Wednesday, 5 August 2020



Manchester Writing Competition.  This international contest from Manchester Writing School at the Manchester Metropolitan University was originally inaugurated to celebrate ‘the substantial cultural and literary achievements of Manchester’, of which I am unable to give an example at this time.  My childhood memories of Manchester are centred around Moss Side where my father for a time ran a fast-food business (chip shop, as we called it back then).  I was kept locked in the cellar peeling spuds, with a 15-watt incandescent light bulb for company.  It was there in that creepy dungeon, while peering into the dark corners, that I developed my vivid imagination - not to mention my nervous twitches.  Culture?  Literature?  Be serious.  But times, I suppose, have changed.  So let us return to the competition, which is for poems and short stories.  To enter the Poetry category you submit a portfolio of three to five poems, these to consist of no more than 120 lines in total.  For the Fiction Prize the requirement is for a story running to no more than 2,500 words in any genre.
    Closing: 18.9.20 (5pm).
    Prize (in each category): £10,000.
    Entry Fee: £18.00.
    Comp Page
MMU Writing Comp.


Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October 2020)
Closing Date: 31 October 2020
Judge: Roger Elkin - author of 'Marking Time' & 'Fixing Things'
Details: This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English Language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.
Prizes: £250 (First), £100 (Second), £50 (Third), £30 x 3 (High commendation), £15 x 3 (Commendation) and 3 x Sentinel Literary Quarterly paperback (Special mention)
Entry fees: £5/1, £8/2, £10/3, £12/4, £14/5, £16/7 and £22/10 poems.
Enter online or download Entry Form for postal entries at