Competitions

My main competitions page is http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/competitions-calendar, but below are a few short story/flash fiction-related ones. If you know of any more, do let me know.

NB. I may well not have tried these competitions myself so please take a good look at the websites before parting with money and submitting your hard work!  ALSO please note that not all the competitions run each year so please check their validity before entering (and their guidelines do change from year to year).

JANUARY
  • Children’sFrances Lincoln.
  • Flash FictionFiction DeskIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Writer Austin Briggs runs a monthly 55-word competition (different theme each month). It’s free to enter and you can win $55 (of his own money!).
  • Mixed: Christian magazine ‘Pockets‘ has a different theme per month.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Short stories: The Sophie King Prize is a romantic fiction short story competition which aims to discover a great new romance short story. The winning story will be chosen by best-selling novelist and short story writer Sophie King. The competition is run by women’s fiction ebook publisher Corazon Books, which published Sophie’s own short story collection, Tales from the Heart, earlier this year (to rave reviews) and a new edition of her novel The School Run. This free-to-enter competition is open to both published and unpublished writers resident in the UK. The winning story will be recorded by a professional actor, and broadcast from a dedicated online audio player at http://www.sophieking.info and www.greatstorieswithheart.com. The winner will also receive a beautiful silver-plated jug and £50 gift voucher courtesy of The Handpicked Collection. Entries must not have been previously published in any medium (including but not limited to print, audio and online). The Sophie King Prize will launch on Monday 12th November in association with National Short Story Week. Entrants must submit a short story of between 2,000 to 2,500 words with a romantic theme. The submissions deadline is January 10th 2013 and the winner will be announced in March 2013. More details at www.sophieking.info.
  • Short storiesHome-Start Bridgwater Short Story Prize has a 21st January 2013 deadline and this year’s judge is Dame Margaret Drabble.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short stories: The Bath Short Story Award opened October 2012 for entries – see ‘March’.
  • Short storiesWriter Selection has a 31st January deadline and 200-2000 word count. The 2013 judge is writer / poet and Costa / Troubadour winner John Hayes. Prizes £150, £50, £25. Entry is free and all entrants receive a year’s membership (normally £10).
  • Short stories: Writer Selection is running a free competition with 31st Jan deadline – see http://writerselection.com/enter-our-short-story-writing-competition-to-win-150.
  • Short stories: Other competitions include Bury St EdmundsChudleighFiction DeskFive Stop StoryGlimmer Train (different category each month), Home-Start BridgewaterMslexiaNational Galleries ScotlandWriting / Writers’ News magazines (monthly), www.flair4words.co.uk/news.
FEBRUARY
MARCH
  • Children’sAcademy of Children’s WritersCrystal Magazine.
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Writer Austin Briggs runs a monthly 55-word competition (different theme each month). It’s free to enter and you can win $55 (of his own money!).
  • Mixed: Words for the Wounded (W4W) is a new charity that raises money via writing prizes and donations for the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women. All proceeds will be passed to projects such as Battle Back, funded by Help for Heroes, which uses sports rehabilitation to help wounded service personnel gain independence and confidence. W4W is launching its first writing prize on Armistice Day, November 11, and is calling for all non-writers, aspiring, and experienced writers to enter. Entries can be up to 400 words, written in poetry or prose, fiction or life story tale. Winners will receive a small cash prize and their entries will be published in the monthly writers’ magazine Writers’ Forum (http//writers-forum/com). Entry costs just £3.50 and the deadline is March 11 2013, winners will be announced on 6 June (D Day). Oscar-winning screen writer and author Julian Fellowes and his wife Emma are among W4W’s patrons. Julian says: “Emma and I feel strongly that we must never forget the debt we all owe to these brave men and women. We are honoured to be involved in this wonderful charity.” Other patrons include Rt Hon Lord Ashdown, Lt. Col J. Dryburgh, authors Katie Fforde, Katherine McMahon, Louis de Bernieres , Sarah Challis and Mark Hodgson, Daisy Goodwin, paralympian Ann Wild OBE, Taryn Lee QC, artist Rowena Hampton, extreme sportsman  Hugh Williams Preece, Lt Ian Thornson and Founder/Director of the Winchester Writers’ Conference Barbara Large. For more information, see www.wordsforthewounded.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @Words_4_Wounded.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine ‘Pockets‘ has a different theme per month.
  • Mixedwww.helenwhittaker.net/phpBB2 (shorts & poetry).
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Short storiesCalderdaleChapter One RomanticDark TalesExeter WritersFish Prize for Flash FictionFive Stop StoryGlimmer Train (different category each month), Meridian WritingMslexiaNorthern Writers’ AwardsRider HaggardWriting Magazine (WM: open to all open: 750-words max / subscriber-only theme: last line ‘Out she walked with a spring in her step.’) and www.exeterwriters.org.ukwww.bristolprize.co.ukwww.greenacrewriters.blogspot.comwww.wyvern-publications.co.uk/competitions.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short stories: The Bath Short Story Award is now (October 2012) open for entries. This new international competition welcomes stories of up to 2,200 words on any theme or subject from published or unpublished writers. Prizes are as follows: 1st £500, 2nd £100, 3rd £50, and an additional local prize of £50. The competition closes March 30th, 2013. For further details see our website www.bathshortstoryaward.co.uk.
  • Short storiesWriters’ Village runs a quarterly short story competition which attracts entrants worldwide. Click here for the rules… and every entrant receives invaluable critique! Their spring deadline is 31st March.
  • Short stories: Exeter Writers is pleased to announce that the prizes in its 2013 Short Story Competition have all increased in this fifth annual Competition. The first prize is £500, 2nd and 3rd are £250 and £100. There is also an additional prize of £100 for a writer living in Devon so please pass on this information if you know writers who live here. Stories can be in any genre except for children, they can be up to 3,000 words and the entry fee is £5 per story. The closing date is 31st March 2013.  Rules of the competition and an entry form can be found on our website: www.exeterwriters.org.uk or you can send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Competition, 4 Albion Place, Exeter EX4 6L.
  • Short stories: Five Stop Story runs a quarterly short story competition (end March / June / September / December). Membership to the site is £25 but you get to enter up to five stories in each competition. Further details at http://www.fivestopstory.com/write.
APRIL
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Writer Austin Briggs runs a monthly 55-word competition (different theme each month). It’s free to enter and you can win $55 (of his own money!).
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Poetry & Short storieswww.deddingtonfestival.org.uk.
  • Short stories: The Fowey Festival of Words and Music (formerly the Daphne du Maurier Festival) has announced the launch of the Short Story Competition for 2013. First Prize is £100 and Runner-up £75. Entry is £6.00 and entry form and full details at http://www.foweyfestival.com/the-du-maurier-festival-society-short-story-competition. The closing date is 19th April 2013.
  • Short storiesFive Stop StoryGlimmer Train (different category each month), The Moth-Altun Short Story PrizeNonsense Poetry & Flash FictionNottingham Writing Magazine (WM: open to all theme: horror / subscriber-only theme: food), www.francobritishcouncil.org.ukwww.west-linton.org.uk/content/pentlands-writers-group. Also see Deddington in ‘Poetry…’ above.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short stories: The 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 per story. The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013. Prizes: 1st £1000 plus £150 Waterstones gift card, 2nd £700 plus £100 Waterstones gift card, 3rd £400 plus £100 Waterstones gift card, 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 6. The winning story will, also, be published in Bristol Review of Books magazine. The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony in Bristol in October 2013 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched. Any shortlisted writers unable to attend the awards ceremony will be sent their prizes. The awards ceremony will be part of the 2013 Bristol Festival of Literature. Judging panel : Ali Reynolds (literary consultant, former Random House editor), Bidisha (writer, broadcaster, critic), Anna Britten (author and journalist), Chris Wakling (novelist, Creative Writing tutor). Full details and rules at www.bristolprize.co.uk.
MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUGUST
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition (see Indies Unlimited).
  • Flash Fiction: Writer Austin Briggs runs a monthly 55-word competition (different theme each month). It’s free to enter and you can win $55 (of his own money!).
  • Flash Fiction: Online literary magazine Eclectica have teamed up with Circalit and are looking for <800 word flash fiction / short stories by early August.
  • Flash FictionStringybark Flash Fiction and Micro Fiction Awards. $770 prizes cash + books. Closing date late August. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • MixedMalahat (poetry, fiction, non-fiction), Aesthetica Magazine (poetry, short story), Ilkley Literature Festival (shorts & poetry), Words With Jam (<1000 words script, novel, extract, short story), Eccles Centre (fiction & non-fiction).
  • MixedMslexia (Themed Poetry & Prose Competition) and other opportunities inc. feature articles, monologues, reviews, poems, rants & raves.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Short stories: Other competitions include Aesthetica MagazineEmerald Flash FictionFive Stop StoryGlimmer Train (different category each month), ManchesterNew Eastbourne WritersWellingtonThe Write PlaceWriting MagazineFor Books SakeBrighton Cow.
  • Short stories: Online literary magazine Eclectica is looking for <800 word flash fiction / short stories by 9th August.
  • Short stories: UK-based Fantastic Books Publishing is running a short story competition for sci-fi / fantasy stories 700-1,500 words. Prizes £100, £50, £25. Winners + 7 runners up will feature in their anthology. % to cancer research charity. The deadline is mid August. Details here.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short storiesChoc Lit Short Story Competition: max 1,500 words in which the central theme is a hero or heroes – they don’t have to be irresistible or romantic. 1st prize £200, online publication and a tin of Cadbury Heroes. Closing date 31st August. Judges are Choc Lit authors Margaret James, Sue Moorcroft and Linda Mitchelmore. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • Short storiesAesthetica Creative Writing Competition has two categories for entry, Poetry and Short Fiction, and a selection of fantastic prizes including: £500 prize money for each winner and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Entry is £10 and allows for the entry of two works into any one category. Deadline 31st August. Thank you again to The New Writer magazine for that one.
SEPTEMBER
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Writer Austin Briggs runs a monthly 55-word competition (different theme each month). It’s free to enter and you can win $55 (of his own money!).
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month, Ideas Tap (Sky Arts 18-30s), Glass Woman Prize (shorts & non-fiction), www.abervalley-arts.co.uk/competitionSalt (short stories, flash fiction, poetry).
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Short storiesThe Cheshire Prize for Literature is open to residents of Cheshire, Warrington, Wirral and Halton including those who have ever lived or worked in the area. The 2012 prize is for a short story, top prize £2,000.  Max 1,500 words. Closing date 1 September. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • Short storieslistenupnorth.com is looking for your short stories, wildly romanticised – lovers who ride off into the sunset or at the very least live happily ever after and we want stories in the writing style of our heroine Celia. With a first prize of £75, 2nd prize of £50, 3rd prize of £25 and 3 runners up, all winning stories will be read by Celia herself (actor Penny Lamport) and uploaded as audio files to listenupnorth.com for everyone to hear. In addition, each winning writer will have their own profile page on listenupnorth.com. The deadline is usually early September.
  • Short storiesThe Costa Short Story Award is open to published and unpublished authors writing in English and resident in UK or Ireland since 1 November 2009. £3,500 first prize, £750 x 2 runners up, free to enter. 4,000 words max, closing date 7th September. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for that one.
  • Short stories: The Plymouth Proprietary Library is running a new short story competition. All stories must use the word ‘citadel‘ at least once in any context and contain no more than 1,500 words. Any theme or genre is acceptable and there is an entry fee of £3.00 per story. The First Prize is £50.00.  The Second prize £20.00 and the Third prize £10.00. All entries can be typed or presented in legible handwriting and the authors name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript.  A covering sheet with: name, address and telephone number (and e-mail if online) must accompany each short story and be posted to: The Plymouth Proprietary Library, Short Story Competition, Alton Terrace, 111 North Hill, Plymouth  PL4 8JY. The closing date is Friday 14 September 2012 and the results will be announced in November 2012 for National Short Story Week.
  • Short storiesRyedale Book Festival Story and Poetry Competitions for Yorkshire, Humberside, Teesside residents has a closing date of 15th September. Also closing that day are The Short Story Competition 2012 has max 5000 words) and Future Voices Competition, a new short fiction anthology, judged by a panel of leading publishers and literary agents, which is seeking the freshest up-and-coming voices in interactive writing, with a cash prize for the winning three entries. Thank you to The New Writer magazine for those.
  • Short storiesThe Asham Award 2012: judges Sara Wheeler, Helen Dunmore, Lennie Goodings. £2,700 prize money plus anthology publication.  Entry fees have again been pegged at £15 and £10 (concessions). Closing date 21 September. The stories must be on the theme Journey and can be set in the past or the present. Stories must be no more than 4000 words in length. Entrants must be female and can be of any nationality and from any country providing that they are over 18 and currently resident in the United Kingdom. They should not have had a novel or book of short stories for adults previously published. Thanks again goes to The New Writer magazine.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short storiesWriters’ Village runs a quarterly short story competition which attracts entrants worldwide. Click here for the rules… and every entrant receives invaluable critique! Their autumn deadline is 30th September.
  • Short stories: Another 30th September deadline courtesy of The New Writer magazine is The Yellow Room Autumn Short Story Competition: up to 1,500 words and Flash Fiction to 300 words. Prizes for Short Story Category: 1st £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £25. Prizes for Flash Fiction Category: 1st £50, 2nd £25, 3rd £15. Entry Fee: £5 for one story or for 2 flash pieces. The winning stories will be published in The Yellow Room Magazine.
  • Short storiesWrite-Connections’ innovative new writing competition challenging entrants to rewrite the ending of Shakespeare’s classic love story of Romeo & Juliet. The ending could be adapted to any historical period, any parallel universe, across any genre. For example, Romeo and Juliet could be set in Vegas; in the future; in the sixties, in a galaxy far, far away, or as vampires. The options are endless. The winner will receive a free upgrade to Write-Connections’ Orwell Package, worth £129.99. The story will also be featured in newsletter and website. The 2nd and 3rd winning entries will receive a choice of a comprehensive chapter appraisal, or a place at a Write-Connections Workshop of their choice. The stories will also appear in our newsletter and on the website. £10 per entry. For an extra £10 short personalised critique from the judging panel. Texts between 1000 and 3000 words. Deadline 30th September. Thanks again to The New Writer magazine.
  • Short stories: For all historical short story enthusiasts Snapshots of History: Stories from the Past is a bi-annual journal dedicated to historical short story writing. It includes an ongoing competition for subscribers’ stories, which can be set in any time up to the end of WWII, and can include themes such as adventure, intrigue, traditional romance, or simply life stories from a previous age. From now until 30 September, Snapshots of History are offering The New Writer subscribers the opportunity of submitting their stories to their competition free of the usual entrance fee. So, if you have a previously unpublished story which you would like to see included in the magazine, then please see the website: http://www.snapshotsofhistory.co.uk for full details and examples of previously included stories. Alternatively email snapshotsofhistory@hotmail.co.uk quoting ‘The New Writer offer 2012’.
  • Short stories: Five Stop Story runs a quarterly short story competition (end March / June / September / December). Membership to the site is £25 but you get to enter up to five stories in each competition. Further details at http://www.fivestopstory.com/write.
  • Other short storiesAeon Award (quarterly), www.fantasybookreview.co.ukFive Stop StoryGlass Woman PrizeGlimmer Train (different category each month), RuberyThe Short StoryWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: ghost story / subscriber-only theme: sci-fi), SWWJ (life writing – judges Sophie King & Katie Fforde), Zurich Writers Workshop.
OCTOBER
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Writer Austin Briggs runs a monthly 55-word competition (different theme each month). It’s free to enter and you can win $55 (of his own money!).
  • Flash FictionWords with JAM has just announced their ‘Shorter Story’ and ‘Shortest Story‘ competitions – deadline end October.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month, Caketrain and www.mkweb.co.uk (poetry & shorts).
  • MixedThe Prolitzer Prize for Prose writing 1st prize £130 + publication, max 2000 words fiction or non-fiction. Closing date usually 1st October. Thanks again to The New Writer magazine for the info.
  • Short stories: Chorley & District Writers’ Circle Short Story Competition closes 7 Oct 2012. Story: 3,000 words. Theme varies each year. Fee: £4, or £7/two or £10/three. Prizes: £100, £50 and £30. Judges: Fiction Feedback at http://www.fictionfeedback.co.uk. For full details visit: http://www.chorleywriters.org.uk. Email your story to: mail@chorleywriters.org.uk. Post your cheque (and story if you prefer) to: Aware Competition, 27 Thirlmere Road, Blackrod, Bolton, UK BL6 5EB. Please make your cheque out to Chorley & District Writers’ Circle. Please send a with your name and contact details, story’s title and first line with your story. This acts as an entry form. separate cover sheet. Your name should not appear anywhere on the story itself. Your story is eligible for entry if it has not been published in print or won first prize in a competition (provided you retain the rights to it). You retain all rights to your story by entering this competition, but you do give your permission for your story, if shortlisted, to be published online. Tip: In previous competitions, several well-written stories have missed out on prizes because the theme wasn’t treated strongly enough. Craft your story around the theme rather than the other way round. Good luck! Chorley & District Writers’ Circle. Tel. 01257 233614.
  • Short stories: Foyles runs a short story competition – full details here. Closing date usually early / mid October.
  • Short storiesMilton Keynes Writers’ Group runs a Speakeasy poetry and short story competition with a 31st October deadline. Click here for the entry form (submissions via post only).
  • Short stories: The H.E. Bates Short Story Competition (run by one of my writing groups) usually has a late October / early November deadline.
  • Short storiesAvogelBalsall WritersChorleywood Literature FestivalFive Stop StorySpilling InkTRYangleWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: adult fairy tale / subscriber-only theme: marriage / anniversary), RrofiheRaspberry & VineA Vogel DormeasanRuth RendellEarlyworksAphrodite’s Dreamwww.fiction-garden.co.ukwww.societyofauthors.org/tom-gallon-trust-and-olive-cook-awardSunpenny Open Short StoryWords with JAM.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short stories: Writing East Midlands / Lincolnshire Echo competition (only open to writers currently living in the East Midlands – Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire) with a ‘winner’ each month (submitted by 25th) with an October deadline and the overall winner wins £300. See here for more details.
  • Short stories: The Greenacre Writers Short Story Competition usually has a 31st October deadline. Entries may be made by post: you can e-mail for an entry form or enter online.
  • Short storiesGlimmer Train (different category each month).
  • Short stories: The Second NAWG 2012 Open Writing Competitions has a closing date of 31st October, 2012The second Open Short Story Competition – Stories can be any length from 500 to 2000 words. The first Open Poetry Competition – Poems can be any style, maximum 40 lines. Prizes for each category – First: £250 – Second: £100 – Third: £50. Fourth and Fifth: A signed copy of The Writer’s Treasury of Ideas by Linda Lewis. Short Story – Judged by Linda Lewis, a successful short story writer and columnist for Writers Forum. Poem – Judged by Alison Chisholm, poet – Writing Magazine columnist and teacher. Entry fee for each category £5 (Cheques to NAWG, or pay on the website by PayPal). But NO EMAIL entries please ALL manuscripts must be received by post. An optional critique from both Linda and Alison is available for a further £3. * Important Note* When requesting a critique, please enclose an s.a.e. with the correct postage. Competition rules, full details and a downloadable entry form can be found on the National Association of Writers’ Groups website: www.nawg.co.uk or request full details by email: pamfish@ntlworld.com or by post: NAWG Competition Administrator, 28 Riversdale Avenue, Stakeford, Choppington, Northumberland, NE62 5LE. Telephone: 01670-816420 Entrants may win more than one prize. Results will be announced by Christmas 2012. The winning entry will be published on the NAWG website and in the NAWG Anthology, October 2013. Copyright remains with the author. Closing Date: October 31st 2012.
  • Short story collections: iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Short stories: The Bath Short Story Award opens in October for entries – see ‘March’.
NOVEMBER
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Writer Austin Briggs runs a monthly 55-word competition (different theme each month). It’s free to enter and you can win $55 (of his own money!).
  • Flash FictionEmpirical Magazine started a monthly flash fiction (<1000-word) competition.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Mixed: Words for the Wounded (W4W) launching its first writing prize on Armistice Day, November 11, with a March deadline – see below.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • Mixedwww.hud.ac.uk/mh/english/grist/competitions/index.htm (shorts & poetry).
  • Mixed16th annual The New Writer Prose & Poetry Prizes: Short Story / MicroFiction / Non-Fiction / Single Poem / Poetry Collection. Closing date 30th November.  You can enter the 2012 Prizes at: http://www.thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm.
  • Science-fictionAeon Award (quarterly), Writing Magazine.
  • Short stories: The Erewash Writers’ Group competition website is running two free entry competitions and these close early November. One of our competitions has two categories of entry ie two age groups. We recently held our first competition open to entries from outside the group. It attracted all levels of writer from complete newbies to the professional. One of the successful entrants, their story chosen by our judge Keith ‘Carrot Nappers’ Large, told me they’d never even entered a writing competition before. I think it’s a good thing any writer will want to join in with a competition, whatever their experience and ability. In my opinion that’s what competitions are there for, to encourage us all to write and to give everyone an outlet for our short stories and other works. They’re also fun as they provide deadlines to work to and in some cases, themes to challenge us. Although one of our current competitions is already categorised so that entries from children will not be judged in competition with adult entries, we will consider this point you have raised when organising our future competitions. If I may add, we are in the process of putting a call out to seek a judge for an open competition we intend to hold in 2013. We are also seeking judges for mini competitions. At present, we are delighted Rosalie Warren author of ‘Coping with Chloe’ is judging one of our free entry competitions. If anyone reading this knows of anyone suitably qualified, please will they email Debbie at erewashwriterscomps@hotmail.co.uk to register their interest.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short stories: The Roy B Giv competition seeks 2,000-4,000 words on a colour. 🙂
  • Short stories: The Bath Short Story Award opened October 2012 for entries – see ‘March’.
  • Short stories: other competitions include Ashby Writers Club (Mary Gornell Memorial), Bridgehouse PublishingEmerald Flash FictionFive Stop StoryGlimmer Train (different category each month), The New WriterWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: flash fiction <500 words / subscribers only).
DECEMBER
  • Children’sThe Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices and www.theredtelephone.co.uk.
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash Fiction: Writer Austin Briggs runs a monthly 55-word competition (different theme each month). It’s free to enter and you can win $55 (of his own money!).
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Short stories: The H.E. Bates Short Story Competition (run by one of my writing groups) usually has a late October / early November deadline.
  • Short stories: New (2012) free to enter short story competition from Printerinks: Are you a budding writer? Fancy putting your skills to the test in our short story competition? By entering our competition you have the chance to get your book printed in hard copy. This prize is perfect for any author who would like to get their work published. The winner will receive 10 copies so they can share their winning story with family and friends. To celebrate the beginning of the autumn season we are asking you to write your story on the theme ‘autumn’. For a chance of winning this amazing prize, email your story in a Word document to competitions@printerinks.com. The competition is free to enter. Good Luck! Rules: The story can be no longer than 3000 words. We will only accept one entry per person. The competition deadline is 1st December. Prize: The winner will have their book published and receive 10 copies of their story. The story will be published in a 14.8 x 10.5cm book, with a 350gsm card cover. The winner can either choose to design their own cover or our in house team can help. The runner up will receive £50 worth of amazon vouchers. These details on: http://www.printerinks.com/blog/2012/10/02/short-story-competition.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short storiesWriters’ Village runs a quarterly short story competition which attracts entrants worldwide. Click here for the rules… and every entrant receives invaluable critique! Their winter deadline is 31st December.
  • Short stories: Five Stop Story runs a quarterly short story competition (end March / June / September / December). Membership to the site is £25 but you get to enter up to five stories in each competition. Further details at http://www.fivestopstory.com/write.
  • Short stories: The Bath Short Story Award opened October for entries – see ‘March’.
  • Short storiesFive Stop StoryGlimmer Train (different category each month), Willesden Heraldwww.westcountrywriters.comWords MagazineWriting Magazine.

WEEKLY

MONTHLY
  • Flash Fiction: Writer Austin Briggs runs a monthly 55-word competition (different theme each month). It’s free to enter and you can win $55 (of his own money!).
  • Flash FictionEmpirical Magazine runs a monthly flash fiction (<1000-word) competition.
  • Mixed: iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (http://www.voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community; it’s a great opportunity to receive professional feedback as well as contribute to developing your profile and platform. The prize is a fantastic Cornerstones masterclass mini-critique on the winning writer’s first pages of their story, up to 2000 words. This is designed to give the writer a professional critique on how to improve the opening as well as hints to consider throughout their writing. Simply upload an ebook (novels or collections of short stories) to iWriteReadRate. Every month we’ll select five to take part in the competition. All the writer needs to do is promote it with their networks and aim to get as many votes for their ebook as possible. At the end of each month the ebook with the most votes wins the prize.
  • MixedPockets and Creative Print Publishing (both have different themes each month), Opening Editions (free).
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman has a monthly short story competition.
  • Short storiesBrighton COW (currently on hiatus), Coast to CoastGlimmer Train (different category each month), Writing / Writers’ News magazines and Opening Editions.
  • Short storiesBound Off now take submissions via Submishmash.
  • Short storiesDarker Times Fiction is a monthly short story competition for stories of 3,000 words and less in the horror genre or on the subject of ‘darker times’. It’s open to UK and international writers and ends on the last day of each month and costs £5 / $8 a time.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month.
  • Short stories: Heather Marie Schuldt runs a short story contest, 500-750 words max., on her blog, with the same deadline (25th of the month).
  • Short storieshttp://www.fivestopstory.com/write: 2012 competitions cost £4 per entry (2 for £7, 3 for £8, optional feedback £5) and have monthly prizes of £50. There is also a £150 prize for the overall winner of their 2012 league table and you can become a member for £25 which entitles you to 3 free entries per month (2012).
QUARTERLY
ONGOING
  • Children’sDal Burns‘ children’s writing competition ‘Write Across America‘.
  • Flash fictionOne Forty Fiction and Wow Women on Writing.
  • MixedWhat The Dickens magazine says “there are competitions and give-aways which are all free to enter”.
  • Mixedsterlingmag and sundayat6mag.wordpress.com
  • Mixed: You can apply for a three-month residency on the Mslexia blog (women only).
  • Short storiesCreative Writers’ Circle competitions are open to all and are free.
  • Short storiesFlash Fiction Online is a 500-1000 word site that is free to subscribe / read, free to submit to. Payment is via donations with 60% going to the author and 40% going to the site so there’s no way of knowing how much (if anything) you’d earn but another opportunity perhaps.
  • Short stories: Author and columnist Lorraine Mace runs the Flash 500 flash fiction and humorous verse competitions.
  • Short storiesShort Funny Story wants humorous short stories or true-life events and pay $15 for every story published online with $25 extra for any story chosen for inclusion in their anthologies.
  • Short storiesPenny Dreadfuls 21 commissions short stories.
  • Short storiesWords Magazine short story competition guidelines.
COMPETITION WEBSITES

If you discover any broken links, closed competitions or know of ones that I haven’t listed here, please do email me with details.

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