Writing Competitions and Events

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

Below is a short list of competitions. Some writing competitions require an entry fee. Check that you are comfortable with sending money to the organisers. Please contact the competition organisers directly if you have any queries.

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.

Read the winning entries over the past ten years. The deadline is 30 September each year, and the competition opens for entries in July.


Entries by Deadline

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition
Deadline: 15 June 2020
More details here

The Moth Short Story Competition
Deadline: 30 June 2020
More details here

Anthology Short Story Writing Competition 2020
Deadline: 31 July 2020
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The HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2020
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To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition
Deadline: 1 August 2020
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Takahē Poetry Monica Taylor Competition 2020
Deadline: 31 August 2020
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Saveas Writers' International Writing Competition 2020
Deadline: 31 August 2020
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Kindle Storyteller Writing Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2020
More details here

The Query Letter.com Writing Contest
Deadline: 15 September 2020
More details here

The NZ Writers College 2020 Short Story Competition
Deadline: 30 September 2020
More details here

The Bedford Competition (International Short Story and Poetry Awards
Deadline: 31 October 2020
More details here

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

Grindstone Literary runs several competitions annually. Have a look at their competitions here - https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions


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


Basics of Creative Writing Course
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