Forty Words Competition

608924_e590The Forty Words Competition is now open for submissions.  The deadline for submissions is 15th February 2018.

For this competition there are two categories:

A mini-fiction category: Enter a piece of prose on any topic, in any style, as long as it is 40 words or less. (title not included in word count)

A mini-poetry category: Enter a poem on any topic, any style and any amount of lines or stanzas, as long as it is 40 words or less. (title not included in word count)

Please email your entries to with the heading FORTY WORDS SUBMISSION- Name.  In the Body of the email, please include a short note, brief biography, author image, contact details and your PayPal transaction code. Your submissions should be attached in a separate Word document, with no trace of your name, as they are read anonymously.  Each entry should be put into a separate Word document- so if you are putting forward three pieces, then three separate documents should be attached. You can enter both categories as may times as you wish.

Your entries should not have been previously published online or in print and must be your own original work.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

You can enter from anywhere in the world.  Open to both established and emerging writers.

Deadline for submissions: Midnight 15th Feb 2018.  Once the editorial team have made their decision, winners will be notified by the 20th Feb 2018.


First prize for each category: The winning pieces of poetry and prose shall be featured in the first issue of The Bangor Literary Journal, alongside a small feature about the winning writers.  The winners shall have the opportunity to read their winning pieces and be presented with their framed certificates at The Bangor Literary Journal launch event at The Blackberry Path Studios on Saturday 3rd March 2018 and at a later event in September 2018 if suitable.

Second prize for each category: Your piece will feature in the first issue of The Bangor Literary Journal.

It is £2 to enter a piece of poetry or prose or enter three pieces for £5.  This is a fundraising event to help us cover the costs of our new website; our official launch event and and if there’s anything left over, it will go straight into promoting the journal.  We are launching this journal purely out of our love of literature and art and to provide a free platform for writers and artists!

Please pay below and then copy the PayPal transaction number and paste it onto the body of the email with your submission.  Thank you for your donation and good luck!

One entry- £2
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Three entries- £5
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