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General Writing Competitions (International, US and UK)

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The following list consists of links to submission calendars for UK and International writing competitions. These links will be regularly updated.

Please note that none have been verified by Virtual Writers, Inc. and we can, therefore, take no responsibility for them. You are advised to research heavily before applying.

If you can recommend any good competitions we are anxious to hear about them. Just email us through our online contact form and provide full links. Many thanks.

General Writing Competitions

UK Short Story Competitions

Prize Magic’s List of UK Writing Competitions

National Literary Trust

Ask About Writing

Sally Quilford’s Writing Calendar

The Bridport Prize

University of East Anglia

University of New Orleans

Japan-United Status Friendship Commission

The Madison Review

International Writing Competitions

3-Day Novel Contest

Rockway Press

Writer’s Digest

International Songwriting Competition

The UK Songwriting Contest

Sentinel Literary Quarterly

Stanford University Press

Salem College

US Contests

Bronx Council on the Arts

Massachusetts Cultural Council

The Poetry Center of Chicago

The Chattahoochee Review

Glimmer Train Press

Goeth-Institut Chicago

Iowa Review

Main Street Rag

The Ohio State University Press

Southern Illinois University


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