Flash Fiction 500 Closing date: 28th June 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £100; Runner Up: £25. The short list entries will be published in either the Literary Magazine or the year-end Anthology.. Entry fee: £3.00. Looking for: Submit up to 1,500 words of fiction of any genre or theme. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions VS Pritchett Short Story Prize Closing date: 29th June 2018. Prizes: £1,000 plus publication in RSL Review and Prospect online. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: Unpublished short stories between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Website: https://rsliterature.org/award/v-s-pritchett-memorial-prize/ Win your way to NAWGFest 2018 Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: First: A long weekend at the University of Warwick for NAWGFest 2018, 31st August-2nd September. One runner-up will receive a WM mini-critique of up to 9,000 words from a writing professional, worth £100. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: 1,500-1,700 words, fiction or non-fiction, on the theme of "unity". Website: http://www.writers-online.co.uk British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: £100, £50, £20, plus year's membership of BFS and web publication. Entry fee: £5, free for BFS members Looking for: Any kind of fantastical story is welcome. For example: fantasy, science fiction, horror, supernatural, fabulation, magic realism, slipstream, etc, or indeed any combination of those genres. Up to 5,000 words. Email: shortstorycomp@britishfantasysociety.org  Website: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/british-fantasy-awards/ British Czech & Slovak Association Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: £300, £100, publication in the British Czech 6- Slovak Review. Free entry Looking for: Short stories and non-fiction, up to 2,000 words, exploring the links between Britain and the Czech/Slovak Republics at any time. The suggested, but optional, theme for 2018 is 'anniversary' to commemorate the centenary of the creation of Czechoslovakia. Email: prize@bcsa.co.uk  Website: www.bcsa.co.uk  The Henshaw Competition Closing Date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: 1st £100, Second £50, Third £25. Entry fee: £5 by PayPal or by cheque to G. Jennings. Optional Critiques: a further £10. Entry Requirements: A short story on any subject up to 2000 words. Results: Announced by 31st July 2018. Further details: Wining stories will be published on the Henshawpress website. Winners and Authors of commended stories will be offered the opportunity of inclusion in our next Anthology. Website: http://henshawpress.co.uk Wells Festival of Literature - Short Stories Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: Top prize - £750 Entry fee: £6.00. Further details: Maximum words: 2,000. Website:http://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/ Crimson Cloak Publishing Writing Competition 2018 Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: First Prize - Book publishing contract on SUBMITTED story for 100% of royalties, no substitutions; Second Prize - Book publishing contract on the second winning SUBMITTED story for 80% royalties, no substitutions. Third Prize - Book publishing contract on the third winning SUBMITTED story for 60% of royalties, no substitutions. Runner Ups - Free entry into the next competition. Entry fee: $20. Looking for: A story of 3000 to 5000 words where the main character slowly falls in love with the reader. Full T&C's on the website. Email: carly@crimsoncloakpublishing.com Website: http://www.crimsoncloakpublishing.com Michael Terence Publishing (mtp) Short Story Competition Closing date 30th June 2018. Top prize £300, publication & Trophy; Second Prize: £200, Publication in the 2018 Summer MTP Anthology (print book); Third Prize: £100 & Publication in the 2018 Summer MTP Anthology (print book). Entry fee £5.00. Looking for: English language. Genres: fiction or non-fiction (biography, memoir, true story etc.), Open to new authors only - an author who has never published a full-length work at the time of entry. Further info: Maximum word count of stories 3,000. Winners announced 16th July 2018. Email: admin@mtp.agency Website: https://www.mtp.agency/competition The Moth Short Story Prize 2018 Closing date: 30th June 2018. 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. Entry fee: €12 per story. This year's judge is Kevin Barry, former winner of The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize. Further details: The Moth Short Story Prize is open to anyone as long as their story is previously unpublished. The word limit is 5,000. See website for full details: http://www.themothmagazine.com Earlyworks Press Flash Fiction Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: £100, anthology publication for shortlisted entries. Entry fee: £4 per story. £16 for up to six entries. Looking for: Flash fiction, up to 100 words. Email: services@earlyworkspress.co.uk Website: http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/competitions_flash_2018.htm Flash 500 Competitions Closing date: 30th June. 30th September, 31st December 2018. Entry fee: £5 for 1 story, £8 for two. Looking for: flash fiction, up to 500 words. Prizes: £300, £200 and £100, Highly Commended: Copy of Bad Moon Rising. Email: info@flash500.com  Website: http://www.flash500.com/index_files/flashfiction.htm   Henshaw Short Story Quarterly Competition Closing dates: 30th June, 30th September, 31st December 2018. Entries must be a fictional short story of up to 2000 words on any theme. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. Entry fee: £5. Email: editor@henshawpress.co.uk  Website: www.henshawpress.co.uk  Scibble Quarterly Short Story Closing date: 30th June 2018 and quarterly, ongoing. Prizes: £75, £25, £15 in each issue Entry fee: £3 (£5 with critique); free for annual subscribers Looking for: short stories, up to 3,000 words Email: parkpub14@hotmail.com  Website: http://www.parkpublications.co.uk/competitions.html  The Brighton Prize Closing date: 1st July 2018. Entry fees: Short story entries £8, and flash fiction entries £6. Prizes: Winning short story: £1000. 2 runners-up: £100 each. Looking for: Short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words and flash fiction up to 350 words. Email: hello@brightonprize.com Website: http://www.brightonprize.com/ Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition Closing date: 12th July 2018. Prizes: £200, £100, £50, winning entries may be published in the annual Wrekin Writers anthology. Entry fee: £5. Looking for: Short stories up to 1,200 words on an open theme. 50 of all profits will be donated to the Severn Hospice. Email: wrekinwriters@gmail.com Website: https://wrekinwriters.doris-gooderson-short-story-competition/ Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition Closing date: 12th July 2018. Prizes: 1st - £1,000 and a week at Ty Newydd, 2nd - £500, 3rd - £250. Entry fee: £5, £3.50 each subsequent Looking for: Poetry up to 40 lines. Website: www.poetry-festival.co.uk Wasafiri New Writing Prize Closing date: 13th July 2018. Prizes: £300 in each category plus publication in Wasafiri. Entry fee: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories, £15 for three categories. Looking for: Poetry (up to five poems), fiction and life writing up to 3,000 words. Email: wasafiri@qmul.ac.uk  Website: https://www.wasafiri.org/new-writing-prize/ Grist Competition 2018 Trouble & Strife: A Celebration of Protest Closing date: 15th July 2018. Prizes: £500, £250, £125. Entry fee: £5. Further info: Stories up to 5,000 words or Poetry up to 40 lines with a protest theme. Email: grist@hud.ac.uk Website: http://mhm.hud.ac.uk/grist/ Staunch Book Prize Closing date: 15th July 2018. Prize: £2,000. Entry fee: £20. Looking for: Novels (traditionally published, self-published or not yet published) in the thriller genre in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered. Website: http://staunchbookprize.com/about-2/ HG Wells Short Story Competition  Closing date: 23rd July 2018. Prizes: £250 Senior and £1,000 Junior prize and free publication of all shortlisted entries in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology. Short stories between 1,500 and 5,000 words on the theme of Peace. Entry fee: Aged over 21 on 23/07/18: £10 per entry (£5 students accompanied with copy of student id), under 21 on 23/07/18: no entry fee. Email: hgwellscometition@gmail.com Website: http://hgwellscompetition.com Flash Fiction 1500 Closing date: 28th July 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £100; Runner Up: £25. The short list entries will be published in either the Literary Magazine or the year-end Anthology.. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: Submit up to 1,000 words of fiction of any genre or theme. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions HISSAC Annual Open Short Story Competition  Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £250, £50 and £25 in both categories. Entry fee: Short stories £5 or £12 for three, Flash fiction £5 or £12 for three. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words, flash fiction up to 500 words. No connection to Scotland is needed either by theme or entrant. Email: info@hissac.co.uk Website: http://www.hissac.co.uk/Competition   Ink Tears Flash Fiction Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £250, £50, 8 x Highly Commended £25. Entry fee: £3.50. Looking for: Flash fiction up to 500 words. Website: http://www.inktears.com/ffentry Stroud Book Festival International Flash Fiction Competition 2018  Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: 1st: £500, 2nd: £250, 3rd: £100. Entry fee: £5, £3 additional entries. Looking for: Poetry up to 40 lines. Further details: Flash Fiction judge: Sue Limb. Website: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/writing-competition/ Stroud Book Festival International Fiction Competition 2018 Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: 1st: £100 plus a 5-day writing retreat at Hawkwood College, Stroud, 2nd: £75, 3rd: £50. Entry fee: £5, £3 additional entries. Looking for: Synopsis of up to 200 words plus excerpt of up to 3000 words. Further details: Fiction judge: Katie Fforde Website: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/writing-competition/ Norwich Writers' Circle Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2018 Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £400, £250 and £100. Entry fee: £8. Looking for: Previously unpublished work of fiction tp to 2,000 words on the theme 'Markets'. Email: norwichwriters@hotmai1.com Website: http://norwichwriters.wordpress.com To Hull and Back Humorous Writing Competition Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £1,000, £200, £100, publication in Christopher Fielden's To Hull and Back anthology. Entry fee: From 1st May £11, £18 for two. Further reductions for more. Looking for: Funny stories up to 4,000 words. Email: chris@christopherfie1den.com Website: www.christopherfielden.com Sean O Faolain International Short Story Prize 2018 Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: First: €2,000, week-long residency at Arnan Cara Writers' and Editors' Retreat, Second: €500. Four more shortlisted entries will be selected for publication in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120. Entry fee: €15 per story. Looking for: Short stories on any subject, in any style up to 3,000 words. Email: sofcomp@munsterlit.ie Website: http://www.munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html SaveAs Writer's International Writing Competition - Short Stories Closing date: 31st August 2018. Prizes: First: The SaveAs Writers’ International Prose Prize sponsored by Hot Monkey Publishing of £200; Second: £100; Third: £50. Entry fee: £4 per short story £10 for three. Looking for: Short stories: 2500 words max. on the subject: Nightmare: Gothic Dreams. Website: http://saveaswriters.co.uk/competitions.html Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award Closing date: 1st September 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize is €1,000, 2nd Prize €500, 3rd Prize €300. Entry fee: €10. Looking for: Short stories between 1,800 and 2,000 words. Website: http://wexfordliteraryfestival.com/colm-toibin-short-story-award/ Manchester Fiction Prize Closing date: 14th September 2018. Entry fee: £17.50. Prize: £10,000. Looking for: Short stories, up to 2,500 words Email: writingschool@mmu.ac.uk https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/fiction-prize/ Mere Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 22nd September 2018. Prizes: £60, £30, £15. Entry fee: £2, £1 each subsequent. Looking for Flash fiction on a theme announced on 14th September. Email: info@merelitfest.co.uk  Website: www.merelitfest.co.uk  Grindstone International Short Story Prize Closing date: 28th September 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £500; Runner Up: £50. The short list entries will be published in the year-end Anthology.. Entry fee: £10.00. Looking for: 3,000 words of fiction in any genre. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions Chorley & District Writers' Circle Annual Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Prizes: £100, £50, £30. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: Short stories on the theme of 'Natural Justice'. Email: mail@chorleywriters.org.uk; dea@fictionfeedback.co.uk  Website: www.chorleywriters.org.uk Bedford International Writing Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Entry fee: £6, £12 for three. Prizes: £500, £150, £100, special Bedford Prizes £100 in each category. Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words, poems up to 40 lines, on any theme. Email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.co.uk Website: http://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/homepage.php Hammond House Publishing Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st September 2018. Prizes: Short stories £500, £100, £50 plus worldwide publication for 25 shortlisted entries. Entry fee: £10.00; Members £5.00 Looking for: Short stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words on the theme of 'precious'. Website: www.hammondhousepublishing.com Women’s Fiction Awards 2018: Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 1st October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize: £500. Three other finalists will each receive £50. All four winning stories will be published in the March issue of Mslexia. Entry fee: £5 per story. Looking for: The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes flash fiction of up to 300 words in length (not including the title). Further details: All genres welcome. Email: competitions@mslexia.co.uk Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/products/wfa-flash-fiction-comp-2018/ Women’s Fiction Awards 2018: Short Story Competition Closing date: 1st October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize: £5,000. Entry fee: £10 per story. Looking for: stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length (not including the title). Further details: All genres welcome. Please include a cover sheet with your entry. Email: competitions@mslexia.co.uk Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/womens-short-fiction-competition-short-story-competition/ RW Themed Flash Fiction Prize Closing date: 28th October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize £350, 2nd Prize £200, 3rd Prize £100, Shortlisted £15. All winning and shortlisted stories published in the annual anthology. Entry fee: £8 per story. Looking for: Short fiction up to 500 words on quarterly set themes. Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/flash-fiction-prize/  Retreat West Short Story Prize Closing date: 28th October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize £400; 2nd Prize £250; 3rd Prize £150; Shortlisted £20. All winning and shortlisted stories published in the annual anthology. Entry fee: £10 for 1 story – enter as many times as you like but all entries must be made separately and the entry fee paid each time. Looking for: Short stories between 1500 – 5000 words (title not included). Further details: Judge: Paul McVeigh Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/the-rw-short-story-prize/ Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: £750, £500, web publication. Free entry. Looking for: Fiction and non-fiction interpretations, 1,000-1,500 words, by young writers aged 18-25, of a Benjamin Franklin quote (see website). Email: info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org Website: www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org Arkbound Short Story Competition Closing date: 1st November 2018. Prizes: £100, £50, £25, 3 x £10 Entry fee: £3. Arkbound will sponsor entries from disadvantaged people. Looking for: Short stories between 500 and 1,000 words on the theme of 'Hope'. Email: competitions@arkbound.com Website: http://arkbound.com/writing-competition/ Ink Tears Short Story Competition The contest will start in early August. Closing date: 30th November 2018. Prizes: £1,000, £100, 4 x £25 Highly Commended. Entry fee: £7.50. Looking for: Short stories between 1,000 and 3,500 words. Further info: Winners will be notified by 28th Feb 2019 (full results published by 30th Mar 2019). Website: http://www.inktears.com/ssentry International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, 2018 Closing date: 30th November 2018. English.Prizes: The Grand Prize is €1000 and publication in Albedo One. Second and third place prizes are €200 and €100 and publication in Albedo One. Entry fee: €8.50. Looking for: Stories of up to 10,000 words long, that are previously unpublished in science fiction, fantasy, horror or anything unclassifiable or in-between. Email: fraslaw@yahoo.co.uk Website: http://www.albedo1.com/aeon-award-2018/

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Flash Fiction 500 Closing date: 28th June 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £100; Runner Up: £25. The short list entries will be published in either the Literary Magazine or the year-end Anthology.. Entry fee: £3.00. Looking for: Submit up to 1,500 words of fiction of any genre or theme. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions VS Pritchett Short Story Prize Closing date: 29th June 2018. Prizes: £1,000 plus publication in RSL Review and Prospect online. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: Unpublished short stories between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Website: https://rsliterature.org/award/v-s-pritchett- memorial-prize/ Win your way to NAWGFest 2018 Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: First: A long weekend at the University of Warwick for NAWGFest 2018, 31st August-2nd September. One runner-up will receive a WM mini-critique of up to 9,000 words from a writing professional, worth £100. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: 1,500-1,700 words, fiction or non-fiction, on the theme of "unity". Website: http://www.writers-online.co.uk British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: £100, £50, £20, plus year's membership of BFS and web publication. Entry fee: £5, free for BFS members Looking for: Any kind of fantastical story is welcome. For example: fantasy, science fiction, horror, supernatural, fabulation, magic realism, slipstream, etc, or indeed any combination of those genres. Up to 5,000 words. Email: shortstorycomp@britishfantasysociety.org  Website: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/british- fantasy-awards/ British Czech & Slovak Association Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: £300, £100, publication in the British Czech 6- Slovak Review. Free entry Looking for: Short stories and non-fiction, up to 2,000 words, exploring the links between Britain and the Czech/Slovak Republics at any time. The suggested, but optional, theme for 2018 is 'anniversary' to commemorate the centenary of the creation of Czechoslovakia. Email: prize@bcsa.co.uk  Website: www.bcsa.co.uk  The Henshaw Competition Closing Date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: 1st £100, Second £50, Third £25. Entry fee: £5 by PayPal or by cheque to G. Jennings. Optional Critiques: a further £10. Entry Requirements: A short story on any subject up to 2000 words. Results: Announced by 31st July 2018. Further details: Wining stories will be published on the Henshawpress website. Winners and Authors of commended stories will be offered the opportunity of inclusion in our next Anthology. Website: http://henshawpress.co.uk Wells Festival of Literature - Short Stories Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: Top prize - £750 Entry fee: £6.00. Further details: Maximum words: 2,000. Website:http://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/ Crimson Cloak Publishing Writing Competition 2018 Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: First Prize - Book publishing contract on SUBMITTED story for 100% of royalties, no substitutions; Second Prize - Book publishing contract on the second winning SUBMITTED story for 80% royalties, no substitutions. Third Prize - Book publishing contract on the third winning SUBMITTED story for 60% of royalties, no substitutions. Runner Ups - Free entry into the next competition. Entry fee: $20. Looking for: A story of 3000 to 5000 words where the main character slowly falls in love with the reader. Full T&C's on the website. Email: carly@crimsoncloakpublishing.com Website: http://www.crimsoncloakpublishing.com Michael Terence Publishing (mtp) Short Story Competition Closing date 30th June 2018. Top prize £300, publication & Trophy; Second Prize: £200, Publication in the 2018 Summer MTP Anthology (print book); Third Prize: £100 & Publication in the 2018 Summer MTP Anthology (print book). Entry fee £5.00. Looking for: English language. Genres: fiction or non-fiction (biography, memoir, true story etc.), Open to new authors only - an author who has never published a full-length work at the time of entry. Further info: Maximum word count of stories 3,000. Winners announced 16th July 2018. Email: admin@mtp.agency Website: https://www.mtp.agency/competition The Moth Short Story Prize 2018 Closing date: 30th June 2018. 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. Entry fee: €12 per story. This year's judge is Kevin Barry, former winner of The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize. Further details: The Moth Short Story Prize is open to anyone as long as their story is previously unpublished. The word limit is 5,000. See website for full details: http://www.themothmagazine.com Earlyworks Press Flash Fiction Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: £100, anthology publication for shortlisted entries. Entry fee: £4 per story. £16 for up to six entries. Looking for: Flash fiction, up to 100 words. Email: services@earlyworkspress.co.uk Website: http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/competitions_flash_2018. htm Flash 500 Competitions Closing date: 30th June. 30th September, 31st December 2018. Entry fee: £5 for 1 story, £8 for two. Looking for: flash fiction, up to 500 words. Prizes: £300, £200 and £100, Highly Commended: Copy of Bad Moon Rising. Email: info@flash500.com  Website: http://www.flash500.com/index_files/flashfiction.htm   Henshaw Short Story Quarterly Competition Closing dates: 30th June, 30th September, 31st December 2018. Entries must be a fictional short story of up to 2000 words on any theme. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. Entry fee: £5. Email: editor@henshawpress.co.uk  Website: www.henshawpress.co.uk  Scibble Quarterly Short Story Closing date: 30th June 2018 and quarterly, ongoing. Prizes: £75, £25, £15 in each issue Entry fee: £3 (£5 with critique); free for annual subscribers Looking for: short stories, up to 3,000 words Email: parkpub14@hotmail.com  Website: http://www.parkpublications.co.uk/competitions.html  The Brighton Prize Closing date: 1st July 2018. Entry fees: Short story entries £8, and flash fiction entries £6. Prizes: Winning short story: £1000. 2 runners-up: £100 each. Looking for: Short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words and flash fiction up to 350 words. Email: hello@brightonprize.com Website: http://www.brightonprize.com/ Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition Closing date: 12th July 2018. Prizes: £200, £100, £50, winning entries may be published in the annual Wrekin Writers anthology. Entry fee: £5. Looking for: Short stories up to 1,200 words on an open theme. 50 of all profits will be donated to the Severn Hospice. Email: wrekinwriters@gmail.com Website: https://wrekinwriters.doris-gooderson-short-story- competition/ Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition Closing date: 12th July 2018. Prizes: 1st - £1,000 and a week at Ty Newydd, 2nd - £500, 3rd - £250. Entry fee: £5, £3.50 each subsequent Looking for: Poetry up to 40 lines. Website: www.poetry-festival.co.uk Wasafiri New Writing Prize Closing date: 13th July 2018. Prizes: £300 in each category plus publication in Wasafiri. Entry fee: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories, £15 for three categories. Looking for: Poetry (up to five poems), fiction and life writing up to 3,000 words. Email: wasafiri@qmul.ac.uk  Website: https://www.wasafiri.org/new-writing-prize/ Grist Competition 2018 Trouble & Strife: A Celebration of Protest Closing date: 15th July 2018. Prizes: £500, £250, £125. Entry fee: £5. Further info: Stories up to 5,000 words or Poetry up to 40 lines with a protest theme. Email: grist@hud.ac.uk Website: http://mhm.hud.ac.uk/grist/ Staunch Book Prize Closing date: 15th July 2018. Prize: £2,000. Entry fee: £20. Looking for: Novels (traditionally published, self-published or not yet published) in the thriller genre in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered. Website: http://staunchbookprize.com/about-2/ HG Wells Short Story Competition  Closing date: 23rd July 2018. Prizes: £250 Senior and £1,000 Junior prize and free publication of all shortlisted entries in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology. Short stories between 1,500 and 5,000 words on the theme of Peace. Entry fee: Aged over 21 on 23/07/18: £10 per entry (£5 students accompanied with copy of student id), under 21 on 23/07/18: no entry fee. Email: hgwellscometition@gmail.com Website: http://hgwellscompetition.com Flash Fiction 1500 Closing date: 28th July 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £100; Runner Up: £25. The short list entries will be published in either the Literary Magazine or the year-end Anthology.. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: Submit up to 1,000 words of fiction of any genre or theme. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions HISSAC Annual Open Short Story Competition  Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £250, £50 and £25 in both categories. Entry fee: Short stories £5 or £12 for three, Flash fiction £5 or £12 for three. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words, flash fiction up to 500 words. No connection to Scotland is needed either by theme or entrant. Email: info@hissac.co.uk Website: http://www.hissac.co.uk/Competition   Ink Tears Flash Fiction Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £250, £50, 8 x Highly Commended £25. Entry fee: £3.50. Looking for: Flash fiction up to 500 words. Website: http://www.inktears.com/ffentry Stroud Book Festival International Flash Fiction Competition 2018  Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: 1st: £500, 2nd: £250, 3rd: £100. Entry fee: £5, £3 additional entries. Looking for: Poetry up to 40 lines. Further details: Flash Fiction judge: Sue Limb. Website: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/writing- competition/ Stroud Book Festival International Fiction Competition 2018 Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: 1st: £100 plus a 5-day writing retreat at Hawkwood College, Stroud, 2nd: £75, 3rd: £50. Entry fee: £5, £3 additional entries. Looking for: Synopsis of up to 200 words plus excerpt of up to 3000 words. Further details: Fiction judge: Katie Fforde Website: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/writing- competition/ Norwich Writers' Circle Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2018 Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £400, £250 and £100. Entry fee: £8. Looking for: Previously unpublished work of fiction tp to 2,000 words on the theme 'Markets'. Email: norwichwriters@hotmai1.com Website: http://norwichwriters.wordpress.com To Hull and Back Humorous Writing Competition Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £1,000, £200, £100, publication in Christopher Fielden's To Hull and Back anthology. Entry fee: From 1st May £11, £18 for two. Further reductions for more. Looking for: Funny stories up to 4,000 words. Email: chris@christopherfie1den.com Website: www.christopherfielden.com Sean O Faolain International Short Story Prize 2018 Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: First: €2,000, week-long residency at Arnan Cara Writers' and Editors' Retreat, Second: €500. Four more shortlisted entries will be selected for publication in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120. Entry fee: €15 per story. Looking for: Short stories on any subject, in any style up to 3,000 words. Email: sofcomp@munsterlit.ie Website: http://www.munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html SaveAs Writer's International Writing Competition - Short Stories Closing date: 31st August 2018. Prizes: First: The SaveAs Writers’ International Prose Prize sponsored by Hot Monkey Publishing of £200; Second: £100; Third: £50. Entry fee: £4 per short story £10 for three. Looking for: Short stories: 2500 words max. on the subject: Nightmare: Gothic Dreams. Website: http://saveaswriters.co.uk/competitions.html Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award Closing date: 1st September 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize is €1,000, 2nd Prize €500, 3rd Prize €300. Entry fee: €10. Looking for: Short stories between 1,800 and 2,000 words. Website: http://wexfordliteraryfestival.com/colm-toibin- short-story-award/ Manchester Fiction Prize Closing date: 14th September 2018. Entry fee: £17.50. Prize: £10,000. Looking for: Short stories, up to 2,500 words Email: writingschool@mmu.ac.uk https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/fiction-prize/ Mere Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 22nd September 2018. Prizes: £60, £30, £15. Entry fee: £2, £1 each subsequent. Looking for Flash fiction on a theme announced on 14th September. Email: info@merelitfest.co.uk  Website: www.merelitfest.co.uk  Grindstone International Short Story Prize Closing date: 28th September 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £500; Runner Up: £50. The short list entries will be published in the year-end Anthology.. Entry fee: £10.00. Looking for: 3,000 words of fiction in any genre. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions Chorley & District Writers' Circle Annual Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Prizes: £100, £50, £30. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: Short stories on the theme of 'Natural Justice'. Email: mail@chorleywriters.org.uk; dea@fictionfeedback.co.uk  Website: www.chorleywriters.org.uk Bedford International Writing Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Entry fee: £6, £12 for three. Prizes: £500, £150, £100, special Bedford Prizes £100 in each category. Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words, poems up to 40 lines, on any theme. Email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.co.uk Website: http://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/homepage. php Hammond House Publishing Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st September 2018. Prizes: Short stories £500, £100, £50 plus worldwide publication for 25 shortlisted entries. Entry fee: £10.00; Members £5.00 Looking for: Short stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words on the theme of 'precious'. Website: www.hammondhousepublishing.com Women’s Fiction Awards 2018: Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 1st October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize: £500. Three other finalists will each receive £50. All four winning stories will be published in the March issue of Mslexia. Entry fee: £5 per story. Looking for: The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes flash fiction of up to 300 words in length (not including the title). Further details: All genres welcome. Email: competitions@mslexia.co.uk Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/products/wfa-flash-fiction- comp-2018/ Women’s Fiction Awards 2018: Short Story Competition Closing date: 1st October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize: £5,000. Entry fee: £10 per story. Looking for: stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length (not including the title). Further details: All genres welcome. Please include a cover sheet with your entry. Email: competitions@mslexia.co.uk Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/womens-short-fiction- competition-short-story-competition/ RW Themed Flash Fiction Prize Closing date: 28th October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize £350, 2nd Prize £200, 3rd Prize £100, Shortlisted £15. All winning and shortlisted stories published in the annual anthology. Entry fee: £8 per story. Looking for: Short fiction up to 500 words on quarterly set themes. Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/flash-fiction-prize/  Retreat West Short Story Prize Closing date: 28th October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize £400; 2nd Prize £250; 3rd Prize £150; Shortlisted £20. All winning and shortlisted stories published in the annual anthology. Entry fee: £10 for 1 story – enter as many times as you like but all entries must be made separately and the entry fee paid each time. Looking for: Short stories between 1500 – 5000 words (title not included). Further details: Judge: Paul McVeigh Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/the-rw-short-story- prize/ Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: £750, £500, web publication. Free entry. Looking for: Fiction and non-fiction interpretations, 1,000- 1,500 words, by young writers aged 18-25, of a Benjamin Franklin quote (see website). Email: info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org Website: www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org Arkbound Short Story Competition Closing date: 1st November 2018. Prizes: £100, £50, £25, 3 x £10 Entry fee: £3. Arkbound will sponsor entries from disadvantaged people. Looking for: Short stories between 500 and 1,000 words on the theme of 'Hope'. Email: competitions@arkbound.com Website: http://arkbound.com/writing-competition/ Ink Tears Short Story Competition The contest will start in early August. Closing date: 30th November 2018. Prizes: £1,000, £100, 4 x £25 Highly Commended. Entry fee: £7.50. Looking for: Short stories between 1,000 and 3,500 words. Further info: Winners will be notified by 28th Feb 2019 (full results published by 30th Mar 2019). Website: http://www.inktears.com/ssentry International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, 2018 Closing date: 30th November 2018. English.Prizes: The Grand Prize is €1000 and publication in Albedo One. Second and third place prizes are €200 and €100 and publication in Albedo One. Entry fee: €8.50. Looking for: Stories of up to 10,000 words long, that are previously unpublished in science fiction, fantasy, horror or anything unclassifiable or in-between. Email: fraslaw@yahoo.co.uk Website: http://www.albedo1.com/aeon-award-2018/

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