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The Masters Review Winter Short Story Award for New Writers
deadline: 31 January 2023
The competition is open to emerging writers.

You may submit stories under 6,000 words.

The entry fee is US$20.

The winning story will be awarded US$3,000.
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The competition is open to all writers worldwide, published and unpublished, who are over 16 years of age.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The prize is for an unpublished poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11.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.
Magma 2022/23 Poetry Competition
deadline: 31 January 2023
There are two contests, one for short poems of up to 10 lines, and one for poems of 11 to  50 lines.  

The entry fees are £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

• Editors' Prize (poems of up to 10 lines)
1st prize: £1,000
2nd prize: £300
3rd prize: £150

• Judge's Prize (poems of 11 to 50 lines)
1st prize: £1,000
2nd prize: £300
3rd prize: £150
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 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
deadline: 31 January 2023
The competition is organized by Tampa Review, a literary magazine produced at The University of Tampa in Tampa, United States.

Entrants should submit a collection of poems. Manuscripts must be at least 48 typed pages.

The entry fee is US$25.

The winner receives a cash prize of US$2,000 and book publication.
The 2022 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition
deadline: 1 January 2023
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and over.

The poem/s may be on any subject; 40 lines of text maximum, no minimum.

The first poem submitted costs £7.50. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £5.50 per poem.

The 1st prize winner will receive £2,000 plus a one week writing residency at Cyprus Well, Charles Causley’s former home in Launceston.
2023 Calibre Essay Prize
deadline: 30 December 2022
The competition is open to all essayists writing in English.

Entries must be a single non-fiction essay of 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of AU$30.

The winner will receive AU$5,000.The runner-up will receive AU$2,500.
The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition
deadline: 31st January 2023
The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style.

Entry fees:
· up to two poems: £5 per poem;
· three or more poems: £4 per poem.

• 1st prize: £1,000
• 2nd prize: £300
• 3rd prize: £100
• 4th prize: 4 x £50
The 2023 Colorado Prize for Poetry
deadline: 14 January 2023
The Colorado Prize for Poetry is an international poetry book manuscript contest.
Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages but no more than 100 pages. They may be composed of any number of poems.

There is a $28 online entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Colorado Review.

The winner receives a $2,500 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing.
The Masters Review Chapbook Open
deadline: 31 December 2022
The competition is open to emerging writers.

Entries can be short fiction, essays, flash fiction, mini novellas. Manuscripts should be between 25-45 pages.

The entry fee is $25.

The winning writer will receive $3000, manuscript publication, and 75 contributor copies.
2023 Rattle Chapbook Prize
deadline: 15 January 2023
The competition is organized by the Rattle, an American poetry magazine.

Each poet may submit 15 – 30 pages of poems.

The $25 entry fee is a one-year subscription to Rattle magazine.

Three winners will receive $5,000 and 500 author copies of their chapbook.
The Society of Classical Poets 2023 Poetry Competition
deadline: 31 December 2022
The competition is open to anyone.

You may submit 1-3 poems on any topic. Poems must contain meter (beginners and students may simply count syllables).

The entry fee is $20.

The winner will receive $2,000.
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
2023 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition
deadline: 16 December 2022
The competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any published novel.

You may submit only one manuscript written in the English language. Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story.

The competition is free to enter.

The winning manuscript will be published by Minotaur Books. The winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000.
The Moth Poetry Prize 2022
deadline: 31 December 2022
The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. You can write on any subject and there is no line limit

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16.

The entry fee is €15 per poem.

• 1st prize: 6,000 €
• 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000
• 8 prizes of €250 for commended poems