Writing Competitions Jan and Feb 2020

My Lonely Writer Newsletter, produced weekly or fortnightly, is now combining with some of my blog posts, as in this one, Writing Competitions Jan and Feb 2020.

In today’s blog, we finish up with a word of the day, a fun fact about a famous writer, and a brief tip to keep you inspired.

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Put Your Writing to the Test

Writing competitions are a great way to open your writing up to an audience of professionals, without having to go through the – sometimes – discouraging process of submissions to publishers and agents.

With some competitions, you can even pay a little more on top of the entry fee to receive feedback. This can be so valuable!

Australian and International Writing Competitions

Below is a selection of writing competitions in Australia and internationally that you can submit various types of writing to this January and February.

Australian Writing Competitions

AWC Furious Fiction

About: Short story up to 500 words. First Friday of every month. Next starts 5 pm Friday 7 February.

Open to:Writers 17 years plus anywhere in the world

Theme: Follow the story prompts revealed when the competition opens

Closes: Midnight Sunday 9 February

Entry fee: Free

Prize: First: $500

Details here: https://www.writerscentre.com.au/furious-fiction/

The Writing Quarter Competition

About: Monthly short story competition up to 3,000 words

Open to: Writers 18 years plus, any nationality, any country of residence

Theme: Open

Closes: Next competition closes 29 February

Entry fee: Free

Prize: First: $30

Details here: https://writingquarter.com.au/competition/

Boyup Brook Bush Poetry Competition

About: Bush verse

Open to: All

Theme: Original Australian verse

Closes: 31 January 2020

Entry Fee: $10

Prizes: First: $100. Emerging Poet: $100

Details: Please email entries to [email protected]

International Writing Competitions

The Masters Review Winter Short Story Award

About: Short story, up to 6,000 words

Open to: Emerging Writers internationally

Theme: Open

Closes: 31 January 2020

Entry Fee: $US20

Prizes: First: $US3,000 + publication online. Second: $US300. Third: $US200

Details here: https://mastersreview.com/short-story-award-for-new-writers/

Flash 500 Short Story Competition

About: Short story, 1,000—3,000 words

Open to: International

Theme: Open

Closes: 29 February 2020

Entry Fee: One entry £7. Two entries £12. Three entries £16. Four entries £20

Prizes: First: £500. Second: £200. Third: £100

Details here: http://www.flash500.com/index_files/ss.html Rules here:  http://www.flash500.com/index_files/ssr.html

Michael Terence Publishing Winter Short Story Competition

About: Up to 3,000 words

Open to: International

Theme: Most genres accepted

Closes: 29 February 2020

Entry Fee: £5 for each story entered

Prizes: First Prize: £400 + publication in MTP Anthology + Anthology title based on title of winning entry. Second: £300 + publication in MTP Anthology. Third: £200 + publication in MTP Anthology.

Details here: https://www.mtp.agency/copy-of-competition

Word of the Day


Until today, I had not heard this word. It is a nickname referring to the area of museums and other cultural institutions on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London. It was named after Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, to both celebrate and satirise his role in Victorian life.

Fun Fact – Agatha Christie, surfer

The British crime novelist may have been one of the first British surfers. She and her husband learned to surf during an international trip. At the time, she was in her early thirties. According to some sources, the couple was among the first British people to stand up on a surfboard.

Get Inspired

If you’ve been writing bits and pieces for years, dedicate a rainy day to digging them out and rereading them. Pick out the most promising piece you’ve written, and develop it into a short story or novel.

Writing competitions in Jan and Feb 2020 is…

Just the beginning of a regular update about competitions you can enter. They’re a great way to test out your writing in a non-threatening environment. Go to it!

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