Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 19

by limebirdvanessa

A big welcome to the 19th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest! If you missed the last edition, you can see it here. Go and have a look at it now, go on, I’ll wait…

…are you back? Did you see anything good? Excellent. Well let’s crack on with this week’s selection. The first on the list is for those of you who are not only good writers, but are also proficient in the use of new media technology; unfortunately that rules me out of entering, but it may be just your thing.

Happy writing!


Opportunity type – New media writing contest.
Theme – Stories and poems that integrate new media.
Word count – Not specified.
Organiser/publisher – Bournemouth University.
Reward – Overall winner £1,000. See website for other prizes.
Eligibility – International.
Deadline – November 25, 2013 for general entries; December 13, 2013 for student entries.
Link for info – New Media Writing Prize.
Notes – For examples of what they mean by integrating new media into your writing, see last year’s shortlisted entries.


Opportunity type – Short story competition.
Theme – Any.
Word count – Maximum 1,500 (they call this one the “short short” story competition).
Organiser/publisher – Writer’s Digest.
Reward – First prize $3,000, publication in Writer’s Digest magazine, plus more. See website for other prizes.
Eligibility – International.
Deadline – November 15, 2013.
Link for info – Writer’s Digest short short story competition.
Notes – There is a $20 entry fee. We’ve included a Writer’s Digest contest on here before, and we probably will again; they run a number of high profile writing contests each year, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the site to see what’s coming up.


Opportunity type – Joke writing contest.
Theme – You have to write jokes for a fictional comedian client called Sidney “irv” Irving; email them for the client list criteria.
Word count – Up to five jokes/funny lines.
Organiser/publisher – Round Table (Perret Writing Services).
Reward – $25 each per joke for the best 8 jokes; each joke is judged on its individual merit, so each entrant could win more than one $25 prize.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – November 30, 2013.
Link for info – Round Table joke writing contest.
Notes – There is a $5 entry fee for each set of up to 5 jokes. Gene Perret’s Round Table was founded in 1982. Gene Perret is an Emmy Award winning writer, having written comedy for the likes of Bob Hope, Carol Burnett and Bill Cosby, and has had many books and magazine articles published.


Opportunity type – Write a novel in a month.
Theme – Any.
Word count – 50,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), sponsored by Kindle Direct Publishing.
Reward – The satisfaction of knowing you did it! And a snazzy winner’s web badge and pdf certificate.
Eligibility –  International.
Deadline – The whole novel must be written between 1 and 30 November.
Link for info – NaNoWriMo. It can be quite hard to find the general rules on their site, but you will find answers to most of your questions on their FAQ page.
Notes – I couldn’t let October pass by without giving a shout out for next month’s NaNoWriMo. Several of us Limebirds took part last year. I’m not able to take part myself this year, as I am now studying as well as working, but I would highly recommend it if you’ve never done it before. It’s a great confidence boost to prove to yourself that you can write that many words in a month. We’d love to hear if any of you are taking part this 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.


12 Comments to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 19”

  1. Thanks for the tips. NaNo’s not for me this time. Still recovering from July. 🙂

  2. This is very helpful! I hope theres more!

  3. Thanks, Vanessa. 🙂 That new media one is a good one for me to pass on to my students. And, for any Limebird Writer (or reader) who will be taking up the NaNo challenge this year, I’m cheering for you!

  4. Thanks for the suggestions again this week.

    I will polish up something I was playing with for the new media one; it’s a pdf file with four lines, each of which can be changed via a drop-down menu “Twenty words per stanza, twenty stanzas – That is “20:20 Visions”. Chose one stanza per drop-down menu to create one of six hundred and twenty five different poems.”

    Also, have finished the prep for The Helix Key 2 – The Magi’s Gift. Looking forward to getting started on November 1st!

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