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Writing Competitions – February 2018

Why enter writing competitions?

It’s one thing to write, and another entirely different proposition getting others to actually read what you have written.

Here is a list of writing competitions, awards, fairs, festivals and other book markets with deadlines in February, 2018.

Find one or more that fits with your style and submit your work! You never know what might happen…

Atlantis Short Story Competition http://www.atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/ February 25, 2018 (Annual) Atlantis Short Story Contest: Cash prizes ($450, first prize is $300) and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers. No theme or genre restrictions. Maximum 2,500 words. Entry fee: starts from $10 (depends on level of feedback wanted when the story does not place) Regular deadline: February 25, 2018. Early Bird: December 18, 2017 (discounted entry fee), Info: http://www.atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/
Contact e-mail: inquiry@atlantis-shortstorycontest.com

The Lancaster Writing Award 2018 http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/english-literature-and-creative-writing/undergraduate/lancaster-writing-award/ February 28, 2018 The Lancaster Writing Award 2018 is open until February 28, 2018.
Open to Year 12 or 13 students in the UK.
Free to enter.
Categories include Criticism, Fiction, Poetry, and Script and Screen Writing.
Prizes: £100, £50 and £25 in book vouchers. The first prize winner will be published in their student journal, Cake. The second and third prize winners will be published on their website.

Bath Flash Fiction Award https://bathflashfictionaward.com/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions 28th February 2018 300 word limit.
£1000 prize for the winner, £300 second and £100 third. Two commendations £30 each.
50 longlisted entrants offered publication in our 2018 end of year print and digital anthology. Those accepting receive a free print copy.
Flash Award judge, Tara L. Masih shortlists to 20 and chooses the winning, second, third, and two commended fictions.
This Flash Fiction Award round closes Midnight GMT February 11th 2018.
Winners announced by 28th February 2018 on our Winners pages.
Enter the Flash Fiction Award here online.

Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest 2018 https://climateimagination.asu.edu/clificontest/ February 28, 2018 Participants must be 18 years or older. U.S. and international submissions are welcome. ASU students and employees are welcome to participate.
Faculty and staff currently affiliated with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University are ineligible for consideration or publication.

Booksie 2017-2018 Young Writer Short Story Contest https://www.booksie.com/contest/Booksie+2017-2018+Young+Writer+Short+Story+Contest-12 February 28, 2018 Entry is free to qualifying high school and middle school writers. To be a qualifying writer, you must ask your English teacher to send an email from their school email account to contact(at)booksie.com with the following information:
Penname of student on Booksie
Email address of student on Booksie
Short note from the teacher certifying that this person is a middle school or high school student.
If you do not take English, then a note from another teacher at your school. Home schooled students can have a note sent from their parent certifying the writer is between the ages of 13-18. Winners who do not have a note from their English teacher may be required to certify their ages via a birth certificate or some other form of official identification.

Science in Society Journalism Awards https://nasw.secure-platform.com/a February 1, 2018 Any writer (or team) is eligible to submit one entry in each category. All entries should be attributed to a bylined creator or creators. There is no submission fee for current members of the National Association of Science Writers. The entry fee for non-members and those entering on behalf of members but not members themselves is $45 per entry.

Flash 500 Short Story Competition http://www.flash500.com/index_files/ss.htm February 2018 Welcome to our short story category. This is an open-themed competition and we accept all genres, including those written by or for children. Adult material is also acceptable providing the content fits the story and is not gratuitous.
We are looking for stories ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 words, with strong characters, a well-crafted plot and realistic dialogue (where used). Make us laugh, make us cry, but most of all, make us feel!
This is an annual competition: entries close on the last day of February 2018.

The NewCastle Short Story Award http://www.hunterwriterscentre.org/2018-nssa-entry-form.html 5th February 2018 Entries close 8pm EST Monday 5th February, 2018
The theme is open. 2000 word limit.
You do not have to be a member of Hunter Writers Centre to enter the competition
Your story must not include your name or any identifying marks. This means any word that the judges can link directly to you. Names of places and/or first names of people are, generally, acceptable. Be sure there are no words that identify you as the author. Stories featuring your name or identifying marks will be immediately disqualified.
Entry is online only. Attach your story as a .pdf or Word document (.doc) file via the entry form (left).
Entries must be the original work of the applicant and must not be published in any form or currently offered for publication or submitted for any other prize. All authors must provide their own name on the entry form for administrative purposes. If you would prefer your story to be published under a pseudonym, please note it on the entry form.

Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2018 https://fortysouth.com.au/tasmanian-writers-prize/ FEBRUARY 18, 2018 The prize is for short stories up to 3,000 words having an island, or island-resonant, theme.
Maximum of two entries per person.
Entry fee of $20 per story entered. Cheques/money orders should be made payable to
Forty South Publishing Pty Ltd. Alternatively fill in the credit card form below.
For PayPal payments please email <accounts@fortysouth.com.au>.
Entrants must assert that entries are their own original work and that the stories have
not been previously published.
Each entry must be provided as hard copy and as an electronic file. The author’s identity
should not appear on the manuscript. Please indicate the word count on your manuscript.
Please provide full contact details as well as a biography/statement (maximum 150 words)
and photo to be used if the entry is included in the anthology

2018 Sejong Writing Competition http://www.sejongculturalsociety.org/writing/current/essay.php February 28, 2018 Essays must not exceed 1,000 words in length.
Junior division students should refer to our folktales index when choosing a folktale to write about and select one of the stories listed there. Please choose only one topic and folktale to write about.
Entries must be submitted through our website.
One entry per category per contestant is permitted. (Contestants are permitted one essay and one sijo entry.)
All entries must be written in English.
Contestants’ names cannot be written in their entries.
We reserve the right to use all submitted pieces in future publications of the Sejong Cultural Society with no compensation to the authors.
We reserve the right to not award any prizes.
Winners are generally announced by mid-April. This estimate is subject to change depending on the number of total entries received; a more accurate estimate will be posted on our website around the competition deadline.

THE ANNUAL TEXT PRIZE FOR YOUNG ADULT & CHILDREN’S WRITING https://www.textpublishing.com.au/text-prize 2 February 2018 Open to: Permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand
Theme: Written for Young Adults or children (NOT picture books)
Accepts: Fiction or non-fiction
Size: 20,000 – 120,000 words
Entry Fee: $25
Prizes: A publishing contract with an $10,000 advance

Strasbourg Write A Story Competition http://sxb-write-a-story.org/ February 16, 2018 The competition is open to all writers in the English language, regardless of nationality or mother-tongue, who live within a driving distance of 170 kilometres from Strasbourg, as measured using Google Maps with Place Kléber in Strasbourg as a starting point. All variants of the English language are acceptable.

So Bad It’s Good Writing Competition http://www.nambuccawriters.info/so-bad-its-good—bad-writing-comp.html February 28th 2018 Nambucca Valley Writers Group is excited to announce its inaugural Bad Writing Competition – So Bad, It’s Good.