Lucy Cavendish College Prize 2017. The winner will receive a cash prize of £1,500, together with the offer of a ‘guaranteed’ contract with Peters Fraser Dunlop.   A longlist of twenty will be published in March/April, with a subsequent shortlist of five invited to a dinner in Cambridge on May 25th, when the winner will be announced. In addition, all shortlisted entrants will receive a half-hour consultation with Judge and literary agent, Nelle Andrew, who will give editorial feedback and discuss the marketability of the work submitted – something that money can’t buy! Deadline is noon on February 10th, with an entry fee of £12. One vital point: you must be a female author, aged 21 and over.(Sorry, Ed!) Details and entry:

Writers & Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition. 2,000 words on an open theme. ENTRY IS FREE, but you must be registered on The prize is an Arvon residential writing course of your choice, plus online publication. Deadline: February 13th. Details:

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition. 3,000 words on an open theme. Entry fee: £6. Prizes: £500, £250, £100, plus £100 for a Devon writer. Deadline February 28th. Details:

Bath Flash Fiction Award is for 300-word entries. Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, plus fifty long-listed entrants offered publication in an anthology. Entry £9. Deadline: February 12th. Details:

Flash 500 Short Story Competition. 1,000-3,000 words. Entry: £7 for one, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four. Prizes: £500, £200, £100. Deadline: February 28th. Details:

Kelpies Prize – novel for children. Are you based north of the border? This prize is for a children’s novel ‘set wholly or mainly in Scotland’. Entry is FREE. Prize £2,000, plus publication. Deadline 28 February. For details, including suggested manuscript lengths for different age categories:

Nottingham Writers’ Club Short Story Competition. 2,000 words on the theme of ‘food and/or drink’. Prizes: £200, £100, £50, plus runners-up prize. Non-professional writers only, please. Entry fee: £6 for one or two on-line entries; £5 each for three or more. Deadline: February 28th. Details: http://www.nottingham

And finally – because the deadline is March 1st –  the CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition. 3,500 words, but see website for Margery’s definition of a mystery. Prize: £500, plus a selection of Margery Allingham-related books. Entry fee: £12. Details: 


You will see that the typewriters are getting older. Next month we will feature a quill pen…