International writing competitions 2018

If you started 2018 full of energy and fresh ideas for stories, we’ve got good news for you: many competitions might be waiting for them.

Here’s our selection of short stories and competition for this year. 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
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, 2018
Publication: The Thomas Wolfe Review

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2018
Theme: Ghost story
Word limit: n/a
Entry fee: £8 per story
Prize: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £250, 3rd prize £100
Deadline: January 31, 2018
Publication: The Fiction Desk Ghost Stories Anthology 2018

FEBRUARY 
Glimmer Train Short Story Fiction Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: 12,000 words max.
Entry fee: $18 per submission
First Prize: 1st prize $2,500, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $300
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Publication: Winner published in Glimmer Train Stories

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 2018
Theme: Open
Word limit: 3000 words max
Entry fee: £6
Prize: 1st prize £500,  2nd prize £250, 3rd prize £100
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Exeter Writers website

MARCH
The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction 2018
Theme: Open
Word limit: Under 50 pages
Entry fee: $17 per story
First Prize: $2000
Deadline: March 14, 2018
Publication: Fall/Winter 2018 edition of Colorado Review

The Pinch Literary Awards
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 5,000
Entry fee: $20 for first entry or 1-3 poems, $10 for each subsequent entry
Prizes: 1st prize $1000
Deadline: March 15, 2018
Publication: Spring edition of The Pinch Journal (University of Memphis)
Extra information: Also includes poetry and nonfiction categories

Tethered by Letters Short Story Fiction Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: 1,000-7,500
Entry fee: $15 per submission
First Prize: $1,000
Deadline: March 15, 2018
Publication: F(r)iction

Short Fiction Journal Short Fiction Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 5,000
Entry fee: £8 per story
Prizes: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize online masterclass
Deadline: March 31, 2018
Publication: The Short Fiction Journal

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 23, 2018
Publication: The Bath Short Story Award 2018 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, 2018
Multiple entries permitted: 3 submissions max.
Publication: Winner published in Glimmer Train Stories
Extra information: This is a quarterly competition, other deadlines are 31 August 2018 and 2 January 2019

Momaya Press Short Story Award
Theme: Coming of age
Word limit: up to 3,000
Entry fee: £15 per story
Prize: 1st prize $150, 2nd prize $75, 3rd prize $55
Deadline: April 30, 2018
Publication: Momaya Short Story Review 2018.

MAY 
Bristol Short Story Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 4,000
Entry fee: £8 per entry
Prizes: 1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £700, 3rd prize £400
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Publication: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology (Volume 11)

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, 2018
Publication: Bridport Prize 2018 Anthology
Extra information: Also includes poetry and flash fiction categories

Metamorphose Short Story Contest
Theme: fantasy & science fiction
Word limit: 1,000 – 7,500
Entry Fee: $5 per entry
Prize: $50 and publication in the anthology
Deadline: May 31, 2018

JUNE

Literary Taxidermy Short story Competition
Theme: Open but the competition provides opening and closing lines, chosen from a classic work of literature
Word limit: 3,000
Prizes: a total prize for winnng stories: $1500 and publication in Literary Taxidermy anthology.
Deadline: June 4, 2018

Wells Festival of Literature
Theme: Open
Word limit: 1,000 – 2,000
Entry fee: £6
Prizes: 1st prize £750, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £200
Deadline: June 30, 2018

Moth Short Story Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: 5,000
Entry fee: £12 per story
Prizes: 1st prize £3,000, 2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend 3rd prize €1,000
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Publication: The Moth

JULY
Highlands and Islands Short Story Competition
Theme: Open (no link with Scotland necessary)
Word limit: 2000 words max.
Entry fee: £5 (or 3 stories for £12 or 5 for £18)
Prizes: 1st prize £650, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25
Deadline: July 31, 2018
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 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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2016 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 fourth annual list of international short story competitions you might consider trying your hand at in 2016.

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 (or at least not in a publication with more than a certain threshold of sales), 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.

Good luck people!

JANUARY DEADLINES

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: Max. 12 double-spaced pages
Entry fee: $25USD
Prize: $1000USD
Deadline: January 30, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: n/a
Publication: The Thomas Wolfe Review
Website: http://www.ncwriters.org/index.php/competitions/3587-thomas-wolfe-fiction-prize

FEBRUARY DEADLINES

Glimmer Train Short Story Fiction Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: 12,000 words max.
Entry fee: $18USD
First Prize: $2,500USD
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: n/a
Publication: Winner published in Glimmer Train Stories
Website: http://www.glimmertrain.org/pages/guidelines/short_story_award_for_new_writers_guidelines.php

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 2016
Theme: Open (but no children’s stories)
Word limit: 3000 words max
Entry fee: £6
Prize: £500
Deadline: February 28, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Exeter Writers website only
Website: http://www.exeterwriters.org.uk/p/competition.html

MARCH DEADLINES

Nivalis Short Story Contest 2016
Theme: ‘Nivalis’, meaning ‘Winter’, no children’s stories, young adult, chicklit, hardcore sci-fi
Word limit: 1,500-7,000 words
Entry fee: $10USD
Prize: $250USD
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Winners anthology
Extra information: biannual competition,

Website: http://www.fabulapress.com/the-contest/

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2016
Theme: Ghost story
Word limit: n/a
Entry fee: £8
Prize: £500
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: The Fiction Desk Ghost Stories Anthology 2016
Website: http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php

The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction 2016
Theme: Open
Word limit: Under 50 pages
Entry fee: US$15
First Prize: US$2000
Deadline: March 14, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Fall/Winter 2016 edition of Colorado Review
Website: http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/nelligan-prize/submission-guidelines/

The Pinch Literary Awards
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 5,000
Entry fee: US$20
Prizes: 1st prize $1000USD
Deadline: March 15, 2016
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/2016-contest-guidelines/

Mslexia 2016 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 14, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Mslexia Magazine
Extra information: Women writers only
Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/short-story-competition/

Short Fiction Journal Short Fiction Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 6,000
Entry fee: £7
Prizes: £500
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: The Short Fiction Journal
Website: http://www.shortfictionjournal.co.uk/?page_id=33

Metamorphose Novella Fiction Prize
Theme: Fantasy, Science fiction
Word limit: 20,000-40,000
Entry fee: n/a
First Prize: US$50
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Metamorphose Volume 2
Website: http://metamorphoselit.com/category/news/

Tethered by Letters Short Story Fiction Prize

Theme: Open
Word limit: 1,000-7,500
Entry fee: US$18
First Prize: US$1,000
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Friction
Website: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submissions/

APRIL DEADLINES

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 3,000
Entry fee: US$16
Prize: US$2,000
Deadline: April 30, 2016
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 2016
Website: http://www.glimmertrain.org/pages/guidelines/very_short_fiction_guidelines.php

The Bath Short Story Award
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 2,200
Entry fee: £8
Prizes: 1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £200, 3rd prize £100
Deadline: April 25, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: The Bath Short Story Award 2016 Anthology
Website: http://bathshortstoryaward.co.uk

Momaya Press Short Story Award
Theme: ‘Treasure’
Word limit: up to 3,000
Entry fee: £8
Prize: US$200
Deadline: April 30, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Momaya Annual Review 2016
Website: http://momayapress.com/momaya-short-story-competition/

Bristol Short Story Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 4,000
Entry fee: £8 per entry
Prizes: 1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £700, 3rd prize £400
Deadline: April 30, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology (Volume 8)
Website: https://www.bristolprize.co.uk/rules/

MAY DEADLINES

The Bridport Short Story Prize
Theme: Open
Word limit: up to 5,000
Entry fee: £10
Prizes: 1st prize £5000, 2nd prize £1000, 3rd prize £500
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Bridport Prize 2016 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
First Prize: £500
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Multiple entries permitted: up to 4
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, 2016
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

If any BWC members or other 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!

 

November 2015 BlueCat Screenwriting Competition

So here’s news of interest to you budding screenwriters out there. Go to it guys!

COMNov15BlueCatGreetings!

The Final Deadline for the 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition is November 15th 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST. This is the last opportunity to enter your short or feature-length screenplay into the 2016 competition. We offer a $15,000 Grand Prize for the Best Feature-length Screenplay and a $10,000 Prize for the Best Short Screenplay. All entries will receive analysis on or by January 15th.

Please help us support all screenwriters, new and established, by making them aware of this upcoming deadline.  We truly appreciate your support and hope you will forward the below information to your communities.

All the best,

Claudia Summerfield

www.bluecatscreenplay.com

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2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Final Deadline Nov 15th

Every entry receives script analysis.

Submit by 11:59 p.m. (PST) November 15th

Feedback will be sent on or by January 15th.

Entry Fee: $60 Shorts | $70 Features | $35 Student Shorts

Submit: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/2016-call-for-entries

AWARDS

BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY: $15,000 Grand Prize

Four Finalists: $2,500 Prize

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY: $10,000 Grand Prize

Three Finalists: $2,000 Prize

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

THE JOPLIN

Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK

$2,000 Prize

THE CORDELIA

Best Feature Screenplay from the UK

$2,000 Prize

THE ROSHAN

Best Feature Screenplay from India

$2,000 Prize

Screenwriters Residing in India, please visit: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/the-roshan-award/

OFFICIAL RULES & GUIDELINES: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/rules-guidelines

MEET OUR 2015 WINNERS & FINALISTS: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/2015-winners-and-finalists/

Recent Achievements by BlueCat Alumni Include:

  • The 2014 BlueCat Joplin Award Winning Screenplay, “The Longest Birthday” by Savion Einstein has been optioned for production by Victoria Films and was presented at the Venice Film Market Pitching Forum. It was also selected for the Film London Production Finance Market and will be participating at B’est Eave this year.
  • 2007 BlueCat Winner Ana Lily Amipour’s debut feature, “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,” was produced by Elijah Wood and premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  It will be distributed by Kino Lorber (Oldboy, Manuscripts Don’t Burn) nationwide in Fall 2014. She is currently teaming up with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures for her sophomore feature film THE BAD BATCH.
  • BlueCat Finalist Aaron Guzikowski’s #1 Film “Prisoners,” (Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Melissa Leo) was released in September 2013 through Warner Brothers. Guzikowski is also the creator of “The Red Road,” (Martin Henderson, Jason Momoa, Julianne Nicholson) which is SundanceTV’s second scripted original series. He was recently hired to scribe Universal’s upcoming THE WOLFMAN.
  • 2014 BlueCat Winner HF Crum has signed with manager Michelle Knudsen at MXN. Knudsen co-produced Jason Bateman’s “Bad Words” and also represents screenwriting team Yana Gorskaya & Maia Rossini, who are currently writing a film for FOX and director Paul Feig. Crum’s “3 Faces of Hunger & Thirst” won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2014 Slamdance Screenplay Competition.

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

www.bluecatscreenplay.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/BlueCatScreenplayCompetition

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlueCatPictures

Instagram: http://instagram.com/bluecatscreenplay

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/bluecatscreenplay

Screenwriting Newsletter: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/bluecat-newsletter

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 this or any other competition published on this blog. They all seem bona fide, but we advise that you check the individual websites to make up your own mind!

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!

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!

2013 International Short Story Competitions

Since we have plenty of short story writers here at the BWC, I thought I’d compile a list of international short story competitions for 2013. Well, from February onwards, anyway!

There are more writing competitions than you can shake a lemming at, so I narrowed my search 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 I’ve indicated those ones where applicable.

Disclaimer: I cannot speak for the legitimacy of any of these competitions. Entry is at your own risk. Please do not pelt me with rotten aubergines if it turns out you enter something dodgy.

MARCH DEADLINES

The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

Theme: Open
Word limit: Under 50 pages
Entry fee: $15USD
Prizes: 1st prize £2000USD
Deadline: March 14, 2013
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Fall/Winter 2013 edition of Colorado Review
Website: http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/nelligan-prize

The Pinch Literary Awards

Theme: Open
Word limit: 5000 words max
Entry fee: $20USD
Prizes: 1st prize $1000USD
Deadline: March 15, 2013
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Spring edition of The Pinch Journal (University of Memphis)
Website: http://www.thepinchjournal.com/contest/

Mslexia 2013 Women’s Short Story Competition

Theme: Open
Word limit: 2,200 words max
Entry fee: £10 per entry
Prizes: 1st prize £2000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £250
Deadline: March 18, 2013
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Issue 58, Mslexia Magazine
Extra information: Women writers only
Website: http://mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/scomp_active.php

The Bath Short Story Award

Theme: Open
Word limit: 2,200 words max
Entry fee: £5 per entry
Prizes: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £50
Deadline: March 30, 2013
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: E-book anthology
Website: http://bathshortstoryaward.co.uk

Love on the Road 2013

Theme: Stories about making connections
Word limit: 5000 words max
Entry fee: $10 (unclear from website which kind of dollars they want!)
Prizes: 1st prize $200, 2nd prize $100, 3rd prize $50
Deadline: March 31, 2013
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Love on the Road 2013 (Anthology)
Website: http://loveontheroad2013.com/

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, 2013
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Exeter Writers website
Website: http://www.exeterwriters.org.uk/p/competition.html

Five Stop Story 2013 Quarterly Short Story Competitions

Theme: Open
Word limit: 3,000 words max
Entry fee: £5 (gets cheaper with multiple entries)
Prizes: 1st prize £100, two runners up £10
Deadline: March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31 (quarterly competition)
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: On Five Stop Story website, and Five Stop Story iPhone and iPad app.
Extra information: ‘Five Stop Story’ means the story can be read within 5 stops on the London Underground. Cool idea!
Website: http://www.fivestopstory.com

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: 1st prize £150, 2nd prize £60, 3rd prize £40
Deadline: April 1, 2013
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Inkhead Winners Anthology
Website: http://www.inkhead.co.uk/pages/competition-2013

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, 2013
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology (Volume 6)
Website: http://www.bristolprize.co.uk

The Flying Elephants Short Story Prize

Theme: ‘Hunger’
Word limit: 2500-5000 words (but judges are flexible)
Entry fee: FREE
Prizes: 1st prize $2000, three finalists £1000
Deadline: April 30, 2013
Multiple entries permitted: Two stories maximum
Publication: Online (AndWeWereHungry website)
Website: http://andwewerehungry.org/short-story-contest-at-a-glance

MAY DEADLINES

The Bridport Prize

Theme: Open
Word limit: 5000 words max
Entry fee: £8 per entry
Prizes: 1st prize £5000, 2nd prize £1000, 3rd prize £500
Deadline: 31st May, 2013
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Bridport Prize 2013 Anthology
Extra information: Also includes poetry and flash fiction categories
Website: http://www.bridportprize.org.uk

Barbara Pym Centenary Short Story Competition

Theme: Stories must be written in a ‘Barbara Pym-esque’ style
Word limit: 2,200 words max
Entry fee: £7
Prizes: 1st prize £150, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £50
Deadline: 30th May, 2013
Multiple entries permitted: Yes
Publication: Green Leaves (journal), and online
Website: http://www.barbara-pym.org/Homepage.html

JUNE DEADLINES

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: £400)
Deadline: June 30, 2013 and November 30, 2013 (twice yearly competition)
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, and monthly writing competitions
Website: http://www.cinnamonpress.com/competitions/major-awards

JULY DEADLINES

Wyrd Books Short Story Competition

Theme: Open
Word limit: 2000 words max
Entry fee: Free (as far as I can tell!)
Prizes: Publication only
Deadline: July 31, 2013
Multiple entries permitted: Not stated
Publication: Non-profit paperback ‘Wyrd Stories’
Extra information: Entries that do not make it into the collection may be published on the website
Website: http://www.wyrdbooks.co.uk/Wyrd_Stories.html

Highlands and Islands Short Story Competition

Theme: Open (no link with Scotland necessary. Unconventional story lines encouraged)
Word limit: 4000 words max
Entry fee: £5 (or 3 stories for £12)
Prizes: 1st prize £400, 2nd and 3rd prizes £50
Deadline: July 31, 2013
Multiple entries permitted: Not stated
Publication: Online only (HISSAC website)
Website: http://www.hissac.co.uk/CompetitionDetails

OCTOBER DEADLINES

The Scott Prize (for short story collections)

Theme: Open
Word limit: Short story collection between 30,000 – 75,000 words
Entry Fee: £20
Prizes: First prize £1000
Deadline: October 31, 2013
Multiple entries permitted: N/A
Publication: Publication and contract with Salt Publishing
Extra information: Individual short stories that may have already been published can be included within your collection
Website: http://thescottprize.co.uk

NOVEMBER DEADLINES

The New Writer Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes

Theme: Open (but must reflect ‘writing today’, whatever that means!)
Word limit: 500-3000 words
Entry fee: £5 per entry
Prizes: 1st prize £300, 2nd prize £200, 3rd prize £100
Deadline: November 30, 2013
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

Writers’ Village Short Story Competition

Theme: Open
Word limit: 3000 words max
Entry fee: £15
Prizes: 1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £250, 3rd prize £50
Deadline: November 30, 2013
Multiple entries permitted:
Publication: Writers’ Village website
Extra information: This competition guarantees feedback from judges for all entries received
Website: http://www.writers-village.org

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

Okay, so that’s where I got up to before getting tired. For a more comprehensive, but seemingly mainly Canadian-based list, you can visit this website. For details of competitions predating February, you can visit the UK’s Booktrust website, which is where I found plenty of the competitions listed above.

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 a kidney to enter), just email us at brusselswriterscircle at gmail.com and I’ll see about adding it to the list.

I hope this is useful for some of you! And remember, no rotten aubergines for dodgy listings…

Good Housekeeping Novel Competition 2012

By Guest Contributor, Ann Kronbergs

When a friend told me late last year about the Good Housekeeping 2012 Novel Competition, I really wondered whether 5000 words of my first chapter and the whole-novel synopsis would be worth the paper they were printed on, let alone the cost of the A4 envelope and postage.

I should explain that, in May 2011, this same friend and I had set each other a challenge to get on and write those novels we still felt we had in us.

Motivated by attending the Charleston Literary Festival in Sussex and hearing talks from a variety of writers including Joanna Troloppe, Esther Freud and Edward St Aubin, we both made a start.  On a monthly basis we emailed drafts to each other for comment. Jobs and life frequently sapped energy and resolve, but nevertheless the GH competition helped to impose a professional deadline which had to be met in late March. Maybe the Gods were smiling when I queued in Lymington Post Office to get the envelope weighed and posted off.

That seemed a sort of conclusion to the fitful writing activity which had preoccupied me for several months. At work I had a sort of end of year review which started me thinking about my career (such as it is), living in Belgium, life, love and the universe etc., etc. Maybe now was the right time to start job hunting with attitude: surf those websites, apply for those jobs, claim that you really, really want to become a pillar of that Academy school with funding from three local supermarkets.

Just as I was about to download an application for the said job in late April, I checked my emails and found the following message from the Features Editor at Good Housekeeping:

Dear Ann,

Thank you so much for entering the Good Housekeeping Novel competition. Our judges met last week and I am happy to tell you that, while you didnt make the top four, we have singled out Diamond Edelweiss as highly commended

We received over 7,000 entries so to have reached the top 10 is no mean feat

My world turned upside down: a story that had started out as a cloud of confused thought and impulses less than a year ago had been read by a panel of literary experts, including the novelist Kate Moss. It had not gone in the slush pile.

I could not believe it.

Who should I tell? My long-suffering husband and children, of course. My wonderful friend who fuelled me with hope in the first place? Certainly. Work colleagues? Some, perhaps. But what did this say about me? Suddenly I’m a struggling writer where before I was a reasonably together fellow teacher. Surely this could be professionally damaging?

I’m back at the word processor now as I sit here in France on a cool day in mid summer, trying to up the daily word count and complete the work. Open in front of me is the double-page spread from Good Housekeeping where in rather small font on the bottom right is the title of my work and my name in print.

To see the extract chosen for the Good Housekeeping website, and to view the other finalists, click here.

A source of hope for me and other struggling wordsmiths maybe? You just have to keep connecting one word to the next. Only about 60,000 more to go.