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Halloween Writing Competitions

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As the nights start to draw in, Autumn is the perfect time to sit and write halloween tales, especially when there are so many opportunities for horror writing right now. Here are just a few of them.  Whether yours is a tale of killer clowns or a horror more subtle, good luck submitting.

The Master’s Review Micro Ghost Stories

What’s the beef?   Ghost stories of 250 words or less. Fiction or Non Fiction (for those of you who believe in things that go bump in the night)

What’s the prize? One prize of $50. All other stories published on The Master’s Review blog on 28th October.

What’ll it cost me? Nothing at all.

Closing date:   19th October 2016

Check it out: Here  Themastersreview.com


The Writer Darkest Hours Competition

What’s the beef?   A short story using any definition, nuance or understanding of the word ‘dark.’ Max 2000 words.

What’s the prize? 1st prize: $1000 and publication in The Writer magazine. 2nd prize: $500 and publication on the website. 3rd prize: $250 and publication on the website.

What’ll it cost me? $25 per entry. (Discount available for multiple entries)

Closing date:   15th November 2016

Check it out: Here Thewritermag.com


Furious Gazelle Halloween Writing Competition

What’s the beef?  Halloween themed writing – fiction, non-fiction or poetry Max 7000 words.

What’s the prize? All winning submissions published on their website. Best piece wins $50 and a book of your choice.

What’ll it cost me? Nothing. And you can enter up to 5 submissions.

Closing date:   26th October 2016

Check it out: Here Furiousgazelle.com


Storgy Halloween Short Story Competition

What’s the beef?  Halloween horror stories up to 2000 words.

What’s the prize? 1st prize: £200, 2nd and 3rd prize: The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

What’ll it cost me? £5 per entry and you’ll have to follow them on twitter @morestorgy

Closing date:   26th October 2016

Check it out: Here  storgy.com


Spring Opportunities for Writers – scripts, stories, novel competitions and submissions

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Wow! So many opportunities for writers at the moment. Better get in there quick as some of them have deadlines in the next few days!

Note: some of these sites also have other opportunities for writing in other mediums. For example, I’ve only given the details for Bridport’s Short Story Competition here but they also have prizes for poetry, flash fiction and a novel award. If there are other opportunities, I’ve mentioned it next to the link.

BBC Script Room 11 – Comedy

What’s the beef? The BBC’s annual opportunity for unsolicited comedy scripts. Send a 30 min comedy script, writer biography (only a paragraph) of your writing experience, and an outline of further episodes in the series if relevant.

What’s the prize? Could lead to your script/series being commissioned with the BBC.

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More September Submissions and competitions that won’t cost you a penny!

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I’ve been keeping my eye out and here are a couple more opportunities with closing dates this month. Even better news, there are no submission fees for these ones.

The Guardian Short Story Competition

What’s the beef? Submit a 500-750 word story with the first sentence: He spent his last £30 on a plate of oysters and a glass of champagne. Submission must be submitted online via the Guardian.

What’s the prize? A Guardian Masterclass course of your choice (worth up to £450) and publication via the Guardian Masterclass blog.

What’ll it cost me? Nothing at all.

Closing date:  Monday 28th September at 5pm.

Check it out: The Guardian Short Story Comp

The Irish Times Amateur Travel Writer Competition

What’s the beef? A 600 word feature with the theme of a recent holiday trip in Ireland or abroad for the publication’s ‘Travel’ section. Entry via the website.

What’s the prize? An assignment for one person to go on a press trip to a destination abroad as commissioned by the editor of The Irish Times Magazine. This will include flights, accommodation and meals. The winner is responsible for all visa and travel documents and must have a valid passport.  And publication in The Irish Times obviously, you are expected to write about the trip!

What’ll it cost me? Absolutely nothing.

Closing date: 26th September 2015

Check it out: Irish Times Travel Writing comp.

Cultured Vultures call for submissions

What’s the beef? Short stories between 1000 and 3500 words. Previously unpublished (with the exception of personal blogs). Sent in the text of an email to info@culturedvultures.com

Also accepting culture related submissions on topics such as films, music, gaming, books, poetry between 500-2000 words.

What’s the prize? Publication via their blog. Opportunity to become a regular contributor.

What’ll it cost me? Nowt!

Closing date:  N/A

Check it out: culturedvultures

September Submissions – This month’s Writing Competitions

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September starts the busy season for writing submissions. There are plenty of competitions running from now till December.  Here are a handful of novel and short story competitions all with September deadlines.

If you know of any other writing submissions happening this month please comment below.

Good luck if you are entering any of them!

Mslexia’s Novel Competition

What’s the beef?  A novel competition for previously unpublished female writers. Accepting novels of at least 50,000 words written for adults (and young adults) in any genre. Initial submission is the first 5000 words.

What’s the prize? £5000 for the winning novel. The winner and four other finalists will also receive manuscript feedback from The Literary Consultancy and and an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents.

What’ll it cost me? £25 per entry.

Closing date:  Monday 21st September 2015.

Check it out: Mslexia novel competition

The Manchester Fiction Prize

What’s the beef?  Stories up to 2,500 words. Writers must be over 16 years of age.

What’s the prize? £10,000

What’ll it cost me? £17.50 per entry.

Closing date:  Friday 25th September 2015.

Check it out: Manchester Fiction Prize

Literature Works’ First Page Writing Prize

What’s the beef? A novel competition for previously unpublished writers (no children’s or YA fiction) Send your opening page of your unpublished novel (up to 350 words) and a 150 word synopsis.

What’s the prize? The winner gets £1500 and a report from a literary agent. Second and third prizes of £400 and £200.

What’ll it cost me? £6 for the first entry and £3 for all subsequent entries. (However, these are made via cheque (who uses these anymore???) or bank transfer)

Closing date:  30th September

Check it out: First Page Competition

The Cro Magnan Short Story Prize

What’s the beef? Previously unpublished stories up to 3000 words on the theme of ‘Primitive Humanity.’

What’s the prize? £100 and publication on the Cro Magnan website.

What’ll it cost me? £5 per entry

Closing date: Friday 30th September

Check it out:The Cro Magnon Competition