Some Competitions!

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Here are some more competitions:


We are currently promoting our Twenty Third Annual Write a Story for Children Competition that is open to all amateur writers over the age of 18. There are cash prizes of £2,000 for the best story submitted, £300 for second prize and £200 for the third placed story.
Independent judges, who will be looking for such qualities as originality, imagination and flair, will read the entries. Most importantly, they will also consider how the story will appeal to children.
To enter all you have to do is send your story with the entry form and fee attached to:
ACW, Competition Entry
P. O. Box 95, Huntingdon,
PE28 5RL. England

Further details from the above address or


1st prize £800, 2nd £350, 3rd £200

10 runner-up prizes of a year’s subscription to Poetry Nottingham.

Entry fee: £3 per poem, £12 for 5

Judge: Gillian Clarke

Entries to be postmarked by 19 May 2008.

Details and application forms from:

CFW Poetry, PO Box 474, Eastleigh, SO50 0AN


The Strokestown International Poetry Competition offers prizes of €4,000  (approximately £2,500 sterling), €2000 and €1000 for an unpublished poem in English not exceeding 70 lines.

 In addition there will be up to seven commended poets who will be invited to read at the festival 
for a reading fee and travelling expenses totalling €450.

2008 Judges: George Szirtes, Peter Fallon, Vona Groarke 

The entry fee is €5 (or £4 sterling, or $5) per poem. 

Details and entry forms from:
Strokestown Poetry Festival Office, Strokestown, County Roscommon, Ireland.  (+ 353) (0) 71 9633759, or (+ 353) (0) 71 9638540.


Closing date 30 April 2008. 1st prize £500, 3 other prizes + publication for winners and runners-up. Adjudicator, John Mole. Entry fees, £3 per poem or £10 for 4. Further details and entry instructions from:

The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition 2008, 48 Highbury Road, Hitchin SG4 9SA

INTERPRETER'S HOUSE is opening its first Short Story Competition this year.
The competition is open until February the 28th. We will be accepting entries of up to 2,500 words in any genre, at a cost of £5.00 per entry. The first prize is £300, the second prize £100 and there a two subscriptions to the magazine to be had for our runners up.
The judge will be the prolific author and academic Robert Barnard
Entry details, Terms and Conditions etc. can be found at:

Please note that Write Out Loud does not necessarily endorse any of the above items: check everything carefully before committing yourself, especially if money is involved!

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