Saturday, 27 March 2021

The Bridport Short Story Prize - 2021

First prize: £5,000

One of the largest short story prizes, the winning story features in our anthology, so you will see your words in print, maybe for the first time. That’s not all. It opens up further opportunities where your story needs to have been published. You will be invited to our awards celebration and get insightful feedback from the judges and our professional partners. Finally, we will champion you not only as our winner but always as part of the Bridport Prize family.

Second prize: £1,000

Your story features in the Bridport Prize anthology, so you will see your words on the page forever more. It also means you are officially published and can pursue other opportunities. We hope you’ll join us for the awards celebration and recognition of your success.

Third prize: £500

Your short story is included in our anthology where you’ll see your words finally within the pages of a book. Being published now gives you access to other opportunities. Join our awards celebration and breathe in how your hard work is out there for all to see.

The Bristol Short Story Prize - 2021


Welcome to the Bristol Short Story Prize – an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers. To find out what our past winners and shortlisted writers have gone on to achieve, please visit the Success Stories section of the website.

The 2021 Bristol Short Story Prize is now open. The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) May 5th 2021. The competition is open to all writers worldwide. Stories must be previously unpublished and can be on any theme or subject. 20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 14 by Tangent Books. 1st prize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. The Sansom Award winner will receive £100 and their story will be published in Bristol 24/7 magazine.

For full details and rules, please click here.

The 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize was won by Stephen Narain (below) who is based in Orlando, Florida. To find out more about Stephen’s winning story, his writing and influences, please read our fascinating interview with him here.



£9.00 GBP

per entry

choose quantity at checkout

Entry is made here online via PayPal and email. To make your entry, pay using the PayPal button. Once you have your PayPal receipt, simply ‘Forward’ that receipt email – ensuring to ‘Attach’ your work – to the following email address:

Payments are securely handled by PayPal. Alternatively, you may prefer to use your Credit/Debit card by selecting the appropriate payment method on the PayPal page. You have 3 weeks, 2 days, 13 hours and 30 minutes left to enter.

Before entering, please ensure to familiarise yourself with all Rules, Terms and Conditions, and Privacy Policies. Entering the Bath Short Story Award is taken as your full agreement.

Short story critique service from BSSA team member, Alison Woodhouse. More details here.

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How to Enter Online: Step by Step
Have your entry file on your computer and ready for submission. Acceptable file types are odt, doc, docx, txt and pdf. The file name must be the title of your piece. If your work does not have a title, then the file name must be the first five words of your piece. Full details are in the Rules.
Click on the PayPal buttons above.
Pay using your PayPal account or using your Credit/Debit card. If you pay by Credit/Debit card, please take care when entering your email address, as this is the address we use to contact you.
Following payment verification, you are returned to this site.
Check your email for your PayPal receipt.
Click on ‘Forward’ to forward the email.
‘Attach’ your entry file to the email.
‘Send’ your entry to the following address.

We judge anonymously so:
Following the above instructions will give us enough information to contact you if you win or are selected to be published.

The Plough Prize - 2021 - It's The Final Count Down



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

The competition this year will be judged by Roger McGough.

The prizes are:

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

The online entry fee is £5 per poem.

The postal entry fee is £6 per poem.

Closing date to 31st March 2021.


The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2021 - LAST FOUR DAYS


The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2021

Awarded for the best piece of writing on the theme of the Alpine Fellowship 2021 - Untamed: On Wilderness and Civilization.

The winner receives a £10,000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside. A £3,000 cash prize will go to the second place, and £2,000 to the third place runner up. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium.


Open to all nationalities and to anyone aged 18 and above.

All entries must be written in English.

Submissions can be prose, poetry, non-academic essays, but must be standalone and cannot be extracts from a larger piece.

All genres permitted.

A maximum of 2,500 words per entry.

Limited to one entry per person.

Text must not have been published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, or have won or been placed in another competition at any time (including the Alpine Fellowship Academic Writing Prize).

Due to the volume of applications the judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into following the results.

Submissions will be judged anonymously, so please ensure that your name does not appear anywhere on your work.

Key dates*:

Applications open: 1st January 2021
Applications close: 1st April 2021
Longlist (top 100 entries) announced: Coming soon
Shortlist (top 30 entries) announced: Coming soon
Winners announced: Coming soon

Please follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with latest news.

*Please note: we reserve the right to change the date of the longlist, shortlist and winners announcement if required.

The Times/Chicken House Prize

Hot on the tail of our 2020 winner announcement, we’re so excited to declare the new Times Competition OPEN!

This year, we’re introducing a brand new prize in partnership with the wonderful Institution of 

Engineering and Technology (IET). Here are the basics about the two prizes on offer in 2021…
The Times/Chicken House Prize

The prize you already know and love – a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a £10,000 advance (subject to contract) for a complete fiction manuscript of any genre for children aged 7 up to YA. The winning entry will be the novel that, in the opinion of the judges, demonstrates the greatest entertainment value, quality, originality and suitability for children.
The IET 150 Award

A brand new prize to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the IET in 2021! The IET 150 Award will be awarded to a complete fiction manuscript for children aged 7 up to Young Adult that broadly explores or celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The prize is a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a £10,000 advance (subject to contract).

The good news is, you don’t need to do anything extra to be considered for the IET 150 Award; simply enter the competition as normal and our expert team of readers will do the rest. Simple!

The deadline is 14th May 2021 at 11.59pm GMT. Time enough to polish off that manuscript you’ve got languishing in the bottom drawer… or maybe even to write a new one…

For more details on the competition, both prizes, and instructions on how to enter, please visit our submissions page. We can’t wait to read your novel – good luck!

The annual HG Wells Fiction Short Story Competition

The annual HG Wells Fiction Short Story Competition offers a £500 Senior and £1,000 Junior prize and free publication of all shortlisted entries in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology.

HG Wells Short Story Competition 2021: Mask

January 13, 2021 by Tim Prater

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.



The Moth Short Story Prize is an international prize, open to anyone from anywhere in the world, as long as their story is original and previously unpublished. The winners are chosen by a single judge each year, who reads the stories anonymously.

Previous judges include Mike McCormack, Belinda McKeon, Donal Ryan, Kit de Waal, Kevin Barry and Mark Haddon.


The Prize will be judged this year by Ali Smith, the author of many works of fiction, including five collections of short stories and, most recently, the seasonal quartet, Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer. Her work has won multiple awards.


‘The Moth Short Story Prize is hugely important to me – coming third in the competition in 2017 was a massive boost to my writing. Short stories give writers and readers the opportunity to experiment with all kinds of approaches and effects that might not work over the sustained length of a novel, and sometimes to talk about things that we might not be able to approach in any other way. The Moth is a fantastic champion of that.’ Owen Booth, 2020 winner

‘To see my story in a publication that has done as much for writers as The Moth is the most

astounding and unexpected affirmation I could have imagined.’ Conor Crummey, 2019 winner

‘This seal of approval is superglue for the sanity! I am mighty grateful.’ Caoilinn Hughes, 2018 winner


The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

There is a word limit of 5,000.

The entry fee is €15 per story.

You can ENTER ONLINE or send your story along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an ENTRY FORM or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of your story (or stories) attached to: The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland H14 K768.

Please note: If you are at all concerned about the formatting of your story online, please send a copy of the story (or stories) in a word doc to, along with your entry number. Payment can be made via PayPal to

Please remember to read the COMPETITION RULES before you enter.


The winners will be announced in September 2021 and all three stories will appear in the autumn issue of The Moth.

With thanks to Circle of Misse for the superb second prize of a week-long writing retreat in France and a travel stipend of €250. Their house rests on the banks of the Thouet River (a tributary of the Loire), ‘thouet’ being the ancient Gallic word for ‘tranquil’.

Call 00 353 87 2657251 or email for more details

Seán O'Faoláin International Short Story Competition





Previous Winners

Playlist of Prize-readings



Word limit: 3,000 words
Closing date: 31st July (midnight)
Entry fee: €18 per story

The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Translated work is not in the scope of this competition. Entrants may enter more than one manuscript. Once entered, no alterations can be made to the submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere.

1st Prize
— €2,000
— Residency (one week) at Anam Cara Retreat
— Featured reading at the Cork International Short Story Festival
— Publication in Southword

2nd Prize
— Publication in Southword

Four Runners-Up
— Publication in Southword


Billy O'Callaghan


Billy O’Callaghan was born in Cork in 1974, and is the author of three short story collections: In Exile (2008, Mercier Press), In Too Deep (2009, Mercier Press), and The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind (2013, New Island Books), which was honoured with a Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award and selected as Cork’s One City, One Book for 2017.

His first novel, The Dead House (2017, Brandon/O’Brien Press and 2018, Arcade/Skyhorse (USA)), an Irish best-seller, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was favourably reviewed in several major newspapers, including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

His new novel, My Coney Island Baby, was published by Jonathan Cape (and Harper in the U.S.) in January 2019. A new short story collection, Even On Our Longest Days, is forthcoming in 2020.


How to Submit

Email entry

Send to:
Subject: "SOF entry"

  1. The story for submission (Word document – we cannot accept PDFs). As the competition is judged anonymously, we request that you do not write your name or personal details anywhere on this document.
  2. A cover letter (separate word document attached to the same email). The cover letter should include
    - Your name
    - Story title
    - Email address
    - Phone number
    - Postal address
    - Image of PayPal receipt or the Paypal transaction ID  number
    - How your heard about the competition
    - A brief bio (optional)
    Please ensure that this information is in the attachment and not in the body of the email.
  3. Payment of the €18 entry fee can be made through PayPal


Postal entry: Please include

  1. Submission manuscript (typed). To ensure anonymity, please do not write your name or any other personal details on the manuscript.
  2. Cover letter - see details above. Cover letter should be on a separate page to ensure anonymity.
  3. Payment: If you have paid through Paypal, just quote the Paypal transaction ID. Alternatively we accept cheques and bank drafts (see details below)
  4. Send to:
    The Seán O'Faoláin International Short Story Competition,
    The Munster Literature Centre, Frank O'Connor House,
    84 Douglas Street,
    Cork, T12 X802
  5. Please DO NOT SEND ENTRIES BY REGISTERED POST. Unfortunately we are less likely to receive entries sent by registered post and your submission may be ineligible due to the delay incurred.
  6. If you would like us to send you confirmation of your postal entry, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard or envelope. We can also confirm the receipt of international entries via email.


Paypal will deduct the fee in your own currency. As proof of payment, please include an image of the receipt or quote the transaction ID in your cover letter.

PayPal Portal will appear here on 1st May 2021



  2. Bank drafts
  3. Other currencies: We can also accept cheques and bank drafts in Euro, U.S Dollars or Pounds Sterling at a rate of €18 (Euro)$22 (USD) or £18 (Sterling) for each entry.
  4. Postal order (Republic of Ireland only)
  5. Please note that we cannot accept cash payment


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Friday, 26 March 2021

The 2021 To Hull And Back Competition

The 2021 To Hull And Back Competition

The 7th To Hull And Back humorous short story contest is OPEN

submissions close on 31st July 2021

August 2020 saw the launch of the 2021 To Hull And Back Short Story Competition, a biennial 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.
To Hull And Back Runs Biennially

Due to the ever-increasing amount of time needed to run this fabulous competition, in February 2019 I made the decision to run future To Hull And Back competitions biennially (every other year). This is to make the workload manageable and ensure that every story entered into the competition is given the attention it deserves.

The 7th To Hull And Back competition is open to submissions until 31st July 2021. The dates for future competitions will be as follows:
To Hull And Back 2023 (opens 1st August 2022, closes 31st July 2023)
To Hull And Back 2025 (opens 1st August 2024, closes 31st July 2025)
To Hull And Back 2027 (opens 1st August 2026, closes 31st July 2027)

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

1st Prize: £1,200

2nd Prize: £600

3rd Prize: £300

3 x Highly Commended: £150

14 x Shortlisted: £50

That's a total prize pot of £3,250

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.

The Bridport Short Story Prize - 2021

First prize: £5,000 One of the largest short story prizes, the winning story features in our anthology, so you will see your words in print...