Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 7

by limebirdvanessa

Hope you are all having a great summer, and managing to get lots of writing done!

This week’s selection of writing competitions and opportunities includes a flash fiction competition with a theme of ‘The 7 Deadly Sins’ which sounds like great fun to me; the deadline is tight on that one though, so no time to waste! If you missed the last edition of our digest, you can view it here.


Opportunity type – Creative writing competition.
Theme – There are two categories: poetry and short fiction, no particular theme.
Word count – Poetry up to 40 lines, fiction up to 2,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Aesthetica magazine.
Reward – £500 prize for the winner of each of the two categories, a selection of books, plus publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.
Eligibility – Open to international entrants of any age or nationality.
Deadline – August 31, 2013
Link for info – Creative writing competition.
Notes – There is an entry fee of £10 +VAT, which allows you to submit up to two entries in any one category. Aesthetica is a contemporary art and culture magazine, they also run an art competition and a film festival. It’s probably a good idea to have a general look at their website to get a feel for the magazine before submitting anything – Aesthetica website.


Opportunity type – Flash fiction competition.
Theme – ‘The 7 Deadly Sins’.
Wordcount – You need to submit 3 stories, each no more than 1,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – December House publishers, for Flash Fiction Fest 2013.
Reward – Quote from site: The successful writer will have their work included in Flash Fiction Fest in November and published in the e-book of the event (for which they’ll be paid royalties). They will also have the chance to work with December House’s editor on a novel. This could either be something based on one of their Flash Fiction pieces, an idea in progress, or something entirely new’.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – August 19, 2013.
Link for infoFlash Fiction Fest 2013.
Notes – The deadline is very tight now to write 3 pieces, but I loved the theme, and the prize of the opportunity to work with their editor on a novel is such a good one, that I wanted to include it! If the competition is not for you, then do have a look at their general page on submissions, it could be somewhere to submit something you’ve written which might not be suitable for a more mainstream publisher – December House submissions.


Opportunity type – Write a rule for writers.
Theme – Writing rules.
Word count – One line.
Organiser/publisher – Fleeting Books and Wrecking Ball Press.
Reward – The winning rule will appear in a book to be published called ‘No Cheap Tricks: A Guide for Writers’, plus the winner will be invited to its launch events and will win £100 cash.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – 31 July 2013 (again, a tight deadline on this one, but you only have to write a line!).
Link for info – Writing advice rules competition.
Notes – The rules say ‘Send up to three lines of advice’. I take this to mean three separate pieces of advice, each one line long, because at the top of the page it asks for ‘a single line of advice’.


Opportunity type – Call for submissions to an e-book anthology called ‘Shadows of a Fading World’.
Theme – Fantasy: Sword and Sorcery.
Word count – 5,000 to 10,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Long Count Press.
Reward – Royalties split amongst contributors.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – October 31, 2013.
Link for infoLong Count Press.
Notes – This is a newly founded publisher (2013).


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.

13 Responses to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 7”

  1. Thank you for putting theses posts together. I find them highly valuable. I appreciate it and look forward to the posts!

  2. These are pretty cool again, on the third one I know what my single line of advice would be – “Edit!” Sound like a winner? 🙂

  3. Thanks for these posts; I find them so useful.

  4. So behind on these updates, but it’s good to see Aesthetica make this list! I’ve been keeping my eyes on their film contest a while, but I don’t know why I didn’t know about their writing one. Thanks!


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