Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 18 – And Our Chocolate Winner!

by limebirdvanessa

Firstly CONGRATULATIONS to Mayumi for winning a box of Celebrations chocolates to help us celebrate our 2nd birthday! Mayumi entered our chocolate competition by completing the sentence “Chocolate is…” Her winning sentence was “Chocolate is as chocolate was, as ever shall it be: as sweet, as bitter, as slow and melting as a kiss from you to me.” The chocolates will be winging their way to you soon Mayumi!

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

Do you know any budding young writers? If so, then why not direct them to the first competition on this week’s list? They get the opportunity to see their story published in a book and help wild animals at the same time.

Thank you to Lorna for suggesting the inclusion of the second one on our list; webzine personal stories. If you come across any good writing competitions or opportunities that you think we should include in future digests, then you can suggest them to us via the ‘contact’ link at the top of the page. If we use your suggestion then we’ll give you a shout out, so remember to include your blog or web address for us to link to.


Opportunity type – Writing competition for children.
Theme – Wild animal stories.
Word count – 500 to 1500 words.
Organiser/publisher – Paws n Claws Publishing.
Reward – Winners and runners up will be published in the next Wild n Free book to raise funds and awareness for ‘The Born Free Foundation’.
Eligibility – International. Entrants must be in equivalent to UK years 5-11 (aged approx 9-16).
Deadline – January 31, 2014.
Link for info – Paws n Claws competition.
Notes – Drawings can also be submitted separately to help illustrate the book. Stories and drawings that don’t make it into the book will go on their blog.


Opportunity type – Webzine seeking personal stories.
Theme – Various, see website.
Word count – Various, see website.
Organiser/publisher – Ducts.
Reward – Not specified.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for info – Ducts personal stories.
Notes – They only accept submissions from January to August, so you have a few months to get something ready for the start of the submission period!


Opportunity type – Short story competition.
Theme – No theme, but they say the story should be traditional rather than experimental.
Word count – Up to 5,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – The Society of Authors / The Tom-Gallon Trust Award.
Reward – £1,000.
Eligibility – Only open to residents of the UK, Commonwealth, or Republic of Ireland. The author must have had at least one previous short story published, or accepted for publication (the submitted story for the award however can be published or unpublished).
Deadline – October 31, 2013.
Link for info – The Tom-Gallon Trust Award.
Notes – It says that the author’s financial position will be taken into account, and asks you to give a statement about your financial position on the entry form.


Opportunity type – Publisher accepting unsolicited manuscripts.
Theme – Various, see website.
Word count – Not specified.
Organiser/publisher – Top That Publishing Ltd.
Reward – Not specified.
Eligibility –  Not specified (they are based in the UK).
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for info – Top That submissions.
Notes – As well as authors, they also accept submissions from illustrators and designers.


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 18 – And Our Chocolate Winner!”

  1. Wooo! Congrats Mayumi! Well deserved!

  2. Congratulations Mayumi!

  3. Thank you, Limebirds! 😀
    I’ve never had Celebrations chocolates, so I will have to share my sure-to-be-sweet experience with everyone. 😉

  4. I should also mention for Vanessa’s hard work collecting and collating all of this data: That Paws n Claws competition I need to pass on to some of my younger writer friends. Because everyone loves a good animal story!


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