The Novella Award 2016 is open for unpublished novellas between 20,000 and 40,000 words. The winner will receive £1,000 and have their novella published by Sandstone Press. The Award is run in partnership between Manchester Metropolitan University and Liverpool John Moore’s University and submissions may be in any genre. Entry fee is £17 and the closing date is 29 April. Full details from: http://thenovellaaward.com

The Bristol Short Story Prize wants unpublished short stories in any style, including verse and graphics, and on any subject. Maximum length is 4,000 words. The entry fee is £8 and the closing date 30 April. Check details on http://www.bristolprize.co.uk

Brentwood Writers’ Circle are celebrating their 75th anniversary with a flash fiction competition for stories of 75 words, on any subject. Entry fee is a modest £2 per story, with prizes of £40, £20 and £15. Deadline is April 30. Details from: http://www.brentwoodwriterscircle.org

Bath Novel Award. 5,000 words and synopsis. Fee: £22. Prize: £2,000 plus trophy. See www,bathnovelaward.co.uk for full details. Deadline April 10 (so, SOON).

Bath Short Story Award. 2,200 words. Fee: £8. Prizes: £1,000, £200, £100. £50 Acorn Award for unpublished writer. Deadline April 25. Details from: bathstoryaward.co.uk.

Bristol Short Story Prize. 4,000 words. Fee: £8. Prizes: £1,000, £700, £400, plus 17x£100. Deadline 30 April. Details from: http://www.bristolprize.co.uk

Momaya Press Short Story Competition. 3,000 words. Fee £8. Prizes: ££110 and £55. Theme: Ambition. Details from http://www.momaya-press.com

Deadlines and details can change, so please double-check the websites before entering anything.

Remember all those New Year Resolutions about writing more…? 

The Brentwood Writers’ Circle competition only needs 75 words – you could dash those off while chomping down your final Easter egg, surely?