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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.


Arundel Festival Theatre Trail Writers Competition –

BBC International Playwriting Competition –

Big Moose Prize –

British Haiku Awards –

Caine Prize for African Writing –

Calibre Essay Prize –

Exeter Novel Prize –

Fish Short Memoir Contest –

Gemini Magazine Poetry Contest – www.gemini

Gulf Coast Writers Association –

Iowa Review Awards –

James Knudsen Prize –

Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry –

Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition –

Magma Poetry Competition –

Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing –

NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge –

Plough Prize –

Retreat West First Chapter Competition –

San Francisco Writers Conference –

Terry J Cox Poetry Award –

The Roswell Award –

Tony Hillerman Mystery

UK Film Festival Scriptwriting Competitions –


Arc Poem of the Year –

Bumblebee Flash Fiction Competition –

CBC Non Fiction Prize –

Crime Writers Association Margery Allingham Short Story Competition –

Daisy Pettles Writing Contest –

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition –

Flash 500 Short Story Competition –

Hippocrates Prize –

Kathryn A Morton –

Malahat Review Novella Prize –

Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction –

Michael Waters Poetry Prize –

National Flash Fiction Day Microfiction Competition –

Northern Writers Awards –

Omnidawn First/Second Book Poetry Contest –

Snowbound Chapbook Award –

Southampton Review Non Fiction Prize –

Spotlight First Novel Competition –

William Van Dyke Short Story Competition –

Willow Run Poetry Book Award –

Writers Union of Canada Short Prose Competition –


Axe to Grind Flash Fiction –

Bridgend Writers Circle Open Short Story Competition –

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize –

Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Competition –

New Welsh Writing Awards –

Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest –

Enizagam Literary Awards –

Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize –

Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize –

Gordon Burn Prize –

International Rubbery Book Award –

Lindesfarne Prize –

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction –

42 Miles Press Poetry Award –


Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize –

Bath Short Story Award –

Bulwer Lytton Contest –

C Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize –

Cowles Poetry Book Prize –

Craft Short Fiction Award –

Lorraine Williams Poetry Prize –

Magpie Award for Poetry –

Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize –

Momaya Press Competition –

Oberon Poetry Prize –

Omnidawn Broadside Poetry Prize –

Orison Books Poetry and Fiction Prizes –

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest –


Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition –

Bath Novel Award –

Bristol Short Story Prize –

CBC Poetry Prize –

Eden Mills Writers Festival Literary Contest –

Frome Festival Short Story –

Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans –

Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest –

Martin Crawford Awards –

Questions Writing Prize –

Raymond Carver Short Story Prize –

Sows Ear Poetry Review Chapbook Contest –

Stan ad Tom Wick Poetry Prize –

The Hal Prize –

Writers Digest Self Published book Awards –


Boulevard Poetry Contest –

Room Creative Non Fiction Contest –

Short Fiction Prize –

Goi Peace International Essay Contest –

Eyelands International Short Story Competition –

A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest –

McLlelan Poetry Prize –

James White Award –

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.


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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