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Competition Closing Date Notes
100 Word Mini-Tales None ↓ Details
NAWG Open Competitions 2016 31st October 2016 ↓ Details (closed)
Flash 500 31st December 2015 ↓ Details (closed)
Hourglass Literary Magazine 31st December 2015 ↓ Details (closed)
100 Ways to Fight the Flab Tip-Writing Competition 25th April 2013 ↓ Details (closed)
Ramsgate's Got Writing Talent 29th August 2011 ↓ Details (closed)
Wannabe a Writer We've Heard Of? Blurb-writing Competition 5th May 2011 ↓ Details (closed)

Competitions List

The competitions are listed by their closing dates, in increasing order.

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100 Word Mini-Tales

Closing date: None 
Organisers: The National Association of Writers' Groups.
Web site: www.nawg.co.uk
Prizes: £75 for the winner, £25 for the runner-up, in each round.
Entry fee: £3.00 for one story, £5.50 for two, or £8.00 for three.
Judges: A new, well-respected judge for every round.
Theme: Any theme, suitable for adults.
Word count: 100 words, exactly.
Details: Known as the “100” competition. A continuously running competition, made up of sequential rounds. Each round ends after exactly 100 entries have been accepted.

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NAWG Open Competitions 2016 (closed)

Closing date: 31st October 2016
Organisers: The National Association of Writers' Groups
Web site: www.nawg.co.uk
Prizes: Total prize value: £1,000.
Entry fee: Short story: £5, poems: £5 (three for £10), novella: £10.
Judges: Tim Wilson, Doris Corti and Cressida Downing.
Theme: Poetry, short stories, novella.
Word count: Short stories: 500—2,000 words. Poems: 40 lines max. Novella: first 5,000 words.
Details:

Results will be announced by Christmas 2016.

Last year's winners: poetry, short story.

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Flash 500 (closed)

Closing date: 31st December 2015
Web site: www.flash500.com
Prizes:
Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two. Optional critiques: £10 per story.
Details: Flash 500 is a quarterly open-themed flash fiction competition with closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. The results will be announced within six weeks of each closing date and the three winning entries each quarter will be published on the competition website.

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Hourglass Literary Magazine (closed)

Closing date: 31st December 2015
Web site: hourglassonline.org
Prizes: US $1,000.
Entry fee: US $8.
Judges: Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox. See the jury page for details.
Theme: There are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries.
Word count: Short stories: 700—7,000; poems: 3,500 maximum; essays: 1,000—9,000.
Details: Three competitions: best short story, best essay and best poem.

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100 Ways to Fight the Flab Tip-Writing Competition (closed)

Closing date: 25th April 2013
Prizes:

The author of the best tip will win a week's writing course with Jane Wenham-Jones, September 28th – 4th October 2013 at Chez Castillon including meals and accommodation (flights not included) – worth £875.

Judges:

Panel includes:

  • Morgen Bailey: Author, blogger, podcaster;
  • Janie Millman: Co-owner of Chez Castillon, creative courses in the Dordogne; and
  • Jane Wenham-Jones: Author, speaker, journalist, presenter.
Word count: Maximum 250 words.
Details:

To celebrate the launch of Jane's new eBook, The 100 Ways to Fight the Flab – The Wannabe Guide to a Better Bottom, Jane and Chez Castillon are offering the chance to win a week-long writing course at the fantastic Southern France location in the Dordogne.

To enter: Write a diet or fitness tip of your own. Entries will be judged on originality and entertainment value.

Full details can be found in this article.

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Ramsgate's Got Writing Talent (closed)

Closing date: 29th August 2011
Organisers: Ramsgate Arts
Web site: ramsgatearts.org
Prizes: A chance to be introduced to one of the UK's top literary agents.
Judges: Jane Wenham-Jones and Rebecca Smith.
Details:

Have you got what it takes to write a best-selling book? Win a chance to be introduced to one of the UK's top literary agents. All you have to do is write a first paragraph that impresses our judges – Broadstairs author Jane Wenham-Jones and Isle of Thanet Gazette editor Rebecca Smith.

Take workshops during the day and then enter the "Britain's Got Talent" style showdown!

10 am – 5 pm. Public are invited from 3.30 pm for the finale.

£5 participants, £3 viewers. Maximum number 50.

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Wannabe a Writer We've Heard Of? Blurb-writing Competition (closed)

Closing date: 5th May 2011
Prizes:

The best blurb for each book will win a year's subscription to Writing Magazine and Writers' News. The overall winner will be taken to lunch at a top London restaurant with Matt Bates from WH Smiths Travel, Hazel Cushion from Accent Press Ltd and author and journalist Jane Wenham-Jones. Permission will be sought to publish the short-listed and winning entries on wannabeawriter.co.uk and the winner will be featured in Writer's News.

Judges:

Judging Panel includes:

  • Matthew Bates – Book Buyer for WH Smith Travel.
  • Hazel Cushion – Managing Director of Accent Press Ltd.
  • Jane Wenham-Jones.
Word count: 125 maximum.
Details:

Update – Due to the extended Easter and bank holidays, entries will now be accepted until 5th May (the original closing date was 30th April).

To enter: Write a contemporary back-cover blurb for one of these classics and win lunch with a top book-buyer. Choose from:

  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

Blurbs should be no more than 125 words and in a contemporary style as if these books were to be published for the first time today. For example here's a modern blurb for Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

"Lizzie Bennett's mum is hell-bent on getting her daughter down the aisle and doesn't much care who she marries as long as it's soon. When the neighbours throw a huge party, she insists Lizzie and her sisters go along…"

Rules
  1. Entrants are invited to write a contemporary blurb for one of the three classics listed (maximum 125 words). Entries should be the original, unpublished work of the author.
  2. Entries should be in English, typed and double-spaced on one side of the paper only.
  3. The author's name should not appear on the blurb. Please attach an official entry form (no photocopies please) which can be taken from the back of Wannabe a Writer We've Heard Of or downloaded from here.
  4. Only one entry per person.
  5. Entries cannot be returned.
  6. The judges decision will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.
  7. Entries which fail to conform to these requirements may be disqualified.
  8. No cash prize alternative to the prizes will be offered.
  9. All entries must be received no later than 30th April 2011.
  10. Entries should be posted to:

    Write a Blurb Competition
    Wannabe a Writer We've Heard Of
    Accent Press Ltd
    The Old School, Upper High Street, Bedlinog, CF46 6RY.

    Hand-delivered entries will NOT be accepted.

Copyright remains with the author but permission will be requested to display winning and short-listed entries on wannabeawriter.co.uk.

The short list is now available and the final winners will be announced by 31st July 2011. Subscriptions will commence at the winners' request. The Winner's Lunch will be held at a time to suit all participants before the end of 2011.

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