Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Short Grain Contest

Short Grain Contest

We thank Cheryl & Henry Kloppenburg, Barristers and Solicitors, Saskatoon, for their ongoing support ofGrain and the Short Grain Writing Contest.

Grain and the Short Grain Writing Contest have featured the work of such literary luminaries as Lorna Crozier, Xi Chua, Tim Lilburn, Guy Maddin, Patrick Lane, Miriam Toews, Zsuzsi Gartner, and Eleanor Wachtel. You could join them in the pages of Grain.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

BBC National Short Story Award 2018

The BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University

Award of £15,000 for the winner
£600 for four (4) further shortlisted stories

Entry Dates:

Submissions for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University will be accepted from 9am (GMT) Monday 11 December 2017.

The deadline for receipt of entries is 9am (GMT) Monday 12 March 2018.

How to Enter:

Applicants are encouraged to make their submission using the online Entry Formas early as possible before the deadline. If applicants are unable to access the online Entry Form, entries can be submitted by post.
Instructions for Entering Online (Preferable Method)

1. Read the 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. Format the short story as per the following instructions:
One entry per author
Written in English
A maximum of 8,000 words
Font: any font, 12pt, black
Double spaced
No page numbers
Include a front page which details the Title of Story and the Word Count
No author’s name included anywhere on the story (unless you are submitting a typeset file and it is unavoidable)

3. Save the short story as an Adobe PDF or a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) with the Title of Story in the file name. (N.B. if the short story has already been published you can submit a typeset PDF file, but you must remove the author name or title from any headers or footers).

4. Complete the Entry Form online at https://bbc.lvis.io/bbcnssa/ including uploading your short story document.
Instructions for Entering by Post

1. Read the 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
Font: any font, 12pt, black
Double spaced
No page numbers
Include a front page which details the Title of Story and the Word Count
No author’s name included anywhere on the story (unless you are submitting a typeset file and it is unavoidable).

3. Print eight (8) copies of the typed short story (single or double-sided on white A4 paper).

4. Request a Postal Entry Form by sending a Stamp Addressed Envelope to Entry Form Request, The BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University, The London Readings Unit, Room 8015 Radio Drama, BBC Broadcasting House, W1A 1AA We will endeavour to send you a form within two working days of receipt of your SAE.

5. Complete the Entry Form in and send it with eight (8) copies of the short story in the post to:
The BBC National Short Story Award 2018 with Cambridge University, The London Readings Unit, Room 8015 Radio Drama, BBC Broadcasting House, W1A 1AA.
Please note

Entries not submitted in accordance with the Entry Instructions and Entry Terms and Conditions will not be eligible for consideration.
No entries can be returned.
Due to the volume of entries for the Award, there will be no acknowledgement of receipt for entries submitted by post. Entries submitted online will receive an automated acknowledgement.
Any queries about entering the Award should be emailed tobbcnssa@bbc.co.uk. The Award administrators will respond as soon as possible.

Saturday, 6 January 2018



2018 Guidelines

The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1,200 words or fewer. Melinda Moustakis, author of Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award and was a 5 Under 35 selection by the National Book Foundation, and who is currently the Rona Jaffe Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2018 Writers Workshop in Gambier, Ohio. Additional info on the Writers Workshop is available here.

Submission Guidelines
Writers must not have published a book of fiction at the time of submission. (We define a “published book of fiction” as a novel, novella or short story collection written by you and published by someone other than you in print, on the web, or in ebook format.)
Stories must be no more than 1,200 words in length.
One submission per entrant.
Please do not simultaneously submit your contest entry to another magazine or contest.
Please do not submit work that has been previously published.
All entries will be read blind. Before you submit, please remove your name and any other identifying information from your manuscript.
The submissions link will be active January 1st to 31st. All work must be submitted through our electronic system. We cannot accept paper submissions.
A $24 entry fee will be collected at the time of submission. Each entrant will receive a one-year subscription to the Kenyon Review which will start with the Mar/Apr 2018 issue. Current subscribers will receive a one-year extension on their current subscription. Please note: we are only able to offer domestic print subscriptions for this special contest rate. If you live abroad (including Canada), we will happily provide you with a digital-only one-year subscription to the magazine.
Winners will be announced in the late spring. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of any decisions regarding your work.



The White Review Short Story Prize is an annual short story competition for emerging writers. This year, we are excited that United Agents are supporting the prize.

The White Review Short Story Prize was established with support from a Jerwood Charitable Foundation Small Grant in 2013. The prize awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in Britain & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. Previous winners are Claire-Louise Bennett, Ruby Cowling, Owen Booth, Sophie Mackintosh and Nicole Flattery. They have gone on to secure publishing deals with Hamish Hamilton, Fitzcarraldo Editions, Fourth Estate and The Stinging Fly.

THE WHITE REVIEW will offer 50 free entries to writers on low-incomes. If you are a low-income writer and would like to apply for free entry, please read the additional low-income entry guidelines below.

The judges will be looking for short stories that explore and expand the possibilities of the form. We encourage submissions from all literary genres, and there are no restrictions on theme or subject matter. We would only emphasise that the prize was founded to reward ambitious, imaginative and innovative approaches to creative writing.

The winning story will be published in a quarterly print issue of THE WHITE REVIEW. Shortlisted writers will have their work published online and receive feedback from the editors of THE WHITE REVIEW.

In 2013, the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize was judged by novelist Deborah Levy, agent Karolina Sutton and editor Alex Bowler and won by Claire-Louise Bennett for ‘The Lady of the House’.

In 2014, the second White Review Short Story Prize was judged by novelist Kevin Barry, agent Anna Webber and editor Max Porter and won by Ruby Cowling for ‘Biophile’.

In 2015, the prize was judged by novelist Ned Beauman, agent Lucy Luck and editor Hannah Westland and won by Owen Booth for ‘I Told You I’d Buy You Anything You Wanted So You Asked For A Submarine Fleet’.

In 2016, the prize was judged by novelist Eimear McBride, agent Imogen Pelham and editor Simon Prosser and won by Sophie Mackintosh for ‘Grace’.

In 2017, the prize was judged by editor Mitzi Angel, novelist Joe Dunthorne, and writer and critic Jon Day, and won by Nicole Flattery for ‘Track’.


The deadline for submissions is: 17:00 1st March 2018. No entries will be considered if submitted after 17:00 on 1st March 2018 (GMT/EST).

Please read these eligibility and entry rules carefully before beginning the online entry process. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the entry rules.

To enter the Prize, you must first buy an entry from The White Review Shop.


You must then enter your payment reference number, contained in the payment receipt, into the form below, along with your entry.


The shortlist will be announced in April 2018. The winner will be announced at a party in London that month. For any queries not covered below, please email:editors@thewhitereview.org.


THE WHITE REVIEW is offering free entry to the Prize for up to 50 low-income writers. If you are a low-income writer and would like to apply for free entry, please follow the below application guidelines. We will receive applications for free entries until 24 January 2018. THE WHITE REVIEW will grant eligible applicants free entry on a first come first-served basis.

Low-income writers applying for free entry should also read the additional guidelines, below the general Terms and Conditions.



CHLOE ARIDJIS is a Mexican writer based in London. Her first novel, BOOK OF CLOUDS, won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France and her second novel, ASUNDER, is set in the National Gallery. Her third novel, SEA MONSTERS, will come out in early 2019. She also writes for art journals and was co-curator of the Leonora Carrington exhibition at Tate Liverpool. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014.

SAM BYERS is the author of IDIOPATHY, which was published in 2013. His work has been translated into ten languages and his writing has appeared in GRANTA, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE SPECTATOR, and THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT. IDIOPATHY was included on the Waterstones 11 list of debut novels to watch out for; shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize and the Desmond Elliot Prize; and won a Betty Trask Award. His next novel, PERFIDIOUS ALBION, will be published in 2018.

ZELJKA MAROSEVIC is Co-Editor of  THE WHITE REVIEW, and Co-Publisher of Daunt Books.

ANNE MEADOWS is commissioning editor at Granta and Portobello Books.

SOPHIE SCARD is an Associate Agent at United Agents.



The competition is open to unpublished writers residing in Great Britain and Ireland. Writers of any nationality may enter so long as they are residents of Great Britain and Ireland.
There is an entry fee of £15.00. All proceeds go to THE WHITE REVIEW (Charity Number: 1148690), which ‘specialises in the publication of artistically or educationally meritorious works of new or emerging artists and writers’, and will help to ensure the future viability of the short story prize.
Entrants, discounting successful low-income applicants, must pay the entry fee of £15 in order to be eligible.
Only submissions received and paid for by 17:00PM on 1 March 2018 (GMT/EST) will be considered.
Entries that are not paid for, incomplete, are corrupted or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
The entry must be the entrant’s own original creation and must not infringe upon the right or copyright of any person or entity.
Writers who have existing contracts, or who have previously held contracts, with publishers for works of fiction are not eligible to enter.
Writers who have published work in magazines and journals are eligible to enter.
Writers who have published books of non-fiction are eligible to enter.
Entries must be 2,000 words minimum, 7,000 words maximum.
Writers may submit one story only.
The story must be written in English (no translations).
Submissions from literary agents on behalf of their authors are allowed, so long as all the criteria for eligibility are met.
There are no age restrictions.
When submitting, please include a short covering letter including your contact details, your name and the title of your story. The covering letter should be in the same document as your submission.
Submissions from writers residing outside of Great Britain and Ireland will not be considered.

The first page should include the title of the story and the number of words.
All submissions should include page numbers.
Entries will only be accepted via the online entry form. Submissions must be in one of the following formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt.
The story must be original and should not have been previously published anywhere in full or in part. Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form, e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online, with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites.
Longlisted and shortlisted entrants will be notified by email when they have made the list.
Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
No editorial feedback will be provided to unsuccessful entrants.
The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process.
THE WHITE REVIEW will have the exclusive right to publish the winning and shortlisted stories for six months from first publication in THE WHITE REVIEW. After six months, the rights will revert to the authors, who may publish the stories elsewhere so long as they appropriately credit THE WHITE REVIEW.
Submission to the short story prize is not a condition for publication in THE WHITE REVIEW. Writers can still submit their work for consideration via the usual routes.
Submissions should in all cases where it is possible be submitted through the online registration process. If it necessary to submit a paper copy, please enclose proof of payment and contact details with your submission and send it to the editors at: 243 Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1DN.
Only submissions which meet all Terms and Conditions will be considered.
By entering this competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.


Free entry to the Prize is offered to writers who are on a low-income – for example, receiving benefits such as Job Seeker’s Allowance, Working Tax Credits, Universal Credit, Disability Living Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance or those who are earning less than the London Living Wage of £9.45 per hour.

To apply, email editors@thewhitereview.org, with the email subject line ‘Short Story Prize Free Entry Application’. In the body of the email, please include:

Your full name
Your email address
Your postal address
A short written statement describing how you are eligible

Applications for free entries will be open until 24 January 2018. Eligible applicants will be granted free entry on a first-come first-served basis; all applicants will be informed whether or not their applications are successful by 31 January 2018. Any application submitted after the closing date will not be read. Only one free entry will be granted per applicant. Applicants must wait to see if their application is successful before entering the Short Story Prize; if your application is successful you will be invited to submit your entry via email, not via the form below. THE WHITE REVIEW will not grant refunds on already paid-for entries.

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Short Story Competition

For published and aspiring writers alike - enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon's four- or six-day Clockhouse writing retreats, as well as seeing your story published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that's it. Unlike previous years, there's no theme for you to base your story on; all you have to do is make sure you're registered with the website, the subject line of your email reads 'W&A Short Story Competition 2018' and you send it to competition@bloomsbury.com.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Tuesday 13th February, 2018. The winner of the competition - along with two runners-up - will be announced on the blog pages of this site in March 2018.

Don't forget to read the terms and conditions in full (below) before you enter. Please remember to register onwww.writersandartists.co.uk before submitting your entry.

Good luck!

This year's judge

Alysoun Owen is a publisher with over 20 years' experience as a commissioning editor and running her own publishing consultancy business. She has been the Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook and theChildren's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook for five years and is a regular speaker on how to get published at literary festivals and writer events.

About Arvon

Arvon run week-long creative writing courses and retreats in countryside locations. Covering a diverse range of genres, from poetry and fiction to screenwriting and comedy, Arvon courses have provided inspiration to thousands of people at all stages of their writing lives. Grants are available to help with course fees. Find out more and book a course online at www.arvon.org

Terms and conditions

These are the full terms and conditions for Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Short Story Competition 2018.

1. No purchase necessary, but entrants must be registered on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

2. The competition is open to all ages, professions and nationalities, and you don’t have to reside in the UK to enter.

3. All entries must be original and unpublished.

4. Writers may submit one entry only.

5. Winners will be notified at the email address stated in their entry. Sign-up for our newsletter here if you want to be notified about the winner or check back on www.writersandartists.co.uk. You can also follow us onTwitter and Facebook, where competition updates will also be posted.

6. Entries must be submitted via email to competition@bloomsbury.com with the subject heading: "W&A Short Story Competition 2018"

Please include your email address and other contact details in the body of the email. Your entry can appear in the body of the email or as a Word/PDF attachment. As long as it’s clear and easy to read, we have no other formatting requirements.

7. Your entry must be submitted before midnight on Tuesday 13th February, 2018. Entries will not be accepted after this date.

8. By submitting, all entrants thereby grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the right to publish their entry onwww.writersandartists.co.uk in the event of their work being shortlisted and/or winning the competition.

9. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group cannot accept responsibility for entries which are not received or which are received after the closing date due to technical failure or for any other reason.

10. Winners agree to participate in publicity events in connection with the competition.

11. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group and the winners may enter into agreements which will grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the publishing, broadcasting, serial and electronic rights in the shortlisted and winning entries.

12. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group reserves the right to change the rules of this competition without notice.

13. The winners of the competition will be notified in March 2018 and the winning entries published onwww.writersandartists.co.uk.

14. Prizes must be taken by 31st December 2018 and are subject to availability.

15. Bloomsbury are not responsible for travel costs to and from the writing retreat, so if you live outside of the UK, you will be responsible for your own travel costs.

16. The winning prize cannot be exchanged for the monetary equivalent.

17. The decision of the competition judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

18. Employees of The Bloomsbury Publishing Group, and members of their immediate family, are excluded from participating in the competition.

19. We may, from time to time, inform you of new books and special offers that we think will be of interest.

20. Please send direct competition queries to waybcustomerservices@bloomsbury.com. Any sent tocompetition@bloomsbury.com will not be answered.


The 2018 DISQUIET Prize is now open for entries! Contest winners in the categories of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction will have their winning work published in North America’s leading publications. Additionally, one grand prize winner will receive a full fellowship (airfare stipend, tuition, and housing included) to the 2018 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will be considered for financial aid.

The complete guidelines for the 2018 contest are as follows:

Deadline: January 31, 2018
Eligibility: Only previously unpublished work in English can be submitted. We accept entries from all ages and countries.
All entries should be in a standard typeface and 12pt font and in .pdf, .doc or .odt format.
For fiction: ONE short story or novel excerpt, maximum 25 (double-spaced) pages per entry.
For non fiction: ONE piece of non fiction, maximum 25 (double-spaced) pages per entry.
For poetry: No more than SIX poems per entry, up to 10 pages total.
Entrants may submit to any or all categories more than once; however, each entry must be accompanied by its own entry fee.
In your subject line, please include your name and type of submission (short story, novel excerpt, poetry, non fiction, etc.) e.g. Jane Smith – Poetry
Include your complete contact information (name, address, telephone, email address) on a cover page of the manuscript.
Winners will be notified by late March 2018.
Previous first place winners may not re-enter in the same genre.

Visit our Submittable page to enter and pay the fee via Paypal. A $15 US reading fee must accompany each entry.

Monday, 1 January 2018


A $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf will be awarded to the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre. The prize will be awarded to a manuscript in progress. We request that authors send a long sample from their manuscript, as well as a description of the work, as detailed below. We expect that we will work with the winner of the prize and provide editorial guidance toward the completion of the project. The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize emphasizes innovation in form, and we want to see projects that test the boundaries of literary nonfiction. We are less interested in straightforward memoirs, and we turn down a large number of them every year. Before submitting your manuscript for the prize, please look at the books previously published as winners of the prize for examples of the type of work that we are seeking.

The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize seeks to acknowledge—and honor—the great traditions of literary nonfiction. Whether grounded in observation, autobiography, or research, much of the most beautiful, daring, and original writing over the past few decades can be categorized as nonfiction. Submissions to the prize might span memoir, biography, or history.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Diversity - Short Story Contest

DISCOVER - New writing from Turkey and the UK
Open call for short story writers

The British Council in Turkey aims to build a bridge between Turkish and UK writers, facilitate dialogue between literary professionals in both countries, and create a platform to showcase works by Turkish and British writers to new audiences.

To support this initiative, the British Council is launching a short story competition, on the theme of ‘diversity’, in partnership with two literary institutions: ITEF -Istanbul Tanpınar Literature Festival in Turkey, and Word Factory in the UK.

Winning stories will be published on a new British Council digital platform, alongside specially-commissioned stories by established authors from Turkey and the UK. All the stories will be translated into the other language (English/Turkish).

Please read the terms and conditions below and fill out the application form. Deadline for applications is by midnight 31 December 2017.
Yekta Kopan
Seray Şahiner
Sandra Alland
Leone Ross

Please see the biographies of the UK and Turkey writers here.

Application details for UK writers:

Application details for Turkish writers:


Saturday, 9 December 2017


Each year, Boston Review runs competitions in poetry and fiction. We also partner with the Unterberg Poetry Center/92nd Street Y to publish the winner of the annual “Discovery”/Boston Review poetry contest. We now accept online submissions exclusively through Submittable:

Online submissions are strongly encouraged; contestants also may submit entries via postal mail, but will not receive acknowledgement of successful submission. Email submissions are not accepted.

Our old submission system, in which you can check the status of submissions made prior to 2016, is currently down for repair but will be back up soon. Please check back in a couple weeks. However, it will no longer accept new submissions. If you have an active submission there, there is no need to resubmit it; we are still reviewing submissions there.

All contest entry payments are non-refundable and previously published work may not be submitted to any contest. All winners are announced publicly and informed prior to that announcement. Please do not contact us to ask whether you have won a contest.

Complete instructions for submission to all contests follow.

Poetry Contest, Boston Review
PO Box 425786
Cambridge, MA 02142

Friday, 8 December 2017



Better Get Your Skates On Closes January 3rd

Food and drink must be at the heart of the winning tale. Your short story could, for instance, be about crime or intrigue; about a chance meeting over a drink; a life-changing conversation over dinner; or perhaps the details of a relationship explored through food or drink.

Along with Jeremy Mogford and his wife, Hilary, we’re very pleased to announce our two other judges for the 2018 Mogford Prize. They are well-known Anglo-American author,Bill Bryson, and famous English television cook, Lorraine Pascale.

Once you have read our terms & conditions, to enter your story click the ‘pay to enter’ button and follow the checkout process…


Short Grain Contest

Short Grain Contest We thank Cheryl & Henry Kloppenburg, Barristers and Solicitors, Saskatoon, for their ongoing support ofGrain an...