Competition News Summary

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Competition Types

The writing competitions you'll find listed on this site, fall into three main categories, as explained below.

Members Only
Open
General
  • Open to NAWG group and individual members only.
  • No entry fees.
  • Organised by the NAWG committee.
  • Open to everyone.
  • Most have entry fees.
  • Organised by the NAWG committee.
  • Open to everyone.
  • Most have entry fees.
  • Organised by friends and individuals of NAWG.
  • Free advertising for NAWG groups and affiliates (small fee for others).
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Competitions List

(Last updated: Sat-21-Sep-2017) Click on the competition titles for more information.

Competition Status Closing Date Type Information & Notes
Playwriting competition Open 30-Oct-2017 General Organised by New Forest Players.
NAWG Open 2017 Open 31-Oct-2016 Open Categories: Short story, poetry, novella.
The Farnham Short Story Competition Open 02-Nov-2017 General Organised by The Fellowship of the Pen.
Flash Fiction Competition Open 30-Nov-2017 General Organised by The Writers Bureau.
BMAF Creative Writing Competition 2018 Open 11-Dec-2017 General Organised by Basingstoke Music & Arts Festival.
The Henshaw Competition Open 10-Jan-2018 General Short stories on any subject, up to 2,000 words.
Puddle Magazine Ghost Story Competition Open General Win a four night stay in a historic building with Landmark Trust. All entry fees donated to the pet hospital.
100 Word Mini-Tales Open None Open A continuously running, open competition.
Park Publications Open None General Writing opportunities all year round.
The Henshaw Competition Closed 30-Sep-2017 General Short stories on any subject, up to 2,000 words.
Pam's People 2017 Closed 21-Aug-2017 Members only Winners announced at NAWGFest.
Limerick Competition Closed 31-Jul-2017 General Organised by The Writers Bureau.
Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition Closed 10-Jul-2017 General Run by Wrekin Writers.
The Henshaw Competition Closed 30-Jun-2017 General Short stories on any subject, up to 2,000 words.
Bristol Short Story Prize Closed 03-May-2017 General Short stories on any theme or subject.
NAWG Members 2017 Closed 30-Apr-2017 Members only Our annual multi-category writing competitions. Winners announced at the annual NAWGFest.
The Henshaw Competition Closed 31-Mar-2017 General Short stories on any subject, up to 2,000 words.
Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2016—17 Closed 03-Mar-2017 General Short story and poetry.
Archive

Here are some competitions, now closed, from previous years.

Competition Status Closing Date Type Information & Notes
H.E.Bates Short Story Competition 2016 Closed 05-Dec-2016 General Organised by Northampton Writers Group.
BMAF Creative Writing Competitions 2017 Closed 05-Dec-2016 General Competitions by the Basingstoke Music & Arts Federation.
Field of Words 2016: Round 2 Closed 30-Nov-2016 General Short fiction and flash fiction.
Words And Women Prose Competition Closed 15-Nov-2016 General A competition organised by Words And Women, who support and promote women writers living and working in the East of England.
NAWG Open 2016 Closed 31-Oct-2016 Open Categories: Short story, poetry, novella.
The Henshaw Competition Closed 30-Sep-2016 General Short stories on any subject, up to 2,000 words.
Mslexia Children's Novel Closed 19-Sep-2016 General A competition for women to write a novel for children.
Terence Rattigan Award Closed 31-Aug-2016 General An exciting competition for aspiring playwrights.
British Czech & Slovak Association Writing Competition 2016 Closed 19-Aug-2016 General A competition to write fact or fiction about links between Britain and the Czech/Slovak Republics.
Writers Bureau Limerick 2016 Closed 31-Jul-2016 General Win a Writers Bureau course, plus cash prizes.
Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition Closed 11-Jul-2016 General Run by Wrekin Writers.
The Henshaw Competition Closed 30-Jun-2016 General Short stories on any subject, up to 2,000 words.
Field of Words 2016: Round 1 Closed 31-May-2016 General Short fiction and flash fiction.
Horror Anthology Competition Closed 20-May-2016 General A horror-themed writing competition from Swansea & District Writers' Circle.
NAWG Members 2016 Closed 30-Apr-2016 Members only Our annual multi-category writing competitions. Winners announced at the annual Festival of Writing.
The Henshaw Competition Closed 31-Mar-2016 General Short stories on any subject, up to 2,000 words.
Margery Allingham short story Closed 01-Mar-2016 General Organised by the Crime Writers' Association.
Our Street Closed 31-Jan-2016 General Bridgend Writers' Circle. Short story.
Writers Bureau Short Story Closed 30-Nov-2015 General 2,000 words maximum. Any theme.
InkTears Short Story Closed 30-Nov-2015 General UK & international. Any theme. Open to age 18+.
NAWG Open 2015 Closed 31-Oct-2015 Open Short story and poetry categories.
Another Place Closed 31-Oct-2015 General Poetry and flash fiction. The Poised Pen, Liverpool.
Swansea Writers Short Story Closed 31-Oct-2015 General Any genre, any subject.
Pam's People 2015 Closed 21-Aug-2015 Members only Winners announced at the annual Festival of Writing.
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Author: Pam Fish Date: September 23, 2014 4:49 pm
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Beth Gillespie: November 4, 2015 12:30 am
I'm a member of the student Grist team at the University of Huddersfield and I'm trying to promote their latest short story competition, is there any way to post the competition on here? And would that be okay?
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Kevin Machin: November 4, 2015 10:52 am

Hello Beth,

Details of how to advertise on our website can be found on our Writing Group News page.

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Jan Hughes: April 27, 2015 10:35 am

I am a member of The Poised Pen writers group based in Liverpool, will you remind me if I can submit competition entries on screen or if it is hard copy only.

Thank you. Jan

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Kevin Machin: April 29, 2015 7:21 am

Hello Jan,

Are you talking about being a competitor in one of the competitions listed on our site, or advertising your own competition on our pages?

Please clarify.

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