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):

ALL OF THESE ARE FREE TO ENTER!

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

http://www.dylandowntheups.org.uk/#/guidelines/4569268234

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

http://www.divinechocolate.com/uk/poetry

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

http://www.almondpress.co.uk/#/dystopian-short-story-contest/4581919339

Travel writing flash fiction competition:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-writing-competition/

Horror stories:

http://www.spinetinglers.co.uk/

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

http://seniortravelexpert.com/writing-competition/

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

http://forwardpoetry.co.uk/post/celebrations.html

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

http://forwardpoetry.co.uk/post/in-flanders-fields—one-hundred-years-on.html

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

http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/p/switch-difference-our-anthology-for.html

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

http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/p/anthology-switch-difference.html

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

http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/p/switch-difference-our-anthology-for_1.html

Erbacce Poetry Prize 2014:

http://www.erbacce-press.com/#/erbacce-prize/4533449873

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. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. 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 ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/17e6ca162ff3/leilanie-stewart-author

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