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Lists of Writing Competitions and Other Opportunities

A list of lists

A few people have asked me for free 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

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

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

The listings on Mslexia’s website

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

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

Robin Houghton’s blog – Robin does roundups of poetry submission opportunities – sign up on her blog

Submittable’s searchable ‘discover’ listings

Thresholds: http://thresholds.chi.ac.uk/literary-magazines-and-other-markets/ (This website is no longer updated, but the list of magazines is still useful.)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.)

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 (This list is for April 2020 – again try changing the date in the url to get the most recent one)

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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