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Information about competitions that might be of interest to those teaching children or young people appears in the list below. Many are offered by our partner organisations and most are free to enter. If you know of any competitions that you think may be of interest to other CLN members please send the information to


MMU Competitions

Other Competitions

All Write! 2013 Competition – closing date Monday July 29th 2013

Free and open to: 9-12 year olds (Years 5,6,7)

The Manchester Children’s Book Festival invites young writers to send in their creative writing for this free-to-enter competition. There is no set theme and pupils are encouraged to write in any genre. If you are a secondary school running a transition project with feeder primaries let us know – we welcome group entries and are happy to publish work produced by other projects.

The best entries will be illustrated and published in All Write 2013 and copies of the anthology will be presented to winning pupils at a Manchester Literature Festival event in October.

Please submit entries by email if possible but we do accept postal entries, too.

All entries must be also include the following information:

  • Name (or list of names or group title)
  • The Title of your piece
  • School year at time of writing
  • The name of your school (and town/area) – if a transition project please give all school names
  • The name of your teacher (or parent if sending in the work yourself)
  • Your email contact (if possible, otherwise please give a telephone number)
  • Contacts details for your teacher or parent (email if possible)
  • To submit by email: Email, including all the details requested above and with the subject heading “Competition2013"
  • To submit by post : send a copy of your work remembering to include all the information and contact details listed above to:

    All Write competition
    Metropolitan University
    Room 123, Geoffrey Manton building
    Rosamond Street West
    Manchester M15 6LL

If you are a school wishing to publicise the competition please email and we will send out printed materials.

The Manchester Poetry Prize 2012 – closing date Friday 31st August 2012
The Manchester Writing School at MMU is launching the third Manchester Poetry on Prize – a major international literary competition celebrating excellence in creative writing.
The Manchester Poetry Prize is open internationally and will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best poems submitted.

For further details, click here.

Postcards From The Past – closing date July 2013

In partnership with Manchester Literature Festival, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Manchester Creative Learning Network, and with support from the Midland Hotel, this October we will be launching a history-inspired creative writing competition, Postcards From The Past. We invite people of all ages to travel back in time and write an imaginative postcard from the point of view of a real or fictional character.

Best of Manchester Poets Competition – closing date Friday 17th August 2012

Puppywolf are requesting poetry submissions for the Best of Manchester Poets.
They are accepting up to two submissions from anybody who calls themselves a (Greater) Manchester poet and while we leave it up to individuals to decide if they qualify, we’ve provided some guidance here.
This includes students attending Greater Manchester writing schools, even if they don’t live in Greater Manchester.
There’s no theme or style of poetry we’re looking for, and they don’t ask for exclusivity before or after publication.
If you call it a poem, they’re interested in looking at it.
The anthology will be published in December this year and will once again be launched in a blockbuster event celebrating Manchester poetry.
More information about the Best of Manchester Poets project can be found here.
To submit work, individuals should visit the following website.

Marple International Writing Competition – closing date 2nd September 2012

Is pleased to announce that this year it is running an Open Poetry competition , ending on the 2nd of September 2012

Overseas entries are already being received, and UK entry forms can be obtained by writing to :-
Marple Writing Competition, PO Box 143, Marple (LDO), Stockport, SK6 9AD, and send a SAE,
or by downloading an application from its website

Our writing competitions were started to encourage all writers, but in particular new writers – and this poetry competition is somewhat unique, because in addition to 3 main cash prizes, there is a special prize for the winner of the best collection of poems—minimum 7 entries, who will have a booklet of up to 40 of their poems professionally produced.

Last years winner in this category was Rosie Garland, and her compilation “Those who wait” is both a powerful and moving selection of poems.

Entry fees are :

  • 1 entry – £3.75
  • 3 entries – £8
  • 7 entries – £14

Total prize fund is £175.
The judge is prize winning author and poet Joyce Reed G.N.S.M.

Mslexia Childrens Novel Competition – closing date 10th September 2012

Prize: £5,000

Judging Panel:

  • Malorie Blackman, award-winning children’s author
  • Julia Churchill, literary agent specialising in children’s books for Greenhouse Literary Agency
  • Julia Eccleshare, children’s books editor at the Guardian newspaper

The competition is open to children’s novels in any genre by previously unpublished women novelists, but it must be for children who are able to read for themselves or for young adults.
Crossover fiction (i.e. that aimed at children and adults) is eligible. Nonfiction, and fiction intended for adults is not eligible. To qualify as a novel, your book must total at least 30,000 words.

Click here to enter

The short Story competition – closing date 15th Septemper 2012

New or established writers. Stories will be published on the website.
First Prize £300.
Word limit : 1,000-5,000 words
Click here for more details


Poetry Society National Poetry Competition – closing date 31st October 2012

  • First Prize: £5000
  • Second Prize: £2000
  • Third Prize: £1000
  • Seven Commendations: £100

The top-three winning poems will be published in Poetry Review. The winner is also invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July 2013. Up to 150 entrants will also be offered a discount on selected activities from the Poetry School. Winning and commended poems will be published on the Poetry Society website when the competition prizes are announced in spring 2013.


The judges of the 2012 National Poetry Competition are: Vicki Feaver, W.N. Herbert and Nick Laird. The National Poetry Competition is an award for individual poems that are previously unpublished. Each entry remains anonymous throughout the judging process.

Click here for more information.