Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 8

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to digest number 8! Anyone had any writing competition luck lately?

While we still have the summer with us, I thought we might like to sizzle a little with some hot romance writing, woo-hoo! Anyone up for it? If so, check out the first one on this week’s list!

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


Opportunity type – Publisher accepting non-agented submissions for e-book range.
Theme – Historical romance, with ‘a high level of sensuality’.
Word count – 10 to 15,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Harlequin.
Reward – Not specified on the site (that I could find), but they are a large, well established publisher and do pay royalties in a fairly traditional publisher way as far as I’m aware!
Eligibility – not specified.
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for infoHarlequin Historical Undone.
Notes – This is just one of the many romance lines and series they are accepting submissions for; some hard copy, some e-book, varying lengths, so do browse the site to see what else they are looking for that might be of interest.


Opportunity type – Poetry card contest.
Theme – Emotions/feelings about a particular person or occasion.
Wordcount – Not specified.
Organiser/publisher – Blue Mountain Arts.
Reward – 1st prize: $300, 2nd prize: $150, 3rd prize: $50.
Eligibility – Open to international entries.
Deadline – December 31, 2013.
Link for infoPoetry card contest.
Notes – There is no fee for entering, and you can submit as many entries as you like.


Opportunity type – Crime writing novel competition.
Theme – Crime; must contain an international element to the story.
Word count – Novel length not specified; to enter you must submit the first 5,000 words plus a 2 page synopsis, the novel does not have to be finished yet at the time of entering.
Organiser/publisher – The Telegraph and Harvill Secker (an imprint of The Random House Group).
Reward – The winner will receive a publishing deal and a £5,000 advance.
Eligibility – The general guidelines say that entries can be from anywhere in the world, but the terms and conditions contradict that somewhat, so best as always to check. The competition is for new writers; entrants must not have had a previous novel published under a valid ISBN, and they mustn’t have a literary agent.
Deadline – November 30, 2013.
Link for infoTelegraph Crime Competition.
Notes – There is a £5 admin fee for entering. During the competition period, they are also uploading a series of online masterclasses from published crime writers such as Jo Nesbo; a new one every Saturday – they are worth looking at if you’re interested in writing crime fiction, even if not for this competition. You can access them from the middle column on this page.


Opportunity type – Essay contest.
Theme – Your motto in life.
Word count – 1,500 – 2,500 words.
Organiser/publisher – The Fountain.
Reward – 1st Place $1500, 2nd Place $750, 3rd Place $300, two Honorable Mentions – $200 each.
Eligibility – Open to all writers worldwide.
Deadline – September 15, 2013.
Link for info – Fountain magazine essay contest.
Notes – There is no entry fee.


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.


18 Responses to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 8”

  1. Oooo I’ve never tried my hand at romance before!

  2. More wonderful opportunities, thanks!

  3. Thanks again for showcasing these opportunities!

  4. Excellent, thanks again Vanessa!

  5. Thanks once again — these posts helped me decide I would submit something.

  6. Thanks again for this diligent research, Vanessa! That first one sounds intriguing to a foul mind like mine. 😉


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