Monday, 24 February 2020

RTÉ Short Story Competition 2020 wants your stories


RTÉ has today invited short story submissions for one of Ireland's longest established and most significant literary prizes, the RTÉ Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus.

Writers have until Friday 8th May to submit their short story which will be judged by a panel of three judges: editor, lecturer and journalist, Madeleine Keane; award-winning short story writer and previous prize-winner of the RTÉ Short Story Competition, Danielle McLaughlin; and writer and broadcaster, Vincent Woods.

Previous prize-winner and judge for 2020, Danielle McLaughlin, says: "I'll never get tired of the thrill of hearing somebody read one of my stories on the radio. A story told over the radio carries a particular intimacy, a sense that the telling of the story is a private thing between narrator and the individual listener. For the writer of the story, of course, there's the wonder of realising that the story you wrote at the kitchen table, or in a café, is being heard by thousands. I still remember the joy of getting the phone call telling me I'd been shortlisted for the competition! So for anybody who has a story they'd like to get out into the world: get your entry in. You've got nothing to lose and wonderful things might happen."

The RTÉ Short Story Competition is now open for entries. Click here to download the application form, email or phone (01) 2083277 with your name, postal address and phone number.

The shortlist of 10 stories will be announced by early September, while the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in RTÉ later in September.

The overall winner will receive €3,000, while €2,000 and €1,000 will be awarded to the second and third place prize winners respectively. A further seven runners-up will receive €250 each, and all 10 short stories will be broadcast in a season of new writing on RTÉ Radio 1 in the autumn. The top three prizewinning stories will also be published on

The RTÉ Short Story Competition has been championing new talent for decades with the winning and shortlisted short stories being produced for radio broadcast and voiced by some of Ireland’s most talented actors of the stage and screen. In recent years these have included Peter Hanly, Ali White, Emmet Kirwan, Cathy Belton, Ingrid Craigie, Denis Conway, Andrew Bennett, Caitríona Ní Mhurchú, Kathy-Rose O'Brien, and many more.

See Competition Rules and entry form and please note, submissions -- hard copy, postal or hand-delivered only -- must be received by 5pm on Friday 8th May 2020 at RTÉ Short Story Competition, RTÉ Radio Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Monday, 10 February 2020

Voices 2020 Competition - Grown Up In Care

Voices 2020: Our Judges

We have a fantastic expert panel of judges lined up for Voices 2020, featuring authors, poets and journalists, some with first-hand experience of the care system. They can’t wait to read your amazing entries on the theme of ‘Dreams’.

Find out more about who the judges are and their incredible work below.

Lauren Child MBE, children’s author and illustrator


Lauren is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Hubert Horatio and Ruby Redfort.

Her first two books were published in 1999 – I Want a Pet and Clarice Bean, That’s Me, and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2000 for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the first of her Charlie and Lola picture books, and published her first Clarice Bean novel in 2002 – Utterly Me, Clarice Bean.

She has won several awards as both an author and illustrator including British Children’s Book of the Year and her books have sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

In 2008 Lauren launched UNESCO’s ‘My Life is a Story’ Campaign for UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need, and was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace. In 2010, Lauren was awarded an MBE for Services to Literature. She was also the 10th Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate, 2017-2019.

She says: “Writing stories can be empowering for a child, allowing them to communicate their ideas to the outside world and in the process understand themselves better I am delighted to be a judge in this year’s Voices competition and support this wonderful initiative giving young people in care and care leavers a platform to express themselves.”

Paolo Hewitt, writer and music journalist

Paolo is a care experienced music journalist and writer. His book The Looked After Kid is his memoir of life in care, painting a vivid picture of his coming of age in a children’s home and finding salvation through his passion for music and literature. He has also written about being in foster care in his book But We All Shine On. Paolo has also written on various subjects for the Guardian.

He says: “I am so pleased to have been asked to be a judge in the Voices creative writing competition. Having been in care for a lengthy period myself this really is such a great honour.”

You can follow Paolo on Twitter @PaoloHewitt1

Christel Dee, author, presenter and digital marketing manager at Hadean Inc.

Christel Dee is a cosplayer, convention enthusiast and long-time ‘Whovian’. She describes herself as a ‘fun-loving, geeky, digital creative’. She previously hosted Doctor Who: The Fan Show and was part of Doctor Who’s digital marketing team. She currently works at deep tech startup Hadean as a Digital Marketing Manager, founded in 2015 to enable the world’s brightest minds to solve critical issues in gaming, life sciences and more.

In 2018, BBC Books published Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived, Amazing Tales for Future Time Lords, a beautifully illustrated collection of inspiring tales of the women of Doctor Who, written by Christel and Simon Guerrier.

Christel writes regular cosplay features for Doctor Who Magazine and is a member of their Time Team panel.

Christel is a proud member of the LGBT+ community, Shotokan Karate practitioner and is also a care leaver.

She says: “I’m honoured to be asked to be on the judging panel for this exciting and important competition. As a care-experienced person myself, I know how important it is for children in care and young care leavers to have positive platforms to express themselves. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they create!”

You can follow Christel on Twitter @christeldee and find out more about her on her website.

Mr Gee, poet, comedian, musician and presenter, Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2

From humble beginnings as a Hip-Hop DJ, Mr Gee honed his spoken word skills as the host of the renowned performance poetry club Brix-Tongue and Straight outta Shoreditch. He is now one of the stars of the UK poetry scene and remains at the cutting edge of Underground poetry across the globe, running regular Chill Pill nights at the Soho Theatre, Roundhouse and Albany.

Mr Gee has previously presented the new Radio 4 series, Poetic Justice, which encouraged prison inmates to write poems that gives an intimate insight into prison life at different prisons across the UK. Mr Gee has also hosted on Radio 4 the SONY award nominated series, ‘Bespoken Word,’ the first BBC series dedicated to modern performance poetry and the series ‘Rhyme and Reason.’ Mr Gee is the co-winner of a Sony Gold Award for Radio as the resident poet/comedian on the Russell Brand Show on BBC Radio 2.

He says’ “I am very happy to be back again as a judge for the Voices competition that empowers young people in care and allows them to express themselves in such powerful ways”.

Follow Mr Gee on Twitter @mrgeepoet and read more about his story here

Abi Elphinstone, children’s author

Abi is a bestselling children’s author, who grew up in Scotland, where she spent weekends building dens in the woods, jumping into icy rivers, hiding in tree houses and running wild across highland glens. She enjoyed reading and writing stories from a young age and her favourite subject at school was English.

Abi went on to get a degree in English from the University of Bristol and spent several years teaching English in the UK as well as in Africa.

When Abi is not writing, she likes to travel the world looking for inspiration for her next story. Her latest adventure involved living with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia.

She also works as a volunteer reading helper in schools for Coram Beanstalk, which is part of the Coram group of charities.

Her best-selling books include: The Unmapped Chronicles (Rumblestar), Sky Song, The Dreamsnatcher trilogy and for younger readers, The Snow Dragon.

She says: “I’m honoured to be a judge for Coram Voice, which celebrates the creative talents of care-experiences young people, and I’m hugely excited about reading the works of these wonderful new voices.”

You can follow Abi on Twitter @moontrug and find out more about her work on her website.

Piers Torday, children’s writer

Piers is an award-winning children’s writer and is the son of the novelist Paul Torday. Piers enjoyed reading, writing and drawing from an early age, and particularly enjoyed books with good pictures.

Piers’ first cartoon at the age of 7, which was about a superhero called Super Sid, won a competition in a local newspaper. Piers began his career in theatre and then television as a producer and writer.

His first book for children, The Last Wild, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal . His second book The Dark Wild (2014) won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. There May Be A Castle was a People’s Book Award finalist and a Times Children’s Book of the Year. The Lost Magician was a Book of the Year in six national newspapers and won the Teach Primary Book Award.

Piers has also completed an unfinished novel by his late father Paul (author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Death of an Owl) and adapted The Box of Delights and A Christmas Carol for the stage.

Like many writers he spends a lot of time teaching writing as well as doing it, and is a regular speaker at schools both in the UK and abroad, and at festivals and conferences

He says: “In these challenging times for both those in care and those who care for them, it is more vital than ever that we hear their voices and what they have to say. It is a privilege to judge the Voices creative writing competition, and I for one can’t wait to read this year’s submissions, and unleash some real writing talent.”

You can follow Piers on Twitter @PiersTorday and find out more about him on his website.

Ric Flo, rap artist and creative director of the hip-hop collective Jungle Brown

Ric uses the art of rap to empower children in care through telling his story in foster care via songwriting workshops and using his life experience to help them unleash their creativity.

He says, “Having first-hand experience of the care system myself, I am very happy to be a judge on the 2019 Voices competition. I am proud to support young people using the power of creative writing to amplify their voices.”

Follow Ric on Twitter @ricflomusic and read more about him here

Dawn Foster, journalist, broadcaster and author

Dawn is a care-experienced journalist, broadcaster and author. She is a columnist for The Guardian newspaper, writing on housing inequality and austerity, and a staff writer for Jacobin magazine. She also contributes to the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, The Nation, Tribune, and Dissent in the United States.

She was awarded the International Building Press Prize for Young Journalist of the Year in 2014. She was also named Non-traditional Journalist of the Year at the inaugural Words by Women Awards.

In September 2017, she was listed at Number 82 in ‘The 100 Most Influential People on the Left’ by political commentator Iain Dale.

You can follow Dawn on Twitter @DawnHFoster and read her piece in the Guardian about her experiences of being in foster care here.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Writing for a Change: Flash Fiction Competition

Writing for a Change: Flash Fiction Competition

The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to announce the return of a Flash Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction competition themed around the climate crisis, in partnership with the National Botanic Gardens and Channel.

"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable." - Mary Oliver

The climate crisis and the environment are constant subjects of discussion, but it can be hard to stay aware of the need to be consciously active in making environmental improvements in our daily lives. In this competition, we are asking writers to embrace the concept of the climate crisis through short new pieces of contemporary writing which reflect or illustrate this subject in an innovative and relevant manner. This year we ask writers to respond to the Mary Oliver quote above.

To help inspire potential entrants, the National Botanic Gardens will be organising a special free tour of the garden led by an experienced member of staff who will speak on the effects of climate change on the plants in the gardens. This tour will take place on Sunday the 2rd of February 2020 at 12:30, and while it is not a prerequisite or a condition for entering the competition, we encourage participation if you are thinking of entering, as it will be invaluable in helping to shape your ideas for you submission(s). Tour starts at the Visitor Centre and there is no need to sign up.

On 28 April a showcase event will be held in the National Botanic Gardens where winners will read their work alongside commissioned writers.

There will be four winners: two Irish language winners, one over 30 and one under 30, and two English language winners, one over 30 and one under 30.

Competition Rules
Entries are welcomed in English or Irish
Entries must be under 400 words (longer pieces will be disqualified)
We’re happy to accept either fiction or creative non-fiction pieces
Entries are free and you may enter up to 3 submissions.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 11 March at 5pm.

Upload your entry through our entry form.

Entries will be judged by Éanna Ní Lamhna and Liz McManus.


Each of the four winners will receive:
A place on a one-day writing workshop at the IWC
Publication in partner Irish literary magazine: Channel
€50 book voucher
Opportunity to read at the competition event alongside IWC commissioned writers in the Botanic Gardens on April 28th, 2020

Saturday, 18 January 2020

University of Essex Prize 2020

The 2020 Short Fiction/University of Essex Prize awards the winner with £500 and publication at Short Fiction; the runner-up is awarded £250 and publication.

Please enter via our Submittable link after reading the following competition rules.


Dates: The Prize is open for entries from 1 January 2020. The deadline for receipt of entries is 31 March 2020 (23:59 BST).

Language: All entries must be in English.

Geographical restrictions: There are no geographical restrictions on entry: while the Prize is UK-based, all writers – within and outside the UK – are welcome to enter.

Length: The maximum length of submissions is 5,000 words, not including the title. There is no minimum length. There are no restrictions on genre, style, theme, or subject, but entries should be prose fiction – not poetry or memoir.

Entry fee: There is an entry fee for each story submitted (though see Free entries, below). In the final month, March, the entry fee will be £9. To encourage early submissions, the fee for entries submitted in January and February will be £7 – the discounted fee will apply until 29 February 2020 (23:59 GMT). Payment is made through the Submittable portal for the Prize. At the time of entry, writers can opt to pay a supplement of £1 to subsidise a free entry for a writer in more difficult circumstances.

Free entries: Twenty-five free entries are available to writers for whom the fee would be a barrier to entry. To request one, please email These are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and you do not need to give us detailed information about your circumstances. Free entries will be judged blind, the same as paid entries.

Blind judging: Entries will be read and judged anonymously; entrants’ names and contact details should only appear on the entry form and not anywhere on their stories/manuscripts. The stories/manuscripts must be free of all personal information about the author. This includes age and address.

Entry format: Entries should be in a standard 12pt font and double-spaced, unless the form of the story demands otherwise. Entry is online-only, via Submittable. Entries sent to our normal submissions email address will be discarded.

Multiple entries: Writers may enter as many stories as they like; each separate story requires a separate entry fee.

Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please withdraw your entry via Submittable as soon as possible if the story is accepted for publication elsewhere, in print or online (including self-published, ebook, magazines, journals, audio, websites, blogs, social network sites), or broadcast.

Age restriction: Entrants must be 18 years old or over on the closing date.

Corrections: No corrections or alterations can be made after receipt of an entry.

New work only: Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been previously published, in print or online (including self-published, ebook, magazines, journals, audio, websites, blogs, social network sites), or won a prize in another writing competition. Any entry found to have been plagiarised will be disqualified.

Judging process: Each entry will be read by two members of a diverse panel of experienced short story readers. A shortlist, announced in May 2020, will then be forwarded to the Judge, Jon McGregor, who will select the winner and runner-up for final announcement in June 2020. The panel’s and Judge’s decisions are final and no individual correspondence will be entered into.

Prizes: £500 will be paid to the overall Prize winner. The runner-up will receive £250.

Publication: The winner and runner-up will be published online at Short Fiction journal. Acceptance of the 1st or 2nd prize implies agreement for the relevant story to be published online. The shortlist will be considered for publication. Shortlisted individuals will be contacted about this by email after the winner and runner-up have been announced.

Results: Entrants will not be contacted individually about the competition results unless they are selected for the shortlist.

Rules acceptance: Entry implies an acceptance of these rules. Entries that fail to comply with the entry rules and requirements may be disqualified.

We look forward to reading your entries!

Submit here

LiFTS are specialists across literature, screen and stage. We are an interdisciplinary department with expertise in English literature, drama, creative writing, journalism, film and screen media. Our courses are taught by leading academics, writers, film makers and journalists, and allow you to follow specialised pathways or to combine your interests across subject areas. Literature was one of the founding subjects at the University of Essex and since the department's inception in the 1960s under the poet Donald Davie, it has built its reputation on scholarly and critical achievements across English, comparative and world literature.

Jon McGregor is the author of four novels and a story collection. He is the winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literature Prize,

Betty Trask Prize, and Somerset Maugham Award, and has twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is Professor of

Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, where he edits The Letters Page, a literary journal in letters. He was born in

Bermuda in 1976, grew up in Norfolk, and now lives in Nottingham.

Friday, 17 January 2020

The Cambridge Prize for Flash Fiction 2020

Submission Period: 15th January 2020 – 15th March 2020

Word Length: 400

Entry Fee: Early Bird (until midnight on 14th February) £8; £9 thereafter. There will be a limited number of free entries for those in economic hardship – full details tbc.
Prizes: £1000 (1st) £300 (2nd) £200 (3rd) and all remaining shortlisted will be awarded £50.
Other Details: All writers will be published online across 2020.

Judges: Elisabeth Ingram Wallace
The Cambridge Prize for Short Stories, 2020
Submission Period: 15th April 2020 – 15th June 2020
Word Length: 3,000
Entry Fee: Early Bird (until midnight on 14th February) £8; £9 thereafter. There will be a limited number of free entries for those in economic hardship – full details tbc.
Prizes: £1000 (1st) £300 (2nd) £200 (3rd) and all remaining shortlisted will be awarded £50.
Other Details: All writers will be published online across 2020.
Judges: Katy Darby
The Cambridge Prize for Essays on Short Fiction, 2020
Submission Period: TBC
Word Length: 3,000
Entry Fee: Early Bird (until midnight on 14th February) £8; £9 thereafter. There will be a limited number of free entries for those in economic hardship – full details tbc.
Prizes: £1000 (1st) £300 (2nd) £200 (3rd) and all remaining shortlisted will be awarded £50.
Other Details: All writers will be published online across 2020.

The 2020 Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize

Our aim is to celebrate short stories and to give emerging writers encouragement and a little financial assistance to write.

We're looking for new, exciting and diverse voices.

£1000 First Prize

£250 Second Prize

£100 Third Prize

The winners and longlisted entrants' stories will be published in the Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize anthology in October 2020.
The prize is open to all UK residents over the age of 18 for original short stories between 1000 and 5000 words.

The 2020 judges are Sharmaine Lovegrove, Harriet Moore and Chris Power.

Sharmaine Lovegrove spearheads Dialogue Books, an imprint of Little, Brown.

Dialogue Books is home to stories from illuminating voices often excluded from the mainstream. Its aim is to shine a spotlight on stories for, about and by readers from the LGBTQI+, disability, working class and BAME communities. The imprint has a clear focus of distinctive, cross-genre titles that spark a conversation across fiction, non-fiction, commercial and literary publishing.

Dialogue Books' authors include Irenosen Okojie, Season Butler and Amer Anwar.

Harriet Moore is a literary agent at David Higham Associates. She represents literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, illustrated non-fiction and poetry. She is looking for writing which has atmosphere, ambition, style and flair with a particular interest in books which are emotionally rigorous. She is drawn to voices which are precise and artful; writing which is both intimate and political; and women thinking hard about other women.

Writers she admires include: Lydia Davies, Joy Williams, Anne Enright, Rachel Cusk, Denise Riley, John Berger, MFK Fisher, Fleur Jaeggy, Jean Rhys, Natalia Ginzburg, Katherine Heiny, Elizabeth Strout, Claudia Rankine, Anne Carson, Jane Bowles, Mary Gaitskill, Laurie Colwin.

Chris Power’s short story collection Mothers was published by Faber in 2018. It was longlisted for the Folio Prize and shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. His next book, a novel, will be published in 2021. His column, ‘A Brief Survey of the Short Story’, has appeared in the Guardian since 2007. He lives in Hackney.

2020 Timeline

Submissions open: January 2020

Deadline for entries: 15/05/20, 5PM

Long long list of 50 stories announced: 06/07/20

Longlist (12 stories to be published in the anthology) announced: 27/07/20

Short list announced: 14/09/20

Book Launch and Prize announcements: October 2020, date TBC.

How to Enter

Deadline for receiving entries: 5PM, Friday May 15th 2020.

Entry costs £10 per story. The proceeds pay for the administration of the prize and towards the cost of publishing the longlist anthology. Everyone involved with the running of the prize is paid, including our first readers.

Use this Paypal button to pay your £10 entry fee.

Send all entries to

Paste your Paypal reference number in the body of your email along with your name and contact details.

Attach your entry as a PDF file, using the File Specifications outlined below.

You will receive an automated reply.

If you are entering more than one story, please send each in a separate email, using the same format as above.

Use '2020 Prize Submission' as your email subject heading.

This year, we have 25 free entries for low income writers. These are available on a first come, first served basis and after emailing Kate at If you consider yourself eligible, we'll trust that, and no questions will be asked.

File Specifications

Save your entry as a PDF file.

Use the title of your story, followed by your word count as the file name. Eg:WorldOnFire4521

Your name must not be anywhere on the document. If it is, the entry will be automatically disqualified. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Use 12pt, black, double spaced in Arial.

Number your pages.

Terms and Conditions

Stories must be between 1000 and 5000 words (not including the title).

Stories must be written in English.

All submissions are blinded to judges.

Long-listed and short-listed writers will be notified by email.

Longlisted stories will be copy edited in preparation for publication. No large edits will be made, but suggestions by our copy editor will be made to individual writers via email.

No editorial feedback can be provided on non-longlisted stories.

The judges' decision is final.

Entrants must be over eighteen.

Entrants must be residents of the UK. Proof of address will be required at the longlist stage.
Entries not paid for or received after the deadline of 15/05/20, 5PM will not be accepted.
Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of our terms and conditions.

Entries must be an original work of fiction by the entrant. Non-fiction or poetry will not be accepted.

Your story must be unpublished and not scheduled for publication (in print or online). Please let us know if this changes.

The entrant may have had other work published.

The copyright remains the author's but Brick Lane Bookshop have the right to publish your story if it is longlisted.

The story cannot have won another prize but may have been short/longlisted.

Multiple entries from the same author are accepted, but each entry is £10.

We are sorry that unsuccessful entrants cannot be contacted.

Entries will not be accepted from members of the Brick Lane Bookshop team nor their relatives.

Please email any queries to:

Limnisa short story competition 2020

Win a holiday with your short story.

Entries must be the author’s original, unpublished work of fiction in English of 1000 words or less and submitted by email to before 23.59hrs on Sunday MARCH 29, 2020.

Subject should be loosely inspired by the text and/or picture below. We're looking for writing with spark and conviction.

​Our international contest is free, open worldwide and for short stories up to 1000 words.

​1st Prize:

One week Writers’ Retreat in 2020 or 2021 at seaside location near Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece.

All inclusive: Full board, 7 nights accommodation in single room, optional yoga sessions,

literary evening, use of all Limnisa facilities: beach, bikes, international library etc.


2nd and 3rd Prize:

50 % discount on the Writers’ Retreat (see above).


2 Runners up:

25% discount on the Writers’ Retreat (see above).

(Prizes do not include travel to Limnisa and are not transferable. They are valid only in 2020 and 2021.)

Keep in mind:

Open to anyone (18 or older) worldwide (except friends of the judges). Only one story per person.

Submit as a PDF in Arial or Times New Roman, preferably size 14, without either headers or footers. The title should be at the top but please only put your name at the END of the story, along with your email address.

Your story must be sent to as an attached file. Your covering email should mention the title of your story and your full name and email address. Your entry is FREE but please provide a link to your Social Media to show you have shared news of Limnisa and the competition.

You will receive an automated reply to your submission. Don’t worry, we won’t lose it and will read it, PROVIDED you have complied with the instructions above. We regret we cannot always reply to personal questions relating to the competition or accept alterations to your submission.

Judges are anonymous but include published authors and a publishers’ editor as well as a cross section of general readers. Their verdict will be final.

Optional - for a fee of £35 we offer a professional evaluation of your story. If you would like to have this please mention it in your covering email when you send in your story. Submit the £35 to via PayPal.

Results will be announced on 15 June 2020

Winners will be contacted by e-mail

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

all copyrights remain with the author

Goldsmith Poetry Contest! 2020

Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize

Awarded for an original work of short fiction under 2000 words

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 fourteen 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.

Last year we produced the beautiful booklet Eleven Stories 2019, which you can see below.

This year we’ve just added more to the kitty.

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


Thursday, 16 January 2020

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to writers worldwide.

We are seeking original and engaging stories on any topic up to 2,000 words. Our new chief judge is Andrew O’Hagan, multi-award winning author and editor-at-large of the London Review of Books. He is assisted by a team of passionate and dedicated readers in the early rounds.

2020 Prizes include:

First prize of £1,000, second prize £500, third prize £250 open to writers worldwide

£600 Isobel Lodge Award open to unpublished writers born, living or studying in Scotland.

Publication for the top twenty stories in out next anthology - published December 2020.

The Scottish Arts Club will present one year free membership of the Club to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and Isobel Lodge winners. Explore the Club and its many affiliations in other cities (Please note this offer does not apply to current or former members of the Scottish Arts Club.)

Dedicated page on our website for all finalists to promote their work and share insights about their writing life. Go to the Writers' Pages.

The Scottish Arts Club Member's Prize is awarded by our reader's panel to the top story entered by a member of the Scottish Arts Club of at least two years standing.

Long-listed stories will be announced in August 2020. Seven short-listed finalists will be contacted by phone or email in early September and invited to attend the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards Dinner to be held on Saturday 3 October 2020. For a limited period the stories of all seven finalists will be published on this website.

More Information Here

RTÉ Short Story Competition 2020 wants your stories

RTÉ SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2020 INVITES SUBMISSIONS RTÉ has today invited short story submissions for one of Ireland's longest esta...