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INN Crowd

INN CROWD is a programme of high quality live literature performances touring to rural pubs across the South East and East of England (Kent, East and West Sussex, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk) from 2016 – 2019.  It is intended to help reinforce pubs as central to rural community life by bringing exceptional cultural experiences to new audiences.

Applause Rural Touring and Creative Arts East are working with Pub is the Hub and artistic partners New Writing South and Writers’ Centre Norwich to deliver INN CROWD.

The first tour ran between November 2016 and August 2017 and INN CROWD are now looking for shows for forthcoming tours.

Find out more information here.

Lantana Publishing

Lantana Publishing is a young, independent company with a mission to open up a space for diverse and minority voices in children's publishing. They are currently looking for submissions for picture book manuscripts from BAME authors and illustrators. For more details on the submissions process and specifications click here.


Writers’ charity the Royal Literary Fund is building Showcase, an online resource of essays, podcasts, short audio and video of authors talking about the many facets of writing. Showcase provides a wealth of fascinating material for aspiring writers to explore. Explore the resource here.

Sleepless Arch Theatre

Sleepless Arch Theatre are inviting submissions for new scripts for plays about one hour long which they can produce with a cast of 1 - 3 actors in a minimal setting. In particular, they are currently interested in looking at new writing which makes some reference to music although they are very happy to also look at a wide range of stories. For more infromation click here.

Ad Hoc Fiction

Ad Hoc Fiction, free weekly flash fiction competition. 150 words maximum. Entries published and winner decided by public vote. Winner receives a  free entry to Bath Flash Fiction Award and a chance at winning the £1000 first prize,  £300 second prize or £100 third prize.

Reedsy short story contest

Every Friday, Reedsy kicks off a weekly short story contest by sending out a newsletter that includes five themed writing prompts. Subscribers have one week (until the following Friday) to submit a short story based on one of the prompts. A weekly winner receives $50 and publication on Reedsy’s Medium blog. Find out more here.


The Future Bookshelf

The Future Bookshelf is a creative writing hub for aspiring writers which aims to demystify publishing and guide users of the website through the process of writing, editing, submitting and publishing. The Future Bookshelf will also be hosting an Open Submissions period in December 2017. This will be for unpublished, unagented writers of novels and non-fiction, who feel that the industry doesn’t adequately represent people from their background or with their experiences. It is to run from Friday 1st to Friday 8th December 2017.

WoLF Poetry Competition

In association with Wolverhampton Literature Festival, Write Out Loud is proud reopen the WoLF Poetry Competition, open to poets across the globe. The theme for this year's competition is 'out of darkness...'.

Poems must be no more than 40 lines. It costs £4 per poem  and the winning poet receives £400. You can read more about the prizes avaliable and how to enter here. 

Deadline for submissions: 31st December 2017

Tongues&Grooves Prose Poem Prize 

Tongues&Grooves are looking for prose poems for their inaugural competition. A prose poem is a piece of imaginative poetic writing written in the form of a paragraph (or more) of prose. If you’re unfamiliar with the form then you can find links to a range of examples on their website.   
Find out more here.

Deadline: 1st January 2018

The Mogford Prize for food and drink writing

Mogford is looking for short stories. Food and drink must be at the heart of the winning tale. Your short story could, for instance, be about crime or intrigue; about a chance meeting over a drink; a life-changing conversation over dinner; or perhaps the details of a relationship explored through food or drink.
Find out more here.

Deadline 3rd January 2018

The Plough Poetry Prize

In addition to the Open Competition for a poem up to 40 lines, in addition, this year the Short Poem Competition for a poem up to 10 lines has been reinstated thanks to support from the Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation.

Both competitions are now open for submissions.
1st prize for each competition the prizes is £1000. Closing date: 31st January 2018. Find out more here. 

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition

The Fiction Desk seeks short ghost stories for a new competition. Stories must be between 1,000 and 7,000 words. It costs £8 to enter and the winner receives £500. You can get more info here.

Deadline: 31st January 2018

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition

Poems can be on any subject in any form and must be no more than 40 lines. There is the chance to win up to £1000 and it will be judged by the poet Helen Ivory. You can read more about the competition here. 

Deadline: January 31st 2018

Reflex Fiction- Quarterly international Flash Fiction Competition 

Seeking stories between 180 and 360 words. Entrants can win up to £1000 and it costs £7 per entry. 

Spring 2018 opens for entries on the 1st December 2017 and closes Feburary 2018. You can read more about the competition and previous winners here.

Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2018

The Rialto working with the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative are seeking poems that deal with any aspect of nature or place. It is £6 to enter and you can win up to £1000. More info can be found here

Deadline: 1st March 2018