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Short Story Competitions

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The Val Wood Prize 2017: Freedom in Hull
Closing date: 19th August 2017.
Prizes: Winner £200; Runner up £50 & £25.
Entry fee: Free.
Theme: Freedom in Hull.
Looking for: Stories need to keep to the theme of 'Freedom in Hull' but can be on any subject. Maximum word count is 2017.
Further info: Winners will be announced at a special ceremony at Hull Central Library on 14 October 2017.
Website: http://valeriewood.co.uk

Hysteria Writing Competition 2017
Closing date: 31st August 2017.
Prizes: £150 short story, £75 poetry and flash fiction, winners will be published in the Hysteria 5 Anthology.
Entry fee: £5 story, £3 poetry and flash fiction.
Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words, poetry up to 20 lines, flash fiction 250 words, by women writers.
Email: info@hysterectomy-association.org.uk
Website: hysterectomy-association.org.uk/hysteria-writing-competition/

Exeter Flash Fiction Competition
Closing date: 31st August 2017.
Prizes: £150, £100, £50.
Entry fee: £4.
Looking for: Flash fiction up to 250 words.
Email: creativewritingmatters@virginmedia.com
Website: www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk

Artificium Short Fiction and Poetry Competition
Closing date: 31st August 2017.
Prizes: £350, £75, £50, publication.
Entry fee: £5 for one, £9 for two, £12 for three.
Looking for: Short stories up to 4,000 words, poems minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 mins duration.
Email: competitions@artificium.co.uk
Website: www.artificium.co.uk

mags4dorset Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st August 2017.
Prizes: £150, £25.
Entry fee: £4, £3 each subsequent.
Looking for: Stories up to 1,000 words inspired by one of three photographs.
Website: http://writ.rs/mags4dorsetshortstory2017

Earlyworks Press Flash Fiction
Closing date: 31st August 2017.
Prizes: £100, anthology publication for shortlisted entries.
Entry fee: £3, £15 up to 6.
Looking for: Flash fiction, up to 100 words.
Email: services@earlyworkspress.co.uk
Website: www.earlyworkspress.co.uk

The Willesden Herald New Short Stories Competition 2017
Closing date: 31st August 2017.
Prizes: The prize fund of £1200 will be divided among the ten finalists as follows: 1st Prize: The one-off Willesden Herald mug inscribed "Willesden Short Story Prize 2017" + £300; Runner-up: £200; £75 to each of the remaining eight short-listed. All ten shortlisted stories will be published in "Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 10". Two copies go to each of the ten shortlisted contributors.
Entry Fee: £7.50.
Word limit: 7500.
Further info: The Willesden Prize top stories go in an annual anthology. Writer Lane Ashfeldt is judging this year. Any theme.
Submit to: https://willesdenherald.submittable.com/Submit
Website: http://newshortstories.com/

The High Sheriff Cheshire Prize for Literature
Closing date: 1st September 2017.
Prizes: £2,000, £750.
Free entry.
Looking for: Literature (poetry or prose) for children aged 7-14 by Cheshire writers.
Email: cheshireprize@chester.ac.uk
Website: www.chester.ac.uk/literatureprize

The Historical Writers' Association
The HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition
Deadline: 1st September 2017.
Prizes: First Prize: £500, publication in the Whispering Gallery and Historia Mag, mentoring session from author and agent, tickets to receive your award at the HWA Crowns Ceremony in London (expenses not covered). 2nd: mentoring session from author and agent, invitation to the HWA Crowns Ceremony in London (expenses not covered). 3rd: mentoring session form author and agent, invitation to the HWA Crowns Ceremony in London (expenses not covered).
Fee: £5 each.
Looking for: Unpublished short stories of up to 3500 words.
Full details and online entry at www.historicalwriters.org/dorothydunnett

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/

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 Beverley Series
Closing date: 15th September 2017.
Prizes: Publication.
Entry fee: £20.
Looking for: Original manuscript of fiction, non-fiction, criticism or poetry.
Website: https://store.eyewearpublishing.com

Galley Beggar Press Short story Prize 2017
Closing date: 15th September 2017.
Prizes: £1,000 or a year's editorial support.
Entry fee: £10.
Looking for: Short stories up to 6,000 words.
Email: info@galleybeggar.co.uk
Website: http://galleybeggar.co.uk

The Short Story Competition
Closing date: 15th September 2017.
Prizes: £500 (1st prize), £100 (second prize).
Entry fees: £8 via PayPal.
Looking for: Short stories from 1,000 to 5,000 words.
Judge: Kerry Barner + 3 judges.
Email: info.theshortstory@gmail.com  
Website: http://www.theshortstory.net

Erewash Writers 'Books' Themed Writing Competition
Closing date: 21st September 2017.
Prizes: £100 First, £60 Second, £25 Third, £15 Fourth and two 'Highly Commended' each win 2018 free entry (and a charitable donation will be made if we receive excess funds).
Entry fee: £3.00 for one entry, £5.00 for two, £2.50 thereon.
Looking for:  Wordcount 2,500 words maximum.
Theme: Open - write about anything you want to.
Entry form erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2017-entry-form.html

Erewash Writers' Open Short Story Competition
Close date: 21st September 2017.
Prizes: £100 First, £60 Second, £25 Third, £15 Fourth and two 'Highly Commended' each win 2018 free entry (and a charitable donation will be made if we receive excess funds).
Entry fee: £3.00 for one entry, £5.00 for two, £2.50 thereon.
Entry form erewashwriterscompetition/2017-entry-form
Website: http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2017

Chorleywood Literary Festival Short Story Prize
Closing date: 22nd September 2017.
Prizes: f50, f25 book tokens, winning stories are published on the festival website.
Entry fee: £6.
Looking for: For short stories, up to 1,000 words, with the title 'Animal Instincts'.
Email: info@cwbookshop.co.uk
Website: www.chilternbookshops.co.uk

Manchester Fiction Prize
Closing date: 29th September 2017.
Prizes: £10,000.
Entry fee: £17.50.
Looking for: Short stories, up to 2,500 words.
Email: writingschool@mmu.ac.uk
Website: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/fiction-prize/

The Fiction Desk Flash Fiction Competition 2017
Closing date: 29th September 2017.
Prizes: First prize £300, two runner-up prizes of £100.
Entry fee: £5 for one entry; £8 for two.
Looking for: Short stories from 250 - 1,000 words.
Further info: For full details and online entry form, see:
Website: thefictiondesk.com/flash-fiction-competition.php

Hammond House Publishing Competitions 2017
Closing date: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: Short stories £600, £100, £50; Poems £250, £50, £25; Scripts £100 and recorded production.
Entry fee: £10.
Looking for: Short stories between 2,000 and 7,000 words, Poems up to 40 lines and Script length for the Screenplay Competition is of a minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 mins duration on the theme of 'Eternal'.
Website: www.hammondhousepublishing.com

Crowvus Christmas Ghost Story Competition 2017
Closing date: Midnight on 30th September 2017. Winners will be announced on the 6th November 2017.
Prizes: First prize - Adults share 40% of entry fees; Children under 16 - £50 one4all gift card; 6 highly commended places which, along with the winners, will be featured in an anthology that will be published in time for Christmas.
Entry fee: Children's entries are FREE, adults can send one story for £3, or 2 stories for £5. There is a maximum of 2 stories per author.
Looking for: Chilling tales for Christmas entertainment in up to 4,000 words.
Further details: The competition is open to both children (under 16) and adults.
See website for full details: https://www.crowvus.com/competition

Solution Loans - Short Story Writing Competition
Closing date: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: The winner will receive £200 and publication on the Solution Loans website, with £50 and publication for three runners-up.
Entry Fee: Free.
Looking for: short stories, between 1000 to 2000 words, with the theme of "coins". Stories should be works of fiction, not personal accounts or experiences. You may choose to interpret the theme however you wish.
For more details on entry requirements see: http://www.solution-loans.co.uk/short-story-writing-competition/

The Henshaw Competition
Closing Date: 30th September 2017.
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 short story on any subject up to 2000 words.
Results: Announced by 31st October 2017. 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.
Website: http://henshawpress.co.uk

The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize
Closing Date: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: 1st prize €500 plus a 2-week stay at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland, 2nd prize €300, 3rd prize €200.
Entry fee: €12 per story to enter, and you can enter as many stories as you like.
Further details: The word limit is 1,500.
Looking for: Run by the publishers of The Caterpillar, an art & literature magazine for children, this prize is for a story written by an adult for children (aged 7-11). Anyone (over 16) can enter, as long as the story has not been published before (either in print or online).
Website: www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com

Bedford International Writing Competition
Closing date: 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 Monkey Collection
Closing date: 1st October 2017.
Prizes: Publication and a share of the royalties for the top 15 entries.
Entry fee: Free.
Looking for: Unpublished stories of up to 5000 words.
Further info: Stories will be voted on by our members.  Everyone who submits a story becomes a member.
Website: www.themonkeycollective.com

London Short Story Prize
Closing date: midday on Monday 9th October 2017.
Prizes: £1,000 and publication.
Free entry.
Looking for: Short stories up to 8,000 words by writers with London postcodes.
Website: www.spreadtheword.org.uk

Fabula Press' Aestas Short Story Competition 2017
Closing date: 14th October 2017.
Prizes: First Prize: - US$250; Second Prize: - US$150; Third Prize: - US$100. All longlisted entries (top 15-20) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid US$50 each.
Entry fee: US$10.
Looking for: Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000. At the editors' discretion some latitude may be allowed on both minimum and maximum word counts for stories of exceptional merit. There is no restriction on genre either, and apart from literary fiction we are also happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror.
Further details: Theme: None.
Website: http://www.fabulapress.com

Dorset Fiction Award
Closing Date: 15th October 2017.
Prize: £500GBP.
Entry fee: £7.
Looking for: Fiction of any genre/topic <1000 words.
Website: www.dorsetfictionaward.co.uk/

RW Short Story Prize
Closing date: 29th October 2017.
Prizes: £350, £200, £100, £20 shortlisted.
Entry fee: £15.
Looking for: Short stories between 1,500 and 4,000 words.
Website: www.retreatwest.co.uk  

RW Flash Fiction Prize
Closing date: 29th October 2017.
Prizes: £250, £100, £75, £15 shortlisted.
Entry fee: £10.
Looking for: Short fiction up to 500 words.
Website: www.retreatwest.co.uk

Tom Gallon Trust Awards
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £1,000.
Free entry.
Looking for: Short stories, up to 5,000 words, by authors who have had at least one story accepted for publication.
Email: info@societyofauthors.org
Website: www.societyofauthors.org

Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £750, £500, web publication.
Free entry.
Looking for: Fiction and non-fiction interpretations, 1,000-1,500 words, by young writers aged 18-25, of the Benjamin Franklin quote:
'If you would not be forgotten, As soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.'
Email: info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org
Website: www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £500 prize money for the winner, 10 shortlisted entries featured in a Comma ebook.
Entry fee: £0.
Theme: 'Cafe Stories'.
Looking for: Stories on the theme of Cafe Stories, between 2,000 and 6,000 words.
Further info: Judged by Naomi Kruger, Claire Dean and Inua Ellams.
Email address: commaprizes@gmail.com.
Website: http://commapress.co.uk/resources/prizes

Artificium 'Dark Matters' Flash & Poetry Competition
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £200, £50, £25, publication.
Entry fee: £4 for one, £7 for two, £10 for three.
Looking for: Stories between 200-750 words, poems up to 15 lines.
Email: competitions@artificium.co.uk
Website: www.arrificium.co.uk  

NAWG Open Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £200, £100, £50, publication.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: Stories from 500 to 2000 words.
Email: comp-open@nawg.co.uk
Website: www.nawg.co.uk

Early Works Press Short Story
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £200, anthology publication for shortlisted entries.
Entry fee: £5 up to 4,000 words, £10 if 4,000-8,000 words.
Looking for: Short stories, up to 8,000 words.
Email: services@earlyworkspress.co.uk
Website: www.earlyworkspress.co.uk

London Magazine Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £500, £300, £200.
Entry fee: £10.
Looking for: For short stories, up to 4,000 words.
Email: competition@thelondonmagazine.org
Website: www.thelondonmagazine.org

Southport Writers' Circle International Short Story Competition 2017
Closing date: 31 October 2017.
Prizes: £150, £75, £25.
Entry fee: £3 or £ 10 for four.
Looking for: For short stories, up to 2,000 words.
Email: swcstorycomp@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.swconline.co.uk

The Malahat Review's Open Season Awards
Closing date: 1st November 2017.
Prizes: $4500 (Cdn.) over three genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction (one prize of $1500 per genre)
Entry fee: $45 (Cdn.) for UK entrants. Additional entries cost $15, no limit. Can mix/match entries over different genres.
Looking for: Poems (3 poems up to 100 lines each); fiction (2500 words max.); creative nonfiction (2500 words max.)
For further information on conditions of entry visit website below.
Email: malahat@uvic.ca
Website: www.malahatreview.ca/contests/info.html

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-competition

Lancashire Authors' Association Open Flash Fiction Competition
Closing date: Closing date 31st January 2018.
Prizes: Author of winning entry will receive £100.
Entry fee: Entry fee £2 or multiple entries 3 for £5.
Looking for: A Short Story in Exactly 100 words excluding the Title.
All information, rules etc. can be found on the LAA website: lancashireauthorsassociation.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

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