The Bedford Competition — UK

The Bedford Competition

Let your talent flow and compete with authors from around the world! We invite you to submit stories up to 3000 words and poems up to 40 lines long.

1st Prize £1000
2nd Prize £200
3rd Prize £100

The Bedford Writer’s Competition is a non profit group. All net proceeds will go to Schoolreaders, Bedford, a charity giving free one-to-one reading support to children, and The King’s Arms Homeless Project.

Competition opens 1st May and closes 31st October 2021.
The standard entry fee is £7.50 per story or poem.

To enter visit our website: http://www.bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/

The Bedford Competition Flyer

Benson — Come Here to Me

Come Here To Me (Prickly Hawthorn Village)
by Karen Dean Benson

come here to meWhen a progressive gentleman doctor struggles to fit into the deeply entrenched culture of a rural Irish village, he realizes not all learning comes from books. Christopher Curran, newly graduated from Edinburgh Medical School, has dreamt of bringing modern medicine to Hawthorn Village. His struggle to fit into the deeply entrenched culture of the rural Irish village worsens when rumor of an unspeakable crime sifts through the village suggesting he might be involved. Renata Fitzjames and her irascible mother are newly arrived in Hawthorn from Portugal. They have come to fulfill a promise she made to her father on his deathbed. She resolves to keep her distance from the doctor knowing he has good reason to interfere. Dino, a runaway cabin boy off a pirate ship, becomes an unwitting complication for the doctor when the lad seeks refuge in the unlikeliest of places. [more]

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Secret at Dark Castle (Prickly Hawthorn Village Book 1) by Karen Dean Benson

secret at dark castleA secret no one dared whisper… 1816 County Waterford, Hawthorn Village, Ireland Mairéad, left in a basket on the steps of The Sacred Heart Convent and raised by the nuns, intends to take vows in the fall when she turns eighteen. Having lived her life within the cloister, she knows nothing of the secular world except for the dealings she has had with people who bring their manuscripts to be illuminated. Her delicate artistry is a source of income for the convent. A local aristocrat, Lord Darnley, willing to pay a vast amount for work on his manuscript, demands she stay at Rockmore Hall for the summer to illuminate a book he wrote about his ancestors.  [more]

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Drummer — Thunderbird

Thunderbird

by Richard Drummer

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The greatest challenge for Grace Cummings will be to solve her own murder.

On a crisp autumn morning in 1959 Grace watched in horrified silence as her husband’s experimental jet exploded in a blinding flash. She frantically scanned the horizon for the white bloom of his parachute. It never appeared. Reggie had perished before her eyes.

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Enemy Within the Gates

by Richard Drummer

enemy within the gatesA covert military mission threatens the aspirations of political newcomer, Katherine Karlson, and her run for the presidency. She devises a plan to scuttle the mission, thereby guaranteeing her the election but destroying any chance for peace in the Middle East. Her daughter witnesses the deception and pleads with her mother to undo the treasonous act, threatening to expose the truth if she refuses. Karlson is forced to choose between the highest office in the land and her only child, which also means silencing everyone who bore witness to the crime

 

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The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – SUMMER 2021 is now accepting entries!

Deadline is September 22, 2021

Hello and welcome to Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest – Summer 2021! This poetry contest and writing contest is open to everyone and international. We are excited about showcasing the creative writing and poetic talent, skill, and ability of all poets and writers. We hope that you have the inspiration to display the beauty and art of writing short stories and poems for the entire world to see your “gift of a dream.”Writing Contest entries may be written on a maximum of (5) pages, either neatly handwritten or typed, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme.

Poetry Contest entries may be written on any subject, theme, style, or form. All poems must be 30 lines or fewer and either neatly handwritten or typed, single or double line spacing.

Please read the Official Rules for complete guidelines.

WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! The mission of this contest is to inspire creative nonfiction and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond! Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!

Deadline October 31, 2021

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 1000
Minimum: 200

$12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13. Deadline: January 31, 2020

TOPIC:

OPEN TOPIC!

You can write about any subject you want to explore, as long as it’s within the word count and nonfiction. If you’re feeling inspired, write something new, or dig out those essays you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

Click to Download the CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST Terms & Conditions PDF

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest

Northern Lights Book Awards

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A Mark of Distinction

Honoring Children’s Literature of Exceptional Merit

The Northern Lights Book Awards considers children’s books to be an art form and honors books that excel in aesthetic and literary qualities with an emphasis on permanency. We are seeking works that will leave a lasting impression, ones which will resonate with the reader not only now but in years to come.

Entries must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2021.

Guidelines and more information