Creative writing prize: The Bedford Competition 2023

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04 May 2023
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The annual international contest has £1,500 first prizes for short stories and poetry

The story category of the Bedford Competition is for original, unpublished short fiction up to 3,000 words. The winner will receive £1,500, and there are second and third prizes of £300 and £200. There is also a £100 Bedford Short Story Prize for the best entry by a writer resident in Bedford, and the £200 Cygnature Short Story Prize for the best entry by a writer under 25. The entry fee is £7.50 per story, or £15 for three stories entered on the same form.

The poetry category is for original, unpublished poems no longer than 40 lines. The prizes are £1,500, £300 and £200, with a £100 Bedford Prize for the best poem by a Bedford resident, and a £200 Cygnature Prize for the best poem by a writer under 25. The entry fee is £7.50 per poem, of £15 for three poems entered on the same form.

Winning and shortlisted entries will be published in a Bedford Competition anthology.

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The closing date is 31 October.

For full details see the website.

 

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