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Short Story Competitions

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Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st March 2017.
Prizes: The overall winner - £800; Two runners-up - £100 each; The Scottish Arts Club Members Award - Trophy; The Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing - £500. All finalists - signed copies of an Alexander McCall Smith novel.
Entry fee: £10.
Looking for: Stories up to 1,500 words and can be on any topic. The stories do not have to be associated with Scotland.
Website: sacctrust.org/terms-and-conditions-short-story-competition

RH Cunningham Memorial Short Story Competition
Closing Date:  31st March, 2017.
Prize: $100 (or other currency equivalent).
Entry fees: £10 for 1 Story; £15 for 2 Stories; £17.50 3 Stories.
Rules:  Short stories should be fiction, but can be based on true life, and should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words, in English, and in the spirit of the theme below.
Theme: The prize is in honour of RH Cunningham, the grandfather of the editor. He travelled the world, and so the object of each story should be to open the reader's eyes to the world we live in, or shed an interesting perspective on past or present events, or reflect on personal and social journeys; in essence, to look at the world anew.  This can mean the theme is travel, or nature, or society, but is not restricted to these.
Website, including full T&C's:  http://www.willowdownbooks.com

No Borders-Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31st March 2017.
Prizes: 1st place - Publication in end of the year anthology, a professional short story edit, a social media promotion package, and entry in a special grand prize; 2nd place - Publication in end of the year anthology, a short story critique, and a social media promotion package; 3rd place - Publication in end of the year anthology.
Entry fee: $3 for 1 entry, $5 for 2; $7 for 3. All currencies accepted.
Looking for: Travel fiction of any genre under the theme of "Wandering" Length: 2,000-5,000 words.
Email: noborders@danteharker.com
Website: www.danteharker.com/no-borders

The Henshaw Short Story Competition
Closing Date: 31st March  2017.
Prizes: 1st £100, Second £50, Third £25.
Entry fee: £5 by PayPal or cheque to G. Jennings.
Entry Requirements: A short story on any subject up to 2000 words.
Results: Announced by 30th April 2017.
Winner published on the Henshawpress website.
Website: http://henshawpress.co.uk

Writers Bureau Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st March 2017.
Prizes: £300, £200, £100, £50 plus Writers Bureau course worth over £350.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: stories up to 2,000 words on an open theme.
Email: studentservices@writersbureau.com
Website: www.wbcompetition.com

Short Fiction Magazine Short Story Prize
Closing date: 31st March 2017.
Prizes: 1st - £500 plus publication; 2nd - £100, 3rd - Place on Masterclass.
Entry fee: £7.
Looking for: Short stories up to 5,000 words.
Website: www.shortfictionjournal.co.uk/

Fabula Press' Nivalis Short  Story Competition 2017
Closing date: 31st March 2017.
Prizes: The contest carries the following 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. Also, at the sponsors' discretion additional prizes may be declared for 'Editors' Pick' category.
Entry fee: US$10.
Looking for: Short stories with word count between 1,500 - 7,000. At the editors' discretion some latitude may be allowed on both minimum and maximum word counts for stories of exceptional merit.
Theme: None.
Further info: There is no restriction on genre, and apart from literary fiction we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror.
Detailed guidelines are available on website: http://www.fabulapress.com/

Solution Loans - Short Story Writing Competition
Closing date: 31st March, 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: We're looking for uplifting short stories which involve someone getting finance or a loan for a very specific purpose. Stories should be works of fiction, not personal accounts or experiences.
Further info: Send us your story, between 1500 to 2500 words, in a single doc, docx, txt or pdf file to shortstorycomp@solution-loans.co.uk with the subject heading: "Solution Loans short story competition".
See full details at: www.solution-loans.co.uk/short-story-writing-competition/

Firstwriter International Short Story Contest
Closing date: 1st April 2017.
Entry fee: £6.50 per story; two stories for just £5.75 each, three stories for only £5.00 each, or five stories for only £4.00 per story.
Prizes: First place is £200 (around $300). Up to ten special commendations will also be awarded, and all the winners will be published in firstwriter.magazine and receive a voucher that can be used to take out an annual subscription for free.
Looking for: Short stories of any style and on any subject, but they must not be longer than 3,000 words.
Website: www.firstwriter.com/short_story_contest/

Creative Comedy Project
Closing date: 1st April 2017.
Prizes: £300, £150, £50.
Free entry.
Looking for: 500-word stories on a theme from 'Anita and Me' by Meera Syal.
http://writ.rs/anitaandme

Colm Toibin International Short Story Award
Closing date: 1st April 2017.
Prizes: €1000, €500, €350.
Entry fee: €10.
Looking for: Short stories, 1,800-2,000 words.
Website: writing.ie/writing-comps/colm-toibin-short-story-competition/

Leicester Writes Short Story Prize
Closing date: 3rd April 2017.
Prizes: £100, £50.
Entry fee: £7, £3 Leicestershire writers.
Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words
Website: http://leicesterwrites.co.uk/short-story-prize-2017/

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Closing date: 10th April 2017.
Prizes: Aus $7,000, $2,000, $1,000, 3 x $850.
Entry fee: $25.
Looking for: Unpublished short stories, 2,000-5,000 words.
Website: http://www.australianbookreview.com.au

MJMeads.com Short Story Competition 2017
Closing date: 15th April 2017.
Prizes: Publication on the site, links to authors website/blog, free signed copy of my debut novel 'Milk'.
Entry fee: FREE.
Looking for: Theme: Home. Min 1500 - Max 2500 words.
Further info: Feedback is available for a fee (£8/$10).
Email: mj@mjmeads.com
Website: mjmeads.com/p/short-story-competition-2017

Malcolm Welshman 500 Word Story Competition
Closing date: 20th April 2017.
Prizes: One winner will receive a signed copy of Malcolm's paperback, Pets Aplenty, and online publication on our website.  Winner to be added to our December draw where the prize is one free entry to our Open Short Story Competition 2018.
Entry fee: Free.
Looking for: a story between 500-600 words based on either a pet or wild animal as long as it's an integral part of the tale. The view-point is not to be from that animal.
Website: erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2017-malcolm-welshman.html

Erewash Writers Pets Aplenty Competition
Closing date: 20th April 2017.
Prizes: Book, online publication.
Free entry.
Looking for: Animal stories between 500 and 600 words.
Email: erewashwriterscomps@hotmail.co.uk
Website: erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com

The RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2017
Closing date: 23rd April 2017.
Prizes: A reading by a special guest at an evening at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Free entry.
Looking for: Short stories up to 4,000 words.
Email: pindrop@pindropstudio.com
Website: http://pindropstudio.com/

Harpers Bazaar Short Story Competition
Closing date: 30th April 2017.
Prizes: Publication, weekend break.
Free entry.
Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of 'the anniversary'.
Email: shortstory@harpersbazaar.co.uk
Website: www.harpersbazaar.co.uk  

Beyond Realities Flash Literature
Closing date: 30th April 2017.
Prizes: winners share a prize pot of entry fees.
Entry fee: £1.50.
Looking for: Up to 500 words in the genre of fantasy, SF and dark fantasy.
Email: lunapress@outlook.com
Website: www.lunapresspublishing.com

Scribble Quarterly Short Story
Closing date: 30th April quarterly.
Prizes: £75, £25, £15 in each issue.
Entry fee: £3 (£5 with critique); free for annual subscribers.
Looking for: Ongoing quarterly competitions for short stories, up to 3,000 words.
Email: parkpub14@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.parkpublications.co.uk

NAWG Open '100' Mini-tale Competition
Closing date: 30th April Rolling.
Prizes: £75, £25 every 100 entries.
Entry fee: £3, £5.50 for two, £8 for three.
Looking for: Rolling competition for flash fiction of exactly 100 words, will be judged when 100 entries have been received then start again.
Email: comp-100@nawg.co.uk
Website: http:/www.nawg.co.uk

Crediton Short Story Competition
Closing date: 30th April 2017.
Prizes: A night's stay at The Lamb Inn, Sandford, publication in Riptide, £30 runner up. Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: Stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of 'echoes'.
Email: stories@shakspeare.org
Website: http://credfest.co.uk

Momaya Press Short Story Competition
Closing date: 30th April 2017.
Prizes: $200, $100, $50, winners and shortlisted authors will be published in the Momaya Short Story Review.
Entry fee: £8.
Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of dystopia/utopia.
Website: http://www.momayapress.com

The 2017 Exeter Story Prize  and Trisha Ashley Award
Closing date: 30th April 2017.
Prizes: 1st Prize - £500 plus trophy; 2nd Prize - £150; 3rd Prize - £100. The Trisha Ashley Award - £200 plus trophy.
Entry fee: £10.
Email: creativewritingmatters@virginmedia.com
Website: creativewritingmatters.co.uk/the-2017-exeter-story-prize-and-trisha-ashley-award.html

Win Your Way to Swanwick 2017
Closing date: 30th April 2017.
Prizes: 1st - A fully inclusive week at the 2017 Summer School for the winner in each category; 2nd - Writing Magazine manuscript appraisal; 3rd -  a copy of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2017.
Entry fee: £5 for each piece of work entered.
Theme for all entries this year is 'Escape'.
The categories are: A poem up to 40 lines; A short story up to 1,000 words and Children's fiction up to 1,000 words.
Further info: Swanwick Summer School, which runs from 12-18 August, is a week-long programme for writers of all ages, abilities and genres. It offers a full programme of courses, workshops, speakers, panels and optional one to one sessions.
Further information on website: swanwickwritersschool.org.uk/win-a-place.html

The Page is Printed
Closing date: 1st May 2017.
Prizes: 3 x £100, £25 under 18s, £50 'Best on the Night'.
Entry fee: £5, £ 1 0 for up to three.
Looking for: A single A4 page of writing in any style on any subject.
Email: info@tacchi-morris.com
Website: http://www.racchi-morris.com

Bath Short Story Award 2017
Closing date: 1st May 2017.
Prizes: £1000 first prize, £200 second prize, £100 third prize, £50  for the local prize in vouchers –  donated by Mr B’s Emporium of Books, Bath. £50 for the Acorn Award for an unpublished writer. Winning and shortlisted stories will be published in our yearly anthology.
Entry fee: £8.
Looking for: Short stories up to 2,200 words (no lower limit).
Further info: Entries are welcome from around the globe for any writer aged sixteen years and over. Check the rules page for more information.
Website: www.bathshortstoryaward.org/bath-short-story-award-2017/

2017 Bristol Short Story Prize
Closing date: 3rd May 2017.
Prizes: 1st - £1,000, 2nd - £700, 3rd - £400. 17 further prizes of £100 to other shortlisted writers.
Entry fee: £8.00.
Theme: No specific theme or subject.
Looking for: Stories up to 4,000 words max., no minimum.
Further info: Entry online or by post. 20 stories will be published in the 10th BSSP anthology.
Website: www.bristolprize.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

VS Pritchett Memorial Prize
Closing date: 14th June 2017.
Prizes: £1,000 plus publication in RSL Review and Prospect online.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: Unpublished short stories between 2,000 and 4,000 words.
Website: rsliterature.org/

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

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