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Deadline: Sat 30 Oct 2021
Location: North of England
Fox & Windmill is a new indie publisher for aspiring British South Asian writers in the North. We are dedicated to bridging the gap in the publishing industry. Entries are invited for our first writing competition. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 31 Oct 2021
Location: Scotland
Submissions are invited for New Writing Scotland 40, publishing in summer 2022. New Writing Scotland publishes works by writers resident in Scotland or Scots by birth, upbringing or inclination. All forms of writing are invited. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 31 Oct 2021
Location: UK
Each year a question or quote exploring Franklin’s relevance in our time is open for interpretation in 1000-1500 words (fiction or non-fiction). Open to young writers, aged 18-25 and living in the UK. First prize of £750, and a second prize of £500. Winning entries will be published on our website. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 31 Oct 2021
Location: UK
Win a valuable consultation with literary agent Julia Churchill or a critique from children's author Amy Sparkes in our inaugural Chapter Book Prize. Open to all unpublished and unagented writers. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 31 Oct 2021
Location: International
Our quarterly short story competition is open for entries all year round from writers worldwide. The competition is open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). Next deadline is 31st October. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 31 Oct 2021
Location: International
Have you started, or completed, a novel with strong, credible characters and a page turning plot? Have you honed the first chapter? Can you put together a compelling synopsis (max 750 words) of the balance of the story? Yes? Then why not enter our Novel Opening Chapter competition and have your work judged by Headline Publishing? Open to writers worldwide. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 31 Oct 2021
Location: International
100 words exactly (excluding title). Prizes 1st £100 & 2nd £50. Entry £3 or £5 for two.  Read more...

Deadline: Sun 31 Oct 2021
Location: UK
We are currently accepting submissions for both debut collections from new or emerging poets and submissions from established poets with previous collections published. We welcome poets of all ages. Deadlines from 31st October 2021. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 31 Oct 2021
Location: International
Poems no longer than 40 lines on the theme of empowerment are invited. Proceeds go to Parkinson's research. International entries welcome. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 31 Oct 2021
Location: UK
Works of fiction are invited from agented and un-agented writers. We are interested in experimental, boundary-pushing fiction. Read more...
Writing Guides
Check out the Poetry Society's new writing and discussion guides to accompany the National Poetry Competition 2021.

Short Story Competitions
Check out Booktrust's list of ongoing Short Story Competitions.
Making Submissions
Download Alison Baverstock's guide to making an effective submission to an agent or publisher.