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Writing contests, competitions and opportunities – July 2019

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We’ve brought together July’s best competitions and opportunities, open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comedy and more.

All the competitions listed should be open to writers across the UK and most are open internationally too. We share details of prizes, requirements, eligibility, entry fees (some are free) and deadlines to help you choose the right ones for you.

The Nowhere Magazine Travel Writing Contest

Literary travel magazine, Nowhere, is accepting submissions for its latest Travel Writing Contest. Enter fiction, non-fiction, poetry and essays of up to 5,000 words. 

Frontier Poetry Industry Awards

The Frontier Poetry Industry Awards will be judged by Jeff Shotts (Executive Editor of Graywolf Press), Kwame Dawes (Editor-in-Chief of Prairie Schooner) and Sarah Gambito (Co-founder of Kundiman).

Submissions are open to emerging poets. You should have no more than two full-length collections out or forthcoming at the time of submission. Poems entered must be unpublished. There is no line-limit. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject.

PRISM International Creative Nonfiction Contest

The PRISM International Creative Nonfiction Contest is being judged this year by Sharan Dhaliwal, editor-in-chief of Burnt Roti magazine. Entries must be original, previously unpublished in print or online. 

William Faulkner Literary Competition

This prize was established in honour of award-winning author, William Faulkner and celebrates emerging writers. The categories include the novel, one act play, poetry, adult short story and student short story. 

The Felix Dexter Bursary for Comedy Screenwriting

BBC Comedy and the BBC Writersroom have announced their continued commitment to developing talented BAME comedy writers with the Felix Dexter Bursary. BBC Comedy Commissioning is the largest comedy department in the UK, responsible for some of the most watched and critically acclaimed programmes in the world. A six-month bursary will be awarded to an aspiring comedy writer to develop his or her skills. 

The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Prize

This competition is open to original short stories of up to 3,000 words which have not been published or broadcast. The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. 

Festival of Writing Bursary

The Festival of Writing is one of the largest events of its kind in the UK. It offers writers the opportunity to meet agents and publishers, get advice from professional authors during an inspiring weekend.

The Marjacq Bursary for under-represented writers will award one, full-weekend ticket to the Festival of Writing. Under-represented writers are invited to apply for this special bursary, inclusive of all accommodation, workshops and food as well as a full UK travel bursary and additional one-to-ones with agents at Marjacq Scripts.

That’s it for this month but do join us on Facebook and Twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on new opportunities. 

You can also find details of more competitions coming up this year here.

If you’re running a great competition or are creating a wonderful opportunity for writers in the near future, do get in touch with us here. We publish the best every month on Lightbox Originals and promote even more on social media.

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