Short story and poetry writing competitions

Do you want to challenge yourself and showcase your work? Enter our creative writing competitions for the chance to see your winning entry in print and win a cash prize!

Improve your creative writing skills, and chances in our competitions, with essential advice and fun exercises from our expert writers, whether you're just starting out or a seasoned winner. Explore our writing advice here

Open Competitions

Our open competitions have writing prizes of £200 and £50 for short stories, and £100 and £50 for poetry competitions. They are open to all writers, requiring a £6 entry fee, or £4 if you are a Writing Magazine subscriber. 


Subscriber Only Competitions

With writing prizes of £100 and £25, the monthly subscriber-only competitions are free to enter, but open only to subscribers.


Winning Entries

Visit our Competitions Showcase to see winning entries from previous competitions.