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Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Max Words Entry Fee Top Prize
Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize UK October ? 1,500 FREE £750
Notes on Benjamin Franklin Prize: Fiction or non-fiction interpretations of a Benjamin Franklin quote, check the website for the current quote – entrants must be between 18 and 25 years of age – winners published on The Telegraph website
Crediton Festival Short Story Competition UK April June 1,000 £3 £30
Notes on Credition Competition: Any style / genre, but themed, so check website for current details – prizes paid in cash of book tokens – winners published on the website – for under 18s or 18 year olds that are still in fulltime education
Deddington Junior Writing Competition UK March June 500 FREE See notes
Notes on Deddington Writing Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website – 3 categories: 3 to 6, 7 to 9 and 10 to 13 – winners receive professional feedback about their work and ‘prizes’ (the website does not state what the prizes are)
H G Wells Handwriting Prize UK July September NA FREE £100
Notes on H G Wells Handwriting Prize: Winners published in anthology – for any child of primary-school age attending a Shepway primary school
Lil Author Skool ‘Little Big Book’ Competition UK Biannual Biannual 2,000 FREE* See notes
Notes on Little Big Book Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for current theme – for entrants aged 21 and under – winner receives books, one to one with an author, their story published on the Lil Author Skool website and will be professionally published in a short story book – first entry is free, subsequent entries £2 – there are 2 categories for entry: little category ages 5-11 and the BIG category ages 12-21 years
Polar Expressions Student Writing Contest Canada Varies Varies Varies FREE See notes
Notes on Polar Expressions Competition: Any style / genre – open to Canadian students in kindergarten through to grade twelve – prizes vary depending on age, so check the website – winners published in an anthology
Print Express Children’s Short Story Competition UK 31st March 2017 14th April 2017 500 FREE See notes
Notes on Print Express Competition: Any style or genre – top prize is £50 in book tokens and £175 in book tokens for the winner’s school – open to children between 5 and 13 (two age brackets – 5 to 9 and 10 to 13) – winners published on the website – this is a one-off competition
Saugus Ghost Story Competition USA October Halloween 24 pages FREE T-Shirt
Notes on Saugus Competition: Ghost stories appropriate for any age group – 4 categories: Adult, High School, Middle School and Elementary school – winners published on website during 31st October
Small but Mighty Writers Competition for 7 to 11 year olds UK Quarterly Quarterly 1,000 FREE See notes
Notes on Small but Mighty Writers Competition: Any style / genre but sometimes themed so check website for current details – entrants must be 7 to 11 years old – winner receives a bundle of writing goodies and is published on the website, along with runners up
Small but Mighty Writers Competition for 12 to 15 year olds UK Quarterly Quarterly 1,500 FREE See notes
Notes on Small but Mighty Writers Competition: Any style / genre but sometimes themed so check website for current details – entrants must be 12 to 15 years old – winner receives a bundle of writing goodies and is published on the website, along with runners up – deadlines are 1st of January, April, July, October – results on 14th of each month
The Wicked Young Writer Awards UK March June 750 FREE See notes
Notes on Wicked Young Writer Awards: Any style / genre – for 5 to 25 year olds – the prizes vary so check the website for current details – 20 finalists in 5 different age categories, plus 20 finalists in a non-fiction category will be published in the Wicked Young Writer Awards anthology
Wimbledon Bookfest Young Writers’ Competition UK April ? 500 FREE iPad
Notes on Wimbledon Bookfest Competition: Themed, so check website for current details – winners published in ‘Bookfest Book of Stories’ anthology – 2 categories; 4 to 11 years and 11 to 18 years – open to all Merton Schools
Writing Times Children’s Writing Competition UK Quarterly Quarterly 1,500 FREE A book
Notes on Writing Times Children’s Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for current details – prize is any book up to £10 in value – winners published in the Writing Times – also a prize for drawing

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