Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 6

by limebirdvanessa

It’s hard to believe we’ve already reached the 6th edition of our weekly digest for writers!

As always, we have hand-picked a little selection of different kinds of writing competitions and opportunities for you, with the aim of having something for everyone. As a food lover, I’m particularly excited by the first one on our list this week which comes with a prize of £7,500!

If you missed the last edition of our digest, you can view it here.


Opportunity type – Short story writing competition.
Theme – Food.
Word count – Up to 2,500 words.
Organiser/publisher – Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival
Reward – £7,500 (That’s over 11,300USD on current exchange rate).
Eligibility – Open to international entries, but must be written in English.
Deadline – October 1, 2013
Link for infoFood writing competition (details of this year’s competition are further down the page)
Notes – Entries are welcomed from published or unpublished authors, but the story itself must be unpublished.


Opportunity type – Non-fiction essay contest.
Theme – Bravery.
Wordcount – Up to 1,500 words.
Organiser/publisherReal Simple magazine.
Reward – $3,000 and essay published in Real Simple magazine.
Eligibility – Only open to legal residents of the United States, age 19 or over.
Deadline – September 19, 2013.
Link for infoCompetition rules.
Notes – They want you to tell your story about the bravest thing you’ve ever done, there are suggestions for the types of things they are looking for as well as a chance to view previous winners on the link.


Opportunity type – Publisher inviting queries.
Theme – Various, fiction and non-fiction, see website.
Word count – Various depending on the genre.
Organiser/publisher – Black Lyon Publishing LLC.
Reward – Not specified.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for info Black Lyon Publishing .
Notes – They say ‘We read and respond to all queries whether you have an agent or not, whether you’re previously published or not.’ Only send queries initially, in the way that they ask. Manuscripts musn’t be sent unless they are requested.


Opportunity type – Song lyric writing contest.
Theme – Not specified.
Word count – Not specified, but presumably an appropriate length for a song!
Organiser/publisher – The Great American Song Contest.
Reward – Various prizes; the lyric writing contest is one category amonst an overall song writing contest, so there are categegory prizes and overall prizes, see link here.
Eligibility – Open to entries from around the world.
Deadline – October 31, 2013.
Link for infoLyric writing contest.
Notes – There is a $30 entry fee, but if you’ve always fancied yourself as a lyricist, then this is a chance to get your lyrics seen by music-industry professionals. If you’re a musician too, then you could enter under under a different category that includes the music as well as the lyrics.


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.


21 Responses to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 6”

  1. Come on Vanessa, you’ve GOT to enter that first one! (and share your winnings! 😉 ) B

  2. Definitely you should enter that one, Vanessa!

  3. Food & Drink short story contest could be a way to rev up for my third novel, “Bite Me,” centering on the F&B (food and beverage) life. Bravery essay also appeals as a strong writing and self-discovery exercise. Thanks for listing these, grateful to expand writing horizons!

  4. Good luck to all, I’m sick with a bad cold and not feeling much initiative (sendcookies).

  5. Just submitted to the Real Simple contest. Thanks!


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