Our website features the most comprehensive list of creative writing competitions, prizes, and awards for writers scheduled for 2021. The list includes mainly short story, poetry, and flash fiction competitions, but there are also many events for essay writers and even prizes for entire novel manuscripts. Each item on our list includes basic information about max word count, entry fees, submission deadlines, and the first place prize. Clicking on an entry opens a new page featuring a more detailed description and a link to the organizer’s submission page. Events that are free to enter are highlighted. If you’d like to add any new writing competitions, please submit the details using our event submission form.
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07junAll DayAurora Prize for WritingA national competition run by Writing East Midlands, in partnership with the Society of Authors.UKEntry Fee:£9 Max word count:2,000 (short fiction) 60 (poetry) Top Prize:£500 cash, feedback from a matched literary agent and membership to Society of Authors (in both poetry and short fiction categories)
02julAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Young Writers Program 2021Connect - Learn - EvolveInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:1,000 Top Prize:Publication, access to Mindselo Creators Program, Certification, and many other future opportunities
15augAll DayFree to enter! Yay!The Yale Drama SeriesInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:No limit Top Prize:$10,000, publication of manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater
31augAll DayAesthetica Poetry and Short Story Creative Writing Award 2021InternationalEntry Fee:£12 (poetry), £18 (short story) Max word count:40 lines (poetry), 2,000 (short story) Top Prize:£2,500 and publication
01sepAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Immerse Cambridge & Oxford Summer School Essay CompetitionUKEntry Fee:Free Top Prize:opportunity to win a 100% scholarship to participate in an Immerse summer programme.
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