Here you can browse through not only our own competitions, but writing competitions featured in the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. All competitions uploaded to the Writing Calendar will also feature here.

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W&A Competitions

Christmas Giveaway 2023
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Win our entire Christmas book bundle!
Writers' & Artists' Short Story Competition 2024
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Enter our annual free short story competition to win a place on one of Arvon's residential writing courses.
W&A Working-Class Writers' Prize 2023
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Are you a writer who identifies as working-class? Looking for an opportunity to get your writing out there? Are you getting ready to take that next step on the path to publication?

WAYB Competitions

Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colour
Waterstones Children’s Book Prize
The Queen's Knickers Award

Writing Calendar Competitions

Artist Link- Up - Poetry Slam
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Artist Link-Up are hosting a weekly POETRY SLAM
 Weekly prize- £10 gift card- Reading Railway Pub bar + entry to 2024 competition 
The People's Friend Writing Bursary
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UK's biggest prize for unpublished authors, with a £10k top prize. Deadline Feb 5.
Northern Life Magazine Short Story Competition
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The winning short story will be published in Northern Life magazine.