Short Story Competitions
Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2018 Short Story Competition Closing date:13th February, 2018. Prizes: A place on an Arvon course of the winner's choice, online publication. Free entry. Looking for: Stories up to 2,000 words on any theme. Website: www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions Reader's Digest 100-word Story Competition  Closing date: 19th February 2018. Prizes: In the adult category, the winner will receive £1,000 and two runners-up will each receive £250. In the 12–18s and under-12s categories, the winners will each receive a Fire HD 8 Tablet and a selection of STAEDTLER products worth £50, plus two STAEDTLER classpacks of pencils for their school. The two runners-up in both categories will each receive a Kindle E-Reader.Free entry. Looking for: Stories told in exactly 100 words. Email: 100wordstory@readersdigest.co.uk Website: https://www.readersdigest.co.uk/100-word-story-competition-2017 Atlantis Short Story Contest Closing date: 25th February 2018. (Early Bird Deadline: December 18, 2017, discounted entry fee) Prizes: Cash prizes and in-depth feedback. Entry fee: starts from $10 (depends on level of feedback wanted when the story does not place). Further Info: No theme or genre restrictions, max 2,500 words. Website: http://atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/ Fish Flash Fiction Contest Closing date: 28th February 2018. Prizes: Top ten stories will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2018. 1st: €1,000. 2nd: online writing course with Fish. Entry fee: €14, €8 subsequent. Looking for: flash flction, up to 300 words. Email: info@flshpublishing.com Website: www.fishpublishing.com Kelpies Prize 2018 Closing date: 28th February 2018. Prizes: £2,000 plus publication Free entry Looking for: flction in any genre aimed at children aged 6-14 years old. There are three entry categories: Young Kelpies (6-8 years, 10,000 words), Kelpies (8-11, 30,000-60,000 words) and KelpiesTeens (11- 14,30,000 to 70,000 words), must be set mainly in Scotland, 10,000-70,000 words, and submitted by post. Email: floris@florisbooks.co.uk Website: www.florisbooks.co.uk/kelpiesprize Exeter Writers Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th February 2018. Prizes: £500, £250, £100, Plus £100 for a Devon writer. Entry fee: £6. Looking for: short stories, any genre and theme, but not children's, up to 3,000 words. Email: exeterwriters@gmail.com Website: www.exeterwriters.org.uk Nottingham Writers' Club Closing date: 28th February 2018. Prizes: £200, £100, £50 plus five runners-up prizes. Entry fee: £5, £6 online. Looking for: Stories up to 2,000 words. Email: marshill29@hotmail.com Website: www.nottinghamwritersclub.org.uk CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th February 2018. Prize: £500 and two passes to CrimeFest 2019 Entry fee: £12 Looking for: For an unpublished short story that keeps in mind Margery Allingham's mystery definition . Max word count: 3,500. Further details: Open to published and unpublished authors. Story must not have been previously published on any platform. Winner announced at CrimeFest May 2018. Email: Contact: secretary@thecwa.co.uk Full details and online entry: http://www.thecwa.co.uk/debuts/short-story-competition/ CWA Dagger Review Competition The Dagger Review competition closes at midnight on 28th February 2018. Prize: The prize is a full weekend pass for CrimeFest 2018 (event only) and a copy of both the new CrimeFest and CWA anthologies. Looking for: Write a review of any of the 2017 CWA Dagger shortlisted titles, including the winners, and post it free to the CWA's DaggerReads The CWA will select the review they consider to be the best as the winner. Reviews will be moderated and posted providing they are literate, non-abusive and contain no spoilers! Entrants can post reviews for as many titles as they like, but only one per title. The competition winner will be informed during March. Contact: secretary@thecwa.co.uk Website: www.daggerreads.co.uk  Flash 500 Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th February 2018. Prizes: £500, £200, £100. Entry fees: £7 for one, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four. Optional critique: £25. Further info: This annual competition for stories up to 3,000 words (open theme and any genre). Email: entry@flash500.com Website: www.flash500.com/index_files/ss.html Bridgend Writers' Circle Short Story Open Competition Closing date: 1st March 2018. Prizes: 1st - £200; 2nd - £50' 3rd - £30. Entry fee: £5 for one story, ££7.50 for two. Looking for: Original, unpublished stories between 1,500 and 1,800 words in any style or theme. Further details: Only postal entries accepted. Website: http://bridgendwriters.html BBC National Short Story Competition Closing date: 12th March 2018. Prizes: 1st - £15,000, four short-listed entries - £600. Entry fee: Free. Looking for: Stories up to 8,000 words. Further details: Entries from British nationals and UK residents. Visit website for full terms and conditions. Website: http://writ.rs/bbcnssa2018 Eyelands 1st International Flash Fiction Contest - 2018 Closing date: The contest runs from January 20th through March 20th, 2018. Entry fee: 5€. First prize: A week holiday on the island of Crete (for 2 people). Three prize winners: publication in anthology, handmade ceramic gift, certificate, complimentary copy of the anthology. Shortlisted stories: Publication in anthology. Further info: The theme of the contest this year is "Dreams". Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis. Collaboration: Eyelands.gr (online literature magazine) & Strange Days Books (publishing firm) Website: https://eyelands.gr/english-section/ Evesham Festival of Words 2018 Short Story Competition Closing date: 23rd March 2018. Prizes: £150 adult, £30 children. Entry fee: £5 adult, junior free. Short stories competition with categories for adults (2,500 words) and children (1,000 words) for stories on any theme. info@eveshamfestivalofwords.com Download the .PDF: https://eveshamfestivalofwords.org/EveshamFoW-Short-Story-Competition- 28.10.17.pdf Retreat West Quarterly Themed Flash Competition Closing date: 25th March 2018. Prizes: £100, 2 x £75. Entry fee: £8. Looking for: 500-word fiction with a different theme each quarter. Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/themed-flash/ M J Meads Short Story Competition 2018 Closing date: 31st March 2018. Prizes:  Two winning entries this year both receiving a brand new NOOK GlowLight 3 plus publication of their stories. Entry fee: Free. Looking for: Word Count: Min 1500 - Max 2500 words. Story Theme: Light. Website: http://www.mjmeads.com/p/short-story-competition-2018.html White Review Short Story Prize Closing date: 31st March 2018. Prizes: The prize awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in Britain & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. Entry fee: £15. Note: there are 50 free entries to writers on low-incomes. Looking for: Short stories, 2,000 and 7,000 words. Email: editors@thewhitereview.org Website: http://www.thewhitereview.org/prize/white-review-short-story-prize-2018/ The Henshaw Competition Closing Date: 31st March 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 fictional short story on any subject up to 2000 words. Results: Announced by 30th April 2018. 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. Competition page:  http://henshawpress.co.uk The Writers Bureau's 2018 Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st March 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize - £300; 2nd Prize - £200; 3rd Prize - £100; 4th Prize - £50. Plus, every winner receives a Writers Bureau Course of their choice worth of £374 each. Entry fee: £5.00 per entry. There is no limit on the number of entries competitors may send provided each one is accompanied by the correct entry fee. Looking for: Work may be on any theme but should not have been previously published. Stories must not exceed 2000 words. Website: https://www.wbcompetition.com/ Flash 500 Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st March 2018. Prizes: £300, £200, £100 plus Highly Commended. Entry fee: £5/€6.50 for one story, £8/€10 for two stories Looking for: Short stories up to 500 words. Email: entry@flash500.com Website: www.flash500.com Cunningham Short Story Competition Closing Date: 31st March, 2018. Prize: $100 (or other currency equivalent). Rules:  Short stories should be fiction, but can be based on true life, and should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words, in English.  THEME:  THE WORLD Website, including full T&C's:  www.willowdownbooks.com Liecester Writes Short Story Prize 2018 Closing date: 2nd April 2018. Prizes: 1st - £100 and a budle of books; 2nd - £50 and a bundle of books; 3rd - A bundle of books. Entry fee: £7, or £3 Leicestershire writers. Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words in any style or subject. There is no set theme. http://leicesterwrites.co.uk/prize/ Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize Closing date: 10th April 2018. Prizes: Aus$7,000, $2,000, $1,000. Commended stories: The three commended stories will share the remaining $2,500. Entry fee: $25. Lookiong for: Unpublished short stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words. https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/current-jolley The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - Writing Can Be Murder Competition Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st prize: Books to the value of £60; 2nd prize: Books to the value of £40; 3rd prize: Books to the value of £20. Entry fee: £16.00 with constructive feedback; £6 without. Looking for: the first 500 words of a short story or novel with a murder thriller theme. Sponsoed by: P & G Wells Ltd. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - Flash Fiction Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st prize: Writing Magazine one-year digital subscription; 2nd prize: Writing Magazine one-year digital subscription; 3rd prize: Writing Magazine one-year digital subscription. Entry fee: £16.00. Looking for: In 500 words, send us a flash fiction which will intrigue, excite and entertain, and which will linger in the mind long after reading. Sponsored by: Writing Magazine. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - Short Stories Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize: Telephone consultation with literary agents Janklow & Nesbit UK to receive a detailed editorial report on the winning entry; 2nd Prize: Book prizes; 3rd Prize: Book prizes. Entry fee: £16.00 to include feedback or £6.00 without feedback. Looking for: quality short stories on any subject, theme or period (no children's stories).  Length 1500 to 3000 words for each entry. Each entry must be a complete story.  Entries will be judged on their originality and excellent story-telling qualities. Sponsored by: Janklow & Nesbit UK. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions Shooter Literary Magazine 2018 Short Story Competition Closing date: April 15th 2018 Prizes: £500, £100, print & online publication, plus free e-copy of summer issue for all entrants Entry fee: £7 (or £10 for two stories) Looking for: Stories of any theme or genre up to 5,000 words Email: contest.shooterlitmag@gmail.com Website: www.shooterlitmag.com/competition Bath Short Story Award Closing date: 23rd April 2018. Prizes: £1,200, £300, £100, £50 for the best local writer, £50 in vouchers for the local prize generously donated by Mr B’s Emporium of Books, Bath. In addition there is The Acorn Award of £100 for the best entry from an unpublished writer, unplaced in the main competition. Entry fee: £8 per story. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,200 words, in any style and on any subject. Website: https://www.bathshortstoryaward.org/-2018 James White Award Closing date: 27th April 2018. Prizes: £200, plus publication in Interzone. Free entry. Looking for: Science fiction (broadly defined), 1,000-6,000 words, by non-professional writers. Further info: Entry through website strongly preferred. Website: www.jameswhiteaward.com The SI Leeds Literary Prize Closing date: 30th April 2018. Prizes: This year’s winner will receive £3,000, the runner-up will get £1,250, and there will be a third prize of £750. Entry fee: £10 fee for each entry. Website: https://www.sileedsliteraryprize.com/ Momaya Press Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th April 2018. Prizes: First Prize: $150 (£110) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2018 Second Prize: $75 (£55) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2018 Third Prize:  $35 (£25) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2018 Entry fee: £12/$15. Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of 'Coming of Age'. Website: http://momayapress.com/momaya-short-story-competition/ Tom Howard/John H Reid Fiction and Essay Contest  Closing date: 30th April 2018. Prizes: $2,000, ten Honourable Mentions $100 in each category. Entry fee: $20 per entry. Looking for: Short stories, essays or other prose, up to 6,000 words. International entries welcome. Email: adam@winningwriters.com Website: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest Creative Writing for All - Competition Closing Date: 30th April 2018. Short Story Prizes: £60, £30, £15. Entry fee: £5, additional entries £3. Theme: Cats and/or Dogs. Further details: You are invited to write a short story up to 2,000 words on the above theme. Visit website for further entry requirements. Entry forms by email: ce.apps@tesco.net Website: www.writing-experiment.com The 70th Swanwick 2018 Writing Magazine Competition Closing date: 30th April 2018. Prizes: Inclusive week at Swanwick Writers' 2018 Summer School for each category winner, Writing Magazine Creative Writing manuscript appraisal for second-winners, Writers' 6- Artists' Yearbook 2018 for third. Entry fee: £5 for each work entered. Looking for: Short stories, poems and writing for children. The theme for all entries this year is ‘BONDING’. Email: secretary@swanwickwritersschool.org.uk  Website: https://www.swanwickwritersschool.org.uk/win-a-place.html#.WmsYC6hl-Uk 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize Closing date: 1st May 2018. Prizes: 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £700, 3rd prize is £400. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology. Prizes will be sent to any writer on the shortlist who is unable to attend the awards ceremony. 20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 11. Entry fee: £8 for each story submitted. Further details: The maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words (does not include title), there is no minimum length. The competition is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based. Website: https://www.bristolprize.co.uk/rules/ Bridport Prize 2018 Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: 1st prize £5,000, 2nd prize £1,000, 3rd prize £500, Highly Commended 10 x £100 Entry fee: £10 for each submitted short story. Looking for:  short stories (up to 5,000 words), poetry (up to 42 lines) and flash fiction (up to 250 words). See website for full details. Website: www.bridportprize.org.uk Cinnamon Press Annual Short Story Prize Closing date: 31st May, 2018. Prizes: First place: one year's free mentoring/free place on a Ty'n y coed course; Second place: pack of short story collections + one year's subscription to the bookclub; Third place: one year's subscription to the bookclub; Publication of the winners and two runners' up stories in our new annual, The Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction. Entry fee: £12.00 (you can optionally add £4 to this to include a copy of the winners' anthology). Theme: Short Story Fiction on any subject. Looking for: a story of 2,000-4,000 words (short story competitions) in a clear type script, double spaced for prose. Further info: Entries should be submitted electronically, via the forms on each competition page, in .doc, .docx or .rtf file formats only. Please ensure you have up to date virus protection before sending any files. (If you have problems please email for guidance). You may also send send your work by post, without your name on the MS, but please add a cover sheet with your contacts details and the name of your work. Please mark your story with a nom de plume and working title in the header (this is simply for reading purposes to guarantee that all pieces are read blind and judged fairly) Do not put any other identification on the work. Email address: jan(at)cinnamonpress(dot)com Website: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/annual-short-story-prize Fiction Desk Newcomer Prize - Short Stories Closing date: 31st May 2017. Prizes: £500. Entry fee: £8. Looking for: Stories from 1,000 to 5,000 words by writers who have not previously been published by The Fiction Desk. Website: www.thefictiondesk.com Yeovil Literary Prize Closing date: 31st May 20127. Entry fee: £12 for novels, £7 for short stories, £7 for one poem, £10 for two, £12 for three, writing without restrictions £5. Prizes: For novels, £1,000, £250 and £100, £500, £200 and £100 for poems/short stories, £500, £200 and 100, writing without restrictions £200, £100 and £50, £100 local prize. Looking for: novels (opening chapters and synopsis, up to 15,000 words), short stories (max 2,000 words, poems (up to 40 lines), and writing without restrictions. Website: www.yeovilprize.co.uk 1,000 Word Challenge Closing date: 31st May 2017. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. Entry fee: £5. Looking for: Themed quarterly competition for stories up to 1,000 words. Email: contact@1000wordchallenge.com Website: www.1000wordchallenge.com 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

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Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2018 Short Story Competition Closing date:13th February, 2018. Prizes: A place on an Arvon course of the winner's choice, online publication. Free entry. Looking for: Stories up to 2,000 words on any theme. Website: www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions Reader's Digest 100-word Story Competition  Closing date: 19th February 2018. Prizes: In the adult category, the winner will receive £1,000 and two runners-up will each receive £250. In the 12–18s and under-12s categories, the winners will each receive a Fire HD 8 Tablet and a selection of STAEDTLER products worth £50, plus two STAEDTLER classpacks of pencils for their school. The two runners-up in both categories will each receive a Kindle E-Reader.Free entry. Looking for: Stories told in exactly 100 words. Email: 100wordstory@readersdigest.co.uk Website: https://www.readersdigest.co.uk/100-word-story- competition-2017 Atlantis Short Story Contest Closing date: 25th February 2018. (Early Bird Deadline: December 18, 2017, discounted entry fee) Prizes: Cash prizes and in-depth feedback. Entry fee: starts from $10 (depends on level of feedback wanted when the story does not place). Further Info: No theme or genre restrictions, max 2,500 words. Website: http://atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/ Fish Flash Fiction Contest Closing date: 28th February 2018. Prizes: Top ten stories will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2018. 1st: €1,000. 2nd: online writing course with Fish. Entry fee: €14, €8 subsequent. Looking for: flash flction, up to 300 words. Email: info@flshpublishing.com Website: www.fishpublishing.com Kelpies Prize 2018 Closing date: 28th February 2018. Prizes: £2,000 plus publication Free entry Looking for: flction in any genre aimed at children aged 6-14 years old. There are three entry categories: Young Kelpies (6- 8 years, 10,000 words), Kelpies (8-11, 30,000-60,000 words) and KelpiesTeens (11-14,30,000 to 70,000 words), must be set mainly in Scotland, 10,000-70,000 words, and submitted by post. Email: floris@florisbooks.co.uk Website: www.florisbooks.co.uk/kelpiesprize Exeter Writers Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th February 2018. Prizes: £500, £250, £100, Plus £100 for a Devon writer. Entry fee: £6. Looking for: short stories, any genre and theme, but not children's, up to 3,000 words. Email: exeterwriters@gmail.com Website: www.exeterwriters.org.uk Nottingham Writers' Club Closing date: 28th February 2018. Prizes: £200, £100, £50 plus five runners-up prizes. Entry fee: £5, £6 online. Looking for: Stories up to 2,000 words. Email: marshill29@hotmail.com Website: www.nottinghamwritersclub.org.uk CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th February 2018. Prize: £500 and two passes to CrimeFest 2019 Entry fee: £12 Looking for: For an unpublished short story that keeps in mind Margery Allingham's mystery definition . Max word count: 3,500. Further details: Open to published and unpublished authors. Story must not have been previously published on any platform. Winner announced at CrimeFest May 2018. Email: Contact: secretary@thecwa.co.uk Full details and online entry: http://www.thecwa.co.uk/debuts/short-story-competition/ CWA Dagger Review Competition The Dagger Review competition closes at midnight on 28th February 2018. Prize: The prize is a full weekend pass for CrimeFest 2018 (event only) and a copy of both the new CrimeFest and CWA anthologies. Looking for: Write a review of any of the 2017 CWA Dagger shortlisted titles, including the winners, and post it free to the CWA's DaggerReads The CWA will select the review they consider to be the best as the winner. Reviews will be moderated and posted providing they are literate, non-abusive and contain no spoilers! Entrants can post reviews for as many titles as they like, but only one per title. The competition winner will be informed during March. Contact: secretary@thecwa.co.uk Website: www.daggerreads.co.uk  Flash 500 Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th February 2018. Prizes: £500, £200, £100. Entry fees: £7 for one, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four. Optional critique: £25. Further info: This annual competition for stories up to 3,000 words (open theme and any genre). Email: entry@flash500.com Website: www.flash500.com/index_files/ss.html Bridgend Writers' Circle Short Story Open Competition Closing date: 1st March 2018. Prizes: 1st - £200; 2nd - £50' 3rd - £30. Entry fee: £5 for one story, ££7.50 for two. Looking for: Original, unpublished stories between 1,500 and 1,800 words in any style or theme. Further details: Only postal entries accepted. Website: http://bridgendwriters.html BBC National Short Story Competition Closing date: 12th March 2018. Prizes: 1st - £15,000, four short-listed entries - £600. Entry fee: Free. Looking for: Stories up to 8,000 words. Further details: Entries from British nationals and UK residents. Visit website for full terms and conditions. Website: http://writ.rs/bbcnssa2018 Eyelands 1st International Flash Fiction Contest - 2018 Closing date: The contest runs from January 20th through March 20th, 2018. Entry fee: 5€. First prize: A week holiday on the island of Crete (for 2 people). Three prize winners: publication in anthology, handmade ceramic gift, certificate, complimentary copy of the anthology. Shortlisted stories: Publication in anthology. Further info: The theme of the contest this year is "Dreams". Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis. Collaboration: Eyelands.gr (online literature magazine) & Strange Days Books (publishing firm) Website: https://eyelands.gr/english-section/ Evesham Festival of Words 2018 Short Story Competition Closing date: 23rd March 2018. Prizes: £150 adult, £30 children. Entry fee: £5 adult, junior free. Short stories competition with categories for adults (2,500 words) and children (1,000 words) for stories on any theme. info@eveshamfestivalofwords.com Download the .PDF: https://eveshamfestivalofwords.org/EveshamFoW-Short- Story-Competition-28.10.17.pdf Retreat West Quarterly Themed Flash Competition Closing date: 25th March 2018. Prizes: £100, 2 x £75. Entry fee: £8. Looking for: 500-word fiction with a different theme each quarter. Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/themed-flash/ M J Meads Short Story Competition 2018 Closing date: 31st March 2018. Prizes:  Two winning entries this year both receiving a brand new NOOK GlowLight 3 plus publication of their stories. Entry fee: Free. Looking for: Word Count: Min 1500 - Max 2500 words. Story Theme: Light. Website: http://www.mjmeads.com/p/short-story- competition-2018.html White Review Short Story Prize Closing date: 31st March 2018. Prizes: The prize awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in Britain & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. Entry fee: £15. Note: there are 50 free entries to writers on low-incomes. Looking for: Short stories, 2,000 and 7,000 words. Email: editors@thewhitereview.org Website: http://www.thewhitereview.org/prize/white-review- short-story-prize-2018/ The Henshaw Competition Closing Date: 31st March 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 fictional short story on any subject up to 2000 words. Results: Announced by 30th April 2018. 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. Competition page:  http://henshawpress.co.uk The Writers Bureau's 2018 Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st March 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize - £300; 2nd Prize - £200; 3rd Prize - £100; 4th Prize - £50. Plus, every winner receives a Writers Bureau Course of their choice worth of £374 each. Entry fee: £5.00 per entry. There is no limit on the number of entries competitors may send provided each one is accompanied by the correct entry fee. Looking for: Work may be on any theme but should not have been previously published. Stories must not exceed 2000 words. Website: https://www.wbcompetition.com/ Flash 500 Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st March 2018. Prizes: £300, £200, £100 plus Highly Commended. Entry fee: £5/€6.50 for one story, £8/€10 for two stories Looking for: Short stories up to 500 words. Email: entry@flash500.com Website: www.flash500.com Cunningham Short Story Competition Closing Date: 31st March, 2018. Prize: $100 (or other currency equivalent). Rules:  Short stories should be fiction, but can be based on true life, and should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words, in English.  THEME:  THE WORLD Website, including full T&C's:  www.willowdownbooks.com Liecester Writes Short Story Prize 2018 Closing date: 2nd April 2018. Prizes: 1st - £100 and a budle of books; 2nd - £50 and a bundle of books; 3rd - A bundle of books. Entry fee: £7, or £3 Leicestershire writers. Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words in any style or subject. There is no set theme. http://leicesterwrites.co.uk/prize/ Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize Closing date: 10th April 2018. Prizes: Aus$7,000, $2,000, $1,000. Commended stories: The three commended stories will share the remaining $2,500. Entry fee: $25. Lookiong for: Unpublished short stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words. https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/current-jolley The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - Writing Can Be Murder Competition Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st prize: Books to the value of £60; 2nd prize: Books to the value of £40; 3rd prize: Books to the value of £20. Entry fee: £16.00 with constructive feedback; £6 without. Looking for: the first 500 words of a short story or novel with a murder thriller theme. Sponsoed by: P & G Wells Ltd. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - Flash Fiction Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st prize: Writing Magazine one-year digital subscription; 2nd prize: Writing Magazine one-year digital subscription; 3rd prize: Writing Magazine one-year digital subscription. Entry fee: £16.00. Looking for: In 500 words, send us a flash fiction which will intrigue, excite and entertain, and which will linger in the mind long after reading. Sponsored by: Writing Magazine. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions The 2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival - Short Stories Closing date: 11th April 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize: Telephone consultation with literary agents Janklow & Nesbit UK to receive a detailed editorial report on the winning entry; 2nd Prize: Book prizes; 3rd Prize: Book prizes. Entry fee: £16.00 to include feedback or £6.00 without feedback. Looking for: quality short stories on any subject, theme or period (no children's stories).  Length 1500 to 3000 words for each entry. Each entry must be a complete story.  Entries will be judged on their originality and excellent story-telling qualities. Sponsored by: Janklow & Nesbit UK. Website: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions Shooter Literary Magazine 2018 Short Story Competition Closing date: April 15th 2018 Prizes: £500, £100, print & online publication, plus free e- copy of summer issue for all entrants Entry fee: £7 (or £10 for two stories) Looking for: Stories of any theme or genre up to 5,000 words Email: contest.shooterlitmag@gmail.com Website: www.shooterlitmag.com/competition Bath Short Story Award Closing date: 23rd April 2018. Prizes: £1,200, £300, £100, £50 for the best local writer, £50 in vouchers for the local prize generously donated by Mr B’s Emporium of Books, Bath. In addition there is The Acorn Award of £100 for the best entry from an unpublished writer, unplaced in the main competition. Entry fee: £8 per story. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,200 words, in any style and on any subject. Website: https://www.bathshortstoryaward.org/-2018 James White Award Closing date: 27th April 2018. Prizes: £200, plus publication in Interzone. Free entry. Looking for: Science fiction (broadly defined), 1,000-6,000 words, by non-professional writers. Further info: Entry through website strongly preferred. Website: www.jameswhiteaward.com The SI Leeds Literary Prize Closing date: 30th April 2018. Prizes: This year’s winner will receive £3,000, the runner-up will get £1,250, and there will be a third prize of £750. Entry fee: £10 fee for each entry. Website: https://www.sileedsliteraryprize.com/ Momaya Press Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th April 2018. Prizes: First Prize: $150 (£110) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2018 Second Prize: $75 (£55) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2018 Third Prize:  $35 (£25) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2018 Entry fee: £12/$15. Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of 'Coming of Age'. Website: http://momayapress.com/momaya-short-story- competition/ Tom Howard/John H Reid Fiction and Essay Contest  Closing date: 30th April 2018. Prizes: $2,000, ten Honourable Mentions $100 in each category. Entry fee: $20 per entry. Looking for: Short stories, essays or other prose, up to 6,000 words. International entries welcome. Email: adam@winningwriters.com Website: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom- howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest Creative Writing for All - Competition Closing Date: 30th April 2018. Short Story Prizes: £60, £30, £15. Entry fee: £5, additional entries £3. Theme: Cats and/or Dogs. Further details: You are invited to write a short story up to 2,000 words on the above theme. Visit website for further entry requirements. Entry forms by email: ce.apps@tesco.net Website: www.writing-experiment.com The 70th Swanwick 2018 Writing Magazine Competition Closing date: 30th April 2018. Prizes: Inclusive week at Swanwick Writers' 2018 Summer School for each category winner, Writing Magazine Creative Writing manuscript appraisal for second-winners, Writers' 6- Artists' Yearbook 2018 for third. Entry fee: £5 for each work entered. Looking for: Short stories, poems and writing for children. The theme for all entries this year is ‘BONDING’. Email: secretary@swanwickwritersschool.org.uk  Website: https://www.swanwickwritersschool.org.uk/win-a- place.html#.WmsYC6hl-Uk 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize Closing date: 1st May 2018. Prizes: 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £700, 3rd prize is £400. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology. Prizes will be sent to any writer on the shortlist who is unable to attend the awards ceremony. 20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 11. Entry fee: £8 for each story submitted. Further details: The maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words (does not include title), there is no minimum length. The competition is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based. Website: https://www.bristolprize.co.uk/rules/ Bridport Prize 2018 Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: 1st prize £5,000, 2nd prize £1,000, 3rd prize £500, Highly Commended 10 x £100 Entry fee: £10 for each submitted short story. Looking for:  short stories (up to 5,000 words), poetry (up to 42 lines) and flash fiction (up to 250 words). See website for full details. Website: www.bridportprize.org.uk Cinnamon Press Annual Short Story Prize Closing date: 31st May, 2018. Prizes: First place: one year's free mentoring/free place on a Ty'n y coed course; Second place: pack of short story collections + one year's subscription to the bookclub; Third place: one year's subscription to the bookclub; Publication of the winners and two runners' up stories in our new annual, The Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction. Entry fee: £12.00 (you can optionally add £4 to this to include a copy of the winners' anthology). Theme: Short Story Fiction on any subject. Looking for: a story of 2,000-4,000 words (short story competitions) in a clear type script, double spaced for prose. Further info: Entries should be submitted electronically, via the forms on each competition page, in .doc, .docx or .rtf file formats only. Please ensure you have up to date virus protection before sending any files. (If you have problems please email for guidance). You may also send send your work by post, without your name on the MS, but please add a cover sheet with your contacts details and the name of your work. Please mark your story with a nom de plume and working title in the header (this is simply for reading purposes to guarantee that all pieces are read blind and judged fairly) Do not put any other identification on the work. Email address: jan(at)cinnamonpress(dot)com Website: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/ann ual-short-story-prize Fiction Desk Newcomer Prize - Short Stories Closing date: 31st May 2017. Prizes: £500. Entry fee: £8. Looking for: Stories from 1,000 to 5,000 words by writers who have not previously been published by The Fiction Desk. Website: www.thefictiondesk.com Yeovil Literary Prize Closing date: 31st May 20127. Entry fee: £12 for novels, £7 for short stories, £7 for one poem, £10 for two, £12 for three, writing without restrictions £5. Prizes: For novels, £1,000, £250 and £100, £500, £200 and £100 for poems/short stories, £500, £200 and 100, writing without restrictions £200, £100 and £50, £100 local prize. Looking for: novels (opening chapters and synopsis, up to 15,000 words), short stories (max 2,000 words, poems (up to 40 lines), and writing without restrictions. Website: www.yeovilprize.co.uk 1,000 Word Challenge Closing date: 31st May 2017. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. Entry fee: £5. Looking for: Themed quarterly competition for stories up to 1,000 words. Email: contact@1000wordchallenge.com Website: www.1000wordchallenge.com 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

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