Competitions are open!
All are welcome to enter the competitions. It is not a requirement to attend the Writers’ Weekend. Full entry, payment and submission instructions will be posted on this page on or before 3 March. There are four competitions available and entrants can submit multiple entries to each competition.
The Writers’ Weekend Flash Fiction Competition
Can you write a story with a beginning, middle and end in only 300 words? We’re looking for stories that transport us and leave us wanting more. Stories should be written for adults, but can be on any theme or subject.
There is no minimum length, but stories must not be a word over 300, including the title.
Judged by Claire Fuller,
author of Our Endless Numbered Days, Swimming Lessons and Bitter Orange
First Prize: £300
Second Prize: £200
Third Prize: £100
Entry fee: £10 for one entry, £8 for a second entry, £6 for any subsequent entries.
Feedback offered for £10 per entry.
For writers of children’s (5+), middle grade, and young adult fiction. Skylark are looking for an instantly intriguing concept coupled with a remarkable writing voice. Entrants are invited to submit the first 3000 words of a work of fiction for first chapter books (ages 5+), ages 8-12, or 12+.
Please specify the audience you are writing for, include a one-page synopsis of your story and give the word count of the finished novel, if complete. 12 pt, double-spaced, not previously published. Please combine the 3000 words and one-page synopsis into ONE file before uploading.
Sponsored and Judged by Skylark Literary Agency.
First Prize: £500 plus a one-to-one editorial consultation by phone or Skype
Second Prize: One-to-one editorial consultation by phone or Skype
Third Prize: One-to-one editorial consultation by phone or Skype
Entry fee: £10 per entry
Writing Magazine & Writers' Weekend Short Story Competition
Entrants are invited to submit quality short stories or flash fiction on any subject, theme or period (no children’s stories). Length 1500-3000 words for each entry. Each entry must be a complete story. Entries will be judged on their originality and excellent story-telling qualities.
Sponsored and Judged by Writing Magazine
First Prize: £250 and publication in Writing Magazine in 2020, and a one-year subscription to Writing Magazine.
Second Prize: One-year subscription to Writing Magazine
Third Prize: One-year subscription to Writing Magazine
Entry fee: £10 per entry/£8 per entry for subscribers of Writing Magazine
Entries for this competition are to be sent directly to Writing Magazine via this link:
Entrants are invited to submit a text of no more than 600 words in prose or verse for children aged 3-6.
Sponsored and Judged by The Bright Agency
First Prize: £500 and a one-to-one editorial consultation by phone or Skype
Second Prize: Written editorial feedback
Third Prize: Book prizes
Entry fee: £10 per entry
The Writers' Weekend Opening of a Novel Competition
Entrants are invited to send the first three pages (12 pt. double-spaced) of their novel, plus a 600-word maximum synopsis. Any theme or period. For an additional fee, entrants can receive one-two paragraphs of supportive feedback on their entry.
Please combine the synopsis and submission into ONE file before uploading.
Judged by author Claire Gradidge, winner of the 2019 Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition.
First Prize: £250
Second Prize: Book prizes
Third Prize: Book prizes
Entry fee: £10 per entry without feedback/£20 per entry with feedback
Young Writers’ Competition
This FREE competition is for young writers in two age groups: ages 4-11, and 12-16.
Entrants are invited to send prose (no more than one page) or a poem (of no more than 30 lines) about ‘What I like about being at home‘.
Entries may be typed or hand-written, but must be submitted online through the link below. No hard copies will be accepted. Two entries maximum per person. Please indicate age of entrant in the top right corner of your entry.
Book tokens will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each age group.
Judged and sponsored by the Writers’ Weekend
Competition Terms and Conditions:
Copyright: Copyright of all works submitted for competitions remains with the author.
Previous publication: All entries must be original, previously unpublished, in English, written by one author, and not have won an award in any previous competition. Self-published entries are acceptable.
Changes to entries: Once an entry has been submitted, it cannot be modified in any way. Please ensure that your entry is in its final form before submitting. Entries MAY NOT be withdrawn and resubmitted. If this occurs, the entry will be disqualified and removed from the competition.
Process: If the competition you are entering requires a synopsis (Skylark and Opening of a Novel), you must combine the synopsis and submission into ONE file before uploading. (Our system does not allow the uploading of more than one file per entry.)
Judging: The decisions of the judges are final and the judges reserve the right to withhold awards if no entry reaches an appropriate standard.
Deadline: The deadline for all competitions is 19 June, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
Winner Announcement: The shortlist and winners will be announced at the Writers’ Weekend at the Saturday Dinner and also on the Writers’ Weekend website: www.writersweekend.uk
Feedback: If you purchased feedback on your Opening of a Novel or Flash Fiction competition entry, it will be sent the week after the Writers’ Weekend (13-17 July, 2020). The other competitions do not offer feedback, unless you win a prize.