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November 20 is the deadline for the Bath Children’s Novel Award. Send the first 3,00 words of your Children/YA book, plus a one-page synopsis. Entry fee: £22. Prizes: £2,000; shortlisted entries receive £500 in services from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. Judge: Julia Churchill. Details: http://www.bathnovelaward.co.uk

The Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Prize asks for 10 poems of up to 40 lines. Fee: £12. Prize: £300 plus publishing contract. Deadline November 30. Details: http://www.cinnamonpress.com

Words and Women Short Prose Competition for short prose (fiction or non-fiction) up to 2,200 words. Entry: £10. Prize: £600. OPEN ONLY TO WOMEN IN THE EAST OF ENGLAND. Details: http://www.words-andwomennorwich.blopgspot.co.uk

Fish Short Story Prize. Up to 5,000 words.  Online fee: 20 Euros, Postal fee: 22 Euros. Prizes: 3,000 Euros; week at Anam Cara writing centre plus expenses. Details: http://www.fishpublishing.com  Deadline November 30.

TheatreCloud’s Tell a Tale Competition invites 500-word short stories on the theme of ‘making change happen‘. The competition celebrates this autumn’s touring production of Mike Poulton’s stage adaption of A Tale of Two Cities, which premieres at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, on September 12. At each town on the tour, the judges of Tell a Tale will select two stories and an actor will chose a favourite and perform a filmed reading – to be subsequently posted on-line. In the final week of the tour an overall winner will be selected, together with a runner-up. Prizes: £300 and £150. In addition, there will be a third prize for the audience’s favourite story. Entry is FREE and all entrants receive an exclusive £10 ticket offer. Details: http://writ.rs/tellatale   Closing date is November 19.

WriteStars Competition – The Final Word! are looking for the ‘final 100 words or so of a story’. Fee: £3.50 per entry, and you can make as many entries as you like. £1 of the entry fee goes to the literacy charity Children in Crisis. Prize is £100, plus a bottle of personalised champagne, plus a free critique of up to 1,000 words. Deadline November 30. Details http://www.writestars.co.uk

Ink Tears Short Story Competition, for stories between 1,000-3,500 words. Prizes: £1,000, £100, 4x£25. Entry fee: £7. Closing date: November 30. Details: http://www.inktears.com

The Artificium Signo Novella Prize, for novellas between 15,00-40,000 words. Entry fee: £5. Prizes: £350, £100, e-publication. Closing date: November 30. Details: http://www.artificium.co.uk

UK International Novel Writing Competition, for the first 5,000-words. Entry £12. Cash prizes: £5,000, £2,500, £1,000. Closing date: November 30. Details: http://www.uk-nwc.com

PLEASE check all details, in case there have been changes that we haven’t caught up with. We wouldn’t want you to waste your precious time or energy. ALSO, please bear in mind that there are still a few hours in which you can enter our very own fifty-word Halloween competition.

Ninevoices have had a few rather nice wins this year, so it’s always worth having a go. Good luck!

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