Feb 23, 2019

Manchester Writing Competition

  • Crimson Education
  • Manchester, UK
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The Manchester Writing Competition not only celebrates Manchester as an international city of writers, but aims to find diverse new voices and creating opportunities for writer development.

This competition presents the United Kingdom's biggest literary awards for unpublished work, offered by the country’s most successful writing school. The competition was established by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008 and has awarded more than $190,000 USD to writers.

Each year two $12,000 USD prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of poems, and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story. Designed to encourage and celebrate new writing across the globe, the competition is open internationally to both new and established writers - therefore offering an opportunity for to get a strong foothold and experience in the industry. This would prove to be a valuable addition to any college application.

For more information visit the official website here

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




Anyone can participate, as long as they are 16 years of age or over (there is no upper age limit).

Participation Cost


Entry fees:
- $22.50 USD for the Manchester Poetry Prize
- $22.50 USD for the Manchester Fiction Prize

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


No specific technical skills are mandatory for entry, however, in order to succeed in this competition, entrants are expected to possess outstanding creative writing skills.

Time Commitment


The amount of time dedicated to this project is at the own entrants discretion. The fiction prize calls for a short story of up to 2,500 words, whereas the poetry prize is for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines).

Application Deadline

The deadline for entries is in September 2020

Application Process Includes

Enter online or download a printable entry form for postal submission via their website.