Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 25

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the 25th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest! If you missed the last edition, you can see it here

If you don’t think you have time to enter any competitions at the moment, then think again, the first one on this week’s list only requires 140 characters. And are you feeling brave enough to enter the second one on our list? Have a look at what you need to do to win that one!

As always, remember to let us know if you have any luck with any competitions or opportunities we feature here; we’d love to hear about your successes! And if you come across any opportunities that you feel we should include in a future digest, then do let us know using our contact form – if we include it, we’ll give you a shout out in that edition.


Opportunity type – Twitter sized short story contest.
Theme – It’s called a Christmas contest, but I’m not clear if that’s a theme for the story, or just the time of year that it’s running!
Word count – 140 characters.
Organiser/publisher – Confettifall.
Reward – Two free meals or $10, a 30 minute phone consultation with the editor, and will get featured in their Micro eChapbook.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – December 23, 2013.
Link for info – Confettifall Christmas contest.
Notes – This looks to be a new endeavour, so let’s show them some support by getting lots of entries in, it’s only 140 characters, we can do it!


Opportunity type – Novel writing contest with an unusual X-Factor style judging round.
Theme – Any.
Word count – 50,000 to 200,000 words (to enter, send the first three chapters only).
Organiser/publisher – Bookstar / Mithra Publishing.
Reward – A publishing contract with Mithra Publishing and worldwide promotion from a PR agency.
Eligibility – This round is for UK entrants only, however, the site says they will be subsequently running it in other countries, so bookmark the website if you’re interested.
Deadline – July 1, 2014.
Link for info – Bookstar contest.
Notes – There is a reading charge of £5 per entry. Entrants who make it through the first round will be invited to attend the second round in London, where they will be asked to read the first two minutes of their book aloud in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. From this, 12 writers will be selected to go through to the third round where they will read a further two minutes aloud, and be questioned about their work and their writing ambitions.


Opportunity type – Publisher seeking short story and novel submissions.
Theme – Current calls are “Valentine’s Romance”, and “Beach Days”.
Word count – The Valentine one says 8k-75k, their general guideines are 8k-100k+
Organiser/publisher – Books To Go Now.
Reward – Not specified.
Eligibility – Not specified
Deadline – Valentine: January 10, 2014. Beach: April 28, 2014. Ongoing for general submissions.
Link for info – Books To Go Now Submissions.
Notes – They seem quite open minded within their submission calls about whether they will publish full-length novels, novellas, or anthologies, depending on what they receive.


Opportunity type – Dark fiction magazine seeking submissions.
Theme – Literary dark fiction, but no stories with vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex.
Word count – Up to 1,000 words for flash fiction. 2,000-7,000 words for short stories.
Organiser/publisher – Lamplight magazine.
Reward – $50 for flash fiction, $150 for short stories.
Eligibility –  Not specified.
Deadline – Quarterly deadlines: 15 January, 15 April, 15 July, 15 October.
Link for info – Lamplight submissions.
Notes – Each quarterly edition is published as an ebook, and then once a year they are all bound together in an annual collection.


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.


14 Responses to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 25”

  1. I know I don’t comment on all of these, but I do like to pop in periodically to say I think you’re doing a wonderful service for the Limebird community with these posts, Vanessa!

  2. Thanks again. Misread the last one and went straight to it, they want NO “excessive gore or sex”. One day, one day, I will sell “The Hunger”.

    Had a go at the 140 character one, though.

  3. There really is no excuse for us not entering that Twitter-type comp, is there, Vanessa? 😉


  4. Great leads Vanessa! 🙂


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