Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 17

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the 17th edition of our weekly selection of writing competitions and opportunities.

You still have a few hours left to enter our own little Limebird writing competition to win a box of chocolates which we featured in in last week’s digest, it’s open till midnight UK time tonight – you only have to write one sentence to be in with a chance, so why not give it a go!

Our other birthday celebration competitions from last week are also still open, with some great prizes – scavenger hunt and manuscript edit.

The first listing in our digest this week is a little bit niche; it’s only open to writers from, or residing in, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, but it’s such a great opportunity I had to include it!


Opportunity type – Writer-in-residence opportunity with the BBC.
Theme – Drama.
Word count – Various things need to be submitted, see website.
Organiser/publisher – BBC Northern Ireland Drama / Tony Doyle Award.
Reward – 6 months writer-in-residence opportunity at the BBC, initial payment of £2,000.
Eligibility – Over 18, either from Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland or currently residing there on a permanent/full time basis.
Deadline – Submission period is between 1st and 28th November.
Link for infoBBC Writer’s Room
Notes – The residency includes working with their development team to evolve your ideas, one of which will be commissioned as a treatment.


Opportunity type – Creative nonfiction essay contest.
Theme – Mistakes.
Word count – Maximum 4,000.
Organiser/publisher – Creative Nonfiction magazine.
Reward – $1,000 for best essay, $500 for runner up.
Eligibility – International.
Deadline – November 1, 2013.
Link for info – Mistakes essay contest.
Notes – There is a $20 reading fee to enter.


Opportunity type – Short story competition.
Theme – No specific theme, but they say to look at their general submission guidelines for the types of stories they publish.
Word count – Up to 4,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – The London Magazine.
Reward – First prize £500, second prize £300, third prize £200. Publication in the magazine, both print and online.
Eligibility – International.
Deadline – October 31, 2013.
Link for info – The London Magazine competition.
Notes – There is a £10 entry fee. The magazine was first published in 1732, so it’s fairly well established!


Opportunity type – Publisher accepting unsolicited manuscripts.
Theme – Children and YA fiction and nonfiction, adult nonfiction: education, parenting, self-help and health.
Word count – Not specified.
Organiser/publisher – Peachtree Publishers.
Reward – Not specified.
Eligibility –  Not specified (they are based in Atlanta, GA).
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for info – Peachtree Publishers submission guidelines.
Notes – They have been publishing since 1978 and receive approximately 20,000 submissions per year.


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.


6 Responses to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 17”

  1. 😀 Thanks, once again, Vanessa.

  2. I love that first one, that would be such an amazing opportunity for someone in the area!


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