all writers who live in Great Britain, it covers four categories: Short Story, Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Novel.With a prize-pot of over £18,000 it is one of the richest writing competitions around. Past winners include mslexia Flash Fiction Prize judge, Kit de Waal, who won in 2014 and 2015 (and is judging this year). Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, winner of the 2015 Bridport Prize Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel, has just clinched a six-figure deal for Swan Song.THE JUDGES: The Bridport hosts a different panel of judges each year. This year sees Lemn Sissay looking for poetry to ‘electrify, seduce and grip’ him. Peter Hobbs is after short stories that transport him to a complete world. Kit de Waal wants flash fiction with a ‘well- crafted and well-thought- out plot, a slow burn anda surprise.’ Nathan Filer, Novel judge, wants to ‘meet memorable characters thatfeel completely real’ in novels that absolutely must not be boring. The judges’ full comments can be found online: www.bridportprize.org.uk/content/2017-judgesHOW TO ENTER: Enter the first 5-8,000 words of your novel; poems of up to 42 lines; short stories of 5,000 words; and flash fiction no longer than 250 words. Enter online or via post. Entries can’t have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast, nor winning or placed (as in 2nd, 3rd, runner up etc) in any other competition. If your entry has been longlisted or shortlisted in other competitions, provided it has not won a prize or been published, then it is eligible for entry.For full details see www.bridportprize.org.ukMARTHA LANEBRIDPORT PRIZE PHOTOS: LEMN SISSAY BY AIDA MULUNEH / PETER HOBBS BY JOHN RICE / KIT DE WAAL BY JUSTINE STODDART / NATHAN FILER BY MATT CROSSICKINSIGHT


































































































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