Writing Competition

Pigeon Review Flash Fiction Competition

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Pigeon Review is one year old! The idea for Pigeon Review was sparked on a park bench in the Spring of 2021 inspired by the quirky, resourceful, beautiful, and often overlooked little creatures wandering around us. We felt camaraderie in that way with our feathered friends. We knew we couldn't be the only ones who felt this way; quirky, resourceful, creative, and overlooked, trying to break barriers by flying headfirst into them.

We set out to be a place for stories and art that evoke a sense a place; pieces that may have been overlooked for their simplicity or deemed mundane. Most of all, we set out to foster community. We wanted be a place that values its contributors and every person who submits; a place that promotes honesty and kindness.​

It’s been just over a year since Pigeon Review was born and we can’t be more proud of where we are and what our more than 130 contributors have accomplished! ​

To celebrate Pigeon's first birthday, we are hosting our first competition! From the beginning, Pigeon Review has been a leap of faith. We had no idea if anybody would like Pigeon Review, if anyone would submit, or would even be able find us in the masses of art and literary journals. Every part of Pigeon Review comes from us, no pre-formatted web pages or form emails, which sometimes includes the less glamorous aspects like typos and broken web links. We put ourselves into each detail and our favorite part of that is that we get to make genuine connections with our contributors. We continue to take these leaps and are pleasantly surprised as we grow.

Prize Summary: 
$200 prize pool
Prizes Details: 

1st place: $100 and publication

2nd place: $75 and publication

3rd place: $25 and publication


Prizes paid out via CashApp or Paypal, we cannot pay out through another service. Please have a CashApp or Paypal if you are applying.


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Call for Writers - Keep It Short and Simple 12-word Writing Contest

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It is said that sometimes words get in the way of a good story.

If that is the case, let’s write a story with as few words as possible. In fact, tell us a story in 12 words exactly.

The ABC’s of our Keep It Short and Simple 12-word contest can be explained in, well, 12-words: 

Articulate a story or concept with
Brevity in an interesting
Creative way.

Even small words count (we believe in the power of the little guys) and contractions count as one word (because working together makes us better).

This is a chance to challenge yourself to try something a little different and have some fun doing it!

Prize Summary: 
Win up to $100 cash.
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  • 1st place wins $100 and a book from one of our judges in your chosen format
  • 2nd place wins $75
  • 3rd place wins $25

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$12 per entry
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Open for Entries - Send Us your Words!

Words andn Women Short Prose New Writing Competition

Deadline Midnight, 15th November 2017

Offers a national prize for women over 40 of £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust and a regional prize (East of England) of £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.

The winning entries will be published online and in a Compendium of Words and Women’s best entries from the last 4 prize-winning anthologies. 

Entries can be fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and life-writing on any theme.

2,200 words

Guest judges: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendship of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf. 

National prize open to women writers over the age of 40. Regional prize open to women writers over the age of 16 living or working in the East of England.

For more details email wordsandwomencomp@gmail.com or visit our blog at www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk



Oriel Davies Open Writing Competition 2017

Oriel Davies is inviting submissions of poetry and prose on the theme of Water.  The competition is open to anyone and those wishing to submit more than one piece in either category are more than welcome.


Poetry (50 lines max)

Prose (1000 words max)




£3 per submission*


Chris Kinsey, celebrated nature poet

Sophie McKeand, Young People’s Laureate Wales


A £50 voucher to spend in Oriel Davies shop  (1 for best poem and 1 for best prose)

The winning entries will feature on the Oriel Davies website and be read to an audience at an event in February 2018. Shortlisted writers will also be invited to participate in the readings.


Please send submissions either by email to desk@orieldavies.org or by post to: Oriel Davies, The Park, Newtown. SY16 2NZ. Please include in the subject heading or on the envelope ‘Water, Oriel Davies Writing Competition’.

* Payment Methods:

Cheque: Make payable to - Oriel Davies Gallery (please write your payment reference in the back of the cheque**)

BACS: Account Name: Oriel Davies Gallery Sort Code: 40-34-33 Account No: 51484494 (please state your payment reference **)

** Payment Reference:

All payments must include the reference ‘Water’ followed by your full name e.g. waterjoebloggs

Please note that entries submitted without payment will not be considered.

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