As promised, here are some free to enter writing competitions. Half a dozen – to make up for the lack over the last couple of weeks.Sheila Crosby for providing the links to the following two competitions. This is us looking windswept and interesting, and pretending Lee-on-the-Solent was as warm as Sheila's home in the Canaries. Do visit her blog if you fancy a virtual tour of La Palma.
This one from Curtis Brown is for unpublished female novelists in the UK or Ireland. The prize is £5,000 plus representation by the agency.
This one from Penguin has all the above restrictions, plus entrants must be under 30. A publishing deal is on offer for the winner, and there's a 'writing camp' for runners up.
Here's a monologue competition, from Soundwork. The prize is to have your work professionally recorded and made available on the site. (Feel free to scroll down the page a little and see who made the shortlist of their last short story competition!)
This competition is for work involving 'new media' which means although you may submit a story, poem, piece of non-fiction etc, you can't just send the text. You need to include stuff which makes the most of digital media. There's £1,000 on offer.
If you're an unpublished (or self published) novelist who has a story with murder or a serious heart at the centre, you could try this competition, which has a $10,000 advance as the prize. Entrants may be of any nationality.
This short story competition, from the Writers' and Artists' yearbook, offers a place on an Arvon course as its prize.
Is that enough competitions for now, or do you want more?
Looks like some great opportunities for the right person. Thanks for sharing!
Six! You hit the jackpot.
Thanks Patsy, and congrats on the shortlisting for Soundworks. I entered one of their comps a few years ago but didn’t get anywhere. Might try again 🤔
Some fantastic opportunities, and brilliant prizes on offer!
Thank you to Sheila and Patsy - it will take me a while to sort through these :) Loving the idea of being under 30, but it's just not happening :(
I’ve only entered one comp before so I’ll give a couple a try thanks Patsy
Thanks for sharing, Patsy.
Some great comps, Patsy and Sheila. That Curtis Brown comp is particularly tempting...
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