Run by Manchester Metropolitan University and established by former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy back in 2008, The Manchester Writing Competition (incorporating the Poetry Prize and the Fiction Prize) is one of the most generous you will find anywhere for unpublished authors. Let’s cut right to the chase: winning £10,000 would be a good day at the office for most established authors, but for an unpublished writer with aspirations to make it in the literary world, it could be game changing.
For the Fiction Prize, entries should be of no more than 2,500 words and can be on any theme or subject. The chair of the judges for the Fiction Prize is poet, short story writer and novelist, Adam O’Riordan. There is no doubt that winning this competition would pique the interest of agents and publishers, so – despite the hefty entry fee – it’s well worth getting involved.