Every writer deserves an opportunity to shine.

However, to get noticed, you have to put your best work forward. Entering writing competitions or applying for writing opportunities can give you an incentive to create something new, the focus to polish your work to its best and a wonderful feeling if you succeed.

At Literary Lightbox, we bring together great writing competitions and opportunities all in one place to help you find the ones that are right for you and what you write. 

Find the latest writing opportunities

Every month, we publish a list of writing competitions and opportunities with deadlines approaching in the coming weeks open to writers in the UK and around the world.

Typically, these could cover books, novels, novellas, short stories, flash/micro fiction, playwriting, poetry and screen writing. Also included are upcoming opportunities not included in our annual competition lists such as writing retreat scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or unique literary agent/publisher submission opportunities.

You’ll find details of prizes, requirements, eligibility, entry fees (some are free) and deadlines as well as any other important information about each one. 

Check out the latest list here

Annual competitions lists

Updated at the beginning of every year, our annual lists cover the key writing competitions due to run over the following months. All the competitions listed should be open to writers based in the UK and most are open internationally too. Click on the categories below to view the lists that interest you…

Book, novel and novella competitions

Essay, memoir and nonfiction competitions

Flash fiction and micro fiction competitions

Short story competitions 

Poetry competitions


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