Literary Festivals, Events, Workshops and Competitions
Each year there’s a wide range of literary festivals, events (see below) and opportunities taking place around London, including the following:

Winter/Spring
~ Austerity Writes Back – 4th February 2012 – 3 authors from Limehouse Books – free event for National Libraries Day at Idea Store Whitechapel
~ Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize – annual, call for entries closes 6th February 2012
~ Imagine Children’s Literature Festival – Southbank Centre – annual – 11-26 February 2012 (info from 2011 here and for 2012 here)
~ LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival – LSE, London WC2A 3LJ – 29 February – 3 March 2012
~ Jewish Book Week – 18-26 February 2012
~ World Book Day – 1st March 2012
~ Dulwich Books Festival – March 2012

Spring/Summer
~ Redbridge Book and Media Festival annual – April-May 2012
~ The Asia House Festival of Asian Literature – Asia House, WC1G 7LP – 15-31 May 2012
~ Words in the Park Literature Festival – Opera Holland Park, W8 6LU – 18-20 May 2012
~ London Literature Festival – Southbank Centre – annual, June-July 2012 (info from 2011 here and for 2012 here)

Ongoing/dates not yet announced
~ Manchester Writing Competition: The Manchester Fiction Prize (2011, next will be in 2013) and The Manchester Poetry Prize (2010, next will be in 2012)
~ Free the Word – International PEN – ongoing

Recent past events and opportunities (for information)
~ Wimbledon Bookfest – annual, latest was 1-9 October 2011
~ Richmond Upon Thames Literature Festival – annual – November 2011
~ Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books (annual, call for entries in early 2012 – plus public event to announce the 2011 prize, 17 Nov)
~ Stoke Newington Literary Festival – June 2011
~ London Poetry Festival – 6-9 August 2010
~ Short story writing competition from Holland Park Press – call for stories set in a conflict zone, closing date 31st December 2010

Submitting an event
NB: To qualify for listing, events must be affordable and targeted at aspiring writers (rather than at general audiences of established authors). So, for example, a £10 event with a panel discussing how to find a publisher would probably be included, whereas a £40-£50 book promotion event with an established author would probably not.
If your event fits the criteria but is not listed, or if the links or details need updating, please let us know.