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Short Story Competitions

Poetry Competitions

Creative Future Literary Awards

Closing date: 26th June 2017.

Prizes: £1,000 prize fund and development opportunities

Free entry.

Looking for: Poetry up to 200 words, short fiction up to 300 words, by disadvantaged writers.

Email: literary@creativefuture.org.uk

Website: https://literary.creativefuture.org.uk


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

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

Erewash Writers Themed Writing Competition
Closing date: 29th June 2017.
Prizes: Book prizes.
Entry fee: £2 up to 500 words, £3 up to 2,500 words, £6 up to 5,000 words.
Looking for: Writing on the theme of 'books'.
Email: erewashwriterscomps@hotmail.co.uk
Website: http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com

Flash 500 Competitions
Closing date: quarterly, 30th June 2017.
Prizes: £300, £200, £100.
Entry fee: £5, £8 for two.
Quarterly competition for flash fiction, up to 500 words
Email: info@flash500.com
Website: http://www.flash500.com

Dark Tales Monthly Short Story Competition
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: £100 plus publication.
Entry fee: contest subscribers: £2.50. Non-subscribers: £4. Critiques also available for additional fee.
Looking for: Horror and speculative fiction of up to 5000 words, previously unpublished.
Website: http://www.darktales.co.uk

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

Myriad First Drafts Competition/First Crimes
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: One-week writing retreat at West Dean College, detailed feedback, mentoring.
Entry fee: £ 10.
Looking for: 5.000 extract of prose fiction by an unpublished writer.
Email: info@myriadeditions.com
Website: www.myriadedirions.com

ALCS Award for Educational Writing
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: £2,000.
Free entry.
Looking for: Traditionally published non-fiction for 5-11 year-olds that enhances learning.
Email: pjohnson@societyofauthors.org
Website: www.societyofauthors.org  

Impress Prize for Writers
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: Publication by Impress Books.
Entry fee: £15.
Looking for: Full-length debuts from unpublished fiction and non-fiction writers. Submit book proposal and sample chapter totalling no more than 6,000 words.
Email: rachel@impress-books.co.uk
Website: www.impress-books.co.uk

Wow! One Thousand Word Short Story Competition
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: £200, £100, £50, anthology publication.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: Short stories up to 1,000 words (but 50 words over or under is allowed).
Email: creativewritingmatters@virginmedia.com
Website: www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk

Henshaw Short Story Competition
Closing date: 30th June, 30 September, 31 December 2017.
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
Entry fee: £5.
Quarterly competition for short stories up to 2,000 words.
Email: editor@henshawpress.co.uk
Website: www.henshawpress.co.uk

British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: £100, £50, £20, plus year's membership of BFS and web publication TBC.
Entry fee: £5, free for BFS members.
Looking for: For any kind of fantasy short stories, horror, sf, magic realism etc, up to 5,000 words.
Email: shortstorycomp@britishfantasysociety.org
Website: www.britishfantasysociety.co.uk

Wells Festival of Literature Short Story Competition
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: £750, £300, £200, local prize of £100.
Entry fee: £6.
Looking for: Short stories, 1,000-2,000 words.
Email: jennifer.smith850@tesco.net
Website: www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk

British Czech & Slovak Association Writing Competition
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: £300, £100, publication in the British Czech & Slovak Review.
Free entry.
Looking for: Short stories and non-fiction, up to 2,000 words, exploring the links between Britain and the Czech/Slovak Republics at any time. The suggested, but optional, theme for 2017 is 'Brexit'.
Email: prize@bcsa.co.uk
Website: www.bcsa.co.uk/the-bcsas-2017-writing-competition/

Moth International Short Story Prize
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: €3,000, writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France, €1,OOO.
Entry fee: Eur12.
Looking for: Short stories of up to 6,000 words on any theme.
Email: enquiries@themothmagazine.com
Website: www.themothmagazine.com

Wells Festival of Literature - A Book for Children
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: £750, £300, £200, local prize of £100.
Entry fee: £6.
Looking for: Stories written for children.
Email: jennifer.smith850@tesco.net
Website: www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk

The Brighton Prize
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: £1,000, 2 X £100, local prize of £100 book token, flash fiction £100, 2 x £50.
The Sussex Prize for a writers based in Sussex - £100 book token.
Entry fee: Short Stories: £8; Flash fiction: £6.
Looking for: Short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words and flash fiction up to 350 words.
Email: hello@brightonprize.com
Website: www.brightonprize.com

Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition
Closing date: 10th July 2017.
Prizes: £200, £100, £50, winning entries may be published in the Wrekin Writers anthology.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: Short stories up to 1,200 words on an open theme. 50 of all profits will be donated to the Severn Hospice.
Email: wrekinwriters@gmail.com
Website: www.wrekinwriters.co.uk

Wasafiri New Writing Prize
Closing date: 14th July 2017.
Prizes: £300 in each category plus publication in Wasafiri.
Entry fee: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories, £15 for three categories.
Looking for: Poetry (up to five poems), fiction and life writing up to 3,000 words.
Email: wasafiri@open.ac.uk
Website: www.wasafir.org  

HG Wells Short Story Competition
Closing date: 16th July 2017.
Prizes: £1,000 Margaret and Reg Turnhill; Prize for writers under 21, Grand Prize: £250; £100 HG Wells Handwriting Prize for primary school children in Shepway.
Entry fee: £10, £5 under 21.
Looking for: Short stories between 1,500 and 5,000 words on the theme of light.
Email: hgwellscompetition@gmail.com
Website: http://hgwellscompetition.com

Norwich Writers' Circle Olga Sincair Open Short Story Competition
Closing date: 30th July 2017.
Prizes: £400, £200 and £100.
Entry fee: £8.
Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words on the theme of 'strangers'.
Email: norwichwriters@hotmail.com
Website: http://norwichwriters.wordpress.com

DWL Short Story Contest
Closing date: 30th July 2017.
Prizes: 3 x $100.
Free entry.
Looking for: Stories up to 5,000 words on any subject.
Website: http://desiwriterslounge.net

The 2017 Berlin Writing Prize
Closes: Midnight 31st July 2017.
Prizes: Winner: A one-month (four-week) residency in Berlin's Circus Hotel to take place from the 22nd January to 18th February 2018. The competition winner will receive their very own apartment, a month's worth of breakfast vouchers for the Circus Hostel and up to 100 euros travel costs. The winning entry will be published in SAND Journal and in a Reader Berlin anthology.
Along with this, the British Council has generously offered the winner a free place as a delegate at the British Council Literature Seminar 2018 in Berlin, due to take place over three days during the residency.
Entry Fee: 9 euros, via Paypal, submission via email to competition@thereaderberlin.com (see submission guidelines).
Theme: Home is Elsewhere.
Looking for: Genre: Prose fiction and non-fiction. Length: Max. 3000 words, excluding title.
Residency Dates: 22nd January to 18th February 2018.
Website: http://thereaderberlin.com/

Ink Tears Flash Fiction
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Prizes: £250, £50, 6 x Highly Commended £25.
Entry fee: £3.50.
Looking for: Flash fiction up to 500 words.
Website: www.inktears.com  

HISSAC Annual Open Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Prizes: £650 total, £250 first prize for each competition plus web publication.
Entry fee: Short stories or flash fiction £5, £12 for three, £18 for five.
Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words, flash fiction up to 500 words. Entrants do not need to have any connection to Scotland nor feature it in their entries.
Email: info@hissac.co.uk
Website: www.hissac.co.uk  

To Hull and Back Humorous Writing Competition
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Prizes: £1,000, £200, £100, publication in Christopher Fielden's now annual anthology To Hull and Back, with the winner's photo printed on the book cover, which will be filmed on a ceremonial motorbike journey, from Christopher's Bristol home to Hull. And back.
Entry fee: £9, £15 and £18.
Looking for: Funny stories up to 4,000 words.
Email: chris@christopherfielden.com
Website: www.christopherfielden.com

Sean O'Failain Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Prizes: €2,000, week-long residency at Aman Cara Writers' and Editors' Retreat, Second prize: €500.
Entry fee: €15.
Looking for: Stories on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world.
Further info: 2017 judge: Paul McVeigh
Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words.
Email: sofcomp@munsterlit.ie
Website: www.munsterlit.ie

IIkley literature Festival Short Story and Poetry Competitions
Closing date: 1st August 2017.
Pizes: £200 in the short story category, £200, £100 and £75 in the poetry category.
Entry fee: £5 per poem, £5 per short story.
Looking for: Short stories up to 500 words and poetry up to 30 lines, short stories up to 3,000 words.
Email: info@ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk
Website: www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk

Costa Short Story Award
Closing date: 4th August 2017.
Prizes: £3,500, £1,000, £500.
Free entry.
Looking for: Short stories, up to 4,000 words.
Email: costashortstories@gmail.com
Website: www.costa.co.uk/costa-short-story-award/

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 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 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 http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2017-entry-form.html

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 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

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

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