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

The Manchester Writing Competition offers the UK’s biggest literary awards for unpublished work, offered by the country’s most successful writing school.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 by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008 and has awarded more than £155,000 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.


Enter online or download a printable entry form for postal submission via the links below. For news and updates about the Competition, join the Manchester Writing School mailing list.

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