Are you a writer looking for your next opportunity? Look no further! Here’s a list of eight calls for writers with deadlines in February 2023. We’ve done the research so you don’t have to. Read on to find out more about these great writing opportunities.

The International Radio Playwriting Competition

Deadline: February 12, 2023

Writers from around the world are invited to submit their scripts for the 28th International Radio Playwriting Competition, which is now open for entries.

The global competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, offers the unique opportunity for writers from outside the UK to use the medium of audio drama to tell stories for an international audience.

Brink Literary Journal Award For Hybrid Writing

Deadline: February 15, 2023

The Brink Literary Journal Award for Hybrid Writing will be awarded to the winner of this newly launched literary contest designed to champion innovative hybrid and cross-genre work.

The inaugural contest will be judged by Lars Horn, a writer and translator working in literary and experimental non-fiction. Horn’s first book, Voice of The Fish, won the 2020 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and was an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce Selection.

The contest winner will receive $1,000 and will be published in Brink’s fall issue.

The Quill and Ink Literary Festival

Deadline: February 19, 2023

The Quill and Ink Literary Festival will be awarding three authors across the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. A special fourth award will be given to a standout self-published manuscript. Both traditionally published and self-published authors of book-length manuscripts may enter into the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry categories. Each winner will receive a $1,500 honorarium based upon the condition that they pay for their own travel to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and teach a workshop, which will be determined by the festival, that centers around the material featured in their creative work. A two-night hotel stay will be provided by the festival.

Southword Literary Essay Competition

Deadline: February 28, 2023

The competition is open to original, unpublished, personal essays between 2500 ‒ 5000 words. We’re looking for personal, confessional essays which border on memoir ‒ gripping essays full of memories and feelings. The best indicator of the kind of thing which interests us is what we have published in past issues; essays by Kim Addonizio, Sandra Beasley, Simon Van Booy, Carlo Geblér, Thomas Lynch, Anthony Walton, Helen Mort and Kim Moore.

Bill Hickok Humor Award

Deadline: February 28, 2023

I-70 Review offers the Bill Hickok Humor Award for a single unpublished poem.  All submissions will be eligible for publication in I-70 Review. The Humor Award was created and funded by the N.W. Dible Foundation in honor of Bill Hickok, past president of the Foundation.

I-70 Review strives to publish quality poetry and short prose from established and emerging writers in its hard-copy literary annual publication.  The magazine’s goal are to encourage regional writers, promote poetry in our community, and gain a greater national presence to promote poetry.

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

Deadline: February 28, 2023

£3,000 first prize for writers worldwide and stories on any topic up to 2,000 words. We’ve come a long way since 2014 when we held the first Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition with a first prize of £300. The first prize is now ten times higher, although the entry fee has stayed the same and we’ve introduced free entry for writers living in Scotland who receive any form of income support or universal credit.

Alexander McCall Smith was our chief judge for the first six years of the competition, then Andrew O’Hagan and now Ian Rankin….all fabulous writers with great advice for anyone wanting to enter the awards.

The Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition

Deadline: February 28, 2023

Every year since 2014, the CWA and the Margery Allingham Society have jointly held an international competition for a short story of up to 3,500 words. Our mission is to find the best unpublished short mystery, and not only that, but one which fits into Golden Age crime writer Margery Allingham’s definition of what makes a great story.

Entries are invited from all writers, published or unpublished, writing in English. The 2023 competition is now open. The deadline is 28 February 2023.

Minds Shine Bright Confidence 2023

Deadline: February 28, 2023

Minds Shine Bright Confidence 2023 is now open for entries and will close at midnight on 28 February 2023.

Minds Shine Bright Confidence writing competition runs from late October to February each year. Its aim is captures and share how fiction writers explore the theme of confidence over time. Four categories including short stories, poetry, flash fiction and scripts are included. The competition is completely blind judged, entries are assessed against ten criteria and there are many entries so the judging process takes several months. Winners are contacted in late July or early August and the awards night and launch occur later in the year.

This year we have increased our prize pool to support our aim of paying writers fairly for their work. All prizes are shown in Australian dollars. International entries are welcome.

Each entry must be original, unpublished fiction or poetry written by the submitting author and included the theme of confidence in some way.

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