Some of these deadlines are soon, so no time to lose!

Lumen/Camden Poetry Competition for poems up to 40 lines. Prizes: chapbook publication. Entry fee: £2.50, or £10 for six. Closing date February 14. Email adele@wardwoodspublishing.co.uk

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition. Up to 2000 words on the subject of ‘Joy’. £500 prize, plus place on an Arvon writing course of your choice and publication on their website. FREE ENTRY. Details from http://www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

BBC National Short Story Award. Stories up to 8000 words on any subject. Prizes: £15000, £3000, three £500 runners-up. All to be broadcast on Radio 4. FREE ENTRY. Closing date 28 February. Details http://www.bbc.co.uk/nssa/

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition, any genre and theme, but not children’s. Up to 3000 words. Prizes: £500, £250, £100.
Closing date 28 February. Details from http://www.exeterwriters.org.uk

Grace Dieu Writers’ Circle Short Story & Poetry Competition. Poems up to 40 lines and stories up to 2000 words, on any subject. Entry fee for poems, £5 for three, £3 for each additional; short stories £6, then £4 for each additional. Closing date 28 February. Details http://www.gracedieuwriterscircle.co.uk