Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 2

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the second edition of a new feature here at Limebird Writers. Each week we will highlight a few writing competitions and opportunities that we have selected for you. If you missed the first edition, you can view it here.


Opportunity type – Short story competition.
Theme – Any.
Word count – 500 words.
Organiser/publisher – The Writing Competition.
Reward – £100 first prize, £75 second prize, £50 third prize.
Eligibility – International entries welcomed, but must be written in English.
Deadline – Ongoing (quarterly).
Link for infoThe Writing Competition
Notes – There is £4 entry fee. They have a different judge each quarter. This quarter’s summer judge is BAFTA and OCSCAR nominee, writer William Nicholson.


Opportunity type – True stories for anthology series called “Not Your Mother’s Book…”
Theme – Real life stories for a mature readership; not tragic/sad stories, more fun and modern. Each book has a different theme, upcoming titles are on the website.
Word count – Between 500 and 2,500 words.
Organiser/publisher – Publishing Syndicate.
Reward – Copy of the book your story appears in, plus share of the royalties.
Eligibility – Must be 18 years or older to submit.
Deadline – Ongoing, see website for individual title deadlines.
Link for info –  Submission guidelines 
Notes – The CEO and her husband edited and created the Chicken Soup books prior to launching this series of books.


Opportunity type – Novels, novellas and interconnected short stories for digital publishing (print editions will be made if ebook sales reach certain levels).
Theme – Teen, YA and New Adult across all genres.
Wordcount – 25,000 to 60,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Bloomsbury Spark (part of the global Bloomsbury Publishing).
Reward – Standard ebook royalty rates. Compensation discussed if they wish to publish your manuscript.
Eligibility – Submission email addresses are for USA and Canada, UK Europe and ROW, Australia, and India (not clear if submissions are accepted from outside of those areas). Manuscripts must be in English.
Deadline – Ongoing – they plan to publish new ebooks every month starting Autumn 2013.
Link for infoBloomsbury Spark
Notes – They are a full-service publishing house. No agent needed to submit to them.


Opportunity type – Radio playwriting competition.
Theme – Horror.
Word count – Equivalent to maximum 15 minutes performance time (the website says approximately 10 pages).
Organiser/publisher – The London Horror Festival and The Wireless Theatre Company.
Reward – Three shortlisted entries will be produced and performed live by professional actors as part of Stage Fright 2013 at the London Horror Festival in October. Overall winner will receive the Andre de Lorde Award for Horror Playwriting.
Eligibility – Not specified (probably best to check direct with them whether it is open to international entries if you are outside of the UK).
Deadline – August 15, 2013.
Link for infoStagefright
Notes – There is a £2 entrance fee. Plays must be written for a cast of no more than 5, and must clearly be for radio not film.


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.

27 Responses to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 2”

  1. Must find time to participate. Must find time…
    Thank you, Vanessa. Love this info.

  2. Fabulous, as always. I like the sound of a few of these… B

  3. I am intrigued. Thanks for the leads, Vanessa!

  4. I can add these to my list of things to do! If only there was enough time and motivation. :/

  5. You’re getting a great variety of opportunities in these posts, which is great for the diverse readership. 🙂

  6. Great list Vanessa!! Keep them coming!

  7. Speaking as someone who’s had to judge entries to contests, I totally appreciate the short word count on many of these.
    Speaking as a writer, though – one who delves a lot into deep description – those numbers are intimidating!

    Thanks for the prodding, though. I think we all need that, once in a while. 🙂

  8. Great leads. I love how Limebirds posts are so well rounded. Makes me keep coming back for more. 🙂

  9. Wonderful thing you are doing here! thanks so much. 🙂

  10. Thank you so much for including the story submissions for Publishing Syndicate!


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