Writing Competitions and Events

If you are looking to take your writing to the next level, then entering a writing competition often provides that extra impetus to refine your work.

This is by no means a full list of competitions. Some writing competitions require an entry fee. Others don't. This seems to be the norm these days and there are credible competitions that require an entry fee. Always check that you are comfortable with sending money to the organizers if this is the case.

Please contact the competition organizers directly if you have any queries. NZ Writers College cannot be held responsible for the conduct of any third party competitions or events.

NZ Writers College offers a free-to-enter short story competition every year with cash prizes for the winners. We do this to support emerging writers and provide a platform for the genre. If you would like to see the kind of work people submit, or you just want a good read, have a look at the winning entries over the past five years.

Entries by Deadline

15-17 September 2017
Mapua Library Short Story Competition

29 September 2017
Manchester Fiction Prize

30 September 2017
NZ Writers College Short Story Competition

6 October 2017
Michael King Writers' Centre Residencies 2018 Applications 

31 October 2017
Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter and Synopsis Competition

4 & 5 November 2017
Michael King Writing Centre - Annual Writers Weekend

11 November 2017
NZ Book Festival

19 November 2017
Bath Children's Novel Award

20 November 2017
Michael Gifkin Prize for an unpublished novel

30 November 2017
Fish Publishing Short Story Prize

1 December 2017
Golden Boabab Prize for Early Chapter Books

7 January 2018
Fiction Factory Short Story Competition

1 February 2018
Golfwell's Annual Golf Story Competition

15 March 2018
Writers-Editors Network Annual International Writing Competition

12 March 2018
Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize/ Author of Tomorrow

31 March 2018
International Rubery Book Award


Regular Entries

My Writing Journey competition | The Writers' College Times

FABO Short Story Competition - For children ages 13 and under

Accepting non-fiction and memoir submissions all year round | Byte Stories

Cooldog Short Story Competition


Apostrophe Books | Fiction Fast Track

Inkitt maintains an excellent website documenting lots of international writing competitions


Monthly Entry

Dark Tales Short Story Competition

The Global Short Story Competition


Weekly Entries

The Telegraph Travel Writing Competition

Fish Flash Fiction, Poetry & Short Memoir Contests


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