Manchester Metropolitan University


The UK’s biggest literary awards for unpublished work, offered by the UK’s most successful writing school.

The Manchester Writing Competition was established by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008. It offers the UK’s biggest literary prizes for unpublished writing and has awarded more than £135,000 to its winners. 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.

The 2017 Manchester Writing Competition is now open to entries:

Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prize Gala 2017

Join us in the atmospheric Baronial Hall at Manchester's medieval Chetham's Library for the announcement of the UK’s biggest literary awards for unpublished work, awarded by the UK’s most successful writing school.

Find out more about the Prize Gala


To find out more about the UK’s biggest and most successful postgraduate literary community, and our events, courses and competitions, visit the Manchester Writing School website or contact writingschool@mmu.ac.uk +44 (0) 161 247 1787.

The Manchester Writing Competition is sponsored by Macdonald Hotels & Resorts presented in partnership with Manchester Literature Festival.‌

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Manchester Writing Competition