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.



8th June 2020 1st 500

entry 9

Aurora Prize for Writing 2020

The Aurora Prize for Writing is a national competition run by Writing East Midlands, in partnership with the Society of Authors. The prize was first awarded in 2016 and seeks outstanding new writing in short fiction (of up to 2,000 words) and poetry (of up to 60 lines). With its heart firmly in the East Midlands, there are also prizes for the best writing from the region, in both categories.

The winners, in each category, will receive a cash prize of 500, feedback on a piece of work of their choice from a leading literary agent (or Editor as appropriate) and a year’s free membership to the Society of Authors, which includes access to advice and resources on all aspects of the business of writing. 

Winners will also receive a session with Society of Authors staff including an introduction to how the Society can support them in their careers as professional authors and covering essential advice on copyright, payment terms and contracts.

Second Prize: 150 cash.

Third Prize: A one-day course of your choice from Writing School East Midlands. 

In order to champion writers from the East Midlands, there will also be a regional prize of 100 awarded to the best work in each category from the region.

This is an national prize open to everyone.


15th June 2020 1st 300

entry 5

Segora International Writing Competitions 2020

Poetry, Short Story, Vignette, One-Act Play

Deadline 15th June all competitions

Guidelines, rules and multiple entries

Poetry prizes: 300, 100, 50 Single entry 5

Judge: Martyn Crucifix

Short Story prizes: 300, 100, 50 Single entry 8

Judge: Sherry Morris Single entry 8

Vignette prize: 100 Single entry 5

Judge: Mandy Pannett

One-Act Play Prizes: 150, 50 Single entry fee 12

Judge: Charles Palliser

30th June 2020 1st 1000

entry 6



Open Poetry: Entry fee, 6    Prizes:  1st 1,000, 2nd 500, 3rd 250, Local 100

Any subject, no more than 35 lines   Judge, Jo Shapcott

Short Story: Entry fee, 6  Prizes:  1st 750, 2nd 300, 3rd 200, Local 100

Any subject, 1,000 to 2,000 words   Judge, Duncan Minshull

A Book for Children: Entry fee, 6   Prizes:  1st 750, 2nd 300, 3rd 200, Local 100

Any subject. First three chapters or first thirty pages whichever is the shortest, plus the synopsis

Stories aimed at readers aged 7+ allowing entrants to write either middle grade or teenage novels

Judge, Fleur Hitchcock

Young Poets: Entry fee, 3   Prizes: 150, 75, 50 plus a year’s membership of

The Poetry Society

Any subject, no more than 35 lines Judge, Victoria Adukwei Bulley