Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 20

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the 20th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest! If you missed the last edition, you can see it here

Thank you to Jeni from thewritingcompetition for letting us know about their latest competition which you can read about at the top of the list. If you’re running a writing competition, or have a writing opportunity that you’d like us to consider promoting on our digest, then let us know using the contact link at the top of this page.


Opportunity type – Short story writing competition.
Theme – Any.
Word count – 500 words.
Organiser/publisher – The Writing Competition.
Reward – First prize: £100, story published on the winners page, author interview and social media promotion. Second prize: £75, story published on the winners page. Third Prize: £50, story published on the winners page
Eligibility – International.
Deadline – November 28, 2013.
Link for info – The Writing Competition.
Notes – There is a £4 entry fee. The judge in this current competition round is Wendy Holden who has had 10 novels published, all of which have been top 10 best sellers.


Opportunity type – Creative writing competition – short story or poem.
Theme – Life at sea.
Word count – Maximum 3,000 words for short stories, 80 lines for poems.
Organiser/publisher – Nautilus International and the Marine Society.
Reward – There is a £1,000 overall winner prize, as well as other prizes for the short story and poem categories.
Eligibility – International.
Deadline – December 31, 2013.
Link for info – Life at sea competition.
Notes – There is an unusual and interesting creative writing guide entitled ‘I Write Stories’, written by one of the competition judges, available for free download on the competition page.


Opportunity type – Monthly short screenplay contest.
Theme – Varies each month.
Word count – Usually 5 pages, but some months they do something different.
Organiser/publisher – MoviePoet.
Reward – There isn’t a prize for the winner, but the emphasis is on members scoring and commenting on the entries, so it’s potentially a good opportunity for new screenwriters to get feedback and opinions on their work.
Eligibility – Anyone can enter as long as they are a member; membership just involves a quick and easy sign-up on the website. No cost.
Deadline – The end of each month.
Link for info – MoviePoet.
Notes – The site also has a general forum for discussion about screenwriting. The site is fairly newly established, and hopes to attract new members every month to enable it to grow.


Opportunity type – Publisher accepting unsolicited manuscripts.
Theme – Graphic novels.
Word count – Not specified.
Organiser/publisher – Yen Press.
Reward – Not specified.
Eligibility –  Not specified, they are based in New York.
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for info – Yen Press submission info.
Notes – Writers who submit need to already be working with an illustrator. They are also interested in hearing direct from artists. Plus they offer internships to students who are interested in the manga industry.


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.

9 Comments to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 20”

  1. Some more interesting competitions, thanks!

    For anyone who would like to take a look, my entry in the New Media Writing Prize 2013 (from Digest Edition 19) can be viewed here: http://dennislanebooks.com/#/2020-visions/4580468324

  2. Edition 20 already? Wow, where has the time gone? This continues to be a great feature, and I love the fact that people are bringing word of their competitions and opportunities to you!

  3. I wonder what happens if a Yank enters one of those contests …

  4. This is a very cool resource. Glad Jeni popped in to offer The Writing Competition one. I just wish I’d known about that Yen Press one when I was still shopping my short comic….

    • Pretty much every week when I’m researching for this post I come across competitions or opportunities that look really good but either the deadline has passed, or there’s some other reason why it’s not suitable – frustrating at times! But luckily there are always plenty of others that can be included 🙂

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