Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 36

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the 36th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest. If you missed the last edition, you can see it here.

First up is one of the industry’s biggest screenplay contests; past winners from this one have gone on to Hollywood screenwriting success. Second on the list is a food writing competition for budding young food writers. Third is submissions required for an anthology; for this one they want stories that will make the reader think. Finally we have a flash fiction and poetry contest for a journal.

As always, do let us know of any writing successes you have had, we love to hear about them!


Opportunity type – Screenplay contest.
Theme – Any, within one of these genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy/Rom-Com, Drama, Family/Animated, Biopics, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller/Horror
Word count – Maximum 150 pages (but they would prefer it to be 90-100 pages).
Organiser/publisher – Final Draft Big Break Contest.
Reward – Winners share over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including The Final Draft/New York Film Academy Fellowship in Writing for Film & Television. Two Grand Prize Award Winners are flown to Hollywood for the Final Draft Annual Award Event.
Eligibility – International.
Deadline – Julu 31, 2014.
Link for info – Final Draft Big Break Contest.
Notes – As with most of the big screenwriting contests, there are entry fees. They are: $40 – Early Bird Deadline (Apr. 30, 2014). $50 – Standard Deadline (Jul. 15, 2014). $65 – Extended Deadline (Jul. 31, 2014).


Opportunity type – Food writing competition.
Theme – Non fiction feature on any food related subject.
Word count – 750 words.
Organiser/publisher – The Guild of Food Writers.
Reward – The winner will will receive a library of the books shortlisted for the 2014 Guild of Food Writers’ Awards, plus a visit to the delicious test kitchen. The winning piece will also be published on the delicious website
Eligibility – I’m afraid this one is only open to UK residents aged between 11 and 18.
Deadline – May 12, 2014.
Link for info – Guild of Food Writers competition.
Notes – They also run a young cook of the year competition, details here.


Opportunity type – Submissions sought for a short story anthology.
Theme – Any, but the stories need to make the reader think.
Word Count – 1,000 to 5,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Bridge House Publishing.
Reward – Royalties of 7.5% on the net price of the print book and 50% of the profit of the e-book.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – March 31, 2014.
Link for info – Bridge House Publishing anthology submissions.
Notes – They are looking for 24 stories altogether, new and established writers are equally welcome.


Opportunity type – Flash fiction and poetry contest.
Theme – Doesn’t appear to be a theme, difficult to tell what the general theme of the journal is too.
Word count – Flash fiction up to 500 words, poems up to 16 lines.
Organiser/publisher – Snow Jewel and Grey Sparrow Journal.
Reward – Publication in the annual Snow Jewel journal, and a copy of the journal.
Eligibility –  Not specified.
Deadline – June 15, 2014.
Link for info – Grey Sparrow Journal contest.
Notes – All submissions will also be considered for general inclusion in the Grey Sparrow journal.


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 36”

  1. These are great. Considering an entry. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Thank you for posting these…… I’ve placed at least one story through your suggestions.

  3. Thanks for continuing to do this – it’s a great service for writers, and not overwhelming, like some other lists!

    • Thank you, that’s good to hear. We thought it would be nice to just do a few each week like this, rather than having one long list that we keep adding to. I didn’t particularly plan to do 4 each time when I started, but I got into that routine and it stuck!


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