Monday, July 10, 2017

July Competition Monthly!

Welcome to another great competition round-up from Francesca!

There's a bumper crop of competitions this month as the blogs having a holiday over August.

Five competitions were disregarded due to the stipulation that simply entering gave the company permission to publish the piece, with no guarantee of payment.

Unless there is some other, good advantage to entering, this is definitely not on. As far as I can tell,
the ones I've included don't have this clause, but it's always worth sifting through the rules to make sure.

You'll notice the entry fees vary enormously from £3 to £25. This usually reflects the prize money available. The prize money, in turn, might indicate how many people will enter the competition. Sometimes it's better to enter those with less prize money knowing there may be fewer entrants.

This month an article competition has been included. This should be right up all our streets, as it asks us to relate our 'writing day'. For some of us that might be 'night'. For many writers, one day is never the same as the next, but at least that should make the entries varied.

I'm sure there are those of you who like to dabble in poetry from time to time (I know I do!), so those comps that also have a poetry section have been highlighted.

See you again in September for the next round of comps. Have a good summer.

Happy comping everyone, and don't forget to let us know of any competition success you have.

Mslexia Women's novel competition
Theme: Fiction for adults or YA, at least 50K. Send 5,000 word extract.
Prize: £5,000
Closing date: 18 September 2017
Entry: £25

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize
Theme: Open, 6,000 words max.
Prize: £1,000 or 12 months editorial support / 3 x shortlisted each £150 / 10 x longlisted £50 book vouchers.
Closing date: 27 August 2017
Entry: £10

The Willesden Herald New Short Stories Competition
Theme: Open, 7,500 words max.
Prize: £300 / £200 / 8 x £75. All published in anthology.
Closing date: 31 August 2017
Entry: £7.50

The Exeter Flash Fiction Competition
Theme: Open, 250 words max
Prize: £100 / £50
Closing date: 31 August 2017
Entry: £4

The Scribble Article Competition
Theme: 'My Writing Day', 1,000 – 1,500 words.
Prize: £50 / £25 / £15
Closing date: 31 August 2017
Entry: £3

Hammond House Short Story Competition
Theme: 'Eternal', 2,000 – 7,000 words. (Also poetry)
Prize: £600 / £100 / £50
Competition deadline: 31 August 2017
Entry: £10

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
Theme: Open. 2,000 words max. (Also poetry)
Prize: £1,000 and consultation with Redhammer Management
Closing date: 31 August 2107
Entry: £18

Articium Short Story Competition
Theme: Open, 4,000 words max. (Also poetry)
Prize: £350 / £75 / £50 plus puplication
Closing date: 31 August 2017
Entry: £5

Mags4Dorset 9th Short Story Competition
Theme: Using one of three photographs provided. 1,000 words max.
Prize: £150 / £25
Closing date: 31 August 2017
Entry: £4

Ely City Short Story Competition
Theme: 'Courage', 1,500 words max.
Prize: £50
Closing date: 21 September 2017
Entry: £5

Erewash Writers' Short Story Competition
Theme: Open, 2,500 words max.
Prize: £100 / £60 / £25 / £15
Closing date: 21 September 2017
Entry: £3

Kosta's Olive Tree Competition
Theme: 'Someone who stands up for what they believe in', 1,200 – 1,500 words.
Prize: £70 / 2 x £30
Closing date: 22 September 2017
Entry: £4 (All profits to charity)

London Short Story Prize (for writers with a London postcode)
Theme: Open, 5,000 words max.
Prize: £1,000 / highly commended and shortlisted entries will be paid for publication.
Closing date: Midday 9 October 2017
Entry: £6

About Francesca:
Francesca Capaldi Burgess has been placed or shortlisted in twenty student competitions and a dozen national ones including Winchester Writers' Conference, Retreat West, Meridian Writing, Frome, Twyford Writers, Flash a Famous Phrase, Wells Festival and Writing Magazine. She's had stories and a serial published in magazines worldwide and in three anthologies, including Diamonds and Pearls and 100 Stories for Haiti. She is a member of the RNA New Writers' Scheme and the Society for Women Writers and Journalists. Francesca runs a writing blog along with RNA member Elaine Roberts called Write Minds.

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This blog was prepared by blog team member, Louisa Heaton.