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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The competition is open to all writers worldwide, published and unpublished, who are over 16 years.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
McLellan Poetry Competition 2021
deadline: 4 July 2021
Poems should be of no more than 89 lines, in English, on any subject.

The entry fee is £6 for the first poem.

Prizes:
• 1st prize: £1,500
• 2nd prize: £300
• 3rd prize: £150
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.
Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award
deadline: 30 June 2021
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 will be flown to New York City to be presented with an award and a USD $2,500 prize at the International Emmy® World Television Festival on November 20, 2021.
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 Wells Festival of Literature's Competitions
deadline: 30 June 2021
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 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.
The Rattle Poetry Prize 2021
deadline: 15 July 2021
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.
Ledbury Poetry Festival 2021 Poetry Competition
deadline: 15 July 2021
The competition is open to anyone.

The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines.

Entry fees (Adults): £5.75 for the first poem, £3.50 for each subsequent poem.

• First Prize: £1,000
• Second Prize: £500
• Third Prize: £250

Young People winners receive smaller cash prizes. Child winners receive book tokens.
Poetry London Prize 2021
deadline: 26 June 2021
The competition is organised 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
The 2021 HG Wells Short Story Competition
deadline: July 12, 2021
The competition is open to anyone.

This year’s theme is ''Mask''. 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
The Moth International Short Story Prize 2021
deadline: June 30, 2021
The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16.

Entries must be a single short story written in English. There is a word limit of 5,000.

The entry fee is €15 per story.

• 1st prize: €3,000
• 2nd prize: week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 for travel
• 3rd prize: €1,000
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.