The Elmbridge Literary Competition offers free entry to young writers aged 5-17. This year’s theme is “Enigma”. Send one poem and/or one story. Deadline: 28 February 2022. Full details here.
creative writing competitions
Award for Scottish writers
The John Byrne Award is an online monthly and annual award. Entrants must be over 16 and living or studying in Scotland. See full details.
Creative Future for writers who lack opportunities
Copied and pasted: We showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. Prizes are awarded for both poetry and short fiction, including £7,500 of cash & professional writing development prizes. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts. Deadline: 18 June 2018 at noon. Full details here.
TS Eliot Prize Writing Competition – Poetry Book Society
Deadline: Friday 11 December 2015.
Copied from the website (http://www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/15/):
The Poetry Book Society and emagazine invite students to step into the judges’ and poets’ shoes by writing a critical piece or a poem of their own in response to the work on the shortlist.
A chance for students to:
- Win £100, meet poets and be published
- Boost their CV or university statement
- Read the very best contemporary poetry
- Develop critical skills and confidence in reading poetry for pleasure
For the first time, this year, there are two choices of response:
A 500 word critical piece on the 2 poems by your chosen poet, reflecting on what you particularly liked about them and why you think they should win.
A poem of your own, ‘writing back’ to one of the poems you found particularly interesting. Your poem might take the same title, or use aspects of the form of the poem, or explore the same subject matter, or argue back with a view or angle that challenges or subverts ideas in the original.
How to apply
1. From Tuesday 3rd November 2015 – go to www.englishandmedia.co.uk/e-magazine, read the competition instructions and rules and follow the link to download the 20 poems.
2. Choose your poet and decide whether to write a critical piece or a poem as a response.
3. Get your entry in by Friday 11th December 2015.
UK Competition to raise awareness of homelessness
Open to poets over 16 and living in the UK, the SASH Writing Competition is free to enter. However, those who can afford to are asked to donate £10 to SASH, a Yorkshire-based organisation working to prevent homelessness and to help young homeless people. The winner will get a free place on an Arvon five-day residential writing course. Writers who are homeless or who have exprienced homelessness are particularly encouraged to enter. Deadline is World Homeless Day, 10th October 2014. More information: http://www.sash-uk.org.uk/homeless-writing-competition/