Creative Future Writers' Award Closing date: 31st May 2020. Prizes: £10,000 in development opportunities. Looking for: Poetry up to 42 lines, short fiction up to 2,000 words, by disadvantaged writers. Free entry. Website: https://www.creativefuture.org.uk/creative-future-writers-award/how-to-enter/ 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 Work must be previously unpublished.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 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize Closing date: 15th June 2020. Prizes: £1,000 in each category plus publication in Wasafiri. Looking for: Poetry (up to five poems), fiction and life writing up to 3,000 words. Entry fee: £6 for one category, £10 for two, £15 for three. Website: https://www.wasafiri.org/new-writing-prize/ 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 Looking for: Unpublished poems up to 100 lines http://pulpliterature.com/contests/ Segora Short Story Competition 2020 Closing date: 15th June 2020.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/ U3A Creative Writing 2020 Closing date: 19th June 2020. Prizes:   The   winning   story   will   be   published   in   Third   Age   Matters   magazine,   which   reaches   over   a quarter   of   a   million   households.   We   will   also   commission   at   least   one   illustration   to   accompany it. Looking   for:   Your   story   must   be   your   own,   individual,   original   work,   in   English,   a   maximum   of 1500 words, and not submitted anywhere else. Entry fee:  free but limited to one story per person. Entrants must be U3A members. Other info: Your submission must be on the theme of: TIME. Website: https://u3auk.wufoo.com/forms/z13mss1n09i5ahw/ King Lear Prizes Over 70s Short Story Closing date: 19th June 2020. Prize: £1,000. Looking for: Short Stores up to 10,000 words Entry fee: Not stated. Website: https://www.kinglearprizes.org.uk/ Writers' Weekend Short Fiction Competition Closing date: 19th June 2020 Prizes:   First   prize   is   £250,   publication   in   Writing   Magazine   and   one   year’s   subscription   to   Writing Magazine, with subscriptions for second and third. Looking   for:   Short   stories   on   any   subject,   theme   or   period   (no   children’s   stories),   or   1,500- 3,000 words. Entry fee: £10. Website: https://www.writers-online.co.uk/writers-weekend-short-fiction-competition/ A MidsummerTale - Narrative Writing Contest   Closing date: 21st June 2020. Prizes:   If   51   or   more   eligible   entries   are   received,   first   place   receives   a   $50   Amazon   gift   card, second a $15 Amazon gift card & third a $10 Amazon gift card. Looking    for:    Literary    fiction    and    creative    non-fiction,    1,000-5,000    words,    on    the    theme "Quarantine". Entry fee: Free. Website: http://tclj.toasted-cheese.com Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer Closing date: 22nd June 2020. Prizes: £5,000, 3 x £500. Looking   for:   Published   or   self-published   full-length   fiction,   non-fiction   or   poetry   by   an   author under 35. Entry fee: Free entry. Website: https://www.societyofauthors.org/Prizes/Other-Prizes-Awards/Sunday-Times Moth Short Story Prize Closing date: 30th June 2020. Prizes: 1st - €3,000, with the runners-up receiving a week-long stay at the wonderful Circle of Misse; 2nd prize Writing Retreat at Circle of Misse; 3rd Prize £1,000. Looking for: Short stories up to 5,000 words on any theme. Entry fee: € 15. Website: www.themothmagazine.com  Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction Closing date: 30th June 2020. Prizes: $1,000, a bronze medallion and publication online.. Looking for: True stories and prose poetry are welcome as long as they’re written in a narrative style. Individual story length should not exceed 1,000 words. Entry fee: $15. Website: http://lascauxreview.com/contests/ British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th June 2020. Prizes: £100, £50, £20, plus a year's BFS membership and publication. Looking for: any kind of fantasy short stories, horror, sf, magic realism etc, up to 5,000 words. Entry fee: £5, (free for BFS members) Website: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/news/short-story-competition-2020/ The Henshaw Short Story Competition Closing Date: 30th June 2020. Prizes: 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50. Entry fee £6 by PayPal or by Cheque to G. Jennings.. Optional Critiques a further £12. Entry requirements: A short story on any subject up to 2000 words.. Results announced by the end of July 2020. Prize winners published on the Henshawpress website and in our next Anthology. Email: editor@henshawpress.com Website: http://henshawpress.co.uk 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 Globe Soup Summer 2020 Short Story Competition Opens: 12th May 2020. Closes: 12th July 2020. Prizes: £1000. Looking for: Short story of no more than 5,000 words. Entry fee: £5 early; £8 general. Other info: We run our competition from the UK but we welcome international entries. Website: https://www.globesoup.net/summer-short-story-2020 Hi20:20 Short Story Competition Closing date: 20th July 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 Fiction Factory Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 31st July 2020. Prizes: Prizes: £150, £50 and £25 Looking for: Unpublished stories maximum 1000 words. This is an international competition. We welcome stories from all over the world but stories must be written in English. Other info: Winning stories will be published on this website and included in a planned anthology. Entry Fee: 5GBP,  8GBP for two entries, 12GBP for three. Website: www.fiction-factory.biz 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 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/ 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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Creative Future Writers' Award Closing date: 31st May 2020. Prizes: £10,000 in development opportunities. Looking for: Poetry up to 42 lines, short fiction up to 2,000 words, by disadvantaged writers. Free entry. Website: https://www.creativefuture.org.uk/creative- future-writers-award/how-to-enter/ 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 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize Closing date: 15th June 2020. Prizes: £1,000 in each category plus publication in Wasafiri. Looking for: Poetry (up to five poems), fiction and life writing up to 3,000 words. Entry fee: £6 for one category, £10 for two, £15 for three. Website: https://www.wasafiri.org/new-writing-prize/ 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/ U3A Creative Writing 2020 Closing date: 19th June 2020. Prizes:   The   winning   story   will   be   published   in   Third Age   Matters   magazine,   which   reaches   over   a   quarter of   a   million   households.   We   will   also   commission   at least one illustration to accompany it. Looking   for:   Your   story   must   be   your   own,   individual, original   work,   in   English,   a   maximum   of   1500   words, and not submitted anywhere else. Entry   fee:      free   but   limited   to   one   story   per   person. Entrants must be U3A members. Other   info:   Your   submission   must   be   on   the   theme   of: TIME. W           e           b           s           i           t           e           :             https://u3auk.wufoo.com/forms/z13mss1n09i5ahw/ King Lear Prizes Over 70s Short Story Closing date: 19th June 2020. Prize: £1,000. Looking for: Short Stores up to 10,000 words Entry fee: Not stated. Website: https://www.kinglearprizes.org.uk/ Writers' Weekend Short Fiction Competition Closing date: 19th June 2020 Prizes:    First    prize    is    £250,    publication    in    Writing Magazine    and    one    year’s    subscription    to    Writing Magazine, with subscriptions for second and third. Looking   for:   Short   stories   on   any   subject,   theme   or period (no children’s stories), or 1,500-3,000 words. Entry fee: £10. Website:       https://www.writers-online.co.uk/writers- weekend-short-fiction-competition/ A MidsummerTale - Narrative Writing Contest   Closing date: 21st June 2020. Prizes:   If   51   or   more   eligible   entries   are   received,   first place   receives   a   $50   Amazon   gift   card,   second   a   $15 Amazon gift card & third a $10 Amazon gift card. Looking   for:   Literary   fiction   and   creative   non-fiction, 1,000-5,000 words, on the theme "Quarantine". Entry fee: Free. Website: http://tclj.toasted-cheese.com Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer Closing date: 22nd June 2020. Prizes: £5,000, 3 x £500. Looking    for:    Published    or    self-published    full-length fiction, non-fiction or poetry by an author under 35. Entry fee: Free entry. Website: https://www.societyofauthors.org/Prizes/Other- Prizes-Awards/Sunday-Times Moth Short Story Prize Closing date: 30th June 2020. Prizes: 1st - €3,000, with the runners-up receiving a week-long stay at the wonderful Circle of Misse; 2nd prize Writing Retreat at Circle of Misse; 3rd Prize £1,000. Looking for: Short stories up to 5,000 words on any theme. Entry fee: € 15. Website: www.themothmagazine.com  Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction Closing date: 30th June 2020. Prizes: $1,000, a bronze medallion and publication online.. Looking for: True stories and prose poetry are welcome as long as they’re written in a narrative style. Individual story length should not exceed 1,000 words. Entry fee: $15. Website: http://lascauxreview.com/contests/ British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th June 2020. Prizes: £100, £50, £20, plus a year's BFS membership and publication. Looking for: any kind of fantasy short stories, horror, sf, magic realism etc, up to 5,000 words. Entry fee: £5, (free for BFS members) Website: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/news/short- story-competition-2020/ The Henshaw Short Story Competition Closing Date: 30th June 2020. Prizes: 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50. Entry fee £6 by PayPal or by Cheque to G. Jennings.. Optional Critiques a further £12. Entry requirements: A short story on any subject up to 2000 words.. Results announced by the end of July 2020. Prize winners published on the Henshawpress website and in our next Anthology. Email: editor@henshawpress.com Website: http://henshawpress.co.uk 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 Globe Soup Summer 2020 Short Story Competition Opens: 12th May 2020. Closes: 12th July 2020. Prizes: £1000. Looking for: Short story of no more than 5,000 words. Entry fee: £5 early; £8 general. Other info: We run our competition from the UK but we welcome international entries. Website: https://www.globesoup.net/summer-short- story-2020 Hi20:20 Short Story Competition Closing date: 20th July 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 Fiction Factory Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 31st July 2020. Prizes: Prizes: £150, £50 and £25 Looking for: Unpublished stories maximum 1000 words. This is an international competition. We welcome stories from all over the world but stories must be written in English. Other info: Winning stories will be published on this website and included in a planned anthology. Entry Fee: 5GBP,  8GBP for two entries, 12GBP for three. Website: www.fiction-factory.biz 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 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/ 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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