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With ninevoices’ member, Tanya, winning two writing competitions this summer, Val winning another, and Sarah being short-listed, I make no excuses for urging everyone to attempt at least one of the following competitions. There are lots of them, so something for everyone:

Bath ‘Rolling’ Flash Fiction Awards. Their current competition is for up to 300 words, with prizes of £1,000, £300, and £100. In addition, the fifty long-listed story writers will be offered publication in an anthology. Deadline October 16. Details from bathflashfictionaward.com

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter and Synopsis. Send 3,000-word opening chapter, plus a one-page synopsis. Entry fee is £10. Prizes: £500 and £200. Details from http://www.flash500.com  Deadline October 31.

Earlyworks Press Short Story Competition. 8,000-words. Fee: £5 for up to 4,000-words; £10 for over that length. Prize: £200. Details from http://www.earlyworks-press.co.uk   Deadline October 31.

Ouen Press Short Story Competition. This is for a factual story of between 3,000-10,000-words. The theme is: The Journey. Entry is free. Prizes are £300; 2 x £100. Details from http://www.ouenpress.com    Deadline October 31.

East London’s Writeidea Festival 2016 has a Short Story Prize aimed at writers who have not previously been published (comforting to know you won’t be competing with Hilary Mantel!). They are looking for up to 3,000-words, in any genre. There is a first prize of £300, with four runners up each receiving £50. The closing date is October 10 and entry is free. Details on their website: http://writeideafestival.org/

The WOW Awards 2017 invite entries of fiction and poetry. In each category there are first and second prizes of 750 Euros and 150 Euros. The winners and five shortlisted entrants in each category will be published in an anthology and ten shortlisted writers will each receive 30 Euros. The stories may be up to 3,000 words and the poetry entries up to 100 lines. There is a fee of 15 Euros per story and 10 Euros per poem.  Deadline is October 31. Website: http://www.wordsonthewaves.com

The London Magazine Short Story Competition want stories of up to 4,000-words on any theme. There is a first prize of £500, a second prize of £300 and a third prize of £200. The winning story will be published in the magazine and the deadline is October 31. Details from http://www.thelondonmagazine.org

The Flambard Poetry Prize, awarded by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts to honour the achievements of Flambard Poetry Press, is for a group of five poems, which must be original and unpublished. First prize is £1,000 and a second prize of £250. Each poem must be a maximum of forty lines. There is a £5 entry fee per group of five poems and the deadline is October 31. Details can be seen on their website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/competitions/flambard

The UCG International Literary Prize, is a new creative writing prize run by Hammond House Publishing in association with the University Centre, Grimsby. They are asking for between 2,000-3,000-words on the theme of conflict. There is a first prize of £500, a second prize of £100 and a third prize of £50. Winners will also be published in an anthology. With an entry fee of £10, the deadline is October 30. Details from their website: http://www.hammondhousepublishing.com

Last, but by no means least, why not have a go at our very own FIFTY WORD COMPETITION inspired by the spooky photograph on our blog of today’s date? The prize may not be huge, but entry is completely free and £25 would fund a couple of pretty good bottles of wine or some other treat to inspire your further writing. The deadline is on THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT on October 31. See below for details.

Good luck! Remember, someone has to win these prizes. Why not you? But DO remember to check all details on-line in case there have been changes or we have inadvertently interpreted them wrongly.