Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Poetry and Short Story Competitions

The Writers Bureau annual poetry and short story competitions are now open for 2010.

Now in its 16th year, the competition will, once again, be judged by Iain Pattison and Alison Chisholm. Alison commented on last year’s winners saying, “The wide-ranging subject matter and a host of individual voices made this a fascinating competition to judge. Many of the entries reached out and captivated the reader, who was drawn into another world and invited to become a part of it. The winners were spectacular.”

Last year’s winners can be viewed at

Total prize money is £4000: First prize in each category is £1000,

second prize £400, third prize £200, fourth prize £100, plus six

runners-ups prizes of £50 each.

The theme is open so entrants can choose to write about any subject.

Poems should not exceed 40 lines and short stories should not exceed 2000 words.

The winners will be featured in Freelance Market News and on The Writers Bureau competition website giving the winners a chanceto showcase their work and boost their profile.

The entry fee for each poem or short story is £5.00 and the closing date for entries is 30th June 2010. Entry can be either online or through the post.

For entry forms or further information contact:

The Competition Secretary,

Dept Comppr, The Writers Bureau,

Sevendale House, 7 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 1JB

Tel: 00 44 161 228 2362

Or Visit

Good luck!