The ArtBeat 2016 writing competition entries are now open!

Enter the ArtBeat Writing Competition Today!

Great news scribblers: entries are now open for the Gareth Carnall Short Story Competition and Rockhaq Music Review Writing Competition.

Writing Competition Prizes

Thanks to our very generous sponsors, we have some fantastic prizes for you this year.

The Rockhaq Music Review Writing Competition has a £255 prize pot (donated by Michelle Dhillon of to be divided up between the winners of each category. The three categories are:

  • Best music review (min. 350 words)
  • Best live review (min. 350 words)
  • Best opinion column (min. 350 words)

You can enter whatever categories you want – but only two entries in total per writer, please.

The ArtBeat Short Story competition has cash prizes for the winners in each category.

Runners-up in the under 11 and 11-18 categories will receive a book voucher kindly donated by Penny Luithlen of Luithlen Agency.

How to Enter our Writing Competitions

If you’re keen as mustard to get writing, then head over to our writing competitions page. Here you’ll find out the entry categories, competition rules and how to submit your lovingly crafted music review or short story.

Writing Inspiration

If you need a little something to stimulate and inspire, click over to the Rockhaq website or read our interviews with 2015 Short Story Writing Competition winners, Alison Duthie and Martha Yeoman.