Current Comps for ya’ll to chew on…

Rubery Short Story Competition
Competiton closes 30th September 2011


Society of Women Writers and Journalists Life Writing Competition
Entries of up to 3,000 words from women writers in two age categories (20-40 and 40+ years); any form of life writing is acceptable (for example blogs, diaries, memoirs, biographies, correspondence).
Entries cost £7 against first prizes of £3,000 in each age bracket.  The closing date is 30th September 2011.  Full details here.


Creative Ink “Dear John” Competition
Creative Ink Publishing is looking for short (600 word) “Dear John”-style letters/emails.  Winning entries will be filmed, and there’s a first prize of £100.  Full details here.


A Vogel Dormeasan Write A Short Story For Bedtime Competition
Entries should be between 1,500-3,000 words.  Neither children’s writing nor erotica please.  There’s a £500 first prize and several lesser prizes and publication chances.  Entry is free.  The deadline is 28th October 2011 and more details can be found here.


Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2011

Now in its third year, the competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book.  They are looking for creative submissions in one of three categories: Poetry, Fiction or Life Writing.

To enter, simply fill in the application form (via the link below) and send it with your entry and fee of UK Sterling £6.00 if entering one category, £10.00 for two and £15.00 for three categories (see terms and conditions via the link). Payment can be made by Paypal.  Details:


Flash 500 short fiction competition

Now in its second year, this quarterly open-themed competition has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. The results will be announced within six weeks of each closing date and the three winning entries each quarter will be published on this website.  Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories.  Optional critiques: £10 per story.  Details:


Laurel House short story competition

Each story entered will receive a 400 word critique.

The winner will receive £100, a full and comprehensive LHCW critique with suggested markets, an online tutorial and publication on our website.
First runner up will receive a full LHCW critique and publication on our website. Stories should be up to 4,000 words – double spaced, in a word document. Entries are judged anonymously so please include a cover sheet
with your name, email address, home address and title of story.  Details:


Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook Writing Competition 2012

A & C Black, publishers of The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook, have announced details for their 2012 short story competition, being run in conjunction with The Arvon Foundation.  Stories of up to 2,000 words are required.  This year’s theme is “identity”.  Entries should be for an adult audience, so no children’s fiction please.  The closing date for competition entries is 14th February 2012.  You can find full details here and here.


Big Issue in the North “Night” Short Story Competition

Details from NAWE’s Young Writers’ Hub: The Big Issue in the North Trust is running a short story competition in association with The Night Light, an online magazine based in Manchester

Short stories, up to 2000 words, based on the theme of ‘Night’ are requested.  All stories will automatically
be entered for The Big Issue in the North Short Story Award which will be judged by The Night Light; you may also nominate yourself for any of the number of the separate categories such as the Young Writer’s Award or the Genre Fiction Award.

The winning story from The Big Issue in the North short story award will be published in The Big Issue in the North and the runners up stories will appear on

The competition is open to everyone and people can submit as many stories as they like. In addition to the main prize, there are several sub-prizes that individuals can apply to, each sponsored by one of the North West’s leading independent literary organisations.
Full details are available here. Closing date for submissions is 12th August 2011.


Fiction Garden Ghost Story competition

The good people over at Fiction Garden are running their first international short fiction competition.  As there’s a near-Halloween closing date (30th October 2011), the call is for original ghost stories of up to 2,500 words each.  There’s no other restriction, so feel free to interpret that how you will.


There’s a range of prizes on offer including publication in 2012 on the Fiction Garden website and a first cash prize of £100.  Full details can be found here.


Clive Cussler Adventure Writers Novel Competition 2011/2012

The Clive Cussler Collector’s Society (that’s their apostrophe, not mine – maybe there’s just one collector) has announced details of their third bi-annual adventure novel writing competition.

The competition is open to unpublished adventure writers who have an original complete novel to enter.  Entries may be submitted between 1st October 2011 and 1st January 2012, though as entries are being limited to the first 25 manuscripts received, I’d strongly advise sending your entry sooner rather than later.  Manuscripts should be between 50 and 130 thousand words.  There’s a US $1000 first prize on offer.

Full competition details are here:


Penguin Ireland / RTE Guide Short Story competition

From RTE’s website:

The winning short story in the Penguin Ireland/RTÉ Guide competition will be published in the RTÉ Guide and on TEN (The Entertainment Network) and the winner will be presented with a special trophy and prize.

Rules: All entries for the 2011 RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story competition should be original, unpublished and previously not broadcast short stories in English of 2,000 words or less. Manuscripts must be typed and cannot be returned.

Entrants name and contact details (address, phone and/or email) should be on a separate page.

The closing date is 6pm, July 15. Send your entries to: RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition, Box 1480, RTÉ Guide, RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.


Friends of Morley Literature Festival Short Story Competition 2011

Closing Date: 1 July 2011

Prizes: 1st, £50 / 2nd, £25 / 3rd, £10

For stories of up to 3000 words (no minimum). Winners will be informed by 30 September 2011. Prizes will be presented at the Morley Literature Festival in October 2011. Winning entries will be published in the Morley Observer newspaper.

Address: FM LITFEST, 84 Rein Road, Tingley, Wakefield, WF3 1JA

E-mail: Send an e-mail to request PDF entry form.


2011 Spilling Ink Review Short Story Prize

Closing Date: 1 July 2011

Prizes: 1st, £250 + publication + free print anthology / 2nd, £125 + publication + free print anthology / 3rd, £50 + publication + free print anthology.

All shortlisted entries will be published and will receive a free copy of the print anthology.

For short stories with a maximum length of 1500 words. There is no theme. All styles (including experimental) and genre-based fiction (mystery, crime, fantasy, science fiction, historical) are welcome.

For more infomation go to:


Mere Literary Festival 2011 – Biennial Open Poetry Competition

Closing Date: 4 July 2011.  Prizes – Open Section: 1st, £200  / 2nd, £100 / 3rd, £50 / Runners-Up, 3 x £15

For poems on any topic to a maximum of 40 lines.  Visit: for more details. 


The Elmet Poetry Prize

Closing Date: 15 July 2011.  Prizes: 1st, £300  / 2nd, £100 /  Runners-Up, £50

For unpublished poems of no more than 40 lines on the theme of Connections.

Visit: for full details and entry form.

Higlands & Islands Short Story Association Annual Open Theme Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 31 July 2011.  Prizes: 1st, £400  / 2nd, £50 / 3rd, £50 

For stories up to 2500 words on any theme, but no stories for children. It is not necessary to have a connection to Scotland, either in the location of the theme or the entrant.  Visit: for more details.  


Brighton COW Summer Loving Writing Competition

Closing Date: 31 July 2011

A free-to-enter competition for stories about love. Stories with a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1000. You don’t have to be a Barbara Cartland – your story can be soppy, romantic, dark, uplifting or depressing – or even terrifying, much like love itself. Visit for more information.


The 2011 Unbound Press Flash Fiction Award

Closing Date: 1 August 2011.

For fiction up to a maximum of 500 words. There is no theme. All styles (including experimental) and genre-based fiction (mystery, crime, fantasy, science fiction, historical) are welcome. Entries may be submitted via email or post.  International submissions are welcomed but all entries must be written in English. As a condition of submitting, the author agrees that Unbound Press has permission to publish the material online and in print. For full details visit


The Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize 2011

Closing Date: 1 August 2011

Prize: £2000   

The Tony Lothian Prize supports uncommissioned first-time writers working on a biography.

For further details and entry form visit

The Manchester Fiction Prize 2011

Closing Date: 12 August 2011.  Prize: £10,000.  For original short stories up to 3000 words. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 and over.   Visit for more information.


Sid Chaplin Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 31 August 2011.  Prizes: 1st, £300  / 2nd, £150  / 3rd, £75

There will be prizes for the best entries submitted by juniors (writers of different age groups between 8 and 17 years on 31/08/11). In addition there will be a prize for the best entry from a resident within the Parish of Shildon for both the adult and junior categories.

For short stories of not more than 3000 words.

Entry fee: £2.50 (juniors free). Cheques payable to Shildon Town Council.

Address:  Shildon Town Council, Council Offices, Civic Hall Square, Shildon, County Durham, DL4 1AH


The Aesthetica Creative Works Competition

Closing Date: 31 August 2011.  Prize: £500 plus additional prizes 

For fiction of no more than 2000 words in length. The winner and finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual.  To enter:


The 35th Annual Salopian Open Poetry Competition

Closing Date: 31 August 2011

Prizes: 1st, £200  / 2nd, £100 / 3rd, £50. Six consolation prizes of £25 will be paid to six runners up.  All nine winners will receive a free copy of the Winter issue of Salopeot which will contain all nine winning poems.

Poems not exceeding 40 lines. The competition is open to everyone over the age of 15 years. Entries must be in English  and be your own original work, and must not be entered into any other competition, nor have been a prize winner in any other competition. Visit for full details.


Gemini Magazine Third Annual Flash Fiction Contest

Closing Date: 31 August 2011.  Grand Prize:  $1000.

Fiction to a maximum length of 1000 words, with no restrictions on content, style or genre. Entries must be previously unpublished. Both new and established writers are welcome. Six finalists will be published online in the October 2011 issue of Gemini.

Visit for full details.



About suehealy

From Ireland, Sue Healy is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre, London, a full-time Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. Her book on theatre literary management is published by Routledge, December 2022. Sue is an award-winning writer for stage, TV, and prose writer. TV Her current project, a 6x60minute TV series, is under option. She is under commission with Lone Wolf Media, producers behind PBS’ “Mercy Street”, to co-write the pilot and treatment for a six-part TV series. Stage Her most recent stage-play, Imaginationship (2018), enjoyed a sold out, extended run at the Finborough and later showed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Her previous stage productions include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Sue’s short plays have been performed at the Criterion (Criterion New Writing Showcase), Arcola (The Miniaturists) and Hackney Attic (Fizzy Sherbet Shorts). Radio Her radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. Prose Sue has won The Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award, Meridian Prize and has been published in nine literary journals and anthologies including: The Moth, Flight, Tainted Innocence, New Writer, Duality, HISSAC, New European Writers. She has been writer-in-residence on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, and at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island. She has also benefitted from annual artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy. An academic with a PhD in modern theatre history, specifically the Royal Court Theatre, Sue has presented her research internationally. She spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. She has a PhD in modern theatre history (Royal Court Theatre) and is a UEA Creative Writing MA alumnus. View all posts by suehealy

4 responses to “Current Comps for ya’ll to chew on…

  • submeg

    Ahh excellent! Do you know of a website that has a list of all writing competitions going on?

  • Eamonn Griffin

    Hi Sue

    Thanks for re-posting these competition listings originally from my website – the wording of all these is mine, though the competition details are, naturally, those of the respective competition organisers. All you’ve done is copy and paste the material and passed it off as your own.

    Perhaps next time you’d be so kind as to rewrite the competition details in your own words, or at least have the consideration to not attribute your byline to words which are not yours.

    I spend several hours each month gathering and filtering from multiple sources (writing magazines, NAWE, independent web searches, so on and so forth) the competition details I put up on my little site, which I do largely for the benefit of students I work with. It’s a tad disappointing to find this work recycled without permission under someone else’s name.


    Eamonn Griffin

    • suehealy

      Hi Eamonn,

      Sorry to have upset you there, I understand how you feel. As it happens, I was just setting up my blog when I pasted some stuff from your site – I’m afraid i was not really aware back then of how this all works (ie re-writing, attributing etc…). I do now, and have since learned to spend the same several hours each month putting together my own lists (as you’ll see on my most recent lists).

      I appreciate that I should have contacted you once I realised the convention etc… My apologies for that. Your blog is great and your generosity with your time is commendable. Keep up the good work!



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