the Poetry kit


Other Competitions



How to Enter Them - Beware of scams.

Please Note

The information given here is for GUIDANCE ONLY. While every effort is made to ensure that it is accurate,

before entering any listed competition you should obtain full rules and an entry form from the organisers.



First Prize


30th November 2018 1st €3,000

Entry €20
FISH SHORT STORY PRIZE: International  prize to find the best short fiction and help writers with publication and cash prizes. Top ten stories will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2019. Mia Gallagher will judge. Word limit is 5,000. 2nd prizeis a week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat and €300. 3rd: €300.  7 Honourable Mentions €200 each. Entry €20. Full details and online entry
3rd December 2018 1st 500

entry 5

H.E.Bates Short Story Competition 2018

Write us a short story on the subject of your choice.   The competition is open to all writers.

*   Entries must be no longer than 2000 words.

*   1st Prize 500    2nd Prize 200     3rd Prize 100

*    Special prize for the best story written by a Northamptonshire writer 100 (not awarded if the story has won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize)

*   The entry fee is 6 for the first story submitted. It is reduced to 10 for any entry of 2 stories. Further stories have a fee of 5 each.

*   Entrants are invited to submit as many stories as they wish, providing they have not been previously published or have been prize-winning entries in another competition.

*  The judging panel will comprise members of the Northampton Writers Group. The Head Judge is Julia Thorley, writer and editor, and the author of the collection of monologues, Nine Lives, together with books about yoga and conjuring!

*   Closing date for entries is Monday 3rd December 2018

*   Prizes will be awarded at a prize giving ceremony on 7th February 2019

        There is no entry form. Simply send your story or stories (typed please) with a first sheet giving your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and title of story or stories to H.E.Bates Competition, 19 Kingswell Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 6QB. Please mark the envelope "f.a.o. Nick Hamlyn". Include a postal order or cheque (made out to N.Hamlyn).

Alternatively, you may e-mail your story in Word format, complete with a first page as described above, to and pay by PayPal. In this case, we will invoice you on receipt of your entry.

Further details on our website

31st January 2019 1st  €1,000

Entry €17
Fish Short Memoir Prize: for a true life account of not more tan 4,000 words. Chrissie Gittens will judge and her best 10 will be published in the 2019 Fish Anthology. 2nd prize is a week on a writers’ retreat at Casa Ana, Andalusia, Spain, & €300. 3rd prize €200. Entry is €17. Full details and online entry
28th February 2019 1st  €1,000

Entry €17
Fish Flash Fiction Prize for a story of 300 words or less. Pamela Painter will adjudicate and select 10 for the 2019 Fish Anthology. 2nd prize is €300. 3rd prize an online writing course with Fish. Entry is €14. Full details and online entry

31 January



28 February