Markets For Writers

This week’s market is a fun one. ‘Writing Magazine‘ are holding a dialogue-only short story competition. No descriptive narrative is allowed to accompany the dialogue so you have to let your characters’ words ‘show’ the reader who the characters are and what’s going on. Here are a few more details for you:


1st prize:       £200 plus publication in ‘Writing Magazine

Runner-up: £50 plus publication on the website

Entry fee:      £5 (£3 for subscribers)

Closing date: 15th February 2017

Word limit:    1500-1700 words

To find out more, visit the competition page



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29 Responses to Markets For Writers

  1. EDC Writing says:

    Thanks Esther … this an absolute must for me … I’ll need to check though if ‘messaging’ is an acceptable form of dialogue?

    • esthernewton says:

      That’s a great point, actually. They should have a list of rules on the website; you could always e-mail them to check if you’re unsure.

      • EDC Writing says:

        Hi Esther – no clarification beyond ‘dialogue’ on the website so I telephoned this morning to check and the advice I received was that as long as it looks and reads as dialogue it should be fine, for example an exchange of emails as in’You Got Mail’ was cited as an acceptable form of contemporary dialogue … so I think my form of ‘messaging’ likely okay … I’m going for it! Eric

      • esthernewton says:

        Brilliant! That really does open up all sorts of possibilities. Enjoy writing the story 🙂

  2. Simply-Me says:

    Ah a lovely share Esther

  3. Jason Moody says:

    No descriptions? Outrageous! I love it! I’m in.

  4. DrEMiller says:

    Reblogged this on Write of Passage and commented:
    Free m Esther Newton, a new Markets for Writers post.
    Thanks, Esther!

  5. I think I have just the story 😀
    Thanks for sharing this, Esther.

  6. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Thanks for letting us know about this Esther 😃
    Entrants – Please read and follow the requirements exactly 🐵

  7. Sacha Black says:

    I wonder if you’re allowed dialogue tags!

    That would be gruelling to write. Proper fun tho!

    • esthernewton says:

      I’m pretty sure you’re not. The characters’ words need to reveal all! I’m tempted to give it a go but all my course work is starting and there’s a LOT of work!

    • EDC Writing says:

      I think you might be allowed tags … worth checking with a phone call ( use main number on site) the person I was passed on to today was very helpful when I queried what was allowable as dialogue … and she did say the writing had to be clear in that it was a ‘Jane said’ John said format, or even more characters than two. But as I say worth checking as I wouldn’t want to mislead you. I’ll be tag free a ‘he & she’ exchange I have in mind. Eric

      • esthernewton says:

        I wouldn’t think you’re allowed tags as that’s the whole purpose of writing a dialogue-only piece. But, you never know! So it’s always best to check 🙂

  8. This looks like such a fun challenge! I’ve played with a few writers on Twitter writing dialogue-only micro. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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