Manchester Writing Competition 2023

Celebrating Manchester as an international city of writers, finding diverse new voices, and creating opportunities for writer development.

The Manchester Writing Competition is organized by the Manchester Metropolitan University, England.

The Manchester Writing Competition offers the UK’s biggest literary awards for unpublished work, offered by the country’s most successful writing school. The Competition was established in 2008 by Carol Ann Duffy (UK Poet Laureate 2009-19) and has awarded more than £220,000 to writers. Each year two £10,000* 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 new and established writers.

There are two Prizes:
• Manchester Poetry Prize — entrants must submit a portfolio of 3 to 5 poems with a combined maximum length of 120 lines.
• Manchester Fiction Prize — entrants must submit a short story of up to 2,500 words in length.

All work must be written in English.

All work can be on any subject, and written in any style or form, but must be the entrant’s own original writing, and should not have published in print or have been broadcast on or before 31 December 2023.

1 September 2023, 5pm (UK time)

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