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Writing competitions and opportunities – December 2020

We’ve brought together December’s best writing competitions, contests and opportunities. As we’re heading into the festive season, this month’s list is small but includes great competitions for writers of short stories, poetry and nonfiction.

All the writing opportunities listed should be open to writers across the UK and most are open internationally too. We share details of prizes, requirements, eligibility, entry fees (some have free entry) and deadlines to help you choose the right ones for you.

Breakwater Fiction Contest

The Breakwater Review is seeking submissions of prose between 1,000 and 4,000 words that breathe freshness to the form. Entries must be previously unpublished. The judge is Porochista Khakpour, author of four critically-acclaimed books.

Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

The international, Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award is one of the largest awards for a single short story and is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the excellence of contemporary short fiction.

This competition is open to any author from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland. Stories may be up to 6,000 words.

Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition

Mslexia’s prestigious poetry competition welcomes poems of any length, in any style, on any subject. This year’s judge is poet and editor of five literary anthologies, Karen McCarthy Woolf. The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country.

Mslexia is also running a pamphlet competition with the opportunity to win £250 and publication by Seren here.

The Writer Short Story Contest

Submit short stories of up to 2,000 words into The Writer’s latest fiction competition. Stories can cover any theme, subject or genre.

The Danahy Fiction Prize

The Tampa Review is inviting stories that are between 500 and 5,000 words into the Danahy Fiction Prize. All entries will be considered for publication. 

The Moth Poetry Prize

The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the largest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. It has been extended this year to include more prizes for highly-commended poems. There is no line limit, and the poems can be on any subject. This year’s judge is prize-winning poet and author, Nick Laird. 

The New York Times: Modern Love Stories

Modern Love is a weekly column in The New York Times, book, podcast and television show about relationships, feelings, betrayals and revelations.

The New York Times is seeking unpublished true stories and essays about contemporary relationships. Ideally, essays should spring from some central dilemma you have faced. Submissions should be between 1,500 and 1,700 words.

That’s it for this month but do join us on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our newsletter below to make sure you don’t miss out on new opportunities. 

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If you are running a great competition or are creating a wonderful opportunity for writers in the near future, do get in touch with us here. We publish the best every month on Lightbox Originals and promote even more on social media.

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