International writing competitions 2019 – part 2

Here is our selection of writing competitions for the second half of 2019. Do check individual website for details. Best of luck!

AUGUST
Buzzword Poetry Competition
Theme: Open
Word limit: 70 lines
Entry fee: per post £4 per poem or 3 poems for £10, per email £4.35, two poems £8.70, three poems £11
Prize: 1st prize £600, 2nd prize £300, 5 x commended £50
Deadline: August 24, 2019

Aesthetica Creative Writing 
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 2000 words for stories and 40 lines for poems
Entry fee: Short Fiction: £18 | Poetry: £12
Prize: 1st prize £1000 for poetry and short fiction, consultation with literary agents Redhammer Management, Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.
Deadline: August 31, 2019

Shore Script Screenwriting
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 2000 words for stories and 40 lines for poems
Entry fee: TBC
Prize totalling: $20,000
Deadline: August 31, 2019

SEPTEMBER
Manchester Fiction Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: 2,500 words
Entry fee: £17.50
Prize: 1st prize £10,000
Deadline: September 20, 2019

Imison Award
Original radio plays by writers new to radio
Word limit: 2,500 words
Entry fee: £30
Prizes: £2,000
Deadline: September 30, 2019

Mslexia Women’s Fiction Awards (short story, flash, novel, monologue)
Theme: Short story
Word limit: 2,500 words
Entry fee: TBC
Prizes: £10,000 + prize pot
Deadline: September 30, 2019

OCTOBER
Mighty River Short Story
Theme: Open
Word limit: Max 30 pages
Entry fee: $20
Prizes: $10,000 + prize pot & publication in an issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley
Deadline: October 1, 2019

Zoetrope All-Story Short Fiction Competition
Theme: Open
Word limit: 1,000 – 5,000 words
Entry fee: $15
Prizes: 1st prize $1,000, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $250 and publication
Deadline: October 1, 2019

Troubadour International Poetry Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: poems must be max 45 lines long
Entry fee: £6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem (£4/€5/$5 for subsequent entries)
Prize: 1st prize £2,000, 2nd prize £1,000, 3rd prize £500
Deadline: October 21, 2019

Tulip Tree Review Genre Contest
Theme: Open
Word limit: 10,000 words
Entry fee: $20
Prize: $1,000 and publication
Deadline: October 23, 2019

NOVEMBER
John Steinbeck Award for Fiction 
Theme: Open
Word limit: 5,000 words
Entry fee: $20
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: November 1, 2019

Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: unpublished poetry collections, over 48 pages
Entry fee: $25
Prize: $3,000
Deadline: November 15, 2019

VanderMey Nonfiction Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: 5,500 words
Entry fee: $20
Prize: $1,500
Deadline: November 15, 2019

Bath Children’s Novel Award
Theme: Open
Word limit: first 5000 words & synopsis
Entry fee: £25
Prize: £2,500, manuscript feedback
Deadline: November 17, 2019

Fish Short Story Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: 5,000 words
Entry fee: €20, (€12 subsequent entries)
Prize: 1st €3000, 2nd €300 & a week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat, 3rd €300, honourable mentions €200.
Deadline: November 30, 2019
Publication: Fish Anthology

Aeon Award
Theme: fantasy, science fiction, horror or anything in-between or unclassifiable
Word limit: Max. 10,000 words
Entry fee: €8.5
Prize: 1st €1000, 2nd €200, 3rd €100
Deadline: November 30, 2019
Publication: Albedo One

DECEMBER
Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction
Theme: Open
Word limit: max 30 pages
Entry fee: $2
Prize: $1,000 & publication
Deadline: December 1, 2019

Cafe Writers’ Open Poetry
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 40 lines
Entry fee: £4, £10 for three, £2 each extra
Prize: £1,000, £300, £200, 5 x £50
Deadline: December 1, 2019

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition
Theme: Open
Word limit: 1,000 words
Entry fee: £15
Prize: £1,000 & commission to write further 4 short stories
Deadline: December 1, 2019

Futurescapes Writing Contest
Theme: TBA
Word limit: 8,000 words
Entry fee:  n/a
Prize: $2,000 and publication, 5 x $500
Deadline: December 31, 2019

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
Theme: TBA
Word limit: 4,000 words, poetry up to 50 lines
Entry fee: £5
Prize: £1,000, £300, £100, £50 two highly commended
Deadline: December 31, 2019

Moth Poetry Prize 2019
Theme: TBA
Word limit: n/a
Entry fee: €15
Prize: €10,000, 3 x €1,000 & publication in The Moth
Deadline: December 31, 2019

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