Competition Entries

After my final assignment for Writing Skills, my tutor suggested I look into entering The Bridport Prize. I was petrified. All the doubts and uncertainty,the fear of putting something out there…….but I’m so glad she pushed me to do it! I didn’t win, didn’t place, didn’t get a special mention, but I learnt that it is ok to have a go.

My aim for this year is to enter at least three competitions each month. I will be focussed on poetry, to reflect the area I’m studying in, but I hope to manage a few short stories too.

Opportunities for January and February are:


Short stories


I try to choose competitions that excite me, and inspire me to create something I’m proud of. It’s very new to me, and I still get that flash of nerves before I press send. I’m incredibly glad to be trying though .

March/ April Competitions and submissions



Under the Radar magazine published by Nine Arches Press


Short Stories

Writers and Artists

Shooter literary magazine

Yeovil literary festival

Evesham Festival of Words

I’ve focused on short stories, despite it being the area I find challenging, I don’t want to lose the skills I gained during my first course. I find the discipline of having a competition to write for really motivates me. All those years of squirreling work away in notebooks have take their toll; I want people to read what I write, and to do that, I have to make it good enough to show them.








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