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The Debut Dagger Award
Revised opening date for CWA Debut Dagger 2019 is 1 November 2018
About the competition
The international competition is for:
the opening of a crime novel not exceeding 3,000 words and a synopsis of up to 1,500 words.
(Please note the 2019 increase to the synopsis word count allowance.)
The Debut Dagger closes every year on February 28 and reopens in the autumn. In 2018/19, we have a revised opening date of November 1.
The Debut Dagger longlist for 2019 will be announced at CrimeFest in May. The shortlist will be announced in the summer. The winner is announced at the CWA Dagger Awards Gala Dinner in October.

The 2018 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest is accepting submissions!

Our jury is looking for short stories (not scripts) with special cinematic potential. Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novella, we want to read your story! The top 5 finalists will be shared with our network of over 60 literary and entertainment industry professionals.

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, producers and publishers.

All rights and ownership to stories submitted to this contest remain with the author, until and unless other agreements are made.

Early Deadline is November 7th. Final Deadline is December 16th.
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EXTENDED STANDARD DEADLINE – 15th November 2018 $57
• Screenplay / Writing Contest
We are Women Who Write in Film and our goal is to be the world’s foremost screenwriting competition for women. We want to support female writers and producers of all shapes and sizes, but we don’t just want to support female writers. We want to be a springboard for your success. We want to forge a festival that will discover and recognize the best emerging female talent and the most original female voices from around the world. We will go to the ends of the Earth to find the best new female talent and then do whatever it takes to put the top new female screenwriters firmly on the entertainment industry’s radar by designating them as finalists and winners in the Women Who Write in Film Screenwriting Competition.
Check out the website above.

BETTY TRASK PRIZE for a first novel.
For published, or unpublished, traditional or romantic first novels by authors under the age of 35 on 31st December 2018.
Closing date: 30th November 2018 for further information.

Interactive fiction or non-fiction written specifically for digital delivery.
Closing date: 30th November 2018

Stories up to 500 words on an open theme.
Entry fee: £5.00. £10 for three.
Closing date: 30th November 2018

Mslexia Women’s Fiction Awards.
Children’s Novel (min 15,000 words)
Short Story (300-3,000 words)
Novella (10,000-40,000 words)
Flash Fiction (100-300 words)
Deadline: 1st October 2018
Go to: for details

NEW BLOOD – Stage 32 horror script competition
Regular Deadline
Wednesday, Oct 3 - 11:59 PM PDT
Submission fee: $59.50
Final Deadline
Wednesday, Oct 31 - 11:59 PM PDT
Submission fee: $69.50

Deadline: 10th October 2018
Entry fee for each stage play is $39 until the early deadline on September 15, 2018, then $59 until the final deadline on October 10, 2018.
Plays must be a minimum of 15 pages and a maximum of 120 pages.
• Writers may also submit a logline or synopsis with their play submission.
Go to: for full details

HIGH SHERIFF’S CHESHIRE PRIZE FOR LITERATURE – short story prize. Stories up to 1,500 words on any theme.
Entry FREE.
Deadline: 1st September 2018

New Voices Competition
Deadline: 14th September 2018
Have you got a winning idea? Have you recently embarked on writing a novel? Like some support in the early stages? There are many potential pitfalls for the first time writer. We are offering a start up package to the most promising synopsis and first page.
Winning prize:
A Start-Up mentoring package worth up to £550.00*
*A mini-masterclass covering everything you need to know about writing a novel. A Start-Up Mentoring package (covering up to 50 pages/16,000 words) includes a manuscript appraisal, guidelines, a development strategy, a consultation and an agreed deadline for a year later.
Entry Requirements
A one-page synopsis
The first page of your novel
Entry fee: £10.00*
*We can accept applications by post or online
For more details go to:

Fiction Feedback is the editorial consultancy run by Dea Parkin, Secretary of the CWA, which also provides an editing service on behalf of the CWA.
The competition is for a story under 2,500 words on the theme of Natural Justice. The deadline is 30 September and the entry fee is £5.
For how to enter and the full rules, including the judges’ criteria, visit: and go to Our Competitions.

Writers & Artists along with Kickback Media have launched a CHILDREN’S FICTION COMPETITION.
FREE to enter.
The Creative Writing Challenge
The competition writing challenge is about bringing to life a scenario that Kickback Media have created.
Deadline: is midnight 30th September 2018
The Scenario Brief
Your central character is a 12-year old child.
In 2,000 words you must establish your character and the world in which they live/operate. The world must be either Magical/Fantasy, Dystopian, Futuristic or Exaggerated Reality Comedy. Please avoid purely naturalistic, real world settings.
Your target audience is a 10-year old confident writer.
For ALL the details go to:


LATE DEADLINE - AUG 5th - $75 + $40 for 1-2 page analysis of script
Roadmap Writers is proud to announce the launch of its inaugural JumpStart Writing Competition. The competition is open to both feature scripts and original television pilots.

The ATHENA LIST is now accepting submissions. Described as The Black List’s “new gender-conscious cousin,” it's an annual slate of three to five screenplays with female leaders or strong female protagonists that have yet to be made into films. Screenplays must be for a feature length film.
Important: The screenplay needs to be complete and ready for production. Your screenplay should also have gone through some type of workshop or lab. Do not submit a first draft.
The submission period will close on August 15, 2018.
Entry is free.
For more information:

The YALE DRAMA SERIES is seeking submissions for its 2019 playwriting competition. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.
Entry is free.
Please check their website for the guidelines and in preparing your manuscript:

The Retreat West Novel Prize 2018
Win a publishing deal with Retreat West Books
The Retreat West Novel Prize is an annual prize looking for new, unagented authors with exciting novels to share.

Entry fee: £15

Deadline: 19th August 2018
Submission guidelines: Send the first 7,500 words only of your novel and a synopsis all in the same document. The 10 shortlisted writers will be asked to submit their full manuscript.

For full details check out their site:

Performance Film & Media Short Film Competition 2018.
Your film must have been produced within the last two years
• Have a maximum running time of 20 minutes
For all the details go to:

JULY 2018

The Brighton Prize exists to find inventive new writing
We were founded in 2014 by Rattle Tales, Brighton’s interactive short story evening. Our roots mean we love stories that work on the stage as well as they do on the page. If you can create a story that challenges us with new ideas while staying beautifully simple, there’s a good chance we’ll love it.
If you can write a story like that, keep reading. We’d love to have your entry.
Ready to enter?
We’re open for entries until 1st July, and you can enter as many times as you like.
We welcome entries from writers from anywhere in the world.
Short story entries cost £8, and flash fiction entries cost £6.
Closing date: 1st July 2018. For more details and to enter visit:

Visit the website for full details:
• Scripts must be in PDF format and under 5MB.
• Only the TITLE of the screenplay should appear on the front cover page.
The author’s name, contact information, or any other information that may reveal the identity of the writer(s) must not appear anywhere in the script in order to preserve anonymity in the judging process.
Deadline: 6th July 2018. Fee $30.00.

FITZCARRALDO EDITIONS are inviting entries for the Fitzcarraldo Novel Prize. Original, unpublished novels of over 30,000 words. Looking for innovative and imaginative writing that explores and expands the possibilities of the novel form. Published and unpublished writers in the UK and Ireland can enter.
Send the complete manuscript, double-spaced in 12pt font on numbered pages either by email or by post. Include a separate cover letter with a biographical note, contact details and brief outline of the novel.
Entry FREE. Closing date: 15th July 2018

Entries for the Staunch Book Prize open on 22nd February 2018 and close at midnight (BST) on 15th July 2018.
The prize is for a thriller in which no woman gets beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.
• The first 5000 words of each entry, double spaced, 12pt, plus a one page synopsis, single spaced 12pt, should be submitted AS ONE DOCUMENT via the SUBMISSIONS page.
• There is an entry fee of £20 for each entry. Multiple submissions are welcome.
For full details visit their website:

JUNE 2018

What Kinds of Scripts Can Enter?
Any writer or writing team may participate by submitting a completed feature-length comedy script they have written. For the purposes of this competition, we're looking for scripts with an emphasis on social satire; but, comedy is otherwise defined broadly: dark comedies, dramedies, action comedies, horror comedies, and any other genre-hybrids are welcome.

No shorts or TV pilots will be accepted.

Early Bird Deadline
Thursday, Jun 7 - 11:59 PM PDT
Submission fee: $39.99
Regular Deadline
Friday, Jun 29 - 11:59 PM PDT
Submission fee: $49.99
Final Deadline
Tuesday, Jul 17 - 11:59 PM PDT
Submission fee: $59.99

READING ROOM CAFÉ PUBLISHING competition for creative writing and illustration with the theme ‘Mad Like Us’.
Fee - £4 per entry.
Deadline is 7th June.
Details: email:

Jury includes executives from Warner Bros’ Stage 13, SuperDeluxe, Vimeo Staff, VICE and more! With the rise in demand for high-quality short content across new platforms and devices, and the increased industry importance placed on short filmmaking worldwide, we’re honoring the craft of short-form narrative screenwriting via this 3rd annual competition, which features a prestigious jury of industry-leading professionals.
Accepting short film screenplays up to 35 pages in length.
Early Deadline: June 11th, 2018

The 2018 ScreenCraft Horror Screenplay Contest is open for submissions and we're thrilled to announce this year's killer Hollywood jury!

As one of the most successful genres for launching careers, horror has stood the test of time as a playful genre for innovation and new talent to succeed within low budget limitations. This year's judges include producers and managers at the top of their game in the horror genre, with films to their credit including A QUIET PLACE, DONNIE DARKO, INSIDIOUS, SAW, GET OUT, THE PURGE and many more.

Mark your calendar: the final deadline is June 29th, 2018.

VS Pritchett Short Story Prize.
Open to authors resident in UK, Ireland or Commonwealth.
Unpublished short stories between 2,000 and 4,000 words.
Entry: £7.50.
Deadline: 29th June 2018.
For more details:

THE COMMONWOOD DIVERSITY YOUNG ADULT FICTION PRIZE. The competition is for the beginning of an original work of full-length fiction by an unpublished author of middle grade and YA fiction whose writing embraces ethnic diversity either through their own ethnicity and culture and/or in their writing.
Send the first 4,000 words of a completed novel in 11pt Time New Roman on numbered pages of a word document.
Entry fee: £10.00. Enter online. Web: Closing date: 29th June 2018

THE HASTING LITFEST SHORT STORY COMPETITION is for short stories on the theme of ‘conquest’.
Short stories up to 1,500 words.
Entry fee: £5.00 per story.
Closing date: 30th June 2018
Entry details:

MAY 2018
PUBLIC DOMAIN SCREENPLAY COMPETITION – Screencraft have launched this new competition. For details of what is public domain visit their website:
Early deadline: 2nd May – Final deadline: 10th July 2018

NICK DARKE AWARD for a full length play. Run by Falmouth University.
Include a 1 page synopsis with the play and submit in pdf.
Deadline: 21st May 2018
For full details:

RETREAT WEST BOOKS – short story competition to honour 100 years of women’s suffrage.
You need to visit the website for full details:
Stores are accepted from writers of all genders and nationalities but must be written in English.
Word count: 300 min/3,000 max.
Deadline: 27th May 2018

THE BRIDPORT PRIZE for poems, short stories, flash fiction stories and the opening chapters of a novel.
Deadline: 31st May 2018

THE HASTINGS LITFEST CROOKED CAT BOOKS CRIME NOVEL COMPETITION. This is for completed novels of up to 90,000 words by unpublished authors and writers who are published in other genres.
Send a synopsis and the first three chapters as a pdf with 1.5 spacing and 12pt font.
Entry fee: £10.00
Deadline: 31st May 2018
For details:

THE FIRST NOVEL PRIZE – for unpublished or independently published authors.
Closing date: 31st May 2018
Entry fee: £25.00
Full manuscripts only, written in English and over 50,000 words.
Check out all the details:

Novellas, short stories and flash fiction.
Entry fee: £10.00
Closing date: 31st May 2018
Check out all the details: and click on Contests

SOLUTIONS LOANS SHORT STORY COMPETITION. Stories should be on the theme “The Wedding Gift”
Entries between 1,500 and 2,500 words and should be sent by email as: pdf, doc, docx or txt file with the subject heading ‘Solution Loans short story competition.’ Include a front page with full contact details, story title and word count.
Entry: FREE
Closing date: 31st May 2018
For full details:

THE YEOVIL LITERARY PRIZE for Novels, short stories, Poems and Writing Without Restriction.
Closing date: 31st May 2018
Different fees for each entry.
Check out the website:

APRIL 2018

HARPER’S BAZAAR Short Story Competition. Theme: ‘The Looking Glass’ up to 2,500 words.
Deadline: 9th April 2018.
The prize is: The winner will receive a two-night stay in a Classic Room for two at Amberley Castle Hotel. The prize is valid for an overnight stay Sunday to Friday inclusive (not Saturday). It includes breakfast on both days and three course dinner on one night. All additional food and beverages will be charged as extra, payable direct to the hotel on departure. The prize is subject to availability and must be taken by 31 October 2018. There is no cash alternative and the prize is non-transferable and cannot be extended. It does not include travel to and from the hotel.

Check out their website: for information on several writing competitions for short story or novel.
Deadline is 11th April 2018

Something that we are all thinking about: Entries on the subject of anything known to man, set in past, present or future, yet somehow involving PLASTIC.
Love it or hate it but use it, insert it however you wish, to make a momentous story told in compelling style.
Good luck- first prize is a week for writing at Limnisa in 2018 or 2019 !
Check out their website for more details:

BBC Writersroom COMEDY Script Room 2018.
BBC Writersroom's regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 10am on Monday 19th March 2018 and 5pm on Monday 16th April 2018 for Comedy scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online).
***This year we’re giving writers the opportunity to nominate 10 consecutive pages anywhere in their script for the the initial 10 page read. More details below.***
The following link to submit your script via our e-submissions system will be active from 10am on Monday 19th March 2018 until 5pm on Monday 16th April 2018. You will only be able to submit your script during the time the window is open.
Submit your script here from Monday 19th March!

Bath Novel Award
This international competition welcomes submissions of up to 5,000 of the first words of original novels in any genre.
Judge: Felicity Blunt
First prize: £2,500
Submissions deadline: 11.59pm, 30 April 2018
For more information:

MARCH 2018

DEADLINE: 5th March 2018
Kenneth Branagh award – short play – 30 mins – by amateur playwrights.
Check out the details:

Feature Screenplay:
Early: March 30, $45
Regular: April 20, $55
Late: May 15 $70
Short Screenplay & Teleplay:
Early: March 30 $35
Regular: April 20, $45
Late: May 15 $60

Euroscript Screenwriting Competition 2018
DEADLINE: March 31st, 2018
24th year of the annual contest that is for feature
film. Writers are asked to submit a two page
summary of the script and all submissions receive
bullet point feedback.
Check out the details at:


NEW PILOT AWARDS - Along with awards for feature screenplays and short scripts, BlueCat will be offering awards for both hour and half hour pilot scripts.

WRITTEN ANALYSIS TO ALL ENTRANTS - BlueCat remains committed to the undiscovered writer, and will continue its tradition of providing written analysis on every script submitted.
Regular Deadline: February 1st, 2018. Feature Screenplay $60, Pilot (Hour) $55, Pilot (Half-Hour) $50 , Short Script $50, Short Film $50.
Final Deadline: February 20th, 2018. Feature Screenplay $65, Pilot (Hour) $60, Pilot (Half-Hour) $55, Short Script $55, Short Film $55.

1st Feb to 9th Feb 2018
RED PLANET PRIZE - Screenwriters must be based in the UK and the original TV idea should not be in development with another broadcaster or production company.
Submissions will be welcomed from Thursday 1st February 2018 until Friday 9th February 2018 here on our website. The winner will be announced summer 2018.
Writers will be required to submit:
- An existing original spec script, full length and could be for any medium; TV, film, radio, theatre.
- A one/two page pitch for an original TV serial/series idea for ITV
- A short CV highlighting any previous writing credits (these are not essential to enter)
For more details visit their site at:

ONE EYED DOG FILMS – script submissions: One Eyed Dog Films are happy to accept unsolicited scripts, provided they are submitted with the following information.

Please note that any submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.

Due to the high volume of submissions received, we regret that we are only able to provide feedback on submissions which we feel have the potential to be developed.
Please send the following information, along with your script in .pdf format, to

Deadline: 28th February 2018
Phone Number
Title of Work
Indicate whether TV or Feature Film (We do not accept short films)
Logline (No more than 20 words)
Synopsis (No more than 500 words)

STAGE 32 TV contest:
Regular Deadline
Wednesday, Jan 31 - 11:59 PM PST Submission fee: $55.50
Final Deadline
Wednesday, Feb 28 - 11:59 PM PST Submission fee: $65.50
For more details on what to enter go to:

January 2018
BBC Writersroom DRAMA Script Room 2018 | Opens: Monday 11th December 2017 at 10am | Deadline: Monday 15th January 2018 at 5pm
BBC Writersroom's regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 10am on Monday 11th December 2017 and 5pm on Monday 15th January 2018 for Drama scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online).

You. Your script. RØDE crew. Down-under.
Simply submit a script, treatment or visual storyboard for a three-minute film. Our judges will select the most interesting and original entry for us to make into the RØDE film. And we'll fly you out to Sydney to film your script and be part of the RØDE production crew – including directing your movie!
Check out the details:
Filming will take place in Sydney over three days in February 2018. You will need to be available to travel to Sydney during that period.

FIRST CHAPTER – run by Retreat West
Send in your first chapter for a chance to win a review of your submission package by literary agent, Diana Beaumont, at Marjacq. Diana joined Marjacq in 2017. She started agenting with Rupert Heath Literary Agency in 2011 before moving to UTA. Before that she was senior commissioning editor at Transworld. Diana was chosen as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2012.
Check out the website:
Deadline: 28th January 2018
Entry fee: £15

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail | Drip Action Theatre | Deadline: January 31, 2018

Writers are invited to submit plays for the 2018 Arundel Festival Theatre Trail.
Check out:
Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, easily staged, with a maximum of five actors.
Entries should be sent to:
Drip Action Theatre Trail 2018
The Arundel Festival
Arundel Town Hall
Maltravers Street
BN18 9AP
Deadline: 31st January 2018. There is no reading fee.
One play only per entrant, in hard copy (not e-mail). Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned.

Win a comprehensive publishing deal
Writing Magazine has teamed up with and Authoright to offer a complete publishing package, including marketing and PR, to one lucky reader.
We’re looking for a previously unpublished novel manuscript, in any genre, but which we feel has obvious mass appeal and deserves to reach a wider audience. will publish the winning book in 2018, with cover design, marketing and PR support from Authoright.
Check out:
How To Enter
To enter, submit the first chapter, or up to 2,000 words, a one-line teaser or strapline, a one-page synopsis and one-page marketing plan (in a single doc, docx, pdf or txt file).
Please note that although we are not asking for full manuscripts at this stage, your novel must be finished, and between 60,000-100,000 words.
The closing date is 31 January 2018.
Competition Closing Date
This competition is open for entries until 23:59 31 January 2018. Entries submitted after this date cannot be accepted.

Stage 32 tv script comp
Check for further details:
Regular Deadline
Wednesday, Jan 31 - 11:59 PM PST
Submission fee: $55.50


11th December –
BBC Writersroom DRAMA Script Room 2018 | Opens: Monday 11th December 2017 at 10am | Deadline: Monday 15th January 2018 at 5pm
BBC Writersroom's regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 10am on Monday 11th December 2017 and 5pm on Monday 15th January 2018 for Drama scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online).

SCREENWRITING GOLDMINE – screenwriting competition. Emergency deadline - closes on Thursday Dec 14th. Entry fee: £49.99. The results will be released in early March 2018.

Write Movies Winter Comp:
Check out the details:
• Late Entry (December 4th – December 24th): $49

Stage 32 tv script contest:
Early Bird Deadline
Thursday, Dec 28 - 11:59 PM PST
Submission fee: $45.50
Check out their website for further details:


Screenwriting Goldmine.

Doors open on Thursday Oct 12th, and close on Thursday Dec 14th. The results will be released in early March 2018.
You have about fourteen weeks before the doors close. That’s time enough to write a new script, so if you’re interested, why not get going today?
Pricing and Calendar
Early entry
Thurs 12 Oct to Wed 25th Oct: £34.99
Standard entry
Thurs 26th Oct to Wed 22 Nov: £39.99
Late entry
Thurs 23 Nov to Wed 6th Dec: £44.99
Emergency entry
Thurs 7th Dec to Thurs 14th Dec: £49.99
Doors close at midnight London time on Thurs 14th December. This cut off time is final, and entries received after this time will not be accepted.

The Creating Complex Characters Retreat
12-16 March 2018, Sheepwash, Devon
You could win a free place at this writing retreat, which has 3 character-focused masterclasses and a 1-1 with author and Retreat West founder, Amanda Saint. Get all the retreat info here.
All you have to do to enter is write a short story up to 1500 words set in the Devon countryside in which you make us see, hear, smell and feel your characters. Make them come alive for us.
Prize: The winner gets 4 nights in their own room with all food, drink, classes and 1-1 included.
Entry fee: £15
Deadline: 5th November 2017

Final Deadline
Wednesday, Nov 8 - 11:59 PM PST
Submission fee: $66.00
Contest Info:
The most popular horror and thriller contest in the world is back! 8 of our contest finalists have been signed, optioned, placed in development or staffed!

13Horror Film Contest
Deadline: 10th Nov 2017
Submissions are being accepted from now until 10 November 2017 for feature-length horror screenplays.
Thirteen winning screenplays will be chosen based on the following criteria:
(i) originality
(ii) story
(iii) characterization
(iv) presentation
(v) overall impression

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, is now accepting submissions for its 2018 competition!
Along with awards for feature screenplays and short scripts, BlueCat will be offering awards for both hour and half hour pilot scripts.
BlueCat remains committed to the undiscovered writer, and will continue its tradition of providing written analysis on every script submitted.
Our international award, the Fellini Award, will be given to the best feature screenplay by a writer living outside the U.S.
• Opening Deadline: October 15th, 2017. Feature Screenplay $45, Pilot (Hour) $40, Pilot (Half-Hour) $35, Short Script $35, Short Film $35.
• Early Deadline: November 19th, 2017. Feature Screenplay $55, Pilot (Hour) $50, Pilot (Half-Hour) $45 Short Script $45, Short Film $45.
• Regular Deadline: February 1st, 2018. Feature Screenplay $60, Pilot (Hour) $55, Pilot (Half-Hour) $50 , Short Script $50, Short Film $50.
• Final Deadline: February 20th, 2018. Feature Screenplay $65, Pilot (Hour) $60, Pilot (Half-Hour) $55, Short Script $55, Short Film $55.

RETREAT WEST – Amanda Saint
Story Submission Details
Help tackle climate change with your stories
Charity anthology of climate fiction stories
Word Count: From 250 to 3,000 words. Deadline: 30th November 2017
Submission guidelines
• Submit stories written in English through Submittable (check out: by 23.45 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included)


Screencraft Thriller Script Comp. Fee: $69 until final deadline of 11th October 2017. For more details:

Screenwriting Goldmine – this will be updated shortly.

Stage 32 New Blood horror and thriller contest. Regular deadline: Thursday 12th October – 11.59pm PDT – fee: $56. Final deadline: Wednesday November 8th – 11.59 pm PST – submission fee $66.00. Check it out:

Cinequest Script Comp. Features – 13th October - $60. Check out their website:

Blue Cat Script Comp – now accepting entries for its 2018 script competition. DEADLINES
• Opening Deadline: October 15th, 2017. Feature Screenplay $45, Pilot (Hour) $40, Pilot (Half-Hour) $35, Short Script $35, Short Film $35.
• Early Deadline: November 19th, 2017. Feature Screenplay $55, Pilot (Hour) $50, Pilot (Half-Hour) $45 Short Script $45, Short Film $45.
• Regular Deadline: February 1st, 2018. Feature Screenplay $60, Pilot (Hour) $55, Pilot (Half-Hour) $50 , Short Script $50, Short Film $50.
• Final Deadline: February 20th, 2018. Feature Screenplay $65, Pilot (Hour) $60, Pilot (Half-Hour) $55, Short Script $55, Short Film $55.

National Screenwriters Day script competition. Final deadline: Oct 15th 2017 - $65. Check out their web:

Retreat West Short Story comp. Deadline: 29th Oct 2017. Word count – 1,500 – 4,000 (title not included). Entry fees £15 for 1 story. Web:

Bare Fiction Prize 2017 now open.
The competition welcomes submissions of flash fiction (500 words), short fiction (3,000 words), and poetry (40 lines). Deadline: 31ST October 2017.

Story Pros Script Comp: Final deadline – October 31st 2017. Entry fee: $60. Check out their website:

HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Award
This inaugural competition welcomes submissions of historical short stories (3,500 words maximum) on any theme, genre and period (before 1982).
First prize: £500, plus publication in the Whispering Gallery and on Historia website and a mentoring session from author and agent
Submissions deadline: 4pm, 1 September

Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition:
Adult or young adult. An extract of 5,000 words of your finished, unpublished novel. Shortlisted entrants will need to submit the full novel plus a synopsis. A4 double spaced, pages numbered and title on each page but not my name. Use a separate page with name, address, tel no and email address plus title. Winner will be contacted in Feb 2018.
Deadline: 18th September 2017

Enter by post on online: Entry fee £25.

The ultimate screenwriting contest is back! It’s time for the big one, the 3rd annual Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Contest. A contest all about giving our top writers access to working industry executives and professionals.
The final deadline for the contest is Wednesday, September 20th.

The Fiction Desk Flash Fiction Competition

Open for submissions until 29 September.
Stories must be between 250 and 1,000 words in length. There is a first prize of £300 and two runner-up prizes of £100 each.

Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2017/18
The competition welcomes fiction submissions of up to 6,000 words.
First prize: £1,000 (or 12 months' editorial support for a writing project)
Shortlisted prize: £150
Longlisted prize: £50 of bookshop vouchers, plus a four-book subscription to Galley Beggar Press
The author of the winning short story will be profiled and interviewed in The Bookseller
Submissions deadline: midnight, 27 August

SCREENCRAFT Drama Screenplay Competition.
Feature length feature script – 75 to 140 pages. Files submitted electronically as a pdf. Final deadline: 12th September 2017 – fee: $69.
Check out the website for more details:

The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Now Open for Entries
• Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words
• Deadline: 31st August 2017
Check out the details:

JULY 2017
Screencraft Horror Competition. Deadline: 1st July 2017. Entry $59, or $129 with Feedback. For more details and to enter:

Big Break Screenwriting Contest. Deadline: 14th July 2017. Entry: $65. For more details and how to enter:

Early deadline 15th July = $49.00. Screencraft Drama contest. Page limit between 75 and 140 pages. For more information:

Open for entries: 17th July 2017 – Action & Thriller Screenplay Contest. Screencraft.

Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition
The competitions welcomes submissions on the theme of "Journey" (3,000 words maximum)

Submissions deadline: 11:59pm, 31 July. Entry: free.

JUNE 2017

BLUECAT Screenwriting competition – Regular deadline: June 1st 2017. Feature screenplay $55. See website for more details:

JAMESONS FIRST SHOT short film script competition – deadline: 1st June 2017. Go to their website for more details: It should be written with Dominic West in mind.

BUFF 2017 – film or scripts. Not cheap at £17 for early bird submissions. Check out:

The Royal Society for Public Health and Health Foundation want dystopian stories about health. Closing date: 11th June.

MAY 2017
1st May BATH SHORT STORY COMPETITION – Stories on any theme, max. 2,200 words. Deadline: Monday May 1st 2017. Entry fee: £8.00. For full details:

5th May BUFF – British Urban Film Festival. Scripts and/or films. Deadline: 11.59pm Friday 5th May 2017. Entry fee: £17. For full info go to:

31st May BRIDPORT PRIZE. Short story, max 5,000 words, flash fiction, max 250 words, and the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel – max 8,000 words from opening chapters plus 300 word synopsis. For more information on all of these go to:

Newcomer Prize a competition organised by The Fiction Desk is open for entries for short stories between 1,000 and 7,000 words. Deadline is 31st May 2017. Entry fee: £8.00. For more details:

APRIL 2017
15th April Screencraft Horror screenplay competition – early deadline ends 15th April, final deadline 1st July.

2017 Shooter Short Story Competition – stories up to 5,000 words on any theme. Entry fee £7 and you receive an e-copy of the sum 2017 issue which will feature the winning story.

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing: TV comedy
Submissions deadline: 21st April – event takes place 19th June. Entry fee: £45 includes a submission feedback report. For full terms and conditions go to:

The RA (Royal Academy of Arts) and Pin Drop Short Story Award 2017 – deadline 6.00 pm Sunday 23rd April 2017. Entry: FREE. Up to 4,000 words and unpublished. For all the details go to:

HARPERS BAZAAR SHORT STORY COMPETITION – deadline midnight 30th April 2017. An original short story up to 3,000 words on the subject of ‘The Anniversary’. Check out – for the terms and conditions.

FIRST CHAPTER competition. Deadline: 23.59 on 30th Aporil 2017. Entry fee: £15. First Chapter up to 3,500 words. For full terms and conditions go to:

March 2017

THE MARGERY ALLINGHAM short story comp 2017

Stories to be no longer than 3,500 words.

Check out:

Welcome to the CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition.
“The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry and a Conclusion with an Element of Satisfaction in it.”
The competition is open to all – both published and unpublished authors- and is for short stories of up to 3,500 words. All that we ask is that the story has not been previously published so whether you polish off a dusty draft or craft a brand new idea is totally up to you.

£12 fee per short story. This fee includes VAT.
This competition is open until midnight on 1st March 2017.

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally. The winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space in May 2017, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers.
Contest Details and Guidelines
• Entires should be 750 words or less.
• Stories can be on any theme.
• There is a fee of $25 to enter.
• Submissions must be entered by midnight EST on March 1, 2017.

Check out the website:

Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2016-17
open for entries.
The competition has 4 sections – Adult Short Story and Adult Poetry are open to writers worldwide; the Secondary (S3-S6) and Primary (P5-P7) Schools sections are open to pupils attending Highland Council schools. All sections of the competition are now open following their launch at the Neil Gunn Lecture on Thursday 15th September 2016. The entry rules which include full details of submission and judging and the entry forms for each section are available by following the links on this page. Alternatively they are available from any High Life Highland Library.
Download Links
• NGWC Rules 2016-17
• Adult Short Story Entry form
• Adult Poetry Entry form
• Secondary School Entry form
• Primary School Entry form
For all sections, the themes are quotes from Neil Gunn’s writing.
Adult Poetry and Short Story sections
This year there is a choice of two themes in the adult sections.
1. “Wrong is a difficult word” (Young Art and Old Hector)
2. “Knowledge is high in the head, but the salmon of wisdom swims deep” (The Green Isle of the Great Deep)
Writers worldwide are invited to choose one of the themes and interpret it in any way they wish – the entries do not have to be set in Scotland or during the time when Neil Gunn himself was writing.
Secondary schools (S3-S6)
“He loved the darkness.” (Highland River)
Primary schools (P5-P7)
“He was wakened by a loud knocking at the door.” (The Well at the World’s End)
Closing date
The closing date for all sections of the competition is Friday 03 March 2017. Winners will be notified by mid-May and the award ceremony will be held in Dingwall on Friday 16 June 2017.
Check out the website:

Closing date for 2017 competiton entries, midnight 15th March 2017.
Entries may be on any subject, set in the past present or future, but we are looking for stories that are fresh and original, told in compelling style.
Entries must be-
• in English
• Fiction of up to 3000 words (approx)
• submitted by 15th March 2017
• only one story per person
• open to anyone worldwide except for relatives or friends of the judges.
• sent by email to:

for the rest of the rules:
The winning stories will be announced on, 1st May 2017

Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017 – Flash Fiction

1st Prize: £500. Three other finalists will each receive £50. All four winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia.

Fee: £5 per story
Closing date: 20 March 2017
We are so excited to announce the launch of the inaugural Mslexia Women’s Flash Fiction Competition, the newest addition to our competition roster and part of the new Women’s Short Fiction Competition. The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes flash fiction of up to 300 words in length (not including the title). If you would also like to enter a short story, please click here.
All genres welcome. Please include a cover sheet for your entry.

Please ensure you’ve read the rules and FAQs before entering, and please ensure you have the PDF or .doc/.docx file of your entry ready to upload immediately after payment.

Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017 – Short Story
1st Prize: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Gladstone Library, and a day with an editor at Virago Press.
Three other finalists will each receive £100. All four winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia.

Fee: £10 per story
Closing date: 20 March 2017
The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length (not including the title). If you would also like to enter a flash fiction piece, please click here.
All genres welcome. Please include a cover sheet with your entry.

Please ensure you’ve read the rules and FAQs before entering, and please ensure you have the PDF or .doc/.docx file of your entry ready to upload immediately after payment.

Check out:



Entry: £35
To enter the Euroscript Screenwriting Competition 2017 you will need to check out their website:

• A 2-page prose outline of a feature-length script you wish to develop; this must not exceed 1100 words and should be in font size 12pt. Entries exceeding the word count will not be considered; and
• 10 continuous pages of script in standard industry format; this does not need to be an extract from the film script idea that you are entering for the Competition but must include a mixture of action and dialogue and give the title of the submitted outline for reference.

Deadline: Midnight BST (GMT+1) 31 March 2017

Any questions? Call +44 (0)7958 244 656 or email


National Short Story Competition 2017
Nottingham writers’ club
In 2017, the NWC is celebrating its ninetieth birthday. We're very proud that the Club has reached this milestone and, as part of our year of celebration, we've made the theme for this year's competition food and/or drink. There are many ways to write on this subject and here are a few we've thought of.
A wedding, a birthday party or dinner, a first date, a barbeque, cocktails on the beach, room service at a hotel, drinks after work, drinking alone, girls' or boys' night out, hen or stag party, hunting or fishing, working at a bar or restaurant, food fads, diets, home cooking, chocoholics, alcoholics, who needs recipes?, cooking disaster, dinner party, poisoning (accidental or on purpose), going to a cookery class, museum display, childhood incidents, allergies ...
As we want to encourage new and less experienced writers to 'have a go', we'll give a few lines of feedback on each entry and, as this isn't a competition for professionals, please don't enter if you've earned £300 or more from short story writing up to and including 2016.

There will be three main prizes - £200, £100 and £50 - plus five runners up prizes.
Rules of Entry
Short story up to 2,000 words (not including the title). Please don't exceed this limit as this could lead to your story being disqualified.
Postal Entries: £5 for one entry, £10 for two and £4 each for three or more entries. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit but each one must be accompanied by its own entry form. Fees to be paid by cheque or postal order, made payable to 'Nottingham Writers' Club'. Please don't send cash.
Online Entries: £6 for one, £12 for two and £5 each for three or more. Fees to be paid by credit/debit card or PayPal. The additional £1 charge covers the cost of transaction fees and printing.

The competition opens for submissions of entries on 1st February 2017, with the last day for receipt being 28th February 2017.

Check out the website:

Spread the Word Life Writing Prize in association with Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre. Open to any writer living in the UK aged 18 or over, the prize was established to celebrate and develop life writing in the UK thanks to a generous donation from Joanna Munro. The prize will reward the winner with £1500, an Arvon course, two years membership to the Royal Society of Literature and a meeting with an agent or editor as appropriate. Two highly commended writers will receive £500 each and a meeting with an agent or editor. The prize is open for entries between 25 November 2016 and 5 February 2017.
Life Writing Prize
1. Entries should be original works of life writing of no more than 5000 words (does not include the title). The word count will be checked at shortlisting stage and entries longer than 5000 words will be disqualified. There is no minimum word count.
2. For the purposes of the prize, Life Writing is defined as ‘intended to be true’, i.e. not fiction, and will draw on the author’s personal experience. Traditional biographies are excluded. But pieces where a writer weaves in their own life with someone else’s, or with a concept, are welcome.
For full rules check out:

The Mechanics’ Institute Review (MIR), Birkbeck’s annual short-story anthology, is now inviting submissions for its next issue from writers across the UK.

MIR is a literary print and ebook publication that aims to champion the short story as an art form, promoting diversity and opportunity for all while publishing new work of the highest possible standard. With Issue 14, thanks to funding from Arts Council England, MIR is going national, widening its reach to find and develop talent from throughout the country. We are looking for unpublished short stories of up to 6,000 words from both new and established authors. The deadline for submission is midnight on Friday 10 February 2017. Full details are given below.
Submission Guidelines
What: – Short stories of up to 6,000 words. Flash fiction is welcome – there is no minimum word limit. (While the upper limit is 6,000 words, writers should be aware that space is limited; the longer the stories, the lower the overall number we’ll be able to include.)
– One submission per person per issue. If you are submitting only flash fiction to an issue, your submission may comprise one, two or three (the maximum) flash-fiction pieces, to a combined total per issue of 2,250 words.
Who: Any UK resident is eligible to submit.
How: Using the submissions form.
Document format: Word .doc or .docx file; double line spacing; at least 10-point font size; story title, author name and word count on first page; page number, story title and author name in header or footer on every subsequent page. No PDFs or Apple Works, etc. please.
Deadline: The deadline for submission is midnight on Friday 10 February 2017

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Short Story Competition
For published and aspiring writers alike - enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on an Arvon residential writing course of your choice (worth £1,000), as well as seeing your story published on

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that's it. Unlike previous years, there's no theme for you to base your story on; all you have to do is make sure you're registered with the website, the subject line of your email reads 'W&A Short Story Competition 2017' and you send it to

The closing date for entries is midnight on Monday 13th February, 2017. The winner of the competition - along with two runners-up - will be announced on the blog pages of this site in March 2017.

Don't forget to read the full details, terms and conditions before you enter.
Please remember to register on before submitting your entry.

Sceptre marks love collection with short story competition

• • • Hodder & Stoughton's literary imprint Sceptre is marking the release of a collection of stories about love in November by launching a love-themed short story competition.

How Much the Heart Can Hold contains seven commissioned original short stories each exploring a different concept of love, authored by award-winning writers Bernardine Evaristo, Carys Bray, D. W. Wilson, Donal Ryan, Grace McCleen, Nikesh Shukla and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan.
Sceptre secured world rights, striking deals with agents Karolina Sutton (for Evaristo and Wilson), Veronique Baxter (Bray), Ryan directly, Bill Hamilton (McCleen), Julia Kingsford (Shukla) and Lucy Luck (Buchanan).
The competition, called "Sceptre Loves", will coincide with the collection's launch by seeking out stories based on "any sort of love, from obsessive to platonic, unrequited to all-consuming", with the winning entry to feature in the paperback edition.
The winner, as well as being published in the How Much the Heart Can Hold paperback, will be awarded £150 and a two-hour consultation about their work with Herdman, who has previously worked in the fiction buying team at Waterstones and at Curtis Brown literary agency.

Entries of 5,000-10,000 words can be submitted by email to The deadline is Valentine's Day, on 14th February 2017.

Deadline: 28 February. Prize: £500 Entry: £36 Max words: 3,000

Please note we can only accept payments via PayPal and via the website submission process except in special circumstances.
1. Entrants should submit the opening of a proposed crime novel (up to an absolute maximum of 3,000 words) together with a synopsis (500 to 1,000 words) of its further development.

The winner will receive a prize of £500.
Shortlisted authors will receive a brief professional assessment of their entry.
Shortlisted entries are sent to all publishers and agents who are happy to receive it.
Exposure in the national media and publishing industry.
Full coverage on the CWA social media network.

Check out the website for full rules etc:


Shorts Screenwriting Competition 2016

$10,000 Production Fund
The winner will receive up to $10,000 to fund production of the winning short. The amount will be completely determined by the budget requested by the writer, and not by the contest. The $10,000 will be paid to the writer directly and can be used toward the budget of the film however the filmmakers see fit. The prize money will be paid in installments as the production of the film progresses.
The WeScreenplay Shorts Screenwriting Competition's mission is to provide talented writers and filmmakers the financial means to turn their amazing short scripts into short films. The large budget of the contest will be used to cover the budget of the short film as determined by the creators of the film, not by the contest.
Deadlines and Fees
Regular - December 20th, 2016 - $39
Late - January 20th, 2017 - $49
Final - February 20th, 2017 - $59


The National Memory Day Creative Writing Competition invites entries from people of any age writing in English to share their poems and short stories with us.

We are looking for your poems and short stories which evoke our theme of MEMORIES.

The categories for entry are:
– Best Poem Award – Prize £4000
– Best Short Story Award – Prize £4000
– Plymouth University Best Young Writer aged 15 -18 Award – Prize £2000
– Best Primary Carer Voice Award – Prize £2000

Closing date for entries 5pm Friday 20th January 2017.

The National Memory Day Creative Writing Competition invites entries from people of any age writing in English to share their poems and short stories with us.

We are looking for your poems and short stories which evoke our theme of MEMORIES.
All entries should include a completed cover sheet and should not have been published in print or online previously. National Memory Day Creative Writing competition

The categories for entry are:
– Best Poem Award – Prize £4000
– Best Short Story Award – Prize £4000
– Plymouth University Best Young Writer aged 15 -18 Award – Prize £2000
– Best Primary Carer Voice Award – Prize £2000
All funds raised by the Creative Writing Competition will go towards placing Poets-in-Residence in Memory Cafes around the UK to work with people living with memory loss. This project is delivered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, Plymouth University and the Poetry Archive.

Finished that novel? Then this may be for you.
The Book Guild Publishing
Novel must be ready to go – 60,000 – 100,000 words.
• The first chapter
• A one line elevator pitch or tagline
• A 500-word synopsis of the entire story
• A brief account of your publishing and writing experience to date
• A 500-word plan of any promotional opportunities and how you see your book fitting into the marketplace.
Deadline: 31st Jan 2017. Entry: £5.00.

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2017
The competition is judged by Rob Redman, editor of the anthology series and founder of The Fiction Desk.
This year, there is a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250, and a third prize of £100. The deadline is Tuesday, 31 January 2017, and entry costs £8 per story. Entries must be between 1,000 and 7,000 words in length. Longer or shorter entries will be disqualified. You can see full terms of entry and enter online on the submission form here.

Note: what counts as a ghost story?
'Ghost story' can mean a lot of different things, from an encounter with an actual phantom to more unusual paranormal phenomena and unexplained events. All types are welcome, so feel free to experiment: we're very unlikely to disqualify a story for stretching the definition of a "ghost". Keep in mind that our general readership (and by extension our judge) may be more likely to respond well to psychological chills and unexplained mysteries than in-your-face gore.

An interesting competition called HOMETOWN TALES is asking for fiction or non-fiction up to 15,000 words about a place in the UK where they were born or where they have lived.
Deadline: 31st January 2017
Check out the website:

The Writers at Lovedean Short Story Competition
Theme: Movement
Maximum length: 1200 words
Entry fee £3 per story, with a maximum of three entries per person.
The Writers at Lovedean want to support Portsmouth MS Society. Therefore we are running a short story competition. The members have DONATED the prize money so that ALL entry fees will be donated to Portsmouth MS Society.
Closing date: 31st January 2017
Check out the web:


Script competition – between 45 and 125 pages long.
IMPORTANT: read the rules or you may be disqualified:
Deadline: 8th December 2016. Entry fee: read the rules.

Full-length novels – 30,000 to 80,000 words suitable for readers aged 7 – 18
Entry fee: £15.
Closing date: 18th December 2016. Check their website for details:

Holland House – open from Oct to 1st Dec 2016
Novellas beween 20,000 and 50,000 words are invited from writers who have not yet had a full-length work published
Submissions of work in all genres by UK authors (or authors resident in the UK) of all backgrounds are welcomed for next year's Novella Project.
Holland House Books publishes literary fiction. The Novella Project, which is designed to showcase new and emerging writers, has received Arts Council funding. The first collection of six novellas will be published in October.
Only submit novellas (20,000 to 50,000 words).
Writers may submit to The Novella Project up to 1 December, but are encouraged to send in submissions earlier than that.


Words and Women
Entries can be short prose – either fiction, memoir, life-writing or creative non-fiction – on any subject upto 2,200 words in length.
Check out the website above for rules. Entry fee: £10. Closing date: 15th November 2016

Send first 3,000 words and synopsis.
Entry fee: £22. Closing date: 20th Nov 2016

Word limit: 5,000 words. Closes 30th November 2016. Entry fee: Euro 20.
Check out the website:

The Artificium Signo Novella Prize
Novellas between 15,000 and 40,000 words
Entry fee £5.
Closing date: 30th Nov.

Stories up to 500 words on an open theme.
Entry fee: £5, £10 for three.
Closing date: 30th Nov 2016


Screenwriting Goldmine scriptwriting competition. Open from October to December. Check out the website:

BAFTA film script call:
OPENS: 05 September 2016
CLOSES: 10 October 2016. Entries are accepted by our online application form only and are due by 10:00am on the deadline date.
SHOWCASE: 7 December 2016 at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly.
Entry Fee: £42. This includes a submission feedback report for all entrants.

Calling playwrights, screenwriters, writers of radio and online drama ...
Sussex Playwrights' new prize competition.
We're asking for 30-minute audio dramas in the thriller/mystery genre for 2-6 actors
Shortlisted scripts will be read by a producer
Prizes: Cash, rehearsed readings and recordings of your winning scripts
Deadline: October 31st 2016. Details here.


Stage 32.
Standard Deadline: 21st Sept 2016 -
Do you have the next 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Conjuring, or Jason Bourne ready to be unleashed? Then roll your sleeves up and enter the 3rd Annual Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest!
The Stage 32 Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest is an annual worldwide screenwriting competition that makes the Hollywood dream a reality. Stage 32 is searching for feature length scripts in all areas of horror, thriller and suspense.

Traverse Theatre. Deadline for submissions: 30 September, 2016.
The Traverse has launched their open script submissions round and are accepting scripts until the end of September. In 2015 Milk by Ross Dunsmore arrived in the Traverse office, sent in during their open submissions window. Traverse then developed the work are now producing it. Perhaps your play could be the next one to grab them and make it to the stage…
The Traverse’s message to writers is simple: “Now we want YOUR bold, brilliant, innovative, new play. We want to know what you have to say about the world now - where we're going, what consumes us, what matters. Provoke us, entice us, move us and give us a story that could only be told on our stage.’
They’re accepting submissions from 1 August to 30 September, 2016 but please note the organisers cannot accept:
• plays that have already been produced elsewhere.
• adaptations, poems, novels, short stories, or television, film or radio scripts.
• musicals, history plays or bio-plays.
• more than one play per writer per year.
• redrafts of previously submitted work, even if retitled.
• plays by writers based outside the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

The Spotlight Screenplay Competition
Cash Prize! Industry Access! Invaluable Mentorship!
When you enter the Spotlight Screenplay Competition, you put your script in the running for a $5,000 grand prize, a one-year ISA CONNECT membership, and meetings with industry professionals that could launch your career.

To enter, send in an original feature script in any genre. Screenplays should be between 90 and 130 pages, and you must own the sole rights to the story.
25 contestants will make it to the semi-finals and enjoy an honorable mention in Script Magazine and an annual membership to After, we'll narrow it down to 10 finalists who will score a consultation with a ScriptXpert Story Coach, and a one-year ISA CONNECT membership.
Standard Deadline: September 30, 2016

APRIL 2016

Feature film script competition with Stage 32 HAPPY WRITERS. Early Bird Submission deadline is Wednesday April 20th – 11.59 PDT. Regular Submission Deadline Wednesday May 18th – 11.59 PDT
Check out their website for further details:

Ten minute play competition. The Chesil Theatre is pleased to announce that its fifth biennial 10x10 Playwriting Competition is now open for submissions. Playwrights have until midnight, 22 April 2016 to submit a ten-minute play on a theme inspired by the life, lyrics and/or legend of David Bowie.
Ten winning plays will receive their premiere over one weekend in October 2016 at the 10x10 New Writing Festival, where they will be produced, directed and performed back-to-back at the Chesil Theatre. Each play will receive at least three performances. Deadline 22 April.
For more details:

The Ghost Story. GUIDELINES: Ghost stories are welcome, of course—but your submission may involve any paranormal or supernatural theme, as well as magic realism. What we’re looking for is fine writing, fresh perspectives, and maybe a few surprises in the field of supernatural fiction. Story length should run between 1,500 and 10,000 words. Please be assured that we will read and carefully evaluate ALL submissions to The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award competition. If you would like us to consider publishing your story even if you do not win an Award or an Honorable Mention, let us know in your cover letter. Deadline: 30th April 2016. Entry fee: $20 per story.
More information:


Feature film scripts. Regular deadline: 15th February 2016 - $35.

DEBUT DAGGER crime novel competition. deadline: 28th February 2016. Entry fee: £30.00

NYISA – New York International Screenplay Awards
Entry deadlines: Regular – 15th February, feature script $40 – with feedback $70. Short $25 – with feedback $45.



Writers are invited to submit plays for 2016 Trail.
Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects. All entries should be submitted to
Drip Action Theatre Trail 2016
The Arundel Festival
Arundel Town Hall
Maltravers Street
BN18 9AP
Deadline: 31st January 2016. There is no reading fee.
One play only per entrant, in hard copy (not e-mail). Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned.


Screenwriting Goldmine


The contest is open for business and accepting entries from Thursday 8th October to Thursday 10th December 2015, with the results being announced in February 2015.
We look for original movie or tv scripts, from 45 up to 125 pages, any genre, any budget.

The 2016 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition Is Now Open!
Are you a writer with an original and exciting story for 7-to-18-year-olds? If so, we’d love you to enter our competition, and you have until Friday 18th December 2015 to submit.

When to enter
The competition is open from Monday 30th March 2015 and will close on Friday 18th December 2015.

Your entry
Please send us:
• A hard copy of the full manuscript (double-spaced; font size 12pt);
• A covering letter explaining why you believe your novel would appeal to children and telling us a bit about yourself;
• A page-long synopsis of your story;
• A chapter-by-chapter plot plan outlining the major events of each chapter.

Please secure your manuscript with an elastic band and place it inside a cardboard wallet/folder. You will also need to enclose a cheque for £15 made payable to Chicken House Publishing Ltd, with your name, address, phone number and email address on the reverse of the cheque.
Please mark your envelope CHILDREN’S FICTION COMPETITION. Please ensure you include all contact details – name, address, phone number and email address – with your entry. If you wish us to acknowledge receipt of your entry, you must enclose a self-addressed postcard with sufficient postage attached.** We cannot accept entries by email.

For more details go to:

1st NOVEMBER 2015

Underwire Festival are looking for a two to five minute script on the theme of reflections that must either be written by a woman, or have a woman in the leading role (or both).

For more information:
Write a 2 to 5 minute script under the theme “Reflections…”

3rd NOVEMBER 2015
Shakespeare’s Sister - see guidelines at: and click on Shakespeare’s Sister.

31st OCTOBER 2015

Aurora Metro Arts and Media, the Twickenham-based arts organisation, is delighted to announce the fourth Virginia Prize competition for the best new fiction by a woman writing in English.
The Prize is open to any woman, including non-UK residents, over 18 years of age, writing in English. The novel must be finished. Closing date: 31st October 2015.

JUNE 2015

TV Insider TV writing contest. Standard deadline June 30th. Check it out at The Writers Store.

Calling all writers – do you want to be published? HarperCollins wants to hear from you!
The Wednesday Post.

HarperCollins is inviting unsolicited manuscripts from aspiring authors in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Whether or not you’ve been previously published, this is the perfect opportunity to submit your work and have a chance to be published by an award-winning, international publishing house.

Our online submissions scheme, The Wednesday Post, is ready to uncover the best voices writing today. All entries will be considered for both print and ebook publication as well as digital-only publication.

Every Wednesday, we will accept submissions through the website. Submissions must be sent through this portal and should meet all the guidelines outlined below. Please note that submissions sent by post or email will NOT be considered for publication.

If we are interested in seeing more of your work, we will contact you within four weeks. Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to provide feedback for unsuccessful submissions.
We are currently looking for: Adult fiction, particularly commercial women’s fiction, erotica, romance and young adult fiction. Non Fiction including memoirs, biographies, narrative histories and illustrated non-fiction.

We are not currently accepting: plays, poetry, short stories, essays, mind body spirit, religious titles, health and fitness, children’s books and educational texts.
When you submit to The Wednesday Post, we will ask you to supply.
• • a synopsis of your work
• • the first 50 pages or first three chapters of your manuscript
• • a short note about yourself

MAY 2015
Deadline 31st May 2015 – Cincinatti Screenplay Competition.

Early Bird (April 1-30) : Feature fee: $35
Regular (May 1-31): Feature fee: $45
Late Entry (June 1-30-) : Feature fee: $55
note: PREMIUM members at Screenwriting Staffing receive 50% off submission fee! FREE members at Screenwriting Staffing receive 10% off submission fee.

MARCH 2015

Bath Novel Award. We are now OPEN for submissions and looking for the next winner of the £1,000 Bath Novel Award.
Novels can be in any genre for adult or young adult (13+). They should be a minimum of 50,000 words. Entrants should not have had a novel accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. Self-published novels are eligible.
Submissions should include (up to) the first 5,000 words of your novel plus a one page synopsis and separate cover page. For further details check their site: - I can't get this link to work but if you type in: it does work.
Entrance fee: £20.00

The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story competition. Entries may be submitted at any time between 9:00am on 1st September 2014 and 6:00pm on 16th March 2015. Early or late entries will not be considered. Each entry costs: £10. For further details check their website:
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Closing date midnight 31st March 2015
Entry fee £35.

The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest Round 11
Enter for your Chance to Win an A-List Screenwriter Experience

Can you turn a provided logline into a killer spec script? The ability to create a screenplay based on a given idea is a top way to break into the Industry. That’s why the majority of our past finalists gained representation and met with top production companies, with one lucky winner selling his script to Universal. Now, it’s your turn to show Hollywood what you can do.
Ready to get started?

Step 1. Enter today to take part in the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest and submit your entry or entries anytime before the final submission date. You may submit an entry for one, two or all three loglines. Securing your entry today is a great way to motivate yourself to get down to writing!

Step 2. Write up to the first 15 pages of an original script based on one or more of the following loglines, provided by The Writers Store and partnered companies. Make it your own—setting, time period, character's gender, genre… anywhere your imagination takes you. And take your time—once you’ve signed up and submitted your entry fee, your pages aren’t due until the final deadline.

The Logline Choices
Logline #1
“The creator of a popular dating website does anything he can to keep his ex from finding love
Logline #2
"When a scientist moves into a haunted property, he finds that he must confront the tragic past he has
fought to forget.”
Logline #3
“A superhero has a one night stand with her archenemy and discovers she’s pregnant with their child.”
Step 3. Submit your script(s) using the instructions provided when you purchase your entry or entries.
Contest Details:
For feedback on your contest submission click on Enter Contest w/ Feedback for an additional $20 fee.
For general contest submission click on Enter Contest.
• Contest Begins: January 1, 2015
• Early Deadline: January 31, 2015
• Early Fee: $40
Standard Deadline: March 31, 2015
• Standard Fee: $50
• Extend Deadline: April 30, 2015
• Extended Fee: $75
• Finalists Announced: May 14, 2015
• Mentor Program Begins: May 2015
• Mentor Program Completes: August 2015
• Winner Announced: September 2015
• Meetings: November 2015

NEW: The 2015 Papatango Prize in association with Southwark Playhouse are looking for stage scripts, with a playing time of at least 90 minutes. The winner will receive a four week run at Southwark Playhouse and publication with Nick Hern Books in autumn 2015. Deadline: 31 March 2015. Website:

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition 2015. Deadline: midnight 15th February 2015. For the full details: Same problem - just type it in and you should get to the site.

Submission Guidelines 2015 The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit welcomes submissions from writers new to radio for their annual series, Opening Lines which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
The next window for sending in material is
5th January – 13th February 2015.
We are unable to respond to unsolicited stories submitted outside this time-frame.
Submissions which fall outside of these parameters will not be considered.
Please complete the Submission Form which can be downloaded here.
Then send us your story and the completed Submission Form either:
by email to
or by post to
BBC Radio Drama Readings,
Room 8015,
Broadcasting House,
Portland Place,
London W1A 1AA.

Written a novel? This competition is for women writers over the age of 21 and who live in Great Britain.

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, is delighted to announce that its annual Fiction Prize for a first novel by a woman will be awarded on Thursday 14th May 2015. The closing date for entries is Monday 2nd February 2015. This prize is now in its fifth and final year, and we are inviting people to submit work to be considered for the prize. Check the website for Terms and Conditions, Guidelines and how to submit your entry:
Entry fee is £10, cheques should be made payable to Lucy Cavendish College and must be in pound sterling. If you are unable to pay by cheque, it may be possible to arrange to pay by direct bank transfer – please ask for details.
PLEASE SEND ENTRIES, BY 2nd February 2015 TO:
Fiction Prize, c/o Executive Assistant to the President, Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU.

NEW: The Sussex Playwrights' Club is pleased to announce a playwriting competition to help celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2015. New plays in any genre are welcome.
Deadline: 24 January 2015.
New plays in any genre (not musicals) are welcome, lasting from a minimum of 75 minutes to a maximum of 100 minutes - and containing the word (or number) 'eighty' somewhere in the text. (This does not have to form a major part of the plot - it can be a simple, passing reference.) All entries should be written for the stage with a maximum of seven roles (including any off-stage voices), although other characters may be referred to in the dialogue. (Please note that single monologues will not be accepted.) For more details and the address of where to post your play visit:



3 Minute Script Competition. Again this year the UK Film Festival is teaming up with Irresistible Films and Creative Director Paul Maynard, who is helping to judge our 3 Minute Script Competition. Final Deadline: 20th December. Entry fee £20.

WRITE STARS SEASON OF GOODWILL COMPETITION: Christmas stories up to 500 words. Entry fee: £4 Closing date: 20th December. Website:


SOCIETY OF AUTHORS BETTY TRASK PRIZE: for published or unpublished, tradition or romantic (ot experimental first novels by authors under the age of 35 on 31st Dec). FREE ENTRY. Deadline: 30th November. email:

WOMAN and ACCENT PRESS WRITING COMPETITION: Unpublished mainstream women’s fiction novels by previously unpublished novelists. FREE ENTRY
Closing date: 30th November. Email:

WRITERS BUREAU FLASH FICTION: Stories up to 500 words, open theme. Entry fee: £5, or £10 for three. Closing date: 30th November.

THE DEBUT DAGGER is open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially. The first prize is £700, kindly sponsored by Orion, and all shortlisted entrants will receive a professional assessment of their entries. Winning the Debut Dagger doesn’t guarantee you’ll get published. The next cycle opens on 1st November 2014 and closes 31st Jan 2015.


Screen Craft: The ACTION Contest is back, and this year it’s bigger than ever! We’re looking for ACTION movies and carefully crafted THRILLERS. Whether you have a contained action-thriller or a big, effects-driven blockbuster, we want to read it! ScreenCraft’s screenwriting contests are targeted by genre in order to create the most relevant prize packages and juries for screenwriters looking to connect with industry executives, producers, agents and managers. See our all-star judges below. Our judges can’t wait to discover this year’s winner. Final deadline: 15th October. Entry fee: $49.00

NEW: New Children's Author Prize in partnership with Bloomsbury Children's Books. We are inviting members of the public to submit your stories for eight to 12-year-olds to be in with a chance of winning a publishing contract with Bloomsbury. Deadline: 31st October 2014

Entries are £30. Additional entries by the same person are £15. You will be given a code for this discount once you have made payment for your first entry. All proceeds go to the National Literacy Trust. *DEADLINE EXTENDED: pay for your entry by 30 September, and submit your entry before 31 October.

ORIGIN THEATRE COMPANY’s FROM PAGE to STAGE 2014: deadline: 17th October. The theme for this year's competition is 'Turning the Tables'.
It's full of possibilities ... that moment when something shifts and, for better or worse, everything changes. The hunter becomes the hunted. The weak become the strong. Love turns to betrayal. Good fortune becomes bad luck. Or the other way round...!
We want you to write a play with a running time of no longer than 15 minutes.
For more information:

Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition CALL FOR ENTRIES

Accepting pilots, sitcoms, 1 hour dramas and reality shows.

Deadline October 17th.


BBC Scriptroom 8 (stage plays) and the Writer’s Prize for Radio
We are delighted to announce that we will soon be opening for submissions for Scriptroom 8 (stage plays – comedy & drama) and this year’s Writer's Prize, for which we are looking for original, surprising multi-character narrative drama scripts of 45-75 minutes in length for Radio 3 or 4 (not monologues or adaptations).

The submission windows for both opportunities will open on 15th September and close on Monday 29th September and submission links will be available via the opportunities page on our website when we open.

Literature Works First Page Prize We’re seeking superb opening pages of unpublished novels (and a 150 word synopsis) from promising writers around the country. We’re looking for openings of a novel that make us want to read on, for that compelling first page of a novel that captures the imagination! Proceeds will support our Grassroots Literature Fund, providing small grants for reading and writing activity across South West England.
First Prize: £1500+ a reading from a literary agent
Second Prize: £350
Third Prize £150
Deadline: September 30th 2014

INSIDER CONTEST: Enter for your Chance to Win an A-List Screenwriter Experience
Standard Deadline: 20th Sept - $50
Extended Deadline: 18th Oct - $75
Can you turn a provided logline into a killer spec script? The ability to create a screenplay based on a given idea is a top way to break into the Industry. That’s why the majority of our past finalists gained representation and met with top production companies, with one lucky winner selling his script to Universal. Now, it’s your turn to show Hollywood what you can do.


I could fine few competitions for August so the first one is for September but it is the first of September!

The Commonword Diversity Writing for Children Prize. I could fine few competitions for August so the first one is for September but it is the first of September!
The Commonword Diversity Writing for Children Prize. This is for unpublished children’s novelitsts with a completed manuscript. Only one entry per person which should be the first 4,000 words of a completed novel for children, either age 7-9, 9-11 or YA. Email submissions only. £10 entry fee. Closing date is 1st September 2014. Details:

Mardi Books along with IDEAS TAP have a playwriting competition. Closing date is 1st August. Free to enter. For more information go to:


BIG BREAK Screenwriting Contest only accepts online entry of feature film and television screenplays. No printed scripts will be accepted.

To enter your script electronically, you must submit your screenplay in Final Draft (FDX, FDR) or PDF format. You are not required to use Final Draft in order to enter the Contest.
Fees and Deadlines
• $40 - Early Bird Deadline April 30, 2014
• $50 - Standard Deadline July 15, 2014
• $65 - Extended Deadline July 31, 2014
Dates reflect deadlines for electronic submission of scripts. All entries must be electronically submitted by their respective deadlines. For all the submission information go to:

Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition

Brought to you by the International Screenwriters’ Association. 5th Season with NEW prizes!
EVERYONE who enters will receive:
3 FREE Months access to Producers, Agents & Managers with ISA CONNECT! (value: $30)
Grand Prize Winner chosen from TOP 6 winners! Features, Pilots and Web Series Eligible!


Early July 16th $35
Regular September 12th $55
Final October 3rd $65
$25,000 in CASH, plus more in Prizes! For more information visit:

CINNAMON PRESS Annual debut novel or novella prize. Submit the first 10,000 words of an unpublished novel. Open to writers who have not previously published a novel. Entry fee: £12. Closing date: 31st July 2014.

Impress Prize 2014 - closing date: 14th June 2014. Fee: £10. More details:

BRIDPORT PRIZE: poems, short stories, flash fiction. Closing date: 31st May 2014. Poems - 42 lines. Short stories - 5,000 words. Flash Fiction - 250 words. The Peggy Chapman-Andres Awqard for a first novel. Enter the first 8,000 words of your novel together with a detailed synopsis. Closing date for all: 31st May.

MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University) Novella Award 2014. Novella between 20,000 and 40,000 words. All entries must be original and unpublished. Including on blogs, or social networking sites and should not have been submitted for publication or consideration elsewhere. All entries must be typed or word-processed. The writer's name must not appear on the manuscript. Include a cover sheet with details of name, address, email address, title and wordcount. Entry fee: £15. Closing date: 23rd May.

SHORE SCRIPT COMPETITION, open for submissions: 1st March to 31st May 2014. £25. Electronic entries only: for more details.

WRITERS' AND ARTISTS' HISTORICAL FICTION COMPETION: entries by midnight (GMT) on Sunday 11th May. No longer than 1,000 words. Via email: with the subject heading: Historical Fiction Competition.


THE CWA MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION. Must be an UNPUBLISHED short story. No longer than 3,500 words.
Must be submitted before 4.00 pm on Sunday 16th March 2014. Go to:

The 2014 Papatango New Writing Prize is now open for submissions. Deadline: Monday 31st March 2014.
More information:

EUROSCRIPT. Submissions are now open for the annual screenwriting competition. Every treatment entered into the competition will receive a detailed bullet point report. Entry fee: £35. Deadline: 31st March 2014.
more info:

THE SCRIPTWRITING GOLDMINE 2014 contest is now open for entries. We are looking for original movie or tv scripts, from 45 up to 120 pages, any genre, any budget. More info:

ENTRY: (all deadlines are 1.00 pm London Time)
Thursday 27th March - Standard Registration £24.
Thursday 24th Aprilo - Late Registration £32.
Thursday 8th May - Emergency Registration £38.


SHORT FILM COMPETITION with Films4life in partnership with Red Planet Pictures and sponsored by Talent Circle. Write a FIVE PAGE screenplay set on April Food's Day and enter it into our FREE competition. Send your script in pdf format to: by February 28th. You must be over 18 to enter. For more details:

THE BATH NOVEL AWARD. Any genre. Original novels for adults and young adults by writers without a novel accepted for commercial publication. Self published are eligible. First 5,000 words, double spaced plus a 1 page synopsis, single spaced. Online submission file should be doc or pdf 12 pt font on numbered pages with a header including the title of the novel.

Longlisted entrants will be asked to submit their completed manuscript (min 50,000) words in March 2014.
£15 fee per entry. PayPal is fine. Closing date: 28th February 2014. web:

THE BRONTE SOCIETY CREATIVE COMPETITION. Short Story: up to 3,000 words composed around a minor character from one of the famous Bronte novels. POETRY: poems of up to 50 lines in any style that offers a new perspective on one of the Bronte novels, with reference to the poet's personal feelings. Entry fee for each entry: £10. Closing date: 31st January 2014. Details of how to enter on the website:

THE LIGHTSHIP FIRST NOVEL PRIZE 2014. 300 word synopsis plus first 10,000 words. Shortlisted writers to submit completed novel. Open to writers not published a novel in any medium, including self-publishing. The writers name must not appear on the manuscript. Writers may enter on-line through the online submission system or by post. If entering by post, include a separate sheet with details of name, address and the title of the entry. A £25 fee for online entries and £27 for postal. Closing date: 32st Jan 2014. Web:


TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON - the 2013-2014 International Playwriting Competition. One Act play for young performers or audiences, either for aged 11 years and under or One Act play for audiences aged between 12 and 16 years. Entry fee: £20 with written feedback or £10 entry only. Deadline: 13th December. To enter visit:

HARPER'S BAZAAR SHORT STORY COMPETITION. Enter a 3,000 word original short story on the subject of 'spring'. Email submissions to: Deadline: 13th December 2013. After accessing their web site put 'short story competition' into the search.

Cascade Writers' Couch. An opportunity to pitch your feature film project. You need a completed feature film script, be over the age of 18 and do not have literary representation. Check their website for full details on how to submit:

An opportunity to shape the storyline of a new BBC 4 Radio 4 Extra drama. Each week there's a new plot written by a different listener until the final part is broadcast on 7th December 2013. Go to BBC Writers Room and click on Chain Gang.

Opportunity for emerging directors and writer/directors to have their short films funded by Creative England. The current deadline for iShorts is Friday, 1st November 2013 at 5.00pm. For more information and to apply for iShorts visit the Creative England website and download the guidelines.

Writing a crime novel? The new Telegraph Harvill Secker crime writing competition is asking would be crime writers to submit the first 5,000 words of their crime novel, along with a detailed, 2 page double-spaced synopsis including the ending. Deadline: 30th November 2013.


WRITER'S DIGEST NOVEL COMPETITION. Enter the Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards Romance Writing Category. Submission Guidlines: Fiction Manuscript. 4,000 words or less. File types: doc, docx, rtf, pdf. Arial, Courier or Times font, 12 point. Early Bird Entry Fees: $20 per entry. Early Bird Deadline: 16th September 2013. Deadline: 15th October 2013. For more info:

MSLEXIA WOMEN'S NOVEL COMPETITION. Open to unpublished women novelists writing in any genre for adults, including literary fiction, women's fiction, young adult fiction, science fiction, fantasy, chick-lit, crime fiction, thriller, historical fiction ... but not nonfiction or fiction for under 13's. To constitute a novel your book must total at least 50,000 words.

Deadline: 23rd Setpember 2013. Please note, this is not an annual competition. The next adult novel competition will not be until 2015. For more info:

THE TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION. Entry will open on Monday 9th September 2013. Plays for Young Performers - one-act plays suitable for performers aged 11 years and under. Plays for Teenage Audiences. One-act plays suitable for audiences aged between 12 and 16 years. For more info:


THE UK FILM FESTIVAL 3 MINUTE SCRIPT COMPETITION. As well as receiving the Best Film Script Award the winning script will be produced by the UK Film Festival and screened as part of the 2014 Festival. Submit by post or through
Regular deading: 6th August. Submission fee is £15 per screenplay.
Final deadline: 21st October. Submission fee is £20.
Extended deadline: 21st December. For more info:

JULY 2013

TABLEREAD MY SCREENPLAY. Final deadline: 15th July 2013. Accepting Features, TV Pilots and Short Screenplays. For more information:

JUNE 2013

Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting - call for submissions. The competition is open to anyone from the UK and Ireland who is over 16. Full length plays. Closing date: 5pm on 3rd June 2013. For more information including stuff about writing, and submissions:

THE IMPRESS PRIZE FOR NEW WRITERS 2013. Open to any unpublished author writing in English. Prize: a publishing contract.
Submission date: 17th June 2013. Fiction and non-fiction entries accepted.

WRITERS REIGN SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2013. The theme is: I have a dream. In which the hero or heroine tries to relaise their dream. Stories should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words. The title should NOT be 'I have a dream'. Entre fee: £3.50. Closing date: 30th June 2013.

MAY 2013

Curry Mallet Adults Short Story Competition. Curry Mallet History Festival is inviting submissions for a competition to be judged by author Amelia Car (The Secret She Kept). Short stories should use one of the following titles: The Reunion", The Journey" or "The Letter". Entry fee: £5 for one or £10 for 3 stories. Deadline: 17th May. For more info:

Writers & Artists competition is to write about VILLAINS. Submit a piece no more than 500 words that captures the very moment your main character's arch nemesis makes their grand entrance. Deadline: midnight on Sunday 19th May. For more details:

Writers' Couch - Cascade Media Development. A chance to pitch your completed film script to a development consultant. For more details: Deadline: 9am 20th May 2013. All applicants contacted by 31st May. Pitch Day: 6th June.

PINT SIZED PLAYS. Plays should be between 5 and 10 minutes long, with two or three characters and able to be performed in a pub. Closing date: 31st May. Full rules and more information about the competition here:

THE YEOVIL LITERARY PRIZE. The Novel. Synopsis and opening chapters up to 15,000 words in total. Entry fee: £11.
The Short Story. Max 2,000 words. Entry fee: £6. The writing competition runs from 1st Januiary and closes on 31st May each year. Send postal entries to: YCAA, The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX. For more info:

THE FICTION DESK. Ghost stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Entry fee: £6 for one entry, £9 for two. Closing date: 31st May 2013. For more info:

APRIL 2013

PLAYS. Check out: Click on: Send Us a Play, for their New Unsolicited Submissions Policy. The window for their New Unsolicited Submissions Policy will open in April 2013.

CASCADE MEDIA. Check out their website: then click on Writers' Couch for details for submitting a feature film script. Deadline: 15th April 2013.

SCRIPTAPALOOZA TV Competition. Pilot, sitcom, 1 hour drama or a reality tv show to enter. Deadline: 15th April 2013. Check for further details:

NICK DARKE AWARD - Stage Play, Screenplay (feature film or short) or Radio Play. Deadline: Monday 29th April 2013 by post. For more details before writing your play, see:

SHORT STORY COMPETITION. Bristol Short Story Prize. Entry fee: £8 per story. Word count: up to a maximum of 4,000 words. Deadline: midnight BST on 30th April 2013. See: for more details.

MARCH 2013

WINDSOR FRINGE FESTIVAL. One act plays no more than 30 minutes long from amateur playwrights. Should be original work. Plays should be unperformed, no more than 6 actors.
Deadline: 5th March 2013. For more information:

CASCADE MEDIA - deadline: 9am on 18th March 2013. For more information:

MSLEXIA SHORT STORY COMPETITION. Deadline: 18th March 2013. Entry fee: £10. Wordcount: 2,200 max. Only open to women but can be from anywhere as long as the story is in English. See:

2nd SCREENWRITING GOLDMINE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS. Early bird deadline: 28th February 2013, 1.00 pm London Time. Entry fee: £30. Standard: 28th March 2013 1.00 pm London Time, Entry fee: £35. Late Entry: 25th April 2013, 1.00 pm London Time. Entry fee: £40. Emergrency entry deadline: 9th May, 1.00 pm London Time, entry fee: £45. For more information visit:

BBC SCRIPT ROOM. Open for submissions from 14th February 2013 until 28th March 2013. For more details it is best to type in BBC Writers Room as I can't seem to get my link to work.

EUROSCRIPT SCREENSTORY COMPETITION. Either a feature film script or this year, for the first time, they are open to Television Writing. This can be a one off drama or at least 42 minutes running time or a continuing drama series with episodes of no less than 42 minutes each. Deadline: 6pm UK time on 31st March 2013. Entry fee: £35. All entries receive a free bullet point report on the submitted treatment.

CHAPTER ONE PROMOTIONS. Submissions for the next BLOOD AND INK CRIME WRITING COMPETITION opened on 1st February 2013 and the deadline is midnight on 1st June 2013. For more info:


Playing Bingo Short Story Competition. Stores in any style or genre as long as they are bingo-themed. Min:1,500 words, max 3,000 words. Entry: FREE. Word files or plain text. Closing date: 28th February 2013. email: website:

Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award. Open from 1st Nov 2012 to 2nd February 2013. For more details go to:


Seventh Star Press - anthology "Perfect Flaw" a collection of dystopian stories set in repressive and controlled states. Any genre, from horror to sci fi. Wordcount: up to 10,000 words. Deadline: midnight of 8th January 2013. email:

Scriptapalooza Script competition. Early bird deadline: 7th January 2013.

HOOKLINE Novel Competition. January 31st 2013 is the deadline for the first three chapters.

Drip Action Theatre. 30 - 40 minute plays. Deadline 31st January 2013.


The Writer's Prize. New opportunity for Radio Drama and Comedy writers to write for BBC Radio 3 & 4. The prize is for a Radio 3 or radio 4 Drama commission or a pilot commission for a Radio 4 Comedy. Open to any writer as long as the work submitted is not currently in development or under consideration for development and has not previously been produced by any broadcaster or production company. For full details go to:

Sandalle's Five 'n' ten writing competition. Either a five minute monologue or ten minute play. Closing date: 14th December 2012. Entry fee:  £5 single entry or £4 for each multiple entry. See website for details:

Little House Short Story Competition. First prize £100 and a full critique, 5 runners up receive a critique. For stories up to 2,000 words. Entry fEe; £5.00. Deadline: Mon 31st December 2012. email entries to:


Papercut Theatre. Write a short play no more than fifteen minutes in length on any subject, any genre. The only limitation is that you cannot specify a gender for any of your characters. Deadline: 5 pm on 2nd November 2012.  Send a copy of your script to: website:

Traverse Theatre. 2013 is their 50th anniversary and they are offering the chance of a year-long attachment to the traverse to 50 emerging writers. The deadline for submissions is: 12pm, 14th November 2012. They want 50 new writers of any age, from anywhere. you must have had no more than two professional productions staged. Submit a 500 word 'Play for Edinburgh'. Also include a 250 word covering letter outlining why the attachment would be beneficial to you.


Oran Mor Comedy Drama Award. Scripts, in one act and no more than 50 minutes in length and using no more than 3 actors to be submitted by email. Deadline: 1st October 2012. To check the website type in Channel 4 and Oran Mor and the appropriate website should come up.

Little Pieces of Gold. Plays need to be 20 minutes to be staged at the Southwark Playhouse on 18th November. Deadline: 12th OCTOBER 2012. More info:

EmergingScreenwriters 2012 Screenplay Competition. Regular deadline: $60 - 15th October 2012. Final registration $75 - 15th November 2012. Categories - feature film scripts (80 - 130 pages) and TV Pilots (30 - 70 pages). see: for futher details.

Children's Book Authors. The times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2013. A publishing contract of £10,000 is being offered. Novels for children between the ages of 7 and 18. Visit Chicken House website: Deadline: 26th October 2012. Min of 30,000 words, max 80,000. Entry fee: £15. Entries to be sent by post.

A Vogel DormeasanShort Story Competition 2012.  Min 1,500 words, max 3,000 words. Entries by post or email.  Deadline: 31st october 2012.

The Belper Short Play Festival. A new play competition. Any subject. The play should last between 5 and 30 minutes and should have no more than 4 characters. Deadline: 31st October 2012.  Plays to be submitted by mail.


Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition 2012. One Act Plays for Young Performers, 11 and under OR plays for Teenage Audiences between 12 and 16 years. Entry with no feedback £10. Entry with written feedback £20. Deadline: 7th September 2012.

Costa Short Story Award. Previously unpublished story up to 4,000 words written in English. You must be over 18 and have lived in the UK or Ireland for the past three years. No theme. No fee. Stories to be submitted via the submission form on the short story page of the Cost Costa Book Awards website. Deadline: 7th September 2012.

ACG Drama Award. Arts Centre Group is launching a new Drama Award for innovative and creative play scripts of 40 to 50 minutes. No fixed subject but it should relate in some way to the human condition, either personally, socially or politically, or all three. Deadline: 8th September 2012. Entry fee: £20 + £30 for a critique.

Mslexia have a 2012 Childrens Novel Competition. Full length fiction novel of at least 30,000 words in all genres for children who can read for themselves and young adults. Deadline: 10th September 2012.

Short Story Competition. Between 1,000 and 5,000 words. Check the submission guidlines on:  Deadline: 15th September 2012. Only one short story per person submitted as a doc or pdf.

6th Insider Screenwriting Contest. Can you turn this logline into a winning script? " New England matriarch with a week left to live pledges her fortunes to whomever in her small town fulfils her dying wish..." Contest began June 2012. Strandard Submission Fee and Deadline: $50 - 15th September 2012.  for more details and where you can also read the finalist scripts from earlier competitions.

Inkle Future Voices writing competition. Short fiction. Stories must be original in any style or genre. To submit stories you need to create an Inklewriter account and write your story in Inklewritier, a writing tool specifically designed for the creation of interactive stories. Deadline: 15th September 2012.

The Asham Award. Original unpublished stories written by women - 4,000 words. The theme 'journey'. Only postal entries. Entry fee: £15.00. Closing date: 21st September 2012.

FLASH FICTION.   Flash 500 has an open theme. Original, unpublished stories under 500 words. Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two. Deadline: 30th September 2012.


UK Film Festival.  3 minute script. Not cheap - £15 entrance fee. Deadline: 6th August 2012.  then click on 3 Minute Script Competition.

The City Reads and Book Guild Publishing Short Story Award 2012. Stories on theme 'the lie'. No longer than 3,000 words. Only postal entries. Free. Deadline: 16th August 2012. 

Edward Lewis Murder Myster Competition. Short story. Max 1,000 words. Deadline: 20th August 2012.  

JULY 2012

The 2012 Wasafiri New Writing Prize. The competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book. To find out more about the competition and how to enter visit: 
Deadline: 27th July 2012.

1st Grand Opening Screenwriting Goldmine Screenplay Competition. Script length between 45-125 pages. TV or Movies. All genres of drama/comedy. Regular: £32 by 1.00 pm Thurs 5th July. Last minute: £38 by
1.00 pm Thursday 12th July. 

Stylist Crime Fiction Competition. Female Protagonist. 6,000 words max. Outline 300 words max that does not reveal the ending. 250 biog of central character. Closing date: 12th July. By post only. Check out:

Short Film. Golden Poo Awards. Very worthwhile - bring awareness about hygiene and how important good hygiene is. Did you know that almost half the world's population do not have access to a toilet? Here is your chance to help. From 30 seconds up to 3 mins max. Deadline: 30th July. 
Full details:  

Sussex Playwrights 90 minute stage play on the theme "Past, Present and/future". Entry fee: £7.00 Deadline: 31st July. Plays must be sent by post.

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum at the Annual New York Television Festival. Ten page extract of a sitcom, short synopsis - 25 words, Treatment or outline of how the series would develop (1 page A4, 500 words max). Early bird deadline: 22nd June, final deadline: 27th July. Entry fee: £40. Hard copies preferred. For further details:

JUNE 2012

The British Thyroid Foundation is running a competition for crime writers.
First prize is two tickets to Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year and Festival Opening in Harrogate
on 19th July. Crime stories up to 2,000 words on the theme "go for the throat". Use 12 point, double spacing on white A4. Entry: £3.00. Checques made out to The British Thyroid Foundation. Closing date: 30th June 2012.

London Screenwriters Festival - 2 page screenwriting challenge. Write a 2 page script for Valentines day. Must have at least one kiss. Deadline: 29th June 2012. and click on competitions.

MAY 2012

Papatango Playwriting Comp.  Plays should be more than 50 mins and less than 90. Best to check out their website:

ALRA Short Film Script Competition. Ten minute film scripts. Subjects: Rehabilitation. Speed dating. Bereavement. Relationship break up. Alcoholism. New term. Deadline: 1st May 2012. Info at:  send script to:

Kaos Films. BSSC - British Short Script Competition. Scripts should be no less than 5 minutes no more than 15 minutes. Early deadline 11th May (£25). Final deadline 6th July (£30). For more info:

Shoreline Screenwriting Competition. In case you missed the early deadline. This is for feature film scripts of any genre. Early deadline was 18th April, late deadline is 18th May. Entry £35. For more info see:

Pint Sized Plays. Suitable to be performed in a pub. 5 - 10 mins long. 2-3 characters. Can enter by email. £5.50 per play.

Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition. Standard submission fee and deadline: $50 - 15th May 2012. Working from this A-list logline from Randall Wallace, you're challenged to create up to the first 15 pages of an original script based on the given concept. "A soldier returns from an 18 month deployment and finds that the family home is missing - even the address no longer exists."

APRIL 2012

Man on the Train Writing Competition. Entry: £3. Length: 2,000 words. Theme: inspired by photo on website.  email: Deadline: 7th April 2012.

Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition. Entry: $40. Categories: 1 hour existing show. Half hour existing show. Original pilots and reality shows.  Deadline 16th April 2012.

Momaya Press Short Story Competition.  Entry: £8. Length 3,000 max. Theme: heat. Deadline: 30th April 2012.

Nottingham Short Story Competition. Entry: £10. Length: 2,500 words.  email: Deadline: 30th April 2012.

Shore Line Screenwriting Competition. This is for feature film scripts of any genre. Early deadling: 18th April (£25), late deadline 18th May (£35). For more info see:


West Dean College. One page synopsis and up to 5,000 words of a work in progress (novel, short story collection or script) should be sent by post with a covering letter and cheque for £5. Deadline 10th February 2012.

Writers and Artists Short Story Competition. Theme "Identity". Deadline Tuesday 14th February 2012. To enter you need to register:

Ten Four Theatre Playwriting Competition. Monologues for their Spring production of A Table for Six. Should be 5 - 10 minutes long. Postal submissions only. Deadline 20th February 2012. http//

Writers and Artists Flash Fiction Story Competition. 300 words. Deadline 22nd February 2012.

Scudd Playwriting Competition. Plays of 2 - 12 minutes to be performed on a bus. Deadline 29th February 2012.

Chapter One Novel Competition 2012. Entry fee: £20. First 3 chapters or prologue plus 2 chapters + 1 page synopsis plus short author biog. On-line entry. Deadline 29th February 2012.

Multi-Story Flash Competition.  Entry fee: £5. 600 words max. On-line entry. Deadline 29th February 2012.

Discover Wildlife Travel Writer of the Year.  Free to enter. 800 words max. Theme: encounter with a wilf animal. Deadline 29th February 2012.

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