Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 1

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the first edition of a new feature here at Limebird Writers. Each week we will highlight a few writing competitions and opportunities that we have cherry-picked from the web for you. Do let us know how you get on if you enter any of them…


Opportunity type – Real life stories/poems for inclusion in various ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ books.
Theme – Non Fiction inspirational/emotional.
Word count – 1,200 words.
Organiser/publisher – Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing.
Reward – $200 (US) plus 10 copies of the book your work appears in.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for infoChicken Soup Link
Notes – Stories and poems must be about a real thing that has happened to you or someone you know and must be written in the first person.


Opportunity type – Pocket novel submissions, associated to ‘My Weekly’ magazine.
Theme – Various, but with romance backdrop.
Word count – 50,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – DC Thomson (Newspaper, magazine and book publishers).
Reward – £300 for First British Serial Rights.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for info – The full details don’t appear to be on the DC Thomson website. I was sent a flyer by them and have uploaded it here – Flyer
Notes – My Weekly pocket novels are published fortnightly and sold alongside magazines. Each one is only available for sale for two weeks, after which time the rights revert back to the author.


Opportunity type – Short story competition.
Theme – Science Fiction/Fantasy.
Wordcount – 4,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Writer’s Digest.
Reward – $500 (US) category first prize, plus other prizes, visit site for info.
Eligibility – Also open to non-US residents.
Deadline – October 15, 2013.
Link for infoWriter’s Digest Link
Notes – There is a fee for entering. This is just one of many competitions run throughout the year by Writer’s Digest.


Opportunity type – Travel writing contest.
Theme – ‘Just Back’, an article about a trip you have taken.
Word count – 500 words.
Organiser/publisher – The Telegraph newspaper.
Reward – £200 weekly prize, £1,000 for the article of the year (prizes given in foreign currency of your choice).
Eligibility – Sorry folks but this one is only open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or over.
Deadline – Each Wednesday.
Link for infoTelegraph Link
Notes – For inspiration, read previous winning entries here


Opportunity type – Poetry contest
Theme – Any.
Word count – 40 lines.
Organiser/publisher – The Comstock Review.
Reward – First Prize $1,000 (US).
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – Postmark by July 1, 2013.
Link for infoThe Comstock Review Link
Notes – There is a $5 entry fee for each poem you enter; no limit on the number you can enter.


Good luck everyone!

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information given here, but please verify details yourself before submitting anywhere as Limebird Writers cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies. Listing of opportunities here is not necessarily an endorsement of them.


34 Responses to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 1”

  1. Wow – thank you for the fantastic links and information!

  2. Great post Vanessa, really useful for those looking to enter competitions or find out more writing information. 😀 B

  3. Very informative. This post is surely worth tagging so thank you. Which ones would be your choice?


    • Thank you. I might have a go at the travel writing one next time I go on a trip – I’ve not really done anything like that before, so it might be fun. Unfortunately that’s the one that is only for UK residents, so that’s ok for me, but not for everyone!

  4. This is a great resource — thanks so much for providing it!

  5. Thanks so much! What a wonderful idea to share. I, for one, will be keeping a close watch on writing opportunities posted here. Two thumbs up, Vanessa.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! It’s challenging to keep track of all that’s out there.

  7. Thank you, Vanessa! I’ve got an idea for at least one of these.

  8. This is a great idea for a regular post topic! It can be hard to keep track of potential submission contests and the like, so “one stop” shopping is really convenient. 🙂

    • Well between this post, my main blog one and my sugarness one, I feel I have rather monopolised your blog commenting time today J! (Or yesterday as it is now tomorrow…oh dear). Hopefully this little round-up will become a useful resources on here.

      • It was so hard not to look at other blogs this weekend! But I’m trying to reserve them for time doing things with my husband and carving out blocks for writing. It’ll take some getting used to!

  9. Oooo what a great list!! Good luck to all who enters these!

  10. Excellent Idea. Very helpful to keep track of potential writing opportunities.

  11. What a wonderful idea. If I hear of any I’ll send you the info on them!

  12. So happy to have a little birdie tell me about contests and out-of-the-ordinary submission markets. Three cheery chirps of thanks!

  13. Great idea! I did a WDC short story contest and ended up with the idea for my novel The Six Train to Wisconsin. 🙂

  14. Great idea, Vanessa! Thanks to you and Limebirds for pulling this together. 🙂


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