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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.

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.

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

Voices from Home

Broken Silence Theatre are very excited to announce that Voices From Home, their platform for emerging writers from the South East, is returning and submissions are now open to female writers only. Writers must currently live, or originally come from, one of the following counties: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey or Sussex. Find out more here.

Deadline: 3 March

The Dizziness of Freedom – call for submissions

In our first anthology, The Dizziness of Freedom, we explore the subject of mental health in a collection of writing from some of contemporary poetry’s most exciting voices. We’re currently open for submissions, and we’d love to hear from you. If your work is selected, you’ll get £75, a free book and an author discount on further copies. Find out more here.

Deadline: 12 March 2018

PROUD LGBTQ+ Anthology

We are thrilled to announce that in March 2019, Stripes will publish PROUD, an anthology of short stories and poetry for young adults written by LGBTQ+ authors. We are launching an open call for submissions from unpublished and unagented writers. Stripes encourages authors under the extended LGBTQ+ umbrella, including those with intersectional minority experiences, to send in short stories interpreting the theme of ‘pride.’ Find out more here.

Deadline: 30 March 2018

The 2018 Theatre503 Playwriting Award

Theatre503 is searching the world for the best new plays and most talented debut playwrights. Theatre503 is the award-winning home of new writers and a launchpad for the artists who bring their words to life, staging the work of more debut writers than any other theatre in the country. The winning play will receive £6,000 with a guaranteed production.
Find out more here.

Deadline: 31 March

The Henshaw Short Story Competition

Henshaw press are seeking short stories on any theme up to 2000 words. You can read more about the competiton here.

Deadline: 31st March 2018

The Bath Short Story Competition

This international competition is in it's fifth year. Writers can win up to £1200 for short stories. You can read more about it here. 

Deadline: April 23rd 2018.

The Bridport Prize

You can submit poems, short stories, flash fiction stories and the opening chapters of your novels to the competition. Submissions for the The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel can be in any adult fiction genre including fiction for young adults (YA) providing there is a genuine crossover for adult readership. First prize of £5000 for short stories and poems, £1000 for flash fiction and £1000 plus mentoring from TLC for first novels. Find out more here.

Deadline: 31 May