The Deadline Review Summer 2014: Ace Opportunities for Writers

10th Jun 2014

The Deadline Review Summer 2014: Ace Opportunities for Writers
Spring is here! Over the next couple of months, writers have not one, not two, but three bank holidays to work up a masterpiece. The following six opportunities cover briefs for writers and poets that could see them published and in a few cases, paid!


Seeking: A five thousand word short story.

Up for grabs: £3,000 for the Mantel prize and £1,000 for Greer’s. Entry is £10 or £5 respectively.

Top tip: Greer’s prize is specifically for stories to read aloud. Get to know her work,­ if you’re used to writing for stage this might be an easy crossover for you.

Deadline: 30 June 2014


Seeking: Short stories (1,500-­2,500 words) inspired by or set in historic houses.

Up for grabs: Private tour and afternoon tea, plus £150 cash.

Top tip: Call me cynical, but I imagine the judges (the Historic Houses Association) would prefer it if you set your story in one of their properties. Click here to see a list.

Deadline: 26 Sept 2014


Seeking: Poems to 40 lines and stories to 2,200 words on the theme of your ancestors.

Up for grabs: The chance to get published by Mslexia magazine, the leading mag for women writers.

Top tip: Start researching your family tree. You might already know your subject -­ mum, Nana, uncle – but see if you have any characters further back you could depict.

Deadline: 22 Sept 2014


Seeking: Up to five poems in which something happens…­ yep, anything goes!

Up for grabs: Publication alongside names such as Claire Trevien, Amy Key and Nia Davies.

Top tip: Read the site first. Anything goes in terms of action (as long as something happens) but you should check out what’s already been done, and how to title submissions.

Deadline: None, but Issue Six is due out this summer.


Seeking: Up to four 3,000­ word short stories, and up to 160 lines of poetry, for a Scottish audience.

Up for grabs: The glory of being published in one of the UK’s nicest ­looking lit mags.

Top tip: It’s a Scottish literary mag but work can be by anyone, about anything. Issue 10 is just out so grab a copy to get to know Gutter’s style.

Deadline: None


Seeking: One short story up to 3,000 words on sartorial sci fi.

Up for grabs: Print publication in the September issue (of Litro… Not Vogue).

Top tip: The comp is designed as a complement to the BFI’s sci-fi season, so pop on some inspiring films from the genre to get the ideas rolling.

Deadline: 11 Aug 2014

Spotted any opportunities for writers we’ve missed in our Deadline Review? Leave us a comment to let us know!