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As the official bossyboots of our group, this is my reminder that there’s still time (just about) to enter the Plymouth Writers Group Writing Competition, deadline 1st Feb. They are looking for up to 2,000 words, on any theme. Prizes: £250 and £50. Entry fee: £5. Full details from plymouth-writersgroup.co.uk

The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition also wants up to 2,000 words, on any theme. Deadline is 15th February. Prizes: £500 and a place on an Arvon Writing Course. Entry is FREE, but you must register on their website. Details: http://www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions.

Fish Flash Fiction Prize, wants 300 words on any theme, with prizes of: 1,000 Euros and an online writing course with Fish. Deadline 28th February. Entry fee 14 Euros online; 16 Euros postal. Details: http://www.fishpublishing.com/flash-fiction-contest-competition.php

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition. Up to 3,000-words on any theme. Prizes: £500, £250, £100 (plus £100 for a writer living in Devon). Entry fee: £6. Deadline 28 February. Details: http://www.exterwriters.org.uk/pl/competition.hmtl

Kelpies Prize – Novel for Children. Must be set wholly or mainly in Scotland.  Prize: £2,000 plus publication. Deadline 29 February. FREE ENTRY.  See website for full details, including suggested ms lengths for different age categories. http://www.florisbooks.co.uk

The biennial  Theatre 503 Playwriting Award offers a £6,000 prize, plus guaranteed production of the play at Theatre 503. Entries accepted between 1st and 29th February. Applications must be via an online form and must include a 200-word biography, a 50-word play synopsis and the entire play as a pdf.  Check more details on: https://theatre503.com/theatre503-playwriting-award 

And, finally, literary magazine The White Review will award £2,500 to the winner of its annual short fiction competition. This is for writers who have not secured a publishing deal, but who may have been published in magazines or journals. Entries may be in any genre, but they favour stories ‘that explore and expand the possibilities of the short story form’. Something a bit different, then. The winner will be published in The White Review and will be invited to meet literary agent Imogen Pelham. They want stories between 2,000 and 7,000 words. There is an entry fee of £15 and writers may submit only one story. Details from http://www.thewhitereview.org.

PLEASE double-check on the appropriate website in case any details have been changed.

Remember all those New Year Resolutions about writing more…