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Here are a few competitions to consider with deadlines at the end of this month. However, PLEASE check the relevant websites to read the small print as sometimes submission dates and details change at short notice. Also (senior moment time) we could just get something wrong and wouldn’t want to mislead you!

Ilkley Literature Festival Competitions:
Short stories up to 3,000 words and poetry up to 30 lines. Prizes £200 in both categories. Entry fee £5 in both categories. Closing date 31 July.
Website: http://www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk

Hassa Annual Open Short Story Competition:
Short stories up to 2,500 words. No connection to Scotland is needed either by theme or entrant. Prizes £400, £50 and £50, plus web publication. Entry fee £5. Closing date 31 July. Website: http://www.hissac.co.uk

Cinnamon Press Debut Novel or Novella Prize:
The first 10,000 words of an unpublished novel or novella by a debut novelist. Prize £700 plus publication. Entry fee £12. Closing date 31 July. Website: http://www.cinnamonpress.com

Norwich Writers Circle Open Fiction Competition:
Short stories up to 2,000 words that include the word ‘mustard’ in the text. Prizes £500, £250, £100. Entry fee £7 per story. Closing postal date 17 July. Closing email date 31 July. Website: http://norwichwriters.wordpress.com
Please note their very specific format requirements.

Sherborne Literary Society Literary Competition:
Stories up to 1,500 words; poems up to 40 lines. Prizes £500, £200, £100 for short stories; £100, £50 and £25 for poetry. Entry fee £10 short stories, £5 poems. Closing date 31 July. Website: http://www.sherborneliterarysociety.com

Please also note that the Costa Short Story Award, (stories up to 4,000 words) with free entry and fantastic prizes of £3,500, £1,000 and £500 has a closing date of August 1st.
Website: http://www.costabookawards.com

Good luck!

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