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The Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing 2022
deadline: 12 January 2022, 12 noon GMT
The prize is open to writers (published or unpublished) anywhere in the world aged 18 years or older

All submitted stories (no poems or scripts) must have food and/or drink at the centre of the narrative.

Entry fee: £15 for each submitted short story.

The winner will receive £10,000.
The three runner-up entrants will receive £250 each.
The Society of Classical Poets 2022 Poetry Competition
deadline: 31 December 2021
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.
Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition 2021
deadline: 6 December 2021
The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country.

Unpublished poems of any length are welcome.

Entry fee: £10 for three poems.

The winner will receive £2,000.
Magma 2021/22 Poetry Competition
deadline: 14 January 2022
Magma’s Poetry Competition has 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 line)
1st prize: £1,000
2nd prize: £300
3rd prize: £150
2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
deadline: 1 November 2021
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction. There are no restrictions on setting, genre or theme.

Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country.

There will be five winners, one from each region (Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean, Pacific). The overall winner will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500.

The competition is free to enter.
2022 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
deadline: 1 April 2022
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
31st Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize
deadline: 1 October 2021
The Missouri Review is currently accepting submissions for the 31st Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize. Writers can submit one piece of fiction or nonfiction up to 8,500 words or any number of poems up to 10 pages.

All entries must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee.

Winners receive publication and a cash prize:
• $5,000 Fiction
• $5,000 Nonfiction
• $5,000 Poetry
2022 St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition
deadline: 17 December 2021
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 Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2021/22
deadline: 10 October 2021
The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize is an annual short story competition open to both published and unpublished writers.

The story must be written in English.

The cost of entry per submission is £10.

The winning author will receive a cash prize of £2000. Shortlisted authors will each receive £200.
The Moth Poetry Prize 2021
deadline: 31 December 2021
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
2022 Peter Porter Poetry Prize
deadline: 4 October 2021
All poets writing in English are eligible to enter.

Entries must be a single poem of no more than 70 lines.

Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of AU$25.

The winner will receive AU$6,000. The other four shortlisted poets will each receive AU$1,000.
Bath Flash Fiction Award
deadline: 10 October 2021
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 and early submission.

Prizes:
• 1st prize: £1,000
• 2nd prize: £300
• 3rd prize: £100
2021 Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition
deadline: 15 September 2021
The contest is open to participants 18 years or older.

Essays should be under 1,500 words and explore art, history, literature, music, education, and other subjects as they relate to medicine.

The competition is free to enter.

Two prizes will be awarded: $5,000 for the winner and $2,500 for the runner up.
Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2021
deadline: 27 September 2021
The competition is open to poets from any country.

All entries must be in English. Poems must each be no longer than 45 lines.

Entry fee: £5 per poem.

1st Prize: £2,000
2nd Prize: £1,000
3rd Prize: £500
The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2021
deadline: 30 November 2021
The Bath Children’s Novel Award is an annual international prize for emerging novelists writing for children or teens.

Novels should be for children who are able to read for themselves, or young adults.

The entry fee is £28 per novel.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £3,000.
Oxford Brookes University International Poetry Competition 2021
deadline: 20 September 2021
The contest is organised by the Poetry Centre of Oxford Brookes University.

There are two categories:
• Open category – open to all poets aged 18 years and over;
• English as an Additional Language category – open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language.

The first three poems submitted cost £5 per poem.

The winners of each category will receive £1000 and both runners up £200.
VI International Flash Fiction Competition
deadline: 30 September 2021
The competition is open to anyone aged over 14.

Writers can enter the competition in Spanish, English, Arabic or Hebrew language, and the stories can only have a maximum of 100 words.

The competition is free to enter.

The overall winner will receive $20,000.
Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition 2021
deadline: 20 September 2021
The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country.

Submit complete short fiction of up to 3,000 words, in any genre, for adult and/or young adult readers.

Entry fee: £12 per story.

The winner will receive £3,000. Three additional finalists will each receive £100.
The National Poetry Competition 2021
deadline: 31 October 2021
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over. International entries are welcome.

All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length. Entries can be on any subject.

The first poem submitted costs £7. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £4 per poem.

• 1st prize: £5,000
• 2nd prize: £2,000
• 3rd prize: £1,000
The Bedford Competition
deadline: 31 October 2021
There are two competitions:
• Short Story Competition
• Poetry Competition

The Short Story Competition is for original, unpublished stories on any theme up to 3,000 words.
The winner of first prize will receive £1.000.
Entry fees: £7.50 per story.

The Poetry Competition is for original, unpublished poems up to 40 lines on any theme.
The winner of first prize will receive £1.000.
Entry fees: £7.50 per poem.
19th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
deadline: 30 September 2021
You may submit poems on any theme, up to 250 lines each.

Entry fee: $15 per submission of 1-2 poems.

Prizes:
• The Tom Howard Prize: $3,000 for a poem in any style or genre.
• The Margaret Reid Prize: $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style.
The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2021
deadline: 15 September 2021
The Prize will be awarded to an unpublished piece of prose or poetry which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world.

The entry fee is €15 per entry.

The winner receives €1,000 and a week at Circle of Misse in France.