I want to start writing for a purpose. Up until now I’ve just been writing whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like. To get some perspective and an idea on what it is like to write to a deadline, I have decided to enter some competitions. When I googled UK Writing Competitions I found loads and because I am a Generous soul, I thought I would share a few sites with you.
The Bridport Prize – You can submit a poem, short story, or flash fiction. The entry fees range from £7-£9 depending on what you are entering. The Poem and Short story first prize is £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500 there are also another ten prizes of £50 for ‘highly recommended’ entries. Flash Fiction prizes are £1,000, £500, £250 and three prizes of £50 for ‘highly recommend’ entries. Your entries cannot have been published anywhere else, or been a winner in any other competition. Full rules are on the website.
Writers Online – You can submit short stories and poetry. The prizes are £200 and £50 for short stories, £100 and £50 for poems. Entry fee is £4 or £3 if you are a subscriber to their newsletter. The entry must be original, unpublished and not submitted for publishing or any other competition. Full rules are on the website.
Writers and Artists – This site has more than one competition running at any one time. All details are listed for each competition with rules etc.
The New Writer – Lists various competitions run by other sites.
Book Trust – Lists many many competitions run by other sites.
Prize Magic – Claims to list “the most interesting” writing competitions run by other sites.
Lets go win some money!