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Creative Writing Competitions 2020 Part 1

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Christmas shopping is in full swing and 2019 is preparing to bow out to 2020.

A vibrant enthusiasm always lingers in January air and with it the belief we can succeed. Get ahead of the game and prepare for a substantial creative writing year with a full diary of competitions and events. Take a look at this collection and click on the links for competition details. Please feel free to comment and add to the list.

JANUARY

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail Writers Competition – www.dripaction.com

BBC International Playwriting Competition – www.bbc.co.uk

Big Moose Prize – www.blacklawrence.com

British Haiku Awards – www.britishhaikusociety.org.uk

Caine Prize for African Writing – www.caineprize.com

Calibre Essay Prize – www.australianbookreview.com

Exeter Novel Prize – www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk

Fish Short Memoir Contest – www.fishpublishing.com

Gemini Magazine Poetry Contest – www.gemini magazine.com

Gulf Coast Writers Association – www.gulfwriters.org

Iowa Review Awards – www.iowareview.org

James Knudsen Prize – www.bayoumagazine.org

Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry – www.bayoumagazine.org

Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition – www.kentandsussexpoetry.com

Magma Poetry Competition – www.magmapoetry.com

Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing – www.mogfordprize.co.uk

NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge – www.nycmidnight.com

Plough Prize – www.theploughprize.co.uk

Retreat West First Chapter Competition – www.retreatwest.co.uk

San Francisco Writers Conference – www.sfwriters.org

Terry J Cox Poetry Award – www.regalhousepublishing.com

The Roswell Award – www.lightbrigerproject.org

Tony Hillerman Mystery https://us.macmillan.com/minotaurbooks/tonyhillermanprize

UK Film Festival Scriptwriting Competitions – wwwukfilmfestival.com

FEBRUARY

Arc Poem of the Year – www.arcpoetry.ca

Bumblebee Flash Fiction Competition – www.pulpliterate.com

CBC Non Fiction Prize – www.cbc.ca

Crime Writers Association Margery Allingham Short Story Competition – www.thecwa.co.uk

Daisy Pettles Writing Contest – www.daisypettleswritingcontest.com

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition – www.exeterwriters.org.uk

Flash 500 Short Story Competition – www.flash500.com

Hippocrates Prize – www.intercompetition.com

Kathryn A Morton – www.sarabandebooks.org

Malahat Review Novella Prize – www.malahatreview.ca

Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction – www.sarabandebooks.org

Michael Waters Poetry Prize – www.southernindianareview.submittable.com

National Flash Fiction Day Microfiction Competition – www.nationalflashfictionday.co.uk

Northern Writers Awards – www.newwritingnorth.com

Omnidawn First/Second Book Poetry Contest – www.omnidawn.com

Snowbound Chapbook Award – www.tupelopress.org

Southampton Review Non Fiction Prize – www.thesouthamptonreview.com

Spotlight First Novel Competition – www.adventuresinfiction.co.uk

William Van Dyke Short Story Competition – www.ruminatemagazine.com

Willow Run Poetry Book Award – www.hiddenriverarts.wordpress.com

Writers Union of Canada Short Prose Competition – www.writersunion.ca

MARCH

Axe to Grind Flash Fiction – www.darlingaxe.com

Bridgend Writers Circle Open Short Story Competition – www.bridgendwriters.org

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize – www.cinnamonpress.com

Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Competition – www.baen.com

New Welsh Writing Awards – www.newwelshwritingawards.com

Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest – www.tnq.ca

Enizagam Literary Awards – www.enizagam.org

Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize – www.fitzcarraldoeditions.com

Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize – www.msupress.org

Gordon Burn Prize – www.gordonburnprize.com

International Rubbery Book Award – www.rubberybookaward.com

Lindesfarne Prize – www.ljrossauthor.com

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction – www.nelliganprize.submittable.com

42 Miles Press Poetry Award – www.winningwriters.com

APRIL

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize – www.upittpress.org

Bath Short Story Award – www.bathshortstoryaward.org

Bulwer Lytton Contest – wwwbulwer-lytton.com

C Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize – www.hubcity.org

Cowles Poetry Book Prize – www.semopress.com

Craft Short Fiction Award – www.craftliterary.com

Lorraine Williams Poetry Prize – wwwthegeorgiareview.com

Magpie Award for Poetry – www.pulpliteraure.com

Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize – www.marshhawkpress.org

Momaya Press Competition – www.momaypress.com

Oberon Poetry Prize – www.oberonpoetry.com

Omnidawn Broadside Poetry Prize – www.omnidawn.com

Orison Books Poetry and Fiction Prizes – www.orisonbooks.com

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest – www.winningwriters.com

MAY

Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition – www.atlantareview.com

Bath Novel Award – www.bathnovelaward.co.uk

Bristol Short Story Prize – www.bristolprize.co.uk

CBC Poetry Prize – www.cbc.ca

Eden Mills Writers Festival Literary Contest – www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca

Frome Festival Short Story – www.fromeshortstorycompetition.co.uk

Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans – www.iowareview.org

Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest – www.leapfrogpress.com

Martin Crawford Awards – www.belfastbookfestival.com

Questions Writing Prize – www.questions.com.au

Raymond Carver Short Story Prize – www.carvezine.com

Sows Ear Poetry Review Chapbook Contest – www.sowsearpoetry.org

Stan ad Tom Wick Poetry Prize – www.shorescripts.com

The Hal Prize – www.thehalprize.submittable.com

Writers Digest Self Published book Awards – www.writersdigest.com

JUNE

Boulevard Poetry Contest – www.boulevardmagazine.org

Room Creative Non Fiction Contest – www.roommagazine.com

Short Fiction Prize – www.writersdigest.com

Goi Peace International Essay Contest – www.goipeace.or.jp

Eyelands International Short Story Competition – www.writers-online.co.uk

A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest – www.writers-online.co.uk

McLlelan Poetry Prize – www.poetryproseandplays.com

James White Award – www.jameswhiteaward.com

I hope this list gets your writing year off to a creative start and I will add to it in the new year as competitions open.

Author:

A professional and creative writing graduate and proofreader. Hobbies include: reading, writing, walking, cycling, theatre, cooking, baking, arts, crafts and culture. An avid volunteer within the arts sector and supporter of improving mental health. Favourite quote: creativity is contagious passion. (Einstein)

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