Hang on in there... you'll get discovered!

Hang on in there… you’ll get discovered!

In a day and age when it is getting harder and harder for an up-and-coming writer to get noticed (and especially if they’re a starving artist…) what’s the best solution? Competitions – and better still – free ones. In an ideal world, it would be great to be able to subscribe to all the zines and competitions to keep supporting the cause, but face it, who has a money tree growing in their garden? Here are a few up-and-coming competitions for all you up-and-coming writers in the adult market (April to Dec 2014):

ALL OF THESE ARE FREE TO ENTER!

Poetry – deadline is coming up on the 27th of April:

http://www.dylandowntheups.org.uk/#/guidelines/4569268234

 

Chocolate-themed poetry – deadline coming up on the 30th April:

http://www.divinechocolate.com/uk/poetry

 

Dystopian Stories – deadline coming up on the 1st of May:

http://www.almondpress.co.uk/#/dystopian-short-story-contest/4581919339

 

Travel writing flash fiction competition:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-writing-competition/

 

Horror stories:

http://www.spinetinglers.co.uk/

 

Travel writing flash fiction competition (for over 18s):

http://seniortravelexpert.com/writing-competition/

 

Celebration-themed poetry (deadline the 28th June):

http://forwardpoetry.co.uk/post/celebrations.html

 

Poetry about the First World War (deadline the 28th June):

http://forwardpoetry.co.uk/post/in-flanders-fields—one-hundred-years-on.html

 

Flowers/ Dust themed poetry (deadline the 15th of Nov):

http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/p/switch-difference-our-anthology-for.html

 

Shadow/ Light themed poetry (deadline the 30th of Sep):

http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/p/anthology-switch-difference.html

 

Amusement Park themed poetry (deadline the 31st of July):

http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/p/switch-difference-our-anthology-for_1.html

 

Erbacce Poetry Prize 2014:

http://www.erbacce-press.com/#/erbacce-prize/4533449873

 

And many of the above also offer cash prizes. So what’s the catch? Nothing! They’re free to enter, so all it will cost you is writing and submitting time.

Good luck!

Leilanie Stewart is a widely published writer and poet. In addition to promoting her own work, she has run creative writing workshops for gifted and talented London secondary school students aged 12 to 18 and is currently a poetry editor for Ashvamegh International Literary Journal. She is married to the writer and poet, Joseph Robert.

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About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in London with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.wordpress.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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