Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 24

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the 24th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest! If you missed the last edition, you can see it here

If you’re looking for something to write THIS WEEK then today’s digest is for you! The first three on the list all have quite tight deadlines, however the first two of those are for places that regularly seek submissions, so I’m hoping you’ll forgive me 😉 Themes this week are unusual pets, fire, and good decisions – interested? Read on…


Opportunity type – Special callout for a real-life story anthology (Part of the “Not Your Mother’s Book…”) series.
Theme – Pets; the email they sent out says they now particularly want stories about pot-belly pigs, llamas, alpacas, hedgehogs, possums, raccoons and lambs (they have enough cat and dog stories).
Word count – Between 500 and 2,500 words.
Organiser/publisher – Publishing Syndicate.
Reward – One copy of the book, extra copies or 5% royalties (if you’re outside of the US, you cannot choose to receive your payment as extra copies of the book, you will receive the 5% royalties).
Eligibility – Aged 18 or over. Any nationality writing in English.
Deadline – December 1, 2014 (On the website it says the deadline is November 1, 2013, however the special callout email sent on November 22, says December 1, so they presumably have extended the deadline).
Link for info – Pets book link, and Publishing Syndicate general submission guidelines.
Notes – We have featured this publisher before, they are always looking for real-life stories for their anthologies, so if you enjoy writing real-life stories, you may like to subscribe to their newsletter, and keep up to date with their requests, including the special callouts like this one.


Opportunity type – Poetry contest.
Theme – Fire.
Word count – Not specified.
Organiser/publisher – Poem Pigeon.
Reward – £25 Amazon voucher.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – November 30, 2013.
Link for info – Poem Pigeon fire poem contest.
Notes – Free to enter, but you need to register with the site before entering. They run regular poetry contests, so if you like writing poetry to a theme, then check back there regularly to keep your poetry muscles flexed!


Opportunity type – Personal essay contest.
Theme – The best decision you’ve ever made.
Word count – Up to 2,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Ladies’ Home Journal.
Reward – $3,000.
Eligibility – Aged 21 and over. US residents only on this one I’m afraid!
Deadline – December 6, 2013.
Link for info – Personal essay contest.
Notes – You can read last year’s winning entry here.


Opportunity type – Book publisher accepting unsolicited submissions.
Theme – Literary fiction.
Word count – Not specified, they ask for three sample chapters initially.
Organiser/publisher – Dedalus Books.
Reward – Not specified.
Eligibility –  Not specified (they are based in the UK).
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for info – Dedalus Books author guidelines.
Notes – The majority of the books they publish are translations, but they do accept new book submissions too.


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.


7 Responses to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 24”

  1. Another bunch of wonderful opportunities, thank you!

  2. Reblogged this on To write is to write is to write and commented:
    Limebird Writers present more writing competitions and opportunities. If you don’t have a poem, a book, or a story about an alpaca or a hedgehog, you do have a personal experience essay lurking somewhere in your manuscript file or your brain. Big opportunities for all these. Thanks, Limebird Writers.


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