Open Competitions 2015

Closing Date: 31st October 2015

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(general open competitions)

Big Money Prizes (both categories)

First: £ 250, Second: £ 100, Third: £ 50

Entry Fees

Open Writing Competitions 2015


  • Both categories: £ 5 (each entry).
  • Poetry only: three poems for £ 10.
  • Optional Critique, for both categories: £ 5 each (don't forget s.a.e.)
  • Please make cheques or postal orders payable to NAWG.
  • Alternatively, you can use the PayPal options shown on this page.
  • Entry fees must be paid in pounds sterling.
Postal Entries
NAWG 2015 Open Competitions
65 Riverside Mead
Tel: 01733 311680
E-mail Entries
  • Put "NAWG Open Writing Comps" in the subject line.
  • Please put full entry form details in the body of the message.
  • Attach the story or poem as a Word file.
  • Send to
Competition Rules
  1. Entries must be in English and typed or printed on one side of white A4 paper, or formatted for a Word file, accordingly.
  2. Stories can be from 500 to 2,000 words maximum.
  3. Poems can be any style, maximum 40 lines.
  4. Handwritten entries are not permitted.
  5. Stories and poems must be for adults.
  6. Pages should be numbered.
  7. Stories or poems must not have been previously published nor should they have won a prize in another competition.
  8. Send two copies of each postal entry, please.
  9. Please, do not put your name or any other identifying marks on your manuscript, or within the e-mail attachment.
  • If any competition rule fails to be followed, your entry may be disqualified.
  • The winning entries will be published here on the NAWG website.
  • Copyright remains with the author.
  • Entrants may win more than one prize.
  • As entries will not be returned, please retain a copy.
  • When requesting a critique for a postal entry, please enclose an s.a.e. with the correct postage.
  • E-mail entries, who have paid for a critique, will receive their critique by e-mail.
Entry Form
Entry Form
Open Competitions 2015


The competition entry form may be viewed or downloaded as a PDF file, using the links shown on the right.

They may be printed and photocopied.

Short Story Judging and Critiques

By Simon Whaley, a best-selling author and an award-winning writer, whose short stories have appeared in various UK and Australian women's magazines including: Take a Break, Fiction Feast, Yours, The Weekly News, The People's Friend, Woman's Weekly and Fast Fiction.

Poetry Judging and Critiques

By Maggie Harris, who was born in Guyana and now lives in Wales.

Her first collection of poetry won the Guyana Prize for Literature 2000 and she was regional winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014. Short story collections include Canterbury Tales on a Cockrow Morning and In Margate by Lunchtime. Her memoir, Kiskadee Girl, is published by Kingston University Press, and her latest collection of poetry, Sixty Years of Loving was published last year.

She has taught creative writing in universities and community settings and has been International Teaching Fellow at Southampton University.

  • Results will be announced by Christmas 2015.

Results and awarded entries from previous years and other competitions can be found by clicking here.

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