International writing competitions 2019 – part 1

Ready for new writing challenges? So are we! Here’s our selection of short stories and competition for the first half of 2019. Most of the competitions listed below accept only submissions that haven’t been published anywhere else. Do check individual website for details.

Best of luck!

JANUARY
Mogford Food and drinks short story prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: 2,500
Entry fee: £10 per submission
Prize: £10000
Deadline: January 7, 2019

2019 Let down your hair – Speculative Contest
Theme: Open
Word limit: 1,800
Entry fee: $32.95 per submission
Prize: 1st prize $1000, 2nd prize $150
Deadline: January 20, 2019

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: Max. 3,000 12 double-spaced pages
Entry fee: $25 per submission ($15 NCWN members)
Prize: $1000
Deadline: January 30, 2019
Publication: The Thomas Wolfe Review

FEBRUARY
Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition
Theme: Open
Word limit: 2,000
First Prize: Writing course of their choice (valued at £1000)
Deadline: February 13, 2019
Publication: Winner published on writersandartists.co.uk.

Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: 2,000
First Prize: €1000 & A week’s residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation & A consultation with a US Literary Agent from Foundry Literary + Media.
Deadline: February 14, 2019, 2nd and 3rd prize: €250
Publication: Winner published in limited edition Risograph booklet

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 2019
Theme: Open
Word limit: 3,000
Entry fee: £7
Prize: 1st prize £700,  2nd prize £250, 3rd prize £100
Deadline: February 28, 2019
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Exeter Writers website

MARCH
The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction 2019
Theme: Open
Word limit: 2,500 – 12,500
Entry fee: $15 per story
First Prize: $2000
Deadline: March 14, 2019
Publication: Fall/Winter 2019 edition of Colorado Review

APRIL
The Bath Short Story Award
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 2,200
Entry fee: £8 per story
Prizes: 1st prize £1200, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £100
Deadline: April 15, 2019
Publication: The Bath Short Story Award 2019 Anthology

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 3,000
Entry fee: $16
Prize: 1st prize $2,000, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $300
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Multiple entries permitted: 3 submissions max.
Publication: Winner published in Glimmer Train Stories
Extra information: This competition is open twice a year  – the other deadline is August 31

Momaya Press Short Story Award
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 3,000
Entry fee: £15 per story
Prize: 1st prize $150, 2nd prize $75, 3rd prize $55 (plus one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2019)
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Publication: Momaya Short Story Review 2019.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction Contest
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 6,000
Entry fee: $20  per entry
Prize: 1st prize $2,000, 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each
Deadline: April 30, 2019

MAY 
Bristol Short Story Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 4,000
Entry fee: £9 per entry
Prizes: 1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £250
Deadline: May 1, 2019
Publication: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology (Volume 12)

Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
Prizes: 1st prize $1,500, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $250
Deadline: May 15, 2019
Publication: Annual fall issue in October.

The Bridport Short Story Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 5,000
Entry fee: £10 per entry
Prizes: 1st prize £5000, 2nd prize £1000, 3rd prize £500
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Publication: Bridport Prize 2019 Anthology
Extra information: Also includes poetry and flash fiction categories

JUNE
Moth Short Story Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: 5,000
Entry fee: £12 per story
Prizes: 1st prize £3,000, 2nd prize €250, 3rd prize €1,000
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Publication: The Moth

JULY
Highlands and Islands Short Story Competition
Theme: Open
Word limit: 2000
Entry fee: £5 (or 3 stories for £12 or 5 for £18)
Prizes: 1st prize £250, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25
Deadline: July 31, 2019
Publication: Online only (HISSAC website)

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

Have more competitions you would like to add? Great! Leave a comment and share the link to more information.

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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