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Short Story Competitions

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Winchester Writers' Festival 2017 Competitions
Closing date: 15th May 2017.
Prizes: books to the value of £60, £40 or £20. Judge: author Siman Hall.
Entry fee: £6.
Looking for:
First 1000 words of a short story or novel with a murder thriller theme.
Further details: Theme - Writing Can be Murder.
Email: writingcompetitions@winchester.ac.uk
Website: www.writersfestival.co.uk

Winchester Writers' Festival 2017 Competitions
Closing date: 15th May 2017.
Entry fee: £6.
Looking for:
Submissions of complete short stories, 1,500-3,000 words, on any subject, theme or period (no children's stories).
Prizes: telephone consultation with Janklow & Nesbit to receive a detailed editorial report; book prizes for second and third.
Judge: The Chandlers FordWriters.
Email: writingcompetitions@winchester.ac.uk
Website: www.writersfestival.co.uk

Winchester Writers' Festival 2017 Competitions Flash Fiction Competition
Closing date: 15th May 2017.
Prizes: Writing Magazine critique and publication in WM Competition Supplement; one-year WM subscriptions for second and third.
Entry fee: £6.
Looking for:
500-word flash fiction  Judge: Parthian Books publishing editor Susie Wild.
Email: writingcompetitions@winchester.ac.uk
Website: www.writersfestival.co.uk

Stirling Robyns Publishing Short Story Competition
Closing date: 30th May 2017.
The competition has 3 categories.  Micro, Flash and Short Fiction.  There will be one winner from each category who will win:
Prizes: A cash prize of $70.00; Prominence in the resulting published anthology; One each of our gorgeous Imprint bookmarks; A free reading of their novel/novella/poetry chapbook; Four free copies of the print edition of the winner's anthology; The successful stories printed on our Winner's Page.
Entry fee: Micro up to 300 words - $ 5.00; Flash up to 1000 words - $10.00; Short Fiction up to 5000 words - $15.00.
Website: www.stirlingrobynspublishing.com/competition

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 Fiction Desk Newcomer Prize for Short Stories 2017
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: First prize £500, second prize £250.
Entry fee: £8 per story.
Looking for: Short stories from 1,000 - 7,000 words. Writers should not have been previously published by The Fiction Desk, and should not yet have published a novel or single-author collection of short stories on paper.
For full details and online entry form, see: www.thefictiondesk.com/newcomer-short-story-prize.php

STORGY Magazine 2017 Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250.
Entry fee: £10.
Looking for: Short stories up to 5,000 words.
Email: submit@storgy.com
Website: http://storgy.com

Exit Earth Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st of May 2017.
Prizes: £1000 (first prize), £500 (second prize), £250 (third prize). Finalists will be published in The STORGY Short Story Competition Anthology
Entry fee:  £10 per story.
Looking for: We are looking for fiction that explores life - be it past, present, or future - on, or off - this beautiful, yet fragile, world of ours. Dystopian or utopian, realist or fantasy, horror or sci-fi, comedy or romance, we explicitly welcome entries in all genres.
Further info: Short stories of any length.
Email address: submit@storgy.com
Website: storgy.com/2017/02/24/exit-earth-short-story-competition/ and www.storgy.com

Michael Terence Publishing (MTP) - Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: Top prize £300.00 Publication in the 2017 MTP Anthology (print book) - winning short story title will be the title of the Anthology. Publication on the MTP website.
Second Prize: £150 Publication in the 2017 MTP Anthology (print book). Publication on the MTP website.
Third Prize: £50. Publication in the 2017 MTP Anthology (print book). Publication on the MTP website.
Entry fee:  £3.00.
Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words in the English language. Open to new authors only - an author who has never been published and never been self-published at the time of entry. Open to authors worldwide.
Further info: Genres: fiction or non-fiction (biography, memoir, true story etc.). Winners announced 1st July 2017.
Email: admin@mtp.agency
Website: www.mtp.agency/competition

Bridport Prize
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: for poetry and short stories, £5,000, £1,000, £500 and 10 x £50; £1,000, £500, £250, 3 x  £25 for flash fiction; £ 100 for best local winner or runner-up; anthology publication for all.
Entry fee: £7 flash fiction, £8 poem, £9 short story.
Looking for: Short stories (up to 5,000 words), poetry (up to 42 lines) and Hash (up to 250 words).
Email: kate@bridportprize.org.uk
Website: www.bridportprize.org.uk

Cinnamon Press Short Story Prize
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: £500, £100, £50; publication.
Entry fee: £12.
Looking for: For short stories, 2,000-5,000 words.
Email: jan@cinnamonpress.com
Website: www.cinnamonpress.com

Frome Festival Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: £400, £200, £100 plus local awards.
Entry fee: £8 per story.
Looking for: 1000 - 2200 words on any theme. Enter online or by post.
Further info: Judge in 2017 is novelist Laura Wilkinson
Email: benbannister@googlemail.com
Website: www.fromeshortstorycompetition.co.uk

Yeovil Literary Prize
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: for novels, £1,000, £250 and £100; for each of poems and short stories, £500, £200 and £100; for writing without restrictions £200, £100 and £50.
Entry fee: £12 for novels; £7 for short stories; Poetry £7 for one, £10 for two, £12 for three; writing without restrictions £5.
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

Writers Bureau Spring Flash Fiction Competition
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: £300, £200, £100 plus Writers Bureau course worth over £349.
Entry fee: £5, £10 for three.
Looking for: stories up to 500 words on an open theme.
Email: studentservices@writersbureau.com
Website: www.wbcompetition.com

Dorset Fiction Award

Closing Date: 10th June 2017.

Prize: £500GBP.

Entry fee: £7.

Looking for: Fiction of any genre/topic <1000 words.

Website: www.dorsetfictionaward.co.uk/

Bath Flash Fiction Award

Closing date: 11th June 2017.

Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100.

Entry fee: £9, £4 for members.

Further details: Thrice-yearly competition for flash fiction up to 300 words.

Website: bathflashfictionaward.com  


V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize

Closing date: 14th June 2017.

Prizes: In addition to a prize of £1000 and publication in the RSL Review and Prospect Magazine online, the winner (and shortlist) will have the opportunity to appear at an RSL event with established short story writers in autumn 2017.

Entry fee: £5.

Further details: This prize for the best unpublished short story of the year was founded by the RSL at the beginning of the new millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest English short-story writer of the 20th century.

Website: rsliterature.org/v-s-pritchett-memorial-prize-2017/


Templar Short Fiction Prize
Closing date: 27th June 2017.
Prizes: Pamphlet publication by Ternplar Short Fiction for two winners.
Entry fee: £10, £11 online.
Looking for: New prize for short stories between 2,000 and 4,OOO words.
Email: info@templarpoetry.co.uk
Website: templarpoetry.com

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
Closing date: officially 15th April each year, actually 30th June.
Prizes: Modest prizes, 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 .. .'
Email: srice@pacbell.net
Website: http://www.bulwer-lytton.com

Moth International Short Story Prize
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: 1st prize - €3,000; 2nd prize - Writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France worth €1,000; 3rd prize - €1,000.
Entry fee: €12 per story.
Looking for: Short stories up to 6,000 words on any theme.
Email: enquiries@themothmagazine.com
Website: www.themothmagazine.com

Erewash Writers 'Books' Competition
Closing date: 29th June 2017.
Prizes: Six prizes includes a choice of books and a short story writing course.
Entry fee: Varies - see website.
Looking for: Send us your stories, poetry, anecdotes, memoirs and more. Any form of writing accepted using 'BOOKS' as the theme.
Website: erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2017books-writing-competition.html

British Czech & Slovak Association Writing Competition
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Prizes: £300, £100, publication in the British Czech and Slovak Review.
Free entry.
Looking for: Short stories and non-fiction, 1,500 - 2,000 words, exploring the links between Britain and the Czech/Slovak Republics at any time.
Email: prize@bcsa.co.uk
Website: bcsa.co.uk/competitions/

Cheshire Prize for Literature
Closing date: 1st September 2017.
Prizes: £2000 for the winner, £750 shared between runners-up.
Entry fee: £0.
Theme: Children's Literature aimed at 7 to 14 year old children Looking for: Stories up to 1500 words or verse no more than 100 lines. Entrants must have lived, worked or studied in Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington or Halton. Entrants must be 18 or over.
Website: chester.ac.uk/literatureprize/

Bedford International Writing Competition
Opens: 1st May and closes 30th September 2017.
Prizes: Prizes: £300, £150, £100.  Special Bedford Prizes: Short Story £100;  Poem £100.  All shortlisted entries will be published as a download anthology.
Entry fee: Fees:  £6 or 3 for £12.
Looking for: Story: up to 3000 words.  Poems:  up to 40 lines.
Further info:  Judges:  Ruth Hogan, Lesley Saunders, Steve Lowe.
As a not-for-profit group, all net proceeds go to charities/projects that help children or adults improve literary skills.
Email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.co.uk
Website: www.bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk

The 'Fantastic Female Fable' Competition 2017
Closing date: 3rd September 2017.
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
Entry fee: £5 each. Five or more entries - £3.50 per entry.
You may enter as many times as you like and we actively encourage book clubs and writing groups to take advantage of the group entry discount.
Looking for: Short stories that feature the power and energy of womankind in all its myriad forms. The topic is female strength. Any genre. Max length 2000 words.
Other info: as well as winners, the best of the entries from the shortlist are offered professional editing with a view to publication in a competition anthology alongside invited contributors.
Website: www.fantasticbooksstore.com/current-competitions

The SciFan 'Fire and Ice' Competition 2017
Closing date: 31st December 2017.
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
Entry fee: £5 each. Five or more entries - £3.50 per entry.
You may enter as many times as you like and we actively encourage book clubs and writing groups to take advantage of the group entry discount.
Looking for: We are looking for your darkest, most twisted dystopian short stories. The topic is 'Fire and Ice'. SciFan - either pure science fiction, pure fantasy or 'SciFan', an amalgamation of the two. Max length 2000 words.
Other info: as well as winners, the best of the entries from the shortlist are offered professional editing with a view to publication in a competition anthology alongside invited contributors.
Website: www.fantasticbooksstore.com/current-competitions


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