Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 5

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the fifth edition of our weekly writing digest here at Limebird Writers. Each issue will feature a few writing competitions and opportunities that we have selected for you. If you missed the last edition, you can view it here.

Do let us know about any writing competitions you’ve entered lately, even if they’re not ones we’ve featured – we always love to hear about what our lovely followers are doing with their writing!


Opportunity type – Poetry competition in aid of charity.
Theme – Any.
Word count – Up to 50 lines.
Organiser/publisher – Eastern Light EPM Ltd, on behalf of The Psychiatry Research Trust.
Reward – First Prize: £150.00 ($238.00) Second Prize: £75.00 ($119.00) Third Prize: £40.00 ($63.00) High Commendation Prizes: 2 x £10.00 ($16.00)
Eligibility – Not specified, other than saying poems must be in English. As prizes and entrance fees are given in both £ and $, I assume international entries are welcomed.
Deadline– July 31, 2013.
Link for infoExcel for Charity link.
Notes – Entry fees are – 1 Poem (£4.00/$6.50), 2 Poems (£7.50/$12.00), 3 Poems (£10.50/$17.00), 4 Poems (£12.50/$20.00), 5 Poems (£14.00/$22.50). A third of net entry fees goes to The Psychiatry Research Trust.


Opportunity type – Non fiction writing competition for teens.
Theme – Any non fiction articles.
Word count – Not particularly specified, but their general guidelines say that most of their published pieces are up to 2,500 words.
Organiser/publisher – Teen Ink magazine.
Reward – Winning articles are published in Teen Ink magazine, and winners receive a copy of the magazine their work is published in. They will also have the opportunity to choose from a selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items.
Eligibility – Must be aged 13 to 19. The magazine is based in the US, but I couldn’t find anything that restricted entries to the US only.
Deadline – Ongoing throughout the year, but if your piece relates to a particular season or holiday, they request you allow at least 2 months.
Link for info –  Teen Ink non fiction competition.
Notes – Teen Ink magazine run a number of regular writing competitions throughout the year, both fiction and non-fiction, so do pass this info on to any budding teen writers you know!


Opportunity type – Open call for anthology.
Theme – Diabetes-themed stories; this is a romance publisher, and they state that all relationship pairings are accepted.
Word count – 10,000 to 30,000 words. Longer manuscripts will be considered but will have to be extraordinary.
Organiser/publisher – Renaissance Romance Publishing.
Reward – They say – “At this time, Renaissance Romance Publishing does not offer advances on contracted manuscripts. In the future, dependent on an author’s publication history with us, that may change, and will be considered on an individual basis. Royalties will be paid on net receipts of sales.”
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline– January 1, 2014.
Link for infoOpen calls page (this is a general page for all this publisher’s open calls, the diabetes one is amongst them, or you may find another one you prefer!).
Notes – They are a print and e-book publisher, their general submission guidelines are here.


Opportunity type – Book publisher accepting unsolicited manuscripts.
Theme – Science fiction or fantasy.
Word count – Generally not less than 80,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – DAW Books – part of Penguin Books.
Reward – Not specified.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline– Ongoing.
Link for infoDaw Books submissions.
Notes – You must send your manuscript on paper, they do not accept electronic submissions.


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.

11 Responses to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 5”

  1. The blog earned a Bean’s Pat as blog pick of the day. Check it out at: http://patbean.wordpress.com

  2. As usual Vanessa, these are all rocking! I’m waiting for someone to enter and win one of these badboys.. We get a cut right?

  3. Nothing here for me this week, but I entered a call for manuscripts that I think I saw in one of your earlier editions. Not Your Mother’s Books series? Sound familiar? If not, I’ll give you link.


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