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




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.
Prizes Details: 
  • 1st place wins $100 and a book from one of our judges in your chosen format
  • 2nd place wins $75
  • 3rd place wins $25

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
$12 per entry
Contact & Links: 

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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