Hang on in there... you'll get discovered!

Hang on in there… you’ll get discovered!

In a day and age when it is getting harder and harder for an up-and-coming writer to get noticed (and especially if they’re a starving artist…) what’s the best solution? Competitions – and better still – free ones. In an ideal world, it would be great to be able to subscribe to all the zines and competitions to keep supporting the cause, but face it, who has a money tree growing in their garden? Here are a few up-and-coming competitions for all you up-and-coming writers in the adult market (April to Dec 2014):


Poetry – deadline is coming up on the 27th of April:


Chocolate-themed poetry – deadline coming up on the 30th April:


Dystopian Stories – deadline coming up on the 1st of May:


Travel writing flash fiction competition:


Horror stories:


Travel writing flash fiction competition (for over 18s):


Celebration-themed poetry (deadline the 28th June):


Poetry about the First World War (deadline the 28th June):


Flowers/ Dust themed poetry (deadline the 15th of Nov):


Shadow/ Light themed poetry (deadline the 30th of Sep):


Amusement Park themed poetry (deadline the 31st of July):


Erbacce Poetry Prize 2014:


And many of the above also offer cash prizes. So what’s the catch? Nothing! They’re free to enter, so all it will cost you is writing and submitting time.

Good luck!

Leilanie Stewart is a widely published writer and poet. In addition to promoting her own work, she has run creative writing workshops for gifted and talented London secondary school students aged 12 to 18 and is currently a poetry editor for Ashvamegh International Literary Journal. She is married to the writer and poet, Joseph Robert.

A Model Archaeologist

YouTube poetry

Zombie Reflux

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/75c5a1ad6956/leilanie-stewart-author-info

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