writing competitions to enter in June 2020

Writing competitions to apply to in June, 2020

Writing competitions provide you with much-needed exposure and by competing with other writers you can become better at writing. Almost all writing competitions provide you with some sort of theme or prompt which you then have to build your story, memoir, or poem around. This is great because it helps eliminate procrastination and the overwhelming task of which ideas to act upon. Writing competitions are also often judged by famous authors and prominent literary personas. This means you get a chance to learn from them and maybe get quality feedback but also to impress them with your writing skills. 

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Here are a few writing competitions to apply to in June, 2020.

Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction

To take part in this competition you must submit a collection of flash fiction, novellas, or short stories. The maximum word limit is 50,000 i.e. 100 to 200 book pages. All work submitted must be original and should not be submitted elsewhere at the same time. The writing competition is accepting entries until June 30th. The winners will be announced in January 2021. 

The Entry fee is $25. 

To get a better understanding of the theme we recommend reading the past winning entries such as Orders of Protection by Jenn Hollmeyer (2019) and Quantum Convention by Eric Schlich (2018). 

Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award & 
Kate Tufts Discovery Award

The Kingsley and Kate Tuft awards are awarded to remarkable writers whose works were published between July 2019 and June 2020. The award is set to award impeccable writing as well as encourage writers to keep writing. With a $10,000 prize the award is set to be the heftiest momentarily and the sole purpose for that is to be an encouragement to others that have started their careers, and just need the stepping stones to continue creating. It’s not exactly the tiara that means you never get o to compete again. 

Writing Magazine Grand Prize

The Writing Magazine Grand Prize is a new open competition for short story writers. Submit your short story on any topic of 2000 word minimum to win an exciting cash prize of $10,000. The competition is currently open and will close on June 30th.

Creative non-fiction competition

The creative non-fiction competition explores the creative side of non-fiction writing whether it is a memoir or an atmospheric research piece. The competitions seek unique story-telling skills but in the non-fiction genre. 

The entries must be between 1500 – 1700 words and the competition closes on June 15th. The winning entries will be awarded with £200 and get published in Writing Magazine. 

Living Springs Publishers Baby Boomers Plus contest

The Baby Boomers Plus contest is open to anyone born in 1964 or earlier. There is no specific theme but the contest is accepting entries that affect readers, make them feel something. The voice of the ‘boomers’ needs to be captured in 900- 4000 words. The first, second, and third prizes are $500, $200 and $100 respectively, about 15 finalists will be shortlisted and their entries will be published in the Living Springs Publishers LLP book. The competition closes on June 15th and to enter one must pay a $25 entry fee.

Beyond the Storm Poetry Competition

The Beyond the Storm Poetry Competition has been organized by the BBC Casulaty Team. The competition is judged by Andrew McMillion. The focus is on creating a poetic record of the pandemic era. Writers are encouraged to send their account of life under lock down. To enter the competition there is no entry fee but donations are appreciated and unlike the other writing competitions mentioned in this list, there is no cash prize for this competition. The money raised will be used to fund NHS Charities National Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. 

Let me comments below which competitions will you be applying to this month.

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