Writing competitions are the best way to feel inspired and motivated to write. Most of the writing competitions mentioned here have prestigious awards, such as cash prizes, publication opportunities and even invites to literary festivals. Want to start writing yet?
Here’s a list of writing competitions that you can enter in the month of July. Whether its short stories, poetry or flash fiction you are writing, there’s a writing competition for all.
Entry Fee: $5
Open to everyone
Deadline: 12th July 2018
Submissions should not be more than 40 lines
Judges: Nia Davis
Prize: $1000 for adults, $100 for young persons, $25 book token for children
Poems must be original, unpublished works that have not been entered or selected in any other writing competition.
Entry Fee: S10
Open to everyone.
Deadline: July 15th 2018
Submit 3 poems maximum
Judges: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
Prize: $1000 as well as publication in the Fall issue of the BreakWater Review
The Peseroff Prize honors the work of Joyce Peseroff. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. There is no theme or form restriction. Poems submitted should be original and unpublished.
Entry fee: One year subscription to the Room Magazine.
Deadline: July 15th 2018
Judges: Zoe Whittall (fiction) and Vivek Shraya (poetry)
Prize: $50, $250, $1000 as well as Publication opportunity.
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: Extended to July 31st 2018
Theme: Jagadhita ‘The world we create’
Prize: $500 as well as a chance to attend the Australian Association of writing programs annual conference. The winning entry also gets published in the Meniscus Literary Journal.
The Emerging Writers’ Prize launched by the Australian Association of writing programs in collaboration with the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival.
Entry Fee: none
Deadline 30th July 2018
Theme: Manuscript competition. Submit one chapter from your novel or a collection of short stories, poetry, hybrid etc. The limit for prose is 5000 words and for poetry it is 50 lines.
Prize: Winner gets a cash prize worth $500, an appraisal of their work, a recommendation letter from UWAP and based on an assessment of the complete manuscript, a publishing contract.
The Chapter one prize is the Australian Association of writing programs new Publication Prize that helps new aspiring writers find recognition. In order to compete, you must be a member of AAWP and you can submit multiple entries.
Three Main Categories are Poetry, Flash Fiction and Mainstream Fiction
Poetry: To enter you must pay $5 entry fee. Submission must be no more than 40 lines in length. The Poetry Competition’s Judge this year will be Adam Horovitz. The Competition is sponsored by the Stroud Festival and is open to international entries. The deadline for this competition is 31st July.
Flash Fiction: To enter you must pay a $3 entry fee. Submission must be no longer than 500 words. The Judge for this year’s competition s Sue Limb. The competition is sponsored by The Hosking Houses Trust and is open to international entries. The competition deadline is 31st July.
Mainstream Fiction: To enter you must pay a $5 entry fee. Submissions must be no longer than 3000 words. This year the competition will be judged by Katy Fforde as well as be sponsored by her. The competition is open to writers who are residents of Gloucestershire only.
For ages 13-18
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: July 17th. Submit on July 9 to get an expert review.
Prize: Winner gets $100 as well as a chance to have their work published on the Write the World Blog.
Judges: Joshua Jelly Schapiro
Theme: Write to celebrate your hometown and make readers want to come and visit. Pick you travel writing genre: Personal travel writing/ Journal travel writing or hybrid. Encourages works that show intimate knowledge, descriptive language that focuses on the setting whilst also being properly researched.
Enrty Fee: None
Deadline: July 8 (Poetry), July 22 (Fiction and Creative Non-ficton)
Current or past residents of Upstate New York or unpublished writers can apply
Submit up to 5 poems of any length. Short story or essay should be no more than 8500 words.
Entry Fee: $10
Deadline: July 15th
Prize: $1000, $300, $200
Submit up to 10 unpublished poems. 2000 word limit. No style of form restrictions.
Annual prize for a poem or a poetry collection.
Open to any writer published or unpublished who is a resident of the United States.
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: 31st July
Prize: $1500 and Publication by Press 53
Annual Prize for a poetry collection
Judge: Tom Lombardo
Submit a manuscript of up to 60 to 120 pages.
Writing competitions are an amazing opportunity to get your work published. It is always a great writing exercise. With this list you have all of July covered.
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