What better way to spend the long summer evenings than taking a walk with your notebook and pen to work on the plot of that short story you’ve been meaning to finish or re-write the poem that you know is nearly there, but needs a bit more tweaking?

Some folk hate a deadline whereas others (me included) find that having an external goal that must be met is what provides the kick up the butt to get the words flowing. I guess it depends on what your writing life has been to date. Mine has been full of maximum word counts and fixed, non-negotiable deadlines and I experience a sudden burst of writerly energy when I’m up to the wire. There’s no right way. The main thing is, find inspiration and motivation where and when you can.

With that in mind, this short round-up of competitions with summer deadlines might just help. Whether you’re having a staycation or vacation this year, carve out some time for yourself, get writing and enter a competition or two.

Good luck!


National Literary Trust Short Story Competition June 25th, 2017 1st £200
£30 4000 words
Mere Literary Festival
Biennial Poetry Competition
June 26th, 2017 1st £200
2nd £100
3rd £50
£3.50 40 lines
Grindstone Literary
Poetry Competition
June 28th, 2017 1st £100
2nd £50
3rd £25
£4 40 lines
The Brighton Prize June 30th, 2017 1st £1,000
2nd £100
3rd £100
£8 2,000
Bath Spa University
Novel in 25 Words
June 30th, 2017 £500
Free 25 words
Mslexia Womens’ Poetry Competition June 19th 2017 1st £2,000
2nd £400
3rd £200
£7 Any length
Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017  July 14, 2017 £300


 £6  3,000
5 poems
Dragonfly Tea
Short Story Competition
 July 31, 2017 1st £1500
2nd £750
3rd £500
 Free  3,000
Grindstone Literary
Summer Novel Opening Competition
 August 28th, 2017 1st £250
2nd £100
3rd £50
 £6  1,000


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