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We will only list competitions on the Noticeboard that comply with the Artists’ Bill of Rights


  • 2016 Stephen Spender Prize

    The 2016 Stephen Spender Prize is open for entries.

  • BBC National Short Story Award 2016

    The BBC National Short Story Award 2016 with BookTrust is open for submissions.

  • New Welsh Writing Awards 2016: University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing

    The New Welsh Writing Awards 2016: University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing is run by New Welsh Review in association with the University of South Wales and CADCentre and celebrates the best short form travel writing (5,000-30,000 words) from emerging and established writers based in the UK and Ireland plus those who have been educated in Wales. The judges are New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies and award winning travel writer Rory MacLean, author of ten books including best sellers Stalin's Nose, Under the Dragon and Berlin: Imagine a City.

    The Prize opened for entries on 19 January 2016 and closes at midnight on Sunday 3 April 2016. Please read full terms and conditions here.

  • The Novella Award 2016

    Manchester Metropolitan University is pleased to announce the opening of the third annual Novella Awards. 

  • Call for Entries for 2016 Royal Society Science Books Prize

    The 2016 Royal Society Books Prize will celebrate the best of 2016’s new popular science writing for a general adult readership. The prize is open to science books written for a non-specialist audience.

  • Submissions for CLPE Children’s Poetry Award Now Open

    Publishers are invited to submit books of children’s poetry published in 2015 CLiPPA 2016. The winner will join an incredible line up from the world of children’s poetry including Joseph Coelho, Tony Mitton, George Szirtes, Jackie Kay, Carol Ann Duffy, Philip Gross and John Agard.

  • Ely Writers’ Day Short Story Competition

    The next Ely Writers’ Day Short Story competition is now open.

  • James Tait Black Prize for Drama

    The James Tait Black Prize is Britain’s oldest literary award and was extended to include drama for the first time in 2012. The prize for the best original new play written in English, Scots or Gaelic is organised by the University in association with Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and the Traverse Theatre. The winner of the next £10,000 annual award will be announced in August 2016.

  • Keats-Shelley Young Romantics Prize

    Closing date for all poems and short stories is Sunday 13 March 2016.

  • Theatre503 Playwriting Award & 503Five applications open between 1 - 28 February 2016

    Theatre503’s Playwriting Award is an opportunity for playwrights at all levels to be recognised for writing an outstanding, original piece of work for the stage. 

    There are no restrictions on age, theatrical form or number of past productions. 

    The winner of the award will receive a financial prize of £6000 and a guaranteed production of their winning play at Theatre503.


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