The time during Christmas and New Year is VERY busy for a lot of people, although for some it’s also a chance to reflect and to actually spend time writing… If you want to have a focus for your writing, here is a list of competitions that have closing dates during January (and including the day before and the day after). If you need any help with your submissions, please reach out!
The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
Winning manuscripts are issued in both hardback and paperback editions & authors receive royalties on sales in addition to the cash award. Each entrant will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Tampa Review (mailed to any U.S. address; mailing outside U.S. can be arranged with a supplementary postage fee).
Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition
Welcome to our Humour Verse Competition! Now in its fourth year. There is a scarcity of humour verse competitions with worthwhile prize money, even though there are huge numbers of people who like to write and read funny poems. So we at Flash 500 are rather proud of this one, which has grown into a must-enter competition for writers of humour verse.
Labello 3rd International Short Story
These are the types of stories we look forward to reading during our exciting new competition Gem Street: Beyond the Axis. Shorter, leaner and vibrant works containing 5,000 words or less are welcome from new and previously published writers. Open to all genres except Children’s, YA or Poetry.
Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award Winter 2014
Any genre or theme with maximum word count of 3,000 words. Entry fee is £15 and first prize is £1000, second prize £500 and third prize £250. Everyone will receive feedback and closing date is 31
Labello 3rd International Short Story
These are the types of stories we look forward to reading during our exciting new competition Gem Street: Beyond the Axis. Shorter, leaner and vibrant works containing 5,000 words or less are welcome from new and previously published writers.
INTERNATIONAL POETRY & PROSE COMPETITION 2014
Poems are welcome on any subject Maximum 50 lines
Short stories may have any theme Maximum 3000 words
Hidden Prize for Prose
Hidden Clearing Books (est. 2013) is hosting a free writing contest called Hidden Prize for Prose to recognize a talented author of an unpublished book-length manuscript. The author receives a cash prize of $250, along with publication of his or her manuscript and 25 book copies.
Local Poem Competition 2015
The best poem will win £1,000 cash and you can send up to three entries, which must be no more than 25 lines (each blank line counts as one line) and 160 words each.
2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
The author of the winning manuscript will receive a cash advance of $1,000, publication of the manuscript in October 2015 under a standard Press 53 book contract, and 10 copies of the completed book with an option to purchase unlimited copies at a discount for as long as the book is in print. The prize also includes travel expenses to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for a book launch party and reading on Friday, October 16, 2015, and attendance as our special guest to the Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 2014
To celebrate the continuing and remarkable success of the UK-based Romantic, Gothic, Fantasy, Surreal and Satire-Themed Poetry Monthly Magazine – ‘The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine’ – edited, compiled and published by the Founder of ‘The Poetry Box Studio’ based in West Sussex (on the West Sussex/Hampshire border, England) – LK Barley Robinson (LLAM) – ‘The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 2014’ is a unique and increasingly popular international poetry competition in these unusual poetry genres and in addition to the Prizes awarded, the Winners and Finalists Entries, the Judge’s Special Commendation Award Entries and Highly-Commended Entries, will all be published on a Special ‘Winners & Finalists’ page on The Poetry Box website – and in addition – will also be published in the 2015 Editions of ‘The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine’ – Publication Format: Printed & Posted, A4-Sized, Illustrated and Comb-bound Monthly Poetry Publication (Publication Date: 30th of each month).
Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2014
The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the poem. It’s not a requirement, but we strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Moth. You can write on any subject and there is no line limit. Entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet. Entries will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy. No corrections can be made after receipt, or fees refunded.
The 2015 Mississippi Review Prize
Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and poetry. Winners and finalists will make up next winter’s print issue of the national literary magazine Mississippi Review. Contest is open to all writers in English except current or former students or employees of The University of Southern Mississippi.
The Henshaw December Short Story Competition
Our aim is to encourage as wide a range of writing as possible and competitions will all be open for any subject and any style.
The competitions are non profit making for us, any profits are given to ‘Save the Children’.
Colorado Prize for Poetry
The Colorado Prize for Poetry is an international literary contest started in 1995. Since the contest began, over 5,000 book-length poetry manuscripts have been entered. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $2,000 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing.
H. E. Francis Short Story Competition
A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee between December 15 and January 15, 2015. If submitting by mail, include two copies of the story. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Mash Stories Flash Fiction Competition
Any style / genre, but stories must be based on 3 random objects so see website for current details – winners published on the website
The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers
Created in 2005 to revere the vision of American nature writer Ellen Meloy, The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers awards an annual cash prize of $3,000 to a writer of creative non-fiction whose work emulates the spirit and loves expressed in Ellen Meloy’s writing and her devotion to a “deep map of place.” Ellen’s own “map of place” was the desert country. The Award only accepts creative non-fiction. Fiction or poetry is not accepted.
Raynes Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a single poem on the theme of “World to Come.” The work of the winning poet and 36 finalists will also be published in an anthology by Blue Thread Press in the summer of 2015. L. S. Asekoff will judge. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Jewish Currents, by January 15, 2015. All entries are considered for publication.
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by January 15, 2015. All entries are considered for publication.
William Matthews Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Garrett Hongo will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee by January 15, 2015. All entries are considered for publication.
Magma Poetry Competition
Magma’s Poetry Competition has two contests, one for short poems of up to 10 lines, and one for poems of 11 to 50 lines. Poems of 11 to 50 lines will be judged by Jo Shapcott for the Judge’s Prize. Poems of up to 10 lines will be entered for the Editors’ Prize and, reflecting Magma’s unique rotating editorship, will be judged by a panel of Magma editors.
Torriano Poetry Competition 2015
Torriano Poetry Competition 2015 adjudicated by Martyn Crucefix. We accept unpublished poems of up to 40 lines. First Prize £250. 00, Second Prize £150. 00, Third Prize £75.00. Cheques payable to the Torriano Support Fund. Winning poets will be offered featured readings at the adjudication celebration on 12th April, 2015. Name, address, e.mail, phone number and poem titles on separate sheet. No entry form required. £3 one poem, £5 for two, £10 for five.
SPM PUBLICATIONS POETRY BOOK COMPETITION
The 1st annual international SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition invites entrants to submit a collection of 20 pages of poems for the chance to win publication by SPM Publications – an imprint of Sentinel Writing & Publishing Company Limited.
Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2015 Short Story Award
We are now accepting submissions of short fiction or memoir (2000 words or fewer) once again on the theme “Food Stories” for our 2015 Short Story Award
Kent & Sussex Poetry Society OPEN POETRY COMPETITION
The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over. Poems should be in English, unpublished, not accepted for publication, and must be your original work.Each poem must be typed on a separate sheet of A4 paper. All poems are judged anonymously and should not bear your name, nor any other form of identification. On a separate sheet of A4 paper you should give a: your name and address, b: a list of poems submitted, and c: where you heard about the competition.
2015 National Short Story Competition
As our first National Short Story Competition proved popular, (see comments) – we’ve decided to run another. The entry details are the same but the theme is different. This time it’s water which can take any form from the smallest drop to a huge ocean, from arctic ice to a long, hot bath, from something you drink to something you sail on, swim in, stand under, etc.
James White Award Short Story Competition
The James White Award is an annual short story competition open to non-professional writers with the winner chosen by a panel of judges made up of professional authors and editors. Stories entered into the competition must be original and previously unpublished. Entry is free.
Prole Laureate 2015
This annual contest from Prole Books is for poems in any style that epitomise the editorial values of their poetry and prose magazine Prole. These values are summed up with the following words: engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality, they say, is all. They don’t say anything about a line limit so you can if you wish really let yourself go and submit something long enough to test the judge’s endurance. But don’t blame me if she hunts you down with a sawn-off shotgun. The judge in question is Helen Ivory.
Helen Short Story Contest
We seek pieces that feature a distinct flavor and sentiment of Vegas culture, greater Southern Nevada and the Southwestern US. Stories do not have to be distinctly set in Vegas to be considered. We are looking for well-written fiction in all genres.
Plymouth Writers Group – Open Fiction Writing 2014/15
Plymouth Writers Group relocated to the Plymouth Arts Centre in Looe Street, Plymouth in March 2014, and have launched their latest Open Fiction Short Story Competition.
The Homestart Bridgwater Short Story Competition
You are invited to enter our 2015 competition by sending your stories, gaining the chance to win one of the prizes kindly donated by our sponsors – and helping a worthwhile charity.
PLYMOUTH WRITERS GROUP OPEN WRITING COMPETITION 2014/15
The Plymouth Writers Group relocated to the Plymouth Arts Centre in Looe Street, Plymouth in March 2014. This competition reinforces their intention to be one of the most effective writing groups in Plymouth and the South West.
The Keats-Shelley Prize 2015
The Keats-Shelley Prize is an annual competition for essays and poems on Romantic themes. Inaugurated in 1998, the Prize encourages writers to respond creatively to the work of the Romantics.