2015 International Short Story Competitions

Another year, another chance to give those tales of yours a chance to win some dosh. Here we go again with our third annual list of international short story competitions you might consider trying your hand at in 2015.

Since there are more writing competitions than you can shake an armadillo at, our search was narrowed to competitions that are (a) international, (b) preferably include publication in either anthologies or magazines, and (c) 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

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: Max. 12 double-spaced pages
Entry fee: $25USD
Prize: $1000USD
Deadline: January 30, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Unclear
Publication: The Thomas Wolfe Review
Website: http://www.ncwriters.org/index.php/competitions/3587-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, 2015
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 2015
Website: http://www.glimmertrain.com/veryshort.html


FEBRUARY DEADLINES

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2015
Theme: Ghost story
Word limit: 1000-5000 words
Entry fee: £8
Prize: £500
Deadline: February 28, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: The Fiction Desk Ghost Stories Anthology 2015
Website: http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 2015
Theme: Open (but no children’s stories)
Word limit: 3000 words max
Entry fee: £6
Prize: £500
Deadline: February 28, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Exeter Writers website only
Website: http://www.exeterwriters.org.uk/p/competition.html

Nivalis Short Story Contest 2015
Theme: ‘Nivalis’, meaning ‘Winter’
Word limit: 2500-6000 words
Entry fee: $10USD
Prize: $150USD
Deadline: February 28, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Winners anthology
Website: http://www.fabulapress.com/the-contest/


MARCH DEADLINES

The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction
Theme: Open
Word limit: Under 50 pages
Entry fee: $17USD
Prizes: 1st prize £2000USD
Deadline: March 14, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Fall/Winter 2015 edition of Colorado Review
Website: http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/nelligan-prize/submission-guidelines/

The Pinch Literary Awards
Theme: Open
Word limit: 5000 words max
Entry fee: $20USD
Prizes: 1st prize $1000USD
Deadline: March 15, 2015
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.pinchjournal.com/contest-guidelines/

Mslexia 2015 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 16, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Mslexia Magazine
Extra information: Women writers only
Website: http://mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/scomp_active.php

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition
Theme: Open (no link with Scotland necessary)
Word limit: 1500 words max
Entry fee: £10
Prizes: First prize £800
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Scottish Arts Club website
Website: http://www.scottishartsclub.co.uk/shortstory2015

Short Fiction Journal Short Fiction Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: 6000 words max
Entry fee: £6
Prizes: £500
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: The Short Fiction Journal
Website: http://www.shortfictionjournal.co.uk/?page_id=33


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, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Inkhead Winners Anthology
Website: http://www.inkhead.co.uk/pages/inkhead-short-story-competition-2015

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: April 27, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: The Bath Short Story Award 2015 Anthology
Website: http://bathshortstoryaward.co.uk

Momaya Press Short Story Award
Theme: ‘Treasure’
Word limit: 3000 words max.
Entry fee: £8
Prize: 1st prize £110
Deadline: April 30, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Momaya Annual Review 2015
Website: http://momayapress.com/momaya-short-story-competition/

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, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology (Volume 8)
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, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Bridport Prize 2015 Anthology
Extra information: Also includes poetry and flash fiction categories
Website: http://www.bridportprize.org.uk

Cinnamon Press Annual Short Story Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: 2000-4000 words
Entry fee: £12
Prizes: 1st prize £150
Deadline: May 31, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Not stated
Publication: Cinnamon Press winners’ anthology
Extra information: Cinnamon Press also includes annual competitions for poetry and first novels/novellas
Website: http://www.cinnamonpress.com/competitions/annual-short-story-prize/


JULY DEADLINES

Highlands and Islands Short Story Competition
Theme: Open (no link with Scotland necessary)
Word limit: 2500 words max.
Entry fee: £5 (or 3 stories for £12)
Prizes: 1st prize £400
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Multiple entries permitted: Not stated
Publication: Online only (HISSAC website)
Website: http://www.hissac.co.uk/CompetitionDetails


ROLLING DEADLINES

Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition
Theme: Open
Word limit: 1000-3000 words
Entry fee: £6 (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 poetry and flash-fiction competitions
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!

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