7 writing contests with huge cash prizes

If you are interested in fame and fortune, here are seven recurring international writing contests that you’ll definitely want to keep on your radar. All the writing contests on our list are open to all nationalities. [Updated 13 Dec 2018]

1. Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award
Cash Prize: £30,000 (~€34,000)
Submit: a story of up to 6000 words
Languages: English
Eligibility restrictions: open to all nationalities, but author must have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland
Open for submissions: December 16, 2018 – February 15, 2019

2. César Egido Serrano Foundation International Flash Fiction Competition
Cash Prize: $20,000 (~€17,000) (plus an all-expenses-paid trip to attend an award ceremony in Madrid)
Submit: a story of fewer than 100 words on the theme of “The Word, bridging the gap between different cultures and religions.”
Languages: English, Spanish, Hebrew, or Arabic
Open for submissions: usually June through November

3. The Montreal International Poetry Prize
Cash prize: CA$20,000 (~€13,600)
Submit: a single poem of no more than 40 lines long
Languages: English
Open for submissions: usually January through May every other year (2019 contest delayed)

4 & 5. Manchester Metropolitan University Poetry and Short Story Prizes
Cash Prize: £10,000 (~€11,300)
Submit: three to five poems totalling no more than 120 lines or a story of up to 2,500 words
Languages: English
Open for submissions: usually February through September

6. The Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Writing
Cash prize: £10,000 (~€11,300)
Submit: a short story in which food and drink feature prominently
Language: English
Open for submissions: 5 November 2018 – 7 January 2019

7. The Moth Poetry Prize (formerly the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize)
Cash prize: €10,000
Submit: as many poems as you like as long as they haven’t been previously published (submission fee is €12 per poem)
Language: English
Open for submissions: 28 May – 31 December 2018

21 August 2019

20 responses on "7 writing contests with huge cash prizes"

  1. Michael Chimaobi2 June 2018 at 18:06Reply

    Thanks for the list! Your email was helpful. The César Egido Serrano Foundation International Flash Fiction Competition has not announced their winners yet, I took part in the contest last year.

  2. i hop particip by short arabic story..thank you

  3. The Sunday Times EFG Bank short story award for 2019 has still not been announced (2 September 2018). Does anyone know why not?

  4. Thanks a lot for the fine information.
    I want to take part in the forthcoming poetry competition
    Certainly, it makes me to grow and glow into literary thirst

  5. i hope to participate for 2019 .

  6. Hi I’m interested in receiving news and joining mailing list .Thanks so much . Dianne Bailey

  7. I love it and hope to participate.

  8. Please send notifications in my email regarding the latest prize money writing contests. I am from India.

  9. Please can you tell me when your next poetry contest is for 2019 and how much is entry fee
    Thank you Lois G. Cannon

  10. Thank you so much. Will try got it poetry competitions this year.

  11. I would love to participate fro the poetry competition in 2019.

  12. Hi,
    I’m from India. can i participate in this writing contest.

  13. GADI FRANÇOIS ABIRINGIYIMANA4 March 2019 at 05:37Reply

    Hi,I’m interested in your compensation but can I get some information on next upcoming competition? Thank you.

  14. Nandini Dadheech11 March 2019 at 17:08Reply

    Hello! Thank you for sharing this information about the competition. But can you explain where can I get more information?

  15. Nkomonye Sukoluhle18 March 2019 at 14:26Reply

    Id love to pat take this year

  16. Hello!
    I belong to pakistan .can i take part in this competition?and what would be the procedure ?

  17. Can you tell me when the Museum of Words, Flash Fiction Contest opens for submissions in 2019. I can’t find where the page is on their website to upload it before November 23rd. Are they a legitimate organization?

  18. Hi JR, The Museum of Words Flash Fiction contest is legit but the organisers do seem a bit disorganised. They just announced the winners of the 2017 competition at the beginning of this year (2019). If they indeed stick to the pattern of every other year, they should announce a new contest this year. Our bet would be 23 November, the International Day of Words. We’ll be keeping an eye out.

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