I think we can safely say that ninevoices have proved that entering competitions is worth doing. So here are suggestions for next month:

Bath Novel Award. First 5,000 words and synopsis. Fee: £25. Prizes: £2,000 plus Minerva trophy; £500 voucher from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. Deadline 24 April. Details: bathnovelaward.co.uk

Exeter Story Prize. 10,000 words. Fee: £10. Prizes: £500, plus trophy; £150; £100; £200 Trisha Ashley Award for humorous story. Deadline: 30 April. Details: http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk

Ver Poets Open Competition. 30 Line poem. Fee: £4. Prizes: £600; £300; £100. Deadline: 30 April.Details: verpoets.co.uk

Grey Hen Poetry Competition, postal entries only, for women poets over 60. Up to 40 lines. Fee £3 per poem, or £4 for 10.  Prizes: £100; £50; £25. Deadline 30 April. Details: http://www.greyhenpress.com/poetry-competition-2017-entry-rules/

Historical Novel Society New Novel Award. Prize: £3,000. Entry: $35 (yes, that is in dollars!). Deadline; 1 April. Details: http//historicalnovelsociety.org

The RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2017. Short stories up to 4,000 words. Prize: A reading by a special guest at an evening at the Royal Academy of Arts. Entry: FREE. Closing date: 23 April. Details: pindrop@pindropstudio.com

RW First Chapter Competition. Submission package: three chapters, synopsis, leter. Prize: Submission review by literary agent Laura Williams. Entry fee: £15. Closing Date: 30 April. Details: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk

Harpers Bazaar Short Story Competition. Up to 3,000 words on the theme of ‘the anniversary’. FREE ENTRY. Prize:publication and a weekend break. Details: shortstory@harpersbazaar.co.uk

As ever, we advise checking all details before entering. Good luck!