Top 5 Writing Competitions to enter this Summer

Blog Apr 6, 2020

While quarantine has some of us pulling out our hair, and others wondering what to do with their excessive free time, there are still some thrilling writing competitions out there awaiting submissions.

I have been writing competitively for 2 years now, and I submit a piece for a competition at least four times a year. I work in the category of flash fiction and short stories.

While I have yet to win any awards and rank highly with my submissions I still haven’t given up and I feel myself improve with each project I complete.

There are some amazing writing competitions this summer with great prizes up for grabs, that are still accepting submissions.

If you have a passion for writing and you want to get your work out there and hopefully allow it to get recognised here are my top 5 competitions.

   1. Bridport Prize

The Bridport competition is an extremely famous and acclaimed international writing competition. They have categories in Flash Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories and even Novels.

If you win or get shortlisted as a runner up within the competition than you get a chance to be published in their anthology and can even receive a prize of up to £5000.

The Novel category even allows the winner to get published. The Bridport Competition occurs annually. Submissions for this season close at the end of May.

I have submitted for this competition before, twice for their flash fiction category and another time in Short story. Both times I did not place but it is worthwhile submitting and submitting, and sometimes the judge may offer some lovely feedback.

(Note submission isn’t free for this competition, you must spend up to £12 to send in your submission, the money will not be refunded and you will be charged again for additional submissions.)

For more information on entry requirements and rules check out their website here.

2. Aurora Prize for Writing

This is another lovely competition. The deadline for entry will be Monday 8th June 2020 at midnight. The competition has categories for both short fiction and poetry.

First place has up to £500 for grabs plus feedback, second has £150 and third gives a place of study at the Writing School of East Midlands.

Prizes aside it is a recognised competition and a great way to hone your craft.

(Note submission are not free, the entry fee can go up to £9)

For more information on entry requirements and rules go to their website here.

3. Wells Festival of Literature International Competition

The Wells Festival of Literature International Competition this summer is running from 1 April 2020 to midnight 30 June 2020. There are categories in Poetry, Short Story, and Children books.
The 1st prize in their Open Poetry Competition will be £1000! Second and third prizes will also increase to £500 and £250 respectively.
Prizes in the Short Story and Book for Children categories: 1st £750, 2nd £300, 3rd £200 plus Local Prizes of £100 each for the Short Story, Open Poetry and Book for Children competitions.
For the Young Poets competition this year’s prize money is 1st £150, 2nd £75, 3rd £50. All three prize winners will also receive a year’s subscription to the Poetry Society.

This is a fantastic competition and I’m definitely entering in the Short Story category!

(Note submission is not free the fee for each separate entry is £6.)

For more information on entry requirements and rules go to their website here.

4. Science me a Story Competition

Science-me a Story is a really innovative and fun writing competition that started in 2017. It aims to promote scientific outreach in a fun and engaging way appropriate for primary school children. The ultimate goal of the contest is to promote the scientific spirit and inspire the next generation that will later build our future. Those who enter the competition must submit a story that has scientific content aimed for kids around the age of 12.

Submission opened on the 18th of February and end on the 20th of April.

The contest has two categories: stories in Spanish and stories in English. Stories need to be submitted before 20th of April and will be evaluated by a professional jury. There will be three economic prizes ( £150, £100 and £50) for each category.

This competition is free to enter.

For more information on entry requirements and rules go to their website here.

5. The International Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition

This is another well recognised international writing competition. Competitors must submit a story of 2,500 words that fit between the opening and closing lines of two classic works of literature.

The 2020 International Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition is open until June 4, 2020.

The winning story will receive $500. Runners-up will receive $50 and both the winner and runners-up will be published in the 2020 Literary Taxidermy Anthology.

(Note, submissions are not free and can go up to £9)

For more information on entry requirements and rules go to their website here.11


Alexia J. Barrett

I am a Creative Writer, Indie Author, Podcast Host, and Development Researcher. I’m also an aspiring filmmaker and I’m working towards becoming a self-shooting Producer and Director.

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