The George Floyd Short Story Competition Closing date: 14th August 2020 Prizes: 1st Prize £250, 2nd Prize £125, 3rd Prize £75. Looking for: Short stories only (5000 words max. No minimum). Entry fee: Free. Other info: The submission must be the author’s original work. Website: https://www.nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk/the-george-floyd-short-story-competition/ COSTA Short Story Award 2020 Closing date: 28th August 2020. Prizes: The Short Story Award winner receives £3,500, with the authors in second and third place receiving £1,000 and £500 respectively. Looking for: A previously-unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over on 1st January 2019. Entry fee: None stated. Website: https://www.costa.co.uk/behind-the-beans/short-story-award Earlyworks Press Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 30th August 2020. Prizes: £100 first prize; cash and books for runners up. Looking for: Flash fiction, up to 100 words. Entry fee: £5 per story, £20 for six stories. Website: http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/flash.html The Kindle Storyteller Award Closing date: 31st August 2020. Prizes: £20,000 literary prize recognising outstanding writing. Looking for: Writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing. Entry fee: None stated. Website: https://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&node=12061299031 MTP / Summer Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st August 2020. (Opens 1st June 2020) Prizes: First Prize: £500 (GBP) plus Annual  Masterclass Pass; Second Prize: £300 (GBP); Third Prize: £200 (GBP). Looking for: 3,000 words maximum, no minimum. Most genres accepted: fiction, science fiction, non-fiction, biography, memoir, true story. Entry fee: £5.00 GBP (approx. $6.50 USD) for each story entered. Other info: See website for more. Website: https://www.mtp.agency/competition Saveas Writers' International Writing Competition 2020 Closing date: 31st August 2020. Prizes: First: The SaveAs Writers’ International Prose Prize sponsored by Professor Geralyn Pinto of £200; Second: £100; Third: £50. Entry fee: £4 per short story £10 for three. Other info: Max word count: 3500 Website: https://www.saveaswriters.co.uk Chalk Circle Short Story Competition 2020 Closing date: 31st August 2020. Prizes: £200; £100; £50 + anthology publication oppertunity. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words. Entry fee: £6. Other info: Judge: Author, Vanessa Gebbie. Website: http://www.chalkcircle.org.uk/competitions The Moth Nature Writing Prize Closing date: 15th September 2020. Prizes: 1st prize €1,000 plus a week at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland. Entry Fee: €15. Looking for: an unpublished piece of writing - prose fiction, non-fiction or poetry - which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer's relationship with the natural world. Website: http://www.themothmagazine.com/ Mslexia Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020: Flash Fiction Closing date: 21st September 2020. Prizes: 1st Prize: £500 and three other finalists will each receive £50. All four winning stories will be published in the December 2020 issue of Mslexia. Looking for: flash fiction, in any genre, of up to 300 words in length (not including the title). Entry fee: £5 per story. Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/mslexia-fiction-memoir-competition-2020-flash-fiction/ Mslexia Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020: Short Story Closing date: 21st September 2020. Prizes: £3,000 and also have the prestige of being published in Mslexia, a credit shared with writers like Costa winner Angela Readman and novelist Peggy Riley. (see website for more.) Looking for: The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length (not including the title). Entry fee: £10.00 per story. Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/products/competition_entry_fee/mslexia-fiction-memoir- competition-2020-short-story/ The Henshaw Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th September 2020. Prizes: 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50. Prize winners published on the Henshawpress website and in our next Anthology. Looking for: A short story on any subject up to 2000 words. Results announced by the end of October 2020 Entry fee: £6 by PayPal or by Cheque to G. Jennings. Optional Critiques a further £12. Contact email: editor@henshawpress.com Website: http://henshawpress.co.uk 'World Tales' Short Story Competition UNESCO and the Idries Shah Foundation Closing date: 15th October 2020. Prizes: Winners will receive an iPad and have their story published in a special edition hardcover book. Looking for: Short stories by young people aged 12 - 18 years on the theme 'Once upon a time in my future' Other info: See website for more. Website: https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-and-idries-shah-foundation-launch-world-tales- short-story-competition The Bedford International Writing Competition Closing date: 31st October, 2020. Prizes: Poetry, Short Story and Young Writers' Prizes: £500, £150, £100.Special Seniors' Prizes of £500, £150, £100 for the best stories submitted by persons aged 70 years and over. Entry Fee: £6 or 3 for £12, students £4 or 3 for £8. Looking for: poems (40 lines) and short stories (max.3000 words). Other info: This year, proceeds will go to charities helping coronavirus victims. All shortlisted and winning entries will be published as an anthology in paperback and Kindle form. Judge: Leigh Russell Website: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/homepage.php The Bedford Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st October 2020. Prizes: 1st place, £500, 2nd place £150 and 3rd place £100. In addition all short listed stories and poems plus other prizewinners are published in an anthology which is produced in paperback and electronic book format. Looking for: Stories may be up to 3000 words on any theme. Entry fee: One story - £6; three stories at the same time £12. Full time students pay a reduced entry fee of £4 for one story and £8 for three. Website: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/homepage.php

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The George Floyd Short Story Competition Closing date: 14th August 2020 Prizes: 1st Prize £250, 2nd Prize £125, 3rd Prize £75. Looking for: Short stories only (5000 words max. No minimum). Entry fee: Free. Other info: The submission must be the author’s original work. Website: https://www.nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk/the- george-floyd-short-story-competition/ COSTA Short Story Award 2020 Closing date: 28th August 2020. Prizes: The Short Story Award winner receives £3,500, with the authors in second and third place receiving £1,000 and £500 respectively. Looking for: A previously-unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over on 1st January 2019. Entry fee: None stated. Website: https://www.costa.co.uk/behind-the- beans/short-story-award Earlyworks Press Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 30th August 2020. Prizes: £100 first prize; cash and books for runners up. Looking for: Flash fiction, up to 100 words. Entry fee: £5 per story, £20 for six stories. Website: http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/flash.html The Kindle Storyteller Award Closing date: 31st August 2020. Prizes: £20,000 literary prize recognising outstanding writing. Looking for: Writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing. Entry fee: None stated. Website: https://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&node=120612 99031 MTP / Summer Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st August 2020. (Opens 1st June 2020) Prizes: First Prize: £500 (GBP) plus Annual  Masterclass Pass; Second Prize: £300 (GBP); Third Prize: £200 (GBP). Looking for: 3,000 words maximum, no minimum. Most genres accepted: fiction, science fiction, non- fiction, biography, memoir, true story. Entry fee: £5.00 GBP (approx. $6.50 USD) for each story entered. Other info: See website for more. Website: https://www.mtp.agency/competition Saveas Writers' International Writing Competition 2020 Closing date: 31st August 2020. Prizes: First: The SaveAs Writers’ International Prose Prize sponsored by Professor Geralyn Pinto of £200; Second: £100; Third: £50. Entry fee: £4 per short story £10 for three. Other info: Max word count: 3500 Website: https://www.saveaswriters.co.uk Chalk Circle Short Story Competition 2020 Closing date: 31st August 2020. Prizes: £200; £100; £50 + anthology publication oppertunity. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words. Entry fee: £6. Other info: Judge: Author, Vanessa Gebbie. Website: http://www.chalkcircle.org.uk/competitions The Moth Nature Writing Prize Closing date: 15th September 2020. Prizes: 1st prize €1,000 plus a week at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland. Entry Fee: €15. Looking for: an unpublished piece of writing - prose fiction, non-fiction or poetry - which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer's relationship with the natural world. Website: http://www.themothmagazine.com/ Mslexia Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020: Flash Fiction Closing date: 21st September 2020. Prizes: 1st Prize: £500 and three other finalists will each receive £50. All four winning stories will be published in the December 2020 issue of Mslexia. Looking for: flash fiction, in any genre, of up to 300 words in length (not including the title). Entry fee: £5 per story. Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/mslexia-fiction- memoir-competition-2020-flash-fiction/ Mslexia Fiction & Memoir Competition 2020: Short Story Closing date: 21st September 2020. Prizes: £3,000 and also have the prestige of being published in Mslexia, a credit shared with writers like Costa winner Angela Readman and novelist Peggy Riley. (see website for more.) Looking for: The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length (not including the title). Entry fee: £10.00 per story. Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/products/competition_entry_fee /mslexia-fiction-memoir-competition-2020-short- story/ The Henshaw Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th September 2020. Prizes: 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50. Prize winners published on the Henshawpress website and in our next Anthology. Looking for: A short story on any subject up to 2000 words. Results announced by the end of October 2020 Entry fee: £6 by PayPal or by Cheque to G. Jennings. Optional Critiques a further £12. Contact email: editor@henshawpress.com Website: http://henshawpress.co.uk 'World Tales' Short Story Competition UNESCO and the Idries Shah Foundation Closing date: 15th October 2020. Prizes: Winners will receive an iPad and have their story published in a special edition hardcover book. Looking for: Short stories by young people aged 12 - 18 years on the theme 'Once upon a time in my future' Other info: See website for more. Website: https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-and- idries-shah-foundation-launch-world-tales-short- story-competition The Bedford International Writing Competition Closing date: 31st October, 2020. Prizes: Poetry, Short Story and Young Writers' Prizes: £500, £150, £100.Special Seniors' Prizes of £500, £150, £100 for the best stories submitted by persons aged 70 years and over. Entry Fee: £6 or 3 for £12, students £4 or 3 for £8. Looking for: poems (40 lines) and short stories (max.3000 words). Other info: This year, proceeds will go to charities helping coronavirus victims. All shortlisted and winning entries will be published as an anthology in paperback and Kindle form. Judge: Leigh Russell Website: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/ho mepage.php The Bedford Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st October 2020. Prizes: 1st place, £500, 2nd place £150 and 3rd place £100. In addition all short listed stories and poems plus other prizewinners are published in an anthology which is produced in paperback and electronic book format. Looking for: Stories may be up to 3000 words on any theme. Entry fee: One story - £6; three stories at the same time £12. Full time students pay a reduced entry fee of £4 for one story and £8 for three. Website: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/ho mepage.php

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