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2018 Free Writing Competitions that are Still Open

By the time we get to this latter part of the year, most of the current writing competitions are closed and next year’s haven’t yet opened. So, to make your life a little easier, here is a list of a few links to current writing competitions that are still open for entries in 2018, from September:

RSL Ondaatje Prize

The annual award of £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place.

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Award honours the finest writers of short stories in the UK and Ireland. Worth £30,000 to the winning author, it is open to anyone with a previous record of publication in creative writing in the UK or Ireland.

VS Pritchett Memorial Prize

The annual prize of £1,000 goes to the best unpublished short story of the year. The winning entry is also published in Prospect Magazine and the RSL Review.

Read Foundation

Enter a poem, short story or first person essay on the theme of “My education helped me….”.

New Media Writing Prize

Various categories open for entries.

Watch out for our own Writer’s Retreat writing competition, coming soon!