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Gizzie’s writing competition suggestions for April….and remember, black cats are lucky!

The Cheshire Novel Prize has a deadline of 1st April and is open to unpublished or self-published, unrepresented novelists of every genre including YA. Submit the first 5,000 words of your novel followed by a 500 word synopsis. The winner will receive £1,500 and one highly commended writer £500. They and all shortlisted authors will be invited to a lunch in Cheshire on 1st August. Entry is £27. Details: entry@cheshirenovelprize.com

The 2023 Bristol Short Story Prize is looking for unpublished stories up to 4,000 words. The first prize is £1,000 and there are second and third prizes of £500 and £250. Seventeen further shortlisted writers will each win £100. All twenty shortlisted entries will be published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology volume 16. Entry is £9 per story and the closing date is 26 April. Details: http://www.bristolprize.co.uk

The Desperate Literature Prize wants submissions of unpublished short fiction up to 2,000 words. The winner will receive 1,500 Euros, a week’s writing residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, a consultation with literary agent Charlotte Seymour from Johnson & Alcock, and a manuscript assessment with an editor from The Literary Consultancy. Two runners up will each receive 750 Euros and all shortlisted writers will be published in a Desperate Literature anthology and in one of Desperate Literature’s partner journals. They will also be invited to take part in a Desperate Literature Salon in Madrid, London or Edinburgh. One shortlisted writer will be invited to read at the Tbilisi International Festival of Literature, including a seven-day residency at The Writers’ House of Georgia and a travel stipend. The entry fee is 20 euros for the first story and 10 Euros for each additional story. Closing date: 16 April. Details: https://desperateliterature.com/prize/

The Bath Short Story Award has a maximum 2,200 word count and prizes of £1,200 for the winner, £300 for the second prize and £100 for the third prize. There is also a £100 Acorn Award for an unpublished writer. Entry is £9 and the deadline 24 April. Details: http://www.bathshortstoryaward.org/

Sitcom Mission is inviting original 15-minute sitcom comedy scripts with the potential to be made into a series of a minimum of six episodes and preferably a number of series. Scripts need exciting, relatable charcters who, along with their dialogue, should be the focus of the sitcom. Episodes should also have ‘an inciting incident’ central to the episode that sets the story rolling. A long list of scripts will be announced in June and the writers will receive feedback and be given two weeks to rewrite their script. Four scripts will then receive a live rehearsed reading at a showcase in June/July 2023 where industry professionals will decide the winner. Entry: £15 per script. Closing date: 30 April. Details: https://www.comedy.co.uk/sitcom_mission/info.

Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize has a deadline of 3rd April and is seeking short fiction between 1,000 and 5,000 words. The winner will receive £1,000, with further cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd places, and 12 shortlisted entries will be published in the latest anthology released later in the yea. Entry is £10 per submission and there are 50 free entries for writers on a low income on a first-come, first-served basis. Details: https://bricklanebookshop.org

Remember to check all details before entry. Gizzie wishes you the very best of luck!