Short Story Competitions 2022, List of Writing Contests UK, USA and more (2022)

Below are tables listing various short story competitions. Some are based in the UK, some are global. Some contests are of high renown (like the BBC Short Story Award or the Bridport Prize), offering huge prizes, and some are lesser known, but offer great opportunities for new writers to become published authors. I will try and keep this list up to date, but please read and make sure you fully understand the rules and the terms & conditions of each competition listed before entering.

PLEASE NOTE: Most of the competitions listed on this page accept entries from writers living anywhere in the world. The country each competition is run from is listed so you know which global market you are submitting to.

I’ve kept the information on the writing competition calendar brief, only detailing the important bits, like genre, approximate opening dates, approximate closing dates, word count and, of course, the amount of prize money you can win. You can learn lots more about the rules for each individual competition by visiting the different websites. I have provided links to make this resource as easy to use as possible :)

If you run a short story competition and would like me to add it to the lists below, please contact me and provide the following information:

Three months ago, we did a review of our publicity, part of which was asking entrants how they found our competition. About a third of them found us through your website.

So thanks again for your support.

I will also try and add to this list regularly as I hear about more competitions.

Please contact me if there is any other information you would like to see on this page, or for any ideas on improvements. Not long after its launch, I updated the page into sections as detailed in the quick links at the top of the page, and put the competitions in alphabetical order. Discontinued competitions now appear in their own list at the bottom of the page for reference only. I hope this makes the lists easier to use.

Also, as the page is getting larger and the lists are getting longer, it is becoming harder for me to maintain. I'll do my best to check all the links regularly, but if you spot any mistakes, outdated information or broken links, please let me know.

I'm fortunate enough to have been published through some of the competitions in the lists below. In these instances, there will be links to the published stories and more detailed information about my direct experiences with the competition in question. See Devil's Crush as an example. There are also similar posts written by other competition winning short story writers.

If you have been published through a short story competition and would be willing to write about your experiences for my website, please see my submission guidelines.

UPDATE: Very short story (flash fiction) competitions previously listed on this page have been moved here onto a dedicated page to improve usability.

UPDATE 2: The list of competitions for young writers has also been moved onto its own dedicated page, again to aid usability.

Do you run a short story competition? Do you want it featured at the top of this page? If so, get in touch.

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AtFanStorynew writing contests with cash prizes are announced weekly.

Globe Soup run a variety of writing competitions throughout the year.

Entering one of their competitions gives you lifelong membership to Globe Soup and access to their free mini contests and challenges.

As a member, you can also get extensive feedback on all competition entries by taking part in their feedback exchanges and you can join their online writing groups, take part in writing workshops and even get free publicity for your published/self published books, both on their website and in their email newsletters.

Globe Soup also run 7 Day Story Writing Challenges. These are free events that take place throughout the year, anyone can participate and each challenge has a £500 prize for the winning story. At the start of each challenge Globe Soup organises participants into 12 groups, each group corresponding to a different literary genre. Participants have 7 days to write a story of no more than 2,000 words inspired by the challenge theme and their randomly assigned genre.

To Hull And Back is a biennial humorous short story competition that offers 'the greatest literary prize in the known macrocosm'. You can decide for yourself whether that's true or not...

There are 40 prizes (the top prize is £1,200 - total prize pot is £3,860) and all the shortlisted entrants are published in an anthology. In addition to this, the winner's face is featured on the front cover of the book, which is created by a different artist each year. The book is then strapped to the handlebars of a Harley Davidson FLSTFi Fatboy and filmed being ridden to Hull and back.

To my knowledge, To Hull And Back is the only regular short story competition that celebrates humorous writing. If I'm wrong and you know of another contest specifically for comedy writing, please let me know.

I bang on about the To Hull And Back humorous short story competition a lot. That's because it's awesome. (Admittedly, I am biased, but it is – ask anyone.) The top prize is the greatest literary accolade ever offered in the field of literature. (See previous note regarding bias.)

From 2014 to 2019, the competition was run annually. Since 2021 it has been run biennially (every other year): 2023, 2025, 2027 etc.

The 8th To Hull And Back Competition is currently open. It closes on 30th June 2023.

To Hull And Back was listed by Reedsy as one of their best writing contests of 2021 and 2022.

The first table lists weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly and bi-annual short story competitions.

As mentioned above, details of very short story (flash fiction) competitions have now been moved to a dedicated resource. I mention it again here because there were a lot listed in the regular competition lists.

The second table lists well renowned and prestigious competitions which offer big cash prizes. Any short story competition with a prize of more than £1,000 ($, € or other currency) is listed here. There are a couple of other big prize awards listed in the Regular Short Story Competitions (it seems pointless to list them twice).

The third table lists yearly competitions of different genres offering a wide variety of prizes, some cash, some not. The majority offer publication to the winning writers and runners up.

The fourth table on this page used to list writing contests for young writers and children. This list has now been moved to its own dedicated page to improve usability. You can see the new young writer competitions page here.

The fifth table lists one-off short story competitions, which are usually held to commemorate or celebrate a landmark event. As the list grows, I will add current competitions alphabetically at the top.

Contests that have already taken place will be moved to the History of Closed Short Story Competitions below - I think it's nice to keep a history, so I won't delete them.

There are a few other websites that offer useful short story competition information. They are listed below:

If you run a list on your website and would like it included here, please get in touch.

I've launched pages listing many other publishing opportunities for short stories, flash fiction, poetry, novels and more.

Inkitt's Writing Contest offers a fantastic opportunity for stories that are 20,000 words or more in length. So it's perfect for longer short stories, novellas, novelettes and novels.

It's free to sign up to Inkitt. You can then submit your stories, making them available to their extensive readership.

The winning stories are selected based on their popularity with Inkitt's readers. You can learn more on my novel and book competition lists.

For reference, when you're spending hours trying to find a competition doesn't exist anymore, I thought I'd keep this handy history of short story competitions that have closed and writing websites that no longer exist. I hope it's useful.

Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Max Words Entry Fee Top Prize 87 Bedford Short Story Contest USA August September 8,000 $10 $150

Notes on 87 Bedford Contest: Any style / genre - winners published on website and in 87 Bedford Literary Journal - honorary mentions considered for publication in journal and receive payment - prizes increase by $3 an entry after 20 submissions have been received, so potential for higher prizes - CLOSED, not run since 2016

1,000 Prompts, 1,000 Dollars Writing Contest USA 22nd December 2013 12th January 2014 1,500 FREE $500

Notes on 1,000 Prompts Competition: Any style or genre, but themed from 10 prompts, see website for more info - open to US and UK writers only - prize money paid as Amazon gift card - CLOSED

ABC Tales 100 Years On Competition UK 1st June 2014 16th June 2014 2,500 £5 See notes

Notes on Almond Press Competition: Any style or genre, but must be about or include a mention of the 1st World War - prize is 50/50 split of proceeds; half of the money from entries will be split between the prose and the poetry categories, and the other half will go to funding ABCtales - judged by Francisco Vilhena who is on Granta Magazine editorial team - CLOSED

Aftermath 'The End of Our World' Contest Holland August October 5,000 FREE $1,000 Notes on Aftermath Contest: Any style / genre but check website for theme - winners published online - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing during 2020 update Ageless Authors Writing Contest USA Varies Varies 3,500 $20 $500

Notes on Ageless Authors Contest: Any style / genre but sometimes themed, so check website for current contest details - entrants must be aged 50 years or older - winning stories published in anthology - NOT RUN SINCE 2019, so removed listing in 2021 update

Allen Raine Short Story Competition Wales September November 7,500 £5 £200

Notes on Allen Raine Competition: Any style / genre - entries can be written in Welsh or English - winners maybe published on the website - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2016

Almond Press Short Story Contest UK Varies Varies Varies FREE Varies

Notes on Almond Press Competition: Themed, so check website for current details - winners and shortlisted entries published in a collection - CLOSED, not run since 2015 so removed from lists

Almond Press 'Broken Worlds' Dystopian Short Story Competition UK 1st May 2014 ? 5,000 FREE £100

Notes on Almond Press Competition: Fiction, dystopia, dark humour, post-apocalyptic minds - CLOSED

Alsina Short Story Competitions UK Varies Varies Varies FREE £50 Notes on Alsina Competition: Styles, genres and themes vary - they also run flash fiction contests - winning stories translated and recorded in multiple languages and distributed electronically through an app - HAVEN'T PUBLISHED anything for a year, so removed listing 2019 Anderbo RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest USA October ? 5,000 FREE $500

Notes on Anderbo Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on website - CONTEST NOT RUN SINCE 2015, so removed listing in 2017

Apostrophe Books - Fiction Fast-Track UK Bi-Monthly B-Monthly no max FREE See notes

Notes on Fiction Fast-Track Competition: Any genre - novels and collections of short stories (fiction only) - winners voted for by readers - winner published as an eBook and sold through 130 digital retailers by Apostrophe Books - all profits split 50/50 with the author - this competition offers a unique prize which is perfect for any writer with a completed novel or short story collection - as the competition is run by writers, winners are treated very fairly CLOSED IN 2014

Arkbound Writing Competition UK November December 1,000 £3 £100

Notes on Arkbound Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for current details - LISTING MOVED TO FLASH COMPS LIST

Artificium Short Story Competition UK Varies Varies 8,000 £5/£6 £300

Notes on Artificium Short Story Competition: Any style / genre - entry fee £5 for UK residents, £6 for non-UK - winners published in Artificium journal - competition usually run twice a year, but sometimes more often - WEBSITE disappeared 2018

Arts Quarter Prize UK Bi-Annual Bi-Annual 4,000 £12 £750

Notes on Arts Quarter Prize: Any style or genre - winners published in anthology - second prize £250 and additional prizes (up to 5) of professional critiques from Christopher Fielden's writing services - formerly known as the Teignmouth Prize, name changed to avoid confusion with the Teignmouth Poetry Festival - CLOSED 2020

Asham Award UK Biennial Biennial ? ? £1,000

Notes on the Asham Award: Any style / genre - the competition is only open to women who live in the UK - run every other year - attracts up to 950 entries, so competition is tough - winners published alongside well known female writers in a collection - WEBSITE disappeared in 2018, so removed from lists

Askance Publishing Short Story Competition UK May September no max £15 £300

Notes on Askance Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in digital eBook - COMPETITION NOT RUN SINCE 2015, so listing removed in 2017

Association of Christian Writers Writing Competitions UK Varies Varies Varies £3 See notes Notes on ACW Competitions: They run a variety of competitions (flash fiction, short story and poetry), so check website for current details - winners published in Christian Writers (circulation 700) - prize is £25 book token - CLOSED, but they still run the occasional one-off contest Association of Christian Writers (ACW) Writing for Children Competition UK 30th September 2019 October See notes £3 £25 Notes on ACW Competition: Stories for children - this is a comp for authors who write for children, not a children's writing comp - three age categories: 0-5 years, 500 words; 5-8 years, 1,000 words; 9-12 years, 1,500 words - 3 x prizes paid in book tokens, one for each category - CLOSED, was a one-off Atlantis Short Story Competition USA Varies Varies 2,500 $10 $300

Notes on Atlantis Competition: Any style / genre - every entry receives insightful feedback which is excellent - winners receive full critiques in addition to prize money - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing during 2021 update

Australasian Association of Writing Programs Short Story Prize Australia Varies Varies 3,000 A$20 See notes

Notes on AAWP Prize: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for details - winner receives ticket to the Australian Short Story Festival (ASSF), accommodation and economy airfares - winner invited to read at AAWP conference - Meniscus consider winner's work for publication - NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing 2020

Barbara Pym Centenary Short Story Competition UK May 2013 September 2013 2,200 £7 or $10 £150

Notes on Barbara Pym Competition: Stories written in the style and manner of English novelist Barbara Pym - winning stories published on the Barbara Pym Society website - CLOSED

Bardsy's Holiday Anthology Contest: The Gifts USA 13th December 2021 19th December 2021 3,000 FREE $399 Notes on Bardsy Contest:Holiday stories written by US residents only - also offers other prizes for finalists and winner - winners published in anthology - CLOSED, was a one-off Bardy's NaNoWriMo Prep Contest USA 25th October 2021 5th November 2021 3,000 FREE $299 Notes on Bardy's Contest:Any style or subject but theme is: write a short story now that's worthy of adapting into a novel later - winners showcased on website - top prize includes Bardsy Elite membership for 6 months (worth $480) - CLOSED, was a one-off Bardsy's Romance Anthology Contest: Love is Blind USA 10th February 2022 18th February 2022 3,000 FREE $399 Notes on Bardsy's Competition:Romance - US based writers only - winner also receives Bardsy elite membership for 6 months - all finalists will receive $50 and a Bardsy elite membership for 3 months - all finalists published in anthology - CLOSED, was a one-off Bare Fiction Magazine Prize UK October March 3,000 £8 £500

Notes on Bare Fiction Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in Bare Fiction Magazine and on their website - they also run a flash fiction competition - subscribers to the magazine have reduced entry fees - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing 2020

Bartleby Snopes Dialogue Only Writing Contest USA September October 2,000 $10 $300 and see notes

Notes on Bartleby Snopes Competition: Any style / genre, but dialogue only, so no narration at all - if more than 50 people enter, prize pot goes up by $3 per entry (last top prize awarded was over $1,000) - winners published on website and in the Bartleby Snopes literary magazine - CLOSED 2016, magazine no longer being published

Being Feminist Motherhood Short Story Competition Egypt September ? 3,000 FREE See notes

Notes on Being Feminist Competition: Any style / genre, but themed around motherhood - no cash prize, but winners published in book - CLOSED 2015

Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize UK October ? 1,500 FREE £750

Notes on Benjamin Franklin Prize: Fiction or non-fiction interpretations of a Benjamin Franklin quote, check the website for the current quote - go to the 'education' section of the site - entrants must be between 18 and 25 years of age - winners published on The Telegraph website - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing 2020

Ben's Heroes Trust Super Amazing Short Story Competition UK November ? 500 FREE £35 Book Token

Notes on Ben's Heroes Trust Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for current theme - 2 categories: 7 to 9 year olds and 10 to 11 year olds - winning stories published in news letter - COMPETITION NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing in 2017

Bet Tuppi's Ancient Near Eastern Historical Fiction Prize UK 4th April 2021 4th May 2021 1,500 £1 £50 Notes on Bet Tuppi's Prize: For historical fiction set in the ancient Near East - winner's published on website - any profits from running the competition will be donated to BISI - CLOSED, was a one-off Big Issue in the North UK August September 2,000 £5 See notes

Notes on Big Issue in the North Competition: The Big Issue in the North Magazine. Winner also Invited to read story at The Short Issue reading in Manchester in September. Winner also interviewed - a news item on the story and you will appear on the Dead Ink website. And finally, the winner will receive career planning and tuition from Wes Brown, a novelist, critic and co-ordinator of the National Association of Writers in Education - NO LONGER RUNNING

Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award Australia Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies Notes on Birdcatcher Books Award: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for current details - winners published on website and in anthology - prizes in Australian dollars - CLOSED 2019 Biscuit Publishing Short Story Competition UK Jan March 5,000 £10 £1,500

Notes on Biscuit Publishing Competition: Any style / genre - top 10 stories published in anthology. Over 400 entries in 2011 - closed in 2013

Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition Scotland July September 3,000 £10 £1,000

Notes on Bloody Scotland Competition: Crime - winner receives cash prize, free entry to Bloody Scotland's Crime Writing Festival and a bottle of Deanston whisky - winners published in an eBook anthology - CLOSED, last run in 2015

Boccia Short Story Competition UK 6th May 2022 23rd May 2022 2,000 FREE £50 Notes on Boccia Competition:Any style or genre but all entries must feature the disability sport of boccia in some way - winners of each category (under 18s and adults) will receive the top prize, paid as an Amazon gift card - winning entries (and up to two runners up per category) published on website - CLOSED, was a one-off Book Box Thanksgiving Story Competition India 21st September 2015 26th September 2015 350 FREE See notes

Notes on Book Box Competition: Themed around food, family and gratitude - for child writers, check website for more details - winning story will be made into an animated video with same language subtitles CLOSED

Bookers Corner Writing Competition UK Monthly Monthly 2,000 FREE See notes

Notes on Bookers Corner Competition: Any style / genre but sometimes themed, so check website for current details - free entry, subject to change - winners published on website and possibly in anthology - CLOSED, website disappeared, removed from lists 2018

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Booksie Young Writer Short Story Contest USA February March 5,000 FREE $300 Notes on Booksie Contest: Any style / genre - entrants must be high school students aged between 13 and 18 - winners published on Booksie website, which receives over 1,000,000 reader visits per month - NOT RUN since 2017, so removed link 2019 Bridgend Writers' Circle Short Story Competition Wales 30th November 2014 January 2015 2,000 £5 See notes

Notes on Bridgend Writers' Circle Competition: Any style / genre, but themed around 'bridges' - winner receives a 4 day writing course at Ty Newydd worth £500 - winners published in anthology and on website - CLOSED, was a one-off, but now run regular comp so see annual comps list above

Bright Film Project - Story To Screenplay USA 1st February 2022 1st May 2022 3,000 $10 $5,000 Notes on Bright Film Project - Story To Screenplay Competition:Any style or genre - winner's story is developed into a screenplay for a film - Bonus prize = two Hudson passes for TriBeCa - CLOSED, was a one-off Brighton COW Competition - NO LONGER RUNNING UK Quarterly Quarterly 3,000 £4 £100

Notes on Brighton COW Competition: Any style / genre - top 10 stories published on website + recorded for radio (I've been published through this competition in the past, so you can read a lot more about it here) - unfortunately the website was removed from the internet early in 2012

Brighton Prize UK Varies Varies 2,000 £8 £500

Notes on Brighton Prize: Any style / genre - 2 runner up prizes of £100 - winners invited to read their stories at an event - winners published by Rattle Tales - usually closes around June / July - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2019

Brisk Publishing 'Brisk Chance' Writing Competition USA Bi-Annually Bi-Annually 10,000 $20 $1,000

Notes on Brisk Publishing Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in print and eBook - website disappeared 2015

Brit Writers' Awards UK March ? 5,000 See notes £10,000

Notes on Brit Writers Awards: Any style / genre - competition for short stories, novels, music, pretty much anything - you have to join (£10.95) and then enter stuff - unfortunately I've received a couple messages from other writers raising concerns about the Brit Writers Awards, for more details see the comments section on this page - THE WEBSITE DISAPPEARED IN 2015

Brittle Star Short Story Competition

UK March May 2,000 £4 £250

Notes on Brittle Star Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in Brittle Star Magazine - CLOSED 2014

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival Creative Writing Competition UK 31st July 2017 September 2,000 FREE £1,000 Notes on Budleigh Salterton Competition: Any style or genre but theme is 'Being There' CLOSED, was a one-off Caladria Short Story Competition UK Bi-Annual Bi-Annual 3,000 FREE £25*

Notes on Caladria Competition: Fantasy - £25 prize in Amazon vouchers - winners published in Fab Fables ezine - CLOSED

Calderdale Ted Hughes Writing Competition UK July October 3,000 £4 £300

Notes on Calderdale Competition: Any style / genre - winning stories published on website, winners announced at the Calderdale Word of Mouth Festival - CLOSED 2015

Canadian Authors Association National Capital Writing Contest Canada February ? 2,500 C$10 C$500

Notes on NCWC Competition: Any style / genre - only open to open to members of CAA-NCR and/or residents of the National Capital Region - at the bottom of the page that this entry links to there are links to many other writing contests - CONTEST NO LONGER RUNNING

Candy Jar Book's South Wales Short Story Competition Wales August ? 3,000 £2 Kindle Fire

Notes on Candy Jar Books Competition: Any style / genre - open to unpublished authors in the UK only - winners published in an anthology - CLOSED 2014

Cardiff Review Short Story Award Wales May September 5,000 £2 £150

Notes on Cardiff Review Award: Any style / genre - winners published in the Cardiff Review - CLOSED, not run since 2016 so removed from lists Jan 2018

Cartridge People’s Short Story Competition UK 1st November 2021 November 2021 1,500 FREE £1,000 Notes on Cartridge People Competition:Any style / genre - only accepting entries from over 18’s based in the UK - 5 printer pack runner-up prizes - CLOSED, was a one-off Casevac Writing Contest USA Varies Varies 2,000 see notes $2,500 Notes on Casevac Contest: Any style / genre but themed and must also relate to a prompt, so check website for current details - $12 adult entry, $9 for students - 10% of proceeds go to the UNHCR - also open to creative non-fiction - sometimes runs more than once a year - CLOSED 2022 CBC Books Canada Writes Prize Canada November ? 1,500 $25 C$6,000

Notes on CBC Books Competition: Any style / genre - you have to be Canadian to enter - 4 x runner up prizes of $1,000 - winner published in Air Canada's enRoute Magazine and on website - DETAILS DISAPPEARED FROM WEBSITE 2016

Chained Hearts Monthly Erotica Story Contest USA Monthly Monthly 10,000 FREE See notes Notes on Chained Heart Competition: Erotica with a monthly theme so check website for current details - top prize is up to $150 depending on twitter engagement (check website for full details) - winners published in a compilation - HASN'T RUN FOR 6 MONTHS, so removed listing in 2021 update Chalk Circle Writers Short Story Competition UK August November 2,000 £6 £200 Notes on Chalk Circle Writers Competition: Any style / genre - winning stories maybe published on website and in anthology - NOT RUN SINCE 2020, so removed listing during 2021 update Chapter Checkers Short Story Competition UK Monthly Monthly 1,000 £1.99 See notes

Notes on Chapter Checkers Competition: Any style / genre - winner is published on the website and receives a free short story critique for a story up to a max of 1,000 words - all writers that enter receive some brief feedback on their work CLOSED June 2015

Chapter One Promotions UK September April 2,500 £10 £2,500

Notes on Chapter One annual Competition: Any style / genre - winners and runners up all published in an anthology - lots of different types of competitions run every year, so check the website - I was a runner up in this competition in 2012 and they were supposed to release an anthology called 'Primed' with my story in it at the beginning of 2013, but they've stopped responding to my emails and letters - the lack of professionalism I've encountered from Chapter One Promotions is very disappointing - I don't like to bad mouth anyone in the writing community, but feel I have to warn others of this before they enter the competition, as I've found it very frustrating - I'm still hopeful that they will release the anthology, but research shows this is an ongoing problem - you can read more on Dan Purdoe's blog (Dan won the 2010 competition) - Recently, one of my website users got in touch with me and said this: "I was published in an anthology a few years ago, and it took two years to receive the book. The quality of the publication is abysmal. (Don't get me started on the font, print quality etc) I feel it's a book which will only be purchased by the families of the authors who are published in it and, at £10 a pop, only if their families love them very much.I am just gutted as I consider this to be a good story I have utterly wasted." - If you have encountered problems with Chapter One Promotions, please let me know - In September 2013 I received a proof of my story to OK, 1 YEAR after they said they'd send it, so maybe the anthology will eventually be released... In 2014 the website disappeared - I've heard nothing from them since

Chapter One Promotions Children's Story Competition UK October January 1,000 £6 £150

Website disappeared in 2014

Notes on Chapter One Children's Competition: Any style / genre - four different age group categories: 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18 - winners and runners up published in anthology - please see the notes in the main listing for Chapter One Promotions before entering their competition!!

Child Writes Competition Australia August September 800 A$15 See notes

Notes on Child Writes Competition: Story suitable for a child's picture book - competition only open to Australian primary-school aged child writers and illustrators - the competition administrators are looking for the best story and the best illustrator, the two are then paired up to produce a picture book which will be published by Boogie Books and the writer and illustrator will receive royalties on all sales - COMPETITION NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing 2017

Children's Society Writing Competition UK 31st August 2018 October 2018 2,000 FREE See notes Notes on Children's Society Competition: Any style or genre but themed around the awkward age of 16 and 17 - winning stories published on website - winner receives literary agent advice, feedback and writing gifts - CLOSED 2018, was a one-off Chilling Tales for Dark Nights Writing Competition USA Monthly Monthly 5,000 FREE See notes

Notes on Chilling Tales for Dark Nights Competition: Horror - maximum word count usually 5,000, but can vary - winners have their stories produced by professional audio/narration team and are made available on the website - all entries are considered for publication in our print/eBook anthologies, they're hoping to introduce cash prizes in addition to this in the future - CLOSED 2016

Choc Lit Short Story Competition UK February Easter 1,500 £3 £200

Notes on Choc Lit Competition: Theme is chocolate related but check the website for more details - choccy treats in addition to prize money - winner published on website - CLOSED

Chudley Phoenix Short Story Competition UK January April 1,500 £5 £250

Notes on Chudley Phoenix Competition: Any style / genre - winning stories published on website - CLOSED 2014

Church of Ireland World War One Short Story Competition Ireland 24th October 2014 ? 3,500 FREE €1,000

Notes on Church of Ireland Competition: Any style / genre, but stories must be about the impact of WW1 in any part of Ireland, see website for full details - entrants must be between 15 and 21 years old - top 8 stories might be published - CLOSED

Claret Press MNDA Short Story Competition UK June Autumn 5,000 £6 £250 Notes on Claret Press Competition: Any style / genre but inspired by physical or mental illness - winners published in anthology - cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd - profits support the Motor Neurone Disease Association - NOT RUN SINCE 2018 so removed listing 2019 Corncott Writing Competition UK August September 750 FREE See notes

Notes on Corncott Writing Competition: Has a 'What do you love about Cornwall' theme - really a micro-fiction competition due to low maximum word count. Winner receives a free holiday in a Cornish cottage plus the possibility of being published in a local Cornish Magazine CLOSED

Costa Short Story Award UK Varies Varies 4,000 FREE £3,500

Notes on Costa Short Story Award: Any style / genre - runners-up also receive high cash prizes - open to residents of UK and Ireland only - to find competition details, look in the 'Behind the Beans' section of their website - CLOSED during 2022 after 50 years :(

Cowley Literary Award & Short Story Competition

Australia June August 1,000 A$25 A$5,000

Notes on the Cowley Literary Award: Any style / genre - 1 runner up prize of A$1,000 - award takes fiction AND non-fiction submissions, the best entry of either type could win - winners might be published on the website - WEBSITE CONTAINS NO CONTENT 2016

Creative Competitor Writing Competitions France Various Various Various Various Various

Notes on Creative Competitor Competitions: These guys run, on average, 2 different writing competitions a month. Comps include short stories, poetry and more. I can't really keep on top of listing all the changes, so the best bet is to visit the website and see what they have running which might appeal to you - WEBSITE NOT updated for a year, so removed listing 2019

Creative Writing Institute Short Story Contest USA August October 2,000 $5 $200 Notes on Creative Writing Institute Contest: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for current details - winner receives $200 OR a free, privately tutored writing course - winners published in anthology - CLOSED 2017 Creative Writing Life Competition UK Monthly Monthly 5,000 FREE £20 Notes on CWL Competition: Any style / genre - winner's published in CWL magazine - also accept poetry and flash fiction - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2020 Crediton Festival Short Story Competition UK April June 1,000 £3 £30

Notes on Credition Competition: Any style / genre, but themed, so check website for current details - prizes paid in cash of book tokens - winners published on the website - for under 18s or 18 year olds that are still in fulltime education - NOT RUN SINCE 2017, so removed listing 2020

Crediton Short Story Competition UK April June 3,000 £5 £75

Notes on Crediton Competition: Any style / genre, but themed, so check website - winner also receives a night's stay in an award winning pub - winners published in Riptide - (2015 winner, Shirley Muir, has written about her experiences on my site - read Shirley's post and her winning story) - NOT RUN SINCE 2017, so removed link 2020

Crimson Cloak Publishing Writing Competition USA 31st January 2017 February 2017 3,000 $10 $150 Notes on Crimson Cloak Competition: Fantasy but Crimson Cloak invite writers of all genres to give it a go as originality is appreciated - top prize may increase if lots of entries are received - winners published on website - may become a regular competition if enough entries are received - CLOSED, was a one-off Cro Magnon Short Story Competition 2015 UK 31st September 2015 October 2015 3,000 £5 £100

Notes on Cro Magnon Competition: Themed around primitive humanity, see website for details - winning story and 'best of the rest' published on website CLOSED

Crooked Quill Magazine Short Story Competition UK 15th February 2016 March 750 FREE £20 Notes on Crooked Quill Competition: Any style or genre but theme is 'beginnings and time' - 1st prize is a £20 Amazon voucher - winners published in The Crooked Quill literary magazine - ONE OFF, NOW CLOSED Curry Mallet Children's Short Story Competition UK June September 500 £3 £35

Notes on Curry Mallet Children's Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check the website for current details - 2 categories: under 11s and 12-16 - 3 winning stories receive feedback from a published author - NOT RUN SINCE 2015, so removed listing in 2017

Curry Mallet Short Story Competition UK September ? 2,500 £5 £100

Notes on the Curry Mallet Competition: Any style / genre - themed, so check website for current theme - winning story published on the website

Cwrtnewydd Scribblers' Short Story Competition Wales July August 1,500 £3 £40

Notes on Cwrtnewydd Scribblers' Competition: Any style / genre - entry is £3 but for an extra 3 quid you can get a critique - CLOSED 2015

Dark Places Short Story Competition UK Triannual Triannual 5,000 £1.25 Various

Notes on Dark Places Competition: Sci-Fi & Fantasy - free critique for all entrants - winners published in e-magazine through Amazon - first prize varies, second prize is a subscription to Grammarly - also available free in PDF format on the Dark Places website - you can read the first issue here - CLOSED 2015

Darker Times Fiction Short Story Competition UK Monthly Monthly 5,000 £5 See notes

Notes on Darker Times Competition: 'Darker times' theme - while they focus the competition on horror stories, they also accept entries linked to the theme of 'darker times' in other ways, encouraging writers to be as creative as possible - the winner receives a percentage of the money raised by entry fees (minimum of £15) plus their short story will be published in one of the Darker Times Horror Anthologies, released as an ebook through Amazon - runners up and honourable mentions also published - CLOSED 2014

Davy Byrnes Short Story Award Ireland February June 15,000 €10 €15,000

Notes on the Davey Byrnes Award: Any style / genre - 5 runner up prizes of €1,000 - runs every 5 years (last run 2014) - open to Irish citizens and to writers who are resident or were born in the thirty-two counties - winners published in anthology by The Stinging Fly - HASN'T RUN FOR 6 YEARS, so removed listing during 2020 update

Deddington Junior Writing Competition UK March June 500 FREE See notes

Notes on Deddington Writing Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website - 3 categories: 3 to 6, 7 to 9 and 10 to 13 - winners receive professional feedback about their work and 'prizes' (the website does not state what the prizes are) - you can also find out more on their separate competition website - NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing 2020

Desi Writers' Lounge Short Story Competition Pakistan August September 5,000 FREE 50,000 PKR

Notes on the DWL Competition: Any style / genre - top prize is 50,000 Pakistani Rupee which is approximately $475 USD or £350 GBP - winners published on website and may also be published in Desi Writers' magazine 'Papercuts' - NOT RUN SINCE 2017, so removed from lists 2019

Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize Spain 14th February 2018 16th March 2018 200 €20 €1,000 Notes on Desperate Literature Prize: Any style / genre - winner also receives a week long residency in a 15th Century Italian castle - winners published in 3 x lit mags and a bilingual anthology - winning stories read at Desperate Literature in Madrid and Shakespeare & Company in Paris - CLOSED, was a one-off
Deux-Sèvres Short Story Competition France May June 1,500 £4 £25

Notes on the Deux-Sèvres Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on This French Life, Deux-Sevres Life, Galgo News and Podenco Post - DOESN'T SEEM TO BE RUNNING ANYMORE

Dragon & Owl Publishing Pithy Pages For Erudite Readers Contest USA Bi-Annually Bi-Annually 7,000 $20 See notes

Notes on Dragon & Owl Publishing Competition: Any style / genre - entry fees, up to a maximum of $5000, will be shared between winners as cash prizes in the following way: First Prize receives 50%, Second Prize 15%, Third Prize 10%, Honourable Mention five prizes of 5% - so the top prize could be $2,500 - CLOSED 2014

Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition UK July October 500 FREE £50 Notes on Dragonfly Tea Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for current details - three age groups: 4-7, 8-11, 12-15 - prize is a £50 book voucher + £100 for the winner's school - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing in 2020 Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition UK July October 3,000 FREE £1,500 Notes on Dragonfly Tea Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for current details - open to UK residents only - run in association with Henley Literary Festival - hover on the 'blog' option in the main menu to find the competitions - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing in 2020 Dylan Thomas Birthplace International Short Story Competition Wales Varies Varies See notes See notes £500 Notes on Dylan Thomas Birthplace Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for full details - 2 categories: under 19s and under 15s - entry fees for under 19s £6, under 15s £3 - word limit for under 19s 2,500, under 15s 500 - top prize for under 19s £500, under 15s £150 - winners published on the website and in a collection - all entrants receive a year's free membership of the Dylan Thomas Society - they don't always link to the competition from the homepage or main navigation (?? don't ask me...) so here is a link to the last comp for reference - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing 2020 Early Works Press Short Story Competition UK October January 8,000 £5 or £10 see notes £200

Notes on Early Works Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in anthology containing 10 to 20 stories, depending on length - £5 entry fee for stories up to 4,000 words in length, £10 over 4,000 and up to 8,000 words in length - they also run other writing competitions, so it's worth checking the site to see what's currently running - DID NOT RUN IN 2021, plus 2020 comp was cancelled and entrants refunded, so removed listing during 2022 update

Eco Arts Literature Award NC, USA August January 5,000 $30 $1,000

Notes on Eco Arts Award: Any style / genre - winners published on website - LAST RUN 2014, removed listing 2017 as website has not been updated since 2014

Edit Crowd Short Story Competition UK Quarterly Quarterly 8,000 FREE £25 Notes on Edit Crowd Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on the website - CLOSED, website disappeared during 2018

Egyptian Writers International Writing Competition

Egypt February April 3,000 FREE See notes

Notes on Egyptian Writers Competition: Any style / genre - no monetary prize, but winners are announced on MarwaRakha.com, receive certificates, have their stories reviewed in magazines, and have their work translated into Arabic to be published in a book in Egypt - CLOSED

e-Literate-World ‘Cut A Long Story Short’ Competition

Australia Quarterly Quarterly 5,000 A$8 See notes Notes on e-Literate-World Competition: Any style / genre, unless specified otherwise for that month (no children's) - monetary prizes depend on number of entries - placed entries will be published via Kindle eBook and made available on Amazon - this competition has recently changed name, previously it was called My Mate Kindle - Website disappeared 2016 EllenorLions Hospices Short Story Competition UK November January 1,500 £5 £100

Notes on EllenorLions Competition: Any style / genre - theme is 'survival' in support of the hospice staff undertaking the Arctic Survival Challenge next year - link above takes you to The Write Place where the competition is hosted, but you can learn more about the charity here - CLOSED 2014

Enchanted Forest Publishing Horror Short Story Writing Competition UK August September 2,000 £5 See notes

Notes on Enchanted Forest Publishing Competition: Horror - winners published in anthology - prize is an eBook copy of the anthology - NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing duing 2022 update

England's Future History Short Story Competition UK Varies Varies 3,000 FREE See notes

Notes on England's Future History Competition: Any style / genre but set in England's future - all accepted (winning) stories become part of the website's timeline, so are published on the site - AT START OF 2019, note on site said 'We’re on a bit of a break but will be back later in 2017' so removed from lists

Enizagam Literary Contest for Fiction USA March April 4,000 $20 $1,000 Notes on Enizagam Contest: Any style / genre - winners published in Enizagam Journal and nominated for Pushcart Prize - HASN'T RUN SINCE 2019, so removed listing during 2022 update Equestrian Fiction Finder Short Story Competition UK Monthly Monthly 1,000 £3 £30

Notes on EFF Competition: themed, so check website to see current theme - the 3 winners are published on the website - Hasn't been running since August 2012

Essay Mama Christmas Writing Contest USA 25th December 2014 5th January 2015 4,000 See notes $450

Notes on Essay Mama Competition: Any style / genre, but themed around Christmas - to enter, you must like their Facebook page and share the competition link - 15 winning stories published in a printed book - CLOSED 2015

Ether Books Writing Competitions UK Varies Varies Varies FREE None

Notes on Ether Books Competitions: Associated with Raging Aardvark Publishing - they run a variety of contests throughout the year, so check the website for current competitions and themes - winners published in anthology - all entries have the possibility of being published by Ether Books - CLOSED 2016

Exisle Academy "What Scotland Means to Me" Competition UK 1st May 2022 July 2022 1,500 FREE See notes Notes on Exisle Academy Competition:Any style or genre - one winner receives free enrolment to the "Become a Successful Author" course (a value of $1,500 USD), plus access to a library of author training resources (up to $500 value) - winners published on website - CLOSED, was a one-off
Eyelands International Short Story Contest Greece Varies Varies Varies Varies See notes

Notes on Eyelands Competition: Any style / genre, but check website for current theme - first prize is a holiday in Crete - winners are published in anthology - NOT RUN SINCE 2020, so removed listing during 2022 update (they now run book / novel awards instead, so see my book / novel comps list

Fairfield Scribes Anthology Feature Story Contest USA May June 10,000 FREE See notes Notes on Fairfield Scribes Contest: Any style / genre but themed so check website for current details - winner is published in anthology and receives an electronic and hard copy of the book - NOT RUN SINCE 2019, so removed listing during 2022 update
Fairytalez Writing Competitions Denmark / USA Varies Varies 5,000 FREE $200 Notes on Fairytalez Competitions: Themed, so check website for current details - top prize paid as an Amazon gift voucher - NO COMPS RUN SINCE 2019, so removed listing during 2022 update Fantasy Book Review Short Story Competitions UK September November 5,000 FREE Apple iPad

Notes on Fantasy Book Review Competition: Fantasy theme - winning stories possibly published. Every entry receives a free ebook - no longer running

Ferrytaleawards Short Story Competition UK Varies Varies 2,500 £10 £100

Notes on Ferry Tale Awards: Any style or genre - entry fee is either £10, or you can buy a copy of the Ferrytaleawards on Amazon, write a short review and gain entry that way instead - 10 winning stories published in Ferrytaleawards book - CLOSED in 2014

Festival of Literature for Young People (FLY) Writing Competition 2016 UK 21st May 2016 21st June 2016 500 FREE See notes

Notes on FLY Competition: Any style or genre - open to 11-18 year olds and judged in two age categories: 11-14 and 15-18 - top prize in each category is a Kindle Fire - winners published on the FLY and Ink Sweat & Tears websites - run by the University of East Anglia - CLOSED 2016

Fiction Desk Flash Fiction Prize UK May July 1,000 £5 £300

Notes on Fiction Desk Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in the Fiction Desk anthology - CLOSED 2016 and reopened 2017, now listed on the flash fiction comps page

Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition UK January March 7,000 £8 £500

Notes on Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition: Ghost stories - winners published in the Fiction Desk anthology - second prize £250, third prize £100 - CLOSED, they stopped running competitions late in 2018

Fiction Desk Newcomer's Short Story Prize UK May July 7,000 £8 £500

Notes on Fiction Desk Newcomer's Prize Competition: Any style / genre - open to writers who have not been published on Fiction Desk and have not published a novel or short story collection in printed form - (author Mike Scott Thomson has been written about being published by The Fiction Desk - read Mike's advice and story here) - CLOSED, they stopped running competitions late in 2018

Fictuary Short Story Contest USA Monthly Monthly 4,000 FREE $50

Notes on Fictuary Competition: Any style / genre - in addition to the cash prize, winner receives paid social media promotion, bio page and is featured in Fictuary email newsletter - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2016

Field of Words Writing Competitions Australia Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies

Notes on Field of Words Competitions: Any style / genre - now open to Australian AND international residents over 18 only - they run a variety of competitions throughout the year, including short story, flash fiction, memoir and ghost story, so check website for current details - winners published on Field of Words website - top prizes up to A$750 - CLOSED, website disappeared 2019

Finchley Literary Festival Short Story Competition UK 31st May 2016 26th June 2016 1,000 £5 £100

Notes on Finchley Literary Festival Competition: Any style or genre - winners published on the Greenacre Writers website - CLOSED 2016

Firedrake Books Short Story Competition USA April May 3,500 $10 $100* Notes on Firedrake Books Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for current details - 20 cash prizes in total, all of which will increase in value as more people enter, so see website for full details - winners published in anthology - NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed lisiting during 2020 update First Writer International Short Story Contest UK April ? 3,000 £6.50 £200

Notes on First Writer Contest: Any style / genre - winners published in First Writer Magazine - CLOSED in 2017, after running for 13 years from 2004

Five Minute Fiction Christmas Short Story Competition UK November ? 1,500 £2 See notes

Notes on 5 Minute Fiction Competition: Christmas theme - winners published on the website - prizes range from a visit to a writer's retreat to Amazon vouchers - visit the website for full details of prizes as there are all sorts - you can also submit stories up to 2,000 words in length of any genre (except erotica) for consideration for publication on the website - CLOSED 2013

Five on the Fifth Short Fiction Contest USA August October 4,000 $6.50 $150 Notes on Five on the Fifth Contest: Any style / genre - winners published in online literary magazine - cash prizes & publication for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place winners - Not run since 2016 so removed from lists 2018 Five Stop Story UK Quarterly Quarterly 3,000 £4 £100

Notes on Five Stop Story Competition: Any style / genre - top 20 stories published on website every quarter, and on the Five Stop Story iPhone and iPad application. £150 for annual winner - changed from a monthly competition to a quarterly competition at the beginning of 2013 - CLOSED in 2014

Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award Ireland March ? no max FREE €35,000

Notes on Frank O'Connor Competition: Any style / genre - this is for published short story collections ONLY, so not a competition for the newer writer - you have to have had your collection of short stories published by a publisher, NOT self published - still I thought it worth listing so that when your amazing collection of short stories is snapped up and published in the very near future, you know to enter the comp! Prize money seems to increase each year, so keep an eye on the current prize offered -DISCONTINUED 2015

Freeditorial’s Annual Long-Short Story Contest USA Biannual Biannual 40,000 FREE $15,000

Notes on Freeditorial’s Competition: Any style / genre - all entrants published on website and stories with the greatest number of downloads win - runs twice a year - CLOSED, disappeared from website so removed listing 2018

Friends of Manning's Pit Saki Short Story Competition

UK 30th June 2021 30th October 2021 3,000 £5 £500 Notes on Friends of Manning's Pit Competition: Any style / genre but the aim is to raise awareness of Saki's (H H Munro) writing, so submissions require a spark of originality or wit, and something relevant to the countryside and its wildlife - winners published on website - CLOSED, was a one-off
Funny Pearls Short Story Competition UK Varies Varies Varies FREE Varies Notes on Funny Pearls Competition: Humour - winners published on website - they run short story and flash fiction competitions, so check website for current details - top prize has been up to £250 in the past - COMPETITION NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing in 2020 update Galtellì Literary Prize Sardinia, Italy June August 5,000 FREE €1,000

Notes on Galtellì Prize : A novel is selected to inspire and stimulate writers and a different genre is used every year, so check website for current details - 1st to 6th place winners all receive up to €1,000 in travel costs to Sardinia (1st place receives an additional €1,000 in prize money) - winners published in anthology - NOT RUN SINCE 2015, so removed listing 2017

Galtellì Literary Prize Sardinia, Italy April May 5,000 FREE €1,000

Notes on Galtellì Prize : A novel is selected to inspire and stimulate writers and a different genre is used every time the prize is run, so check website for current details - winners receive up to €1,000 in travel costs to Sardinia to attend awards ceremony (1st place receives an additional €1,000 in prize money) - winners published in anthology - runs every other year: 2015, 2017, 2019 etc. NEW WEBSITE disappeared during 2018

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Giving Them Wings Prize South Africa Bi-Annual Bi-Annual 2,000 $3 $500 Notes on Giving Them Wings Prize: Any style / genre - winners featured in anthology - they also accept poetry - to find details of the competition, go to the 'Donate' section of their website - PRIZE NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so retired listing during 2022 update GKBCinc International Short Story Competition UK Bi-Annually Bi-Annually 2,000 FREE £100

Notes on GKBCinc Short Story Competition: Any style / genre - themed, so check website for current theme - the winner and 9 runners up from each comp published in an annual anthology (so each anthology contains 20 stories) - winners also published on the website - CLOSED 2014

Glimmer Train OR, USA Varies Varies Varies Varies up to $3,000 (see notes)

Notes on Glimmer Train Competition: Any style / genre - Glimmer Train run various competitions throughout the year, with prizes varying from around $600 to about $3,000 - entry fees range from FREE to around the $20 mark, depending on the competition - winners are published in the Glimmer Train Literary Journal, which is a highly respected US publication read by many literary agents and publishers - sadly, Glimmer Train will be closing in 2019, submissions are open until mid-May and the final issue will be published towards the end of the year - CLOSED 2019

Global Short Stories Competition UK Monthly Monthly 2,000 £5 £100

Notes on Global Short Stories Competition: Any style / genre - winning stories published on the website - competition supported by Bill Bryson - CLOSED in 2014

GoArchitect Architecture of Power Short Story Award USA Varies Varies 1,500 $25 $500 Notes on GoArchitect Award: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for full details - sometimes run monthly, sometimes quarterly, depending on number of entries - winners published on website - NOW RUNNING DESIGN COMPS, so removed listing during 2020 update Golfwell's Golf Story Writing Competition New Zealand December February 700 FREE $300

Notes on Golfwell's Competition: Any style / genre but themed around golf - winners published on the website - they accept fiction and non-fiction entries - prize paid in USD - CLOSED 2016, now running regular flash fiction comp, see flash fiction lists

Grace Dieu Writers' Circle Short Story Comp UK February Summer 2,000 £6 £500

Notes on Grace Dieu Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on website - CLOSED 2015 DUE TO LACK OF ENTRIES

Grain Writing Contest Canada April August 2,500 C$40 C$1,000

Notes on Grain Writing Contest: Any style / genre - entry for Canadians is C$35, international entries are C$40, but every entrant receives a 1 year (4 issue) subscription to the magazine - CONTEST NO LONGER RUNNING, BUT THEY DO STILL ACCEPT GENERAL FICTION SUBMISSIONS

Green Lady Award for Fiction UK November ? 3,000 £5 £50

Notes on Green Lady Competition: Any style / genre - themed, so check the website for the current theme - winners published in anthology - WEBSITE NO LONGERR EXISTS

Greenwich Writers 'Bump in the Night' Ghost Story Competition UK 15th September 2016 30th September 2016 3,000 £5 See notes

Notes on Greenwich Writers Competition: Ghost stories - top prize is 'something spooky' plus the winner is published in an anthology and the Greenwich Writers' newsletter - CLOSED

Grindstone Short Story Prize UK Varies Varies 3,000 £10 £500 Notes on Grindstone Prize: Any style / genre - winners and shortlisted entrants published in Grindstone's anthology - Closed, stopped running in 2022 Grindstone Short Fiction Competition UK Quarterly Quarterly Varies Varies Varies Notes on Grindstone Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for current details - winners published on the Grindstone website - CLOSED, now concentrating on annual comp instead - see lists above Gulf Stream Summer Contest USA August September 5,000 $7 $100 Notes on Gulf Stream Contest: Any style / genre - winners published in Gulf Stream Lit Mag - also accept non-fiction and poetry - NOT RUN SINCE 2020, so removed listing during 2022 update Hamilton's Literary Festival gritLIT Writing Competition Canada July ? 3,000 C$20 C$200

Notes on gritLIT Writing Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in the gritLIT literary chapbook - winner invited to read their story at LiT LiVe Reading Series and the gritLIT literary festival - WEBSITE APPEARS TO BE BROKEN, so removed listing 2017

Happy London Press Hi2020 Short Story Competition

UK 20th July 2020 October 2020 1,500 £6 See notes Notes on Happy London Press Competition: Any style / genre but check website for topics - 20 winners interviewed on radio - selected winners have their stories read on radio, posted on podcast and may have their stories published by media partners - CLOSED, was a one-off Harry Bowling Flash Fiction Prize UK September March 750 £5 £100

Notes on Harry Bowling Flash Fiction Prize: Any style / genre, but entries must have an urban setting - winners published on the Harry Bowling Prize and MBA websites - sponsored by Headline and administered by MBA Literary Agents - runs every two years - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2016

Hay on Wye Short Story Contest Wales July December 2,000 £6 £400

Notes on Hay-on-Wye Competition: Any style / genre - old site seems to be down (http://hayshortstory.com/Hay-Short-Story-Home.html) but there is some info on the new link I've provided. Unsure if this is still running, hence it appears on this list...

Headway in West Kent Short Story Competition UK 18th September 2015 October 2015 500 £3 £50*

Notes on Headway Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for current details - prize paid in Waterstone's vouchers - winning story will be published in the Kent & Sussex Courier - run in support of Headway charity, which helps people with brain injuries CLOSED

Historic House Short Story Competition

UK September 2014 November 2014 2,500 FREE £150

Notes on Historic House Competition: Any style / genre, but stories must be set in a historic house - winner also receives a tour and afternoon tea with the owners ofLevens Hall in Cumbria and membership to the Historic Houses Association - winners published in eBook anthology - CLOSED

Holland House Books / Lost World Press Flash Fiction Competition

UK 30th October 2013 September 2013 750 FREE £20

Notes on Holland House / Lost World Press Competition: Speculative (lost worlds, sci-fi, parallel/alternative, parody, steam/clockpunk, Atlantis re-found, things that go bump in the night, alternative universes, timeslip, parodies and parallels) - prizes paid in Amazon vouchers - CLOSED

Homestart-Bridgwater Short Story Prize UK February April 2,200 £7 £500

Notes on Homestart-Bridgwater Prize: Any style / genre - winning stories read out at a prize giving event and published on the website - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2016

Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest Bosnia May September 7,000 $15 $1,000

Notes on Hourglass Contest: Any style / genre - winners published in Hourglass Literary Magazine - NOT RUN since 2017, so removed listing 2019

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Hour of Writes Weekly Writing Competition UK Weekly Weekly 2,000 £3 £50*

Notes on Hour of Writes Competition: Any style / genre, but themed, so check website for current theme - prize money based on number of entry fees, minimum usually £50 - winners published on website

I removed this listing in 2018 after I started receiving complaints about the website, EG:

Hour of Writes is listed on your website as a weekly competition but it appears to have stopped without announcement and some competition results are nearly three months in arrears. This website has never been well run but over the last few months it's been getting ever more erratic without the owner having the courtesy to properly inform anybody of what's going on and ignoring users' questions. If you look at the HOW web page you can see a new competition hasn't been posted since about April. Anyway, as you run a great website I often use I thought I'd give you a heads up.

Humanaagerie Anthology from Eibonvale Press

UK 31st May 2018 June 4,000 FREE £10 Notes on Humanaagerie Anthology: For 'liminal' work; pieces that would be classed as 'Slipstream'; work that has a speculative or surreal element - edited by Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley - selected works will be published in the Humanaagerie anthology CLOSED, was a one-off Ibiza Quills Compilation Ibiza October November 2,500 €12 €100 Notes on Ibiza Quills Compilation: Any style / genre but themed around Ibiza - 12 euro fee allows 2 entries and includes membership to the Ibiza Quills Creative Hub, who host events and workshops - members can also become a reviewer for the website - NOT RUN FOR 2 YEARS, so removed listing during 2021 update Iceland Writers' Retreat Short Story Competition Iceland 25th January 2015 ? 500 FREE See notes

Notes on Iceland Writers' Retreat Competition: Any style / genre, but themed so see website - winner receives writing retreat package at Iceland writers' retreat in April including hotel, tours and food, but you have to pay for your own airfare - CLOSED, was a one-off

Ifanca Hélène James Short Story Competition Wales July October 2,200 £4 £100

Notes on Ifanca Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on the website - CLOSED 2015

Inclusive Works International Short Story Competition Holland August ? See notes FREE See notes

Notes on Inclusive Works Competition: Children's - entrants must be resident in the Netherlands - winners published as illustrated books in English and Dutch by Clavis publishers - stories can be written in English or Dutch - 2 categories; stories for 1 to 3 year olds with a 600 word limit; stories for 4 to 6 year olds with a 900 word limit - Not run since 2016 so removed from lists Jan 2018

Indelible Chaos Short Story Competition India Bi-Monthly Bi-Monthly 15,000 FREE See notes

Notes on Indelible Chaos Competition: Different competitions with different styles and themes run on a bi-monthly basis - prize is publication in a bi-annual anthology - CLOSED 2016

Independent Authors of Wales Network Writing Competition Wales October December 2,500 FREE* See notes Notes on IWAN Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for current details - entry is free, but you have to be a member - no cash prize, but 12 winners are published on the blog and in an anthology - WEBSITE NOT UPDATED FOR A YEAR, so removed from lists Jan 2018 Inexsilio (The Exiles) - The Lost Country Short Story Competition USA August ? 5,000* FREE $50

Notes on The Exiles Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in The Lost Country Journal - sometimes run bi-annually - 5,000 words is a soft limit, the editors don't want to receive novels, if they receive an excellent 6,000 word story they will consider publishing it - it is recommended that entrants read their manifesto prior to submitting - WEBSITE NOT UPDATED SINCE 2015, so removed listing 2017

Info 4 Writers Short Story Competition UK Monthly Monthly 2,700 FREE £15 Notes on Info 4 Writers Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for current details - winners published on website - WEBSITE disappeared during 2018 Inkhead Short Story Competition UK April June 1,000 £5 £100

Notes on Inkhead Competition: Any style / genre - five story titles given on the site for you to choose from - four different age group categories: 7-9, 10-12, 13-14, 15-16 - winners published in anthology which is released in the October following the competition - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2016

InkTears Short Story Competition UK Varies Varies 3,500 £7.50 £1,000

Notes on InkTears Competition: Any style / genre - winners and runners up published on website and also offered the possibility of having a collection of their short stories published through Ink Tears (I've been published through this competition and you can read more about my experiences here) - on occasion they also run a flash fiction contest with a £250 prize - CLOSED 2019

Inspired By Writing Short Story Competition UK Bi-Annually Bi-Annually 2,500 See notes £1,250

Notes on IBW Competition: Any style / genre - early entry fee of £7, then it goes up to £12 - stories published on website and in anthology - REMOVED FROM LISTS 2017

WARNING: I've received a few queries about this competition as users are experiencing some issues. The Inspired by Writing website has now disappeared. They have taken money from entrants and not refunded them without seeing the competition through to completion. If this business resurfaces, be very wary of entering the competition - it seems to be run in an unprofessional manner.

Here is an update I received from Inspired By Writing in March 2017 (about a month before the website disappeared):

We have had an extremely hectic period over the Christmas break on the run up to the February 28th. Unfortunately our original date got pushed back due to our judging panel being changed and not finding the right people to fill these positions prior to their professional calendars being altered and then after having to compensate for suitable replacements.

As most of you should know we have now had our original investors back out of the competition, leaving us in a somewhat sticky position on the run up to February. This is no fault of our own but our ambitions for back to back competitions is now going to have to be put on hold and more importantly, you need to be our first priority.

In saying this we have two alternatives we had to think about. Either give all the entrants a full refund or we stick at our search to get other suitable members to fulfil an agreement which was unfortunately not filled by our previous investors.

After long deliberating with other colleagues we have decided to move it one last date to the April 30th 2017. If we do not achieve our winner's announcements by then all entries will receive a full refund into their paypal account that they originally entered with.

I will finish with a full apology from everybody here at Inspired by Writing for the delay in the announcements. We wasn't anticipating this on our run up to our first competition but it has educated us in a situation which will not happen again in the future.

Irish Arts & Writers Festival Writing Competition USA September October 5,000 $15 $1,000 Notes on Irish Arts & Writers Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on website - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2019 Irish Imbas Books Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition New Zealand December February 4,000 US$7 US$500

Notes on Irish Imbas Books Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for details - winners published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection - 2nd prize $250; 3rd prize $100 - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing during 2020 update

ITT Short Story Competition Ireland 13th August 2018 11th October 2018 2,000 FREE €500 Notes on ITT Competition: Any style or genre - 10 shortlisted stories published in an anthology - run by the Institute of Technology Tallaght, with South Dublin County Council and the Red Line Book Festival - started life as a one-off, now running annually -runs most years, but is dependant on funding, so may not run every year, hence listed as a one-off - CLOSED, was a one-off James White Award Ireland Varies Varies 6,000 FREE £200

Notes on the James White Award: Science Fiction - the winner will be published in Interzone, the UK's leading sci-fi magazine - NOT RUN SINCE 2019, so removed listing during 2022 update

Jane Austen 200 Short Story Competition UK 28th February 2017 May 2017 2017 £5 £1,000 Notes on Jane Austen 200 Competition: Any style or genre, inspired by a Jane Austen quote, see website for full details - Hosted by Hampshire Cultural Trust and Jane Austen’s House Museum - CLOSED, was a one-off Juliet B Madison 'DI Lyle' Short Story Competition UK 1st July 2015 4th July 2015 6,000 FREE See notes

Notes on DI Lyle Competition: Crime - winner receives signed copy of DI Lyle book of their choice - winners published on website - every entry (provided there aren't too many) will be included in an ebook anthology to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support - CLOSED, was a one-off

Junior Authors Short Story Contest Canada June October 1,000 FREE See notes

Notes on Junior Authors Competition: Any style / genre - winning story in each category is published on the website - 6 age groups: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18, 19-21 (you must be a student to enter) - CLOSED 2015

Just 100 Words Writing Competition USA Daily Daily 100 $5 $50

Notes on Just 100 Words Competition: Any style / genre - winners announced within 24 hours and published on the website - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2016

KalliKids Short Story Competition UK June June 600 FREE See notes

Notes on KalliKids Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for current theme - open to 4 age categories (school years 3,4,5 and 6) - winner in each age category will have their story published in a printed book and e-book - schools with the highest number of entrants per category receive a creative writing class - all entries published on the KalliKids website - COMPETITION NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so listing removed 2017

Katie, Inc. Short Story Contest UK See notes See notes 2,000 £5 £50

Notes on Katie, Inc. Contest: Any style / genre - run as often as once a month (a winner is selected each time 10 entries are received) - winners published in a yearly anthology - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2016

King Author Short Story Prize UK March April 2,000 £3.50 £100

Notes on King Author Competition: Any style / genre - winning entries published in an anthology - CLOSED 2014

Kingston Writing School International Short Story Competition UK June November 5,000 £10 £3,000

Notes on Kingston Writing School Competition: Style genre varies, sometimes it's fiction, sometimes it's non-fiction - check website for current details - CLOSED 2017

Kite Journal Annual Short Story Contest Ukraine June September 10,000 $10 $1,000

Notes on Kite Journal Competition: Any style / genre - all entrants receive a one-year digitalsubscriptionto The Kite Journal and a digital copy of the Special Edition issue - entrants receive free critiques of submitted work - website taken down in 2013 so no longer running

Kosta's Olive Tree Writing Competition UK September November 1,500 £4 £70 Notes on Kosta's Olive Tree Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check the website for current details - winners published on the website - Vasiliki, who runs the competition, lost her son Kosta in Northern Syria where he died fighting against ISIS, so profits generated by the contest are donated to charities in Costa's name, these include Rebuild, a registered charity for rebuilding war zones in an ecologically friendly way, Combatstress, a UK charity that helps ex-military personnel with PTSD and charitable causes that help Yezidi women and girls who are rescued from ISIS - NOT RUN since 2017, so removed from lists 2019

Kristell Ink Flash Fiction Competition

UK August 2013 September 2013 500 FREE £20

Notes on Kristell Ink Competition: Fantasy/science fiction/steampunk - a subgenre story involving something with a feline feel - prizes paid in Amazon vouchers - judged by Adam Dalton (Gollancz author) and Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager author) as well as Alex Shepherd, a well respected reviewer from the website Fantasy Faction - winners published on the website - CLOSED

Kurious Arts Short Story Competition UK December March 2,000 £5 £500 Notes on Kurious Arts Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for full details - winners published in anthology - LOST FUNDING in 2020, so closed but may return if new sponsor can be found La Piccioletta Barca Competition UK September October 5,000 $10 $400 Notes on La Piccioletta Barca: Any style or subject but themed, so check website for current details - also open to poetry - finalists published in competition issue of the La Piccioletta Barca journal - COMPETITION NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing during 2022 update Labello Press Gem Street: Dystopia Short Story Competition Ireland July September 3,500 €7 €500

Notes on Labello Press Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in anthology - particularly interested in stories from anyone who feels marginalised, ostracised and discriminated against due to the way of the world today - COMPETITION NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed from lists Jan 2018

Lady in the Loft Writing Competition UK Quarterly Quarterly 2,000 FREE £10

Notes on Lady in the Loft Competition: Any style / genre - themed, so check website for current theme - prize money is awarded in WHSmith vouchers, 1st prize £10, 2nd and 3rd prizes £5 - winners published on the website and in an anthology - you can learn more about the anthology and see the cover art on the Lady in the Loft Blog - CLOSED 2015

Leaf Books Writing Competitions UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies

Notes on Leaf Books Competitions: Various competitions, from diary competitions to horror competitions to the infamous Tiny Weeny writing comp - prizes and entry fees vary - best to visit the website and see what comps they are currently running -Leaf ceased trading in 2014

Legendary Women, Inc. Literary Contest

USA Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies

Notes on Legendary Women Inc Contest: Any style / genre - themed, so check website for current theme - all stories must feature a female protagonist - winner will have an author interview published - winner and 2 runners up will be published on the website - NOT RUN SINCE 2016, so removed from lists Jan 2018

Less Than 100 Words UK Weekly Weekly 99 FREE* See notes

Notes on Less Than 100 Words Competition: Any style / genre, but different prompt each week, so check website for current prompt - winners published on the website - entry free, but a £1 or £2 entry fee to be introduced soon - small cash prize given, but amount not stated - CLOSED APRIL 2016

Lightship Publishing Short Story Competition UK June ? 5,000 £12 £1,000

Notes on the Lightship Publishing Competition: Any style / genre - winning story and 9 runners up published in anthology - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2016

Literary Juice Flash Fiction Contest IN, USA June ? 500 $6 $200

Notes on Literary Juice Contest: Any style / genre - winner and runner up published in Literary Juice magazine - COMPETITION NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, SO ASSUME IT'S NOT RUNNING ANYMORE

LiteraTea Spring Short Story Contest USA 5th July 2020 July 3,000 FREE $345 Notes on LiteraTea Contest: Any style / genre but themed around community - in addition to cash, the winner receives a free six-month membership in LiteraTea’s Advanced Writers’ Program - CLOSED, was a one-off Little House Short Story Competition (Previously called Laurel House) Wales December ? 2,000 £5 £100

Notes on Little House Competition: Any style / genre - the 5 runners up receive a 400 word critique, winner receives full critique (I've won this competition in the past, so you can read a lot more about it here) - they also run a 200 word micro fiction contest with a £50 pound prize - no longer running

Living Springs Publishers Sightseer Saga USA June July 4,000 $25 $500 Notes on Living Springs Publishers SS Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for current details - minimum of top fifteen finalists published in books - CLOSED Livingston Arts Center 'New Deal' Writing Competition USA April May 10,000 $5 $200 Notes on Livingstone Arts Center Competition: Any style / genre, but stories must be inspired by a picture, so check website for current details - winners published in Artsphere magazine and on the website - WEBSITE BECAME A SPAMMY LOOKING LOANS SITE in 2019, so removed listing Longworth Editors Annual Short Story Competition UK March ? 2,000 £10 £250

Notes on The Longworth Editors Competition: Any style / genre - themed, so check the LE website for current theme - every entrant receives a small amount of feedback from the judges - winning stories published on the website - SITE NO LONGER THERE

Love on the Road Short Story Competition 2013 USA March 2013 2013 5,000 $10 $200

Notes on Love on the Road Competition: Themed around travel and love - 12 winning stories published in an anthology - CLOSED

Love on the Road Short Story Competition 2014 USA 31st July 2014 2014 5,000 $10 $200

Notes on Love on the Road Competition: Themed around travel and love - 12 winning stories published in an anthology - CLOSED

Magic Oxygen Literary Competition UK December February 4,000 £5 £1,000

Notes on the Magic Oxygen Competition: Any style / genre - winners and shortlisted entries published in anthology - Tracey and Simon, the competition organisers, plant a tree for every entry received (each entrant receives GPS coordinates to their tree so they can go and visit it if they wish!) and are also funding the build of a classroom at a school in Kenya - (short story author Christie Cluett was shortlisted and published by Magic Oxygen - readChristie's story and learn about her experiences here) - CLOSED 2019

Mane Chance Children's Writing Competition UK July July 1,500 £5/£2 £50

Notes on Mane Chance Competition: Any style / genre themed around animals - winners will be published on Mane Chance website, in Surrey Occasions and a newspaper, the title of which is TBC - 3 categories: under 10 (£2 entry), 11 to 14 (£5 entry) and 15 to 18 (£5 entry) - there is also an adult category which you can find in the annual competition list above - CLOSED 2016

Mane Chance Writing Competition UK July July 1,500 £5 £100

Notes on Mane Chance Competition: Any style / genre but themed around animals - winners will be published on Mane Chance website, in Surrey Occasions and a newspaper, the title of which is TBC - this competition is for adults, you can find details of the Mane Chance children's competition below - CLOSED 2016

MBS Publishing Short Story Competitions Scotland Varies Varies Varies Varies Up to £300

Notes on MBS Publishing Competitions: Style / genre / theme vary - flash fiction, short story and competitions for students run regularly (sometimes monthly) - entry from £2 to £5 - top prizes from £50 to £300 - all winners published in anthology - check website for current details - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2016

Meridian Writing Short Story Competition UK Quarterly Quarterly 3,000 £5 £100

Notes on Meridian Writing Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on the website - unfortunately, after 4 years of running their quarterly competition, the Meridian Writing Competition closed in 2013

Milton Keynes Speakeasy Short Story Competition UK October ? 2,100 £4 £125

Notes on Milton Keynes Speakeasy Competition: Any style / genre - CLOSED 2014

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MJ Meads Short Story Competition UK Varies Varies 2,500 FREE See notes Notes on MJ Meads Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for current details - winners published on website - prizes vary but are not cash - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2021 MKGNAO Prize for writing in an animal language UK 31st December 2016 1st February 2017 1,000 FREE £10 Notes on MKGNAO Competition: Any style or genre - winner published on Speaking Animal website - in addition to cash prize, winner also receives a voucher for butcher's shop or a vegan alternative - CLOSED, was a one-off contest Mo-Joe Story Competition UK August September 300 FREE See notes

Notes on Mo-Joe Competition: For children aged 4 to 11 years - write a story about Grandma Mo and Siamese Joe (see website for full details) - prize is a framed print of Grandma Mo and Siamese Joe and publication on the website - NO WINNER ANNOUNCED IN 2019, so removed listing 2020

Momaya Press Short Story Competition UK/USA April August 3,000 £11 / $15 £110 / $150

Notes on Momaya Press Competition: Any style / genre - themed, so check website for current theme - 3 winners, 7 runners up and some short listed entries published in the Momaya Press Review - CLOSED IN 2020, after running for 17 years

MONO SCARS International Short Story Competition UK 3rd December 2021 December 3,000 £6 £300 Notes on MONO Competition:Any style or genre but theme is scars - winning entry will be published in the April edition of MONO - CLOSED, was a one-off Multi Story Competition UK Bi-Monthly Bi-Monthly Varies £5 £300

Notes on Multi Story Competition: Any style / genre - length of entry varies, so check the website - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2016

My Daily Story Competition USA Bi-Monthly Bi-Monthly 3,000 $10 $50

Notes on My Daily Story Competition: Any style / genre - also accept non-fiction and will consider poetry and blog posts - entry fee includes full edit and critique of your story AND you can submit up to 3 stories for the 1 fee, so that's a really good offer! - winners published on the website - website disappeared in 2014

National Association of Writers' Group UK October December 2,000 £5 £250

Notes on National Association of Writers' Group Competition: Stories for adults - link also contains details of lots of other short story competitions - website disappeared in 2014

National Galleries of Scotland Inspired? Get Writing! Creative Writing Competition Scotland January April 1,000 FREE See notes

Notes on National Galleries of Scotland Competition: Any style / genre - write a poem or piece of prose inspired by one of the works in the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland - winners published in the Scotsman newspaper, runners-up and winners receive free entry into National Gallery of Scotland exhibitions and highly commended, runners-up and winners have work read at public reading and are all published in an anthology - CLOSED 2014

Needle in the Hay Writing Awards Australia Weekly / Monthly Weekly / Monthly 200 to 2,000 FREE See notes

Notes on Needle in the Hay Competitions: Any style / genre - LOADS of different competitions, run weekly and monthly all year round for different story lengths with varying prize amounts - best to check the website and see what is currently running - short listed stories published on the website and then a rotating panel of judges vote for winner - prizes vary from cash (up to A$400) to critiques - WEBSITE NOT UPDATED FOR MONTHS, so removed listing in 2020 update

New Writer Short Story Competition UK November March 3,000 £5 £300

Notes on New Writer Competition: Any style / genre (not children's) - winners published in the magazine - website disappeared in 2014

Nigeria Health Care Project 25th Anniversary Short Story Competition UK 30th June 2017 1st October 2017 3,000 £5 £100 Notes on Nigeria Health Care Competition: Any style or genre, but for 18 to 30 year olds only - all 15 shortlisted writers receive a free copy of Chibundu Onuzo's Welcome to Lagos - CLOSED, was a one-off Nine Voices 50 Word Story Competition UK 31st October 2016 November 2016 50 FREE £25 Notes on 9 Voices Competition: Any style or genre but based on a picture so check out the blog for full details - winners published on the website CLOSED, was a one-off but may run again Ninevoices' Short Story Competition UK 28th September 2019 December 2019 1,500 £5 £250

Notes on Ninevoices' Competition: Any style / genre but theme is 'summer' - entrants must have earned less than £300 from their fiction writing during 2018 - winner published on website - runner up prize £50 - CLOSED, was a one-off but may run again

Nine Voices Short Story Competition UK 31st May 2015 July 2015 2,000 £5 £100

Notes on Nine Voices Competition: Any style / genre - proceeds from the competition go to Polymyalgia Rheumatica & Giant Cell Arteritis charity CLOSED, was a one-off but may run again

Nottingham Short Story Competition UK April ? 2,500 £10 £1,000

Notes on Nottingham Short Story Competition: Any style / genre - 3 winners and 15 short listed stories published in anthology. 3 winners also receive critiques - website taken down in 2013

Nottingham Writers' Club Short Story Competition UK Varies Varies 2,000 £5 £200

Notes on Nottingham Writers' Club Competition: Themed, so check website for current theme - winners published on the NWC website - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing during 2021 update

Nouvelles Magazine Short Stories From Pere Lachaise France Tri-Annually Tri-Annually 2,000 €10 See notes

Notes on Pere Lachaise Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in English and French in Nouvelles Magazine - if enough entries are received, a book maybe published too - CLOSED 2016

Odd Voice Out 'Not So Normal Narrators' Competition UK 31st August 2019 October 2019 5,000 £4 £200 Notes on Odd Voice Out Competition: Any style / genre, but themed, so check website for full details - winners published in anthology - CLOSED, was a one-off Offside Stories Writing Competition UK 14th July 2014 2014 1,000 £8 £100

Notes on Offside Stories Competition: Themed around football - accept short stories, flash fiction, poetry and football chants as entries - you can enter 3 stories for the £8 fee - winners in each category receive a minimum prize of £100 - winners and shortlisted entrants published in anthology - CLOSED

Oh Zoe! Rising Talent Award UK March April 1,500 FREE £500 Notes on Oh Zoe! Award: Children's picture book (words only, not pictures) - winner receives cash prize plus a range of development courses and services - all winners and shortlisted entries offered the opportunity to have their book illustrated and published by Oh Zoe! - NO LONGER mentioned on website, so removed listing 2019 Omnestream Out of Frame Anthologies Competition USA 31st August 2017 Oct 7th 2017 4,000 $5 See notes Notes on Omnestream Competition: Suspense, horror, mystery and crime - no cash prize, but every submission receives feedback - winners published in the Out of Frame Anthologies CLOSED, was a one-off One Teen Story Short Story Contest NY, USA June ? 4,000 FREE $500

Notes on One Teen Story Competition: Any style / genre - winner published in One Teen Story magazine - in addition to the cash prize, the winner receives 25 copies of the magazine and a 28" x 20" poster of the OTS magazine's front cover - honourable mentions in 3 categories: 14-15, 16-17, and 18-19-year-olds - CLOSED 2014, but still accepting general submissions

Oriel Davies Open Writing Competition Wales November December 1,000 £3 £50 Notes on Oriel Davies Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for current details - prize paid as a voucher to be spent at the Oriel Davies Gallery - winners published on the website and read to an audience at an event in February - NO MENTION OF COMPETITION ON SITE ANYMORE, so removed listing 2017 Oval Magazine Short Story Competition USA Varies Varies 5,000 $2 $5

Notes on Oval Magazine Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on website and in magazine - magazine is published in October - CLOSED 2016

Oxford Festival of the Arts Stories: By & For Children UK 2nd May 2016 May 1,000 FREE See notes

Notes on Oxford Festival of Arts Competition: Any style or genre, but entries must be by or for children - winners invited to read their stories during an event at Oxford Festival of the Arts in June 2016 - CLOSED 2016

Palmnates Writing Prize South Africa Monthly Monthly 2,000 FREE $200 Notes on Palmnates Prize: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for full details - winners and minimum of 7 runners-up will be published in a Kindle anthology - WEBSITE disappeared during 2018 Pen & Ink Designs Spring Writing Competition UK May ? 4,000 £4 £25

Notes on Pen & Ink Designs Competition: Any style / genre - winner and 10 best entries published in a short story collection - CLOSED 2014 due to lack of entries

Petersfield Bookshop 'Ghosts in the Bookshop' Competition UK 30th November 2018 15th December 2018 See notes FREE £100 Notes on Petersfield Bookshop Competition: Ghost stories set in a bookshop - winning stories read at event - no word limit but stories must take less than 20 minutes to read aloud CLOSED, was a one-off Pink Pen Short Story Competition UK Quarterly Quarterly 2,000 £4.50 £100

Notes on Pink Pen Competition: Doesn't seem to be running anymore. Any style / genre - winners published on website and in ebook anthology - maximum of 100 entries, so competition might close early if 100 entries are received

Playboy Magazine College Fiction Contest USA February ? 5,000 $5*
$3,000

Notes on Playboy Contest: Any style / genre - entrants must be a college student over 18 years of age - no entry fee for Playboy subscribers - winner published in Playboy, 2nd prize $300, 3rd prize $150, 2nd and 3rd receive free subscription to Playboy for a year - CLOSED 2015

Playing Bingo Short Story Competition UK February March 3,000 FREE £300

Notes on the Bingo Competition: Any style / genre, but theme is about Bingo. Winners and short listed stories published on the site and in an anthology - CLOSED 2014

Play With Death Short Story Competition Vietnam 20th February 2015 March 2015 10,000 FREE $50

Notes on Play With Death Competition: Any style / genre, but must be REALLY scary - winners published in eBook

Plymouth Writers Group Open Writing Competition UK January ? 2,000 £5 £250

Notes on the PWG Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in anthology and on website - HASN'T RUN for a year, so removed from lists 2019

Poetic Republic Short Story Prize UK April ? 3,000 £12 £2,000

Notes on Poetic Republic Prize: Any style / genre - winners and shortlisted entries published in eBook - participants read each other's work and effectively judge the competition, see link for details - SITE NOT UPDATED SINCE 2015, so removed listing 2017

Portable Story Series Competition USA Tri-Annually Tri-Annually 4,500 $10 See notes

Notes on PSS Competition: Any style / genre - top prize is $250 or 75% of submission fees (whichever is greater) and winning story professionally recorded (valued at $5500) and made available on the website as a free download - each contest supports 3 charitable organisations - NOT RUN SINCE 2017, so removed listing 2019

Prarie Fire Press Short Fiction Contest Canada November ? 10,000 C$32 C$1,250

Notes on Prarie Fire Contest: Any style / genre - entry includes 1 year subscription to Prarie Fire magazine - winners published in the magazine and paid for publication - CLOSED THEIR CONTESTS IN 2019 :-(

Print Express Children’s Short Story Competition UK 31st March 2017 14th April 2017 500 FREE See notes Notes on Print Express Competition: Any style or genre - top prize is £50 in book tokens and £175 in book tokens for the winner's school - open to children between 5 and 13 (two age brackets - 5 to 9 and 10 to 13) - winners published on the website - this is a one-off competition - CLOSED, was a one-off Print Express Flash Fiction Competition UK 31st July 2016 5th August 2016 150 FREE £100*

Notes on Print Express Competition: Any style or genre - prize paid in Amazon vouchers - winner published on website - ONE-OFF CLOSED 2016

Print What Matters 'Write Christmas' Competition UK November December 200 FREE See notes Notes on Print What Matters Competition: Any style / genre but themed around Christmas - open to children aged between 4 and 11 - winner receives a stocking filled with £50 worth of goodies and winner's primary school receives £1,500 - top 50 entries published in an e-book - NOT RUN since 2016, so removed listing 2019 Prole Books Prolitzer Prize Short Story Comp UK October December 2,500 £4 £200

Notes on Prole Books Prolitzer Competition: Any style / genre (I think - guide says 'writing that is accessible to all while not sacrificing quality') - winner published on website and possible publication through Prole - CLOSED, not run since 2016 so removed from lists 2018

Reader's Digest 100-Word-Story Competition UK February March 100 FREE £1,000

Notes on Reader's Digest Competition: Any style / genre but entries must be exactly 100 words in length - the full details of this contest have been moved to a dedicated resource for very short story competitions - DISAPPEARED during 2018

Reader's Digest 100-Word-Story Competition UK February March 100 FREE See notes

Notes on Reader's Digest Competition: Any style / genre but entries must be exactly 100 words in length - 2 age groups: under 12s and 12-18 year olds - winner in each group wins a Samsung Galaxy S2 Tablet, a Samsung Gear S watch and money for their school - NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing 2019

Red Tuque Books Inc Short Story Competition Canada December March 5,000 C$15 C$500

Notes on Red Tuque Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in anthology - CLOSED 2017

Rejected Manuscripts Short Fiction Competition

Taiwan December January 1,500 FREE See notes Notes on Rejected Manuscripts Competition: Any style / genre but stories must have been previously rejected for publication - winners decided by website visitors - top voted manuscripts published in anthology, authors receive a share of profits - WEBSITE NOT UPDATED SINCE 2020, so removed listing during 2022 update Renay Allen's Woman vs. Muse Writing Competition Australia April May 2,500 A$10 A$100

Notes on Renay Allen's Competition: Any style / genre - themed, so check website for current theme - all proceeds go to charity MS Queensland - NOT RUN SINCE 2014

Rochdale Literature Festival Bite-sized Enlightenment UK 19th September 2015 October 2015 500 FREE See notes

Notes on Rochdale Literature Festival Competition: Any style / genre - winners get to perform their story alongside acclaimed flash fiction writer, David Gaffney CLOSED

Rosemary Goodacre Memorial Short Story Competition UK 31st March 2022 June 2022 1,500 £7.50 £150 Notes on Rosemary Goodacre Competition:Any style or genre but the theme is 'friendship' - the winning stories won't be published, so that writers have the opportunity to be published elsewhere - CLOSED, was a one-off Rubery Short Story Competition UK October ? 3,000 £7.50 £600

Notes on Rubery Competition: Any style / genre - winners and shortlisted stories published in an anthology - 2nd prize £150, 3rd prize £50 - STOPPED RUNNING 2015

Ruler's Wit Dark and Light Competition UK 31st July 2021 August 2021 3,000 FREE See notes Notes on Ruler's Wit Competition:Any style or subject, but themed around dark and light - prize is a free copy-edit (up to 5,000 words); a free session with a writing mentor; a free 500-word marketing/blog post; a free cover design - winners publication in an anthology published in paperback and eBook formats - CLOSED, was a one-off RWL Short Story Competition UK Quarterly Quarterly 10,000 FREE £100 Notes on RWL Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on website - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED in 2019 Ryedale Book Festival Short Story Competition UK Varies Varies 8,000 FREE £250 Notes on Ryedale Book Festival Competition: Any style / genre - ten winning stories published in print and ebook formats by Blackthorn Press - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing in 2020 update Sash Writing Competition UK 10th October 2014 Early 2015 3,000 FREE See notes

Notes on Sash Writing Competition: Any genre, but theme is 'Homeless' - prize is an Arvon 5 day residential writing course - entry is free, but donations to the charity running the competition would be welcomed - winners might be published in an anthology - CLOSED, was a one off

SaveAs Writers "The Bigger Picture - Reflections on the Great War" Writing Competition UK 23rd August 2014 October 2014 3,000 £3 £50

Notes on SaveAs Writers Competition: Themed around the first world war - winners published in pamphlet - CLOSED

Scare the Dickens Out of Us Short Story Contest TX, USA October December 5,000 $20 $1,000

Notes on Scare the Dickens Out of Us Competition: Ghost stories only - nice cash prizes and trophies, but no publication for winners - the competition is run as a fundraiser for the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas - sadly, this comp closed in 2013

Scriggler BNBS Crime Thriller Short Story Competition UK 31st January 2015 28th February 2015 7,500 FREE See notes

Notes on Scriggler Britain's Next Best Seller Competition: Crime thriller - 10 to 12 winning entries published in an anthology - no monetary prize - proceeds of anthology go to charity

SEAM Short Story Jam Competition USA Monthly Monthly no max stated FREE $100

Notes on SEAM Competition: Any style / genre - choice of themes, see website for more details - CLOSED 2015

Secant Publishing 'The Year’s Best Dog Stories'

USA 1st May 2021 21st June 2021 3,000 $10 $500 Notes on Secant Publishing Competition: Any style / genre but theme is communication between dogs and humans - winners published in an anthology by Secant Publishing, in coordination with contest sponsor The Greyhound-An Indie Bookstore, in Berlin, Maryland - CLOSED, was a one-off

Secret Attic Short Story Competition

UK Monthly Monthly 1,500 FREE £20 Notes on Secret Attic Competition: Any style / genre - prize paid as Amazon voucher - winning stories published in the Secret Attic Booklet and winners receive a free copy - CLOSED 2022 Segora Short Story Competition France June August 3,000 £8 £300

Notes on Segora Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on the Poetry Prose & Plays website and they publish an anthology every couple of years - they also run a variety of other writing competitions, so check the website for details - CLOSED 2022 after 15 years of running competitions

Selfpublishing.ie Winter Warmer Writing Competition Ireland December January 1,250 FREE See notes

Notes on Selfpublsihing.ie Competition: Any style / genre - themed, check website for current theme - winner receives a place at Listowel Writers’ Week Workshop, 2nd and 3rd place receive Amazon vouchers - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2016

Sentinel Literary Short Story Competition UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies

Notes on Sentinel Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in Sentinel Literary Magazine - their short story competition is currently under review, but the poetry competition they run is still operating - SHORT STORY COMP NO LONGER RUNNING, so removed listing in 2020 update

Severance Publications Writing Competitions UK Varies Varies Varies FREE £50

Notes on Severance Publications Competition: Any style / genre but each competition has a different theme, so check website for current details - winners published in anthologies - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2019

Shade of Loud Short Story Competition UK January March 1,500 £5 £250

Notes on Far From the Madding Crowd Competition: Any style / genre - themed, so check website for current theme - CLOSED 2014

Short Story Land Writing Contest USA Biannually Biannually 4,500 $19 $500 Notes on Short Story Land Contest: Any style / genre - multiple cash prizes - winners published on website and in an anthology by Myakka Press - CLOSED 2020 Short Story Project Competition Israel Varies Varies 2,500 $17 $5,000 Notes on Short Story Project Competition: Any style or genre but themed so check website for current details - runs 2 or 3 times a year, so entry times vary - winners published on website - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing from website during 2020 update Sleek City Press Winter Fiction Prize Canada 7th December 2021 15th January 2022 5,000 $7 See notes Notes on Sleek City Press Prize:Any style or subject, but prompt is 'double life' - top prize is full editorial mark-up plus co-piloting on up to 20,000 words of portfolio - cash prizes for second and third - CLOSED, was a one-off Slingink Short Story Competition UK Monthly Monthly 2,000 FREE £30

Notes on Slingink Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in Slingink Magazine - RETIRED LISTING 2022

NOTE: I received a message from one of my email list subscribers telling me the slingink email address had stopped working in July 2022. I tested it and my email bounced. I tried contacting Eva (who runs Slingink) via Twitter but the account does not accept messages. As there is no other way of contacting them, I have had to retire the listing.

Small but Mighty Writers Competition for 7 to 11 year olds UK Quarterly Quarterly 1,000 FREE See notes

Notes on Small but Mighty Writers Competition: Any style / genre but sometimes themed so check website for current details - entrants must be 7 to 11 years old - winner receives a bundle of writing goodies and is published on the website, along with runners up - NOT RUN since 2017, so deleted listing 2019

Small but Mighty Writers Competition for 12 to 15 year olds UK Quarterly Quarterly 1,500 FREE See notes

Notes on Small but Mighty Writers Competition: Any style / genre but sometimes themed so check website for current details - entrants must be 12 to 15 years old - winner receives a bundle of writing goodies and is published on the website, along with runners up - deadlines are 1st of January, April, July, October - results on 14th of each month - NOT RUN since 2017, so deleted listing 2019

Solopress Story Writing Contest UK Feb 2013 March 2013 no max see notes £500

Notes on Solopress Competition: Any style / genre - 500 word minimum, no maximum - the £500 prize is paid in Amazon vouchers, not cash - rather than an entry fee, you have to like them on Facebook, subscribe to their blog and link to their site from your blog (where you also have to publish your story) - CLOSED

Solution Loans Short Story Competition UK Biannually Biannually Varies FREE £200

Notes on Solution Loans Competition: Any style / genre, but themed, so check website for current details - winners published on the Solution Loans website - started off as an annual competition, but due to the success of the inaugural contest, is now running twice a year

When this competition launched, I received a few concerns on Twitter. Some writers were worried that Solution Loans were exploiting writers for free content. I wrote to Solution Loans about these concerns and received this response:

The idea to sponsor a Short Story competition actually came from one of our employees who is a keen writer, and regularly enters competitions in her spare time. We thought it was a great idea, so offered to support it.

Finance can be a pretty dull area so we’re always looking for new ideas and ways to link to our Solution Loans brand. It’s just a form of sponsorship really – a bit like Costa and Bailey’s sponsoring book awards!

Yes, there are prizes - £200 for the winner and 3 x £50 for runners up. Only the four winning entries will be published on the website, and if a writer has a concern about that then I’m sure we could have a separate discussion. There’s no question about us gaining free content. We already employ a number of freelance writers to produce our blog and social media posts.

Hopefully aspiring writers will see it as an opportunity to have their work recognised and published and win a cash prize.

Alex Silverman, Competition Co-Ordinator

I understand the concerns of the writers who queried the legitimacy of this contest. However, having worked in digital marketing, I also understand what Solution Loans are doing. I've done the same things for clients in the past. As the competition is legitimate, and Solution Loans were good enough to prepare the response above, I will be continuing to list the contest on my website. Winning writers receive cash prizes, so I don't believe they are being exploited - they are being paid for their stories.

I hope this resolves any concerns, but if not, please feel free to contact me

NOT RUN FOR A YEAR, so removed listing during 2020 update

Sophie King Prize UK January March 2,500 FREE See notes

Notes on The Sophie King Competition: Romantic fiction only - the winning story will be recorded professionally and broadcast via an audio player on the Sophie King website - the winner also receives a £50 voucher for an online shop called the Handpicked Collection and a silver plated jug - no longer running

Sons of Joy Short Story Competition USA Monthly Monthly 1,000 FREE $100

Notes on Sons of Joy Competition:Any style / genre - themed about food, check website for current theme - prize paid as Visa giftcard - winners published on the website - CLOSED

Southampton University Green Stories Competition UK 19th April 2018 June 2018 3,500 FREE £200 Notes on Southampton Uni Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for full details - winning stories published in anthology and distributed via organisations interested in sustainability CLOSED, was a one-off Southern Pacific Review Short Story Competition South America March April no max FREE $100

Notes on SPR's Competition: Any style / genre - entries accepted in English or Spanish - winning entries published in the Southern Pacific Review - CLOSED 2017 after 6 years of publication

SouthWestFest Annual Writing Competition UK June June 500 £3 £50

Notes on SouthWestFest Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for current theme - winners published on website, recorded for radio/podcast and included in a curated art exhibition at Abbey Centre, London - shortlisted entries will be invited to exhibit at the art exhibition and may be chosen for recording opportunities - also accept poetry and scripts - NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing 2017

Speakando European Literary Competition Italy May June 1,840 £10 Up to €1,000

Notes on Speakando Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for current theme - prize is dependent on number of entries, so might be less - winners published on website - NOT RUN SINCE 2015, so removed listing 2017

Spinetinglers Short Story Competition N Ireland Monthly Monthly 5,000 FREE £100

Notes on Spinetinglers Competition: Themed, so check website for current theme - 2nd prize £50, 3rd, 4th and 5th prizes of £25 - each monthly winner published in yearly anthology - NOT RUN SINCE 2015, so removed from site 2017

Stirling Health Food Store 'I Love Nature' Competition Scotland 4th October 2015 17th October 2015 See notes FREE See notes

Notes on Stirling Health Food Competition: Any style / genre - 3 age groups: 7 – 10 years old 500 words max; 11 – 14 years old 750 words max; 15 – 18 years old 1,000 words max - winners receive an animal themed prize that supports the RSPB and the SSPCA CLOSED, was a one-off

Stirling Robyns Publishing Short Story Competition UK/USA Quarterly Quarterly 5,000 $3 $100 Notes on Stirling Robyns Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in anthology and on website - winner also receives a free reading of their novel/novella/poetry chapbook - not run since 2017, so removed listing 2019 Storgy Short Story Competition UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies

Notes on Storgy Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on the website and in the Storgy Competition Anthology - prizes vary but have been up to £1,000 in the past - CONTEST NOT RUN FOR YEARS, so removed listing during 2022 update

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Storgy's 'Shallow Creek' Competition UK 31st August 2018 September 5,000 £10 £500 Notes on Shallow Creek: Prompt competition - entrants emailed a character, location (within Shallow Creek) and item that needs to be used in story, see link for full details - winners published in Shallow Creek Anthology - CLOSED, was a one-off
Story Planner Monthly Writing Competition UK Monthly Monthly 1,000 FREE See notes

Notes on Story Planner Competition: Any style / genre but for a novel or short story outline or summary - winners receive writing books and free subscription to the site - CLOSED MAY 2016

Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize UK 14th June 2019 Summer 2019 2,500 £1 See notes Notes on Streetcake Prize: Any style or subject - two age bands (18-21 and 22-26) - winners receive personalised mentoring sessions - other prizes include personalised feedback and book bundles - winners published online and in a hardcopy anthology - also accept poems - CLOSED, was a one-off Stringybark Dog Eat Dog Short Story Award Australia 16th July 2017 26th September 2017 1,500 $12 $450 Notes on Stringybark Award: Any style or genre, but inspired by cliches, so check website for full details - winners published in anthology - CLOSED, was a one-off Stringybark Stories Seven Deadly Sins Short Story Award Australia 23rd April 2017 11th July 2017 1,500 $12 $450 Notes on Stringybark Award: Any style or genre but themed around the 7 deadly sins - winners and highly commended stories published - Notes on Stringybark Award: Any style or genre but themed around the 7 deadly sins - winners and highly commended stories published - CLOSED 2017, was a one-off Subtopian Magazine Short Story Competition USA May 30th 2014 ? 1,000 $10 $100

Notes on Subtopian Competition: Any style / genre, but stories must be written in the first person and be on the topic of a Dystopian future - 20 winning stories published in anthology and performed live on stage in Portland - winners will receive a digital copy of the performance - if successful, this will become a regular short story competition CLOSED

Swansea & District Writers' Circle Short Story Competition Wales Varies Varies 2,500 £6 £150

Notes on Swansea & District Writers' Circle Competition: Any style or genre but themed, so check website for current details - winners published in eAnthology - top prize includes 1 year’s free membership of Swansea Writers’ Circle - NO MENTION OF COMPETITION ON WEBSITE, so removed listing 2017

Swanezine Short Story Competition UK August September 1,000 FREE £30

Notes on Swazine Competition: Any style or genre - UK residents only, 2 entries per author. This is a new competition, launched in 2012. Shortlisted stories will be published on the website - CLOSED 2014

Swansea Writers WW1 Short Story Competition Wales 16th June 2014 July 2014 2,500 £5 £100

Notes on Swansea Writers WW1 Competition: Stories must be about the first world war - winners published in an anthology CLOSED

Sweek's Writing Competitions Holland Varies Varies Varies FREE Varies Notes on Sweek's Competition: Any style / genre - Sweek run a wide variety of regular writing competitions, so it's best to check the website to see what's currently running - ONLY RUN FLASH FICTION NOW, so moved listing to flash comps page Sweek's Write Your 2017 Competition Holland 31st January 2017 9th February 2017 No max FREE See notes Notes on Sweek's Competition: Any style or genre - winners receive Samsung Galaxy Tab and various plus multiple giftcards up to $75 in value - winners published on website - CLOSED, was a one-off Swift Satire Festival Battle of the Books Competition Ireland July July 1,000 €5 €500

Notes on Swazine Competition: Any style or genre but themed, so check website for current theme (humour is not essential, but will probably help!) - winners maybe published - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2016

Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre 'The Page Is Printed' Creative Writing Competition UK Varies Varies 1 side of A4 £5 £100

Notes on Tacchi-Morris Competition: Any style or genre - see the 'what's on' section of the website - short stories, poetry, or any type of creative writing but entries must be no longer than 1 side of A4 - entry fee includes a ticket to the evening event - lots of cash prizes in addition to winner - NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing in 2021 update

Talent River Shortz Competition UK September ? 5,000 FREE See notes

Notes on Talent River Competition: Any style or genre - winner receives a £250 Amazon voucher - winner selected by public vote - winners published on website - look in the 'About' section of the website under 'Writing' to find the details - SITE ABANDONED 2014

Tales of Eltham Short Story Competition UK 21st February 2014 23rd April 2014 300 FREE £15

Notes on Tales of Eltham Competition: Any style / genre but stories must be set in Eltham, London SE9, UK - winners published on the website CLOSED

Tamworth Literary Festival's Annual Writing Competition UK Varies Varies 1,500 £4 £100 Notes on Tamworth Lit Fest Competition: Any style or genre - winners published in anthology - NOT RUN SINCE 2020, so removed listing during 2022 update Tarbert Book Festival Writing Competition Scotland 30th June 2016 October 500 £5 See notes

Notes on Tarbert Book Festival Competition: Any style or genre, but theme is 'West Coast Wonders' - top prize is a week's course at Moniack Mhor - all shortlisted entrants receive a critique and a festival pass - may become an annual competition in the future - ONE-OFF CLOSED 2016

Tartan Treasures ‘Dear Diary’ competition Scotland 20th February 2015 ? See notes FREE See notes

Notes on Tartan Treasures Competition: Themed, see website for details - 2 categories; under 16's, max words 400, prize Kindle Fire HD Tablet; over 16's, max words 800, prize Dinner and B&B for 2 at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel

Theatre Cloud 'Tell A Tale' Competition UK 19th November 2016 24th November 2016 500 FREE £300 Notes on Theatre Cloud Competition: Any style or genre but themed so check website for details - all shortlisted stories performed by an actor, recorded and made available online - CLOSED, was a one-off competition The Bedford Competition's Rainbow Short Story Prize UK 31st October 2020 December 2020 3,000 £6 £500 Notes on The Bedford Competition's Rainbow Prize: Any style / genre but for writers aged 70+ years - all proceeds donated to charities helping COVID-19 victims - winning stories published in paperback and Kindle formats - CLOSED, was a one-off The Blend Future Visions Award Australia Varies Varies 7,000 Varies $500 Notes on The Blend Award: Any style or genre - winner published in The Blend journal - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2020 The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize Ireland September December 1,500 €12 €1,000 Notes on Caterpillar Prize: Any style / genre but story must be written by an adult for children aged 7-11 - winners published by The Caterpillar - they sometimes run a poetry prize instead of short story prize - HASN'T RUN SINCE 2019, so removed listing during 2022 update The Cult Of Me Short Fiction Contest Iceland Monthly Monthly 500 FREE £50

Notes on The Cult Of Me Contest: Any style / genre but inspired by a different image each month, so check website for current picture - prizes paid via PayPal or as an Amazon voucher - winners published on the website - CLOSED MAY 2016

The Once and Future Moon Anthology from Eibonvale Press

UK 30th April 2019 Summer 5,000 FREE £10 Notes on The Once and Future Moon Anthology: Award-winning editor Allen Ashley says: "I am pleased to announce that I am editing a brand new fiction anthology called The Once and Future Moon for Eibonvale Press. I am looking for unpublished science fiction and science fantasy stories involving the Moon. Must relate to Luna – not Jovian moons, Martian moons, etc. Sorry, no flash and no poetry." - CLOSED, was a one-off The Maine Review Writing Contest ME, USA September November 1,500 $10 $150

Notes on The Maine Review Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in The Maine Review and all submissions also considered for publication - COMPETITION NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing 2017

The Missing Slate New Voices Fiction Writing Competition 2014 Pakistan 1st July 2014 August 2014 10,000 $10 $150

Notes on Missing Slate Competition: Any style / genre - winner and runners up published in print anthology - if enough people enter, the prize money will increase - although the magazine originated in Pakistan, the editorial staff are sprawled across five continents and have published poetry and fiction from over 50 countries including work from Pulitzer winner (and Booker Prize 2013 shortlisted writer) Jhumpa Lahiri, Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Mohsin Hamid, Moniza Alvi, Kamila Shamsie, Anis Shivani, Luke Kennard, S.J. Fowler, Jeet Thayil, Sidin Vadukut, Tishani Doshi, Shikha Malaviya, Anuradha Roy, Ravi Shankar, among others CLOSED

The Monkey Collective's Monkey Collection UK Quarterly Quarterly 5,000 FREE See notes Notes on The Monkey Collective Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in short story collection and get a royalty on sales - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2019

The Print Express Haiku Competition

UK 31st October 2016 4th November 2016 N/A FREE See notes

Notes on Print Express Competition: Family friendly haikus - top prize is £100 Amazon voucher - CLOSED, was a one-off competition

The Red Line Short Story Competition UK Bi-Monthly Bi-Monthly 3,500 FREE £50 Notes on The Red Line Competition: Any style / genre - themed, so check the website for the current theme - winners and short listed entries published on the website CLOSED 2016 The Short Story Competition UK September December 5,000 £8 £500

Notes on The Short Story Competition: Any style / genre except sci-fi, fantasy or stories for children - winner published on the website - NOT RUN SINCE 2019, so removed listing during 2022 update

The Squat Pen Rests Short Story Writing Competition UK Quarterly (ish) See notes 2,000 £3 £50 Notes on The Squat Pen Rests Competition: Any style / genre but each competition has prompt, so check website for current details - shortlisted writers read at live short story performance event held in Swindon, UK, where the winner is selected by the audience - in addition to cash, winner receives a mug emblazoned with ‘Writing Champion of the World’ (or similar) - all finalists' stories published on the competition website and receive a runners-up mug - not run since Jan 2018 so removed listing 2019 The Steyning Festival Short Story Prize 2018 UK 11th March 2018 May 2018 2,500 £5 £200 Notes on Steyning Festival Prize: Any style / genre - entrants must live or have lived in East or West Sussex - winners published on West Sussex Writers website - trophy awarded to winner - CLOSED, was a one-off The Trafalgar Way Short Story Contest UK 6th November 2018 January 2019 See notes FREE £500 Notes on Trafalgar Way Contest : Any style or genre but themed, so check website for full details - 3 age categories: ages 7-11, 500 words, top prize £100; ages 12-16, 1,000 words, top prize £250; ages 17-21, 2,500 words, top prize £500 - prize presentations take place on HMS Victory - winners published in book - CLOSED, was a one-off The Woolf Short Story Competition Switzerland December February 2,000 20 CHF 150 CHF

Notes on The Woolf Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for current details - 3 winning entries win a cash prize and publication in The Woolf- sometimes run a poetry competition instead of short story - NOT RUN SINCE 2017, so removed listing 2019

The World's Greatest Writing Competition Australia 9th November 2013 10th November 2013 no max stated FREE See notes

Notes on TWGWC Competition: Any style / genre - re the prize, I'm told all entrants will be able to gain some benefit either in the form of financialbenefit and/or exposure to TWGWC's global audience - may become a regular comp - CLOSED

The Woven TalePress Hampton’s Competition USA Varies Varies Varies Varies See notes Notes on The Woven Tale Press Competition: Any style / genre - top prize is a retreat in the Hamptons, NY - top 3 stories published in print and eBook - runs every year, but one year is short story, the next poetry (2020 poetry, 2021 short story etc.) - COMPETITION NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing in 2021 update The Write Place UK August ? 1,500 £4.50 £100

Notes on The Write Place Competition: Any style / genre - winning stories published on website

The Writing Competition UK Quarterly Quarterly 500 £4 £100

Notes on The Writing Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on the website - website disappeared 2015

The Writing District Competition

USA Monthly Monthly 3,000 FREE $50 Notes on The Writing District Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on website - NOT RUN FOR OVER 6 MONTHS, so removed listing during 2020 update The Writing World Short Story Competition UK See notes See notes 3,000 £5 £100 Notes on The Writing World Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for current details - runs every month for a 6 month period between October and March - winners published in eBook anthology - Doesn't seem to be running anymore, so removed listing 2019 Thinkerbeat 'Shorties' Writing Competition USA Quarterly Quarterly 3,000 $4 $125

Notes on Thinkerbeat Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in anthology at the end of the year - entry includes a free copy of the previous year's anthology - 2nd prize $50; 3rd prize $25 - if enough people enter, prizes will be given to runners up CLOSED 2016

This Very Breath Flash Fiction Competition USA see notes see notes 750 $3 $50

Notes on This Very Breath Competition: Any style or genre - competition closes after 100 entries have been received - winners published in This Very Breath Journal - may become regular if first one is a success - Website disappeared 2016

Those That Breathe Environmental Writing Competition UK Monthly during 2021 Monthly during 2021 Varies £4 See notes Notes on Those That Breathe Competition:Any style or subject, but themed so check website for details - the competition is open from the 1st until the 25th of each month during 2021 - proceeds from entry fees are donated to charities that are trying to make a difference to climate change - winners published on website and in anthology in 2022 - open to short stories, flash fiction, non-fiction and poetry - CLOSED, was a one-off

ThresholdsInternational Short StoryForum

UK February April 2,000 ? £250

Notes on Thresholds Competition: Any style / genre - CLOSED

Tenby Arts Festival Wales July September 1,500 £4 £150

Notes on Tenby Arts Festival Competition: Any style / genre - NO MENTION OF COMPETITION ON WEBSITE ANYMORE, so removed listing 2017

Totally 4 Women Short Story Competition UK Monthly Monthly Varies FREE Varies

Notes on T4S Competition: Any style / genre - themed, so check website for current theme - men and women are welcome to enter - winners published on the website - WEBSITE NOW REDIRECTS TO HENPICKED.NET (??)

Tryon Arts & Crafts School 'The Apparitionist' National Ghost Story Competition USA August October 5,500 $10 $200 Notes on Tryon Arts & Crafts Competition: Ghost stories - winners published on website and their stories will be performed at the Black and White Gallery Show on Halloween - open to US residents only - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing 2020 TU Dublin Short Story Competition Ireland August October 2,000 FREE €500 Notes on TU Dublin Competition: Any style or genre - winners published in an anthology - run by the Library, TU Dublin Tallaght Campus, in conjunction with South Dublin County Council and the Red Line Book Festival - the link takes you to the festival website and you need to look in the news section of the homepage to find details of the competition - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing during 2022 update Twist & Twain Short Story Contest India August Varies 4,000 Rs 499 / $9 Rs 25,000 (approx £280 / $350) Notes on Twist & Twain Contest: Any style / genre - entry for Indian residents is Rs 499, for international entries it is $9 - judged by international authors from US, India and more - winners published in Twist & Twain - generous prizes for runners up - CLOSED 2021

UK Short Story Competition

UK August October 2,500 £12 £1,000

Notes on UK Short Story Competition: Any style / genre except children's or erotica - 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £250, 27 x runner-up prizes £50 - top 30 stories published in a book which has 10,000 copies distributed throughout the UK - CLOSED, website disappeared 2017

Umm Kulthum Short Story Competition Egypt 1st January 2015 ? 2,000 FREE See notes

Notes on Umm Kulthum Competition: Any style or genre - winners published in a book - entries in Arabic only - CLOSED, was a one-off

Under the Hood 'Hooded Monster' Contest USA 31st August 2020 30th September 2020 10,000 FREE $100 Notes on Under the Hood Contest: For stories about facing down a monster and overcoming it - winners published on website and reviewed on YouTube - for US residents only - CLOSED, was a one-off University College London 'Changing The Human Brain' Writing Competition UK 15th September 2013 ? 1,500 FREE ?

Notes on UCL Competition: Themed: the brain - more details to follow - CLOSED

Valentine's Day Ideas Romantic Story Contest USA February ? 3,000 FREE $1,000

Notes on Valentine's Day Ideas Competition: Romance and love stories - 9 runner's up prizes - winning stories published on the website and in an eBook - NO LONGER RUNNING

Vanda 'n' Linda's Write Space Short Story Competition UK Bi-Annually Bi-Annually 2,000 £6 £250 Notes on Write Space Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on website - they also run other free contests throughout the year, so best to check website for current details - CLOSED 2018 Waiheke Island Literary Festival The Collinson’s Short Story Competition New Zealand September November 2,000 NZ$20 See notes

Notes on Waiheke Island Literary Festival Collinson’s Competition: Themed, so check website for current details - the top prize (worth NZ$475) is a place on a creative writing course by The Creative Hub, Auckland’s waterfront writing centre, either in class or online - NOT RUN SINCE 2015, so removed listing 2017

Wakefield District Sight Aid Short Story Competition UK 31st August 2016 27th September 2016 2,000 £5 £100 Notes on Wakefield District Sight Aid Competition: Any style or genre - winning stories published on website - any money raised from the competition will be used to help visually impaired people - CLOSED Wanderway Short Story Travel Writer's Competition USA / Malta December January 5,000 FREE See notes Notes on Wanderway Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for current details - prize is a 'travel essentials package' which consists of lots of travel kit donated by outdoor gear companies - if they wish to, the winner can sell their story for publication on the Wanderway website - NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing Jan 2018 Webook Writing Competition UK Varie Varies Varies Varies Varies

Notes on Webook Competition: Themes, lengths, styles, genres and prizes vary - check website for current requirements - CLOSED, now a novel competition, so see novel comps lists for details, might reopen short story contest in future, will update if that happens

West Country Writers' Association Short Story Competition UK December ? 1,200 £5 £50

Notes WCWA Competition: Any style / genre - entrants must have had no more than 2 short stories professionally published, or read on the radio - the winning story will be published on the WCWA website - CLOSED

Westgate Literary Festival Competition UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies Notes on Westgate Literary Festival Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in a festival anthology - often have different age categories - WEBSITE HASN'T BEEN UPDATED FOR 2 YEARS, so removed listing during 2021 update West Sussex Writers National Short Story Competition UK March July 3,000 £5 £250

Notes West Sussex Writers Competition: Any style / genre (not children's) - NOT RUN SINCE 2015, so removed listing 2017

WGM Atlantic Young Writers' Short Story Competition UK 20th June 2020 15th July 2020 See notes FREE £75 Notes on WGM Atlantic Competition: Any style / genre but themed around favourite animals - for children aged between 5 and 12 - 2 categories: 5-8 (500 word limit) and 9-12 (750 word limit) - CLOSED, was a one-off Willesden Herald Short Story Competition UK August ? 7,500 £5 See notes

Notes Willesden Herald Competition: Any style / genre - winner receives the Willesden Herald Mug and a bottle of champagne - after 150 entries have been received, all fees go into a prize fund that will be divided among the ten winning authors - winners published in an anthology - NOT RUN since 2017, so removed listing 2019

Willesden Herald Short Story Competition UK December ? 7,500 £3 £300

Notes on Willesden Herald Competition: Any style / genre - the ten short-listed stories will be published in "New Short Stories #" - an anthology by Pretend Genius Press - CLOSED 2014 and REOPENED 2016, so see lists above

Wimbledon Bookfest Young Writers' Competition UK April ? 500 FREE iPad

Notes on Wimbledon Bookfest Competition: Themed, so check website for current details - winners published in 'Bookfest Book of Stories' anthology - various categories for different age groups - NOT RUN since 2017, so removed listing 2019

Winchester Writers' Festival Short Story Competition UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies

Notes on Winchester Writers' Competitions: Style and genre vary - Winchester Writers', associated with the University of Winchester, run 10 (yep, you read that right - ten) different writing contests - check the website for full details - did not run in 2019, planning to run again in 2020 - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing during 2021 update

Winning Writers Sports Fiction & Essay Contest MA, USA May ? 6,000 $15 $1,000

Notes on Winning Writers Competition: Any style / genre, but must have a sporting theme - winners published on the Winning Writers website - CLOSED 2014

Wise Writer Award Short Story Contest Brazil June July 2,500 $13 $2,000 Notes on WWA Award: Any style / genre - winners published on website - during 2020 update I noticed that no winners have been announced in 2019, even though that was promised back in November, so have emailed them to see what is going on and removed listing until I hear back from them Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize Australia October November 2,500 $15 A$1000 Notes on Wollongong Writers Prize: Any style / genre, but themed, so check website for current details - winner published in Mascara Literary Review - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2021 Word Hut Short Story Competition UK Quarterly Quarterly 1,000 £4 £70

Notes on Word Hut Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on the Word Hut website - also see the meet the writer and writers' showcase sections of the website as these can offer great exposure to new authors (I've been published by Word Hut, you can read more about the competition here) - CLOSED 2016

Word Periscope's Wordsmiths Competition UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies Notes on Word Periscope Competition: Any style / genre but check website for current theme - top prize has been up to £1,500 in the past - winners published online - CLOSED 2021, they now run a flash fiction competition instead called 'The Periscope Prize' on a new website Words & Women ‘About’ Writing Commission UK 26th September 2014 ? See notes £12 See notes

Notes on Words & Women Competition: Any style or genre, but only open to women living in East England - story must explore the life of women and their relationship to place in East England - prize is worth £950 - £1,400, paying authors to write and be mentored by Words & Women - writers submit a proposal, a CV and a writing sample, best to check website for more details - CLOSED

Words & Women Short Prose Competition UK November January 2,200 £10 See notes

Notes on Words & Women Competition: Any style / genre - 2 categories; 1st is women living or working in East England with a top prize of £600; 2nd is for women living in the UK aged over 40 and has a top prize of £1,000 - winners and shortlisted entries published in an anthology, published in partnership with Unthank Books in Norwich - currently on a break, but hoping to get funding to continue - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing in 2020

Words Alike 'Écrire' Competition Australia April Varies 10,000 FREE $30 Notes on Words Alike Competition: Any style / genre but check website for current theme - winning stories published as PDF ebook - NOT RUN SINCE 2020, so removed listing during 2022 update Words for the Wounded UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies

Notes on W4W Competition: Any style / genre - their writing competitions vary every year, so check the website for current details - CLOSED 2021

Words Just Words Science Fiction Short Story Competition UK May July 3,500 £3.50 £50

Notes on Words Just Words Competition: Science Fiction - winners published in printed anthology - CLOSED 2013

Words Mag Short Story Competition UK Bi-Annually Bi-Annually 2,000 Varies Varies

Notes on Words Mag Competition: Any style / genre - all winning and commended short stories are published in Words Magazine and online anthologies - entry fee varies, but is often free - prizes up to £75 - WEBSITE HACKED, so removed listing 2020

Words on the Waves WOW! Award Ireland November February 3,000 €15 €750

Notes on WOW! Competition: Any style / genre - winners published in WOW! anthology - Words on the Waves is affiliated with Words on the Street publishers - LAST RUN 2015, so removed listing 2017

Words with Jam Short Story Competition UK November February 2,500 £6 £500

Notes on Words with Jam Competition: Any style / genre - run by Triskele Books - they also run other writing competitions, so check the website for full details - NOT RUN SINCE 2017, so removed listing in 2020 update

World City Stories Short Story Competition

Ireland

30th Sept 2015

Oct 2015

3,500

FREE

€100

Notes on WCS Competition: Any style / genre, but story must be set in a city - winners published on the website - this competition may become a regular comp depending on popularity - CURRENTLY CLOSED Worlds Adrift Creative Writing Contest - See Your Work In-Game UK 9th February 2016 ? 500 FREE See notes Notes on Worlds Adrift Contest: Any style / genre - winner's work will feature in the game 'Worlds Adrift' as a piece of discoverable lore - ONE-OFF, CLOSED 2016 Write a Story for Children UK March May 2,000 £3 £2,000

Notes on Write a Story for Children Competition: Children's - CLOSED 2015

Writers Fest Writing Contest Canada Varies Varies 1,500 Varies Varies

Notes on Vancouver Writers Fest Competition: Any style / genre - sometimes for adults, sometimes for younger writers - prizes up $300 - check website for current details - COMPETITION NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing 2022

Writer's Notebook Short Story Competition UK Monthly Monthly 1,500 FREE See notes

Notes on Writer's Notebook Competition: Themed, check website for current theme - winners published in an anthology at the end of the year - CLOSED, website has not been updated since 2015 so removed from lists

Writers' Reign UK May July 1,500 £3.50 £100

Notes on Writers' Reign Competition: Themed, so check their website for current theme - winning stories published on Writers' Reign website - 2 entries for £6 - NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing Jan 2018

Writers Type Short Story Competition USA Monthly Monthly 6,000 $10 $25

Notes on Writers Type Competition: Any style / genre - prize awarded as an electronic gift card - each monthly winner and runner up is automatically entered into the yearly part of the competition which has a prize of a $225 gift card - winners published on the website - they also run a 'flash fiction' and 'first chapter' competition, check the website for more details - CLOSED 2016

Writers' Village UK Bi-Annually Bi-Annually 3,000 £15 £1,000 Notes on Writers' Village Competition: Any style / genre - all entries receive critique or tips on how to improve their writing, so you get feedback from the judges which is excellent - 2nd prize now £500, third prize of £250 and there are 15 runner up prizes of £50 - winners and runners up published on the website (I have been published through this competition - read more about it here) - Suspended in 2016 but might come back Writers' Village UK Bi-Annually Bi-Annually 3,000 £15 £1,000 Notes on Writers' Village Competition: Any style / genre - this competition is run bi-annually, so for more details see the Writers' Village listing in the regular competitions list (I have been published through this competition - read more about it here) - Suspended in 2016 but might come back Writer's Workout Writer's Games Competition USA April June Varies FREE See notes

Notes on Writer's Games Competition: Any style / genre, but themed, so check website for current prompts - winner receives free social media consultation ($75 value), free copy of Games Anthology and an interview on Writer’s Workout website - all entrants receive critiques - winners are published in the Games Anthology, all proceeds go to charity - WEBSITE NOT UPDATED FOR OVER A YEAR, so removed from lists Jan 2018

WriterWriter's International Short Story Competition UK Quarterly Quarterly 7,500 $4 $75

Notes on WriterWriter's Competition: Alternates genres between sci-fi, fantasy, and horror so check website for current details - winner author interview published on personalised author page on website - winners published on our website - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED IN 2019, so removed listing in 2020 update

Writing Magazine 'Iceland Writers' Retreat Northern Lights Competition' England / Iceland

3rd January 2016

February 2016

500 FREE See notes Notes on Iceland Writers' Competition: Any style / genre - winners receive a writing retreat in Iceland with all flights and accommodation paid for, worth £1,500 - flights only available from UK airports - ONE-OFF COMPETITION, CLOSED 2016 Writing Times Children's Writing Competition UK Quarterly Quarterly 1,500 FREE A book

Notes on Writing Times Children's Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for current details - prize is any book up to £10 in value - winners published in the Writing Times - also a prize for drawing - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED, so removed from lists Jan 2018

Writing Times Short Story Writing Competition UK December March 7,000 £3 £50

Notes on Writing Times Competition: Any style / genre but check website for current theme - winner published in the Writing Times along with a feature about the author - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED, so removed listing Jan 2018

Writing Times Senior's Writing Competition UK Quarterly Quarterly 1,500 £1.50 A book

Notes on Writing Times Senior's Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for current details - prize is any book up to £10 in value - winners published in the Writing Times - CLOSED, website disappeared 2017

(Video) Story Telling Competition for class1/class2/class3 in english | Short Moral Story for Kids/Children

Writing Writers Christmas Chaos UK December January 2,500 £3 £100 Notes on Writing Writers Competition: Any style / genre but themed around Christmas - winner published on website - CANCELLED because judge pulled out Wundor Short Fiction Contest UK February March 45,000 £10 £500 Notes on Wundor Editions Competition: Any style / genre - 5,000 words minimum, 45,000 words maximum - novellas and collections of short stories also considered - winners published on website and strongly considered for publication in print - BECAME PHOTO COMPETITION, removed listing Jan 2018 XPRIZE Sci-Fi Anthology Short Story Contest USA 25th August 2017 29th September 2017 4,000 FREE See notes Notes on XPRIZE Contest: Sci-fi - winning stories published on website - winner receives all-expense paid trip for two worth $10,000 which includes flights, hotels, $1,500 spending money and more, so see website for full details CLOSED, was a one-off Year of Listening Competition Scotland 28th October 2016 11th November 2016 500 FREE See notes Notes on Year of Listening Competition: Any style or genre but themed around 'What does listening mean to you?' - top prize is an MP3 player - winner is published on the website and in printed publications - CLOSED Yoga Tribe Short Story Competition Austria March April 8,000 € 15 €500

Notes on Yoga Tribe Competition: Any style / genre, but themed around yoga - prize is either cash or a yoga teacher training scholarship - CLOSED 2015

Youth 4 Tomorrow Horror Writing Contest Portugal 31st December 2014 January 2015 5,000 FREE See notes

Notes on Youth 4 Tomorrow Competition: Horror - open to people aged up to 35 living in Portugal - you can submit in English or Portuguese - winners receive an award and are published in English and Portuguese in a digital anthology - CLOSED, was a one-off

YSCI-FI Cyberpunk Short Story Competition UK 31st October 2017 1st December 2017 7,500 FREE $150 Notes on YSCI-FI Competition: Sci-Fi subgenre Cyberpunk - winner receives cash and custom artwork for their story - CLOSED, was a one-off

FAQs

What is the most prestigious short story contest? ›

The Writer's Digest Short Story Contest is one of the most prestigious competitions for unpublished short fiction in the world. Each year, we receive more than 7,000 entries from writers across the globe who are seeking to be published by Writer's Digest Books.

What are the best writing competitions to enter? ›

Writing Contests For You to Enter!
  • Young Lions Fiction Award.
  • 53 Word Story Contest.
  • W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction.
  • The Gabo Prize.
  • Willie Morris Awards for Southern Poetry & Fiction.
  • Pen/Heim Translation Fund Grants.
  • Newfound Prose Prize.
  • Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest.

What writing competitions are there? ›

Competitions and Events
  • Exisle Academy Short Story Competition 2022. ...
  • Anthology Magazine Short Story Award. ...
  • Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction. ...
  • Grindstone International Novel Prize. ...
  • EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2022. ...
  • The Bedford Competition – Short Story and Poetry Competition. ...
  • Anthology Magazine Poetry Award.

Where can I submit my short story? ›

Where to Publish Short Stories: Legitimate First Publications
  • Apparition Lit. Apparition Lit is a themed quarterly journal. ...
  • LampLight Magazine. LampLight Magazine is a quarterly journal of dark fiction and horror. ...
  • SmokeLong Quarterly. ...
  • Write City Magazine. ...
  • Genuine Gold. ...
  • Dark Magazine. ...
  • Typishly. ...
  • SAND Journal.
Aug 11, 2020

Are writing contests worth entering? ›

They give you experience. They help you hone your craft. They teach you to meet deadlines and pay attention to guidelines. It's worth your time and a few dollars to try a few.

How do you win a short story competition? ›

How to Win a Short Story Competition
  1. Write something unique. ...
  2. Follow the rules. ...
  3. Show don't tell. ...
  4. Keep a consistent perspective (point of view). ...
  5. A good story is better than perfect grammar.
Feb 5, 2016

How many pages is a short story? ›

At around 10 to 25 pages, that makes short stories much shorter than novels, with only a few approaching novella length.

What makes a good short story? ›

They need to be coherent, grammatically correct, and have proper spelling. And, no matter the length, they need to tell a story. That means they both need to have these elements: inciting incident, rising action (progressive complications), climax, and falling action.

How can I make money writing? ›

How to Make Money Writing
  1. Guest Post on High-Paying Publications and Magazines. ...
  2. Become a Copywriter. ...
  3. Do Freelance Content Writing for Businesses. ...
  4. Ghostwrite Stories. ...
  5. Get Paid to Write on Medium. ...
  6. Self-Publish on Kindle. ...
  7. Blog and Make Money through Affiliate Marketing. ...
  8. Find Paid Writing Internships.
Aug 24, 2021

Where can I submit short stories for money UK? ›

7 UK publications that will pay for your fiction
  • Ambit.
  • Gutter.
  • Mslexia.
  • New Welsh Review.
  • The People's Friend.
  • Shooter Literary Magazine.
  • Shoreline of Infinity.
Mar 23, 2020

Where can I submit a short story UK? ›

Short Story Magazines UK
MagazineCountrySubmissions Address
Shoreline of InfinityUKonline submissions only - see link
Short Fiction Literary JournalUKemail submissions only
StorgyUKonline submissions only - see link
Structo Literary MagazineUKonline submissions only - see link
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Is it hard to get a short story published? ›

Getting a short story published is surprisingly not that difficult—as long as you have a good story and put some effort into your submission process. Even mediocre stories have a decent chance of getting published with the right submission strategy.

How many words is a short story? ›

The average short story should run anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 words, but they can be anything above 1,000 words. Flash fiction is a short story that is 500 words or less.

Is write the world free? ›

Sign up for a free account on Write the World as a young writer. Respond to our prompts and/or enter our monthly writing competitions—any prompt response or competition entry will be automatically considered for publication.

What are the 5 types of writing? ›

Learn about the major writing styles: narrative, descriptive, persuasive, expository, and creative, and read examples of each.

Can you submit the same short story to different contests? ›

A: Unless the contest guidelines specifically state that you can't, you can submit away. There's no need to notify contest officials if your piece has been selected by more than one.

Which is the highest literary award of the world? ›

The Booker Prize for Fiction promotes the finest in literary fiction by rewarding the very best novel of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.

What judges look for in a short story? ›

Short Story Contest Judging Guidelines
  • Characterization. Does the author create believable, memorable characters with the uniqueness, complexity, and individuality of real people? ...
  • Plot. ...
  • Theme. ...
  • Setting and Atmosphere. ...
  • Mechanics. ...
  • Writing Quality. ...
  • Passion.
Mar 4, 2014

How do you stand out in a competition essay? ›

  1. Tip 1: A balance between vivid descriptions and “cut to the chase.”
  2. Tip 2: To stand out in a writing competition, students should write a strong opening that hooks the right audience.
  3. Tip 3: Create a clear goal or purpose for your character and your story.
  4. Tip 4: A turning point, the moment of crisis, where is it?
Feb 23, 2021

What are some examples of creative writing? ›

Here are some instances of creative writing:
  • Novel writing.
  • Short stories.
  • Flash fiction.
  • Poetry.
  • Song lyrics.
  • Plays.
  • TV or film scripts.
  • Memoirs.

What are the 5 types of short stories? ›

With that in mind, here's a list of short fiction forms and their definitions.
  • Novella. A work of fiction between 20,000 and 49,999 words is considered a novella. ...
  • Novelette. A novelette falls in the range of 7,500 to 19,999 words. ...
  • Short story. ...
  • Flash fiction. ...
  • Short Fiction Challenge.

What are the 3 types of short stories? ›

While there are many different short story styles, here we will consider three popular short story types: lyrical, flash fiction, and vignette.

What are the 5 basic elements of a short story? ›

There are 5 elements of plot:
  • Exposition.
  • Rising Action.
  • Climax.
  • Falling Action.
  • Conclusion.

What makes a story boring? ›

Many writers spend too much time developing characters that get killed off early in the story. They also show good luck charms, objects, or places we never see again. These factors, along with an interesting but ultimately irrelevant history, all make appearances in boring stories.

What are the 4 P's of storytelling? ›

As Patrick said, before his team takes on a project, they make sure they have a firm understanding of what they call the Four P's: People, Place, Plot, and Purpose.

What is the most important element of a short story? ›

Character development is one of the most important literary elements. Developing a main character and secondary characters is a core part of a writer's narrative process. Character affects the point of view of your story, especially if you decide to tell it in first-person as opposed to third-person.

Where can I post my writing and earn money? ›

Are You a Content Writer? 10 Amazing Sites That Will Pay You for Your Writing!
  • Contena. ...
  • Blasting News. ...
  • Listverse. ...
  • InstantShift. ...
  • FreelancerCareers. ...
  • Metro Parent. ...
  • HubPages. ...
  • The Dollar Stretcher.
Sep 2, 2021

What kind of writers make the most money? ›

1: Book Ghostwriting

This one comes top for me because it is a more lucrative writing job–the highest paying freelance writing work than all the other writing gigs.

How much do you get paid for writing a short story? ›

Pay: $25 flat fee per published story, plus one copy of the magazine. There are many, many more paying short story venues out there—no matter what, there's a home for your work. Or you could always consider self-publishing your stories.

Can I make money writing short stories? ›

Getting paid to write short stories takes a lot of legwork and dedication, but it is possible. By submitting your stories to online and print publications, considering self-publication of some stories and developing your craft as a storyteller, you can start making money with your fiction writing.

Where can I submit short stories 2022? ›

Opportunities for writers: May 2022 calls for submissions
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Holiday stories.
  • december: 2022 Curt Johnson Prose Awards.
  • The Malahat Review: Far Horizons Award for Poetry.
  • New Lit Salon Press: Stories about menswear and male identity.
  • the other side of hope: Refugee and immigrant literature.
Apr 14, 2022

Where can I publish a short story online UK? ›

15 Top UK Publishers of Short Story Collections
  • Fairlight Books. ...
  • Bridge House Publishing. ...
  • The Fiction Desk. ...
  • Seren Books. ...
  • Penguin Random House UK. ...
  • Valley Press. ...
  • Fox Spirit. ...
  • Luna Press Publishing.

Where can I publish short stories online for money? ›

Where To Submit Short Stories For Money: 19 Best Websites That Pay You To Write
  • Duotrope.
  • Poets & Writers.
  • The Grinder.
  • Readers Digest.
  • One Story.
  • Vestal Review.
  • The BBC.
  • Flash Fiction Online.
May 19, 2022

Where can I publish my personal essay UK? ›

7 publications that pay well for personal narrative essays
  • Allure. ...
  • Glamour. ...
  • The Guardian. ...
  • Marie Claire. ...
  • SELF. ...
  • VOX. ...
  • News.com.au.
Dec 3, 2021

Do publishers like short stories? ›

For many writers, short stories provide entrance into the publishing world, as well as a path to representation by a literary agent. Although a short story collection is unlikely to be a big commercial hit, it can help you get on the publishing map, garnering reviews and solidifying you as a “writer to watch.”

Do you need an agent to publish a short story? ›

Short Story Collections, Essay Collections, and Poetry Chapbooks: Yes and No. Most collections sell to small publishers and literary presses, which do not require the aid of an agent. Many other collections are published as a result of a literary contest.

How much does it cost to publish a short story? ›

How much does it cost to publish a book in the United States? It usually costs between $500 and $5,000 to publish a book in the United States. A lot of that cost comes from hiring an editor, book designer services, and marketing. The average self-published book costs about $2,000 to publish and market.

What is the prize for winning the story Contest? ›

The Story Prize is a $20,000 book prize. awarded to the author of the short story collection. named best of the year by three independent judges.

Can short stories win awards? ›

Today, the Sunday Times named Susan Choi the winner of the 2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, which honors the best short story of the year. With a prize of £30,000, the award is the world's richest prize for a single short story.

What is an example of a short story? ›

"The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter tells the story of a mischievous little rabbit who doesn't listen to his mother and goes through a heart-pounding chase with Mr. McGregor.

How do I write a short story? ›

The Top 10 Tips For Writing Great Short Stories
  1. Understand that a short story is not the same as a novel. ...
  2. Start as close to the end as possible. ...
  3. Keep up the pace. ...
  4. Keep the number of characters small. ...
  5. Give the reader someone to root for. ...
  6. Create conflict! ...
  7. Suggest a backstory but don't elaborate. ...
  8. Appeal to the five senses.

What judges look for in a short story? ›

Short Story Contest Judging Guidelines
  • Characterization. Does the author create believable, memorable characters with the uniqueness, complexity, and individuality of real people? ...
  • Plot. ...
  • Theme. ...
  • Setting and Atmosphere. ...
  • Mechanics. ...
  • Writing Quality. ...
  • Passion.
Mar 4, 2014

How many pages is a short story? ›

At around 10 to 25 pages, that makes short stories much shorter than novels, with only a few approaching novella length.

How do I apply for award writing? ›

There are three options to apply to the London Writers Awards 2022: Online Application Form via Submittable. Online Application Form for Audio or Video Submissions via Submittable. Paper Form for Postal Entry (large print)

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