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2023 Perkoff Prize
deadline: 15 March 2023
The competition is organized by The Missouri Review, a literary magazine published at the University of Missouri.

All submissions must engage with health and medicine in some way.

The entry fee is $15.

Prizes:
• Poetry: $1,000
• Fiction: $1,000
• Nonfiction: $1,000 
2023 Pinch Literary Awards and Page Prize
deadline: 31 March 2023
The Pinch Literary Awards accepts poetry and fiction.
The submission fees is $20.

The Page Prize accepts non-fiction.
The submission fees is $10.

Poetry First Prize: $2,000
Fiction First Prize: $2,000
Non-fiction First Prize: $1,000
Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2023
deadline: 30 June 2023, 5pm BST
The competition is open to anyone who has not published a book-length work of fiction, life writing, or poetry.

The prize is judged in three categories: Fiction, Poetry and Life Writing.

A single entry costs £10, two entries are £16.

Winners in the three categories will be awarded a prize of £1000.
Manchester Writing Competition 2023
deadline: 1 September 2023, 5pm (UK time)
The Manchester Writing Competition is organized by the Manchester Metropolitan University.

The competition is open internationally to anyone aged 16 or over.

There are two Prizes:
• £10,000 prize for the best short story of up to 2,500 words;
• £10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems.

The entry fee is £18.
2023 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
deadline: 24 April 2023
The Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is an annual short fiction competition organized by the Australian Book Review.

Entries must be a single, original story of 2,000 to 5,000 words.

Entry fee: AU$ 30

• 1st prize: AU$ 6,000
• 2nd prize: AU$ 4,000
• 3rd prize: AU$ 2,500
2023 Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize
deadline: 16 April 2023
The Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize is awarded to an original work of fiction under 2000 words.

The competition is organized by Desperate Literature, an international bookshop in Madrid, Spain.

Entry fees: €20 for the first entry and €10 for each subsequent entry.

First prize: 1,500 € and a 7-day stay at the Civitella Ranieri artist’s residency in Umbria, Italy.
PURORRELATO micro-story contest
deadline: 21 April 2023, 14:00 GMT
The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18.

The theme is free, although the micro-stories should be related to Africa in some way.

The competition is free to enter.

• 1st Prize: 750 €
• 2nd Prize: 375 €
• 3rd Prize: 225 €
2023 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award
deadline: 31 March 2023
The competition is open to writers who have not previously published or self-published a full-length book of prose. Entrants must reside in the British Commonwealth or Eire.

The submitted work can be fiction, non-fiction, children’s or short stories.

The competition is free to enter.

The winner receives £10,000 and the two shortlisted authors £1,000 each.
The 2023 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
deadline: 1 June 2023
The competition is open to writers over the age of 18.

The entry must be a full-length children’s novel for readers aged between 7 and 18.

The entry fee is £20.

The main prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000.
F(r)iction Writing Contests – Spring 2023
deadline: 27 April 2023
The competition is open to writers over the age of thirteen.

Categories: Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction.

Entry fees: from $10 to $15.

Prizes:
• Short Story: $1,000
• Flash Fiction: $300
• Poetry: $300
• Creative Nonfiction: $1,000
The Alpine Fellowship Poetry Prize 2023
deadline: 1 March 2023
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and above.

This year's theme is ''Flourishing''. You may submit one poem or a collection of poems as long as ALL the poems in the collection speak to the theme.

The competition is free to enter.

The winner will receive a cash grant of £3,000.
The Plough Prize 2023
deadline: 31st March 2023
The Plough Prize 2021 The Plough Poetry Prize is an international competition for a poems in English up to 40 lines on any subject.

The entry fee is £5 per poem.

• 1st prize £1,000
• 2nd prize £500
• 3rd prize £250
The 45th Nimrod Literary Awards
deadline: 1 April 2023
The Nimrod Literary Awards are open internationally.

Entries may be fiction (7,500 words maximum) or poetry (3-10 pages).

Each entry must be accompanied by a $20 fee.

• 1st Prize: $2,000 and publication
• 2nd Prize: $1,000 and publication
The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing
deadline: 31 March 2023
Authors must be first-generation immigrants. ''First-generation'' can refer either to people born in another country who relocated, or to residents of a country whose parents were born elsewhere.

This year, the competition is open to nonfiction submissions.

Entry is free.

The winner receives $10,000 and publication by Restless Books.
The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2023
deadline: 1 March 2023
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and above.

This year's theme is: ''Flourishing''. All genres are accepted. Stories must be written in English. Entries should be no more than 2,500 words. 

The competition is free to enter.

The winner will receive a cash grant of £3,000.
AWP Award Series 2023
deadline: 28 February 2023
The AWP Award Series is open to all authors writing original works in English.

Entry fees: $30 for nonmembers and $20 for AWP members.

There are four prizes:
• The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry: $5,500 and publication
• The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction: $5,500 and publication
• The Sue William Silverman Prize for Creative Nonfiction : $2,500 and publication
• The James Alan McPherson Prize for the Novel: $2,500 and publication
Author of Tomorrow – Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2023
deadline: 30 April 2023
The competition is open to young people across the world who have completed a short piece of adventure writing in English.

Entry is free.

Winners will receive:
• age 16-21 years: £1,000
• age 12-15 years: £100
• age 11 and under: £100
The 2023 Yeovil Literary Prize
deadline: 31 May 2023
The Yeovil Literary Prize is open to anyone over the age of 16.

There are five categories:
• Novel (1st prize: £1250)
• Short Story (1st prize: £600)
• Poetry (1st prize: £600)
• Children’s/Young Adult Novel (1st prize: £600)
• Writing Without Restrictions (1st prize: £250).

Entry fees: from £5 to £14,50.
Bath Short Story Award 2023
deadline: 24 April 2023
Entrants must be 16 years or over.

Stories can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. Maximum length is 2,200 words.

There is a fee of £9 for each story.

• 1st prize: £1,200
• 2nd prize: £300
• 3rd prize: £100
Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry
deadline: 25 March 2023
The Ginkgo Prize is an international award for poems embracing ecological themes.

The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or above.

Applicants may submit as many poems as they like: first submission will cost £7 then it will cost £4 for each additional poem.

Prizes:
• 1st prize: £5,000
• 2nd prize: £2,000
• 3rd prize: £1,000
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2023
deadline: 31 August 2023
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize for established and emerging poets and writers.

Entry fees:
• Poetry: £12
• Short fiction: £18

Prizes:
• £2,500 for the Poetry Winner
• £2,500 for the Short Fiction Winner
2023 Bristol Short Story Prize
deadline: 26 April 2023
The competition is open to all published and unpublished writers. Entrants must be over 16 years old.

Stories can be on any theme or subject. The maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words.

The entry fee is £9.

• 1st prize is £1,000
• 2nd prize is £500
• 3rd prize is £250

20 stories will be published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 15
Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2023
deadline: 28 February 2023
The competition is open to all writers worldwide, published and unpublished, who are over 16 years of age.

Short stories may be on any topic.

The entry fee is £10 per story.

• First prize: £3,000
• Second prize: £500
• Third prize: £250
The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2023
deadline: 12 February 2023
The competition is hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council.

Entrants should write a radio play of approximately 53 minutes in length on any subject.

The competition is only open to writers outside of the UK.

There are two prizes. Each prize will consist of £2500 sterling and a trip to London.

The competition is free to enter.
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2023
deadline: 31 March 2023
The prize is for an unpublished poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11.

The entry fee is €15 per poem.

• 1st prize: 1,000 €
• 2nd prize: 500 €
• 3rd prize: 250 €
Bath Flash Fiction Award 2022 – 3
deadline: 5 February 2023
Entrants must be 16 years or over.

Entries can be on any theme or subject. Maximum length is 300 words.

The standard fee is £9 GBP for one submission. Reductions are available for multiple entries.

Prizes:
• 1st prize: £1,000
• 2nd prize: £300
• 3rd prize: £100
The Bridport Prize 2023
deadline: 31 May 2023
The competition is open to writers of any nationality, aged 16 years old and over.

The competition has four categories:
• Poetry (1st prize: £5,000);
• Short story (1st prize: £5,000);
• Flash fiction (1st prize: £1,000);
• Novel (1st prize: £1,500).

Entry fees: from £11 to £24.
Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2023
deadline: 1 March 2023
The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18.

''Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge Ian McMillan.''

Entry fees:
£7 for your first poem
£4 for each subsequent poem

• 1st prize: £1000
• 2nd prize: £500
• 3rd prize: £250
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest
deadline: 30 April 2023
You may submit stories and essays on any theme, up to 6,000 words each. For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction.

The entry fee is $22.

The winning story and essay will each receive $3,000.
Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $300 each.
The Fish Poetry Prize 2023
deadline: 31 March 2023
The competition is open to poets of any nationality writing in English.

Poem length is restricted to 60 lines. There is no restriction on theme or style.

Entry Fees: 14 € (9 € subsequent entries).

The winner will receive 1,000 €.
Top 10 poems will be published in the Fish Anthology 2023.
2023 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
deadline: 1 April 2023
You may submit one humor poem, in English. Your poem should not exceed 250 lines in length.

The competition is free to enter.

• 1st prize: $2,000
• 2nd prize: $500
• 10 honorable mentions, $100 each