Writing Competitions 2017

sunny hill view illustrating a list of writing competitionsWelcome 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



John O’Connor Short Story Competition – 2017

Deadline: 1st Oct 17
Prize:  Bursary to attend the John O’Connor Writing School
Details: See Site
Fee: £10

Missouri Review’s 27th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize
Deadline: 02 October 2017.
Prize: 1st – $5,000, plus a feature in our spring issue and paid travel to a gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri. Contest finalists will have their work considered for publication at our usual contributor rate of $40 per printed page.
Details: See site – includes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction

Fee:  $25 for the Editors’ Prize & $3 for submission

Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 
Deadline: 10 October 2017
Prizes: Overall winner – book publication and launched at Festival – see site for details. Also 1st Prize 700 euro and trophies for commended entries.
Details: Entries may include poetry and/or prose. This year’s theme is Beneath Western Skies.

Fee: €10 for up to three entries. Entries may include poetry and/or prose. This year’s theme is Beneath Western Skies.

Comedy Writing Competition
Deadline12 October 2017
Prizes: 1st prizes of £50 plus publication and performance opportunities in each category.
Details: Two categories, the first for a 3 minutes comedy sketch or monologue, the second for a maximum 1,000 short story. The competition is open to entries from both women and men but all submissions MUST feature women as the main character/s.

Fabula Press’ Aestas Short Story Competition
Deadline: 14 October 2017
Prizes: First Prize: US$250, Second Prize: US$150, Third Prize: US$100.
Details: See site for further prizes etc.

Fee: US$10.


Words and Women’s Short Prose Competition
Deadline: 15 November 2017
Prizes: National prize for women over 40 of £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust and a regional prize (East of England) of £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.
Details: Entries can be fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and life-writing on any theme. 2,200 words. Any woman writer living in the UK or Ireland, aged 40 and over by the 15th November 2017, can enter for the national prize.

Fee: £10 per entry.


2017 Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition

Deadline: 10 December 2017
Prizes: First Prize: $500 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection;
Second Prize: $250 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection;
Third Prize: $100 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection
Details: Hoping to collect the best contemporary narratives on genuine Gaelic/Celtic mythology.

Fee: $7 – see site for more details



Lost Gatos Irish Writers Competition

Booker prize nominee Mike McCormack will judge the Short Story Competition

Deadline:  GONE 21st September
Prize: $1000 – Short Story & $600 – Adult Poetry
Details: Short Stories & Poetry – see site.
Fee: $10 Poetry & $15 Short Story

Manchester Fiction Prize

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

Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition

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

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: GONE 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: GONE – 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:   GONE 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: GONE  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: GONE 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:  GONE 12th March
Prize: £500, £100 3rd £50
Details: 2500 words short story.
Fee: £5

Fabula Press’ Nivalis Short Story Competition 2017
Deadline:  GONE 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:  GONE 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: GONE 31 May 2017
Prizes: £50 – £1,000 many prizes according to genre.
Details: Novel, short story, poetry & more – see the website.



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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