Time again to welcome back Francesca Capaldi Burgess
as she tells us about the current opportunities in the Competition Monthly.
How much is it
worth paying to enter a competition? The answer isn’t a simple one. If it’s a
high prestige competition, like the Bridport, it’s naturally going to cost
more. The prize money is usually much higher, and success in such a competition
is excellent for the CV. Sometimes there are other bonuses like introducing the
winner to a literary agency or promise of publication. Competitions that are
free, or cost as little as £3, don’t have the prestige of the bigger comps, but
they have other advantages going for them. Since many are less well known and
offer much smaller prizes, fewer people will enter them. That ups your chances
of being placed.
This month I found
a competition with shoe vouchers as prizes, along with money, which I thought
rather appropriate for the RNA. (Anyone who’s been to a party in the past or
seen photos will know what I mean!)
In Bocca al Lupo (‘In the mouth of the wolf’ – good
luck, in other words!)
**Closing soon **
Words with Jam First Page Competition
Theme: First page
(up to 400 words) of novel published, unpublished, unfinished or written just
for the comp.
Prize: £500 / £100
/ £50
Competition
deadline: 31 May 2016
Entry: £6 (£4 each
for 2 or more)
**Closing soon**
Finchley Literary Festival Short Story Competition
Theme: Open. 1,000
word max
Prize: £100 / £50
/ £25
Competition
deadline: 31 May 2016
Entry: £5
Writing Magazine Crime Short Story Competition
Theme: Any crime.
1,500 – 1,700 words
Prize: £200 plus
publication in Writing Magazine. Runner up £50 plus online publication
Competition
deadline: 14 June 2016
Entry: £5 / £3 for
subscribers
Moth Short Story Prize 2016
Theme: Open. 6,000
word max
Prize: €3,000 /
Week retreat in France plus €250 / €1,000
Competition
deadline: 30 June 2016
Entry: €12
Wells Festival of Literature Competition: Short Story
Theme: Open. 1,000
– 2,000 words.
Prize: £500 / £200
/ £100
Competition
deadline: 30 June 2016
Entry: £5
Wells Festival of Literature Competition: Children’s
Book
Theme: For Age 10
– 16, first 3 chapters or 30pp plus synopsis.
Prize: £500 / £200
/ £100
Competition deadline:
30 June 2016
Entry: £5
The Impress Prize Novel Competition
Theme: Open. New
writers. Book proposal plus sample chapters, max 6,000 words
Prize: E-Publishing
contract with Impress
Competition
deadline: 1 July 2016
Entry: £15
Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition
Theme: Open. 1,200
words max
Prize: £200 / £100
/ £50
Competition
deadline: 11 July 2016
Entry: £5
Writing Magazine Writing for Children Short Story
Competition
Theme: ‘Coming to
terms with…’ 1,500 – 1,700 words
Prize: £200 plus publication
in Writing Magazine. Runner up £50 plus online publication
Competition
deadline: 14 July 2016
Entry: £5 / £3 for
subscribers
Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition
Theme: Must
reference shoes somewhere in the story. 2,000 words max
Prize: £400 + £100
Van Dal shoes voucher / £175 + £75 VD voucher / £50 + £50 VD voucher
Competition
deadline: 17 July by post, 31 July by email
Entry: £8
Francesca
Burgess 
has been placed or shortlisted in a number
of competitions including Twyford Writers, Winchester Writers’ Conference,
Chorley and District Writers’ Circle, Flash a Famous Phrase, Meridian Writing,
People’s Friend and Writing Magazine.
She’s had stories published in magazines worldwide and in three anthologies,
including Diamonds and Pearls and 100 Stories for Haiti. She
is a member of the RNA New Writers’ Scheme.




Links:
Thank you for another great selection,
Francesca.
If
you’d like to write for the RNA blog please contact us on elaineeverest@aol.com

2 Comments
  1. Author
    Julie Vince 2 years ago

    Great selection of competitions, Francesca, thank you!

  2. Author

    Glad you like them, Julie.

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