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2021 Summer Short Story Award for New Writers
deadline: 30 August 2021
The competition is open to emerging writers.

You may submit a short story up to 6,000 words.

The entry fee is $20.

The winner receives $3,000 and publication online.
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 Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction
deadline: 31 August 2021
The competition is open to all writers worldwide, published and unpublished, who are over 16 years.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: £1,000
• Second prize: £300
• Third prize: £150
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.
The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition 2021
deadline: 31 July 2021
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: €18 per story.

Prizes:
• 1st prize: €2,000
• 2nd prize: €500
• Four Runners-Up: €250
The Yale Drama Series 2022
deadline: 15 August 2021
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, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater.
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.
Winchester Poetry Prize 2021
deadline: 31 July 2021
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
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2021
deadline: 31 July 2021
The competition is open to anyone aged 11-17.

Your poems can be on any theme and any length. Poems must be written in English.

The competition is free to enter.

The top 15 winners will have their poems printed in the winners’ print anthology, 25,000 copies of which are distributed to school, libraries and poetry enthusiasts.
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2021
deadline: August 31, 2021
Anyone can enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. This is an international competition and there is no age limit.

There are two categories: Poetry and Short Fiction.

Entry fees:
£12 for one Poetry entry and £18 for one Short Fiction entry.

Two main winners are selected – one for poetry and one for fiction – each awarded with £2,500.