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Robert Graves Poetry Prize 2018
A collaboration between the Roehampton Poetry Centre and Wimbledon Bookfest, this prize will be given for the best single previously unpublished poem. Judged by literary agent Peter Straus and renowned poet David Harsent, the winning poem will receiving £1000, while two runners up will each receive £100. All three will be published in POEM Magazine. Find out more here
Deadline: 15 August 2018
LIT-UP! Call for poets of colour
Brighton & Hove publisher Waterloo Press invite submissions for LIT-UP, their new mentoring and publishing scheme for emerging poets of colour. The two-year project will provide ten poets with a digital platform plus the necessary mentoring and editorial support to produce a pamphlet or poetry collection. Find out more here
Deadline: 31 August 2018
ServiceScape Short Story Award
This US-based professional editing writing marketplace is running a competition for unpublished short stories of any genre. There's a cash prize of $1000 USD, and the winner will have their short story featured on the ServiceScape blog. Find out more here
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Brexit in Poetry Competition
Holland Park Press is inviting you to send them a poem that deals with any aspects of the Brexit process. Whether you're for or against leaving the EU, they're looking to be touched, inspired or even frustrated by your poem. There's a £200 prize up for grabs - find out more here
Deadline: 31 December 2018
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. Find out more 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.