Competition Rules



All entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant, and not currently submitted for publication nor for any other competition or award. 

Open Competitions are open to any writer, who can submit as many entries as they choose.

Subscriber-only Competitions are open only to subscribers of Writing Magazine, who can only submit one entry per competition.
New Subscribers’ Competitions are open only to those whose subscriptions start during 2017. No entry form or fee is required.



Open Competitions entry fees are £5, or £3 for subscribers. Swanwick Competitions are £5 for all writers.

Subscriber-only Competitions and New Subscribers' Competitions are free, but open only to subscribers of Writing Magazine.



Short stories: Entries must be typed in double spacing, with a front page stating your name, address, phone number and email address, your story title and word count, on a single doc, docx, txt, rtf or pdf file.

Poetry manuscripts: Entries must be typed in single spacing with double spacing between stanzas. Entrant’s name, address, telephone number and email address must be typed on a single front page in the same file.


Competition judges will be appointed by Writing Magazine and the judges’ decision will be final with no correspondence being entered into.



Winners will be notified within two months of closing date after which date unplaced entries may be submitted elsewhere. Winning entries may not be submitted elsewhere for twelve months after that date without permission of Writing Magazine who retain the right to publish winning entries in any form during those twelve months