Competitions

My main competitions page is http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/competitions-calendar, but below are a few novel-related ones. If you know of any more, do let me know.

NB. I may well not have tried these competitions myself so please take a good look at the websites before parting with money and submitting your hard work!  ALSO please note that not all the competitions run each year so please check their validity before entering (and their guidelines do change from year to year).

JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Novels: http://www.novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html has monthly competitions (April-Sept) with a different genre each month.
MAY
  • Children’sbookweek.ca/information-artists
  • MixedYeovil Literary Prize
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Novels: A brand new ‘Navegator’ Competition is now officially launched. This time writers are invited to produce the first pages (800-1500 words) of a credible continuation of the first novel. The judging panel will be guided by Philip Purser, who has several books to his credit and a prestigious career as a journalist. Another crime novelist, Leo McNeir, will also be one of the judges. No purchase is necessary and you can enter from anywhere in the world. Entries close on 31st May and full details can be found on the website: http://www.navegator.co.uk
  • Novels: http://www.novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html has monthly competitions (April-Sept) with a different genre each month.
  • Novels: Words With JAM is running a ‘First Page Competition’ where you can enter the first page of a finished novel, work in progress or page specifically written for the competition. Closing date 31st May 2013. Prizes £500 / £100 / £50 with fee of £6 first entry, £4 per entry thereafter. See http://wordswithjam.co.uk/#/first-page-competition-2013/4573741026 for details.
JUNE
JULY
AUGUST
SEPTEMBER
  • Children’s novel: The Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition 2012 is open to children’s novels in any genre by previously unpublished women novelists, but it must be for children who are able to read for themselves or for young adults. Crossover fiction (i.e. that aimed at children and adults) is eligible. Nonfiction, and fiction intended for adults is not eligible. To qualify as a novel, your book must total at least 30,000 words. To enter the competition, send up to 3,000 words – which must be the first 3,000 words of the novel. Any preface is included in your 3,000 words. There is no need to submit a synopsis. First Prize: £5,000. Juding panel: Malorie Blackman, award-winning children’s author; Julia Churchill, literary agent specialising in children’s books for Greenhouse Literary Agency; Julia Eccleshare, children’s books editor at the Guardian newspaper. Closing date: 10 September 2012. Entry fee: £25. Thank you The New Writer magazine for the info.
  • Graphic NovelChapter One.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • NovelsHistorical Novel Society International Award: first 5000 words of unpublished novel in any historical genre (deadline 30th September). Thanks again to The New Writer magazine for these details.
  • NovelsMslexia (Unpublished women novelists), Beak Books and www.harrybowlingprize.co.uk.
  • Novels: http://www.novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html has monthly competitions (April-Sept) with a different genre each month.
  • NovellaThe Paris Literary Prize is an international novella competition for unpublished writers. Any topic is welcome. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for that one.
OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Mixed: The 2012 New England Book Festival Competition – see below.
  • Novelswww.societyofauthors.org/betty-trask.
  • Novels: The 2012 New England Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program honoring the best books of the holiday season. The competition is currently accepting entries in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, biography / autobiography, children’s books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, photography / art, poetry, spiritual works, compilations / anthologies, gay, unpublished stories and wild card (for books that don’t neatly fit elsewhere). All entries must be in English. Books published on or after January 1, 2010 are eligible. Deadline submissions in each category must be received by November 25.
DECEMBER
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
WEEKLY
  • None that I know of.
MONTHLY
  • Mixed: iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community; it’s a great opportunity to receive professional feedback as well as contribute to developing your profile and platform. The prize is a fantastic Cornerstones masterclass mini-critique on the winning writer’s first pages of their story, up to 2000 words. This is designed to give the writer a professional critique on how to improve the opening as well as hints to consider throughout their writing. Simply upload an ebook (novels or collections of short stories) to iWriteReadRate. Every month we’ll select five to take part in the competition. All the writer needs to do is promote it with their networks and aim to get as many votes for their ebook as possible. At the end of each month the ebook with the most votes wins the prize.
  • MixedPockets and Creative Print Publishing (both have different themes each month), Opening Editions (free).
  • Novels: http://www.novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html has monthly competitions (April-Sept) with a different genre each month.
QUARTERLY
  • None that I know of.
ONGOING
COMPETITION WEBSITES
  • MixedBe a Better Writer has a list of (mostly American) current and future competitions.
  • MixedBook Marketing Maven has a list of a few.
  • MixedDuotrope is a great resource for competition and submission opportunities.
  • MixedFanStory lists a variety of ongoing competitions and is a site where you can “share your writing and learn from the feedback that you will receive on everything you write. That includes poetry, stories, book chapters and scripts. When you post your writing you will get feedback that will determine your place in the rankings. FanStory.com is a popular writing site for writers of all skill levels”.
  • MixedFiction Addiction lists a few competition sites.
  • MixedIdeas Tap has a great list of allsorts.
  • MixedJacqui Burnett’s Writer’s Bureau has a list of a variety of forthcoming and ongoing competitions.
  • Mixed: Carole Burdock’s bi-monthly magazine Kudos.
  • MixedLoquax.com lists thousands of competitions including writing comps.
  • MixedWest Country Writers has a bijoux collection of competitions. 🙂
  • MixedWords Magazine has a variety of competition information.
  • Mixed: The Poets & Writers website include contests, grants and awards.
  • Mixedwww.prizemagic.co.uk has a variety of competitions.
  • Mixed: Sally Quilford‘s competition calendar.
  • MixedTrafford Publishing lists them a month per page.
  • Mixed: free literary monthly magazine Words with Jam have regular competitions.
  • MixedWrite Link also lists forthcoming competitions.
  • MixedWriters Reign lists short story, poetry, non-fiction, performing arts, rolling competitions, children’s writing competitions and book writing awards.
  • Mixedhttp://writingcontests.wordpress.com lists various competitions.
  • Novelshttp://apostrophebooks.com/fictionfasttrack.

If you discover any broken links, closed competitions or know of ones that I haven’t listed here, please do email me with details.

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