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Monday, June 14, 2010

Writing Contests Ending This Month

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There are quite a few writing contests with deadlines at the end of June, so I thought I'd take a moment to list some of them here. As far as I know, all of these contests are open world-wide.

First up is the sonnet-writing contest on my forum at There are three great prizes in this free contest, which requires you to produce a sonnet based on a theme of 'the first time'. I can exclusively reveal that we've only had a handful of entries so far, so you really do stand a very good chance if you enter this one!

Next comes the Writers Bureau Short Story and Poetry Competition. There are 4000 UK pounds' worth of prizes in this contest for short stories of up to 2000 words and poems of up to 40 lines. There is an entry fee of 5 UKP or 9 USD per poem or story.

The Bridport Prize is arguably the leading open writing competition in the UK. This year they have contests for short stories of up to 5000 words, poems of up to 42 lines, and flash fiction of up to 250 words. Almost 15,000 UKP of prizes is on offer in total, with entry fees ranging from 5 UKP (flash fiction) to 7 UKP (short stories).

Also closing on 30 June is the quarterly Flash 500 contest for short stories of up to 500 words. There are cash prizes of 250, 100 and 50 UKP in this contest, plus a copy of The Writer's ABC Checklist for any highly commended entries. Again, the entry fee is 5 UKP.

Next up is the Great Hotels of the World Travel Writing Contest. This one is free to enter. You have to submit up to 500 words about a memorable travel experience. The winner will enjoy a week as a VIP travel writer, staying at a luxury hotel in Crete, Greece, with return flights included. Unusually, they will be expected to write a 1000 word article about their prize vacation!

Finally, it's not exactly a contest, but new article site/online magazine Fortitude, which I wrote about in this recent post, has been attracting a lot of interest. Fortitude accepts articles, short stories and poems on any subject, with the top 25 percent (as voted by other members) appearing on the front page and getting paid a fee of between $10 and $100. You do have to pay a small fee to join Fortitude (akin to a competition entry fee), but unlike most contests this entitles you to submit any number of contributions over a year. Anyway, in my view it's well worth a look.

Good luck with all your competition entries, and don't forget to check out this recent blog post for some hints and tips. If you know of any other good contests ending this month, please feel free to post them as comments below.

Photo credit: Kpwerker on Flickr.

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Blogger Alex G said...

Hi Nick - thanks for this. There are some competitions for non-fiction writers on my blog's dedicated comp page here: - several have June deadlines. Hope they're of some use to your readers.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Many thanks, Alex. I've shared your link via Twitter as well.

10:46 AM  

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