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Not many competitions to enter in June – half-term, holidays, the silly-season – but there are some. They are modest by comparison with the major prizes on offer at other times of the year, but it’s worth remembering that will mean less entries to compete against.

Troubadour International Poetry Prize for original poems by adult writers in English and no longer than 45 lines. Closing date: 21 June. Entry fee £5. Prizes: £5,000; £1,000 and £500, with 20 £25 prizes and a £100 Troubadour restaurant gift voucher and bottle of champagne for entries from London and the South-East. Details: http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes

Erewash Writers’ Group New Writer Competition, for a story up to 3,000 words by new writers only. Prize: £40. Entry fee £3. Details from: erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2016-ewg-new-writer-competition.html

Words Magazine Short Story Competition. Up to 2,000 words on the theme of Christmas (Yes, I know – but magazines have long lead times!). Entry is FREE. Prizes: £50 and £25 plus, presumably, publication in the magazine. Deadline June 30. Details: http://www.words-mag.com

Henshaw Press Short Story Competition. Up to 2,000 words. Prizes: £100; £50; £25. Fee: £5. Details: henshawpress.co.uk

Please remember to check the websites for full details before entering.

And don’t forget that there are a handful of days left in May, if you’re tempted to have a go at the Bridport. I sent my novel entry in, experienced a glitch, but was given all kinds of help in sorting it out. They are truly lovely people. (Mind you, they’ll probably still give my book the thumbs down, but that’s writing for you!)

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