Winter writing competitions
Our hand-pick of competitions, from poetry to non-fiction and short-form writing

Fancy a creative challenge in the New Year? Look no further than this collection of writing competitions picked out by NCW Communications Intern, Hannah Jarman. Varying from poetry to non-fiction to short-form writing, there is something for everyone on the list!


Fiction Factory Short Story Competition

Closing date: 7 January 2018

Write a 3,000 word (maximum) short story, with a prize pool of £150, £50 and two merit prizes of £25. Winning stories will be published on the website as well as in the Fiction Factory anthology. Judging the competition is the author of five published novels, Tim Symonds.

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Magma Poetry Competition

Closing date: 15 January 2018

Submit a poem to the Magma Poetry magazine, and in turn, have it read by award-winning poet Mona Arshi! Prizes of £1000, £300 and £150 are also included, alongside a feature in the Magma magazine itself.

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Young Romantics Prize 2018

Closing date: 15 January 2018

Are you aged 16-18 and have a love for the Romantics? Look no further than the Young Romantics Prize, with the opportunity to write a poem (no more than 20 lines) or essay (no more than 2,000 words) in relation to the theme of liberty. There is a cash prize of £2,000.

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Short Forms Writing Contest by Room Magazine

Closing date: 18 January 2018

Are you a fan of short-form writing? Room Magazine is running a competition solely for this genre! Each entry can consist of one or two prose poems, flash fictions, or flash creative non-fiction works of up to 500 words. First prize is $500.

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The Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize
Closing date: 9 February 2018

This competition is for female writers aged 21 years and over. Submit the opening of your novel (the first 40-50 pages) plus a synopsis (5-10 pages). Shortlisted applicants will be invited to the Annual Fiction Prize dinner at Lucy Cavendish College, the University of Cambridge.

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Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition

Closing date: Midnight, 13 February 2018

For this competition, you can write a short story of no more than 2,000 words on anything you like! This year’s judge is Alyson Owen, a publisher with over 20 years’ experience. She has been the Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook for five years.

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Spotlight First Novel Competition 2018

Closing date: 14 February 2018

Put a spotlight on your first novel with Adventures in Fiction! Submit a one-page synopsis alongside the first page of your novel, with a mentoring package worth £990 up for grabs.

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