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:
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:
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.
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.