Other writing contests

We love getting submissions, but we want to be your SECOND choice! We only accept manuscripts that have been previously rejected by another publisher, or that were entered in, and failed to win, another literary competition. So, If you have a manuscript that has not yet been rejected, please consider submitting to these fine competitions. Click the links to get detailed information.

Christopher Fielden‘s To Hull and Back is a humorous short story competition.

The Didcot Writers┬ámonthly writing challenge is a reader’s choice competition and the topic is announced at the beginning of every month.

The above is by no means intended to be a comprehensive list; we have only included competitions with whom we have had enjoyable interactions in the past. If you haven’t found what you are looking for, the following websites offer far more extensive databases of literary competitions.

Christopher Fielden

Rachel Poli

Freelance Writing


The Grinder

DL Shirey

If you run a literary competition or have a database of competitions and would like to be included on our website, please feel free to drop us a line at admin@rejectedmanuscripts.org