Friday, 8 January 2021



There are just over two weeks left to enter The Caterpillar Story Prize. The prize is for an unpublished story of no more than 1,500 words written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). Anyone over 16 can enter. The winner will receive €1,000 and their story will be published in the winter issue of The Caterpillar.

‘I am enormously humbled to have won this beautiful prize. I hope all children find solace in stories and discover The Caterpillar as a place of wonder.’ Louise Greig (2018 winner)

‘I am amazed and delighted to have been chosen as the winner of The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize. Thank you so much for the opportunities you give to children’s writers through your wonderful, whimsical magazine.' Jo Withers (2017 winner)


Saturday, 2 January 2021

Looking for a job?

Black Joy is a young adult non-fiction anthology which will feature essays from a variety of inspiring Black British voices around the topic of the joy they’ve found in their lives. It will be published in September 2021 by Penguin Random House Children’s Books. As well as including essays from well-known Black Brits, we would like to find a mentee who will act as co-editor and is brimming with ideas on potential commissions and topics that will be relevant to a younger audience to include in the anthology.

You don’t need to have worked in editorial in the past, but you do need to have lots of ideas about how we can reach new writers, and what original, insightful essay you would like to write for the anthology too.  

You will be paid £2500 for your contribution to this project.

What's on offer

  • You will be mentored by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff through the editorial process for Black Joy.
  • You will also have the opportunity to have your essay included in the anthology.
  • You will work as co-editor for this anthology as you select and commission essays from writers aged 18-24 years old.
  • This will be a remote mentorship, so there are no limitations to where in the UK the applicant is from, but you must be committed to the project and dedicate a total of 60 hours (maximum) to this project and be open to working collaboratively with both Charlie and the Penguin editor.

About you

  • Applicants must identify as Black British and be aged 18-24 at the time of applying for this mentorship.
  • Applicants must live in the UK.

How to submit your application

Fill in the application form below before Sunday 10th January 2021.


Monday, 28 December 2020

Oxford Flash Fiction Prize

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

FISH - Short Memoir Prize



Judge: BLAKE MORRISON: Author of "And When Did You Last See Your Father?" and "Things My Mother Never Told Me."

Word Limit: 4,000

Closes: 31 January 2021

Results: 1 April 2021

Entry Fees: €18 (€10 subsequent entries)


The best 10 memoirs will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2021.
1st: €1,000.
2nd: Writing Course (online) + €200.
3rd: €200

Thursday, 10 December 2020



There are just 3 weeks left to enter The Moth Poetry Prize 2020. Here's what you need to know:

There are twelve prizes in total – one overall prize of €6,000, 3 prizes of €1,000 for each of the other shortlisted poets and a further 8 prizes of €250 for commended poems
Anyone over 16 can enter
The poem can be on any subject, but must be unpublished
There is no line limit
The entry fee is €15 per poem
You can enter as many poems as you like
This year's judge is Nick Laird
The poems are judged anonymously
The closing date is 31 December
The shortlist (of 4) will be announced in March 2021
The shortlisted poems will be published in the spring issue of The Moth
There will be a special prizegiving ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin (or online) in the spring

Any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at!


Wednesday, 2 December 2020

National Flash Fiction Day

National Flash Fiction Day is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on Saturday, 26 June 2021!

To mark the occasion, we've upped the prizes for our annual Microfiction Competition and have a brand new theme for our next anthology...and submissions are now open for both!

2021 NFFD Microfiction Competition

We have a brand new team of judges for this year's Microfiction Competition; a huge welcome goes out to Rachael Dunlop, K M Elkes, Sharon Telfer and Alison Woodhouse who will be reading this year's entries.

You can read more about the judges here, and of course, stay tuned for interviews with each of our judges which we'll post in January and February 2021 on our blog.

We've increased our prize pot this year, but have kept entrance fees and our 100-word limit the same. There is no theme for the Microfiction Competition; anything goes in terms of style, subject and theme. Please have a read of our Competition Guidelines and then send something our way!

2021 NFFD Anthology Submissions

The theme of this year’s National Flash Fiction Day anthology is… TA DA! MAGIC!

Charms, spells, rituals, supernatural effects, sleight of hand, conjuring, a mysterious quality of enchantment. The dictionary tells us magic can mean all these things.

Can you bring these qualities into a story in five hundred words or fewer?

Does the word magic conjure (sorry) something entirely different for you? Perhaps you can bring the world of magical realism to your story? Maybe Magic is one of your character's names. Perhaps you can enthral us with some magical technical wizardry in your writing?

Whatever illusion you trick us into believing, please submit your stories by 15th February 2021.

This year’s Guest Editor is Nod Ghosh who will be working alongside National Flash Fiction Day's own Santino Prinzi. Read more about them here, and stay tuned to our blog for their interviews in early 2021.

Our submission process for the anthology has changed this year, so please have a read of our Anthology Submission Guidelines before submitting. We look forward to reading your work!

Friday, 27 November 2020

The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award - CLOSES NEXT WEEK

The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000 to the winner. The award, for a story of 6,000 words or less, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland.

The submission period for the 2021 award opens at 00.01am on October 11, 2020. The closing date is 6pm on December 4, 2020. The longlist will be announced in May 2021, the shortlist in June 2021, and the winner will be announced on July 8, 2021.

To find out more about the prize, and our sponsorship with Audible, click on About.         


Thursday, 26 November 2020


Entry Form

Please use the entry form below for your flash fiction submissions. Please read the Rules before submitting your entry. If you experience any difficulties with the entry form, please get in touch with us via the contact page or see the bottom of the page for alternative entry methods.

All long-listed stories will be eligible for publication in the year four print anthology to be published in June 2021. Just tick the permission box when submitting your entry. Featured authors will receive one free copy.
Winter 2020 – Open for Entries

Prizes: £1,200 first, £600 second, £300 third, £150 fourth
(approx. $1,600, $800, $400, $200)
Deadline: 30 November 2020
Entry fee: Choose your own
Judge: Tania Hershman
Step 1 – Choose Your Entry Fee (All Currencies Are Accepted)

We operate a choose your own entry fee system. The suggested entry fee is £7 per entry (£6 per entry for two, or £5 per entry for three or more), but if that’s prohibitive, just pay what you can afford. If you’d like to support a writer who can’t afford the full fee, why not add a pound or two?

All entries are read blind. The amount you pay to enter the competition will not affect your chances of winning.
To pay with PayPal
Click the Pay with PayPal button below and you’ll be taken to PayPal.
Enter the price per entry (without the £ sign) you want to pay.
Enter the number of stories you want to submit.
Click Continue to checkout.

If you do not have a PayPal account and do not want to create one, PayPal allows you to check out as a guest. Click Check Out as a Guest on the PayPal screen and follow the instructions. Alternatively, follow the instructions below to pay with your credit or debit card via Stripe.
To pay with Stripe
Click the Pay with Stripe button below.
Follow the instructions for secure and convenient payment with your credit or debit card.
Pay with PayPal
Pay with Stripe
Step 2 – Submit Your Flash

Once your payment has been processed, fill in the form below, attach your entry, and click send. Check your email inbox for your confirmation email.

If you’re entering multiple stories, please enter each story separately.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020


In honour of the 25th anniversary year for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and in recognition of untapped diverse and exceptional writing talent across the country, the Women’s Prize Trust, powered by NatWest and Curtis Brown, is launching Discoveries. Discoveries is a unique and ambitious writers’ development programme offering aspiring female writers of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys.

For people across the country, the coronavirus pandemic has meant a radical change to their daily lives, and limited access to arts and culture. Although most women have increased pressures on their time, many are picking up their pens for the first time or tackling a writing project they have always dreamed of starting.

Kate Mosse, Novelist & Founder Director of Women’s Prize for Fiction, said:

“Somewhere out there, our Women’s Prize winner of the future is considering whether to pick up the pen – to her I want to say: do it. ‘Discoveries’ is here to help you on your way. For 25 years, the Women’s Prize has championed female writers to tell their own stories and make sure as diverse and wide a range of voices are heard. Whether you’re 88, 48 or 18, the beginning of one’s writing journey is a crucial time and the authors of tomorrow, whoever they are, wherever they are, deserve support today.”

Discoveries, first announced at the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist celebratory event on 3rd March, invites women of all ages and backgrounds to submit their work of fiction from September 2020. The programme doesn’t require writers to have finished a novel – only the opening three chapters or up to 10,000 words – and it is free to enter.

To inspire budding writers to enter, the Women’s Prize Trust, NatWest, Curtis Brown Literary Agency and Curtis Brown Creative Writing School will curate a programme of free online content, including interviews with publishing industry professionals, practical advice and inspiration from former winners and shortlistees of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and teaching notes by Curtis Brown Creative Writing School to help writers craft their submissions.

A longlist of 16 and shortlist of six writers will be selected by a judging panel, with the winner offered representation by Curtis Brown Literary Agency and a cash prize of £5,000. All longlisted and shortlisted authors will be offered personalised mentorship packages from a Curtis Brown agent or industry expert tailored to their needs, and free or discounted places on Curtis Brown Creative’s creative writing courses.

NatWest, who have been one of the title partners of the Women’s Prize since 2018, will gift the Discoveries winner access to space, tools and events in one of their entrepreneurial accelerator hubs and provide membership to the NatWest Business Builder community. These offerings – financial planning tools, coaching and access to free office space, including wi-fi and printing – in addition to the seed funding that has enabled the programme to take place, will help assist the budding novelist navigate their fledgling career as they begin their new journey, building their confidence to help reach their potential.

Discoveries is now open for entries and the deadline is 17th January 2021. The programme is open to all women aged 18 and above, residing in the UK or Ireland and writing in English. The programme accepts novels in any genre of adult fiction.

The longlist and shortlist of Discoveries will be announced in the spring of 2021 and will be invited to attend the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction award ceremony in summer 2021.

Find out more information on how to enter on the Curtis Brown Creative website >

Make sure you follow the @WomensPrize channels on Twitter and Instagram to get the latest Discoveries news and writing inspiration.

Monday, 23 November 2020


Short Story Prize 2020

Prize Fund : €6,000

Closing 30 November

For the opportunity to have your short story published in the Fish Anthology 2021, enter the Fish Short Story Prize. Ten stories will be selected for publication.

Judge: Emily Ruskovich (winner of 2019 IMPAC Prize)

Word Limit: 5,000

Results: 17 March '21

Anthology Published: July '21

Entry Fees: €20 (€10 subsequent entries)


Top ten stories will be published in the

1st: €3,000 and 5 day Short Story Workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival.

2nd: A week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat + €300 (Covid rules permitting).

3rd: €300.

7 Honourable Mentions €200 each.


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