Monday, 7 March 2022

The Perito Prize

Perito Prize

The Perito Prize is an international, annual, short fiction competition run by Perito Ltd

2019 celebrated the first year of the Perito Prize with a wide selection of high quality stories from writers of all ages, based all over the world. The Prize was created to get people thinking in different ways about inclusive environments, inclusion, diversity, accessibility and inclusive design!

For some people this conjures up thoughts of wheelchairs, hearing aids, and guide dogs, but we see the simple concept that all people should be able to contribute, participate, engage and have access to the world we all live in. Issues with access to spaces, social exclusion, lack of opportunity and different experiences can happen to anyone at any time - whether social, environmental, technological, physical, mobility impairment or injury, mental health, or less visible neuro-cognitive conditions.

We think there are so many great stories out there to celebrate the diverse world we live in. We want to hear them and share them so both our writers and readers start to try and think, analyse and design for inclusive environments in absolutely every we do.

The Perito Prize will be awarded to outstanding new short fiction of between 1000 and up to 2000 words. The cash prize goes to the 1st place but there will be special mentions and the option for various fun interviews, readings, with or without musical accompaniment, on the Perito website for 2nd and 3rd places. The finalists and a selection of the best stories from the year will also be published in that year’s Perito Prize Anthology which will be available to buy with all profits going to a selected charity which will change year by year. The Perito team will be the judges and their decisions are final.

Make sure to read through all the segments below for more information.

What do I have to do to enter?
Firstly, don’t start worrying about whether what you're going to do is right or good enough. Save that sort of stuff for later. What we are primarily interested in is understanding what inclusive environments, accessibility and inclusive design means to you.
Spelling and grammar isn’t as important as the story and the way you tell it.
You’re going to bring your story to life us by writing it down, making an audio recording (a mini audio book) or let us know if you would like to use some other way to tell your story. It will need to comply with the rules of entry.
It has to be of your own creation and make sure it hasn’t been published anywhere before.
Your story must be told in English and include a written transcript to show it meets the word count limits.

At Perito we think inclusive environments, accessibility and inclusive design are meant to be holistic and that, fundamentally, these themes are something that can benefit everyone. With that in mind, this competition is open to everyone, there is no location, age specification so this includes international writers too! The Perito Prize 2019 demonstrated that there are some brilliant writers from right around the world and we want to share your amazing short stories.

You just have to make sure the story is centred around the theme of accessibility, inclusion, diversity & inclusive environments. Also make sure it is able to be printed on the website so please don’t swear or write anything with potentially offensive content. This means no Fifty Shades of Access Auditing...

Here are some ideas to get you thinking but also check out some of the previous entries on the website for a look at what people have done in the past:
A story about the benefits of social inclusion.
A story about the damage of exclusion whether economic, accessibility, environmental, social, money, friendships, cultural etc…
A story that shares the experiences of the characters in a novel way so that readers get a new found understanding of the issues facing people.
How distant future technology plays a role.
How near future technology and innovation might develop.
Why neuro-diversity is important to everyone.
What accessibility or inclusion might have been like in your favourite historical time period.
Language, communication and symbols both now and in the future.
A story about an event that impacted on your story’s protagonist.
How you feel about the themes at this moment in time.
It must be a short story and read like a story.

This is meant to be fun so make sure you incorporate that into your journey. If you are a great technical writer, then that’ll shine through but the spirit of the prize is who can best put their impressions of accessibility and inclusive design into a story format. Overall readability is important to us, grammar errors are not.

Monday, 28 February 2022

Bristol Short Story Prize - MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU

Welcome to the Bristol Short Story Prize – an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers.

The 2022 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries. The closing date is May 4th 2022. 20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 15. 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £500, 3rd prize is £250. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. The Sansom Award will be presented to the highest placed story by a Bristol writer. Entry fee is £9. 250 free online entries are available to those for whom the entry fee is a barrier to submitting. For full details, please click here.

The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction

Enter The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition

We no longer accept unsolicited manuscripts, but we do offer unpublished and unagented writers of children's fiction the chance to submit their work to the annual Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. We're looking for original ideas, a fresh voice, a diverse range of entries and stories that children will love! We’d particularly like to encourage entry from writers from underrepresented backgrounds.

First prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000, plus an offer of representation by this year’s agent judge, Louise Lamont from LBA Books. The second prize, the Chairman’s Choice Award, is a publishing contract with a royalty advance of £7,500 plus an offer of representation by Louise Lamont from LBA Books. The prize will be awarded to a manuscript hand-picked by Barry Cunningham, our Publisher and the Chairman of the Judging Panel, for work that promises outstanding potential but requires more editorial input than the overall winner.

To enter, you must have written a completed full-length novel suitable for children/young adults aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years. By full-length we suggest a minimum of 30,000 words and a maximum of 80,000 words.
About The Times/Chicken House Competition
Barry’s Tips
Competition FAQs
Competition Terms & Conditions

The Plough Prize


Now in its nineteenth year, the Plough Poetry Prize is an international open competition for a poems in English up to 40 lines on any subject.

We're delighted that Roger McGough has agreed to judge this year's competition.

1st Prize: £1,000
2nd Prize: £500
3rd Prize: £250

To enter the competition please read the Conditions of Entry and Frequently Asked Questions.

You can submit entries using the online form (preferred) or by post.

Closing date: 31 March 2022

The Bath Novel Award

Entries are invited from: 1st December 2021 to 31st May 2022
2022 Judge: Nelle Andrew
Prize: £3,000
Shortlist prize: Manuscript feedback and literary agent introductions
Longlist prize: Edit Your Novel the Professional Way course with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy and Professional Writing Academy

Submissions: First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis of novels for adults or young adults
Entry fee: £29 per novel with sponsored places available for writers on a low income
Eligibility: Open worldwide to unpublished, self-published and independently published writers. Full terms

HG Wells Short Story Competition

Founded by the world-renowned BBC Aeronautics Correspondent Reg Turnill and his wife, Margaret, to celebrate the life and works of HG Wells and encourage creative writing, especially among the young.

The annual HG Wells Short Story Competition offers a £500 Senior and £1,000 Junior prize (* see footnote) and free publication of all shortlisted entries in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology (and Kindle version).

Entry to the Junior competition is FREE and entry to the Senior competition is £10 (£5 for those with student ID).

Previous years’ publications can be seen at

The theme for this year’s competition is MASK in its broadest interpretation.

There are two categories:
Authors 21 years of age and under (on 12th July 2021) with a prize of £1,000. (Entry is free).
Authors aged 22 years and above on 12th July 2021 with a prize of £500 (entry £10 or £5 with student id). Yes, the Junior Prize is higher than the “22 and over” Prize – see footnote for explanation!

Entry will be via online form only.

Dates for your diary:
Monday 12th July 2021 : final date for entries
Tuesday 21st September 2021 : shortlists announced
Sunday 21st November 2021 : Awards Ceremony

For further information contact

You can only enter online via our website.

* The £1,000 Junior Prize is funded by a legacy from our founder Reg Turnill at his specific instruction. The £500 “22 and over” prize was not part of that legacy and is part funded by a sponsor, hence the different amounts. You can learn more in our FAQs.

Wild Atlantic Writing Awards

Welcome to the fifth ‘Wild Atlantic Writing Awards’ (WAWA) competition to welcome the New Year which we hope will provide challenge, diversion and enjoyment for you over the holidays and into next year as well.

As with all our competitions, there will be two separate categories - flash fiction and creative nonfiction.

And we’ve decided on an intriguing theme for both - TIME.

Deadline for submissions: Thursday, March 31st, 2022.

Desperate Literature Prize for Short Fiction

The aim of the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize is both to celebrate the best of new short fiction and to give winners the most visibility possible for their writing. That’s why we’ve teamed up with fifteen different literary and artistic institutions to offer not only a cash prize and writing retreats but to ensure that all our shortlisters have the opportunity to be published in multiple print and online journals, have their work put in front of literary agents and perform in multiple countries.

Along with recent additions of
an increased winners package, a second residency,
a spot at the Georgia literary festival
and more sponsored entries

In 2022 we have added a long-form manuscript assessment
and one-hour ‘writers surgery’ with The Literary Consultancy

You’ll obviously still get published in a limited edition book collecting the shortlisted pieces.
Lastly, thank you to everybody who has entered and is interested in entering our prize.
The proceeds are the reason we have survived these past years and continue to survive Covid-19!

The Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize adheres to CLMP’s Contest Code of Ethics

BBC National Short Story Award

BBC National Short Story Award 2021 winner announced


Three-time nominated Lucy Caldwell has won the sixteenth BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) with ‘All the People Were Mean and Bad’, a story taken from her 2021 collection, Intimacies. The news was announced live on BBC Front Row t by 2021 Chair of Judges, James Runcie. Caldwell, a multi-award-winning writer from Belfast, was previously shortlisted in 2012 and 2019.

Praised by the judges for ‘masterful storytelling’, ‘deep truthfulness’ and ‘deft precision’, ‘All the People Were Mean and Bad’ is the story of a woman navigating a long-haul transatlantic flight alone with her 21-month-old daughter after a family loss. An intimate exploration of parenthood, marriage, religion, kindness and the seductive power of an alternative life, the story was variously influenced by Frank O’Hara’s poem ‘Sleeping on the wing’, Walt Whitman’s journey-poem ‘Crossing Brooklyn Ferry’, Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation and Adrian Tomine’s ‘Translated from the Japanese’. The story is available to listen to on BBC Sounds.

Talking about her story, Caldwell says “I wanted to write about the distance between where we come from and where we end up; between who we think we are and who we turn out to be. Between what we dream, and what we do.” She adds “A lot of my stories are set on planes, or in airports, on car journeys, in in-between spaces, spaces where time seems to stop, or is elsewhere for a while – places or spaces of exile, of not-belonging, of longing, places where different paths, different destinations, momentarily seem possible.”

Named “One of Ireland’s most essential writers” by the Sunday Times, Lucy Caldwell is the author of four novels, including the forthcoming These Days (Faber, March 2022); stage plays, radio dramas, and, most recently, two collections of short stories: Multitudes (2016) and Intimacies (Faber, 2021). Her work has won many awards, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Chair of Judges, James Runcie says:
“Lucy Caldwell's story has a confidence, daring and authenticity that is wonderfully sustained. All five of the stories on our shortlist were excellent, but this totally assured and moving piece of storytelling commanded the award.”

Di Speirs, Editor of Books at BBC Audio and judge of the Award since its launch says:
“I discovered Lucy Caldwell as a short story writer a decade ago. Since then, between bouts of novel writing, Lucy has turned out a series of spell-binding short story collections, and now been thrice shortlisted for the BBC NSSA. I’m delighted that one of our consistently accomplished and increasingly mature story writers, who is always so generous in her curation of others in the field, is this year’s very deserved winner of the Award, which was set up to celebrate those creating the very best short fiction in the UK.”

Caldwell beat a shortlist dominated by new voices including Dublin-born novelist, playwright and screenwriter Rory Gleeson; Orange Prize shortlisted writer Georgina Harding; former postal worker and Creative Writing lecturer Danny Rhodes and journalist, novelist and Mastermind Finalist Richard Smyth.

This years’ judging panel was chaired by novelist and former Radio 4 Commissioning Editor for Arts James Runcie. He was joined by Booker Prize shortlisted novelist Fiona Mozley; award winning writer, poet and winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize, Derek Owusu; multi-award-winning novelist and short story writer, Donal Ryan; and returning judge Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Audio.

The BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University was established in 2005 and is recognised as the most prestigious for a single short story with the winning writer receiving £15,000 and the four shortlisted writers, £600 each. As well as rewarding the most renowned short story writers, the Award has raised the profile of new writers including Ingrid Persaud, K J Orr, Jo Lloyd, Cynan Jones and Clare Wigfall. The 2020 winner of the BBC National Short Story Award was Sarah Hall who won for ‘The Grotesques’.

Dr Midge Gillies, Academic Director, University of Cambridge Centre of Creative Writing, the Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge University, says:
“Lucy Caldwell’s bittersweet short story, set on a transatlantic flight, explores the weight of grief and loss that is so often carried on these journeys. Her depiction of the intense connection that develops between two strangers gently uncovers their hopes for the future and the fragile possibility of finding good in other people. After being shortlisted three times, it is a delight to see Lucy Caldwell win this highly deserved award. ‘All the People Were Mean and Bad’ showcases her deftness with dialogue and her ability to bring the inner lives of her characters into brilliantly sharp focus.”

Alongside the BBC NSSA, BBC Front Row also announced the seventh annual BBC Young Writers’ Award with Cambridge University, an award created to inspire and encourage the next generation of short story writers. Open to 14-18 year olds at the time of entry, it is a cross network collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and Radio 1. The award was won by Tabitha Rubens, 19, from London for ‘Super-Powder’. Tabitha was previously shortlisted for the BBC YWA in 2018 and won the HG Wells International Short Story Competition in 2020. Her story is also available on BBC Sounds.

The George Floyd Short Story Competition Vol2

Open for Submissions: November 26th 2021 – March 31st 2022 (midnight)
Judge: TBA
Winners announced: May/June 2022 (Date TBC)
Anthology details: Due for release in autumn of 2022 with the book launch celebration date TBA.
FREE ENTRY (Limited to one short story submission per entrant)

– 1st Prize £250, 2nd Prize £125, 3rd Prize £75
– Submissions deemed Highly Recommended will be printed alongside the top prize winners in a new anthology and receive a cash prize of £15
– All those printed in the anthology are entitled to a year’s free membership at the Nottingham Writers’ Studio, regardless of locality.

Following the murder of George Floyd in 2020, Nottingham Writers’ Studio launched the ‘George Floyd Short Story Competition’ in remembrance and in protest against his senseless death. We had over 150 excellent entries with the very best 27 being chosen for our anthology ‘Black Lives.’

“The murder of George Floyd by a man who was meant to protect him is a tragedy. This competition is intended to commemorate his life and shine a spotlight on the BAME community and their stories.” – Alan Walker, NWS Chair

In that same spirit of protest, we are proud to launch the next chapter. From November 26th 2021 to March 31st 2022 the second year of the competition will be taking stories of up to 5,000 words on the theme of ‘EARTH 2.0’

Global warming is the big issue of the day, disproportionately affecting developing nations. As the world heats up, the changing climate will likely be the greatest challenge future generations face; whether this be environmental, or socio-political (though the two seem to walk hand in hand…) We can’t think of a worthier topic for writers to explore.

Entrants are free to write in any genre, even take contrarian views, but it must be original work.

This competition is open to all as we welcome the experiences of advocates and allies as well as voices from the black community. Above all, we want to ensure in publishing the anthology we amplify, centre, and celebrate the voices and writings of BAME authors.

The winning and highly recommended stories will be published in a new anthology printed by Nottingham Writers’ Studio entitled ‘Earth 2.0.’

The competition is fully funded by the Nottingham Writers’ Studio board. This year, all profits made on the sale of the anthology will be donated to the World Food Programme. One of the most devastating effects of climate change is the destruction of arable farming land leading to famine and displacement of vulnerable people. This anthology will make a modest, but hopeful step in trying to help this very worthwhile cause.

“BAME individuals make up 13% of the British population, but only 6% of published authors… At the studio we think this is not only a disservice to the BAME community, but also to ourselves. It is our hope that by running this event, we can do our own small part to help rectify this imbalance.”
– NWS Board. Read the full post and learn more about the competition’s background here.

Guidelines for Submission
Please read the full list of Terms & Conditions prior to submission.
This is a competition for short stories only (5000 words max. No minimum)
All genres/styles – both fiction and non-fiction – are accepted.
One short story per entrant.
The submission must not have been submitted to another competition (decision pending) or already in print/published online.
The submission must be the author’s original work.
Submissions must be typed in a standardised font, 12 point and double spaced on the document.
Submissions must be final drafts in PDF format. No edits or revisions can be made after submission.
The name of the author must not appear on the PDF document.
Submissions to be sent by email to along with a short bio (no more than 100 words) with a photograph of the author attached. This bio and image may be used for promotional purposes and if awarded a place in print will be used in the ‘Earth 2.0’ anthology.

The Perito Prize

Perito Prize The Perito Prize is an international, annual, short fiction competition run by Perito Ltd 2019 celebrated the first year of th...