When it comes to getting your work noticed, there’s very little that’s better than having won or been shortlisted for a writing competition… and the odds of that happening may not be as long as you think. Every competition listed below produces one or more winners each and every year, as well as numerous honourable mentions and shortlisted writers. Being selected isn’t as unlikely a prospect as most people think.
But in order to be selected, your first have to pick a competition to enter. Thus we present our list of excellent writing competitions based in the UK. To appear here a competition must run at least once a year, and must have a prize that justifies its entry fee. Not only that, but we screen out any scams or vanity publishing schemes for you. You can enter the competitions listed here with confidence.
Oh, and just because the competitions listed here are based in the UK, doesn’t mean writers from all over the world can’t enter. If you want more international options, though, we strongly recommend Literistic. Can you think of a competition that we’ve missed? Just get in touch and let us know and we’ll add it ASAP.