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STOP PRESS:  JUST LEARNED THAT THE WORDS FOR THE WOUNDED COMPETITION HAS BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE OF ILLNESS.

 

Bridgend Writers’ Circle Open Short Story Competition for stories between 1,500 and 1,800 words on any theme. Prizes: £100, £50, £30. Entry fee: £5 for one, £7.50 for two. Closing date 1st March. Details: http://www.bridgendwriters.org

Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing. Unpublished and unperformed one-act plays (30 minutes or less, no more than six actors) by amateur playwrights. Prizes: Three winning scripts will be performed at the Windsor Fringe Festival, with £500 for an overall winner announced on the last night. Entry fee: £10. Closing date: 5 March. Details: http://www.windsorfringe.co.uk

BBC National Short Story Award for stories up to 8,000 words. Prizes: £15,000, plus 4 x £600. FREE ENTRY. Deadline, 9 a.m. on Monday, 9 March. Details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nssa

Words for the Wounded Georgina Hawtrey-Woore 1st Chapter Award. First chapter of a novel on any theme, up to 4,000 words, plus synopsis. Prizes: £200 plus chance to appear in Frost Magazine. Entry fee: £10. Closing Date: 14 March. Details: http://www.wordsforthewounded.co.uk

Fowey Festival Short Story Competition for stories up to 1,500 words on the theme ‘Not After Midnight’. Prizes: £100, £75. Closing Date: 16 March. Details: http://www.foweyfestival.com

Harpers Bazaar Short Story Competition for stories up to 2,200 words (not the 2,500 quoted in Writing Magazine!) on the theme of ‘Summer’. Prize: a two-night stay at the historic Grantley Hall in Yorkshire, plus the chance to see your work published. Deadline 13 March. Details: shortstory@harpersbazaar.co.uk

The Henshaw Quarterly Short Story Competition for March is for a story up to 2,000-words. Prizes: £200, £100 and £50. Entry fee: £6.  Deadline: 31 March. Details: http://www.henshawpress.co.uk

Retreat West Quarterly Flash Fiction Prize for a maximum of 500 words on the theme: Abandoned. Entry fee: £8. Prizes: £200; 2 x £100. Deadline: 31 March. Details: http://www.retreat-west.co.uk/competitions/quarterly-themed-flash

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize for a poem for children – no line limit. Prize: 1,000 euros. Entry fee: 12 euros. Deadline 31 March. Details: thecatterpillarmagazine.com

Short Fiction Short Story Prize for stories up to 5,000 words. Prizes: £500, plus publication; £100. Entry fee: £6. Closing date 31 March. Details: http://www.shortfictionjournal.co.uk

Not a vast list, but plenty to keep you out of mischief while sheltering from the rain and icy winds.

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