If you really apply yourself, 2017 could be your lucky writing year.
The Exeter Novel Prize. The deadline for this is midnight on January 1st, so you’d need to get your skates on, but the first prize is £500, plus the opportunity to catch the attention of agent, Broo Doherty, of DHH Literary Agency. Five runners-up will receive £75. Entry costs £18, with a critique included for £80. Check details from: http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk
The Mogford Prize for a 2,500-word themed short story on ‘Food and drink’. Entry is £10 and the prize is a handsome £10,000. Deadline is January 15th. Details: http://www.oxford-hotels-restaurants.co.uk/the-mogford-literary-prize/2017-mogford-literary-prize-information.
Fish Short Memoir Prize. Memoir of 4,000 words. Non-fiction. Fee, online 16 Euros; postal, 18 Euros. Prizes 1,000 Euros; a week at Casa Ana Writers’ Retreat in Andalusia and 300 Euros travel expenses. Deadline January 31st. Details: http://www.fishpublishing.com
Bath Flash Fiction Novella in Flash – 7,000-18,000-words. Prizes: £300, 2x£100. Entry fee: £16. Deadline January 31st. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dundee International Book Prize. Unpublished novels by debut novelists. Prize: £10,000, plus publication. FREE ENTRY. Deadline: January 31st. Details: http://www.dundeebookprize.com
Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition. Stories between 1,000-7,000 words. Prizes: £500 and £100, plus publication. Deadline: January 31st. Entry fee: £8. Details: http://www.thefictiondesk.com
Plymouth Writers’ Group Open Competition for short stories of up to 1,500 words. Prizes: £250, £50; anthology publication. Entry fee: £5. Closing date: 31 January. Details: http://plymouthwritersgroup.co.uk
Arundel Festival – Theatre Trail Writers’ Competition. Short plays between 30 and 40 minutes. Prizes: £250, £150 for each shortlisted; performance. FREE ENTRY. Deadline: January 31st. Details: http://www.dripaction.com
Please remember to check all details before entering: sometimes the goalposts get moved!