Thursday, 6 March 2014

Writing Competitions for 2014


Competitions for 2014:


Almond Press Broken Worlds Dystopian short story contest - Entry is free with a 5,000 word length. Closing date for the competition is 1 May 2014. First prize is £100 and all shortlisted entries will be published. Almond Press short story contest.


Asian Writer Short Story Prize - Annual award for new and original fiction under 3,000 words. More information about the Asian Writer Short Story Prize.


Asham Award - this award is for women only. First prize £1,000. Entry fee £15 for a story up to 4,000 words. Asham Award Website.


Berkhamsted Writing Competition- Story theme is 'Beginnings'; 1,000 word limit. Entry is £5 and main prize is a £500 bursary for MA in Creative Writing at Kingston University. Closing Date is 4 April 2014. Visit the website for more information


Blue Thumbnail Short Story Competition. 3,000 word limit; entry is £6. First prize is Writers' workshop or Greek retreat, there are also related runners up prizes.


Bridport Prize - Yearly short story competition, any theme. Bridport Prize website. The 2013 prize will be announced in the New Year.


Bristol Short Story Prize - short story, 4,000 words. First prize £1,000. Entry fee £8. Bristol Short Story Prize.



Cinnamon Press - this website runs monthly competitions. Cinnamon Press competitions monthly



Commonwealth Short Story Prize - awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words). Regional winners will receive £2,500 and the Overall Winner will receive £5,000. Translators will receive additional prize money. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize.



The prestigious Costa Short Story Competition - short story up to 4,000 words long. First prize £3,500. Free entry. The Costa Short Story Competition.



Creative Writing for All - First prize £60 for a short story up to 2,000 words on the theme 'Childhood Memories'. Entry fee £5. Additional entries £3. Any profits will be donated to Womens' Aid. Creative Writing for All - Short Story Competition.



Curry Mallet History Festival Adult's Short Story Competition - First prize £100 for stories on the theme 'The reunion', 'The journey' or 'The letter'. Entry fee £5. The Curry Mallet History Festival Adult's Short Story Competition.



Curry Mallet History Festival Children's Short Story Competition - First prize £35 for stories starting with the sentence 'My hamster is stuck in the piano!' for the aged 11 and under category and for the 12-16 category, either '"Ghosts don't sing in tune," she said' or 'I think our garden shed is a time machine.' Stories should be under 500 words. Entry fee £3 per entry. The Curry Mallet History Festival Children's Short Story Competition.



Dark Tales - First prize £100 for horror and speculative fiction. The Dark Tales prize



Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition - annual short story competition on any theme, maximum 1,200 words.The Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition.



Eclat Fiction - regular competitions for stories up to £1,500. First prize £100. Any theme. The Eclat Fiction competitions




Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story - awarded to the best short story collection. The Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story



Emerald Writing - First prize £75 for flash fiction. The Emerald Writing prize



Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 2013 - First prize £250 for a short story up to 3,000 words. Entry fee £5.Exeter Writers Short Story Competition.



Eyelands Third International Short Story Contest - First prize air tickets from a European city to Greece and back, and publication, for a short story up to 2,500 words on the theme 'Dream' and 'Getaway. Entry fee: 10 Euros. The Eyelands Third International Short Story Contest.



Fiction Fast-Track - Apostrophe Books run monthly short story competitions. Fiction Fast-Track



Frome Festival Short Story Competition - First prize £300, second prize £150, third prize £75. Entry fee £5 (£47 for in-depth critique) for a short story 1,000-2,200 words, any theme. The Frome Festival Short Story Competition.



The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition - First prize £500; entry fee £7; runs March to end of May annually. The Fiction Desk.



Fish Publishing - this website runs monthly competitions. Fish Publishing competitions



Five Stop Story's monthly competition - First prize £50. Entry fee £4. 1,000-3,000 word short stories on any theme.Five Stop Story. New competition every month.



Flash 500 - flash fiction competition for short stories up to 500 words. Regular competitions. Flash 500



Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award - awarded to the best short story collection. Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award



Greenacre Writers Short Story Competition - Annual competition. First prize £100 for a short story up to 2,000 words. Entry fee £5,50. The Greenacre Writers Short Story Competition



High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature - 1,500 words for short story or 100 lines for a poem. Theme is children's literature aimed at 7-14 year old children. First prize - £2,000. Closing date is 1 September 2014. High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature.




Highlands and Islands Short Story Association Competition - annual prize for a short story up to 2,500 words. First prize £400. Entry fee £5. HISSAC.



Home-Start Bridgwater Short Story Prize 2013 - First prize £500 for a short story up to 2,200 words on any theme. Entry fee £7. Judged by Dame Margaret Drabble. The Home-Start Bridgwater Short Story Prize 2013.



Inkhead Short Story Competition - First prize £150 for a short story up to 1,000 words on one of the following titles: Grandpa's Ghost, The Sound of Crickets and Sighing Trees, Dangerous Andrew's Last Mission, A Day In The Life of Robot Ronnie, A Hero Sits Next Door. Entry fee £5. The Inkhead Short Story Competition



InkTears Short Story Competition - First prize £1,000 for short story 1,000-3,000 words, any theme. The InkTears Short Story Competition.




Jukebox Story - a new monthly night and website dedicated to short stories inspired by songs (800-1,000 words).Jukebox Story



Leaf Books - this website runs regular competitions. Leaf Books competitions



Lightship International Short Story Prize - First prize: £1,000. Judge: Tessa Hadley. Max: 5000 words. Entry Fee: £12. Patrons: Hilary Mantel, Andrew Motion, Christopher Reid, Cynthia Ozick, Lindsay Clarke. The Lightship International Short Story Prize and other competitions.



Limnisa Bluethumbnail Short Story Competition - First prize: one week writer's retreat in Greece for short stories up to 3,000 words on any theme. Entry fee £6 per story. The Limnisa Bluethumbnail Short Story Competition.



Little House Short Story Competition - First prize £2,000 for short story up to 2,000 words. Entry fee £6.50. Little House Short Story Competition.



The London Magazine Short Story Competition - 4,000 word limit, no theme, £500 first prize plus publication in The London Magazine. Closes 31st October. The competition winners will be announced in January at House of Commons event. The London Magazine Short Story Competition



Meridian Writing Competitions - this website hosts regular writing competitions. The Meridian Writing Competitions



Morley Literature Festival Short Story Competition - Any Subject; 3,000 words maximum. No minimum. Free online entry . First prize £50, second prize £30, third prize £20. Up to two entries per author. Deadline for entries July 1st 2014. Email fmlitfest@yahoo.com for PDF entry form.



Multi-Story - Bi-monthly competitions ranging from flash fiction up to 2,500 words. First prize £300. Entry fee £5 for one or £8 for two. All judges are publishing professionals. The Multi-Story competitions



My Mate Kindle Monthly Competition - Monthly competition for short stories up to 2,000 words. My Mate Kindle Monthly Competition



The New Writer - regular poetry, short story and microfiction competitions. The New Writer Magazine



Over the Red Line - bi-monthly competition with a £50 prize. Story must have a limit of 3,500 words. Over the Red Line.



Park Publications UK - this website runs regular competitions. The Park Publications UK competitions




Poetic Republic Short Story Prize - Entry fee: £12 per story; one entry per person. First Prize - £2,000. Best Commentator prizes 2x £250. Anonymous peer review online short story competition judged by the entrants themselves. For Short Stories from 500 to 3,000 words. The Poetic Public Short Story Prize.




Spinetinglers.co.uk Monthly Short Story Competition - The top five stories each month will be published on the site and the first place story will be published in the annual anthology. First prize £100; 2nd prize £50; third prize £25. Closing date for submissions is the 15th of each month, limit is 5,000 words and the theme is dark fiction. Spinetinglers monthly competition.



Steyning Festival Short Story competition - The theme is 'home thoughts from abroad'. Best story by a young author (aged 16-19) - £100. Best story by an overseas resident visiting Britain - £250 and Best story by a British resident - £250. In addition, three submissions will be marked for special commendation in the competition, and will receive £50 each. The Steying Festival Short Story competition.



The Rhys Davies Short Story Competition 2014 is open to all writers born in or currently living in Wales. There is also an Under-21 Prize which is open to writers aged 21 and under on the closing date. First prize is £2,000. Under-21 Prize is £1,000. Closing date is Friday 16 May 2014. Entry fee is £7.00 per story or £4.00 per story for the Under 21 Prize. Stories can be on any theme but must be no more than 2,500 words. The RDSSC Short Story website




The Scott Prize - international annual prize for a first collection of short stories in English. Salt Publishing accepts submissions of short story manuscripts from 1 July to 31 October every year. The winner is announced the following April with a collection publishing six months later. The Scott Prize



Senior Travel Expert Travel Writing Competition - Entry is free and the subject is 'travel writing' (fiction or non-fiction). Prize is £100 on a prepaid currency card and to have your story published on the site. Closing date is 1 June 2014. The Senior Travel Expert Writing Competition

Segora Short Story Competitions - regular competitions for cash prizes. Segora



Tethered By Letters' Summer Short Story Contest - Short stories of any genre ranging from 2,000 to 7,500 words. All winners will be published in Tethered By Letters’ Spring Quarterly Journal and finalists will be considered for later publication. International submissions welcome. Deadline: April 30 2014. Prize: $250 and publication in our quarterly journal. Entry Fee: $10 per story. The Tethered By Letters' Short Story Contest.




The Fiction Desk Flash Fiction Competition - For very short stories from 250-1,000 words; first prize £200; entry fee £3 for one story, or £7.50 for three stories; runs November to end of January annually. The Fiction Desk.



The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award - Annual award. First prize £30,000 for short stories of up to 6,000 words. The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award



The Thresholds Short Story Forum - Feature writing competition. First prize £250 and publication on The Forum.The Thresholds Short Story Forum.



Tom-Gallon Trust Award and The Olive Cook Award - First prize £1,000 each awarded biennially, in alternate years. The Tom-Gallon Trust Award and The Olive Cook Award



V S Pritchett Memorial Prize - First prize £1,000 to the best unpublished short story of the year. The V S Pritchett Memorial Prize



West Sussex Writers annual short story competition - First Prize £200; second Prize £75; third Prize £50. Stories are to be no more than 3,000 words. £5 per entry; closing date is 31 March 2014. The West Sussex Writers competition




What needs to change? - First prize £200 for a short story up to 1,500 on any subject. What should we be talking about? Free entry. The LibArts London.



Whoosh Books Competitions - regular short story competitions. First prize £50. Whoosh Books Competitions



The Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize - First prize £300 for short story 7,500 words max, any theme. The Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize 2013-14.



Win Your Way to Swanwick - First prize: a week at Swanwick Writers' Summer School for short stories and writing for children up to 1,000 words on the theme '65 Not Out'. Entry fee £5. The Win Your Way to Swanwick writing competition.



Words and Women Prose Writing Competition - Winner £600 and publication in an anthology. Entry is open to all women writers over the age of 16 who live or work in the East of England. Entry fee £10. The Words and Women Prose Writing Competition



The Word Hut Short Story Competition - Prize: £50.00. £4.00 per entry. 1,000 words maximum, any subject. The Word Hut Short Story Competition



The Writer's and Artists' Yearbook Annual Short Story Competition - First prize £500 and a place on an Arvon course of your choice. Short stories up to 2,000 words on the subject of freedom. Free entry. The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook Annual Short Story Competition.



Writers' Forum Short Story Competition - Ongoing monthly competition with cash prizes. The Writers' Forum Short Story Competition



Writer's Worldwide Prize - this website runs regular writing competitions. About The Writer's Worldwide Prize

Writer's Village - First prize £1000 for a short story, any theme, up to 3,000 words. Entry fee £12. The Writer's Village Short Story Competition.

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