for writers and readers….

Funny Women Writers Wanted – not a phrase you hear very often

But this is for real Comedy Women in Print Prize is its third year and is the UK and Ireland’s first comedy literary prize (and only? can’t think of another). … Continue reading

April 30, 2021 · 4 Comments

Writing Competition for the Irish Diaspora

This is interesting. Green Curtain Theatre are celebrating the centenary of an ‘independent’ Ireland with a lockdown theatrical performance written by people from the Irish Diaspora. (The Anglo-Irish Treaty was … Continue reading

February 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mentor Award Scheme for Emerging Writers of Colour

The Royal Society of Literature are joining forces with Sky Arts to launch a new set of Awards to celebrate and nurture British writers of colour at the beginnings of their careers. Five … Continue reading

February 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Write What You Love – Could you Create A Feel-Good Christmas Romance for next year?

Novel Writing Competition from a major publisher and right now all they want is a fabulous idea and 1000 words… Penguin Michael Joseph are offering one unpublished writer – currently … Continue reading

January 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

Ever thought about writing commercial fiction? A free competition for unpublished writers of colour

THIS IS EXCITING – a potentially life-changing competition exclusively for un-agented, unpublished writers of colour. The winner will receive a two-book publishing contract from Avon with an advance against royalties … Continue reading

December 26, 2020 · 4 Comments

Monthly Competition for Playwrights

The Painkiller Project is a monthly playwriting competition supported by Arts Council England. Every month two plays are awarded £150. ​The two winning plays are released fortnightly as audio podcasts (available here). … Continue reading

December 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Competition for Romance and Crime Writers

New Publishing Opportunity for underrepresented writers The Fresh Ink award competition will give Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers the opportunity to win a publishing contract (including an advance payment and royalties) … Continue reading

December 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

WANT TO WRITE FOR THE BBC? Annual Submissions window is now open

BBC Writersroom’s annual window for unsolicited scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online) is open until 5pm on Wednesday 6th January 2021. Quiet Christmas? Now you know what to do with … Continue reading

December 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Free Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction Short Story Competition

This is a fiction competition with an intriguing theme – the evolution of language – and the organisers say it can be about the past as well as the future. … Continue reading

November 5, 2020 · 5 Comments

SUBMISSIONS WINDOW – send your fiction, non fiction and poetry to Salt Publishing

For the entire month of November 2020 Salt Publishing are unlocking the windows and flinging open the doors to writers of fiction (novels and short stories), narrative non-fiction and poetry. … Continue reading

October 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Women – If you have started writing a novel enter this competition…

Discoveries invites all unpublished women writers over 18 and living in the UK or Ireland and writing in English to submit to the Discoveries Prize. The prize doesn’t require writers … Continue reading

September 19, 2020 · 4 Comments

Be Paid to Write about Your Own Experiences of Food Poverty in Britain

Jack Monroe, the award winning food writer and anti-poverty campaigner is  putting together a book on austerity and hunger in Britain, focusing on the last ten years. She and the … Continue reading

September 4, 2020 · 3 Comments

Too late for this year but perhaps next…? A competition for self-published authors

August 31st is the deadline for the Kindle Storyteller Award which Amazon celebrates the best self-published story in the UK with a £20,000 cash prize. I know that is still … Continue reading

August 8, 2020 · 3 Comments

International Poetry Competition with Two Language Categories

The Oxford Brookes 2020 International Poetry Competition for new and established poets has two categories: Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over) English as an Additional Language … Continue reading

August 7, 2020 · 3 Comments