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Please browse the writing competitions below, listed by closing date. GOOD LUCK!

Competition information was provided by Writing Magazine. For more details and rules, please see each monthly issue of Writing Magazine / Writers' News, or check individual websites.

 

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The Arvon International Poetry Competition
Poetry of any length See website Philip Cowell, PO Box 38530, London, SW1W 0XQ, 0207 9317611, poetry@arvonfoundation.org, www.arvonfoundation.org  To the value of £11,000, with the first prize being at least £5,000. Winning entries published in anthology There are no restrictions in terms of theme, form, style or length
Biscuit Publishing
Short fiction See website Biscuit Publishing Ltd, PO Box 123, Washington, NE37 2YW, www.biscuitpublishing.com  £1,000 plus publication Send SAE for details
Coast to Coast Writing Competition
Poetry up to 50 lines and short stories up to 2,000 words Fourth Saturday in each month Maurice James, Flat 1, 9 Wellington Street, Liverpool, L22 8QL, 07780 642086 Prizes vary from month to month dependent on entries. Top four entries are published in winners' anthology Entries can be any subject but special prizes are for humour and for story or poem on subject of music or musician
Debut Dagger Award
First 3,000 words plus synopsis of crime novel See website L Evans, Crime Writers' Association, PO Box 273, Borehamwood, Herts, WD6 2XA, www.thecwa.co.uk  See website Open to anyone who has not had a full-length novel published
The Dylan Thomas Prize
Novels, collections of short stories, poetry, screenplays, radio and theatre plays Not yet available Tim Prosser, Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, Swansea, SA1 1RR, 01792 474051, tim@dylanthomasprize.com, www.thedylanthomasprize.com  The winner wins £60,000. A new £1,000 prize is on offer for budding writers under the age of 21 Writers must be under 30 years of age. To be eligible a literary work must have been commercially published, for the first time in English language between 27 April 2006 and 30 April 2008
Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition
Poetry up to 60 lines See website First Floor, 17 Dryburgh Gardens, Glasgow, G20 6BT, admin@vitalsynz.co.uk, www.vitalsynz.co.uk First prize £5,000, second prize £1,000, third prize £500, two runners up prizes of £50  
Ledbury Poetry Festival
Poetry up to 40 lines No spec Chloe Garner, Church Street, Ledbury, Hertfordshire, HR8 1DH, 01531 634156, admin@poetry-festival.com, www.poetry-festival.com   Writing course at Ty Newydd National Writers’ Centre for Wales, second prize £250, third prize £150 Open brief. Winning entries are published on Ledbury Poetry Festival website, and winner is invited to perform at festival  
Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition
Poetry of any length Not yet available Wendy Macdonald, PO Box 656, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE99 1PZ, 0191 2616656, postbag@mslexia.co.uk, www.mslexia.co.uk  See website To be ran in Spring 2009. Dates, guidelines and eligibility will be announced towards the end of 2008. It is also hoped to run a short story competition for the first time in 2009
Open Poetry International Sonnet Competition
Poetry in sonnet form See website www.openpoetry.org.uk  See website  
Rape and Abuse Line Writing Competition
Short stories of 1,500-1,800 words See website Competition Organiser, PO Box 10, Dingwall, Scotland, IV15 9HA, 01349 865316, ral@pobox10.wanadoo.co.uk, www.rapeandabuseline.co.uk  First prize £200, second prize £100, third prize £50 Stories should start with the words 'If it hadn't been for that telephone call...'
Rubies in the Darkness
Poetry of any length Not known 41 Grantham Road, Manor Park, London, E12 5LZ Winning entries published in Rubies in the Darkness poetry magazine Any subject
Scribble Quarterly Short Story Competition
Short stories up to 3,000 words   Quarterly   David Howarth, 14 The Park, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham , GL54 1DX, 01451 831053, parkpub14@hotmail.com, www.parkpublications.co.uk First prize £75, Second prize £25, Third prize £15   Stories may be on any subject. Three winning stories are chosen by readers from each issue of Scribble (entrants are advised to study a copy)
The McClellan Poetry Award
Poetry up to 40 lines 30.9.08 The Administrator, Corriegills Farm, Corriegills, Isle of Arran, KA27 8BL, www.mclellanawards.co.uk  First prize £1,000, second prize £350, third prize £150 Last year's winning poem was published in The Herald newspaper
Vanda Inman's Write Space
Short stories up to 1,500 words 30.9.08 Vanda Inman, Rivendell, StClether, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8QH, vanda@writespace.co.uk, www.writespace.co.uk  First prize £250, second prize £200, third prize £150 Theme for stories should be 'weather'. Please check website for updates
Bassetlaw Writer's Poetry Competition
Poetry up to 40 lines 11.10.08 and mid Oct 09 Pamela Mann, 149 Galway Crescent, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 7YR, 01777 700307, pamela.mann@homecall.co.uk  First prize £40, second prize £25, third prize £15. Winning and commended entries published in anthology Open brief
Envoi Open Poetry Competition
Poetry up to 40 lines 20.10.08 Jan Fortune-Wood, Meirion House, Glan yr afon, Tanygrislaw, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3SU, 01766 832112, jan@cinnamonpress.com, www.envoipoetry.com  First prize £150, second prize £100, third prize £50, three runners up prizes of free subscriptions to Envoi. Winners and three runners-up are published in Envoi Poems can be on any subject in any style
Hastings International Poetry Competition
Poetry up to 50 lines 25.10.08 and similar in 09 Josephine Austin, The Snoring Cat, 194 Downs Road, Hastings, TN34 2DZ, joephine.poetry@btinternet.com, www.josephineaustin.co.uk  First prize £150, second prize £75, third prize £50, fourth prize £25. Winning entries published in First Time Open brief
Bookworms Short Story Competition
Short stories up to 1,500 words 28.10.08 Beanpole Books, 3 Yeomanry Road, Battlefield Enterprise Park, Shrewsbury, SY1 3EH, www.beanpolebooks.co.uk  First prize £100. Winning story published on website Choose a short story title from one of the themed crossword titles in '50 Bookworms Crosswords' (ISBN 0953177033). See website for entry form
WF&FG Froud Annual Children's Story
Children's stories up to 2,000 words 31.10.08 Joan Lewis, Competition Secretary, 186 Lewis Flats, Lisgar Terrace, London, W14 8SQ, joan@lewis5634.fsnet.co.uk, www.scpsw.co.uk  First prize £100, second prize £30, third prize £20. Competition is organised by Society of Civil and Public Service Writers and winning stories are published in SCPSW Author Story to be for children aged 6-9 years
Haiku Presence Award
Poetry in Haiku form 31.10.08 Martin Lucas, 90d Fishergate Hill, Preston, PR1 8JD, www.haiku-presence.mysite.orange.co.uk  First prize £100l, four other prizes of £25. Previous winners on website Sample copy of Presence available from website - £4.50
Leaf Books Poetry Competition
Poetry of any length 31.10.08 Leaf Books Ltd, GTi Suite, Valleys Innovation Centre, Navigation Park, Abercynon, CF45 4SN, contact@leafbooks.co.uk, www.leafbooks.co.uk  First prize £200, second prize 10 Leaf books Any length on any subject
National Poetry Competition
Poetry up to 40 lines 31.10.08 Competition Organiser, The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX, 0207 420 9880, tickets@poetrysociety.org.uk, www.poetrysociety.org.uk   First prize £5,000, second prize £1,000, third prize £1,000. Ten commendations of £50 each   Open brief. The winner has the opportunity to read alongside the judges at the 2008 Ledbury Festival  

Newark Poetry Society Open

Poetry up to 40 lines 31.10.08/09 Jennie Searle, Woodbine Farm House, Ingram Lane, Sutton on Trent, Newark, NG23 6RT, www.newarkpoetrysociety.co.uk  First prize £150, second prize £100, third prize £50 Open brief

Tom-Gallon Trust Award

Short storied up to 5,000 words 31.10.08 Paula Johnson, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London, SW10 9UN, 0207 3736642, info@societyofauthors.org, www.societyofauthors.org  £1,000 Entrants must be citizens of the UK, Commonwealth, or Ireland and have had at least one short story published or accepted
Carillion Open Poetry Competition
For poetry of 15-20 lines 1.11.08 Graham Rippon, 19 Godric Drive, Brinsworth, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 5AN, comps@carillionmag.org.uk, www.carillionmag.co.uk First prize £80, second prize £40, third prize £20, fourth prize £10 Theme: Silence. Small panel of judges to be appointed. No 'bad' or discriminatory language; interpretation of theme will be important
Scribble Annual Themed Short Story Competition
Stories up to 3,000 words 1.11.08 David Howarth, Park Publications, 14 The Park, Stow-on-the-Wold, GL54 1DX, 01451 831053, parkpub14@hotmail.com, www.parkpublications.co.uk  First prize £100, second prize £50, third prize £25. Winning story will appear in the winter edition of Scribble. Shortlisted entries may also be considered for publication at a later date 2008 theme 'Brief Encounter'
Mary Gornall Memorial Short Story Competition
Stories up to 2,000 words 15.11.08/09 Barney Concannon, 41 Highfields Close, Ashby de la Zouch, Leistershire, LE65 2FP, 01530 412456, barneyconcannon@aol.com, www.ashbywritersclub.co.uk  First prize £100, second prize £40, third prize £20. Winning entries published (with author's permission) on the website of Ashby Writer's Club (who organise the competition) No set theme; advice is 'Be different to win'
Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition
20-24 page collections of poetry 29.11.08 Sam Wood, Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS, edit@poetrybusiness.co.uk, www.poetrybusiness.co.uk  £1,000 is shared by up to five winners, each receives 20 complimentary copies  
Cinnamon Press Awards
Short stories of 2,000-5,000 words or poetry up to 40 lines 30.11.08 Jan Fortune-Wood, Meirion House, Glan yr afon, Tanygrislaw, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3SU, 01766 832112, jan@cinnamonpress.com, www.cinnamonpress.com  Short story and poetry first prizes of £100 each; Novel/Novella first prize £400. All first prize winners are offered a publishing contract Any style, emphasis on style of writing
Lichfield and District Short Story Competition
Short stories up to 2,000 words 30.11.08/09 Jane Rogers, 133 Park Road, Barton-under-Needwood, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 8DD, l&dw@bunwd.demon.co.uk, http://members.lycos.co.uk/lichfield_writers/index.htm First prize £125, second prize £75, third prize £25 Previous winners and adjudicators' report are on website
New Writer Prose and Poetry Prizes
Poetry up to 40 lines; Collections of 6-10 poems; Short stories up to 4,000 words, Novellas up to 20,000 words; Essays or articles up to 2,000 words 30.11.08 Merric Davidson, PO Box 60, Cranbrook, TN17 2ZR, 01580 212626, admin@thenewwriter.com, www.thenewwriter.com  £2,000 in total prizes Winners published in 'The Collection', a special annual edition (July-August) of The New Writer
The Plough Prize
Poetry up to 10 line and poetry up to 40 lines 30.11.08/09 Sarah Williams (Administrator), The Plough Arts Centre, 9-11 Fore Street, Torrington, Devon, EX38 8HQ, 01805 624624, info@theploughprize.co.uk, www.theploughprize.co.uk  In each category: First prize £500, second prize £200, third prize £100 Winning entries published on website. A free tick-box critique available for every entry posted before 1 Nov.
Seafield Writing Competition
Poetry of 30 lines and short stories of 200 words 30.11.08 Kera Kulkarni, Seafield Publishing, Flat 2, 83 Greens Place, South Shields, NE33 2AQ For both categories, first prize £100, second prize £50  
Writers' Dock Annual Short Story Competition
Short stories 1,500-5,000 words 30.11.08/09 Sonny, Writers' Dock, PO Box 256, Broxbourne, EN10 7ZE, annualshortstorycomp@writersdock.org, www.writersdock.org  2008: First prize £100, second prize £50, third prize £25. 2009: First prize £150, second prize £50, third prize £25. Winning entries to be published the year following the competition
The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
Collections (50-100) pages of poetry 1.12.08/09 Philip Hoy, 14 Lyncroft Gardens, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UR, 0208 3937055, waywiserpress@aol.com, www.waywiser-press.com  First prize £1,500, plus publication of collection Open brief. Guidelines and entry forms can be downloaded from website. Please also check postal address which may change shortly
Petra Kenney Poetry Competition
Poetry up to 80 lines 1.12.08/09 Morgan Kenney, The Belmoredean Barn, Maplehurst Road, West Grinstead, Sussex, RH13 6RN, 01403 865388, morgan@kenney.uk.net, www.petrapoetrycompetition.co.uk  General category First prize £1,000, second prize £500, third prize £250 and a Royal Brierly Crystal Vase. Three highly commended prizes of £125. Comic Verse category and Young Poets (14-18) category First Prize £250, second prize £125 First prize winner in general category published in 'Writing Magazine' and all winning poems published in a booklet
James White Award
Short stories up to 8,000 words 31.12.08/09 Martin McGrath, British Science Fiction Association, 48 Spooners Drive, Park Street, St Albans, Herts, AL2 2HL, jwa@bsfa.org.uk, www.bsfa.org.uk  Cash prizes. Winning story published in Interzone and the award is presented at Eastercon - the British annual SF convention Stories must be science fiction (broadly defined)
Local Poem Competition
Poetry up to 20 lines (maximum 160 words) 31.12.08 Peter Quinn, United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 4JB, 0870 2406190, info@unitedpress.co.uk, www.unitedpress.co.uk  First prize £1,000 Poems should have a local theme
The Pages Quarterly Open Short Story Competition
Short stories up to 4,000 words Quarterly Adeola Sheehy, The Pages, The Basement, 3 St Michael's Road, London, SW9 0SL, the-pages@hotmail.co.uk,, www.the-pages.blogspot.com First prize £60, second prize £40, third prize £20. The winning story is published on the website and all three winners plus three runners up are published in The Pages Quarterly Anthology (each author receives a free copy) Stories can be of any genre (except children's); previously published will be accepted. Entrants will receive a basic critique if SAE is provided
Chapter One Promotions
Short stories up to 2,500 words; poetry up to 30 lines; children's stories up to 1,000 words Short stories: 14.1.09, poetry: 1.6.09, Children's stories 31.10.09 19-35 Sylvan Grove, London, SE15 1PD, 0845 4565364, info@chapteronepromotions.com  Short story: First prize £2,500, second prize £1,000, third prize £500. Poetry: First prize £1,000, second prize £500, third prize £250. Children's story aimed at age 7-18: First prize £150, second prize £75, third prize £50  
Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition
Poetry up to 50 lines 30.1.09 Peter Finch, Academi, PO Box 438, Cardiff, CF10 5YA, 02920 472266, post@academi.org, www.academi.org  First prize £5,000, second prize £500, third prize £250, five runners up prizes of £50. Winning entries are published in a leading literary journal Entries must be unpublished, in English, and not a translation of another author's work
Malaga Workshops
Poetry up to 40 lines or short stories of 800-1,000 words 30.1.09 Lois Maddox, 9(D) Langthorn Close, Frampton, Cotterell, Bristol, BS36 2JH, 01454 773579, root@malagaworkshops.co.uk, www.malagaworkshops.co.uk  First prize UK weekend course worth £200, second prize presentation set of three books, third prize Writers' and Artists' Yearbook Winning entries published on website
Country Tale Short Story Competition
Stories up to 2,000 words 31.1.09 David Howarth, Park Publications, 14 The Park, Stow-on-the-Wold, GL54 1DX, 01451 831053 parkpub14@hotmail.com, www.parkpublications.co.uk  First prize £75, second prize £25, third prize £15. Winning entries are published in Country Tales magazine Stories theme 'A Country Tale'
Dark Tales Competition
Stories up to 3,000 words 31.1.09 and 30.4.09 7 Offley Street, Worcester, WR3 8BH, stories@darktales.co.uk, www.darktales.co.uk  First prize £250, second prize £50, third prize £25. All shortlisted entries published in Dark Tales See website for entry form and rules
Drama Association of Wales One-Act Playwriting Competition
Theatre scripts / plays 31.1.09 Teresa Hennessy, The Old Library, Singleton Road, Splott, Cardiff, CF24 2ET, 02920 452200, aled.daw@virgin-net, www.amdram.co.uk/daw  Winning plays in each category receive cash prize of £200. All winning entries will be considered for publication Competitions are for: Best play for a youth cast (16-25 years); Best play (open category). Plays should have playing time of 20-50 minutes with a minimum cast of two
Kent and Sussex Poetry Society
Poetry up to 40 lines 31.1.09 26 Courtlands, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5AS, www.kentandsussexpoetrysociety.org  First prize £700, second prize £250, third prize £100, four fourth prizes of £75 each Any subject, any form or style
Slipstream Poetry Competition
Poetry up to 60 lines 31.1.09 Mandy Pannett, 5 Collingwood, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 2JE, 01798 873841, mandypannett@hotmail.com, www.slipstream-poets.co.uk  First prize £150, second prize £75, third prize £50. Winning entries published on website Theme is: A sense of Place
Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2009 Short Story Competition
Short stories of up to 2,000 words 14.2.09 competition@acblack.com, www.writersandartists.co.uk  £500 plus a place on an Arvon Foundation residential writing course (worth £575) and publication on the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook website Theme 'Conflict' and must be emailed (with 'WAYB09 competition' as the subject line) after registering on the website
The Academy of Children's Writers
Children's stories up to 2,000 words suitable for children of any age group to teenage 31.3.09 ACW, Competition Entry, PO Box 95, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 5RL, 01487 832752, enquiries@childrens-writers.co.uk, www.childrens-writers.co.uk  First prize £2,000, second prize £300, third prize £200 Open to all amateur writers over the age of 18
Bristol Short Story Prize
Short stories up to 3,000 words 31.3.09 Joe Melia, enquiries@bristolprize.co.uk, www.bristolprize.co.uk  First prize £300, second prize £200, third prize £100 Top twenty shortlisted entries are published in prize anthology
Exeter Writers Short Story Competition
Stories up to 3,000 words 31.3.09 4 Albion Place, Exeter, Devon, EX 4 6LH, 01392 425825, mail@margaretjames.com, www.exeterwriters.org.uk  First prize £200, second prize £100, third prize £50 Winner and runner up entries are published on the website
Blinking Eye
Short stories up to 2,000 words and for poetry 30.4.09 Judy Walker, PO Box 175, Hexham, NE46 9AW, judy@blinking-eye.co.uk, www.blinking-eye.co.uk  Prizes to be announced on website. Entrants must be aged 50 or over
Blue Butterfly Poetry Competition
Poetry up to 32 lines 30.4.09 Elizabeth Madill, Blue Butterfly Publishers, 13 Irvine Way, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 4ZR, 01467 625986, blue7butterfly@which.net, www.madill.prodigynet.co.uk/bbp First prize £100, second prize £50, third prize £25. Winners and best of other entries published in anthology Theme is Christian Hope
Momaya Short Story Competition
Stories up to 2,500 words 30.4.09 Monisha Saldanha, 189A Balham High Road, London, SW12 9BE, infouk@momayapress.com, www.momayapress.com First prize £110, second prize £60, third prize £30. Momaya Press publish the winners in the Momaya Annual Review Submit entries online via the website
Pulsar Poetry Competition
Poetry up to 40 lines 30.4.08 David Pike, 34 Linacre, Grange Park, Swindon, SN5 6DA, pulsar.ed@btopenworld.com, www.pulsarpoetry.com  First prize £125, second prize £75, third prize £50. Winning poems published in September 2009 Pulsar Open theme

Southport Writers Circle Poetry Competition

Poetry up to 40 lines 30.4.09 32 Dover Road, Southport, PR8 4TB, 01704 560923, southportwriterscircle@yahoo.co.uk Open: First prize £200, Second prize £100, Third prize £50, Humour prize £50, Local prize £50 Open and humour

Ver Poets Open Competition

Poetry up to 30 lines 30.4.09 Gillian Knibbs, 181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, AL1 4AH, 01727 762601, gillknibbs@yahoo.co.uk, www.verpoets.org.uk First prize £500, second prize £300, third prize £100, young writers prize £100. Winning and shortlisted poems are published in the Ver Prize Anthology Open brief
Ware Poets Open Competition
Poetry up to 50 lines 30.4.09 Mr M Foley, 22 West Close, Hoddesdon, Herts, EN11 9DA, 01922 304830, warecomp@waitrose.com  First prize £500, second prize £200, third prize £100, sonnet prize £100. Winning and commended poems are published in the Ware Poets Competition Anthology Open brief
Commonwealth Short Story Competition
Short stories for audio broadcast 1.5.09 Bisakha Ghose, 17 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1AA, 0207 583 5550, cba@cba.org.uk, www.cba.org.uk First prize £2,000. Winning stories are compiled onto audio CD to be broadcast all over the Commonwealth Only open to commonwealth citizens
Lymm Festival Write Lines Competition
Poetry, prose script, non-fiction or combination 1.5.09 Sue Dodd, c/o 39 Fairfield Road, Stockton Heath, Warrington, WA4 2VR, 01925 601085, www.lymmfestival.org.uk £300 prize fund On a single side of A4, writing of any kind. 2009 theme is 'Anniversary'
Templar Poetry Pamphlet & Collection Prize
Short collection of poetry (18-24 A4 pages, max 40 lines per page) 1.5.09 Alex McMillen, PO Box 7082, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 9AF, 01629 582500, info@templarpoetry.co.uk, www.templarpoetry.co.uk  Four winners receive publication of pamphlet, £500 and option to submit a collection. All shortlisted winners published in annual anthology Any style (but not translated)
Virginia Warby Poetry Prize
Poetry up to 40 lines 19.5.09 CFW Poetry, PO Box 474, Eastleigh, Hants, SO50 0AN, 02380 269513, almejas188@hotmail.com  First prize £800, second prize £350, third prize £200, ten runners up prizes of a year's subscription to Orbis Open theme, two copies. Anthology of winners / runners up published annually
The Frogmore Poetry Prize
Poetry up to 40 lines 31.5.09 Jeremy Page, 42 Morehall Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 4EF, 07751 251689, www.frogmorepress.co.uk First prize 200 guineas, second prize 75 guineas, third prize 50 guineas. Additional prizes of The Frogmore Papers. Open brief
Frome Festival Short Story Competition
Short stories of 1,000-2,200 words 31.5.09 Alison Clink, c/o Frome Library, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BE, 01373 462215, clinkelmstreet@aol.com, www.fromefestival.co.uk First prize £300, second prize £150, third prize £75. Also local prizes. Winning stories published on website Novelist Sophie King is the celebrity judge
George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition
Poetry of 50 lines 31.5.09 TD Butler, 9 Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7HT, 01394 277360, suffolkpoetrysociety@aol.com, www.suffolkpoetrysociety.org.uk First prize £250, second prize £150, third prize £100, two highly commended prizes of £25. All published on website Poems can be any form or style and on any subject. Entrants must have a Suffolk connection. Entry forms are available from postal address or website
Yeovil Literary Prize
Poetry up to 40 lines; short stories up to 2,000 words; synopsis and opening of novel - total up to 15,000 words 31.5.09 Penny Deacon, The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil, BA20 1UX, www.yeovilprize.co.uk  Poetry and short story competitions: First prize £500, second prize £200, third prize £100. Novel competition: First prize £1,000, second prize £250, third prize £100  
The Bridport Prize
Poetry up to 42 lines and short stories up to 5,000 words 30.6.09 Frances Everitt, Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR, 01308 428333, frances@bridportprize.org.uk, www.bridportprize.org.uk (For both poetry and short story comp's) First prize £5,000, second prize £1,000, third prize £500. Ten additional prizes of £50 each. Winners published in anthology Open brief
British Czech & Slovak Association Writing Competition
Short stories up to 2,000 words and factual writing also to 2,000 words 30.6.09 BCSA Prize Administrator, 24 Ferndale, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 3NS, 01892 543206, prize@bcsa.co.uk, www.bcsa.co.uk First prize £300, second prize £100. Winning entries are published in the British Czech & Slovak Review Themes are either (a) Links between Britain and the Czech or Slovak Republics (or their predecessor states) or (b) Society in transition in those republics since the Velvet Revolution in 1989
Keats-Shelley Prize
Poetry up to 50 lines and essay of 2,000 words 30.6.09 KSMA Competition Secretary, School of English, The University, St Andrews, KY16 9AR, www.keats-shelley.co.uk  £3,000 in prizes See website for 2009 theme
National Poetry Anthology
Poetry up to 20 lines 30.6.09 Peter Quinn, United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB, 0870 2406190, info@unitedpress.co.uk, www.unitedpress.co.uk  First prize £1,000, some 250 winners are chosen representing a different UK town Winners all published in anthology
Mere Literary Festival
Poetry up to 40 lines 15.7.09 Adrienne Howell, Lawrences, Old Hollow, Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6EG, 01747 860475, howellatmere@aol.com, www.merelitfest.co.uk  Major cash prizes plus local and junior awards. Open section shortlist showcased during Mere Literary Festival 12-18 October 2009 Open brief
HISSAC Annual Open Short Story Competition
Short stories of 2,500 words 31.7.09 Clio Gray, 20 Lochslin, Balintore, Easter Ross, IV20 1UP, 01862 832266, info@hissac.co.uk, www.hissac.co.uk   First prize £400, second prize £50, third prize £50. Winning stories are published on the website Theme is open
Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize
Poetry collections 31.7.09 Judy Braggins, The Poetry Trust, The Cut, 9 New Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8BY, 01986 835950, info@thepoetrytrust.org, www.thepoetrytrust.org  First prize £3,000 plus week of paid 'protected' writing time, plus fee-paying invitation to read at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2010 Entries should be first collections of poetry of at least 40 pages published between 1 August 2008 and 31 July 2009
The Manchester Writing Competition
The Manchester Fiction Prize 2009 1.8.09 James Draper, Writing School, Department of English, Manchester Metropolitan University, Rosamund Street West, Off Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6LL, 0161 2471787,  j.draper@mmu.ac.uk, www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk  2008 prize was £10,000. 2009 prize TBC Open internationally to anyone aged 16 or over
Bognor Regis Drama Club One-Act Playwriting Competition
One-act plays of 20-45 minutes 31.8.09 Beryl Jackman, 9 South Road, Felpham, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO22 8EF, 01243 829074, c.hoff@btinternet.com, www.bognordrama.com First prize £50, second prize £40, third prize £30. Winning play performed the following year Entries must be original work not previously performed
British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition
Short stories up to 5,000 words 31.8.09 194 Station Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7TE, comp@britishfantasysociety.org, www.britishfantasysociety.org  First prize £50, second prize £25 Stories must be horror, fantasy or science fiction
Legend Writing Awards
Short stories up to 2,000 words. Also for flash fiction of exactly 100 words 31.8.09 39 Emmanuel Road, Hastings, TN34 3LB, legendwritingaward@yahoo.co.uk, www.legendwritingaward.com  Short stories: First prize £500, second prize £250, third prize £100, three further prizes of £50 each. Flash fiction: First prize £50, second prize £30, third prize £20, three further prizes of £10 each Open theme, no children's stories. It is hoped to publish anthology of winning entries in Spring 2010
Salopian Poetry Society Open Competition
Poetry up to 36 lines 31.8.09 Roger Hoult, 5 Squires Close, Madeley, Telford, Shropshire, TF7 5RU, 01952 587487, salopoet@hotmail.com, www.salopianpoetrysociety.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk  First prize £200, second prize £100, third prize £50, three consolation prizes of £30 Any subject
Wellington Short Story Competition
Stories up to 4,500 words 31.8.09 Howard Perkins, Civic Offices, Tan Bank, Wellington, Telford, TF1 1LX, 01952 567697, welltowncl@aol.com, www.wellington-shropshire.gov.uk  First prize £150, second prize £100, third prize £75 Open brief
Nottingham Open
Poetry up to 40 lines 8.9.09 Viv Apple, 38 Harrow Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7DU, 0115 9145838, viv.apple@ntlworld.com, www.nottinghampoetrysociety.co.uk  First prize £300, second prize £150, third prize £75 Any form or theme
Jo Cowell Award
Poetry up to 40 lines 19.9.09 Competition Co-ordinator, 14 Tower Hill, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 2EF, judy-ingman@fsmail.net  First prize £150, second prize £100, third prize £50  
Christchurch Writer's Competition
Poetry up to 40 lines; short stories up to 2,500 words; articles up to 800 words; 20 minute radio play; poem with local theme 1.10.09 Cynthia Collins, 1 Hinton House Cottages, Dark Lane, Hinton St Michael, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 7EA, 01425 274804, cllns584@aol.com  3 cash or book token prizes, value £50 each, are awarded in poetry, short story and article categories; £100 for winning radio play; £100 plus Quill Award for winner of poetry on a local theme (theme to be set)  

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