Blog Plug

bloggingNot surprisingly for a writers’ group, the BWC has quite a few bloggers among its ranks. Here follows, in alphabetical (rather than preferential) order, and for your reading pleasure, a list of blogs penned by our members.

Carpathian Fog
Poems of the corporate age
By Ciprian Begu

Ceci n’est pas une cuisine
A blog about Books, Baking & Brussels
By Jeannette Cook

Claire in DC
Living, studying and writing in Washington
By Claire Handscombe

A Sheep Called Skye
The personal blog of Skype the Sheep, from Sarah’s children’s books. You can also buy the books online here.
By Sarah Harris

Astronaut_Rockstar
Drafts and stories with titles such as “When I Lit the Lawnmower on Fire”, “When I Swallowed a Straight Pin” and “The Yogurt Verisimilitudes”.
By Nathan Johnson

Mimi Kunz
Here you can find Mimi’s visual artworks – ink drawings (both abstract and figurative), photographs, installations, and performance-readings.
By Mimi Kunz

Claude Nougat’s Blog
A writer’s notes about books, art and life
By Claude Nougat

Living Room Philosophy
An interweaving of wisdom from diverse academic, popular and practical subject-matter with my personal stories, in the hopes of helping myself and others towards the good life.
By Gemma Rose

Poet in the Woods
Quirky, thought-provoking and nature poet
By Sarah Strange

Relatos-Cuentas-Poesia-Haikai
Poetry and prose (in Spanish and French)
By Ocean Smets

Happy Plume
Writing workshops Sabine organises in her new hometown of Saarbrücken
By Sabine Sur

PatricktenBrink10
Posts about Art & Literature: Simply a blog about things I’ve seen, read and appreciated, and sometimes things I’ve done and hope others will appreciate.
By Patrick ten Brink

Zezstt
Stories to make you laugh, think and dream
By Norton Taylor

If you’re a BWC member and would like to add your personal blog to this list, just leave a comment here and we’ll pop it up for you.

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2014 International Short Story Competitions

For all of you budding short story writers in the BWC, we’ve compiled a list of international short story competitions you might consider trying your hand at in 2014. Apart from the opportunity to make some dosh from your writing, recently-published BWC member Colette Victor also confirms that having a few short story competition wins under your belt can help you on the road to publication.

Since there are more writing competitions than you can shake an aardvark at, our search was narrowed to competitions that are (a) international, (b) include publication in either anthologies or magazines, and (c) preferably do not require the donation of one or more of your limbs in order to enter.

Most of the competitions listed below require that your submission has not been published elsewhere beforehand, but you can check each site individually for comprehensive entry rules. Some also include poetry and flash fiction categories, so these have been indicated where applicable.

JANUARY DEADLINES

Chapter One International Short Story Competition

Theme: Open
Word limit: 2500 words max.
Entry fee: £10
Prize: 1st prize £2500, 2nd prize £1000, 3rd prize £500
Deadline: January 30, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Winners, runners-up and highly commended published in Chapter One Promotions anthology
Website: http://www.chapteronepromotions.com/competitions/open-short-story-competition.htm

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

Theme: Open
Word limit: Max. 12 double-spaced pages
Entry fee: $25USD
Prize: $1000USD
Deadline: January 30, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Unclear
Publication: The Thomas Wolfe Review
Website: http://www.ncwriters.org/programs-and-services/competitions/26-thomas-wolfe-fiction-prize

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Prize

Theme: Open
Word limit: 3000 words max.
Entry fee: $15USD
Prize: $1500USD
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: 3 submissions max.
Publication: Winner published in Glimmer Train Stories
Extra information: This is a quarterly competition, so future deadlines will be announced for April, July and October 2014
Website: http://www.glimmertrain.com/veryshort.html

Labello Press International Short Story Competition

Theme: Open
Word limit: 12,000 words max.
Entry fee: €10
Prize: First Prize €300
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Gem Street 2014 (anthology)
Website: http://www.labellopress.com/submission-guidelines.html

FEBRUARY DEADLINES

The Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction

Theme: Open
Word limit: 30 double-spaced pages max.
Entry fee: $2USD
Prize: $1000USD
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: No
Publication: Fall 2014 issue of The Madison Review
Extra information: Also a poetry category
Website: http://english.wisc.edu/madisonreview/?page_id=58

The Ledge Fiction Awards Competition

Theme: Open
Word limit: 7500 words max.
Entry fee: $15USD
Prize: $1000USD
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: The Ledge Magazine
Extra information: Also a poetry category
Website: http://www.theledgemagazine.com/Annual%20Contests.html

MARCH DEADLINES

The Pinch Literary Awards

Theme: Open
Word limit: 5000 words max
Entry fee: $20USD
Prizes: 1st prize $1000USD
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Spring edition of The Pinch Journal (University of Memphis)
Extra information: Also includes poetry and nonfiction categories
Website: http://www.thepinchjournal.com/contest/

The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

Theme: Open
Word limit: Under 50 pages
Entry fee: $15USD
Prizes: 1st prize £2000USD
Deadline: March 14, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Fall/Winter 2014 edition of Colorado Review
Website: http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/nelligan-prize

Mslexia 2013 Women’s Short Story Competition

Theme: Open
Word limit: 2,200 words max
Entry fee: £10
Prizes: 1st prize £2000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £250
Deadline: March 17, 2014
Multiple entries permitted:
Publication: Jun/Jul/Aug 2014 edition of Mslexia Magazine
Extra information: Women writers only
Website: http://mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/scomp_active.php

Momaya Press Short Story Award

Theme: ‘Captivity’
Word limit: 3000 words max.
Entry fee: £8
Prize: 1st prize £110
Deadline: March 30, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Momaya Annual Review 2014
Website: http://momayapress.com/momaya-short-story-competition/

The Bath Short Story Award

Theme: Open
Word limit: 2,200 words max
Entry fee: £8
Prizes: 1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £200, 3rd prize £100
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: E-book anthology
Website: http://bathshortstoryaward.co.uk

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition

Theme: Open (but no children’s stories)
Word limit: 3000 words max
Entry fee: £5 per entry
Prizes: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £250, 3rd prize £100
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Exeter Writers website
Website: http://www.exeterwriters.org.uk/p/competition.html

APRIL DEADLINES

Inkhead Short Story Competition

Theme: Stories must be written under one of five possible titles (listed on their website)
Word limit: 1000 words max
Entry fee: £5 per entry
Prizes: £100
Deadline: April 1, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Inkhead Winners Anthology
Website: http://www.inkhead.co.uk/pages/competition-2014

Bristol Short Story Prize

Theme: Open
Word limit: 4,000 words max
Entry fee: £8 per entry
Prizes: 1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £700, 3rd prize £400
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology (Volume 7)
Website: http://www.bristolprize.co.uk

MAY DEADLINES

The Bridport Prize

Theme: Open
Word limit: 5000 words max
Entry fee: £9
Prizes: 1st prize £5000, 2nd prize £1000, 3rd prize £500
Deadline: May 31, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Bridport Prize 2014 Anthology
Extra information: Also includes poetry and flash fiction categories
Website: http://www.bridportprize.org.uk

Cinnamon Press Writing Awards

Theme: Open
Word limit: Short stories 2000-4000 words, first novels/novellas up to 10,000 words (can be longer, but they accept only the first 10,000 words)
Entry fee: £12
Prizes: Short stories: 1st prize £150; Novels/novellas: £1000 plus publishing contract
Deadline: May 31, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Not stated
Publication: Short stories published in Cinnamon Press winners’ anthology, novels/novellas published by Cinnamon Press
Extra information: Also includes a poetry category
Website: http://www.cinnamonpress.com/competitions/

JULY DEADLINES

Tethered by Letters’ Fall Literary Contest

Theme: Open
Word limit: 7500 words max.
Entry fee: $10 USD per short story
Prizes: 1st prize $250 USD
Deadline: July 15, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Tethered by Letters’ Fall 2014 Quarterly Journal
Extra information: Also includes flash fiction and poetry categories
Website: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission

Highlands and Islands Short Story Competition

Theme: Open (no link with Scotland necessary. Unconventional story lines encouraged)
Word limit: 2500 words max.
Entry fee: £5 (or 3 stories for £12)
Prizes: 1st prize £400 plus a Writing Retreat in Wales
Deadline: July 31, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Not stated
Publication: Online only (HISSAC website)
Website: http://www.hissac.co.uk/CompetitionDetails

SEPTEMBER DEADLINES

Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine Sixth Annual Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Theme: Dialogue
Word limit: 2000 words max.
Entry fee: $10USD
Prizes: 1st prize $300USD
Deadline: September 15, 2014
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Issue 13 of Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine
Website: http://www.bartlebysnopes.com

NOVEMBER DEADLINES

The New Writer Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes

Theme: Open
Word limit: 500-3000 words
Entry fee: £5 per entry
Prizes: 1st prize £300, 2nd prize £200, 3rd prize £100
Deadline: To be announced (was in November last year!)
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: The New Writer Annual Collection (anthology)
Extra information: Also includes a poetry category
Website: http://www.thenewwriter.com/prose-and-poetry-prize

ROLLING DEADLINES

Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition

Theme: Open
Word limit: 1000-3000 words
Entry fee: £5 (or £3 for subscribers)
Prizes: 1st prize £300, 2nd prize £150, 3rd prize £100
Deadline: Rolling
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Published in Writers’ Forum Magazine
Extra information: Also includes a poetry competition
Website: http://www.writers-forum.com/comps.html

The list above has been compiled mainly from the Booktrust website, which also includes more information about UK writing competitions.

If any BWC members or random site visitors know of a competition that fits our bill (i.e., it’s international, includes publication, and doesn’t cost too much to enter), just leave a comment here and we’ll see about adding it to the list.

Disclaimer: we cannot speak for the legitimacy of any of these competitions. They all seem bona fide, but we advise that you check the individual websites to make up your own mind!