Laura Literary Awards Closing date: 9th April 2020. Prizes: Aus$780 prize fund. Entry fee: $10 per entry. Looking for: Short stories, up to 1,500 words; poems, up to 60 lines Website: https://rockyriverriters.club/competitions/ GVCA New Deal Writing Competition Closing date: 10th April 2020. Entry fee: $5. Looking for: Short stories, up to 10,000 words, inspired by a painting (on website). Prizes: $200, $100, $50. http://gvartscouncil.org/writingcompetition/ Gulf Coast Contests   Closing date: 15th April 2020 Prizes: $1,500, 2x$250, in each category. Entry fee: $23. Looking for: Stories and essays, up to 25 pages; up to 5 poems, up to 10 pages total. Website: http://www.gulfcoastmag.org/ Bath Short Story Award Closing date: 15th April 2020. Prizes:   First   prize,   £1200;   second   prize,   £300;   third   prize   £100,   The   Acorn   Award   for   an unpublished   writer   of   fiction,   £100;   and   £50   in   book   tokens   from   Mr   B’s   Emporium   of   Books, Bath. Entry fee: £8 for each submission. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,200 words, on any theme or subject. Website: https://www.bathshortstoryaward.org/ Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest Closing date: 15th April 2020. Prizes: Modest prizes ($250 Grand Prize), but a lot of interest. Free entry. Looking   for:   Deliberately   bad   opening   lines   to   novels,   comic   writing   inspired   by   Edward   Bulwer- Lytton's notorious Paul Clifford opening, 'It was a dark and stormy night .. .' Website: https://www.bulwer-lytton.com/submit 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize Closing date: 30th April 2020. Prizes:   1st   prize-£1000,   2nd   prize   -£500,   3rd   prize   -£250.   Each   of   the   17   remaining   shortlisted writers will receive £100. Entry Fee: £9 for each story submitted. Looking for: Short stories maximum with length of 4,000 words. Website: https://www.bristolprize.co.uk/rules Bedford International Writing Competition - Short Stories Open for entries: 1st May 2020. Closing date: 31st October 2020. Prizes: £500, £150, £100. Entry Fee: Entry fee:  £6 or 3 for £12, students £4 or 3 for £8. Looking for: Short stories (max.3000 words). Other info: This year, proceeds will go to charities helping Coronavirus victims. Website: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/story.php Bedford International Writing Competition - Seniors Open for entries: 1st May 2020. Closing date: 31st October 2020. Prizes: £500, £150, £100. Entry Fee: £6 or 3 for £12. Looking for: Stories by persons aged 70 years and over. Other info: Judge: Bestselling International author, Leigh Russell. This year, proceeds will go to charities helping Coronavirus victims. Website: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/story.php Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize   Closing date: 1st May 2020. Prizes. Aus $6,000, $4,000, $2,500. Entry fee: $25 - see website for further pricing. Looking for: original short stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Website: www.australianbookreview.com.au The SmokeLong Award for Flash Fiction. Closing date: 24th May 2020. (Opens: 10th February.) Prizes: Grand Prize: $2000; Second Place: at least $200; Third Place: at least $100. Entry Fees: Feb 10th - April 26th - $13.50 up to two stories; April 27th - May 24th - $15.50 - up to two stories. Other info: All finalists will be published in the June competition issue and receive at least $50. Looking for: Stories under 1000 words, excluding the title, per story. Website: http://www.smokelong.com/the-smokelong-quarterly-award-for-flash-fiction/ Thanet Writers Short Story Competition Closing Date: 31st May 2020. Prize: Winner receives £1,000 grand prize. Entry Fee: Free. Looking for: short stories between 500 and 5000 words. Longlisted entries receive a payment of £10 and are published online. Shortlisted entries are published in a print anthology. Other info: Entrants need some sort of link or connection to Thanet to enter. Website: https://thanetwriters.com/competition/ MK LitFest Flash Fiction and Poetry Competitions   Closing Date: 31st May 2020. Prizes: £25 for the best story and best poem in each In addition, at least 20 stories and 20 poems will be selected for publication in an anthology. Entry fee: FREE. Looking For: flash fiction of up to 500 words in any genre, or poems up to 14 lines. The theme for both is 'City of Dreams'. Further details: Two age categories: a) 14 - 19 and b) 20+.  Open to anyone living in Buckinghamshire (Milton Keynes' home county) or in the neighbouring counties of Northamptonshire or Bedfordshire. Work must be previously unpublished. Website: https://www.mklitfest.org/mink2020 Living Springs Publishers Stories Through the Ages Competition Closing date: 15th June 2020. Prnes:$500, $200, $100. Entry fee: $25. Looking for: Short stories, 900-4,000 words, by anyone born before 1964. Website: http://livingspringspublishers.com   The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize Closing date: 15th June 2020. Prizes: $300. Entry fee: $15. Earlybird fee (before 15 May): $10. Looking for: Unpublished poems up to 100 lines http://pulpliterature.com/contests/ Segora Short Story Competition 2020 Closing date: 15th June 2020. Prizes: First prize £300 Second £100; Third £50. Entry fee: £8.00. See website for more. Looking   for:   Entries   may   be   on   any   theme   to   a   minimum   of   1,500   words   and   a   maximum   of 3,000 words excluding title. Further   details:   Entries   should   be   in   English   and   must   not   have   been   published,   self-published, broadcast or posted on the internet. Website: http://www.poetryproseandplays.com/ Hi20:20 Short Story Competition Closing date: 19th June 2020 5pm. Prizes: 20 winners are published in an illustrated Art book and interviewed on Radio. Entry Fee: £6. Looking   for:   Unpublished   new   writers   who   live   in   Buckinghamshire,   Hertfordshire   or   London. Entries   should   be   original   unpublished   short   fiction   of   between   1000   and   1500   words,   written   in English. Choose from 5 topics - with one category for children aged between 11-18years old. Website: https://www.happylondonpress.com/hi2020-competition Writing Magazine Grand Prize Closing date: 30th June 2020. Prizes: First Prize: £1,000; £250 for second, £100 for third, a Writing Magazine mini- critique for fourth and a 12 month Writing Magazine subscription for fifth. Entry Fee: £15 or £10 for Writing Magazine subscribers. Looking for: Short stories to a maximum 2,000 words. Other info: Stories will be judged by the Writing Magazine editorial team. Website: https://www.writers-online.co.uk/writing-magazine-grand-prize-1/ Wells Festival of Literature’s Competitions Short Story Competition. Closing date: 30th June 2020 (Open 1st April) Prizes: 1st £750, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Local £100. Entry Fee: £6. Looking for: Any subject, 1,000 to 2,000 words. Other info: Judge, Duncan Minshull. Website: www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk HG Wells Fiction Short Story Competition Closing date: 6th July 2020. Prizes: £500 Senior and £1,000 Junior prize and free publication of all shortlisted entries. Entry Fee: None. Looking for: 1,500 to 5,000 words. Other info: This year’s theme is “Vision”. Website: https://hgwellscompetition.com/competition-rules-2020/?v=79cba1185463 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/ Bedford International Writing Competition - Short Stories Open for entries: 1st May 2020. Closing date: 31st October 2020. Prizes: £500, £150, £100. Entry Fee: Entry fee:  £6 or 3 for £12, students £4 or 3 for £8. Looking for: Short stories (max.3000 words). Other info: This year, proceeds will go to charities helping Coronavirus victims. Website: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/story.php Bedford International Writing Competition - Seniors Open for entries: 1st May 2020. Closing date: 31st October 2020. Prizes: £500, £150, £100. Entry Fee: £6 or 3 for £12. Looking for: Stories by persons aged 70 years and over. Other info: Judge: Bestselling International author, Leigh Russell. This year, proceeds will go to charities helping Coronavirus victims. Website: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/story.php

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Laura Literary Awards Closing date: 9th April 2020. Prizes: Aus$780 prize fund. Entry fee: $10 per entry. Looking   for:   Short   stories,   up   to   1,500   words;   poems, up to 60 lines Website: https://rockyriverriters.club/competitions/ GVCA New Deal Writing Competition Closing date: 10th April 2020. Entry fee: $5. Looking    for:    Short    stories,    up    to    10,000    words, inspired by a painting (on website). Prizes: $200, $100, $50. http://gvartscouncil.org/writingcompetition/ Gulf Coast Contests   Closing date: 15th April 2020 Prizes: $1,500, 2x$250, in each category. Entry fee: $23. Looking   for:   Stories   and   essays,   up   to   25   pages;   up to 5 poems, up to 10 pages total. Website: http://www.gulfcoastmag.org/ Bath Short Story Award Closing date: 15th April 2020. Prizes:   First   prize,   £1200;   second   prize,   £300;   third prize    £100,    The    Acorn    Award    for    an    unpublished writer   of   fiction,   £100;   and   £50   in   book   tokens   from Mr B’s Emporium of Books, Bath. Entry fee: £8 for each submission. Looking   for:   Short   stories   up   to   2,200   words,   on   any theme or subject. Website: https://www.bathshortstoryaward.org/ Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest Closing date: 15th April 2020. Prizes:   Modest   prizes   ($250   Grand   Prize),   but   a   lot   of interest. Free entry. Looking   for:   Deliberately   bad   opening   lines   to   novels, comic    writing    inspired    by    Edward    Bulwer-Lytton's notorious   Paul   Clifford   opening,   'It   was   a   dark   and stormy night .. .' Website: https://www.bulwer-lytton.com/submit 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize Closing date: 30th April 2020. Prizes:   1st   prize-£1000,   2nd   prize   -£500,   3rd   prize   - £250.   Each   of   the   17   remaining   shortlisted   writers   will receive £100. Entry Fee: £9 for each story submitted. Looking   for:   Short   stories   maximum   with   length   of 4,000 words. Website: https://www.bristolprize.co.uk/rules Bedford    International    Writing    Competition    - Short Stories Open for entries: 1st May 2020. Closing date: 31st October 2020. Prizes: £500, £150, £100. Entry   Fee:   Entry   fee:      £6   or   3   for   £12,   students   £4   or 3 for £8. Looking for: Short stories (max.3000 words). Other   info:   This   year,   proceeds   will   go   to   charities helping Coronavirus victims. W           e           b           s           i           t           e           :             o o ry.php Bedford    International    Writing    Competition    - Seniors Open for entries: 1st May 2020. Closing date: 31st October 2020. Prizes: £500, £150, £100. Entry Fee: £6 or 3 for £12. Looking   for:   Stories   by   persons   aged   70   years   and over. Other   info:   Judge:   Bestselling   International   author, Leigh Russell. This    year,    proceeds    will    go    to    charities    helping Coronavirus victims. W           e           b           s           i           t           e           :             o o ry.php Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize   Closing date: 1st May 2020. Prizes. Aus $6,000, $4,000, $2,500. Entry fee: $25 - see website for further pricing. Looking   for:   original   short   stories   of   between   2,000 and 5,000 words. Website: www.australianbookreview.com.au The SmokeLong Award for Flash Fiction. Closing date: 24th May 2020. (Opens: 10th February.) Prizes: Grand Prize: $2000; Second Place: at least $200; Third Place: at least $100. Entry Fees: Feb 10th - April 26th - $13.50 up to two stories; April 27th - May 24th - $15.50 - up to two stories. Other info: All finalists will be published in the June competition issue and receive at least $50. Looking for: Stories under 1000 words, excluding the title, per story. Website: http://www.smokelong.com/the-smokelong- quarterly-award-for-flash-fiction/ Thanet Writers Short Story Competition Closing Date: 31st May 2020. Prize: Winner receives £1,000 grand prize. Entry Fee: Free. Looking for: short stories between 500 and 5000 words. Longlisted entries receive a payment of £10 and are published online. Shortlisted entries are published in a print anthology. Other info: Entrants need some sort of link or connection to Thanet to enter. Website: https://thanetwriters.com/competition/ MK LitFest Flash Fiction and Poetry Competitions   Closing Date: 31st May 2020. Prizes: £25 for the best story and best poem in each In addition, at least 20 stories and 20 poems will be selected for publication in an anthology. Entry fee: FREE. Looking For: flash fiction of up to 500 words in any genre, or poems up to 14 lines. The theme for both is 'City of Dreams'. Further details: Two age categories: a) 14 - 19 and b) 20+.  Open to anyone living in Buckinghamshire (Milton Keynes' home county) or in the neighbouring counties of Northamptonshire or Bedfordshire. Work must be previously unpublished. Website: https://www.mklitfest.org/mink2020 Living    Springs    Publishers    Stories    Through    the Ages Competition Closing date: 15th June 2020. Prnes:$500, $200, $100. Entry fee: $25. Looking    for:    Short    stories,    900-4,000    words,    by anyone born before 1964. Website: http://livingspringspublishers.com   The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize Closing date: 15th June 2020. Prizes: $300. Entry fee: $15. Earlybird fee (before 15 May): $10. Looking for: Unpublished poems up to 100 lines http://pulpliterature.com/contests/ Segora Short Story Competition 2020 Closing date: 15th June 2020. Prizes: First prize £300 Second £100; Third £50. Entry fee: £8.00. See website for more. Looking    for:    Entries    may    be    on    any    theme    to    a minimum   of   1,500   words   and   a   maximum   of   3,000 words excluding title. Further   details:   Entries   should   be   in   English   and   must not   have   been   published,   self-published,   broadcast   or posted on the internet. Website: http://www.poetryproseandplays.com/ Hi20:20 Short Story Competition Closing date: 19th June 2020 5pm. Prizes:   20   winners   are   published   in   an   illustrated   Art book and interviewed on Radio. Entry Fee: £6. Looking    for:    Unpublished    new    writers    who    live    in Buckinghamshire,    Hertfordshire    or    London.    Entries should     be     original     unpublished     short     fiction     of between   1000   and   1500   words,   written   in   English. Choose   from   5   topics   -   with   one   category   for   children aged between 11-18years old. Website: https://www.happylondonpress.com/hi2020- competition Writing Magazine Grand Prize Closing date: 30th June 2020. Prizes: First Prize: £1,000; £250 for second, £100 for third, a Writing Magazine mini- critique for fourth and a 12 month Writing Magazine subscription for fifth. Entry Fee: £15 or £10 for Writing Magazine subscribers. Looking for: Short stories to a maximum 2,000 words. Other info: Stories will be judged by the Writing Magazine editorial team. Website: https://www.writers-online.co.uk/writing- magazine-grand-prize-1/ Wells Festival of Literature’s Competitions Short Story Competition. Closing date: 30th June 2020 (Open 1st April) Prizes: 1st £750, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Local £100. Entry Fee: £6. Looking for: Any subject, 1,000 to 2,000 words. Other info: Judge, Duncan Minshull. Website: www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk HG Wells Fiction Short Story Competition Closing date: 6th July 2020. Prizes:   £500   Senior   and   £1,000   Junior   prize   and   free publication of all shortlisted entries. Entry Fee: None. Looking for: 1,500 to 5,000 words. Other info: This year’s theme is “Vision”. Website: https://hgwellscompetition.com/competition-rules- 2020/?v=79cba1185463 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/ Bedford International Writing Competition - Short Stories Open for entries: 1st May 2020. Closing date: 31st October 2020. Prizes: £500, £150, £100. Entry Fee: Entry fee:  £6 or 3 for £12, students £4 or 3 for £8. Looking for: Short stories (max.3000 words). Other info: This year, proceeds will go to charities helping Coronavirus victims. Website: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/sto ry.php Bedford International Writing Competition - Seniors Open for entries: 1st May 2020. Closing date: 31st October 2020. Prizes: £500, £150, £100. Entry Fee: £6 or 3 for £12. Looking for: Stories by persons aged 70 years and over. Other info: Judge: Bestselling International author, Leigh Russell. This year, proceeds will go to charities helping Coronavirus victims. Website: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/sto ry.php

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