Here are some competitions to enter in March – some with early deadline dates, so be warned.
Flashbang Contest for 150 words. Entry fee: £2. Prizes: two weekend passes to Crimefest 2018; one weekend pass; special Crimefest delegate bag; shortlisted entries will be invited to Crime Writing Day on 19 May. Details: flashbangcontest.wordpress.com
Crime Writers Association Margery Allingham Short Story Competition for a 3,500 word story written to ‘Margery’s definition of a mystery’. Fee £12; Prize: £500 plus a selection of Margery Allingham-related books. Details (including her definiation of a mystery): thecwa.co.uk/debuts/shortstory-competition
Mslexia is inviting entries for a new women’s flash fiction competition, which is running alongside its short story competition. The new Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017 – Flash Fiction is for stories up to 300 words and will be judged by Kit de Waal. There is a first prize of £500 and three other finalists will each win £50. All the winning entries will be published in Mslexia. The entry fee is £5 and all stories must be by women writers. Their Women’s Short Fiction Competition 2017 – Short Story is for stories up to 3,000 words and will be judged by Deborah Levy. The first prize is £2,000, plus an optional week-long writing retreat at Gladstone’s Library and a day with an editor at Virago Press. Three other finalists will each win £100, and all four winning entries will be published in Mslexia. The entry fee is £10 per story and, again, you need to be a female writer. Deadline is 20 March. Details: http://www.mslexia.co.uk/competitions.
Visual literary journal Short Fiction is inviting entries for the Short Fiction Prize 2017, for stories up to 5,000 words.The winner will receive £500 and there is £100 for the runner-up. The winning and runner-up entries will be published in Short Fiction. The third-prize winner will receive a place on a Short Fiction online masterclass. Entry fee is £7 and the closing date is 31 March. Details: http://www.shortfictionjournal.co.uk
The Play’s the Thing. The Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing is open for entries to the 2017 competition, which is intended to encourage new writing talent. The competition is for original, unpublished and unperformed one-act plays no longer than thirty minutes by amateur playwrights. Three scripts will be selected to be performed at the Windsor Fringe Festival in October and the overall winner will also receive £500. Scripts must be for no more than six actors and suitable for staging in a studio theatre. Only one script per author will be accepted. There is a £10 entry fee and the closing date is 5 March. Details: http://www.windsorfringe.co.uk/drama-awards-2017-apply-now/
Submissions are invited for the inaugural Saltash Short Story Competition on the theme of ‘community’. Original stories of up to 1,000 words are wanted and winners in each category (adult, young person 12-17 and child up to 12) will receive book tokens worth £100. Winners and runners-up will also have their entries published in an anthology. Entry fees are £5 adults, £2.50 young person, £1 child. Closing date 31 March. Details: http://diverse-events.com/events/saltash-may-fair-2017.
Making Waves is a new competition for spoken word poetry from Falmouth Poetry Group amd has a first prize of £600. There is a second prize of £250 and a third prize of £150. To enter send digital sound files of short spoken poems, up to 200 seconds. Entry fee is £6 and the closing date is 31 March. Details can be found at: https://cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com/making-waves-spoken-poetry-competition/
Fish Publishing Poetry Contest for a poem of 300 words. Online fee: 14 Euros; postal fee: 16 Euros. Prizes: £1,000 Euros; week at Anam Cara retreat. Details: http://www.fishpublishing.com
Please remember to carefully check all details before entering.
Remember that New Year’s Resolution you made – to write more, enter more competitions – now’s the time to surprise yourself and follow through!