Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 26

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the 26th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest. If you missed the last edition, you can see it here

Last week we featured a 140 character writing contest. One of Limebird’s long term followers, Mayumi, wrote a post on her own blog outlining the process she went through to create her entry for this contest. Read her post here – it might inspire you to have a go too, there’s still time!

If 140 characters is too short for you, then how about going just slightly longer with 100 words? That’s the first one on our list today. Still too short? Ok, well the second and third ones this week are novel writing competitions, how’s that? Too long you say? Goodness, you’re a difficult bunch to please today. Well the final one is a short story competition at 2,200 words. There. Phew.

Wishing you all a good writing week…


Opportunity type – 100 word story competition.
Theme – Not specified.
Word count – 100 words.
Organiser/publisher – Reader’s Digest (the UK version).
Reward – Publication in the May 2014 issue of Reader’s Digest.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – January 31, 2014.
Link for info – 100 word story submission form.
Notes – Very little info available about the contest on there (that I could find anyway!).


Opportunity type – Novel writing contest (Tony Hillerman Prize).
Theme – Mystery, a serious crime must be at the heart of the story. Main setting for the story must be the Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.
Word count – Minimum 220 typewritten pages/approximately 60,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – St Martin’s Press and Wordharvest.
Reward – The winner’s book will be published, and the author will receive a $10,000 advance against royalties.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – June 1, 2014.
Link for info – Tony Hillerman Prize.
Notes – The editors reserve the right not to select a winner if none of the entries are deemed to be of publishable quality.


Opportunity type – Novel writing contest (Richard & Judy’s Search for a Bestseller).
Theme – Adult fiction.
Word count – Minimum 80,000 words (For the contest only submit the first 10,000 words plus a 1,000 word synopsis and a 500 word biography).
Organiser/publisher – Quercus, WHSmith, and literary agency Furniss Lawton.
Reward – A £50,000 publishing deal.
Eligibility – Residents of the UK and Republic of Ireland only aged 18 or over who have not had a novel published previously.
Deadline – January 1, 2014.
Link for info – Search for a Bestseller contest.
Notes – You do not have to have completed the novel at the time of submission.


Opportunity type – Short story competition for women writers.
Theme – Any.
Word count – Up to 2,200 words.
Organiser/publisher – Mslexia magazine.
Reward – First prize £2,000 plus publication in the magazine, see link for other prizes.
Eligibility –  Women writers of any nationality from any country writing in English.
Deadline – March 17, 2014.
Link for info – Mslexia short story competition.
Notes – There is a £10 entry fee.


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.

11 Responses to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 26”

  1. I know I don’t always comment, but I always read through all the competitions and just went to check out Mayumi’s post it’s fab! Thanks so much for doing these every week for us Vanessa. 🙂 B x

  2. Oo. That Mslexia one looks interesting. I like the American southwest mystery one, too…but I’m afraid I’d get too wrapped up in research to actually get any mystery written! Maybe JM could transplant one of her keen mystery-solvers to Oklahoma for a sabbatical! 😀

  3. I miss doing the 100-word stories on here that we had going last year. It was fun when several participated. These contests look good to try!

  4. Thanks again for putting this list together. Have just had a go at the Reader’s Digest 100 word competition.


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