Here is my latest round-up of FREE poetry and short story competitions for adults for June and July 2014. Be aware that the deadlines for a few of them are coming up, so if you want to enter, better get writing! Full guidelines are on the sites themselves, but I’ve summarised some of the information so you can save yourselves some reading time. Good luck submitting and happy writing!

DEVELOPING DYLAN
Deadline 27 June. Open to 7-25 year olds. Poems inspired by poet Dylan Thomas.
http://www.developingdylan100.co.uk/international-competition/

THE GREENHOUSE FUNNY PRIZE (CHILDREN/ YOUNG ADULT FICTION):
Deadline 30 June. Open to anyone. Send the first chapter of your humour-themed manuscript.
http://greenhouseliterary.com/index.php/site/funny_prize

ERBACCE POETRY PRIZE
Deadline 30 June. Prize is a publishing contract.
http://www.erbacce-press.com/#/erbacce-prize/4533449873

DYING MATTERS CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION (FICTION)
Deadline 30 June. Open to anyone. Prizes of £200, £100 and £50.
http://www.dyingmatters.org/stilltime

SMALL BUT MIGHTY (FICTION)
Deadline 1 July. Open to 12-15 year olds.
http://smallbutmightywriters.com/ages-12-15-competitions/
Deadline 1 July. Open to 7-11 year olds.
http://smallbutmightywriters.com/competitions/

POETRY SOCIETY COMPETITION
Deadline 31 July. For 11-17 year olds:
http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/competitions/fyp/

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 a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their rambunctious toddler, a voracious reader of dinosaur board books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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