Win cash prizes in our short story and poetry creative writing competitions

Enter short story and poetry writing competitions for your chance to see your winning entry in print and win a cash prize!

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 £5 entry fee, or £3 if you are a Writing Magazine subscriber.

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

(Please note: subscribers-only competitions, while free to enter, still need to be 'bought' in the same way as other orders on the website - i.e. placed in the basket and then taken all the way through the check-out process.)

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

For queries, please contact the Competitions Coordinator on 01778 392 492 or email

Subscribe today to enjoy reduced competition entry fees and enter exclusive subscriber-only competitions