It has been a while since I added some writing competitions! I try and find the more unusual ones rather than the main stream ones. The advantage with these kind of writing competitions is potentially you may have more chance as there will be less entries. It is nice to have a few competitions that do not cost to enter as a way of practice as well. It can mean they are slightly more obscure but that can always add to the fun.
The Writers Bureau are continuing their 21st Birthday celebrations with another monthly competition. This month they are looking for a 50 word piece Halloween story aimed at children. The winner will win a writers bureau writing for children course. You do need to sign up to their monthly newsletter but the emails are useful and infrequent so well worth doing. Closing date is 31st October.
Looking further afield there is a free to enter competition based over in America. It's the Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards and full details of both the poem and prose competition can be found on their website. The closing date for this is 30th November. You can enter via email and their rules can also be found on the link above.
Here is something a bit different! Three minute theatre festival are looking for submissions and the details are on Arts news. Email them for full details and an information pack.
There was another competition I was going to include but read Simon Whaley's latest blog with the very reasons you should always check terms and conditions. So make sure you check out any terms and conditions with any competition you plan to enter. Not only to check how to enter but what entering may entail.