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1,000 Word Challenge
Closing dates: 30 Nov; 28 Feb; 30 May; 30 Aug.
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: Themed quarterly competition for stories up to 1,000 words.
Emall: contact@1000wordchallenge.com
Website: www.1000wordchallenge.com

A3 Review Monthly Themed Competitions, The
Closing Date - Last Saturday of each month.
Prizes - Publication in the latest edition of the A3 Review literary magazine (printed twice a year). Two winners from each month eligible for overall cash prizes of 1st - £150, 2nd - £75 and third - £50.
Entry Fee: £3.
Details: The A3 Review's themed monthly contest is brought to you by the folks who make Writing Maps. We believe in words and images, and love a combination of the two. We're looking for prose, poetry, graphic stories, photography, paintings, drawings, and other visual and word-based creations and various combinations of the above.
Website: www.writingmaps.com/

"A Very Short Story Competition"
Closing date: Last day of every month.
Prizes: £50 and the winning entry will be published on the website.
Entry fee: £4.00 per story. The aim of this competition is to provide a platform for writers to expose their talents for telling a big tale in a small way. Entries must not exceed 1,000 words and any theme or genre is accepted.

Bath Flash Fiction Award
Closing date: rolling deadlines - see website.
Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100.
Entry fee: £9, £4 for members.
Info: This is a rolling competition for flash fiction up to 300 words, and will be judged when 1,000 entries have been received then start again.
Website: http://bathflashfictionaward.com

CheerReader Humorous Short Story Competition
Closing dates: Spring (closing date March 15th), Summer (closing date June 15th), Autumn (closing date September 15th) and Winter (closing date December 15th).
Prizes: €100 (There is now only the one prize, as we decided one big one was beter than three small ones.)
Entry fee: €5.
Theme - anything, so long as it's funny. Word Count - maximum 1500
Full rules and regulations can be found on web site.

Cultured Vultures' Poem of the Week Competition
Closing date: Every Friday weekly.
Prizes: Publication.
Entry fee: Free.
Further info: See website.
Website: culturedvultures.com/poem-week/

Dark Tales Short Story Contest
Closing dates: Last day of each month.
Prizes: £100 plus publication, all other shortlisted stories also published in our high quality anthology.
Entry fee: £5, £10 including tick-sheet critique, £20 including critique and proof edit. Subscribe to the contest for £5 per month and enter two stories for free or one story plus a critique into each contest.
Monthly contest for previously unpublished horror and speculative fiction.

Dark Tales Quarterly Short Story Competition
Closing dates: 31st August, 30th November, 28th February, 31st May.
Prizes: 1st - £250; 2nd - £100; 3rd - £50. All stories published in Dark Tales magazine. Unpublished stories up to 5,000 words. Entry fee: £5, £10 with an optional tick-sheet critique, £20 with a critique and edit. Subscribe for four issues of Dark Tales and enter for free.

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest
Closing dates: (Semi-annual) July 31st and December 31st, each year.
Prizes: Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
Entry fees: $5(USD) per poem, $10(USD) per short story.
Guidelines: The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream. Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed. And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.
For more info:

Envoi International Open Poetry Competitions
Deadline for submissions – 20th February, 20th June and 20th October each year.
Prizes: 1st prize £150, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £50. Each winner and three runners up win a complimentary copy with their poem. The three runners up are also awarded an annual subscription worth £15. Entry fee: £3 per poem or five poems for £12. Poems can be in any style, on any theme up to 40 lines. More details on website.

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition
Closing dates: 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.
Looking for: This quarterly open-themed competition is for fiction up to 500 words.
Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories.
Prizes: £300, £200 and £100.
Email: info@flash500.com
Website: www.flash500.com

FlashStories.net Quarterly Short Story Competition
Closing dates: 31st October 2010, 31st January 2011, 30th April 2011.
Prizes: 1st - £500; 2nd - £250; 3rd - £100. All stories published online. Unpublished fiction in any genre up to 500 words. Entry fee: £5 for one story, £7 for two stories, £3 per entry for three or more stories.

Five Stop Story Monthly Competitions 2012
Closing date: Last day of each month.
Prizes: Monthly prize of £50 for the winner and all winners, runners up and honorary mentions are published on our website and iPhone and iPad app. Additionally there is a prize of £150 for the top author in our league table at the end of 2012.
Entry fee: £4 for 1 entry, £7 for 2, £8 for 3.
Short stories of up to 3,000 words on any subject or theme.
More details on

Fright Cards
Closing date: on-going.
Prizes: Publication and 5 copies of postcard.
Entry fee: Free.
Looking for: Flash/Micro fiction, various word counts less than 200 words.
Further info: Get your work read by many by getting your story published on a quality finish postcard!
Email: horrorscribing@gmail.com
Website: horrorscribes.wordpress.com/fright-cards/

Global Short Story Competition, The
Monthly cash prize. Entries up tp 2,000 words. Entry fee £5.00.
The organisers say: "The competition is designed to appeal to writers everywhere, from the arid outback of Australia to the baking deserts of Africa, the towering skyscrapers of the United States to the humid cities of Asia, the bustling capitals of Europe to the steamy villages of South America.
What makes this competition different from all the others? Well, for a start we will be marketing it in every country in the world and it will happen every month.
Each month, we will select a winning story to receive a cash prize. The story will also be posted on our website.
At the end of twelve months, each winning story will be considered for an annual cash prize." Get all the gen at:

Henshaw Short Story Competition
Closing date: Quarterly, 30th April, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.
Entry fee: £5.
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
Quarterly competition for short stories up to 2,000 words.
Email: editor@henshawpress.co.uk
Website: www.henshawpress.co.uk

Hour of Writes Weekly Writing Competition
Closing date: 11pm (GMT) every Friday.
Prizes: First Prize: Usually min £50 (increases with more participants).
Entry fee: £3.
Further info: Word Limit: 2000 words; Theme: New title every week, check website for latest theme.
Website: hourofwrites.com

JBWB Poetry and Short Story Competitions
Prizes: £150 for a short story, £100 for a poem.
Stories up to 2,500 words based on the three pictures on the website, poems up to 30 lines. Entry fees: £4 per story, £3 per poem. For more information go to website.

Less than 100 words
Closing date: weekly competition closing at 6pm (BST) every Friday.
Prize is £20.
Entry fee 99p
Competition.:  Write a story in less than 100 words, incorporating the prompt given.
Website: www.lessthan100words.com

Metamorphose Short Story Publication
Closing date: Always open.
Prizes: Stories published in the anthology are eligible for royalty sales.
Entry fee: Free.
Looking for: We are currently accepting short stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words for publication on our website. Each year the top 3-5 stories will be published as the featured short story in Metamorphose's Anthology in the fall. All accepted submissions receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.
Further info: If you would like to submit, you must be previously unpublished.
Email: Tammy Davies: metamorphoseliterary@gmail.com
Website: http://www.metamorphoselit.com/p/submit.html

New Short Story Annual Competition 2013, The
Closing Date: 25th of each month.
Prizes: Monthly winners are published on the websites, promoted and receive a £10/$15 voucher. All entries are considered for publication in The New Short Short Annual 2013, at the end of the year.
Entry Fee: Free.
Description: We welcome original, exciting fiction on any subject (up to 2,000 words).
hayley-sherman.co.uk or whoosh-editing.com

Pages Quarterly Open Short Story Competition & Anthology. The
Submission Deadlines: March 31st, June 30th, September 30th & Dec 31st.
Prizes: 1st £60.00, 2nd £40.00, 3rd £20.00. Entry fee: £4.00 Each additional entry: £2.00. Indepth critique: £2.00 Anthology: £4.00.
Stories can be on any subject and in any genre (except children's). Previously published work will be accepted, however please inform us at time of submission where and when it has been published. Entries should not exceed 4,000 words. Full details on website.

Poetry Kit Poetry Competition, The
Prizes: The prize is publication on the front page of Poetry Kit where it will be seen by the 10 thousand visitors we have each day, there will also be a few other goodies to show our thanks, but no cash prize. There is no set fee to enter but there is a catch! There will be six competitions over the year, each one of two months duration. Entry fee: Donation to the Liverpool Methodist Youth Exchange programme. See website for details.

Red Line (rolling competition), The
Closing Date: Every two months.
Prizes: £50 for winning entry.
Entry Fee: Free to enter.
Theme: Urban Fiction, Money.
Short stories up to 3,500 words responding to any of the open themes. Competitions run on a bi-monthly basis. All short-listed entries receive feedback. Looking for original and well-written stories from any genre or none.
Find out more on website:

Ron L Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest
Prizes: every three months: $1,000, $750, $500 plus annual grand prize: $5,000!
Here's an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required and entrants retain all publication rights. All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only.

Scribble Quarterly Competitions
Ongoing quarterly competitions for short stories, up to 3,000 words
Prizes: £75, £25, £15 in each issue.
Entry fee: £3 (£5 with critique); free for annual subscribers.
There is no closing date: successful stories are published in the next issue.

Sentinel Short Story and Poetry Quarterly Competition
Closing dates: See website.
Prizes: £200 (First), £75 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (High Commendation). The winners and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine.
Entry fee: short stories, £4, £8 for two, £10 for three, £12 for four.
Entry fee: poetry, £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/ 4, £12/5, £16/7, and £22 for 10 poems.
The competition is for short stories, up to 1,500 words, and poems up to 50 lines.

Story Planner Monthly Story Plan Competition
Closing date: 15th of every month.
Prizes: Writing books and courses.
Entry fee: Free.
Looking for: Story plans and outlines using the plans at StoryPlanner.com
Further info: Judge: Joanne Bartley.
Email: competitions@storyplanner.com
Website: blog.storyplanner.com/story-planner-monthly-competitions/

TXTLIT.co.uk Text Message Competition
Prize: £50.00 monthly.
New competition each month with a different theme. Correct spelling and grammar required, with a maximun text length of 160 characters. Strewth! Is such a thing possible? Entry: £1.00. Vst wbsite 4 dtls:

Writers’ Forum Magazine Monthly Poetry Competition
Prizes: 1st £100 plus publication; three runners-up receive a dictionary plus publication. Entry fee: £5 per poem, £7 for two No theme, up to 40 lines. Every entry with SAE receives a free check-box critique. No deadline as the competition is continuous. Details and downloadable entry form at:
www.writers-forum.com, or from the magazine, which is available from branches of W H Smith.

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