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A Mega List of Lists of Writing Competitions

and Other Opportunities

A Mega ‘List of Lists’ of Writing Competitions and Other Opportunities

A few people have asked me for lists of writing competitions and other writing opportunities recently, so here are the ones I know about:

The Aerogramme Writers’ Studio

Almond Press’s list of writing competitions

Arvon’s Writer’s Hub

Christopher Fielden’s blog – extensive listings of magazines and competitions etc for short story writers.

Creative Future – working with underrepresented writers.

Creative Writing Ink’s competitions listings page

Duotrope – a paid resource for writers, but includes a free trial.

Erica Verrillo’s blog. Here’s the March 2021 post.

Fair submissions – curated by Gill James – search using the labels on the left hand side.

The Grinder – a searchable database for poets and fiction writers. Click ‘search’ to search for opportunities that fit what you’ve written.

Jessica Davidson lists writing competitions on her blog, such as this one for novelists (scroll down for links to other lists.)

The Mslexia’s website has competition listings, although you’ll need to buy the magazine for the full listings.

The National Poetry Library’s listings (For poets and a good list of literary magazines for any writer.)

NAWE’s Writer’s Compass listings – from the National Association of Writers in Education.

Neon Books’ list of big UK writing competitions

The Novel Factory: a curated list of novel writing competitions (includes eligibility / deadline etc.)

Writer Paul McVeigh’s blog

Here’s a separate list of poetry resources for UK writers

The Published to Death blog includes calls for submissions to paid markets.

Ralan – look at the menu for various ‘markets’. (Mainly North American.)

Robin Houghton’s blog – Robin does a newsletter with round-ups of poetry submission opportunities – sign up on her blog.

Submittable’s searchable ‘discover’ listings

Thresholds: (This website is no longer updated, but the list of magazines is still useful.)

The Word Factory Round Up (You can change the date in the url to get the latest round up – i.e. 08-20 in this case – sometimes there’s no hyphen and no zero before the month – or get yourself on their mailing list. This also means you can find lists from previous months if you want an idea of what’s coming up.)

EDIT: Looks like the Word Factory’s URL extension has changed to ‘The Busy Writer in [MONTH]’ for 2021 as in Here are the March 2021 listings.

The Write Life blog – list of writing contests.

The Writing Competitions website (think you have to pay for a cup of coffee to access the details.)

The Writers’ Compass listings page – includes jobs, opportunities, calls for submissions and events.

The Writers’ HQ website monthly listings

The Writers’ Room – from the BBC.

Also try your local regional writing centre – like New Writing South down here in Brighton. There’s a list of them on this page on the TLC website. Scroll down until you get to the map.

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