Here are some i just got email about. The Bridport Prize
2009 website is now open for entries. The Bridport Prize is the richest open writing competition in the English language -
with £5000 first prize for a short story (of up to 5000 words); and £5000 first
prize for a poem (of up to 42 lines).
The Bridport is also known as a tremendous literary stepping stone - the first step in the careers of writers such as: Kate Atkinson, Tobias Hill, Carol Ann Duffy
and Helen Dunmore. Anyone can enter - so long as the work is previously unpublished. It costs £7 per story or £6 per poem and the closing date is 30th June 2009.www.bridportprize.org.ukBrian Moore Short Story Awards
is for stories off up to 2,000 wds on any subject, and is open to anyone of Irish descent, worldwide. Prizes: £750, £300, £200.
Entry fee: £5 each.
Brian Moore Short Story Awards, Creative Writers Network, Cathedral Quarter Managed Workspace, 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1FF.
Closing date: 1 Marchwww.creativewritersnetwork.org The Winston Graham Historical Prize
will be awarded for an unpublished work of historical fiction, preferably with a clear connection to Cornwall. Submit a synopsis (not exceeding 500 words) together with the first two chapters of your work. Prize: £5,000 and with the potential for publication by Pan Macmillan, subject to acceptance. Entry fee: £25.
Closing date: 31 March
Contact: 00 44 1872 272 205. www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/
prizes Mslexia Womens Poetry Competition 2009
Judged by Ruth Padel
1st Prize £1,000 2nd prize £500 3rd prize £250
22 other finalists will win £25 each
All winning poems will be published in Mslexia magazine. Poems may be in any style, of any length, on any subjecthttp://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/pcomp_active.html Prima Short Story Competition
is for stories of up to 500 words based on a real life experience written up in a creative way. They can be moving and emotional or light-hearted and funny. Prize: £200 and a one-year subscription to Prima. Submit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: ongoing The Cat Magazine Writing Competition
is for stories of up to 1,000 wds or poems of up to 500 wds. Prize: Hewlett Packard Laptop and publication in The Cat magazine.
Entry fee: £5 suggested donation.
Writing Competition 2009, The Cat magazine, Cats Protection, National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath RH17 7TT.
Closing date: 27 Februarywww.cats.org.uk/
thecat/ latest/ comp.asp Grace Dieu Writers Circle Competition
is for short stories of up to 2,000 wds and poems of up to 40 lines on any subject. Prizes: Short Story: £300, £150, £75, £50, £25; Poetry: £200, £100, £50, £30, £20.
Entry fee: £3 each, £10 for 4; £2 each thereafter.
Closing date: 28 Februarywww.gracedieuwriterscircle.co.uk Write a Story for Children Competition
is for stories of up to 2,000 wds that is suitable for children of any age group up to teenage. Prizes: £2,000; £300; £200. One entry per person.
Entry fee: £2.70
ACW, Competition Entry, PO Box 95, Huntingdon PE28 5RL.
Closing date: 31 Marchwww.childrens-writers.co.uk