Wild Words Summer Solstice Writing Competition Closing date: 21st June 2019. Prizes: Publication on the Wild Words website and social media platforms, plus an hour long 1-1 mentoring session. Entry fee: £7.00. Looking for: Write, (or perform and send us the film), a maximum of 1000 words, in fiction or non-fiction prose or poetry, inspired by one of the four quotes on the website. Website: http://www.wildwords.org/competition Moth Short Story Prize Closing date: 30th June 2019. 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:  €15 per story. Looking for: The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. There is a word limit of 5,000. Website: http://www.themothmagazine.com/ Reteat West Themed Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 30th June 2019 Prizes: 1st - £200; 2 x Runners Up - £100 each. Entry fee: £8 for 1 entry. Looking for: Stories on the theme of : Wind. Further details: Maximum word count 500. Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/ Hastings Literary Festival Short Story Competitions Closing date: 30th June 2019. Prizes: £100, £40 and £25 in each category. Highly-commended entries will also receive a trophy. Entry fee: £5. Looking for: Short story up to 1,500 words, poems with maximum of 40 lines, and flash fiction up to 500 words. The festival theme is 'In Other Words' - an exploration of difference and otherness. Website: http://hastingslitfest.org/competitions/ British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th June 2019. Prizes: £100, £50, £20, plus year's membership of BFS and web publication. Entry fee: Members of the society - free; non-members £5. 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. Further details: Stories must not exceed 5,000 words. Website: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/short-story-competition/ The Henshaw Short Story Competition Closing Date: 30th June 2019. Prizes: 1st - £200, 2nd - £75, 3rd - £25. Entry fee: £6 by PayPal or by cheque to G. Jennings. Optional Critiques a further £12. Looking for: A short story on any subject up to 2000 words. Further info: It is intended to produce the next anthology in 2019 when there have been sufficient prize winning stories. Email: editor@henshawpress.com Website: http://henshawpress.co.uk Wells Festival of Literature's Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th June 2019. Prizes: First prize £750, Second £300, Third £200, Local prize £100. Entry fee: £6.00. Looking for: Short stories between 1,000 and 2,000. Further info: Judge Mark McCrum. Website: https://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/ The Penfro Festival - Shortstory Closing date: 1st July 2019.. Prizes: The prize will be publication in an anthology, to be launched at the Penfro Festival. Twelve of the winning stories will be published, with one overall winner, and a £25 fee will be paid to each winning writer, plus a copy of the book. Entry fee: £8 for each story submitted. Looking for: Short stories (up to 2,500 words) The best 12 win £25 and will be published in an anthology by leading Welsh publishers Parthian. Further info: There is an open theme. Website: https://penfrobookfestival.org.uk/competitions/shortstory HG Wells Short Story Competition Closing date: 8th July 2019. Prizes: £1,000 prize for writers under 21, over Entry fee: Aged over 21 on 8th July 2019: £10 per entry (£5 students accompanied with copy of student ID). Under 21 on 8th July 2019: no entry fee. Looking for: Short stories, 1,500-5,000 words on the theme 'Time' Further details: Entry to the competition are online only, with entrants submitting their story (as a PDF or text document) and any fee as appropriate via our entry form. Website: http://hgwellscompetition.com Green Stories Writing Competitions Closing date: 12th July 2019. Prizes: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission. Looking for: Radio plays and comedy series touching on ideas of sustainable societies. 1 - 45 minute drama; 2 - 6 x 30 minute comedy series: send sample/pilot episode + 3 pages outlining remaining episodes (these should be ready as we will ask for them if shortlisted). 3 - 5 x 15 minute drama series: send the first two 15 minutes episodes and an outline of the further 3 episodes (these should be ready as we will ask for them if shortlisted). Free entry. Website: http://www.greenstories.org.uk/radio-play-dramacomedy-series/ Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition Closing date: 12th July 2019 Prizes: First prize = £200, Second prize = £100, Third prize = £50. Entry fee: £5 is required per entry. Multiple entries are acceptable. Looking for: Short stories up to 1,200 words on any theme, and written in English. Further details: This competition is open to anyone, of any age, from anywhere in the world. Website: https://wrekinwriters.wordpress.com/doris-gooderson-short-story-competition/ Brentwood Writers Circle Closing date: 30th July 2019. Prizes: First prize £50.00, Second prize £30.00, third prize £20.00. Entry fee: £3.00. Looking for: 100 word fiction or non-fiction on the subject "100 Years Ahead". Website: http://www.brentwoodwriterscircle.org/ Summer Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st July 2019. Prizes: First Prize: £300 plus Publication in the Michael Terrance Publishing Summer Anthology (print book and ebook). Anthology title based on the winning entry title. Second Prize: £200 plus Publication in the MTP Summer Anthology (print book and ebook). Third Prize: £100 plus Publication in the MTP Summer Anthology (print book and ebook). Entry fee: £5.00 GBP (approx. $6.50 USD). Looking for: 3,000 words maximum, no minimum. Further details: Most genres accepted: fiction, science fiction, non-fiction e.g. biography, memoir, true story. Email: admin@mtp.agency Website: https://www.mtp.agency/competition The To Hull And Back Humorous Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st July 2019. Prizes: 1st £1,000, your head on the cover of a book and the opportunity to star in the winner's video, riding a Harley Davidson to Hull; 2nd £500; 3rd £250; 3 x Highly Commended £100; 14 x Shortlisted £50. Entry fee: Early bird until 30th April 2019: £11 for one story, £18 for two stories and £22 for three stories. Then, until 31st July 2019: £13 for one story, £21 for two stories and £26 for three stories. Looking for: Short stories, 2,500 words max. No limitation on style or genre, but must contain some element of humour. Further info: Entries accepted from anywhere in the world. All short listed and winning writers published in the To Hull And Back Anthology, released on Hulloween (31st October). Website: https://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-competition/ Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature Closing date: 1st August 2019. Prizes: £3,000 to the author or authors of the best literary work, whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry. Entry fee: Not stated. Looking for: The best literary work, whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry, the central theme of which is concerned with the mountain environment. Website: http://www.boardmantasker.com 2019 Writer's Block Prize in Fiction Closing date: 1st August 2019. Prizes: $500 Prize; An invitation to read at the 2019 Writer’s Block Festival in Louisville, KY on November 16; An opportunity to meet the judge and festival keynote reader, Garth Greenwell. Entry fee: $12.00 per entry. Looking for: Submit a short work of fiction (up to 4,000 words). Further details: All manuscripts must be submitted electronically via Submittable. Website: https://www.louisvilleliteraryarts.org/writersblockprize Earlyworks Press Flash Fiction Closing date: 30th August 2019 Prizes: £100 first prize. Entry fee: £4 per story, £16 for six stories. Looking for: Flash fiction, up to 100 words Further details: Publication for shortlisted entries. Website: http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/flash.html Blue Mesa Review Summer Competition Closing date: 31st August 2019. Prizes: Publication, $500 cash prize for the first place winner in each genre. Reading Fee - $12. Looking for: original English language works in the genres of Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Further details: Submit up to three poems. Website: http://bmr.unm.edu/contest/ Aesthetica Creative Writing Closing date: 31st August 2019. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words, poetry up to 40 lines. Any theme, form or style. Prizes: £1,000 for winners in each category, publication, plus various extra prizes Entry fee: Short Fiction: £18; Poetry: £12. Website: www.aestheticamagazine.com The 2019 Exeter Story Prize and Trisha Ashley Award Closing date: 31st August 2019. Prizes: 1st Prize - £500 plus trophy; 2nd Prize - £150; 3rd Prize - £100. The Trisha Ashley Award - £200 plus trophy. Entry fee: £12. Looking for: a story of up to ten thousand words in English. There is no minimum word count. Further details: Stories may be on any theme but only humorous stories will be eligible for the Trisha Ashley Award. Website: http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk.html Surrey International Writing Contest Canada Closing date: 20th September 2019. Prizes: First prize: Can$1000 plus publication; Honourable Mention: Can$150 plus publication. Entry fee: Can$15/entry. Looking for: Story length: 2,500 – 5000 words. Further details: Young writers are welcome to enter, but must be aware that their work will be judged blind among submissions made by adult writers. Website: https://www.siwc.ca/writing-contest/ Manchester Fiction Prize Closing date: 20th September 2019. Prize: £10,000. Looking for: Short stories, up to 2,500 words. Entry fee: £17.50 Website: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/fiction-prize/ Hammond House Publishing Short Story Prize 2019 Closing date: 20th September 2019. Prizes: £500; 2nd Place: £100; 3rd Place: £50. Worldwide publication for winners and 25 shortlisted entries. Entry fee: £10.00. Looking for: Short stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words pon the theme: Leaving. Further details: Feedback Option: £10. Website: www.hammondhousepublishing.com The Val Wood Prize 2019: Love Letters Closing date: 21st September 2019. Prizes: £100/£50/2 x £25. Entry Fee: Free entry. Looking for: Short love story in the form of a letter in less than 1500 words. Website: http://www.valeriewood.co.uk Stroud Book Festival - Mainstream Fiction Closing date: 22nd September 2019. Prizes: 1st: £100 + 4 night writing retreat at Hawkwood College, Stroud. 2nd: £75, 3rd: £50. Entry fee: £5 per entry. Looking for: Synopsis of up to 200 words plus excerpt of up to 3000 words. Further details:  Competition is open to writers in Gloucestershire, UK. Website: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/mainstreamfiction-competition/ Stroud Book Festival - Flash Fiction Competition Closing date:  22nd September 2019. Prizes: 1st: £500, 2nd: £250, 3rd: £100. Entry fee: £5 per entry. Looking for: Length of piece: up to 500 words. Website: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/flashfiction-competition/ KSP Writers Centre Short Fiction Competition Closing date: 27th September 2019. Prizes: First place $300 prize for open plus weekend residency at the KSP Writers' Centre (non- transferable, $300 value). Entry fees: Adult (18 plus): 1 story $10; 2 stories $15; 3 stories $20. Looking for: Open style, open theme, traditional or contemporary. Further details: Word count - 2,500. Website: https://www.kspwriterscentre.com/short-fiction-competition Ninevoices Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th September 2019. Prizes: 1st prize: £250, 2nd prize: £50. Entry fee: £5 per story, payable in GPB. Looking for: Short stories 1,200-1,500 words on the theme of "Summer" by writers who have not earned more than £300 from their writing during 2018. Website: https://ninevoices.wordpress.com/competition-2019/ Caterpillar Story for Children Prize Closing date: 30th September 2019. Prizes:  First prize of €1,000 and second prize of a week-long stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan in Ireland. Entry fee: €12 per story. Looking for: Short stories up to 1,500 words for children aged 7-11. Website: http://www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com/ Mslexia Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th September 2019. Prizes: 1st Prize £3,000 plus an optional Moniak Mhor writing retreat. Entry fee: £10. Looking for: Complete short stories in any genre up to 3,000 words. Further details: Judge - Award winning Irenoson Okojie Website: www.mslexia.co.uk/competitions Mslexia Flash Fiction Closing date: 30th September 2019. Prizes: 1st Prize - £500. Entry fee: £5. Looking for: Complete short fiction narratives up to 300 words in any genre for adult and/or young adult readers. Further details: Judge: Kathy Fish. Website: www.mslexia.co.uk/competitions The Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize 2019 Closing date: 27th October 2019. 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 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: Up to 500 (title not included). Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/ Ibiza Quills Black and Write Compilation Competition Closing date: 21st October 2019. Prizes: €100, €50 and €25 in each category. Entry fee:  €12. Looking for: Short Stories, no more than 2,500 words. Website: https://ibizaquills.com/competition-2/ TulipTree Review Genre Story Contest Closing date: 23rd October 2019. Prizes: $1,000. Entry fee: $20 per entry. Looking for: Stories up to 10,000 words. Website: http://www.tuliptreepub.com/tuliptree-review.html Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize Closing date: 27th October 2019 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 for 1 story. Enter as many times as you like. Looking for: Stories up to 500 (title not included). Further details: Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction. Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/flash-fiction-prize/ Earlyworks Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st October 2019. Prizes: Best entries will be published in an anthology. Winners receive a comlementary copy. Entry fee: £5 per story up to 4,000 words. £10 for over 4,000. Maximum 8000 words. Looking for: Further details: The best entries will be published, and their authors will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology. Website: http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/shortstory.html Bedford International Writing Competition - Short Story Closing date: 31st October 2019. Prizes: £500 for the winner, £150 for second prize and £100 for third prize. Also a Short story prize for the residents of Bedford of £100. Entry fee: £6 per story; three stories entered on the same form £12. Looking for: Stories must be no more than 3000 words. Further details: Open to anyone aged 17 years and over. Website: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/ Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020 Closing date: 2nd December 2019. Prizes: The winner of the competition will receive £1,000 and will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. Entry fee: £15.00 per story. Looking for: A piece in any genre in no more than 1,000 words. Further details: Stories must be suitable to be read in the sensitive environment of a hospital setting. Website: https://www.interactstrokesupport.org/ssc2020

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Wild Words Summer Solstice Writing Competition Closing date: 21st June 2019. Prizes: Publication on the Wild Words website and social media platforms, plus an hour long 1-1 mentoring session. Entry fee: £7.00. Looking for: Write, (or perform and send us the film), a maximum of 1000 words, in fiction or non-fiction prose or poetry, inspired by one of the four quotes on the website. Website: http://www.wildwords.org/competition Moth Short Story Prize Closing date: 30th June 2019. 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:  €15 per story. Looking for: The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. There is a word limit of 5,000. Website: http://www.themothmagazine.com/ Reteat West Themed Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 30th June 2019 Prizes: 1st - £200; 2 x Runners Up - £100 each. Entry fee: £8 for 1 entry. Looking for: Stories on the theme of : Wind. Further details: Maximum word count 500. Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/ Hastings Literary Festival Short Story Competitions Closing date: 30th June 2019. Prizes: £100, £40 and £25 in each category. Highly- commended entries will also receive a trophy. Entry fee: £5. Looking for: Short story up to 1,500 words, poems with maximum of 40 lines, and flash fiction up to 500 words. The festival theme is 'In Other Words' - an exploration of difference and otherness. Website: http://hastingslitfest.org/competitions/ British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th June 2019. Prizes: £100, £50, £20, plus year's membership of BFS and web publication. Entry fee: Members of the society - free; non- members £5. 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. Further details: Stories must not exceed 5,000 words. Website: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/short- story-competition/ The Henshaw Short Story Competition Closing Date: 30th June 2019. Prizes: 1st - £200, 2nd - £75, 3rd - £25. Entry fee: £6 by PayPal or by cheque to G. Jennings. Optional Critiques a further £12. Looking for: A short story on any subject up to 2000 words. Further info: It is intended to produce the next anthology in 2019 when there have been sufficient prize winning stories. Email: editor@henshawpress.com Website: http://henshawpress.co.uk Wells Festival of Literature's Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th June 2019. Prizes: First prize £750, Second £300, Third £200, Local prize £100. Entry fee: £6.00. Looking for: Short stories between 1,000 and 2,000. Further info: Judge Mark McCrum. Website: https://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/ The Penfro Festival - Shortstory Closing date: 1st July 2019.. Prizes: The prize will be publication in an anthology, to be launched at the Penfro Festival. Twelve of the winning stories will be published, with one overall winner, and a £25 fee will be paid to each winning writer, plus a copy of the book. Entry fee: £8 for each story submitted. Looking for: Short stories (up to 2,500 words) The best 12 win £25 and will be published in an anthology by leading Welsh publishers Parthian. Further info: There is an open theme. Website: https://penfrobookfestival.org.uk/competitions/shorts tory HG Wells Short Story Competition Closing date: 8th July 2019. Prizes: £1,000 prize for writers under 21, over Entry fee: Aged over 21 on 8th July 2019: £10 per entry (£5 students accompanied with copy of student ID). Under 21 on 8th July 2019: no entry fee. Looking for: Short stories, 1,500-5,000 words on the theme 'Time' Further details: Entry to the competition are online only, with entrants submitting their story (as a PDF or text document) and any fee as appropriate via our entry form. Website: http://hgwellscompetition.com Green Stories Writing Competitions Closing date: 12th July 2019. Prizes: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission. Looking for: Radio plays and comedy series touching on ideas of sustainable societies. 1 - 45 minute drama; 2 - 6 x 30 minute comedy series: send sample/pilot episode + 3 pages outlining remaining episodes (these should be ready as we will ask for them if shortlisted). 3 - 5 x 15 minute drama series: send the first two 15 minutes episodes and an outline of the further 3 episodes (these should be ready as we will ask for them if shortlisted). Free entry. Website: http://www.greenstories.org.uk/radio-play- dramacomedy-series/ Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition Closing date: 12th July 2019 Prizes: First prize = £200, Second prize = £100, Third prize = £50. Entry fee: £5 is required per entry. Multiple entries are acceptable. Looking for: Short stories up to 1,200 words on any theme, and written in English. Further details: This competition is open to anyone, of any age, from anywhere in the world. Website: https://wrekinwriters.wordpress.com/doris- gooderson-short-story-competition/ Brentwood Writers Circle Closing date: 30th July 2019. Prizes: First prize £50.00, Second prize £30.00, third prize £20.00. Entry fee: £3.00. Looking for: 100 word fiction or non-fiction on the subject "100 Years Ahead". Website: http://www.brentwoodwriterscircle.org/ Summer Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st July 2019. Prizes: First Prize: £300 plus Publication in the Michael Terrance Publishing Summer Anthology (print book and ebook). Anthology title based on the winning entry title. Second Prize: £200 plus Publication in the MTP Summer Anthology (print book and ebook). Third Prize: £100 plus Publication in the MTP Summer Anthology (print book and ebook). Entry fee: £5.00 GBP (approx. $6.50 USD). Looking for: 3,000 words maximum, no minimum. Further details: Most genres accepted: fiction, science fiction, non-fiction e.g. biography, memoir, true story. Email: admin@mtp.agency Website: https://www.mtp.agency/competition The To Hull And Back Humorous Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st July 2019. Prizes: 1st £1,000, your head on the cover of a book and the opportunity to star in the winner's video, riding a Harley Davidson to Hull; 2nd £500; 3rd £250; 3 x Highly Commended £100; 14 x Shortlisted £50. Entry fee: Early bird until 30th April 2019: £11 for one story, £18 for two stories and £22 for three stories. Then, until 31st July 2019: £13 for one story, £21 for two stories and £26 for three stories. Looking for: Short stories, 2,500 words max. No limitation on style or genre, but must contain some element of humour. Further info: Entries accepted from anywhere in the world. All short listed and winning writers published in the To Hull And Back Anthology, released on Hulloween (31st October). Website: https://www.christopherfielden.com/short- story-competition/ Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature Closing date: 1st August 2019. Prizes: £3,000 to the author or authors of the best literary work, whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry. Entry fee: Not stated. Looking for: The best literary work, whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry, the central theme of which is concerned with the mountain environment. Website: http://www.boardmantasker.com 2019 Writer's Block Prize in Fiction Closing date: 1st August 2019. Prizes: $500 Prize; An invitation to read at the 2019 Writer’s Block Festival in Louisville, KY on November 16; An opportunity to meet the judge and festival keynote reader, Garth Greenwell. Entry fee: $12.00 per entry. Looking for: Submit a short work of fiction (up to 4,000 words). Further details: All manuscripts must be submitted electronically via Submittable. Website:  https://www.louisvilleliteraryarts.org/writersblockpriz e Earlyworks Press Flash Fiction Closing date: 30th August 2019 Prizes: £100 first prize. Entry fee: £4 per story, £16 for six stories. Looking for: Flash fiction, up to 100 words Further details: Publication for shortlisted entries. Website:  http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/flash.html Blue Mesa Review Summer Competition Closing date: 31st August 2019. Prizes: Publication, $500 cash prize for the first place winner in each genre. Reading Fee - $12. Looking for: original English language works in the genres of Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Further details: Submit up to three poems. Website: http://bmr.unm.edu/contest/ Aesthetica Creative Writing Closing date: 31st August 2019. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words, poetry up to 40 lines. Any theme, form or style. Prizes: £1,000 for winners in each category, publication, plus various extra prizes Entry fee: Short Fiction: £18; Poetry: £12. Website: www.aestheticamagazine.com The 2019 Exeter Story Prize and Trisha Ashley Award Closing date: 31st August 2019. Prizes: 1st Prize - £500 plus trophy; 2nd Prize - £150; 3rd Prize - £100. The Trisha Ashley Award - £200 plus trophy. Entry fee: £12. Looking for: a story of up to ten thousand words in English. There is no minimum word count. Further details: Stories may be on any theme but only humorous stories will be eligible for the Trisha Ashley Award. Website: http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk.html Surrey International Writing Contest Canada Closing date: 20th September 2019. Prizes: First prize: Can$1000 plus publication; Honourable Mention: Can$150 plus publication. Entry fee: Can$15/entry. Looking for: Story length: 2,500 – 5000 words. Further details: Young writers are welcome to enter, but must be aware that their work will be judged blind among submissions made by adult writers. Website: https://www.siwc.ca/writing-contest/ Manchester Fiction Prize Closing date: 20th September 2019. Prize: £10,000. Looking for: Short stories, up to 2,500 words. Entry fee: £17.50 Website: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/fiction- prize/ Hammond House Publishing Short Story Prize 2019 Closing date: 20th September 2019. Prizes: £500; 2nd Place: £100; 3rd Place: £50. Worldwide publication for winners and 25 shortlisted entries. Entry fee: £10.00. Looking for: Short stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words pon the theme: Leaving. Further details: Feedback Option: £10. Website: www.hammondhousepublishing.com The Val Wood Prize 2019: Love Letters Closing date: 21st September 2019. Prizes: £100/£50/2 x £25. Entry Fee: Free entry. Looking for: Short love story in the form of a letter in less than 1500 words. Website: http://www.valeriewood.co.uk Stroud Book Festival - Mainstream Fiction Closing date: 22nd September 2019. Prizes: 1st: £100 + 4 night writing retreat at Hawkwood College, Stroud. 2nd: £75, 3rd: £50. Entry fee: £5 per entry. Looking for: Synopsis of up to 200 words plus excerpt of up to 3000 words. Further details:  Competition is open to writers in Gloucestershire, UK. Website: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/mainstreamfiction- competition/ Stroud Book Festival - Flash Fiction Competition Closing date:  22nd September 2019. Prizes: 1st: £500, 2nd: £250, 3rd: £100. Entry fee: £5 per entry. Looking for: Length of piece: up to 500 words. Website: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/flashfiction- competition/ KSP Writers Centre Short Fiction Competition Closing date: 27th September 2019. Prizes: First place $300 prize for open plus weekend residency at the KSP Writers' Centre (non- transferable, $300 value). Entry fees: Adult (18 plus): 1 story $10; 2 stories $15; 3 stories $20. Looking for: Open style, open theme, traditional or contemporary. Further details: Word count - 2,500. Website: https://www.kspwriterscentre.com/short- fiction-competition Ninevoices Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th September 2019. Prizes: 1st prize: £250, 2nd prize: £50. Entry fee: £5 per story, payable in GPB. Looking for: Short stories 1,200-1,500 words on the theme of "Summer" by writers who have not earned more than £300 from their writing during 2018. Website: https://ninevoices.wordpress.com/competition-2019/ Caterpillar Story for Children Prize Closing date: 30th September 2019. Prizes:  First prize of €1,000 and second prize of a week-long stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan in Ireland. Entry fee: €12 per story. Looking for: Short stories up to 1,500 words for children aged 7-11. Website: http://www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com/ Mslexia Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th September 2019. Prizes: 1st Prize £3,000 plus an optional Moniak Mhor writing retreat. Entry fee: £10. Looking for: Complete short stories in any genre up to 3,000 words. Further details: Judge - Award winning Irenoson Okojie Website: www.mslexia.co.uk/competitions Mslexia Flash Fiction Closing date: 30th September 2019. Prizes: 1st Prize - £500. Entry fee: £5. Looking for: Complete short fiction narratives up to 300 words in any genre for adult and/or young adult readers. Further details: Judge: Kathy Fish. Website: www.mslexia.co.uk/competitions The Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize 2019 Closing date: 27th October 2019. 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 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: Up to 500 (title not included). Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/ Ibiza Quills Black and Write Compilation Competition Closing date: 21st October 2019. Prizes: €100, €50 and €25 in each category. Entry fee:  €12. Looking for: Short Stories, no more than 2,500 words. Website: https://ibizaquills.com/competition-2/ TulipTree Review Genre Story Contest Closing date: 23rd October 2019. Prizes: $1,000. Entry fee: $20 per entry. Looking for: Stories up to 10,000 words. Website: http://www.tuliptreepub.com/tuliptree- review.html Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize Closing date: 27th October 2019 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 for 1 story. Enter as many times as you like. Looking for: Stories up to 500 (title not included). Further details: Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction. Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/flash-fiction- prize/ Earlyworks Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st October 2019. Prizes: Best entries will be published in an anthology. Winners receive a comlementary copy. Entry fee: £5 per story up to 4,000 words. £10 for over 4,000. Maximum 8000 words. Looking for: Further details: The best entries will be published, and their authors will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology. Website: http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/shortstory.html Bedford International Writing Competition - Short Story Closing date: 31st October 2019. Prizes: £500 for the winner, £150 for second prize and £100 for third prize. Also a Short story prize for the residents of Bedford of £100. Entry fee: £6 per story; three stories entered on the same form £12. Looking for: Stories must be no more than 3000 words. Further details: Open to anyone aged 17 years and over. Website: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/ Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020 Closing date: 2nd December 2019. Prizes: The winner of the competition will receive £1,000 and will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. Entry fee: £15.00 per story. Looking for: A piece in any genre in no more than 1,000 words. Further details: Stories must be suitable to be read in the sensitive environment of a hospital setting. Website: https://www.interactstrokesupport.org/ssc2020

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