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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The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem.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
The National Poetry Competition 2022
deadline: 31 October 2022
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 £5 per poem.

• 1st prize: £5,000
• 2nd prize: £2,000
• 3rd prize: £1,000
32nd Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize
deadline: 1 October 2022
The Missouri Review is currently accepting submissions for the 32nd 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
Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2022
deadline: 31 August 2022
There are two categories:
• Open category – open to all poets aged 18 years and over;
• English as an Additional Language (EAL) category – open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language.

Entry fee: £5 per poem.

The winners of each category will receive £1,000 and both runners up £200.
Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition 2022
deadline: 19 September 2022
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.
2023 Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction
deadline: 31 August 2022
The competition is open to all writers worldwide, published and unpublished, who are over 16 years.

Entries can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. Maximum length is 250 words.

The entry fee is £7 per story.

• First prize: £2,000
• Second prize: £300
• Third prize: £150
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).
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.
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.
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