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Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2022
deadline: 26 September 2022
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 Yale Drama Series 2023
deadline: 15 August 2022
The Yale Drama Series is an annual competition for emerging playwrights.

Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English.

The competition is free to enter.

The winner will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000 and publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press.
The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition 2022
deadline: 31 July 2022
The competition is for original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style.

Entry fee: 19 € per story.

Prizes:
• 1st prize: 2,000 €
• 2nd prize: 500 €
• Four Runners-Up: 250 €
Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award
deadline: 29 June 2022
The competition is open to non-American novice writers aged between 18 and 30 years old.

Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script.

The competition is free to enter.

The winner receives $2,500.
Ledbury Poetry Festival 2022 Poetry Competition
deadline: 24 August 2022
The competition is international, open to poets writing in the English language.

The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines.

Entry fee: £6 per poem.

• First Prize: £1,000
• Second Prize: £500
• Third Prize: £250
McLellan Poetry Competition 2022
deadline: 10 July 2022
Poems should be of no more than 80 lines, in English, on any subject.

The entry fee is £6 for the first poem.
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• 1st prize: £1,300
• 2nd prize: £400
• 3rd prize: £150
20th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
deadline: 30 September 2022
You may submit poems on any theme, up to 250 lines each.

Entry fee: $20 per submission of 1-3 poems.

• The $3,000 Tom Howard Prize will be awarded for a poem in any style or genre.
• The $3,000 Margaret Reid Prize will be awarded for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style.
The Wells Festival of Literature's Competitions
deadline: 30 June 2022
There are four competitions:
• Open Poetry Competition (£6 per entry; prizes: £1000, £500, £250);
• Short Story Competition (£6 per entry; prizes: £750, £300, £200);
• Book for Children Competition (£6 per entry; prizes: £750, £300, £200);
• Young Poets Competition (£3 per entry; prizes: £150, £75, £50).
The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest
deadline: 31 May 2022
The competition is open to emerging writers.

You may submit stories under 1000 words.

$20 entry fee allows submit up to two stories.

The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication in The Masters Review.
The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
deadline: 15 May 2022
Submitted work must be an original, unpublished short story up to 10,000 words.

The entry fee is $17.

• 1st prize: $2,000
• 2nd prize: $500
• 3rd prize: $250
• two editor's choice prizes of $125
Puchi Award 2022
deadline: 15 May 2022
The competition is open to books in any genre or form: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, novels, comics, illustrated albums, essays, cookbooks, geography books, or any other type imaginable.

You may submit only finished works that have never been published.

Entry is free.

The winner will receive a cash prize of €8,000 and his work will be published by Fulgencio Pimentel.
Bath Flash Fiction Award
deadline: 5 June 2022
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
2022 University of New Orleans Press Publishing Lab Prize
deadline: 31 August 2022
The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full length works of fiction (novels and short story collections).

The entry fee is $28.

The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press.
The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2022
deadline: 15 September 2022
The Moth Nature Writing Prize is awarded annually 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.
Boston Review 2022 Writing Contests
deadline: Paid entry: 30 June 2022Free entry: 31 May 2022
The Boston Review, an American political and literary magazine, has announced two contests:
• Annual Poetry Contest
• Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

There is an entry fee of US$20 for writers from the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.
Contestants outside U.S., Canada, Western Europe, and those experiencing hardship may enter free of charge.

The first prize winner in each contest will receive US$1,000.
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2022
deadline: 31 July 2022
The competition is open to anyone aged 11-17.

Young poets can submit poems on any theme, of any length and of any style.

The competition is free to enter.

The top 15 winners will have their poems printed in the winners’ print anthology.
Poetry London Prize 2022
deadline: 30 June 2022
The competition is organized by Poetry London magazine.

Entries must be in English. The maximum length is 80 lines.

For Poetry London subscribers the entry fee is £4 per poem; for non-subscribers £8.

• 1st prize: £5,000
• 2nd prize: £2,000
• 3rd prize: £1,000
Winchester Poetry Prize 2022
deadline: 31 July 2022
The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over.

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

Entry fees: £5 for first poem and £4 for subsequent poems.

• 1st Prize: £1,000
• 2nd Prize: £500
• 3rd Prize: £250
The Rattle Poetry Prize 2022
deadline: 15 July 2022
The competition is open to poets of any nationality writing in English.

You may submit up to four poems per entry.

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

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of $15,000 USD. Ten finalists will each receive $500 USD, and be eligible for the $5,000 USD Reader's Choice Award.
2022 International Essay Contest for Young People
deadline: 15 June 2022
This annual essay contest is organized by the Goi Peace Foundation based in Japan.

Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old.

This year's theme is “My Values”. Essays are accepted in English, French or Japanese.

The competition is free to enter.

1st prize winners will receive a cash prize of 100,000 Yen.
Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest 2022
deadline: 15 May 2022
The contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book.

The entry fee is $24. The fee includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares.

The winning story, essay, and poems will be published in the Winter 2022-23 issue of Ploughshares.
Each winning author will receive $2,000.
The Moth Short Story Prize 2022
deadline: 30 June 2022
The Moth Short Story Prize is an international prize, open to anyone over the age of 16.

You can enter as many stories as you like.

The entry fee is €15 per story.

• 1st prize: €3,000
• 2nd prize: a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 for travel
• 3rd prize: €1,000
2022 HG Wells Short Story Competition
deadline: 11 July 2022
The competition is open to anyone.

This year’s theme is ''Switch''. Your story can be set anywhere, feature any characters, and be written in any style.

The competition for those 21 and under is free to enter and has a prize of £1,000 for the winning entry.
The competition for the over 21s costs £10 (£5 with student ID) to enter and has a prize of £500.
Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2022
deadline: 30 June 2022, 5pm BST
The competition is open to anyone who has not yet published a complete book.

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

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

The winners of each category will receive £1,000.
The 2022 Montreal International Poetry Prize
deadline: 15 May 2022
The Montreal International Poetry Prize is a biennial poetry competition awarding one prize of $20,000 CAD (approx. 15.900 USD) to one poet for a single poem.

Each entry must be an original, unpublished poem of 40 lines or fewer.

Entry fees: from $20 CAD to $25 CAD.
The 2022 Yeovil Literary Prize
deadline: 31 May 2022
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.
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2022
deadline: 31 August 2022
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
The Bath Novel Award 2022
deadline: 31 May 2022
The Bath Novel Award is a prize for unpublished, self-published and independently published writers worldwide.

Novels can be in any genre written for adult or young adult readers.

The entry fee is £29 per novel.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £3,000.
The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
deadline: 1 June 2022
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.

First prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000.
The Bridport Prize 2022
deadline: 31 May 2022
The competition welcomes entries from writers across the globe writing in English, aged 16 years old and over.

The competition has four categories: poetry, short stories, flash fiction and novel.

Entry fees: from £9 to £20.

Over £19,000 in prize money.