There are lots of competitions out there.  Here are just some of those we think you may be interested in.  But do your research and check the terms and conditions.

This isn't an exhaustive list.  But if you know of any others you think we should add, please email us.  Thanks!

Competition Type Details Deadline Link
The Henshaw Short Story competition Short Story 2000 words max.  Any theme.  £5 to enter.  1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50. 10/01/2018 Got to site
The Stinging Fly Short story / Poetry Free to submit.  Discretionary token payment if published. 11/01/2018 Go to site
The Keats-Shelley Prize Poetry 30 lines max.  Themes: Liberty: a celebration of Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound, or
an essay, which can be on any aspect of the work or lives of the Romantics and their circles.  Free to enter.  Cash prizes.
 15/01/2018  Go to site
The Masters Review Short Story Award Short Story Emerging writers only.  7000 words max.  Any theme.  $20 to enter.  1st prize $3000, 2nd prize $200, 3rd prize $100. 15/01/2018 Go to site
Magma Poetry competition Poetry 11-50 lines.  £5 to enter.  1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £150. 15/01/2018 Go to site
Cúirt New Writing Prize 2018 Poetry / Short story Up to 3 poems under 50 lines each.  Short stories up to 2000 words. €10 per entry.  €500 cash prize for the winner of each category. 25/01/2018 Go to site
The Bridport Prize Poetry /
Short story /
Flash fiction
Details to follow.  To be launched 22/01/2018.  Over £18,000 in prize money. tbd Go to site
Bath Novella in Flash Novella/Flash Fiction 6000 - 18000 words in total.  Each piece of Flash no more than 1000 words.  Any theme but there needs to be some connection between each piece.  £16 to enter.  1st prize £300 and £100 for two runners-up. 29/01/2018 Got to site
The Fiction Desk Ghost Story competition Short story 1000 - 7000 words.  Ghost theme.  £8 to enter.  1st prize £500, 2nd prize £250, 3rd prize £100.  31/01/2018  Go to site
The Iowa Review Awards Poetry, fiction & creative non-fiction 25 pages of prose or 10 pages of poetry.  $20 to enter.  1st prize $1500, 2nd prize $750. 31/01/2018 Go to site
Crazyhorse Fiction, non-fiction & poetry 2500-8500 words for fiction/non-fiction or 3-5 poems.  Entry fee s $20/$35.  $2,000 prize. 31/01/2018 Go to site
Dark Tales Monthly Short Story contest Short story 5000 words max. Horror and speculative fiction. Winning prize £100. 31/01/2018 Got to site
BBC World Drama International Playwriting competition Play A 53 minute play with up to 6 characters plus a synopsis of 400 words max.  Free to enter.  £2,200 winning prize plus broadcast on BBC World Service. 31/01/2018 Go to site
Arundel Festival Theatre Trail Play 30-40 minute plays.  No reading fee.  £250 for the best script.  £150 writers fee for each play performed. 31/01/2018 Go to site
The Prole Laureate Poetry competition Poetry £3 to enter.  1st Prize £200 plus £50 for two runners-up 31/01/2018 Go to site
The Plough Prize Poetry competition Poetry Short Poem -10 lines, Open Poem - 40 lines.  £5 to enter.  1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £250. 31/01/2018 Go to site
Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize Novel 40-50 pages of novel opening plus 5-10 page novel synopsis.  Literary and genre fiction.  For unpublished female authors over the age of 21.  £12 to enter.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to the Annual Fiction Prize dinner and a free consultation with a literary agent. 09/02/2018 Go to site
Bath Flash Fiction Flash Fiction 300 words max.  Any theme.  £9 to enter.  1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £100. 11/02/2018 Go to site
Writers' and Artists' Yearbook Short Story Competition Short story Free to enter.  Winning prize an Arvon or Clockhouse writers retreat. 13/02/2018 Go to site
The Margery Allingham Short Story competition Short story 3500 words max.  Crime theme.  £12 to enter.  Winning prize £500.  28/02/2018 Go to site
Flash 500 Short story 1000 - 3000 words.  Any theme.  £7 to enter.  1st prize £500, 2nd prize £200, 3rd prize £100. 28/02/2018 Go to site
TSS International Flash Fiction competition Flash fiction 500 words max.  Any theme.  £5 to enter.  1st prize £75, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25. 28/02/2018 Go to site
1000 Word Challenge Short story 750 - 1000 words.  Set at a party.  £5 to enter.  1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25 28/02/2018 Go to site
Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Competition Novel Opening of a crime novel not exceeding 3,000 words and a synopsis of 500-1000 words.  For anyone who has yet to publish a novel.  £36 to enter.  Winning prize £500. 28/02/2018 Go to site
Nature and Place Poetry competition Poetry Poems that deal with any aspect of nature or place.  £6 to enter.  1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize place on creative writing course.  01/03/2018  Go to site
The White Review Short Story Prize Short story 2000-7000 words.  Any theme.  £15 to enter.  £2500 winning prize. 01/03/2018 Go to site
Howard Frank Mosher short fiction prize Short story 10000 words max.  Any theme.  $20 to enter.  1st prize $1000 plus $100 for two runners-up. 01/03/2018 Go to site
BBC National Short Story Award Short story 8000 words max.  Any theme.  Free to enter.  1st prize £15,000 plus £600 for 4 short-listed entries.  12/03/2018 Go to site
Writing World, Twisted Mysteries short story competition Short story 2500-3000 words.  Mystery stories with a twist, set in 1930s.  £5 to enter.  1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25.  30/03/2018 Go to site
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize Poetry Poems suitable for 7-11 year olds.  €12 to enter.  €1000 winning prize.  31/03/2018  Go to site
 Flash 500 Flash Fiction  500 words max.  Any theme.  £5 to enter.  1st prize £300, 2nd prize £200, 3rd prize £100. 31/03/2018 Go to site
Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize Short story Details to follow.  Open to black, Asian, minority ethnic writers living in the UK and Ireland. Expected winning prize £1000. tbd - April Go to site
Tell a Tale - Gothic Fiction Writing Project Fiction 500 words max.  Gothic fiction using the following quotation from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as inspiration, “It might be possible, of course, that far from being one, we may possess two selves.”  Free to enter.  Winning prize £300. 21/04/2018  Go to site
The Bath Short Story Award Short story 2200 words max. Any theme.   £8 to enter.  1st prize £1200, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £100. 23/04/2018 Go to site
The Bath Novel Award Novel 1st prize £2500.  Short-listed entries receive manuscript feedback and intros to literary agents.  Long-listed entries receive an online professional editing course worth £1800. 30/04/2018 Go to site
Bristol Short Story Prize Short story 4000 words max.  Any theme.  1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £700, 3rd prize £400 plus £100 to remaining 17 short-listed entries. 01/05/2018 Go to site
The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest Short story Entry details to follow.  1st prize $1500, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $250 plus two Editors Choice prizes of $125. 15/05/2018 Go to site
Daniel Goldsmith Associates First Novel Prize Novel 50,000 min, adult genre.  For unpublished authors.  £25 to enter.  1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £250, 3rd prize £100. 31/05/2018 Go to site
Reading Room Café competitions Poetry
Short/Flash Fiction
3o lines max.  Emotional distress/mental ill health theme.  £4 to enter.  Winning prize £100. 07/06/2018 Got to site
Christopher Fielden's Annual Short Story competition Short story 2500 words max.  Stories with a humorous twist.  £9/£11 to enter.  1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £250 plus smaller cash prizes for highly commended and shortlisted.  31/07/2018  Go to site
Cinnamon Press Annual Debut Novel/Novella Prize Novel / Novella £12 to enter.  Winning prize 1 years free mentoring worth £1000. 31/07/2018 Go to site
The Sean O Faolain International Short Story Prize Short story Entry details to follow.  Expected 1st prize €2000 plus a week long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. 31/07/2018 Go to site
New Voices Competition Novel First page of novel and one page synopsis.  For those in the early stages of writing their novel.  £10 to enter.  Winning prize a mentoring package worth £550. 14/09/2018 Go to site
The Sunday Times Short Story Award Short story Details to follow.  Entries are expected to open at the end of June and close in late September.  Open to anyone published in the UK.  Winning prize £30,000. tbd - September Go to site
Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter Competition Novel Opening chapter of no more than 3,000 words, plus 1 page synopsis.  Details to follow.  Expected to open for submissions in May with entry fee £10.  Expected 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £200. 31/10/2018 Go to site
Commonwealth Short Story Prize Short story Details to follow.  Expected 1st prize £5000 plus four regional prizes of £2500.  tbd - November Go to site
The Betty Trask Prize Novel Details to follow.  For first novels in a traditional or romantic style by authors under the age of 35. Free to enter.  Expected prize £20,000 which must be spent on foreign travel. tbd - November Go to site