William Hazlitt Essay Prize (Notting Hill Editions): closing date 1 August 2013

Notting Hill Editions has launched an annual literary prize for the best essay in the English language, of between 2,000 and 8,000 words, published or unpublished, on any subject.

 The chair of judges is author and journalist Harry Mount. The other judges are Gaby Wood, Adam Mars-Jones, Lady Antonia Fraser, David Shields.
Entries between 2,000 and 8,000 words.
Entry fee £10.Award £15,000.
Five runners-up will each receive £1000.

Authors of any nationality are eligible, but submissions must have been written originally in English.
“If already published, the essay must have appeared for the first time in periodical (print or online) but not book form, between 1 January 2012 and 31 July 2013.”
 Further details on the website.

Mslexia Women’s Pamphlet Competition, closing date 17 June 2013

For short collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 pems by women poets who have not previously had a full-length collection published.

1st prize: Publication by Seren Books, plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and a 10 per cent royalty on sales.

One or more poems from the pamphlet will be published in _Mslexia_ magazine.

Judge: Amy Wack, poetry editor at Seren Books

Closing date: 17 June 2013

Entry fee: £20 per collection
See http://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/pamcomp_active.php for more information.

The 17 Winchester Writers’ Competitions: closing date 24 May 2013/ 19 July 2013

The 17 Winchester Writers’ Competitions are now open – the competitions include

  • Writing for Children
  • the Short Story
  • the Shorter Short Story
  • Poetry, Haiku
  • Feature Articles
  • Slim Volume
  • Small Edition
  • Crime Fiction
  • Lifewriting
  • Retirement
  • The First Three Pages of the Novel
  • Sustainability of the Environment
  • the Young Writers Poetry Competition.

Entries must be original, unpublished work, written by one author, submitted using a pseudonym and must not have won an award in any previous competition. Self-published work is acceptable. Copyright remains with the author. The deadline is 24 May, 2013 for all competitions, except the Young Writers’ Poetry Competition, which has a deadline of 19 July.

Sixty-three prizes and five trophies will be awarded at the Writers’ Awards Ceremony on June 22nd, during the 33rd Winchester Writers’ Conference. In addition, the winner of each competition will be published in the Winchester Writers’ Conference anthology,_The Best of 2013_, published in the autumn. For the competition booklet, please follow this link:http://www.writersconference.co.uk/

Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize

The language of focus in 2013 is Portuguese, the text to be translated is ‘O sucesso’ by Brazilian author Adriana Lisboa.

The judges are Ellie Steel (editor),  Naomi Alderman (author),  Margaret Jull Costa (translator) and  Ángel Gurría-Quintan (literary reviewer).

Open to all between the ages of 18 and 34, with no restriction on country of residence.

Deadline for entries is 2nd August 2013.

The short story and details on how to enter are available at www.youngtranslatorsprize.com

14th V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize for best unpublished short story

First prize  £1,000, and the story published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review.

“In addition to this, there will be an opportunity to appear at an RSL event with established short story writers in autumn 2013 (the 2012 winner read at an event with short-story writer, novelist, and poet Jackie Kay).

This year’s judges are award-winning short story writers Adam Foulds, Jackie Kay and Helen Simpson.”

Closing date: 13 June 2013
Entry Fee:  £5
Entry form available on the website.


Yeovil Literary Prize 2013, Prose and Poetry. Closing date 31 May 2013.

There are three categories:

The novel:  Short list judge Tracy Chevalier
Synopsis and opening chapters (up to 15,000 words in total)
Entry fee – £11 for each novel submitted

The short story:  Short list judge Julia Churchill, The Greenhouse Literary Agency
Up to a maximum of 2,000 words.
Entry fee – £6 for each short story submitted

Poetry: Judge Neil Astley, Editor and MD Bloodaxe Books
A poem with a maximum of 40 lines.
Entry fee – £6 for one poem, £9 for two, £11 for three

Closing date:  31st May 2013, 23:59

Full information and details at www.yeovilprize.co.uk

(Postal address:  Yeovil Literary Prize, The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil, BA20 1UX)

Cheshire Prize for Literature (poetry). Closing date 1st September 2013.

The 2013 Cheshire Prize for literature has now opened. The prize is for poetry.

Note that this open only to writers with a Cheshire connection:

“The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire. For the purposes of the Prize, Cheshire is deemed to include the Wirral, as well as Warrington and Halton. Documentary evidence of eligibility may be required.”

Closing date 1st September 2013.
For details see http://www.chester.ac.uk/literatureprize

Wenlock Poetry Competition: closing date 6th Feb 2013

The 2013 Wenlock Poetry Competition is now open for entries to anyone age 17 and over. Up to 5 original poems, maximum 40 lines, on any subject, can be submitted. Entry fee is £5.00 per poem.

· 1st prize  £500
· 2nd prize £200
· 3rd prize £100

Shortlisted entries will be judged by Sir Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate. Winners will be invited to read at an awards ceremony on Saturday 6th April in Much Wenlock as part of Wenlock Poetry Festival 2013.

More information and details on how to enter can be found on the Wenlock Poetry Festival website.

Closing Date: Wed 6 Feb 2013
Entry fee: £5.00 per poem