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Nine year old becomes one of the UK’s youngest published authors

London schoolgirl Isabel Harris has become one of the UK’s youngest published authors after winning a nationwide competition to write a picture book about animals. Book People’s Bedtime Story competition … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · 3 Comments

FIRST DRAFTS WRITING COMPETITION for unpublished novelists and short story writers

One of the best ways for new writers to get their work noticed is through entering competitions. Now in its eighth year, First Drafts is an annual event organised by … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Win Your Way to the Oldest Residential Writers’ School in the World*

Swanwick Writers’ Summer School will be celebrating its 69th anniversary at The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire in August. You can win a free place** by entering the Swanwick writing competition for: … Continue reading

April 5, 2017 · 6 Comments

A fairy tale writing competition for unpublished authors who want to write for children

Have you always wanted to re-write a classic fairy tale? Perhaps you would you like Sleeping Beauty to be a little less passive or feel that Gretel should be given … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · 19 Comments

FREE 100 word short story competition for adults and children

Reader’s Digest are  running a free  100 Word Story Competition on any subject. However, it has to be EXACTLY 100 words long (not including the title). The story must be … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 11 Comments

A Woman Only Writing Competition with a special prize: time to write

Need space, time and hard cash in order to write?  Words And Women are offering all three to the winner of their 2016 prose competition. First prize is £1,000 and … Continue reading

November 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Win a place on Iceland’s 2017 Writing Retreat

Iceland Writers Retreat are running a free writing competition with a great prize – a place for one person at their retreat in April 2017.  The retreats have been running … Continue reading

October 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Write a radio drama – international writing competition

A Playwriting Competition run by the Sussex Playwrights Club is now open. They are looking for a 30 minute thriller or mystery radio drama for two to six actors . … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · 3 Comments

The biggest prize in the world for a short story

This writing competition has it all. It is free. It is international. Entries can have already been published. Entries can be up to 6000 words long. First prize is £30,000 … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Writing theory? It’s not for writers, said William Faulkner QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. The young writer would … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · 9 Comments

Search for a Bestseller – a £50,000 opportunity for a new novelist

Richard and Judy – that’s husband and wife Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan – are searching for a new bestselling writer. The competition is open to unpublished novelists resident in … Continue reading

April 16, 2016 · 8 Comments

Is this the worst sentence of the year?

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · 4 Comments

Self-published Writers Encouraged to Enter Prestigious Competition

 The Young Writer of the Year Award has been out of action for six years, but it now being revived under the sponsorship of The Sunday Times and agents Peters Fraser … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 7 Comments

Free International Travel Writing Competition

Writers anywhere can submit a travel essay to the Germany-based blog I Must Be Off! in its third annual travel writing competition. “If it’s about travel, we want to read … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 4 Comments