Firstwriter International Short Story Contest – up to 3,000 words, any theme. Entry fee £6.50. Prizes: £200, plus 10 special commendation vouchers worth £20. Website: http://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/short_story_contest. Closing date 1 APRIL.

Melita Hume Poetry Prize for poets under 35. Prizes: £1,500. Free entry. Closing date 8 April. Website: http://www.eyewearpublishing.com

Philip Larkin Society & East Riding Poetry Prize for poems up to 45 lines. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £200, 5 x £20 commendations. Entry fee £4. Closing date 10 April. Website: http://www.bridlington-poetry-festival-com

Buxton Poetry Competition for poems up to 40 lines on the theme ‘time’. Website: http://www.derby.ac.uk/events/buxtonpoetrycompetition

Bath Short Story Award for stories up to 2,200 words in any style and on any subject. Prizes: £1,000, £200, £100, £50 book token for best local writer, plus £50 Acorn Award for best unpublished writer. Entry fee £8, closing date 27 April. Website: http://bathshortstoryaward.co.uk

Red Shed Open Poetry, for poems up to 50 lines. Prizes: £100, £50, £25 Wakefield prize. Entry fee £3. Closing date 25 April. Website: http://www.currockpress.com

Southport Writers’ Circle International Poetry, for poems up to 40 lines. Prizes: £150, £75, £25. Entry fee £3. Closing date 30 April. Website: http://www.swconline.co.uk

Bristol Short Story Prize. Short stories on any theme, up to 4,000 words. Prizes: £1,000, £700, £400, 17x£100. Entry fee: £8. Closing date 30 April. Website: http://www.bristolprize.co.uk

Exeter Story Prize for stories on any theme, up to 10,000 words. Prizes: £500, £150, £100. Entry fee £8. Closing date 30 April. Website: http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk

Grey Hen Poetry competition for poems up to 40 lines by women 60+. Prizes: £100, £50 and £25, plus website publication. Entry fee £3. Closing date 30 April. Website: http://www.greyhenpress.com

Walter Swan Playwriting Awards. Original plays between 20 and 30 minutes for a maximum of four actors. Prizes: £250 in two categories, 18 and under, and 19 and over. Winning plays performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Ilkley Playhouse. Free entry. Closing date 30 April. Website: http://www.walterswantrust.org.uk

Advertisements