UK Competitions

These competitions are not associated with Writebulb Writers Group in any way and are for your information only. If you know of a competition that is not on this list, please feel free to add it in the comments. This page will be updated on a monthly basis.

July 2014

Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition
Short stories up to 1,200 words, publication in Wrekin Writers anthology.
Prizes: £150, £70, £40
Entry fee: £3
Closing date: 14 July
Competition secretary, 29 Christine Avenue, Wellington, Telford. TF1 2DX

Cinnamon Press Debut Novel or Novella Prize
The first 10,000 words of an unpublished novel or novella by a debut novelist.
Prizes: £1000 plus publication.
Entry fee: £12
Closing date: 31st July
Cinnamon Press New Writing Prizes, Meirion House, Glan yr Afon, Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3SU

Wells Festival of Literature
Poetry, up to 40 lines, short stories 1,000-2,000 words. Crime novel, up to 3,000 words and a synopsis up to 1,000 words.
Prizes: £500 £200, £100 for poetry and short stories, £100 and reading by agent and publisher for crime novel. Local prize £100.
Entry Fee: £5, £10 for novel.
Closing date: 31st July
WFL Competitions, No2 The Gardens, Wells BA52SE

Bloody Scotland Writing Competition
Crime short stories based on the theme of ‘ESCAPE’. You can interpret the theme of Escape in any way that inspires you, but we are looking for work that is crime themed. Short stories up to 3,000 words.
Prizes: £1000, weekend pass to the 2014 festival, and a bottle of Deanston whiskey. 
Closing Date: 31st July.
Website: (submission form on website)


Mslexia have several submission requests this month, which I’ll round up together for easy reading.
Please check the mslexia website for submission information.

Monologue: For writers of script: send up to 200 words on any topic in a single character’s voice. This quarter we’re looking for monologues in the voice of a mermaid. (14th July)

Pen Portrait: Convey a character in second or third person, and in more than 200 words. This quarter we’re looking for a pen portrait of a transvestite. (14th July)

How I did It: Send us 200 words on how you achieved publication of your book with the subtitles, ‘The Book’, ‘The Long Haul’ and ‘The Advice’ with roughly 65 words in each section. 

How I Keep Going: 200 words of advice on how to keep the creative fires burning in the face of discouragement and rejection.

Writing Group: In 200 words, please explain how you run your meetings, and describe a recent exercise for other groups to follow.

Please visit the Mslexia website for information on submissions. Mslexia pay for submissions printed in the magazine, for a full list of what they pay visit



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