Bath Novel Award for the first 5,000 words of a novel, plus one-page synopsis. Prizes: £1,000. Entry fee £20. Closing date 31 August. Website: http://bathnovelaward.co.uk

Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition. Up to 2,200 words, by women. Prizes: £2,000, £500 and 3x£100m plus publication in the June 2015 magazine. Closing date 16 March. See website: http://www.mslexia.co.uk for details and entry charge.

Jane Martin Poetry Prize. Up to 4 poems, prizes: £700 and £300. Free Entry. Closing date 21 March. Website: http://www.girton.cam.ac.uk

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition. Stories up to 1,500 words, entry fee £10, closing date 31 March. Website: http://www.scottishartsclub.co.uk

West Sussex Writers Short Story, stories up to 3,000 words. Entry fee £5. Prizes: £200, £75, £50. Closing date 31 March. Website: http://www.westsussexwriters.co.uk

Short Fiction Journal International Short Story Prize. Stories up to 5,000 words. Entry fee £5. Prizes: £500 plus publication, £100. Website: http://www.shortfictionjournal.co.uk

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