Writing Competitions 2017

swallow flying over river illustrating a post on Writing Competitions 2017Welcome to writing competitions 2017.

I will continue to add to this page as the year goes on and if you hear of any more writing competitions coming up in 2017 please let me know.

Please check the websites for more details of these competitions – before you submit.

If you haven’t started your story yet and need a creative boost try these writing exercises


Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition

Deadline: July 10th 17
Prize: £200, £100 & £50
Details: Short Story – see site
Fee: £5

Manchester Fiction Prize

Deadline: 29th Sept 17
Prize: £10,000
Details: Short story up to 2,500 words
Fee: £17.50

The Wovental Press

Deadline:  July 31st 2017

Prize: One week writer’s retreat in the Hamptons, New York.

Details: 6,000 word maximum literary fiction or creative non fiction.

Fee:  $20

My Mother My Hero

Deadline: May 1st 2017

Prize $200

Details: 250 word essay expressing how you feel about your mother – see site for more details.

Fee: Free to enter

Win a holiday in Provence.

Deadline: February 19th 2017

Prize: 4 night stay in Provence – publication in anthology.
Details: 2000 words on ‘the journey’ – see site for more details.
Fee: Free to enter.

Tethered by Letters Fiction Short Story Contest
Deadline:   March 1st 2017
Prize $1,000  Five finalists receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Details:Any genre – from 1,000 to 7500 words.
Fee:  $15

Nature and place poetry competition
Deadline: March 1st 2017

1st prize – £1000
2nd prize – £500
3rd prize – A place on a creative writing course
at Ty Newydd Writing Centre in 2017
A personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wildlife places in East Anglia.
A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen to learn about his research.

The Emerging Writer’s Contest

Deadline: Opens March 1, 2017 at noon EST and closes May 15, 2017

Prizes: The winner in each genre will be awarded $2,000 & publication.

Details: Open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry

Fee: $24 fee – waived if submitter is a current subscribe

ChipLitFest Short Story Competition
Deadline: 12th March
Prize: £500, £100 3rd £50
Details: 2500 words short story.
Fee: £5

Fabula Press’ Nivalis Short Story Competition 2017
Deadline: 31 March 2017
Prizes: 1st $250, 2nd $150, 3rd $100. Longlisted entries (top 15-20) get published in  anthology. Non-prize winning published entries will be paid US$50 each. A
Details: Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000.

Fee: $10.

017 Bristol Short Story Prize
Deadline: midnight (BST) 3 May 2017
Prizes: 20 stories shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 10. 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £700, 3rd prize is £400. 17 further prizes of £100 to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology.
Details: The maximum word limit is 4,000, there is no minimum. Stories may be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online or by post.

Fee: £8

Yeovil Literary Prize
Deadline: 31 May 2017
Prizes: £50 – £1,000 many prizes according to genre.
Details: Novel, short story, poetry & more – see the website.


Drawing of an owl - illustrating a list of writing competitions 2017This is early in the year, so all the news of writing competitions hasn’t come in yet, but I will be watching out for them.

If you see any competitions not listed here it would be great if you let me know.

In the meantime I will be back soon with more news of writing competitions 2017.

If you are stuck for ideas and want to try your hand at entering these writing competitions, why not try some of these writing exercises to get you going.

Best of luck


P.S. Don’t forget to share this page with your friends or writing group.

Please note Practical Creative Writing is not liable for any errors, or changes in these details. So, please check the websites and read the details of these competitions very carefully – before you submit.













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