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Monday, 22 July 2013

Fancy three courses of competitions?

There are some great writing competitions closing at the end of July. I've been checking them out and here are three tasty courses of competitions you could sample...

All of these are closing on 31 July, so get your entries in quick!

Fancy a flash entrĂ©e? Regular readers of this blog know I’m always partial to a bit of flash and this is atempting starter with prize money of £250 for 500 words.
Inktears Flash Fiction Competition 2013:
Full details of entry rules here

  • Flash stories must be 500 words or less
  • Entry fee £3 for 1, £5 for 2 etc
  • 1st prize = £250, Runner-up = £50, 4 x Highly Commended = £25, plus all winners are published on site along with author biogs
  • Online entry
  • Unusually you can submit pieces that have been already published in mags or online (this is rare!) – as long as you retain own copyright.
How about a substantial main course? Here’s a short story competition with a top prize of £500. Hmm, wonder how many truffles I could buy with that?

Wells Literature Festival Short Story Prize 2013:
The main judge is the prolific womag writer, novelist and writing tutor Della Garton.
If you still have room, then why not try this light dessert competition, which sounds a bit of fun. FREE to enter and you only have to write one line.
  • Short stories must be 1000 – 2000 words in length (note there is a lower limit)
  • Entry fee £5 (you need to download the entry form from website)
  • 1st Prize = £500, 2nd =£200, 3rd = £100
  • Online entry via website
  • Entries must be unpublished and not entered elsewhere
  • Prize giving ceremony at the Wells Literature Festival on Sunday 13 October (HelenYendall came 3rd last year, read her post here – sadly the stories are no longer available from this link)
  • And they have a Crime Novel category too
Fleeting Books and Wrecking Ball Press are “looking for a new rule for writers, a single line of advice, by an emerging or an established writer”.
  • You can submit (via email) up to 3 lines of writing advice
  • Winner will see their entry appear in: No cheap tricks: a guide for writers by Matt Shoard (to be published by Wrecking Ball Press in Nov 2013)
  • FREE to enter
  • Winner will also be invited to its launch events and win £100 cash
Every writer has some words of wisdom on our glorious art form. Why not share them and win some cash!

Piggy menu photo curtesy of Shirley Sexton. Er, LitPig doesn't speak French so please don't translate the menu for him...


  1. Hope you're going to in for the Flash competition, Tracy.

    1. Definitely! Will probably have a munch at all 3!
      And did I spot your question in WF this month? Intriguing... Wendy, hope you will share when the 'true life' story comes out!

  2. Plenty there to get our teeth stuck into!

    1. Shame only one course is free though - you're much better at spotting the free ones Patsy!

  3. gGod luck if you enter them, Tracy!

  4. Sorry about spelling of first word - this laptop has mind of its own sometimes!