Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 29

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the 29th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest. If you missed the last edition, you can see it here.

How is everyone this week? Ready for the next batch of opportunities? First on today’s list is an anthology callout with a very inspiring picture prompt, thank you Jennifer M. Eaton for flagging that one up. Those of you who enjoy ultra-short writing will like the second one on today’s list. If you’re looking for something a bit more serious, then number three gives you the chance to write an essay about socio-environmental issues. And finally we have a crime magazine seeking modern crime and mystery stories.


Opportunity type – Anthology call for submissions.
Theme – Fantasy, using their picture prompt.
Word count – 5,000 to 10,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Roane Publishing.
Reward – Publication in the anthology. Payment details not specified.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – March 15, 2014.
Link for info – Roane Publishing callout.
Notes – They are also looking for active bloggers/book reviewers, see here.


Opportunity type – 50 word fiction competition.
Theme – Birthday party.
Word count – Maximum 50 words.
Organiser/publisher – Scottish Book Trust.
Reward – Publication on their website, plus a Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company for the all-age category and a selection of books for the young writers category.
Eligibility – Entries are welcome from any country, but those outside the UK will need to pay postage costs if they win.
Deadline – January 20, 2014.
Link for info – 50 word fiction competition.
Notes – This is a monthly contest, so check back each month for a new prompt.


Opportunity type – Essay writing contest.
Theme – A socio-environmental focus on the prompt “Leadership: What are the characteristics of effective leadership for the 21st Century?” (The prompt is not to be used as the title). They are looking for compelling and creative non-technical submissions which can be fact or fiction.
Word count – Maximum 2,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Web of Life Foundation.
Reward –$1500 first prize. $500 second prize. All shortlisted entries will be published as an anthology of essays.
Eligibility – Anyone can enter.
Deadline – September 30, 2014.
Link for info – Web of Life Foundation contest.
Notes – An ebook of the 2011 collection of winning and shortlisted entries is available for free download here.


Opportunity type – Magazine seeking story submissions.
Theme – Modern crime or mystery.
Word count – Up to 10,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Crimewave Magazine / TTA Press.
Reward – Not specified.
Eligibility –  Not specified.
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for info – Crimewave magazine submissions.
Notes – If crime or mystery doesn’t appeal, they also have two other magazines accepting submissions, one for new horror and dark fantasy, and the other for new science fiction and fantasy.


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.


22 Responses to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 29”

  1. Ohh I like the sound of that 50 word one! Sounds right up Mayumi’s street! 😉 xo

  2. Will think about the picture prompt…

    Will have a go at the 50 word one.

    I have a crime story, but TTA Press only take hardcopy, mailed in, submissions. I have made a decision not to even try, as I have spent enough on postage over the years. I currently only send to publishers willing to accept emails.

    • I agree, and I find it very suprising these days when places insist on only hard copy submissions. I noticed though that one of the other two magazines of theirs that I linked to, the science fiction and fantasy one, does accept online submissions, so maybe they’ll introduce that on the crime one at some point soon – may be worth you keeping an eye there if you’re interested in it.

  3. This is so helpful, thanks for thinking of writers like me looking for opportunities.

  4. Still looking for my niche. Maybe the flash fiction. Hmm. Thank you, Vanessa. 😉

  5. A question about the 50 word contest? The entry rules state that the contest is open to all UK residents – and then goes on to state that any overseas entrants must be willing to pay postage if they win. Does this mean that someone from the US can enter or does it refer to UK residents abroad?

    • I took it to mean that it’s open to anyone, whatever nationality, but if they are outside of the UK then they would have to pay postage for the prize. But I could be wrong! I find quite often that contest rules can be a bit ambiguous at times.

  6. Oo, yes. These keep getting more and more interesting, the more you dig (for us), Vanessa. Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is awesome, and thanks for always putting this list up 🙂


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