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Literary Prizes and Awards

I will add to this page as competitions come to my notice, so if you are interested please bookmark this page!

The Fish One Page Story Prize
This page is still alive and kicking. Please take a look at it. I notice that a critique is offered. You have to request a critique, enclose an s.a.e. for the return of the story, and pay £30 fee per story. The pamphlet says "The critique will be considered and constructive aimed at helping to improve your story and work generally. It will be at least 250 words. This service is also available, year round outside of the competition."

The aim of Fish is to find and publish exciting new talent.
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The Bridport Prize 2011

poems / short stories /open to all
Closing date for receipt of entries, midnight, 30th June 2011

The richest OPEN writing prize.
SHORT STORIES: 5.000 words 1st prize = £ 5000 judge A L Kennedy
POEMS: 42 LINES 1st Prize =£ 5000 (approx. 8000 US$, 5900 ) judge Carol Ann Duffy
FLASH FICTION: 250 words 1st Prize =£1000 judge A L Kennedy

There are 2nd,3rd and Highly Commended prizes for each section.
Closing date 30th June 2011.(24.00 MIdnight GMT)

Entry fees £7 per story, £6 per poem, £5 per flash fiction. Send as many entries as you wish.

There is an entry form on the Bridport prize web site
I have extra copies of the form here, if you send me an e-mail I will send it as a .pdf. It is packed with information, and would be no trouble...

REACH Poetry Monthly (incorporating Helicon)
£ 50 prize each month for readers' choice. Cherrybite Publications , Linden Cottae, 45 Burton Road, Little Neston, Cheshire, CH64 4AE. COST £2.50.

Selective list of Poetry Competitions This page is owned by the Poetry Library. It accepts no liability in connection with the information contained in the list. The list is intended as a guide to current competitions only. Competitors must write independently to each competition, enclosing a s.a.e. for an entry form before submitting work. Each competition charges an entry fee. Unless otherwise stated assume that all poems should be in English, original and not previously published. Competitions for children and young people are marked ** Note: the list is updated monthly on the website.

Please note I believe all the above are true competitions. There is one page on the web to be aware of which offers a prize per month. Everything gets an award - even letters of complaint. The catch is that to see your poem in print, you have to buy a book which costs a fair amount and may not appear at all. The site was publicised on the BBC program Watchdog in May 2000.
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