Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 22

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the 22nd Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest! If you missed the last edition, you can see it here

The first one on our list this week involves quite a high entry fee, but that does include a critique of your work, even if you don’t make the cut (there is also an option to pay less and not receive a critique). I’ve often wondered about how good the feedback is on contests that offer it, I’m sure like anything it can vary greatly, but if you have any experience of this, it would be great to hear about it!

If you enjoy doing a bit of historical research for your writing, then the third one on today’s list might be for you – they’re asking you to write a story set in Little Tokyo (Los Angeles).


Opportunity type – Short memoir writing contest.
Theme – Any memoir.
Word count – Up to 4,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Fish Publishing International.
Reward – 1,000EURO first prize. Publication in the 2014 Fish Anthology for first prize winner and nine runners up.
Eligibility – Open to writers of any nationality writing in English.
Deadline – January 31, 2014.
Link for info – Fish Publishing Memoir contest.
Notes – Entry fee is 40EURO if you wish to receive a critique of work, whatever the outcome; 16EURO if you wish to enter and not receive a critique (there are slightly different entry fees for subsequent or postal entries).


Opportunity type – Call for submissions to an anthology.
Theme – Scandalous, “Who’s That Girl?” (there is a book cover image to use as a prompt).
Word count – Between 20,000 and 25,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Entangled in Romance.
Reward – Publication in the anthology.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – February 15, 2014.
Link for info – Call for submissions scandalous anthology.
Notes – There is very little information provided there, so it’s probably work spending a bit of time investigating this before submitting anything. However, if you scroll down to the bottom of the page that we’ve linked to, you’ll see that they do provide helpful answers to any questions that people submit about it.


Opportunity type – Short story contest.
Theme – Little Tokyo; past, present or future.
Word count – Up to 2,500 words.
Organiser/publisher – Little Tokyo Historical Society.
Reward – First prize $1,000; second prize $500; publication in The Rafu Shimpo newspaper.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – January 31, 2014.
Link for info – Little Tokyo short story contest.
Notes – There is a blog on the website which might help for inspiration!


Opportunity type – Arts and Crafts book publisher book proposals.
Theme – Instructional and inspirational books about arts & crafts.
Word count – Not specified.
Organiser/publisher – Search Press.
Reward – Royalty or fee if your book is published.
Eligibility –  Not specified (they are based in the UK).
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for info – Search Press submissions.
Notes – Even though this one is rather specialised, many writers have other creative talents, so this could be a good opportunity to combine several of your talents! They do also expect images with the writing submissions.


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.

Editor’s Note – Apologies that this is a day late! B x

5 Responses to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 22”

  1. Great list! I’ve entered a couple of screenwriting contests that came with feedback, and the first year I did it I felt like the feedback was a bit sketchy, like they handed the whole group of judges one piece of paper and told them all to write one line about how they felt about this script. I got two paragraphs, one of the strengths and one of the weaknesses but what some judge felt was good, another felt was bad…so reading that was really confusing, like “Hey good job making that door red. By the way bad choice on that red door.” What?!? But the second year it was much better, either they just had one judge focus on the whole thing or they talked about what to write up together as a group instead of separate.

    • That’s what I imagined; variable. I think with any contest where you have to pay to enter, you need to be sure what you’re paying for, particularly where it’s a higher fee and you’re getting the feedback – it’s important to know who the feedback will be from and whether it’s worth it! A lot of the competitions that have fees are reputable, but not all! thanks Laura.

  2. As always, thanks for finding and organizing these, Vanessa. 🙂


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