One of the major, international prizes for contemporary fiction and poetry, essays and articles, this is an opportunity to bring your work to a wider audience. What we are looking for is bold, incisive material in any genre just as long as it reflects writing today. Up to twenty prizes will be presented as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The New Writer ‘Special Collection’.
This is the 15th year of the Prose & Poetry Prizes sponsored by The New Writer magazine, although it is the 16th consecutive year of the Poetry Prizes – previous winners include Judi Moore, Sharon Black, Wes Lee, Alexandra Fox, Cathy Whitfield, Mo McAuley, Alesha Racine, David Grubb, Katy Darby, Jo Hemmant and Graham Clifford, whose award winning entries appeared in our anthologies – find details on this website. Prizes are awarded in the following categories:
Short Stories, Micro Fiction – short stories 500 to 5,000 words, micro fiction up to 500 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. Micro Fiction: 1st prize £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £50.
Single Poems and Collections – Single Poems up to 40 lines; Collections of between 6 – 10 poems – no restriction on length of poems in the Collection category. Single poem entries must be previously unpublished; previously published poems can be included as part of a Collection.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.
How to Enter the Prose & Poetry Prizes
If sending poetry by email please send as an attachment – either Microsoft Word (.doc) or plain text (.txt) formats. However, we would prefer to receive longer MSS of poetry collections, short stories and features in the post to The New Writer PO Box 60, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2ZR UK along with a covering sheet with your name, address, tel/fax/email, and the title(s) of your work. For payment details see the Rules of entry and Entry Form page.