New Writer magazine: Prose and Poetry Prizes 2007

Now in its eleventh year, one of the major annual international competitions for short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles, offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July (back copies available from website).

Short Stories, Novellas/Serials:

Stories up to 4,000 words; serials/novellas up to 20,000 words on any subject or theme, in any genre (not children’s). Previously published work is not eligible.

Short Stories: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100.
Novella: 1st prize £300.

Entry fees: £4 per short story (TNW subscribers two entries at same fee) or £10 per serial/novella.

Single Poems and Collections:

Single poems up to 40 lines and collections of between 6 — 10 poems. Single poem entries must be previously unpublished; previously published poems can be included as part of a collection.

Collection: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. Single: 1st prize £100, 2nd £75, 3rd £50.

Entry fee: £4 per single poem (TNW subscribers two entries at same fee, £10 per collection.

Essays, Articles, Interviews:

Covering any writing-related or literary theme in its widest sense up to 2,000 words.

1st prize £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £50.

Entry fee: Single entry £4 (TNW subscribers two entries at same fee).

All work should be clearly typed, double-spaced (except poetry), on one side of white A4 paper and paperclipped. Entrants may make as many submissions as they wish but please include your name, address, title of entry, word count and category on a separate 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 on the entries.

Judges in recent years include Robyn Young, Robert Seatter, Mimi Thebo, Simon Scarrow, Jane Draycott, Ros Barber, Margaret Graham and Phil Whitaker.

Further information including guidelines and entry fees at Writers can enter at our secure credit card server at

We can supply this year’s printed Entry Forms on request, and in bulk to Writers’ Groups.

Source of message: EMIT Writers News, June 2007.


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