Wednesday, 28 March 2018

V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize

The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the nineteenth V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. This prize for the best unpublished short story of the year was founded by the RSL at the beginning of the new millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest English short-story writer of the 20th century, and to preserve a tradition encompassing Pritchett’s warmth of feeling and mastery of narrative.

The author of the winning entry will be awarded a prize of £1,000 and have their story published inProspect online and in the RSL Review. The V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize is administered by the Royal Society of Literature. We are grateful to Jennie Bland for sponsoring the prize, to ALCS for making the prize-giving event possible, and to Prospect magazine for publishing the winning entry online.

The judges for 2018 are Tibor Fischer, Irenosen Okojie and Leone Ross.


The closing date for entries to the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize is 29 June 2018 at midnight (BST).

Submission Guidelines

Entrants must be resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth (see list of countrieshere) and likely to be available for a prizegiving event in Autumn 2018.
Stories entered for the competition must not have been published previously, or broadcast in any other medium.
Multiple entries to this competition are permitted but must be submitted and paid for individually.
Entrants must be over 18 at the time of submission.
Entry Instructions

Stories must:
be written in English
be between 2,000 and 4,000 words
be submitted as Microsoft Word or PDF documents with the author name (surname, first name) and short story title in the file name e.g. Wilde, Oscar – The Happy Prince
use Arial, 12pt, black font and be double-spaced
have page numbers at the bottom right-hand side of each page
have the title of the story and word count at the top of the first page.
Stories must not:
include the name of the entrant, their address or any identifying mark anywhere in the document
include photos or illustrations.

The Royal Society of Literature cannot undertake to make corrections or additions to submissions. You must request that your submission is opened for editing if you wish to make changes. Submission of an entry implies acceptance of these conditions and entry fees are non-refundable. The shortlist will be contacted in autumn. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Due to the volume of submissions received, we are not able to provide individual feedback.

Please note that any entries that do not meet the requirements outlined above will not be accepted and the fee will not be refunded. No correspondence will be entered into regarding incorrect submissions.

We encourage entrants to submit their entries via this portal. To submit by post, please follow the directions on our website.

If you have technical difficulties completing the online entry form please
If you are unable to complete the online entry form for other reasons, please contact Martha Stenhouse, General Manager, or 020 7845 4679.


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

EYELANDS 8th International Short Story Contest

The theme of the contest this year is «Luggage»

First prize: A week’s holiday in the island of Crete

First three winners’ stories published in two different anthologies (Greek and English).

All the stories of the Shortlist will be published in a special English edition, released through & strangedays books. Entry fee: 10 €

Judge: Maria Psoma-Petridou




– First prize is a week’s holiday on the island of Crete. Three Rock, (Triopetra, Rethymnon, Crete) is a studio for 2 people (with beds for two children also available). Air tickets not included. You can see more details here:

First prize winner can choose his/her preferred week of stay in 2019 except for the dates between July 15th – August 25th.

First three prize winners will get a free copy of the book with the winning stories of our contest & a certificate & a Greek handmade ceramic from the collection of Omodamos Clayart (see below)
All the shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology. The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and in November, 2018
All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book! First, Second and Third prize: publication of your story in an anthology of the shortlisted stories of the contest (Greek section), translated in Greek.
The three prize winners will also get a free copy of the book with the winning stories of our contest & certification document & a Greek handmade ceramic from the collection of Omodamos Clayart*
All the shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology. The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and
All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book & certification document. Plus a book from Strange Days Books –for free!!
An interview with the first prize winner will also be featured in
In case the first prize winner does not claim the prize of a week’s holiday in Crete or does not book a specific week for her/his holidays at Three Rock Studio, the second (and then the third) prize winner will be notified in order to take her/his place.

* Entry fee: 10 €

*Judge: Maria Psoma Petridou

-NOTE: Free entry for the shortlisted writers of previous contests


* Theme of the contest: «Luggage».

*Entries must be short stories, of any genre, and maximum length is 2,500 words and must be previously unpublished in a book, printed magazine or web-based journal. Entries must be in English.

* The contest closes at midnight UTC on Wednesday, 20th of June

*This is an international contest. There is no restriction such as nationality etc of the author, but you have to be 18 years old on the 21st of March 2018 to enter the contest.

* No “eyelands” editor, judge, or relative of theirs, is allowed to enter.

* Entries must be submitted electronically (see below).

* Winners and the shortlist to be announced on September 10th, 2018

* Copyright of manuscripts remains to the author.

* In addition to the story being published on, the author’s acceptance of the prize gives the right to include the story in the anthology that will appear in book form. Entry grants permission to include the three prize winners and the shortlisted stories in the book which will be published and will be available from “Strange Days” publications.

* There is a limit for the stories to be published in the anthology: no more than 25. In case we receive more than 200 submissions, 12 more stories will be chosen and published online on! Eyelands will feature one story every month, between November 2018 and November 2019

* There will be two collections of stories – one that will be published in Greek including the translated stories of the first three winners of the English Section and another one with all the Shortlisted stories of the English Section.


Pay via paypal – See the banner in eyelands Home Page.

See also here:

Click the «buy now» button. Fill the description with: Luggage

Entry fee is 10 euros

* After the payment is complete, you can send the e-mail with your story attached in word. doc /docx format to:


writing in the subject line: Eyelands Short Story Contest or just ΕSSC

*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three/four days after receiving your e-mail

*We don’t accept postal entries

* We do accept simultaneous submissions

* Every writer can submit more than one story as long as they pay the full entry fee for each story

* Name and address of the author should appear only in the body of the email

*The title of your story can be anything other than ‘’Luggage’’

*There is no entry fee for the prize winners of previous eyelands international short story contests

JUDGE/ Maria Psoma Petridou

Maria was born and lives in Thessaloniki – Greece. She is an English teacher. She has published two poetry collections, “Lifetime Service” 2006, “A second pair of wings” 2010. She writes poetry & fiction in Greek and English. A lot of her work has been published in Literature Magazines in Greece and online. In 2006 she was awarded the 2nd prize for her poem “The Bate” from the Greek – Australian Cultural League of Melbourne, in 2009 the 2nd prize: “Antonis Samarakis” for her story: “Even if it’s found it will chase me”. This was also the title of her first short story collection, released in 2015 by Strange Days Books. In 2016 she published the novel «Second Pair of wings». Maria teaches Creative Writing and also writes a weekly column about books in Thessnews Newspaper & portal. She has been the co-ordinator of a book club for nine years. For the past four years she’s been a collaborator in as well as a judge of its poetry and international story competitions.


Three Rock is a very special studio just a few hundred meters from Triopetra beach, one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete. Three-Rock is a studio designed to accommodate two to four people the studio is one very large furnished room of 70 sq.m., (with separate bathroom) with a lot of space which allows you to cook, dine, or just relax all day if you prefer! Studio at the ground floor and apartment at the first floor are listed on: /air bnb, holiday lettings/ house trip etc.

Mind that Triopetra beach is at the very centre of South Crete, which means (provided you rent a car) easy access to places like Spili, Preveli, Plakias, Amari plateau (westward) & Agia Galini, Matala, Phestos (eastward)

English section




Reading Room Cafe Publishing

Our current competition (open internationally) is a joint one, poets short story writers and artists unite!

This contest's theme is the Mad Like Us.

Mad Like Us is open to submissions now.

Due to the high volume of emails we receive entries made without payment will be ignored as our priority is to answer questions and process valid entries.

Books from previous competitions are available from our etsy shop -

What To Enter

Enter unpublished or online published short stories with a mental ill health or emotional distress theme that you have the rights to.

You could write the story of your own experiences, or fictionalize it, or write something completely other.

If you have experienced, first or second hand, any form of mental ill health or emotional distress this is an opportunity for you to be heard.

Entries can be up to 1500 words in length.

The top prize here is publication in a collection of work, £100 in cash and 5 copies of the book.

Runners up will be classed as contributors and receive 2 free copies of the book.

All contributors will have the option to buy more at a reduced rate.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2018

Novellas, Short Stories and Flash Fiction

At Wundor we plan to champion interesting, unusual fiction in all of its forms. Brevity can be one of literature’s great virtues, and we do not believe in filling out short stories into novella form if they are supposed to be short stories, or lengthening a novella to try to make a novel, when the story suits the novella form just fine.

Whether it takes you one page to tell your story or your manuscript is a little thicker, we would like to read it. The only stipulation is that the word count of your submission should be no greater than 45,000 words.

The deadline is 31 May 2018 and winners will be announced by the end of June 2018.

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

“To Hull And Back” A Humorous Writing Contest

The 2018 To Hull And Back Competition


August 2017 sees the launch of the fifth To Hull And Back Short Story Competition, an annual short story contest with a humorous twist that celebrates the most imaginative and amazing short stories from writers all over the world.

Some highly prestigious writing contests offer huge cash prizes – the BBC award £15,000 and the Sunday Times give a whopping £30,000 to their winner. What can you win by entering this competition that contends with these short story prize giving heavyweights? THE most amazing, innovative and sought after writing prize on the planet. Forget the Pulitzer. THIS is the badger*.

Admittedly, I may have slipped into sales-pitch-chaos-mayhem-overdrive-mode whilst writing the opening paragraphs, but I firmly believe that I can live up to expectation. See if you agree.

If you’re selected as a winner:
You Will Win Cash

1st Prize: £1,000

2nd Prize: £500

3rd Prize: £250

3 x Highly Commended: £50

14 x Shortlisted: £25

But it doesn’t end there, my fine writing friends, oh no, not by a LONG shot.
You Will Be Published

All winners and short listed entries will be published in the To Hull And Back Short Story Anthology. This will be available as a professionally published, printed book and as a Kindle download. The book will have an ISBN number.

If you’re published in the book, a writer’s profile will appear alongside your story and on my website. This will consist of a delightful picture of you, a short bio telling readers all about how amazing you are and details of your website, if you have one.

In addition to this, an author interview with the winner will be published alongside their story.

And there’s more…
You Will Win the Most Awesomely Awesome in its Awesomeness Writing Prize in the Known Macrocosm

This is the bit that will send tingles down your spine. Joy will ravage your very being and you will feel compelled to dance naked for no reason, no matter where you might be. I guarantee it**.

The winner will be taken to Hell Hull and back.

Allow me to explain.

The winner’s face will appear on the front cover of the To Hull And Back Anthology. They will be depicted riding a flaming motorcycle and holding a quill of wrath. The covers from previous competitions can be seen below. Each year, the cover will be unique and created by a different artist.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Michael Terence Publishing SHORT STORY COMPETITION

In our quest to offer new authors a stage we are hosting a Short Story Competition.

Entries close midnight (BST, London), June 30, 2018

3,000 words maximum, no minimum

Open to new authors only who have never had a full-length work published

Open to authors worldwide

Multiple entries allowed

English language

Most genres accepted: fiction, science fiction, non-fiction, e.g. biography, memoir, true story

Entry fee £5 (approx. $6.50 USD)

Winners announced July 16, 2018

Full RULES here

First Prize: £300

Publication in the 2018 MTP Summer Anthology (print book and ebook)

Anthology title based on the winning entry title

MTP First Prizewinners' Trophy

Publication on this website

Second Prize: £200

Publication in the 2018 MTP Summer Anthology (print book and ebook)

Publication on this website

Third Prize: £100

Publication in the 2018 MTP Summer Anthology (print book and ebook)

Publication on website

Limnisa Short Story Competition 2018

Entries on the subject of anything known to man, set in past, present or future, yet somehow involving ​PLASTIC.

Love it or hate it but use it, insert it however you wish, to make a momentous story told in compelling style.

Good luck- first prize is a week for writing at Limnisa in 2018 or 2019 !

Rules of the competition​

​Entries to be-in English - unpublished

fiction of up to 1500 words (500 words minimum)

submitted by Sunday midnight 15th April 2018

only one story per person

open to anyone worldwide except for relatives or friends of the judges

sent by email to:

as a word document (doc or docx) or PDF in Arial or Times New Roman.

no headers or footers

the title on the first page but not the author's name

accompanied by an email with the author’s full name and email address and the title of the story.

entrance is FREE provided you LIKE our Limnisa Facebook page or FOLLOW us on Twitter, and SHARE the competition page on social media.

ENTRY IS FREE, but for an optional fee of £30 you can be supplied with a professional evaluation of your story.

Judges: These prefer to remain anonymous but will include published authors and publishers’ editors as well as a cross section of general readers.

The judges' verdict will be final.

The winning stories will be announced, 1st July 2018

Winners will be contacted by e-mail

Winning stories will be posted on with the author’s consent

all copyrights remain with the author


​1st Prize: one week writer's retreat in 2018 or 2019 at Limnisa, Greece.

All inclusive: full board, 7 nights accommodation in single room, with use of all Limnisa facilities.

OR five online sessions of personal tutoring.

2nd and 3rd Prize:

A free online session of personal tutoring or feedback on written work

or 50 % discount on a writers’ retreat/workshop.

plus 2 Runners up:

25% discount on a writers’ retreat/workshop (see above).

(Prizes are not transferable and are valid only in 2018 and 2019.)

Questions regarding entries should be directed to:


We’re thrilled to announce the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2018 is now open for entries. We’re looking for new and original fiction under 3000 words.

Stories can be any length (up to 3000 words) style, or subject. There is no set theme.

£7 per story. Max three entries per person. Writers submitting from within Leicestershire can submit for a discounted fee of £3.

1st Prize – £100 and a bundle of books

2nd Prize – £50 and a bundle of books

3rd Prize – A bundle of books

A longlist of a maximum of 20 stories will be published in an anthology. A shortlist will be selected by our esteemed judging panel, including writers Rebecca Burns, Jon McGregor, and our 2017 winner, C. G. Menon.

Deadline: 2nd April 2018

Please pay for your entry before completing the form below. If you have any problems with the form please use this link instead.

You can then submit your entry via email to with Leicester Short Story Prize 2018 in the subject heading. Do not put your name on your entry. Alternative payment methods available. See Full rules.

Leicester Short Story Prize

Ryedale Book Festival Short Story Award

There is an award of £250 for the winner £150 for the second place and £100 for the third place. The ten best stories will be published by The Blackthorn Press in book and ebook formats.

Entry Instructions

Entry Dates 
 The deadline for receipt of entries is 9am (GMT) Saturday 31 March 2018. 

How to Enter 

Instructions for Entering by Email
1. Read the following Entry Terms and Conditions thoroughly to check the author whose work is due to be submitted and their short story are eligible for the Award. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the Terms and Conditions.
2. Type and format the short story as per the following instructions:
 One entry per author
 Written in English
 A maximum of 8,000 words
 Typed
 Font: any font, 12pt, black
 Double spaced
 Pages numbered
 Include a front page which details the Title of the Story and The Author’s name and postal address, email address, telephone number and the Word Count 
3. Email submissions should be in a Word document and emailed to marked Short Story Comp. All entries will be acknowledged by email.
Entries can only be accepted by email.

Please note 
 Entries not submitted in accordance with the Entry Instructions and Entry Terms and Conditions will not be eligible for consideration.
 Any queries about entering the Award should be emailed to The Award administrators will respond as soon as possible.


Entry Terms and Conditions 

Please read this document in full to ensure that the author whose work is due to be submitted and their short story are eligible for the Award. Instructions on entering can be found in the Entry Instructions.


1.1 The submitted stories will be read by a panel of three judges who will each individually rank the stories submitted in an order of merit. The three judges will then meet with their lists and decide an order of merit for the ten best stories.
1.2 The winning award is worth £250 and this will be presented to the author of the best, eligible short story in the opinion of the judges. The second prize will be of £150and the third prize £100
1.3 The ten best stories in the opinion of the judges will be published as a hard copy and ebook by the Blackthorn Press.


2.1 The Award is open to British nationals and UK residents, aged 18 years or over on the submission deadline (9am (GMT) Saturday 31 March 2018)
2.2 The story must not exceed eight thousand (8,000) words.
2.3 Entries may be submitted by the author or by his/her agent on their behalf.
2.4 Stories which have previously been published by any means or broadcast are ineligible. It is the entrants’ responsibility to check they have not published the story entered previously.
2.5 No more than one story per author may be submitted. It is the responsibility of the author to make sure that there is not more than one of his/her stories submitted in total. If more than one story is submitted, only the first story received will be considered.
2.6. Authors can only enter individually and not as part of a writing team.
2.7. The short story submitted must be aimed at adult readers.
2.8 The story submitted must be, and by submission of the story is warranted to: (i) be original, fictional, and entirely the author’s own work; (ii) not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party; (iii) not be defamatory of any living person or corporate body. Further, by submitting the story the entrant warrants that they or the story submitted will not bring the Ryedale Book Festival or The Blackthorn Press into disrepute. Breach of any of these warranties will result in disqualification of the entry.
2.9 The Award is not open to employees of the Ryedale Book Festival or The Blackthorn Press or anyone connected with the Award or their direct family members. Proof of identity and eligibility may be requested.
2.10 Entries are limited to stories written in English, or if written in Gaelic or Welsh must include a translation.
2.11 A short story entered posthumously will not be eligible for the Award.


3.1 By submitting a story for the Award the entrant hereby acknowledges and agrees that the winning ten stories may be published in book and electronic form by the Blackthorn Press.
3.2 In the event that an official Ryedale Book Festival Short Story Award Anthology containing the ten best entries is published the author will be deemed to have granted the rights for such publication and distribution (including via electronic distribution such as Kindle, or Kobo devices) and they or their agents will clear the necessary rights for such publication and distribution. The rights for publication will be exclusive to the Blackthorn Press. The author retains full copyright of his or her story.
3.3 By submitting a story for the Award the entrant hereby acknowledges and agrees that the winning ten stories which may be published in book and electronic form by the Blackthorn Press will not attract any royalties but that each published author will be entitled to four free copies of any book printed by the Blackthorn Press and any further copies at a 30% discount of the published retail price.


4.1 The Ryedale Book Festival Short Story Award 2018 with The Blackthorn Press will be looking for the best new writing and will consider all entries on the basis of quality and originality of prose and narrative voice. The Award aims to support and award excellence in the short story genre.
4.2 Judging of the Award will be in two stages:
Stage 1: All entries will be read and judged independently by a judging panel of three experienced readers against the Award criteria. Each judge will rank the stories submitted in order of merit.
Stage 2: The judging panel will meet together and decide a final order of merit for the best ten stories.
4.3 The ten winning writers will be contacted personally by email or by telephone.
4.4 The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
4.5 The judging will be fair and independent. The judging panel will be appointed by the Ryedale Book Festival and the Blackthorn Press and will include one representative from the Ryedale Book Festival, one from the Blackthorn Press and an independent judge. All judges are required to declare any financial interests in relation to any entrants.


5.1 The Blackthorn Press is responsible for administering the Award.
5.2 Entries for the Award must be submitted by email as a Word document to by 9am (GMT) Saturday 31 March 2018.
5.3 The ten winners are likely to be announced by Sunday 15 April 2018 (dates are subject to change). The names of the ten winning authors will be published on the Ryedale Book Festival and Blackthorn Press websites and each winner notified by email that they have been included in the final ten winners. The winners of the first, second and third prizes will be announced at the Award ceremony to be held this year on the 22nd September 2018.
5.4 Entrants must provide their name, e-mail address, telephone number and postal address with their submitted story.
5.5 The Award team reserves the right to cancel this Award at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
5.6 The Award team reserves the right to refuse entry to the Award for any reason at its absolute discretion.
5.7 By submitting a story the entrant agrees in the event of being shortlisted or winning the Award to (or if the entrant is the Author’s publisher or agent has secured the author’s agreement that the author will) make every attempt to attend the Award ceremony on Saturday 22nd September 2018 (date is subject to change), and to also undertake a mutually acceptable limited programme of activities to promote the Award particularly immediately after the shortlist and winner are announced. Entrants are responsible for all reasonable costs associated with attending the Award ceremony.
5.8 For the avoidance of doubt, any publisher, agent or other submitter who submits an Entry on behalf of its author shall be responsible for inviting and making every attempt to ensure their author’s attendance at the Award ceremony (if one is held) and any further activity agreed. Entrants are responsible for all reasonable costs associated with attending the Award ceremony.
5.9 The entrant agrees that they will contribute where possible to press and publicity activities for the Award and hereby grant the Blackthorn Press all necessary rights in their contribution for press/publicity activities for the Award for all media in perpetuity. The entrant agrees to obtain the Blackthorn Press’s prior written consent before taking on any of its own press or publicity activity relating to their involvement in the Award. In the event that the entrant is informed that their story has been shortlisted or won the award, the entrant must not publish or otherwise let it be publicaly known of this fact (such as via online forums such as Twitter, Facebook etc.) until such time as the official announcement is made, failing which the Award team may at its sole discretion disqualify the entry and revise the shortlist and (if applicable) winning entry.
5.10 Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering this Award. The Award team may at its sole discretion disqualify the entry and/or reclaim any award and revise the shortlist and (if applicable) winning entry, if it considers that the entrant has not complied with the terms and conditions contained herein (such as that the work is not original, fictional, and entirely the author’s own work).
5.11 A publisher or agent who submits a story on behalf of an author shall be deemed by the act of submitting that author’s story for the Ryedale Book Festival Short Story Award 2018 with the Blackthorn Press to have obtained the author’s informed consent and approval of all terms and conditions contained herein and to have taken on the responsibility of guaranteeing and procuring the author’s compliance with the terms and conditions set out herein. If such publisher or agent has failed to do so, the Award team may at its sole discretion disqualify the entry and/or reclaim any award and revise the shortlist and (if applicable) winning entry.
5.12 The entrant acknowledges and agrees that to the extent permitted by law, the Ryedale Book Festival and the Blackthorn Press and any other person(s) in connection with the Award will not be liable for any loss or damage (whether such damage or losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise) including financially and/or to reputation and/or disappointment, suffered by any entrant or publisher or agent on behalf of an author, entering the Award or as a result of accepting any Award.
5.13 These rules and the entry submitted in accordance with them shall constitute a contract governed by the exclusive laws and the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Monday, 19 March 2018

The 2018 edition of our Newcomer Prize for short stories

The 2018 edition of our Newcomer Prize for short stories is now open for entries.

This year we've got a first prize of £500 and a second prize of £250. The deadline is 31 May 2018, and entry costs £8.

The Newcomer Prize is for writers who haven't yet published anything with The Fiction Desk, and haven't yet published a novel or collection of short stories on paper. (Ebook editions don't count.) If this sounds like you, you can find full details of the competition on our website here.

If you don't already subscribe to our anthology series, now is a great time to give us a try. Whether you're a writer looking for new markets for your work, or a reader with a taste for the best in new short fiction (or both), you'll find our anthologies full of engaging, intelligent stories from some of the best new writers around.

Subscriptions cost £27 in the UK and £39 worldwide. To find out more, or to set up your own subscription, head over to our website. You can even choose your starting volume, so if you don't like waiting, you can get started with our last anthology, New Ghost Stories III, right away.
Do Writers Still Need Whitaker's Almanack?

This year is the 150th anniversary of Whitaker's Almanack, an annual reference book and guide to the workings of the United Kingdom and beyond. Over more than 1,000 pages it covers everything from the year in arts to the politics of every country; from the systems of the European Union to the education systems in each part of the UK.

During that time it's also played a role in literature, as an indispensable handbook for journalists but also both a reference book and occasional plot device for fiction writers. But in the age of freely available digital information, does a printed reference book like this still have a place on a writer's desk? Read our review of the 2018 edition.

V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize

The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the nineteenth V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. This prize for the best unpublish...