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Writing contests, competitions and opportunities – June 2019

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We’ve brought together June’s best competitions and opportunities, open to writers of books, flash fiction, short stories and poetry. 

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 Bath Novel Award

The Bath Novel Award is an annual, international prize for emerging novelists of any nationality who do not yet have a traditional publishing contract. Entry is open to writers of any nationality or residency. Novels can be unpublished, self-published or independently published and in any genre written for adults or young adults (13+) readers. This year’s judge is literary agent, Hellie Ogden. Submit up to 5,000 words and a one-page synopsis. 

Creative Future Writers’ Award

The Creative Future Writers’ Award celebrates under-represented writers. The winners will be chosen by a panel of industry experts. 

Eyelands International Short Story Contest

This year’s Eyelands International Short Story Contest is ‘round midnight’. Submit unpublished stories of up to 2,500.

McLellan Poetry Competition

The McLellan Poetry Prize is awarded by the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust as part of the annual McLellan Arts Festival. The judge for this year will be Sean O’Brien.

Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest

Omnidawn runs several poetry competitions every year. The Chapbook Contest invites poetry in a wide range of styles, approaches and forms. It’s open to writers worldwide with no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. Submissions should be between 20 and 40 pages, not including front and back matter. This year’s judge is Tongo Eisen-Martin

The Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize

The annual, V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize was founded by the Royal Society of Literature at the beginning of the millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest English short-story writer of the 20th century and to preserve a tradition encompassing Pritchett’s warmth of feeling and mastery of narrative.

Stories submitted must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Entrants must be resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth. 

The Impress Prize

The annual, Impress Prize is designed to champion and nurture new voices. Winners of past prizes have gone on to enjoy multiple book deals and have sold rights across the globe. 

The prize is open to submissions of fiction and non-fiction across most genres, including YA. Poetry and children’s fiction are not accepted. Entries should comprise of a 6,000-word sample of your manuscript, a synopsis, publishing rationale and an author biography. 

North Street Book Prize

Organised by Winning Writers, The North Street Book Prize is open to self-published works of literary fiction, genre fiction, creative non-fiction/memoir, poetry, children’s picture books and graphic narratives. Entries must be under 200,000 words. The competition is open to most authors in most countries around the world.

The Moth International Short Story Prize

Entries are being welcomed into The Moth International Short Story Prize. This year’s judge is award-winning author, Kit de Waal.

Berlin Writing Prize

Enter stories on the theme of ‘the circus’ into the Berlin Writing Prize. It’s open to both published and unpublished writers from around the world. 

Grindstone International Flash Fiction Prize

The Grindstone International Flash Fiction Prize is open to writers across the world. The judging panel is comprised of a team of professional authors and writers who will provide personalised feedback on every valid entry. 

Wells Festival of Literature Competitions 

Competitions are an integral part of the Wells Festival of Literature, with entries submitted from all around the world. Enter short stories, poetry and children’s books 

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize

The annual, University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world. It’s open to published and unpublished poets. All entries must be single poems up to 50 lines and no more than 1,000 words.

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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