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Ledbury Poetry Competition 2024
Deadline: 8 July 2024
The competition is international, open to poets writing in the English language. The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines. Each entry costs £6. • First Prize: £1,000 • Second Prize: £500 • Third Prize: £250
Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition 2024
Deadline: 31 July 2024
The competition is for original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer.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 €
Winchester Poetry Prize 2024
Deadline: 31 July 2024
The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over. Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style. Entry fees: £6 for first poem and £5 for subsequent poems. • 1st Prize: £1,000 • 2nd Prize: £500 • 3rd Prize: £250
2024 Wells Festival of Literature's Competitions
Deadline: 30 June 2024
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: £200, £150, £100).
The Moth Short Story Prize 2024
Deadline: 30 June 2024
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 • 3rd prize: 1,000 €
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest 2024
Deadline: 1 October 2024
You may submit poems on any theme, up to 250 lines each. Entry fee: $22 per submission of 1-3 poems. Prizes: • Tom Howard Prize : $3,000 for a poem in any style or genre • Margaret Reid Prize: $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style • Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $300 each (any style)
2024 McLellan Poetry Competition
Deadline: 2 June 2024
Poems should be of no more than 90 lines, in English, on any subject. The entry fee is £7 for the first poem and £5 for each subsequent poem submitted on the same form.  • 1st prize: £1,000 • 2nd prize: £250
Imagine 2200 – climate fiction short story contest 2024
Deadline: 24 June 2024
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 years or older. Short stories must be set anytime between today and the year 2200, and show a path to a clean, green, and just future. The competition is free to enter. • 1st prize: US$3,000 • 2nd prize: US$2,000 • 3rd prize: US$1,000
Poetry London Prize 2024
Deadline: 30 June 2024
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 £5 per poem; for non-subscribers £10. • 1st prize: £5,000 • 2nd prize: £2,000 • 3rd prize: £1,000
Rattle Poetry Prize 2024
Deadline: 15 July 2024
The competition is open to poets of any nationality writing in English. You may submit up to four poems per entry. The $30 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.
2024 International Essay Contest for Young People
Deadline: 15 June 2024
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. 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.
Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2024
Deadline: 1 July 2024, 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 ÂŁ12, two entries are ÂŁ16. The winners of each category will receive a ÂŁ1,000 cash prize and publication in Wasafiri magazine.
2024 HG Wells Short Story Competition
Deadline: 8 July 2024
The competition is open to anyone. This year’s theme is ''The Fool''. Your story can be set anywhere, feature any characters, and be written in any style. There are two categories: • Authors 21 years of age and under with a prize of £1,000. Entry is free. • Authors aged 22 years and above with a prize of £500 (entry £10 or £5 with student id).
The 2024 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
Deadline: 1 June 2024
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.
The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing 2024
Deadline: 31 May 2024
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 fiction submissions. The entry fee is US$20. The winner receives $10,000 and publication by Restless Books.
The 2024 Yeovil Literary Prize
Deadline: 31 May 2024
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 2024
Deadline: 31 August 2024
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 Bridport Prize 2024
Deadline: 31 May 2024
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.