Cash prizes totaling £2000 ($3200) can be won in the Writers' Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015 for prose fiction in any genre up to 3000 words.
The first prize is £1000 ($1600), with a second prize of £500 ($800)and third prize of £250 ($400). Five runner up prizes of £50 ($80) will be awarded to short-listed contestants.
Ten further Highly Commended entrants will have their stories acknowledged at the site.
Everyone wins because every contestant, win or lose, is shown on request how their stories were graded, and given helpful tips for the stories' improvement according to their grades!
All top winning entries are showcased here at the Writers' Village site, which attracts more than 15,000 unique visitors per month.
Winners will be entitled to accredit themselves: ‘Winner [or Short Listed, etc], the Writers' Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015', when approaching agents and publishers. (Wins in top story contests like ours are taken very seriously by the publishing world.)
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The Writers' Village award - now in its sixth year - is one of the world's few major story competitions that specifically welcomesnew writers from anywhere in the English-speaking world. And the onlyone that gives detailed feedback on request to every contestant, win or lose, without extra charge.
Prizes will go to those writers whose short stories show the greatest originality, mastery of the craft skills of creative writing, and power to move the reader.
The new summer 2015 contest follows the continuing success of the previous 13 Writers' Village short story competitions, entered by writers from all over the world.
The principal judge is:
Dr John Yeoman, MA Oxon, MA (Res), MPhil, PhD Creative Writing. John is a university tutor in creative writing and has been a successful commercial writer and publisher for 42 years. He established Writers' Village in 2009. He is the author of the acclaimed mysteries, The Cunning Man - stories that show you how to write a great story while you enjoy the story. His 'Hippo Yeoman' novels have gained more than eighty 5-star reviews across five Amazon sites.
The contest deadline is midnight GMT 30th June 2015. Early entry is advised.
To enter the short story contest, click here.
To read all the winning stories since 2009, click here.
To keep up with contest updates - and join our free writing success 'mini course' - click here