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The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2019

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Closing date: 
1 February 2019
Entry: 
Open to emerging writers living in the UK aged 18 or over No entry fee
Prize: 
£1,500 and other prizes

The Spread the Word

London organisation running creative writing workshops for writers at all stages, with a focus on new writing and live literature, and encouraging innovation and experimentation. www.spreadtheword.org.uk

Life Writing Prize in association with Goldsmiths Writers' Centre was established in 2016.

Open to emerging writers living in the UK aged 18 or over, the Prize was established to celebrate and develop life writing in the UK thanks to a generous donation from Joanna Munro.

Blake Morrison is Patron of the Prize.  Read more

Myriad’s First Drafts Competition 2018

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Closing date: 
6 July 2018
Entry: 
Open to unpublished women writers of any nationality and of African heritage or descent.
Prize: 
Publication in the forthcoming anthology New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby and a week's writing retreat

Myriad EditionsOnline image bank of infographics from The State of the World Atlas by Dan Smith. Useful resource for students, academics, teachers, journalists and businesses, the store will soon contain maps and graphics from their entire State of the World Atlas series. Download via Paypal, low resolution images start at $1 and high resolution images from $50. is now seeking entries for a special edition of its annual First Drafts award, now in its ninth year, to launch unpublished writers. This year, the Competition will be in celebration of Myriad's forthcoming publication New Daughters of Africa edited by Margaret Busby OBE.  Read more

Booklife Prize 2018

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Closing date: 
31 August 2018
Entry: 
Open to all in six categories - Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; Memoir/Autobiography; YA/Middle Grade Entry fee $99
Prize: 
Grand Prize $5,000

The BookLife Prize is an annual writing contest sponsored by BookLife and Publishers WeeklyInternational news website of book publishing and bookselling including business news, reviews, bestseller lists, commentaries http://www.publishersweekly.com/. The Prize seeks to support independent authors and discover great books in six categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; Memoir/Autobiography; YA/Middle Grade.  Read more

Winchester Writers Festival 2018 Writing Competitions

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Closing date: 
11 April 2018
Entry: 
Open to all, no requirement to attend the Festival £6 per entry, +10 for feedback
Prize: 
Various prizes

Our 2018 Writing Competitions are now open!

For full details on our ten writing competitions, please visit www.writersfestival.co.uk/competitions  Read more

The Booklife Prize in Fiction 2017

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Closing date: 
31 August 2017
Entry: 
Unpublished or self-published novels in the English language are eligible Entry fee $99
Prize: 
Grand Prize $5,000

The BookLife Prize

Discovering Great Books, Supporting New Authors  Read more

Winchester Writers Festival Competitions 2017

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Closing date: 
15 May 2017
Entry: 
Open to all writers across the UK and around the world regardless of whether or not you attend the Festival Entry fees mostly £6
Prize: 
Various

The Festival's ten writing competitions are now open for submissions!

The competitions are open to all writers across the UK and around the world regardless of whether or not you attend the Festival in June.

Closing date: 15 May 2017. All entries must be submitted online. Winners will be announced at the Festival and on our website on Saturday 17 June.  Read more

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2016

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Closing date: 
15 July 2016
Entry: 
Open to writers of any nationality and any age group with work which has not been previously published Entry fee £6
Prize: 
Winners in each category will receive £300 and their entries will be published in Wasafiri.

The New Writing Prize 2016 is now open for entries!

Submissions are welcome in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing. Ensure that you submit your entry/entries by the deadline: 5pm BST on 15 July 2016. Winners will receive £300 and their entries will be published in Wasafiri.  Read more

Mslexia Women's Memoir Competition 2014

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Closing date: 
22 September 2014
Entry: 
Women from any country who have not published a memoir, but may have published something else, are eligible Entry fee £25
Prize: 
£5,000

The competition is for full-length memoirs from unpublished women memoirists. To be eligible a memoir must be at least 50,000 words and narrate actual events from the writer's own life. To enter the competition, send up to 5,000 words - which must be the first 5,000 words of the memoir.

First Prize £5,000  Read more

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