Monday 26 April 2010

Short Story and Poetry Competition

A proper writerly blog post - and possibly one that should be on Womag's blog really...

Anyway, if anyone out there in blogland fancies having a go at writing a winning short-story or poem with the chance of some GREAT prize money - the following might be of interest....

Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition with £4000 worth of Prizes!

The Writers Bureau – Britain’s leading Creative Writing home study college – has launched its annual Poetry and Short Story Competition for 2010.

Now in its 16th year, the competition will, once again, be judged by Iain Pattison and Alison Chisholm. Alison commented on last year’s winners saying, “The wide-ranging subject matter and a host of individual voices made this a fascinating competition to judge. Many of the entries reached out and captivated the reader, who was drawn into another world and invited to become a part of it. The winners were spectacular.”

Last year’s winners can be viewed at

Total prize money is £4000: First prize in each category is £1000, second prize £400 third prize £200, fourth prize £100, plus six runners-ups prizes of £50 each.

The theme is open so entrants can choose to write about any subject.

Poems should not exceed 40 lines and short stories should not exceed 2000 words.

The winners will be featured in Freelance Market News and on The Writers Bureau competition website giving the winners a chance to showcase their work and boost their profile.

The entry fee for each poem or short story is £5.00 and the closing date for entries is 30th June 2010. Entry can be either online or through the post.

For entry forms or further information contact:

The Competition Secretary, Dept Comppr, The Writers Bureau,Sevendale House, 7 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 1JB Tel: 00 44 161 228 2362

Or Visit

Contact: Diana Nadin Email: Tel: 0161 228 2362 (day)


ptasia said...

Do you know if you have to be a UK citizen?

Christina Jones said...

ptasia - the WB is international and they said it was an open comp with no restrictions and I know (because I've judged previous comps but not this one - shame!) that entries have been from all over the world - good luck! C x

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

This looks very interesting, thanks for posting about it.

Christina Jones said...

Debs - I thought it sounded good too - very open re subject and good prize money... C x