Short Story Competitions
Here is a list of short story competitions currently running in
the UK (mostly). I'll present them in closing-date order, but I strongly
advise you not to submit your stories until you have first written
to the contact address (or visited the appropriate website) for further
details. Other restrictions in length and subject matter may apply.
The Watty Awards Various competitions
- various closing dates. Full details on website.
The Word Hut Regular competitions
Prize: £50.00. £4 per entry. Stories up to 1000 words in any genre.
More details on website: www.thewordhut.com
Chapter One Promotions Short
Story and Novel Competitions throughout the year. Website: http://www.chapteronepromotions.com
Thynks Publications Limited
Keep checking Thynks
Competitions News for regular updates. Prose and poetry.
Éclat Fiction aims to create
an ambitious and enjoyable publication that showcases nascent writing
talent. Competition every 2 months; 8 best short stories published
in anthology. The top 3 stories will receive a monetary prize as well
as publication. Website: http://www.eclatfiction.com/home.html
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry and
Short Story Competitions Various closing dates. See website
The New Writer Annual prose
and poetry prizes. Also, submissions welcome to The New Writer
magazine - Writers'
Guidelines. Main website: http://www.thenewwriter.com
Literary Competitions throughout the year. Website: http://www.lightshippublishing.co.uk
Meridian Writing run quarterly
short story competitions. Details on website.
Flash 500 Competition
is a quarterly, open-themed, flash fiction competition. Closing dates:
31 March 2010, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December. Entries of up
to 500 words. Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two
stories. Prizes: £250, £100, £50. Details: Flash
Fish Publishing Three
writing competitions annually – Short Story, Poetry, and Flash
Fiction. Details: http://www.fishpublishing.com
Avery Short Story
A monthly short story competition on any theme or genre. Entries
of up to 1000 words are accepted with a fee of £4.
The closing date is the last day of each month. The winning
entry will be published on the website and receive £50
prize money. Details: www.averyshortstory.co.uk
StoryFeedback.com Monthly Short
Story Contest Ongoing contest with a deadline date
of the end of each month. For short stories in any genre.
Maximum 3000 words. First prize £100, second £50, third
£25. Winner and runners-up - plus best shortlisted - published
online and in a professionally illustrated anthology. Entry fee £3,
plus £3 for tick sheet critique. See website for full details:
StoryFeedback.com, 7 Offley Street , Worcester
WR3 8BH (Cheques/PO paid to 'Dark Tales').
Writing4all is a creative
writing community with an ongoing monthly competition, where Irish
writers can share and develop their work. Website: www.writing4all.ie
WriteInvite Weekly online
short story competitions – every Saturday night
at 5.30. Entry: £3.00. Prize £40.00. Website: http://www.write-invite.com/index.php
Cazart Writing Competitions
Two monthly writing competitions, Short Story & Flash Fiction.
Winner from each category receives £20 and will be published
on website. Entry fee is £3 and the closing date is the
26th of each month. More details: http://www.cazart.co.uk
The Global Short Story Competition
Organised by Certys
Limited, supported by Darlington Arts Centre in Darlington, County
Durham, England. Cash prize for the winner of each monthly competition.
Entry: £5 per story. Details: www.globalshortstories.net
Txt Lit Txt Lit is a
new literary genre of creative writing using a mobile phone texting
system, or SMS (Short Message System). A single mobile phone
text message contains just 160 characters, including spaces and
punctuation. Each entry costs £1 plus the normal
cost of a text message as charged by your network provider. You can
enter each competition as many times as you like. First prize: at
least £50. Competitions every month. The theme for September
is romance. More details on website at http://www.txtlit.co.uk
Writers' Billboard Bi-monthly
writing competitions in various formats, including poetry. Website:
Scribble Open Short Story Competition
Length: up to 3000 words. Prizes of £75.00, £25.00, and
£15.00, will be awarded for the best three stories in each issue.
For other published stories, a complimentary copy will be given. Annual
subscribers will also receive a credit voucher to the value of £4.00.
Stories from non-subscribers are welcome but must be accompanied by
the entry fee. Entry fee for the competitions is £3.00 (cheques
payable to Park Publications). Free unlimited entry for subscribers.
Scribble is published in March, July, October, and December. More
Monthly Writers' Forum Short Story
Competition Any genre, but stories must be original and
previously unpublished. Aim for a word count between 1,500 to 3,000.
Stories may embrace crime, mystery, romance, sport, humour, fantasy,
erotica or science-fiction. The competitions are held monthly and
there is also £1,000 for the best short story of the year. Monthly
prizes of £250 for the best story published and two prizes of
£150 for runners up. All stories not selected for publication
are returned to authors with a grid assessment. Text should be type-written
or word-processed, printed in double spacing. Entries should be accompanied
with a short biography and colour photograph of the writer. Please
submit a saved copy of the ms on disk as a Rich Text File (RTF) or
Microsoft Word 5.1a (for Apple Macintosh). Send complete ms and contact
details to: Writers International Ltd, PO Box 3229, Bournemouth BH1
1ZS Tel: 01202 589828 Fax: 01202 587758 Website www.writers-forum.com
Dark Tales Quarterly Short
Story Contest Ongoing contest with a deadline date
of the end of: September, December, March, June. For horror
and speculative fiction. Maximum 5000 words. First prize £500,
second £250, third £100. Winner and runner-up - plus best
shortlisted - published in Dark Tales magazine. Entry fee £3,
free for subscribers for first entry; plus £3 for tick sheet
critique. See website for full details: http://www.darktales.co.uk/
Dark Tales, 7 Offley Street, Worcester WR3 8BH (Cheques/PO paid to
'Dark Tales', £15 to subscribe for 4 issues)
Vintage Script is looking
for short stories and articles that are original and well-written,
and must be on an historical theme. Short stories and longer articles
should be no longer than 2,000 words. Also interested in shorter articles
of 500-1,000 words. Contributions should not have been published elsewhere.
Look at the Submissions
page on the website if you have a historical story or article to share.
Bennett Writers Bureau Resuming later iu 2012.
Keep watching this space. Click here for
Segora Vignette 2012 The Vignette
is a short form of prose, a word-picture in 300 words max. Deadline:
31 May. First prize £30. Entry £3 50. Details: www.poetryproseandplays.co.uk.
Segora Short Story 2012 1,500-3,000
words. Deadline 31 May. First prize £150. Entry: £5. Details: www.poetryproseandplays.co.uk.
Words with JAM First Page Competition
Looking for the most gripping, read-on-able first page of up to 400
words. Any genre. Prizes: £500, £100, £50. Closing Date: 8th June
2012. Entry Fee: £6 for one entry; £10 for two. Full
details on website.
The Eyelands Second International Short
Story Contest First prize: holiday on the island of Crete.
Closing date: 15 June Full
details on website.
Bloody Scotland Glengoyne Whisky Short
Story Competition Maximum 3000 words. Deadline: 29th June.
details on website.
Unbound Press Flash Fiction Award
Prizes: £500, £250, £125. Entry Fee: £5, 3 entries £10. Max: 500 words.
Deadline: June 30. Details on website.
WritersReign 5th Annual Short Story
Competition Theme: One Moment in Time.
Closing date: 30th June 2012. Prizes: £100.00; £50.00;
£25.00 plus 3 Highly Commended prizes of £10.00 each.
Entry fee: £3.50 for 1 story, £6.00 for two. Website:
The BTF Crime Writing Competition
The British Thyroid Foundation, based in Harrogate, is celebrating
its 21st birthday by running a Crime Writing Competition. Maximum
2000 words with the theme Go for the Throat. Entry: £3 (cheque
payable to The British Thyroid Foundation). Closing date: 30th June
2012. More details from Cathryn.Perkins@tiscali.co.uk. BTF
The Sportswriter Competition
2012 Entries up to 2000 words (or 40 lines for poems) and
should relate to sport in some way. The entry fee is £3.00, of which
£1.00 will be donated to Cyclists Fighting Cancer charity http://cyclistsfc.org.uk/.
Prizes: £250, £75, £25. Deadline: midnight on 1st July 2012, the day
of the Euro 2012 Final. Full details on website.
Calderdale Short Story Competition
Closing date: Friday 6th July. Prizes: £300, £100, £50. No theme.
Entry fee: £4. Short stories up to 3,000 words. See Website
Doris Gooderson Short Story
Competition Max 1200 words. Entry fee: £3 per story, £5
for two. Prizes: £150, £70, £40. Closing date: 9 July 2012. See Website
for details and entry form.
100 Words or Fewer
- US website and competition that welcomes (and encourages) entries
from the UK. A real challenge, and the sort of competition where you'll
learn the real meaning of the words 'short story'. Closing date: July
18. Full details on website
The Seán Ó Faoláin International
Short Story Competition First Prize: €2,000 (*approx $2690.82/
£1685.27), publication in the literary journal Southword,
AND a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat.
Second Prize: €500 and publication in Southword.
Four other shortlisted entries will be selected for publication in
Southword and receive a publication fee of €120. Submission deadline:
31 July, 2012. Submission guidelines on website.
Saveas writers Group
Competition to celebrate the 200th birthday of Dickens. Entries of
short works of poetry or prose inspired, broadly or otherwise, by
any character from a Charles Dickens novel. The competition is open
to all writers and international submissions are welcome. Deadline:
August 15th 2012. Full details on website.
The Aesthetica Creative
Writing Competition Poetry and Short Fiction. £500 prize
in each category and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing
Annual. Entry fee is £10 and allows for the entry of two works into
any one category. Deadline: 31 August 2012. See Website
The Prolitzer Prize for
Prose Writing Up to 2000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction.
Closing date: October 1 2012. Prizes: £130, publication in Prole.
Two runners up, each receiving £30. Fee: £4, £3 for each subsequent
Playing Bingo Short Story
Competition Length 1,500-3,000 words. First prize £300,
second prize £100, and two runners up prizes of £50. Closing date:
February 2013. No entry fee. More information on website.
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Here is a list of poetry competitions currently running in the
UK. I'll present them in closing-date order, but I strongly advise
you not to submit your poems until you have first written to the contact
address for further details. Other restrictions in length and subject
matter may apply.