Sunday, 22 July 2018

The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction





Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire are proud to host the annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction.
Dinesh Allirajah (1967-2014) once said of himself (referencing a Sonny Criss sleeve note): ‘I am a jazz writer, which is a full-time creative job’. Dinesh had many other occupations, too – lecturing in creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Central Lancashire and Edge Hill, running workshops and literacy classes in community centres, schools and prisons, acting as Chair of the National Black Arts Alliance and the National Association for Literature Development, as well as being a long-term director of Comma Press. He was also a DJ, playwright, radio presenter, cricket enthusiast and blogger. Dinesh regularly performed to audiences across the UK, as well as in France, Poland, Germany, Bangladesh and Nigeria. His short stories were featured in numerous anthologies and magazines, and first collected in A Manner of Speaking (Spike Books, 2004). Scent is the first comprehensive collection of his work, published by Comma Press following his sudden passing in December 2014.

Dinesh was a Founding Board Member of Comma (2007-2012), and a Director of Comma Press since it became a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council in 2012. He also lectured in Creative Writing at UCLan for 8 years and was much-loved by everyone he worked with. Amongst these many other things, first and foremost, he was a writer, and he loved to write short fiction, which he posted regularly on his blog (Real Time Short Stories). His sudden passing in 2014 was a shock to all who knew him, and now Comma in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire, have set up this prize, in his name, as part of a lasting legacy of his love of writing short fiction.

The prize is open to anyone 18 years or over who is a resident of the UK, and the story you submit must not have been published anywhere else, online or in print. It is free to submit your entry, but only one per writer please. All entries will be made anonymous upon receipt. Entries will be made anonymous upon receipt and will remain so until after the shortlist has been decided.

The 2018 prize was announced on Tuesday 8th May in Preston. The winning story was 'Bakhur' by Lucas Stewart. More info here about the 2018 prize. You can buy the 2018 prize anthology featuring all 10 shortlisted stories from Amazon Kindle for only 99p.


Entries for the next round (2019) will be on the theme of 'Scent', which is the title of Dinesh's posthumous collected works, and entries will open open 14th May 2018 and close 26th October 2018.

You must submit your story electronically. All entries must include a cover letter which states the author’s name, address, email, contact number, and story title. Any entries sent without this information will not be considered. Please send your story entry and cover letter electronically to commaprizes@gmail.com in the form of a Word Doc.

The shortlist will be chosen with the help of UCLan creative writing students, who will then handover the shortlist to our panel of judges, which includes Dr. Naomi Kruger (novelist and Lecturer in Creative Writing at UCLan), Zoe Gilbert (award-winning short story writer and author of Folk (Bloomsbury, 2018)), Irenosen Okojie (short story writer, curator and Arts Project Manager) and Andy Murray (writer and Film Editor of Northern Soul).

The winning writer will receive £500 and all 10 shortlisted authors will be featured in an ebook anthology which will be published by Comma Press and sold online. The winner will also have their story published online by our media partner Northern Soul. The prizegiving ceremony and announcement of the winner will take place in May 2019.

Full terms and conditions:

1. The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2018 is organised by the University of Central Lancashire ("UCLan") and Comma Press.

2. The Competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over and based in the UK who is not excluded by these Rules. There is no upper age limit for entry.

3. Members of University of Central Lancashire staff (who may also be students) and their spouses are excluded from being eligible to enter.

4. The deadline for electronic entries is 5pm (UK time) on Friday 26th October 2018. Entries received after this deadline will not be considered.

5. Entrants must submit a short story of between 2,000 and 6,000 words in length. Titles, blank lines and page numbers are not included in the word count.

6. Entrants may submit one story each.

7. All work submitted for consideration must be on subject with the theme of 'scent', and must be the entrant's own original writing.

8. The story entered should not have appeared in print, online or have been broadcast prior to or be published after entry. Work which has been published on public websites, blogs or social media sites can be submitted, but must be taken down before the date of entry and must not be uploaded again until the writer has been notified whether they have been successful in making the shortlist. Shortlisted writers are asked not to publish their story anywhere as it will be included in the shortlist eBook. Work found to be published in print or to have been broadcast or to have appeared on a website outside of these terms will be disqualified.

9. All work must be submitted electronically by email to commaprizes@gmail.com), and must include a cover letter which states the author’s name, address, email, contact number and story title. Without a cover letter the story will not be eligible. Preferably entries should be typed or word-processed, clearly legible and written in English. Entrants should not include illustrations or artwork. Beyond these stipulations, presentation (e.g. font and spacing) is at the entrant’s discretion.

10. Translations into English of work written in other languages can be accepted, provided that the source text is the entrant's own original work and has not been published (in line with the above); translations into English of work published (in line with the above) elsewhere in other languages will not be accepted.

11. All entries will be assigned an ID number and made anonymous upon receipt. The readers will not be privy to the entrants’ names while deciding on the long list and the panel of judges will not be privy to entrants' names during the reading and judging process of the shortlist. Names will be reattributed to entries only after the winner and runners-up have been decided.

12. If shortlisted, writers should please do their best to attend the special prizegiving event which will take place in the North West in May 2019 where the winner and highly commended entries will be announced and the eBook launched. The winner will be notified in advance of the ceremony to ensure they are in attendance for the announcement.

13. Electronic entries will only be valid if accompanied by a cover letter containing all the necessary information (see 9).

14. Entries submitted for consideration may be withdrawn from the Competition by entrants by notification in writing (by email) to be received by Comma Press.

15. Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted; stories cannot be amended, corrected or substituted. No correspondence or discussion about amendments will be entered into. So please proof your work thoroughly!

16. Comma Press and UCLan reserve the right to disqualify any entry if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these Rules, or made a false declaration on the entry form.

17. Neither Comma Press nor UCLan will accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Competition.

18. Comma Press and UCLan will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data.

19. The Competition and Rules will be governed by English Law and any dispute will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

20. Comma Press and UCLan reserve the right to amend these Rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond their control. Any changes to the Rules will be posted on the competition web page on commapress.co.uk.



21. Submission of an entry will be deemed to imply unqualified acceptance of the Competition's Rules. In the event of any dispute regarding these Rules or any other matter relating to the Competition, the decision of Comma Press and UCLan shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.



Translate at City summer school

Launched in 2007, our translation imprint publishes the best short fiction from around the world. We have translated collections and single stories from over fifteen languages, including Arabic, Icelandic, Bengali and Spanish, among others. Our international authors include Sema Kaygusuz, Pawel Huelle, Larissa Boehning, Atef Abu Saif, and Iraqi refugee Hassan Blasim, described by the Guardian as perhaps ‘the greatest writer of Arabic fiction alive'.

We're delighted to partner with the Translate at City summer school on a new literary translation competition. Summer school participants will be invited to submit a sample translation from Arabic into English, with the best translator being commissioned to translate a single story for a forthcoming Comma anthology. The winner will benefit from editorial support and feedback from an in -house editor, and will see their work appear alongside established literary translators.

The 2016 winner, Emre Bennett, was featured in Iraq + 100 (the first ever anthology of Science fiction from Iraq) and a second winner, Perween Richards, was recently commissioned to translate a Palestinian short story to be published in a 2018 collection.

This is a great opportunity for emerging translators to develop their craft, and to be guided through the publishing process by industry professionals.

You can find out more about submitting to the prize on the Translate at City website, where you can also learn about their summer school programme for emerging translators.

We are sorry that there will be no Translate at City Summer School in 2018, due to the decision to close the Translation Centre at City University of London. Course directors Professor Amanda Hopkinson and Ros Schwartz are working on transferring to a new university venue for the next summer school, which is planned for 2019. Watch this space for further announcements. We will post more information as soon as we have it.

Women’s Fiction Awards 2018: Short Story Competition





1st Prize: £5,000

Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Gladstone Library, and a day with an editor at Virago Press.
Three other finalists will each receive £100. All four winning stories will be published in the March 2019 issue of Mslexia.

Judges: Sunny Singh and Leone Ross
Fee: £10 per story
Closing date: 1 October 2018

Our Women’s Short Story Competition is back for its tenth year, now as part of our fabulous Women’s Fiction Awards. Not only will the winning writer get £5,000, they will also have the prestige of being published in Mslexia, a credit shared with writers like Costa winner Angela Readman and novelist Peggy Riley. In addition, there is the opportunity to spend a week in glorious isolation working on their writing at the stunning Gladstone’s Library, and a day with an editor at Virago – an experience that money can’t buy and one that could really help you take your writing to the next level.

The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length (not including the title). If you would also like to enter a flash fiction piece, please click here.

All genres welcome. Please include a cover sheet with your entry.

Please ensure you’ve read the rules and FAQs before entering.

For any questions about your entry, email competitions@mslexia.co.uk, or call 0191 204 8860.

Each entry fee allows you to submit one short story. If you would like to enter more than one story, please ensure you select the correct number of entries below.

COMPETITION RULES

FAQs

Enter Competition

Saturday, 21 July 2018

The END OF OUR WORLD SHORT STORY CONTEST



The rules are as follows:
This writing contest (or writing competition) opened for entries on June 1, 2018 and will close on August 31, 2018 at midnight.
There is no entry fee.
It is open to anyone, from any country, of any age.
Winners will be announced early October 2018.
The story should be in digital form, Microsoft Word or PDF.
Each contestant may enter only one story.
Formatting in accordance with common practice; see the internet, for instance:
William Shunn
Scribophile
Preferred word count between 1500 and 5000 words. The better the story, the greater the margin may be, within reason.
The winners will be published in the first official edition of this magazine, planned for October 2018.
Stories outside the top 3 may still be published at our usual flat fee of US$25.
We buy non-exclusive, one-time rights for online publication during a period of 6 months, with an option to repeat this for our usual fee of US$25.
Simultaneous submissions are fine.
Publications elsewhere are not a problem either.
Stories are to be uploaded by filling out the form below. If for some weird reason it does not work, you can send it as an attachment by email, by clicking here


P.S.
As a special courtesy to any talented Dutch writers we offer them the possibility of submitting their stories in Dutch. If they end up in the top 3, we shall have them translated, free of charge. (Nederlandse schrijvers kunnen hun verhalen in hun moedertaal inzenden. Als ze in de top 3 eindigen, zorgen wij voor de vertaling, gratis.)



Friday, 20 July 2018

Black & Write Compilation Competition





Competition


From 01 May to 21 October 2018
we are accepting entries to our
Black & Write
Compilation Competition


Must be Ibiza themed, any genre, any age, any experience.
Short Stories, no more than 2,500 words
Poems, no more than 25 lines
Art, send us a pic
Photography, B&W only please

Cost €12, with all the IQ Membership benefits!

Our Panel of Experts are looking forward to seeing the entries.

Prizes €100, €50 and €25, Nibs, Goodie Baskets, exposure!


Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competition 2018





Nightmare: Gothic Dreams




To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, poems and stories are invited in the Gothic tradition.



What does Gothic mean to you? Dark? Spooky? Vampires and ruined monasteries or perhaps something more subtle and uncanny? Maybe Southern Gothic, as in Faulkner or Anne Rice’s work for example, or Canadian Gothic is your thing. It’s up to you and your Gothic imagination.



Get writing – and chill us to the bone!

Poetry
Rules

Poems: 60 lines max.


Prizes

First: The Canterbury Christ Church University Poetry Prize of £200

Second: £100

Third: £50


Judge

Sonia Overall


Entry fees

£3 per poem £8 for three

Prose
Rules

Short stories: 2500 words max.


Prizes

First: The SaveAs Writers’ International Prose Prize sponsored by

Hot Monkey Publishing of £200

Second: £100

Third: £50


Judge

Truda Thurai


Entry fees

£4 per short story £10 for three


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Terms & conditions

Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2018


CLOSES 31 JULY

Theme: Markets

Word limit: 2,000

Cash Prizes:

1st: £400

2nd: £250

3rd: £100

Entry fee: £8 per manuscript. Entrants are welcome to submit multiple entries. There is no limit to number of submissions, provided an entry fee has been paid for each.

Deadline: 31st July 2018 for email entries, 16th July 2018 for postal entries.

Adjudicator: Alison Bruce

International entries welcome.

Results will be announced at our gala on 16th October 2018 and will be available on our website and social media shortly after.

There will be ten winners. The top three will receive cash prizes. The prize package for the top ten winners will include a signed copy of ‘A Market for Our Times’ by Michael and Frances Holmes, the definitive local history book on the historic Norwich market, plus publication in our non-profit 2018 anthology.

There is no limit to genre, as long as it is fiction and it follows the theme of ‘markets’. How you choose to incorporate that theme is up to you. Your entry doesn’t have to be about Norwich Market – it could be a market in a faraway fantasy land. It doesn’t even have to be a literal, physical market. Your character could work on the stock market, or you could weave a narrative about navigating the job market. There is no limit except your own imagination. Just be sure you consider the theme and explore it as best you can. It might help to think ‘What does the word ‘market’ mean to me?’ and work from there.

We highly recommend checking out our post ‘2018 Official Launch Gala’ for advice and tips on what the adjudicator is looking for in a winning entry, and also checking out previous years anthologies to see how past winners have incorporated the theme.

Please read our full terms and conditions below or on our terms and conditions page before entering.

Please note that we simply do not have the resources or manpower to send confirmation of receipt to every entrant. We do, however, have an automated reply set up. If you do not receive this, please get in touch to confirm we have received your entry. Otherwise, please take our automated reply as confirmation of receipt. If there are any issues with your entry, we will contact you.

Please read our guidelines below. Failure to follow them may result in disqualification.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES


COVER SHEET:

Please attach a separate cover sheet with the following details:
Your full name
Story title
Word count
Your email address
Any telephone number(s) we can contact you on
Your full address
PayPal reference (if applicable)

We need this information for admin purposes and so we can contact you if you win. It will not be passed onto third parties.

If you are sending your entry by email, the cover sheet should be a separate attachment to your story. Please do not put this in the body of the email. The document title should also be formatted as follows: [Story Title] Cover Sheet.

If you’re still not sure, you can download a template here:

COVER SHEET TEMPLATE

You can either fill it in, or make your own, as long as it contains the same details. Please be sure to include it with your entry.

Each story you submit should have its own cover sheet.

If you are sending by post, it must be a separate sheet of paper placed at the front of the manuscript it relates to.


MANUSCRIPT:

Manuscripts must be formatted as follows:
Double spaced
12pt Times New Roman or Arial font
3cm page margin
Paper size A4
It must not contain your name or anything that might identify you anywhere.
Your header or footer must contain a page number, formatted as page x of y and also the title of your story. This will prevent mix-ups during administration and adjudication.

If you are still not sure how to format your work, please find a template below. Simply fill in the required fields in the header and body. You can either write your story in it, or copy and paste the relevant parts.

STORY FORMAT TEMPLATE



EMAIL ENTRIES:

Emailed entries are preferred as they make administration easier.

Emailed submissions must be sent as an attachment. Please do not put your story in the body of the email. Any entries sent this way will be disqualified.

All file attachments MUST be formatted as a .doc or .rtf file. PDFs will not be accepted.

Please email them to norwichwriters@hotmail.co.uk

Please also include your name, manuscript title, and Paypal reference (if applicable) in the subject.

If you are sending multiple entries, please send each as a separate email.


POSTAL ENTRIES:

Although emailed entries are preferred, if you are unable to do so, please post them to:

Paul Taylor, 2 Briar Court, Norwich, Norfolk, NR5 8PR

Should your entry win, you will be required to email a digital copy to us. Entries are not returned, ensure you keep a copy.

If you are sending multiple entries, they can be put them in the same envelope, but please ensure the correct cover sheet is in front of each manuscript.

Please ensure you pay sufficient postage.


PAYMENT:



Payments can be made via PayPal to norwichwriters@hotmail.co.uk. Please use the name you are submitting your work under and your story title as a reference.

Cost is £8 per entry. PayPal may confirm your payment to Alan Rosser, who is our Treasurer.

If you do not follow our guidelines, your entry may be disqualified. A disqualified entry will not receive the entry fee back.

If you have any questions, be sure to check out our FAQ page. If your question is not answered there, or you are still unsure about something, please do not hesitate to contact us: norwichwriters@hotmail.co.uk

Please note it may take 3-5 working days for us to respond.





Terms and Conditions:


Entries must never have been published or self-published in any format, including but not limited to, publication on any website, blog or online forum, or broadcast.
Entries must not be awaiting publication or self-publication in any format, including but not limited to, publication on any website, blog or online forum, or broadcast.
Work must not have placed in any other competition, either as a winner (i.e 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place) nor have been shortlisted, longlisted or highly commended.
If you submit your entry to another competition while it is entered with us, you must notify us should it place and immediately withdraw your entry. You will not receive your entry fee back.
By submitting your entry, you are giving us permission for it to be included in our non-profit anthology should it win. You will retain the copyright to the story and be allowed to publish it elsewhere should you wish to after the results have been officially announced on 16th October 2018.
Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification and any prize money paid will be reclaimed.
Entries received after the deadline will not be entered, nor will any fees paid be returned.
Each story submitted counts as an entry and must be paid for. There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted provided they are paid for.
If an entrant is found to have breached any of the terms and conditions, their entry will be disqualified. Any fees paid will not be refunded. If they have been given any prize money, it will be reclaimed.
All entries MUST be in English.
It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to report any cash prizes they win in the competition according to the tax laws that apply in their respective country and/or county/state/province.
Submission of work will be taken as a declaration that you (the entrant) understand all of the terms and conditions and agree to them all.


Stroud book festival Competitions

Close   31 July 2018

All Competition Rules:
Entries for the Stroud Book Festival Poetry and Flash Fiction Prizes are open internationally. Entries for the Stroud Book Festival Mainstream Fiction Prize is open to writers in Gloucestershire.
Entries must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another writer.
Entries must not have been previously broadcast, published or self-published, in print or online, or have won a prize in another competition.
The maximum length of any entry must be:
Flash Fiction: 500 words
Novel: 200 word synopsis, plus 3000 words
Poetry: 40 lines
Your name and address must not appear on the pieces entered, nor any other marks that could identify you.
Online entry is via the Stroud Book Festival website stroudbookfestival.org.uk/competition
Postal entries must be typed or written clearly in black, double spaced on white A4 paper, and on one side of the paper only. For postal entries, send the form with your competition entries to: The Old Police Station, Beeches Green, Stroud, GL5 4BJ
Do not staple multiple pages. If necessary, use a paperclip.
Entry fees must be in UK currency, and cheques/postal orders payable to Stroud Book Festival. Payment can also be made online through PayPal. Contest entry fees cannot be returned.
The opening date for entries is 1 Feb 2018. The closing date for all entries is 31 July 2018. Winners will be notified by 30 September 2018.
Copyright remains with the authors, but we reserve the right to publish the winning entries for a year after the announcement. We also reserve the right to use any sound or video recordings of work for promotional use.
Winners will be listed on the Stroud Book Festival website.
We are unable to return entries, so please don’t send your only copy. We will not enter into any correspondence about entries, or make changes to entries received. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
Entries may be shortlisted by a panel of local authors and industry professionals before final judging by appointed judge.
All decisions made by the judges regarding the winners are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Should the named judge be unable to proceed in any category, we aim to find an alternative judge of equivalent standing as an author/poet.
Prizes may be withheld or altered if we receive no outstanding entries, or insufficient entries.
The prize-giving will take place at Stroud Book Festival 2018. Please note that we cannot cover travel expenses for prize-winners.
By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules. Contest rules are subject to change.

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To Hull And Back A Humorous Writing Contest

CLOSE 31st July



How to Enter

Once you have read the rules and the terms and conditions, please pay your entry fee via PayPal by using the button below.

You do not have to have a PayPal account to make the payment and can pay by debit or credit card on the PayPal website. I use PayPal because it is secure, safe and protects your personal information, ensuring a safe transaction. You can learn more about PayPal here.


Number of stories:




Once you have made your payment, please email your entry to chris@christopherfielden.com. Remember to include all the details requested in the rules.

Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the Terms and Conditions. Failure to comply with the rules could mean you are disqualified. I reserve the right to update the terms and conditions at any time.

Entries are accepted by email only. I do not accept printed entries by post.

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Key Dates

Entries will be accepted from the 1st August 2017.The 2018 To Hull And Back Competition

Welcome!

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.
Prizes

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.

The $5,000 Atom Bomb Prize

CLOSES July 27th

$5,000 ATOM BOMB PRIZE



ATOM BOMB™ writing contest is Fiction War Magazine's annual review of one-hundred-word stories (100 words or fewer) from around the world, awarding a $5,000 grand prize to a single work. Shortlisted works will be announced periodically and offered publication in Atom Bomb. One story from the combined shortlists will win the cash award. 2018 Atom Bomb theme: When I Lived.



ONE GRAND PRIZE AWARDED

COMPLETE SHORTLIST PUBLISHED IN FICTION WAR MAGAZINE'S ATOM BOMB


REDUCED SUBMISSION FEES UNTIL

27 July 2018 AOE


GRAND PRIZE ANNOUNCED

30 July 2018


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RULES and AGREEMENT




Fiction War™ Magazine's Atom Bomb™ writing contest is open to anyone 18 years or older.


Entries must be original, previously unpublished work, created expressly for Atom Bomb.


Entries must be 100 words or fewer, not including title.


Entries must be submitted via Submittable link as provided.


Entrant’s name/contact info should not appear anywhere within the body of the work.


Blind judging — entries identified only by number until judging is completed.


Multiple entries are allowed — each entry requires its own nonrefundable entry fee via Submittable.


Anyone editorially or administratively affiliated with Wolvesburrow Productions is not eligible to participate.


Full publishing copyrights are retained by the author of the original work. By submitting, the author agrees to grant Wolvesburrow Productions first publishing rights and continuing, non-exclusive rights to reproduce the submitted work as part of the specified anthologies, including, but not limited to online, ebook, and print.


Simultaneous submissions are not allowed.


All submitted works are considered for publication. Shortlisted, featured authors will receive a complimentary copy.


All works selected for publication will be subject to editing and formatting for Fiction War Magazine's Atom Bomb.


This competition is entirely dependent upon writing skill, it is NOT a game of chance with any respect whatsoever.


Awards payable via PayPal within 30 days of print publication. Recipients shall be responsible for any transaction/processing fees/taxes. Awards greater than $600 may require tax ID/EIN.


Awards are contingent upon first publishing within Atom Bomb — works that cannot be published are ineligible.


Competition & publication numbers, dates, and details are subject to change without notice.


All judge/editor decisions are final.

Servicescape Award

Closes November 30

For this writing award, any genre or theme of short story is accepted. All applicants should submit their original unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words and by November 30. Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD, the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog, which reaches thousands of readers per month. You can find more information on our short story writing contest at https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award. 


The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction

Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire are proud to host the annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction. Dinesh A...