Story Writing Competition for Children

Contest Name: 500 WORDS returns to Radio 2 for 2015!
short story contest for children

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show’s 500 Words story-writing competition returns to Radio 2 for a fifth year in 2015.

Get Reading. Get Writing. Get Inspired.

500 WORDS asks children aged 13 and under up and down the UK to put pen to paper to compose an original work of fiction using no more than 500 words.

Children will be able to submit their stories via the entry form on the 500 WORDS website at Listen out to the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Monday 19th January for details on how to submit your story and how to become a volunteer judge.

The competion promotes literacy among children, encouraging them to explore their creativity through writing and reading, providing them with a wealth of tips from published writers and other resources (including the Alphabot v2.0) to support their learning.

As well as these online tips and tools, Radio 2 will be beaming 500 WORDS into classrooms around the country, as Chris Evans will be holding a special Story Laboratory in a special webcast on Wednesday 21st January at 11am.

Every single story submitted will be read by a brilliant, book-loving army of librarians and teachers from around the UK. The Reading Agency are back on board, to shortlist the Top 50, and the competition’s panel of best-selling authors return to Radio 2 HQ in early May to pick three medal winners in two categories: 5 – 9 years old; and 10-13 years old.

The top 50 authors will all be invited to the 500 WORDS Final on Friday 29 May to hear the winners announced live on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show.


Stories & Poems Contest in English, By CreatEng Cafe

Contest name: CreatEng Cafe Creative Writing Competition
Open For citizens of a country where
English is not an official, native, or de facto language. 
Entries can be
stories or poems and must be written in English. 
Prize: First prize is
Deadline: January 31, 2015


poem and stories writing contest

Rules for the 2015 Creative Writing Competition

  1. Everyone competes globally
  2. You must be a citizen of a country where English is not an official, native, or de facto language, and you must show proof of citizenship if selected as a winner (see here for a list of countries that are not eligible)
  3. You can submit a short story or a poem
  4. The story or poem must be written entirely in English
  5. Stories cannot be more than 1,500 words in length
  6. Poems cannot be more than 50 lines in length
  7. You must be the original author of your submission
  8. You may not submit previously published material
  9. The entry form must be filled out completely
  10. You may write about whatever you like, but we will not publish material that may be considered offensive
  11. If selected as a winner, CreatEng Cafe and its affiliates retain the right to publish your work online and in print
  12. You may submit as many stories or peoms as you like, but you can only win one prize

The Competition starts on October 1st, 2014, and ends January 31st, 2015.


2015 Robert Kroetsch Writing Poetry Award

Contest Name: Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry
Prize: Receives a trade paperback
contract with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint which will include
the publication of the manuscript and a CA$500 advance. 
Entrants must be
Canadian residents. 
Deadline: January 31, 2015
Organizer: Invisible Publishing and Matrix Magazine


Writing Poetry Award

Invisible Publishing and Matrix Magazine are pleased to announce that the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry is now accepting submissions.

This year’s judge is the award-winning and internationally renowned poet Karen Solie!

The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 advance.


The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published two books or fewer). Each year the winning manuscript is selected by an established poet in co-operation with Matrix Magazine and Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint.

About Karen Solie:

Karen Solie’s most recent collection of poems, Pigeon, won the 2010 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her first collection of poems, Short Haul Engine, won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize, the ReLit and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her second, Modern and Normal, was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous North American journals. She is a native of Saskatchewan and now lives in Toronto.

The deadline is January 31, 2015.

Entries can be submitted through Matrix Magazine’s Submittable site.

Alternatively, you may send manuscripts to:

The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry 

Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint

c/o Matrix Magazine

1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658

Montreal QC

H3G 1M8

Each entry must be accompanied with a business size SASE and an entry fee for $30.00 Canadian. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Matrix Publications.” No cash please.

Or if you prefer to use PAYPAL, you may send you manuscript electronically to and send your payment via PAYPAL at Matrix’s Robert Kroetsch Award Page.


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poetry contest 2015


Our 2015 Fiction & Poetry Contests

Contest Name: Our 2015 Fiction & Poetry Contests
Deadline: January 15, 2015.
Prize: Winners each receive $1,000 and publication in the Fall 2015 issue of Third Coast.


2015 Fiction & Poetry Contests

Contest Guidelines

Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000 words or up to three (3) previously unpublished poems at a time in ONE file. All manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced. Please include entry title and page numbers on all prose manuscript pages. Since the judging is blind, the author’s name and identifying information (including address, email, phone number, and bio) should only appear in the “cover letter” box; identifying information must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. Manuscripts with names left on them may be disqualified.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that the work be withdrawn from the contest immediately. If a piece is chosen as a finalist, Third Coast asks that it be withdrawn from any other publication considerations until the winner is selected.

Multiple entries are permitted, but each entry must be submitted separately.

Writers associated with the judges, WMU, or Third Coast are not eligible to submit work to the contest.

The $16 entry fee (payable online, or by check for postal entries) entitles the submitter to a one-year subscription or gift subscription to Third Coast. No money will be refunded. Submissions will not be returned. Postal entries may be mailed to: Third Coast Contests, Western Michigan University, English Department, Kalamazoo MI 49008

Winners will be announced in April 2015 and published in the Fall 2015 issue of Third Coast. All contest entries will be considered for publication in Third Coast.

Submit to the Jaimy Gordon Fiction Prize
Submit to the Third Coast Poetry Prize


Writing Contest 2015


The Orwell Prize is Britain’s, Deadline: January 15, 2015.

Contest Name: The Orwell Prize
Categories: books, journalism and ‘exposing Britain’s social evils’.
Deadline: January 15, 2015.

The Orwell Prize


The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, we award prizes for the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’.

But we do much more than that: we take political argument around the country (see our events archive and YouTube channel to watch video of previous events); and as the only website officially sanctioned by the Orwell Estate, we publish work by George Orwell (including our Webby-shortlisted Orwell Diaries blog) and articles about Orwell.

The Prize was established in its present form by the late Professor Sir Bernard Crick in 1994, ‘to encourage writing in good English – while giving equal value to style and content, politics or public policy, whether political, economic, social or cultural – of a kind aimed at or accessible to the reading public, not to specialist or academic audiences’.

In the Prize section of the website, using the menu above you can find out more about previous winners, shortlists, longlists and judges; the administration of the Prize; and how to enter the Prize. Visit our George Orwell section for works by and about Orwell, and our events section to see what’s coming up and our video archive of previous events.



1. The Orwell Prize is awarded annually in the spring, recognising work published in the calendar year preceding the year in which the Award is made. For example, the Prize awarded in May 2014 (the 2014 Prize) recognises work first published between 1st January and 31st December 2013.
2. It is named in memory of George Orwell, the British journalist, novelist and essayist.
3. The Orwell Prize aims to encourage good writing and thinking about politics. The winning entries should strive to meet Orwell’s own ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’. They should be of equal excellence in style and content – the writing must be both political and artful – and live up to the Values of the Orwell Prize.
4. ‘Political’ is defined in the broadest sense, including (but not limited to) entries addressing political, social, cultural, moral and historical subjects.
5. Entries may be fiction or non-fiction. Unfortunately, we do not currently accept works in translation, or poetry.
6. At this time we are unable to accept self-published books.
7. There is no entry fee for any of the Prizes. There are no publicity fees. The Prize is entirely free to enter and there is no charge to the writer at any point in the process.
8. Individuals may enter as many of the Prizes as they like – i.e. a writer can enter the Book Prize, Journalism Prize, and Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils in the same year.
9. The Prizes are self-nominating – somebody involved in the creation of the work must be responsible for entering it. (This might include the author or their publisher for the Book Prize and the journalist or their editor for the Journalism Prize or the Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils) If you think there is someone who should be encouraged to enter, please get in touch.
10. All entries must have a clear relationship with the United Kingdom or Ireland. This ‘relationship’ might include, but is not limited to, any of the following conditions:

Residency in the United Kingdom or Ireland

Citizenship of the United Kingdom or Ireland
Foreign correspondents for British and Irish publications who are based abroad
Foreign citizens who are resident or have a residence in the United Kingdom or Ireland at the time of writing and/or publication of their entry

Books published first, or published only, in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

  • The final decision on the eligibility of a submission rests with the director and operations manager of the Prize, subject to the oversight of the Council of the Orwell Prize.
  • If shortlisted the writer is expected to make themselves available for Orwell Prize interviews and attend the ceremony. The winners are expected to write a piece for the Orwell Prize website.

There are three prizes:

  • The Book Prize, awarded to a book or pamphlet, whether fiction or non-fiction.
  • The Journalism Prize, awarded to a journalist for sustained reportage and/or commentary working in any medium.
  • The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils, awarded to a journalist enhancing the public understanding of social problems and public policy in the UK, communicated across multiple platforms

In addition, Special Prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

  • Following the closing of submissions, a list of all entries will appear on the Orwell Prize website.
  • A longlist in each Prize will be published. Typically, this will consist of eighteen books in the Book Prize, twelve journalists in the Journalism Prize, and twelve journalists for the Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils. The judges may opt to longlist fewer or more entries at their discretion.
  • A shortlist in each Prize will then be published, from the entries on the appropriate longlist. Typically, this will consist of six entries in each Prize. The judges may opt to shortlist fewer or more entries at their discretion.
  • There are no longlists or shortlists for Special Prizes, unless the judges announce the subject of and invite submissions for a named Special Prize at the Prize launch.
  • The winners of each Prize will be announced at the annual Awards Ceremony.
  • The Orwell Prize is worth £3000 to the winner in each category (apart from the Special Prize, where there is no monetary award unless specifically stated).
  • New judges are appointed each year, with a different jury being appointed for each of the two Prizes.
  • Judges are not permitted to enter any of the Prizes in the year they are judging.
  • Members of the boards of any of the Prize’s partners, or members of the Council of the Orwell Prize, are not permitted to enter.
  • A completed submission consists of the entered work (see the individual categories below), a byline or cover art image with no rights reserved (see the individual categories below) and a completed entry form. Submissions must be received by the deadline, or bear a postmark from before the deadline.
  • A winner of the Orwell Prize cannot reapply for three years for the Prize which they have won. This exemption does not apply to the Special Prize.

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