Several poetry, short story, art and a play writing competitions with deadlines coming up. The Oxford Brookes Poetry (28 Aug, deadline) competition. Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, both poetry and short story (31 Aug) and an art prize. Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award (28 Sep, need to be published writer). Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story (29 Sep). Taking Flight, play competition (30-60 mins, 1 Oct, Asian writers). The big one in poetry, The Poetry Society’s annual National Poetry Competition (31 Oct). Get ready, get set - write - draw - go !
The Oxford Brookes Poetry competition.
The competition is open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe and has two categories:
1) Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over)
2) English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language
The winners of each category will receive £1000 and both runners up £200.
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. The prize is now in its 11th year, hosted by Aesthetica Magazine. With the aim to support and nurture new writing talent, it awards publication within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers, including a winner from each category.
The winners are also presented with further opportunities to expand their literary careers: £1,000 cash prize each, a consultation with literary agency Redhammer Management, a Full Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage Books.
- Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines
- Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words
- Works published elsewhere are accepted
They also run an Art prize. There are two awards for entry: the Main Art Prize and the Emerging Art Prize. The Emerging Art Prize is open to current students and artists who have graduated within the last two years. The Main Art Prize is open to all, including those eligible for the Emerging Art Prize.
The 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.
The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2016. Five other authors shortlisted for the award will each receive £1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors. To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.
The Manchester Writing Competition was established by Carol Ann Duffy in 2008. It offers the UK’s biggest literary prizes for unpublished writing and has awarded more than £135,000 to its winners. Each year two £10,000* prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story. Designed to encourage and celebrate new writing across the globe the competition is open internationally to new and established writers.
> Manchester Poetry Prize - £10,000*
> Manchester Fiction Prize - £10,000*
There is a play writing competition from Red Dragonfly. It's aimed for Asian writers in the UK only. They are looking for i) a thirty minute to an hour stage play, the subject of which can be anything you want – from something contemporary to more traditional folk and fairy tales- as long as it is family friendly – and we mean the whole family not just small children ii) The play should be written for a cast of up to five actors – although they can double up on characters if you want and iii) workable with a minimal set, however do not let this restrict your imagination – it's amazing what can be accomplished on a stage with very little. Applicants need to be over eighteen and based in the UK but otherwise we are truly open to hearing from anybody.
Finally in this summary, the big Poetry Society competition, it's open globally.
- All entries are judged anonymously and the poet’s name must not appear on the poem itself.
- All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title). Entries can be on any subject.
- Poems must be the original work of the entrant.
- Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition before 31 March 2018.
Get ready, get set - write - draw - go !