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May is a big month for those with novels they hope to get noticed – as you will see from below. No excuses for not at least entering one of them.

Colm Toibin International Short Story Award for stories up to 2,000 words. Prizes: 700, 500 and 300 Euros. Entry fee: 10 Euros. Closing date: 1 May. Details: http://www.wexfordliteraryfestival.com

Eoin Colfer International Children’s Short Story Award. Stories for children maximum 2,000 words. Prizes: 500 Euros. Entry fee: 10 Euros. Deadline: 1 May. Details: http://www.wexfordliteraryfestival.com

The Yeovil Literary Prize 2023 is inviting entries. Novel: the prizes are £1,250, £300 and £125. Enter up to 10,000 words, including a 500-word synopsis. Entry fee: £14.50. Short story: the prizes are £600, £250, £125. Enter stories up to 2,000 words. Entry fee: £8. Poetry up to 40 lines: the prizes are £600, £250, £125. Children/Young Adult Novel: the prizes are £600, £250, £125. Enter 3,000 words plus a 500-word synopsis. Writing Without Restriction: prizes are £250, £125 and £75 for original unpublished work in the category for inventive/fun/different writing. Entry fee: £6. Closing date for all categories: 31 May. Details: https://www.yeovilprize.co.uk/

The MTP Short Story Competition invites entries of original stories up to 3,000 words. The winner will receive £1,000 and there are second and third prizes of £500 and £250. Fiver runners up will each receive £50. All winners will be published in the MTP 2023 Anthology, the title of which will be based on the winning entry. Entry fee: £8. Closing date: 31 May. Details: http://www.mtp.agency/cinoetutuib

First Novel Prize for unpublished novels is asking for up to 5,000 words, including a synopsis. Prizes are: £1,000 for the winner, and £500 for the runner-up. Deadline 31 May. Details: https://www.firstnovel.co.uk/

Blue Pencil First Novel Award wants the first 5,000 words of your novel, plus a synopsis and a cover letter. First prize is £1,000 plus an agent introduction; second prize is £500 plus an agent introduction; and one Highly Commended entry will receive £150 plus an agent introduction. Deadline is 31 May. Details: https://bluepencilagency.com/bpa-first-novel-award-2023

The Bridport Prize. Short stories (up to 5,000 words), novels (first 8,000 words), poetry (up to 42 lines) and flash fiction (up to 250 words); new category this year for memoir. Prizes: £5,000, £1,000, £500 and ten £100 highly commended for short stories and poetry; £1,000, £500, £250, five £100 highly commendeds for flash fiction; £1.500, £750, plus editorial guidance. Novel: £1,500 + mentoring; runner-up £750 + package. Entry fee: £11 for flash, £12 poem, £14 short story, £24 novel. Closing date: 31 May. details: http://www.bridportprize.org.uk

Bath Children’s Novel Award. For unpublished and independently published writers of children’s novels. Send first 5,000 words and synopsis. Prizes: £3,000, manuscript feedback, Cornerstones online course worth £1,800. Entry fee: £29. Deadline: 31 May. Details: http://www.bathnovelaward.co.uk

Bath Novel Award. For the first 5,000 words of a novel, plus one-page synopsis. Prizes: 1st £3,000; 2nd – agent introductions and ms feedback. 3rd: Cornerstones online course. Entry: £9. Closing date: 31 May. Details: http://bathnovelaward.co.uk

Frome Festival Short Story for stories 1,200-2,200 words. Prizes: £400, £200, £100, with extra prizes for local entrants and young writers. Entry fee: £8 Deadline: 31 May. Details: http://www.fromeshortstorycompetition.co.uk

Page Turner Awards 2023. Book Award for authors with a published book (mainstream or independent press), win audiobook production and other publishing prizes worth £40,000. Screenplay Award for writers with a completed script. Win the script being optioned for film or an LA literary manager.Young Writers Award for writers aged 18-15. Entry fee: £30. Deadline 31 May. Details: https://pageturnerawards.com/

Details always need to be checked in case of errors or last-minute changes to details.

There are some wonderful opportunities for writers here, so make sure you don’t miss out! And here to inspire you is our lucky black cat, Gizzie, providing she hasn’t just accidentally deleted a draft masterpiece.