Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 31

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the 31st Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest. If you missed the last edition, you can see it here.

Do you feel like getting back in touch with mother earth? If so, then the first on this week’s list might appeal to you. Or if you’re looking for a bit more glamour, how about the Oscars of the screenwriting contest world, literally? The second on our list is the annual screenwriting competition run by the Academy of Motion Picture. Third up is a travel writing competition, and finally a fantasy and science fiction magazine for teens seeking story submissions.

Have you had any competition success lately? Do let us know!


Opportunity type – Flash fiction contest.
Theme – Native plants or ecosystems (the contest is to celebrate Earth Day 2014).
Word count – Maximum 365 words.
Organiser/publisher – Seed Balls.
Reward – Winners and honorable mentions will have their stories published on the website. Winners will also receive seed balls (seed ball prizes can only go to US residents).
Eligibility – Open internationally.
Deadline – March 31, 2014.
Link for info – Earth Day flash fiction contest.
Notes – Under 18s need parent’s permission to enter.


Opportunity type – Screenwriting competition (Nicholl Fellowships).
Theme – Any, but must not be based on any other fiction or non fiction material (unless it is the author’s own).
Word count – Feature length; approximately 90-120 pages.
Organiser/publisher – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Reward – Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded.
Eligibility – Any, must be over 18.
Deadline – May 1, 2014.
Link for info – The Academy screenwriting competition.
Notes – The entry fee for each script is $35 if submitted by February 28, $50 if submitted by April 10, and $65 if submitted by May 1 – pretty much all of the big screenwriting contests have quite high entry fees; I think it’s because they pay industry professionals to read and judge them.


Opportunity type – Travel writing competition.
Theme – Travel; fact or fiction.
Word count – Maximum 1,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Senior Travel Expert.
Reward – A FairFX prepaid credit card loaded with £100 (winner can choose Euro Card, a US Dollar Card or an Anywhere Card). Publication on their website.
Eligibility – Residents of any country, aged 18 or over.
Deadline – June 1, 2014.
Link for info – Senior Travel Expert competition.
Notes – The website is aimed at seniors aged 55 years or older, but they stress that you don’t have to be a senior to enter.


Opportunity type – Teen magazine seeking story submissions.
Theme – Science fiction or fantasy.
Word count – 500 to 9,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Inscription Magazine.
Reward – 5 cent/word.
Eligibility –  Not specified.
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for info – Inscription Magazine submissions.
Notes – They particularly like to see characters that represent diversity, see link for details.


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 31”

  1. “Seed balls” is going to be my new expression of frustration.

  2. Good to see there are still loads of good competitions out there. 🙂

  3. Quite a variety this post offers. 🙂

  4. I haven’t entered any of these, but I think it’s a wonderful service that you’re providing for the writing community!

    • I always find it quite motivating reading about these competitions, even if I don’t enter them! It kind of keeps me in the zone of remembering that writing is exciting and is something that I want to do more of! Hopefully what we post is motivating for others 🙂

  5. Is there any writing contests that are free?That would great…


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