Free Entry Competition

is for stories of up to 2,000 words with an open theme. Prizes: £50, £25. All entries will be considered for publication in ‘WORDS Magazine’ or future anthologies. For full details see website. Sold in aid of RNLI.

Closing date: 31 December

The Kelpies Prize

is for new Scottish children’s writing. Submissions must be set wholly, or mainly, in Scotland. Submit: 30,000-60,000 words for Kelpies (8-11 years); or 40,000-70,000 words for KelpiesTeen (11-14 years). Submissions to one category only. Original, previously unpublished work only. Prize: £2,000 and publication.

Entry fee: Free.

Kelpies Prize, Floris Books, 2a Robertson Avenue, Edinburgh EH11 1SH

Closing date: 28 February

The 2016 Exeter Novel Prize

is for the opening 10,000 words, including synopsis, of a novel in any genre except children’s. Judge: Broo Doherty of DHH agency. Prizes: £500 + trophy, 5@£75.

Entry fee: £18 or £80 including a one-page report.

Closing date: 1 January 2017

The Mother’s Milk Books Writing Prize

is for poems of up to 40 lines and prose up to 1,200 words. Prize: £150. There is also an under-16 poetry category. Prize: £20 book token. Children’s poetry competition is free to enter.

Entry fee: free with any purchase from the Mother’s Milk Bookshop.

Closing date: 31 January 2017

Guernsey International Poetry Competition

is an opportunity to have your poem read by thousands, on the move in beautiful Guernsey. Judge: TBA. For entry forms see website, email or write to Poems on the Move, Guernsey Literary Festival, P.O.Box 174, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 3LG.

Closing date: 15 January 2017.

The International Atlantis Short Story Contest

offers cash prizes and in-depth feedback for unpublished writers. No theme or genre restrictions. Maximum 2,500 words. Closing date: 30 November 2016. Submit at:

Entry fee: starts from $10 (depends on level of feedback wanted when the story does not place).

The Plough Prize

is for original previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines. Judges: poet, playwright, librettist and writer for children Philip Gross. Prizes: £1000, £500, £250.

Entry fee: £5 per poem

Closing date: 31 January

Thank you Mslexia for Little Ms - what a lovely lunchtime read. And I feel more informed about all things writing too!