Novel, Short Story and Poetry Writing Competitions Update – May 2012

I’ve just added SIX new competitions to the Writing Competition Listings Page, they are:

  • FBT Sports Writing Competition
  • The Word Hut Short Story Competition
  • The ‘Page is Printed’ Prize
  • Segora Short Story 2012
  • The Flaneur
  • 2012 Spilling Ink Short Story Competition

FBFT Sports Writing Competition

Please submit prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction up to 1500 words in length and must be related to sport in some way. They would like to see sports writing that is original, exciting or somehow out of the ordinary.

The closing date is 13th May 2012 (last day of the Premier League football season.)

There are a number of prizes: First place, £50; Second place, £30; Third place, £20 and the 3 winning entries will be published on the website.

There is no fee to enter the competition although you must be over 18 years of age.

For more information visit their website:

The Word Hut 3rd Short Story Writing Competition

Please submit short stories of up to 1,000 words on any theme and in any genre. Stories published on a blog or non-profit making website may also be submitted. However, please do not submit work that has been sent to another competition or which has already won a prize.

The closing date: is13th May 2012

The prize is £50.00

It costs £4.00 to enter.

You can find out more on their website at:

The ‘Page is Printed’ Prize for Creative Writing 2012 Sponsored by Waterstones

This is a competition to write your entry on side of A4 paper only. Any genre, any style or any type of writing is acceptable.

The closing date is 29th May 2012

The prizes are: Adults Prizes: 1st Prize, £100 in Waterstones vouchers; 2nd Prize: £50 in Waterstones vouchers; 3rd Prize £25 in Waterstones vouchers.

There is also a prize for under 16s of £20 in Waterstones vouchers to the top 5 entries.

The entry fee is £4 for adults, and free for under 16s.  The fee also entitles to submit three entries.

You can find out more information on the website at:

Segora Short Story 2012.

This is a short story competition of between 1,500 and 3,000 words where the winning entries will also be read by author, Helen Dunmore at the LitFest on 31st August in France.
The closing date is 31st May 2012
The prizes include a cash prize of £150, £50, £30

There is an entry fee: £5 by post or online.

You can find out more on their website at:

The Flaneur – call for Urban short stories for Flaneur ebook

The competition is looking for stories of up to 6,000 words and 10 – 15 stories will be published in an eBook.

The closing date is 31st May 2012

The prizes are 50% of all entry fees.

The entry fee is $10 per entry.

You can find out more on their website at:

2012 Spilling Ink Short Story Prize

Stories are invited for publication in an anthology with a maximum length of 1,500 words. All genres are welcome.

The closing date is 31st May 2012

The prizes are £500 (first prize), £250 (second prize), £125 (third prize).
The entry fee can be paid in sterling, euro’s or dollars online or by UK cheque only £5 or €8 or $10

You can find out more on the website at

Competitions Closing this Month

Templar Poetry Pamphlet and Collection Awards Short Poetry Collection £250.00 £18.00 07/05/2012 18-24 pages
The Word Hut 3rd Short Story Writing Competition Short Story £50.00 £4.00 13/05/2012 1,000
David Burland International Poetry Prize Poetry £500.00 £4.00 15/05/2012 40 lines
May Poetry Competition Poetry £100.00 £4.00 15/05/2012 45 lines
FBFT Sports Writing Competition Short Story/Poetry £100.00 Free 15/05/2012 1,500
Virgina Warbey Poetry Prize Poetry £600.00 £4.00 19/05/2012 40 lines
Welsh Poetry Competition Poetry 300 + anthology £4.00 27/05/2012 50 lines
‘The Page is Printed’ Prize Short Story Vouchers £4.00 29/05/2012 A4 Page
Yeovil Literary Prize Novel £1,000.00 £11.00 31/05/2012 15,000
Yeovil Literary Prize Short Story £500.00 £6.00 31/05/2012 2,000
Frome Festival Short Story £300.00 £5.00 31/05/2012 1,000 – 2,000
Bridport Prize Short Story £5,000.00 £8.00 31/05/2012 5,000
Frogmore Poetry Prize Poetry 200 guineas £3.00 31/05/2012 40 lines
The Flaneur Short Story 50% of fees £10.00 31/05/2012 5,000
2012 Spilling Ink Short Story Prize Short Story £500.00 £5.00 31/05/2012 1,500
Segora Short Story 2012 Short Story £150.00 £5.00 31/05/2012 1,500 – 3,000


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