Somehow January has almost ended. I’m not sure how. I think a few days must have snuck out the backdoor while nobody was looking. Either way it means we’re almost one month down! How are those resolutions going? Mine, not so bad. If you’re not doing the writing you told yourself you would, here are four competitions I’m currently pondering in the eternal attempt to avoid writers-guilt.
Readers Digest, 100 words, no entry fee.
The 100 word story competition from Readers Digest offers up a tiny slice of writerly delight. At only 100 words the real challenge is somehow fitting a fully formed story in, but I love microfiction writing for that very reason. It’s a great way to force you to cut the slack. Entries by March 27.
Stratford Literary Festival, 2000 words, no entry fee.
On the theme of ‘For All Time’, the Stratford Literary Festival offers a creative writing competition with a £1,000 first prize. With entries by 22nd February, the real challenge might be getting that beautifully crafted story written in time.
Wellcome Trust with University of Glasgow, 3,000 words, no entry fee.
The Wellcome Trust together with the University of Glasgow have banded together to offer up this intriguing short story competition on the theme of the medical humanities. Write a science fiction story on the theme of medicine, health and illness by 29th February. I’ve actually started writing for this one. Which is always the best first step to finishing writing something I tend to find.
Bristol Short Story Prize, 4,000 words, £8 fee.
One of the most respected short story competitions, with a £1,000 first prize and the opportunity to be published in the anthology that follows. No theme, just a lot of imagination to deliver. Entries by 30th April.