Find out how to enter
One of the major, international prizes for contemporary fiction and poetry, this is an opportunity to bring your work to a wider audience.
What we are looking for is bold, incisive material in any genre just as long as it reflects writing today. First, second and third prizes will be presented as well as publication for the winning writers in The New Writer annual Collection.
The next closing date of The New Writer Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes is 30th November 2013. See below for rules of entry and click here for online entry.
The results of The New Writer Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes are announced on this website towards mid-March and in the Summer edition of the magazine.
This is the 14th year of The New Writer Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes, although it is the 17th consecutive year of the Poetry Prizes – previous winners include Alison Moore, Lezanne Clannachan, Sharon Black, Wes Lee, Alexandra Fox, Cathy Whitfield, Alesha Racine, David Grubb, Katy Darby and Graham Clifford, whose award winning entries appeared in our Collections.
Prizes are awarded in the following categories:
Short Stories – 500 to 3,000 words
Micro Fiction – up to 500 words
Short Stories: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100
Micro Fiction: 1st prize £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £50
Fiction can be on any subject or theme, in any genre (not children’s). Previously published work is not eligible
Single Poems – up to 40 lines
Collections - between 6 – 10 poems – up to 60 lines per poem.
Single: 1st prize £100, 2nd £75, 3rd £50
Collection: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100
Single poem entries must be previously unpublished; previously published poems can be included as part of a Collection.
How to Enter The New Writer Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes
We would prefer to receive all entries by email. Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org All entries should have the subject heading: ‘Entry – The New Writer Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes.’
Entries should be sent as an attachment – either Microsoft Word (.doc) or plain text (.txt) formats.
For payment details see the Entry page.
Fiction should be double-spaced, poetry should be single-spaced. Entrants may make as many submissions as they wish but author’s name must not be included on the script. Your name, address, title of entry, word count and category should appear on the competition cover sheet with every entry. Preliminary judging will be carried out by The New Writer editorial board with guest judges making the final selection so there should be no identifying marks – apart from the title – on the entries. Entries are non-returnable. A full list of winners will be sent if requested.
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