Funny writers (for those writing humorous stories not for funny/odd writers - well let's be honest all writers are pretty odd, it's part of the job description)
Mslexia Short Story Competition - check website for full terms and conditions
- Closing date 31 March (postal or online entries)
- For women writers only!
- Up to 2,200 words on any theme. Story must be previously unpublished and not won or under consideration in any other competition.
- Judge: Tessa Hadley
- Entry fee - £10 per entry (cheque or online payment)
- 1st Prize - £2,000 + week's writing retreat at Chawton House Library (East Sussex - lovely location!), day with a Virago editor.
- 2nd Prize - £500, 3rd Prize - £250 and £100 for 3 other finalists, plus winning stories published in Mslexia magazine.
- You can listen to last year's winner on the website, interestingly this is written in second person.
CheerReader Quartely Competition - check website for full terms and conditions
- Closing date 15 March for Spring competition (next one is Summer - closing 15 June).
- Up to 1,500 words any subject genre BUT story has to be amusing/witty/funny (you can read previous winners on the website, Winter winner had some lovely one-liners).
- Must be original and previously unpublished stories.
- Entry fee - 5euros by paypal only, stories must be emailed as Word attachments.
- Winner gets 100 euros plus publication on website.
- Note: for this story they want font Arial 10pt (I noted this because indoor writer typically uses Times New Roman 12 pt!).
- check website for full terms and conditions
- Closing date 31 March.
- You must be a previously unpublished (for profit) writer of children's fiction.
- Up to 2,000 word story suitable for children of any age group up to teenage, can be short story or the first 2,000 words of novel/longer story.
- 1st Prize - £2,000, 2nd - £300, 3rd - £200.
- Postal entries only. UK entries - £3 per entry (though 10 2nd class stamps are preferred).
- Include an entry form.
Worth noting this competition received about 2,500 entries in 2011. The indoor writer's novel opening reached the shortlist, which meant it got into the last 300... so clearly there are an enormous number of children's writers out there (and this is a global competition - winner came from New York for 2011).
Good luck if you enter of these and let me know how you get on...