Opportunities For Writers

Welcome to our opportunities page. Here, we list competitions, literary events and publisher submission deadlines so you can keep track of your writing calendar.

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Opportunities for writers page

 

Opportunities: September 2018

Foreshadow YA Anthology Submissions

Submissions are now open for FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology, which will be published monthly online from January–December 2019. Each issue will feature three original young adult stories. Submissions must be previously unpublished, run between 2000–7000 words and feature a single-word title that offers a suggestion of what to expect. Submissions for first round close 1st September.

Writer’s Digest Self-Published Ebook Awards

Writer’s Digest is open for entries to its 6th Annual Self-Published Ebook Awards, honouring the best self-published ebook(s) in eight categories: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Memoir, Young Adult and Nonfiction. $13,000USD in total cash prizes on offer, with grand prize including $5000, a featured interview in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. Fee for first entry is $125; each additional entry $95. Entries close 4th September.

Adventures in Fiction New Voices Competition

Adventures in Fiction's New Voices Competition offers a start-up package worth £550 to the most promising novel synopsis and first page from a first-time writer. Package includes a manuscript appraisal, guidelines, a development strategy and a consultation. £10 entry fee. Entries close 14th September.

Manchester Fiction Prize

The Manchester Writing Competition welcomes entries to its 2018 Fiction Prize. Short stories up to 2500 words accepted from writers of any nationality above 16 years of age. First prize is £10,000. Entry fee is £17.50. Entries close 14th September.

Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards

Writer's Digest is open for entries to its  14th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. Short stories up to 4000 words in the categories of Romance, Thriller, Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Young Adult are accepted. Prizes include $2500USD, a featured interview in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. Earlybird entry fee is $25 per story; each additional entry $20. Earlybird entries close 14th September.

Grindstone International Short Story and Novel Prizes

Grindstone Literary Agency is currently open for entries to its Short Story and Novel Prizes. Entrants are invited to submit up to 3000 words of short fiction or the opening chapter (up to 3000 words) of a novel. Grand prizes are £500 for the Short Story Prize and £1000 for the Novel Prize, with runner-up prizes of £50 and £100 respectively. Entry fees are £10 for short stories and £20 for novel excerpts. Entries close 28th September.

Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction

Dzanc Books seeks entries of daring, original, and innovative novels for its 2018 Prize for Fiction. Previously unpublished novel-length manuscripts accepted. Winner receives a $5000USD advance and publication in 2019 by Dzanc Books. $25 submission fee. Entries close 30th September.

Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition

Dzanc Books is currently seeking imaginative and inventive writing in book-length collections for its Short Story Collection Competition. Previously unpublished collections accepted. Winner receives a $2500USD advance and publication in 2019 by Dzanc Books. $25 submission fee. Entries close 30th September.

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award is open for submissions of full-length short stories on a supernatural theme. Stories between 1,500 and 10,000 words accepted, ranging from ghost stories through to any paranormal or supernatural theme, as well as magic realism. Winner receives $1000USD and online/print publication; two honourable mentions receive publication and $250 cash prizes. Entries close 30th September.

Mslexia Women’s Fiction Awards

Mslexia is currently open for entries to its 2018 Women's Fiction Awards in the categories of Short Story and Flash Fiction. Short stories between 300–3000 words and flash fiction up to 300 words accepted. First prize for Short Story Competition is £5000, with three finalists each receiving £100; £10 entry fee per story. First prize for Flash Fiction Competition is £500, with three finalists each receiving £50; £5 entry fee per story. All winners receive publication in Mslexia. Entries close 1st October.

Talem Press Fantasy Novel Submissions

Our very own fantasy fiction imprint, Talem Press, is now open for submissions! We're looking for full-length fantasy manuscripts – bonus points if they involve unlikely heroines, mysterious magic and out-of-this-world storytelling. Read the guidelines and submit here. Submission period closes 12th October.

Opportunities: August 2018

UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize

The UNO Press Lab is accepting previously unpublished submissions of book-length fiction. The winning author will receive a $1000USD advance and a contract to publish with UNO Press. Entry fee is $18. Entries close 15th August.

Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program

Australian authors of commercial adult and young adult fiction and non-fiction are invited to submit themselves for consideration for the Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program. Up to 10 writers are selected to take part in a four-day retreat, during which Hachette Australia publishers, editors and authors provide direct feedback on their manuscripts. Entry fee is $55AUD. Submissions close 17th August.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Aesthetica Magazine's international literary prize is now open for entries in two categories: short fiction (up to 2000 words) and poetry (no more than 40 lines). Winners in each category receive £1000 cash, a consultation with literary agency, membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and a book pack. Entry fees are £18 for short fiction and £12 for poetry. Entries close 31st August.

The BookLife Prize

An annual writing contest sponsored by BookLife and Publishers Weekly, this prize seeks entries of unpublished or self-published novels in six categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; Memoir/Autobiography; and Middle-Grade & YA Fiction. Grand prize winner receives $5000USD and a profile in Publishers Weekly. Semifinalists receive a blurb for their book from a bestselling or award-winning author and a mention in Publishers Weekly. Entry fee is $99. Entries close 31st August.

Feminartsy Memoir Prize for Women Writers

Feminartsy welcomes entries from Australian women writers for its 2018 memoir prize. Personal essays or creative non-fiction  based in the author’s personal experience will be accepted (1500-word limit). First prize is $600AUD and a book prize pack; a highly commended entry receives $300 and a book prize pack. Entries close 31st August.

Kindle Storyteller Prize

The Kindle Storyteller contest is open to authors who publish in any genre in English on Kindle Direct Publishing. Each finalist will receive a Kindle e-reader; one Grand Prize winner will receive a cash prize of £20,000, a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk, the opportunity to have their book translated for international sales and a mentoring session with a bestselling KDP author. Entries close 31st August.

Saveas Writers' International Writing Competition

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Saveas Writers welcomes poems and stories in the Gothic tradition for its international writing competition. Writers may enter prose up to 2500 words or poems up to 60 lines. First prize is £200, second prize is £100 and third prize is £50. Entry fee for each story is £4 or £10 for 3; entry fee for each poem is £3 or £8 for three. Entries close 31st August.

Sisters in Crime Australia's 25th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Sisters in Crime welcomes crime and mystery short stories written by Australian women for its Scarlet Stiletto Awards. Stories must not exceed 5000 words and must feature a strong female protagonist. There are 14 separate awards, totalling almost $10,000AUD in prize money. Entry fee is $25. Entries close 31st August.

WOW! Women On Writing Summer Flash Fiction Contest

WOW! Women on Writing is open to entries of flash fiction between 250–750 words for its summer contest. Open theme. First prize is $400USD, second $300 and third $200, with seven runners-up and 10 honourable mentions. Entry fee is $10. Entries close 31st August.

Talem Press Fantasy Novel Submissions

Our very own fantasy fiction imprint, Talem Press, is now open for submissions! We're looking for full-length fantasy manuscripts – bonus points if they involve unlikely heroines, mysterious magic and out-of-this-world storytelling. Read the guidelines and submit here. Submission period closes 12th October.

Opportunities: July 2018

The Brighton Prize

The 2018 Brighton Prize is now open for entries in two categories: short story (between 1000 and 2000 words) and flash fiction (up to 350 words). Winning short story receives £1000 and two runners-up receive £100 each. Winning flash fiction receives £500 and two runners-up receive £50 each. Short story entry fee is £8; flash fiction entry fee is £6. Entries close 1st July.

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

The 2018 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers welcomes entries from Australian writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. Winner receives $10,000AUD in prize money and a year’s mentoring with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers. Entries close 9th July.

F(r)iction's Summer 2018 Literary Contests

F(r)iction is open for entries to its 2018 Summer Literary Contests. Categories include Short Story (1000 to 7500 words, $1000USD prize), Flash Fiction (up to 750 words, $300 prize) and Poetry (three pages or less per poem, $300 prize). Five finalists in each category will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication. Entries close 15th July.

Room Magazine Fiction Competition

Short stories up to 3500 words will be accepted for entry into Room magazine's Fiction Competition. First prize is $1000CAD and publication; second prize $250 and publication; honourable mention $50 and online publication. Entry fee for those residing in Canada is $35; for residents outside of Canada the fee is $42USD. Entry fees include 12-month subscription to Room. Entries close 15th July.

William Faulkner Literary Competition

The William Faulkner Literary Competition is open for 2018 in several categories, including Novel and Adult Short Story (other categories are One Act Play, Poetry and Student Short Story). Winner in the Novel category receives $2000USD and Adult Short Story winners receive $600 (first), $300 (second) and $200 (third). Entry fee is $50 for Novel category and $20 for Adult Short Story. Entries close 15th July for the Novel category and 31st July for the Adult Short Story category.

HG Wells Short Story Competition

The annual HG Wells Short Story Competition offers a £250 Senior (authors aged 22 and over) and £1000 Junior (authors aged 21 and under) prize and publication of all shortlisted entries in an anthology. Short stories between 1500 and 5000 words are accepted. The theme for this year's competition is 'peace'. Entry fee for Senior category is £10 or £5 for those with student ID. Entries close 23rd July.

Cinnamon Press Annual Debut Fiction Prize

Cinnamon Press is open for entries of novels, novellas and short story collections from those who have not had a novel or full-length short story collection previously published through a press. Winner receives one  year's free mentoring worth £1000 or (for those who have completed mentoring with us) 100 copies of the novel/collection + publishing contract. Adult and crossover novels only. Entry fee is £12. Entries close 31st July.

InkTears Flash Fiction Competition

InkTears welcomes entries of flash fiction 500 words or fewer for its 2018 competition. Winner receives £250, runner-up £50 and eight Highly Commended entries £25 each. All winning entries will be published. £3.50 entry fee per story. Entries close 31st July.

The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Prize

Entries are open for original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories of 3000 words or fewer. First prize is €2,000, a week-long residency at Anam Cara Retreat and publication. Second prize is €500 and publication. Four shortlisted entries will be selected for publication and receive a fee of €120. Entry fee is €15 per story. Entries close 31st July.

Writer’s Digest’s 6th Annual Self-Published Ebook Awards

These awards honours the best self-published ebook(s) in eight categories with $5000USD in cash, a featured interview in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City. First prize and honourable mention prizes available as well as grand prize in each category (Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Memoir, Young Adult, Nonfiction). Entries close 1st August.

Opportunities: June 2018

VU Short Story Prize for New Writers

Victoria University and Overland seek short fiction by new Australian/New Zealand writers of up to 3000 words in length. First prize is $6000AUD; two runners-up will receive $1000. All three winners will be published in Overland. $20 entry fee. Entries close 11th June.

Richard & Judy's Search For A Bestseller

The Richard and Judy Book Club and WH Smith welcomes entries for the 2018 'Search for a Bestseller' competition. The contest seeks a first-time author with the potential to become a bestselling writer. Unpublished authors can submit 10,000 words of original fiction aimed at adults, as well as a synopsis of the full novel. Winner receives a £30,000 publishing deal with Bonnier Zaffre and specialist advice from literary agency Furniss Lawton. Entries close 14th June.

Words with JAM First Page Competition

Words with JAM is seeking the most captivating first page (up to 400 words) of a story. Entries can be from a novel published, unpublished, partly written, or simply a first page written purely for the competition. First prize is £500; second prize £100; third prize £50. First entry costs £6; each entry thereafter costs £4. Entries close 15th June.

Impress Prize

The 2018 Impress Prize opens for entries on 1st May. Open to fiction and non-fiction submissions from all writers who have not been traditionally published. Entries consist of a book proposal and a sample chapter of no more than 6000 words. Winner receives a print and ebook publishing contract with Impress Books and a £500 advance. £25 entry fee. Entries close 29th June.

Audio Arcadia’s Science Fiction/Fantasy Short Story Competition

Audio Arcadia welcomes fantasy and/or science fiction stories up to 5000 words for its Short Story Competition. The ten winning stories will be published as a paperback and eBook and made available for sale on Lulu, Amazon and other relevant retail websites. Entry fee for one submission is £5.50/$8.50USD/€7.50. Entries close 30th June.

Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award

Blue Pencil Agency Literary Consultants welcome entries to their 2018 First Novel Award. Unrepresented and unpublished authors are welcome to submit entries for a novel in any adult fiction genre. Entries must include the first chapter of a novel up to 5000 words, a 300-word synopsis and a cover letter with details on your writing career. Winner receives £1,000 and introduction to a literary agent. Runner-up receives £250 and manuscript review. Entry fee £20. Entries close 30th June.

Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers

Glimmer Train Press is open to entries of short stories from emerging writers. Most entries run from 800 to 4000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome. First prize is $2500USD and publication in Glimmer Train Stories; second prize is $500; third prize is $300. $18 entry fee. Entries close 30th June.

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition

Michael Terence Publishing is open for entries to its Short Story Competition. New authors who have never had a full-length work published are invited to submit stories up to 3000 words. First prize is £300; second prize is £200; third prize is £100. All three winners will be published in an anthology. Entry fee is £5. Entries close 30th June.

MNDA Short Story Competition

Claret Press is open for entries to the first MNDA short story competition, with all proceeds going to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Stories up to 5000 words inspired by themes of physical and/or mental illness will be accepted. Three prize winners will receive £250, £150 and £50 respectively. Entry fee is £6 per story. Entries close 30th June.

North Street Book Prize

Winning Writers is open for entries to its fourth North Street Book Prize. Self-published books in the following categories are eligible: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, Poetry and Children's Picture Book. One grand prize winner will receive $3000; the top winner in each category will receive $1000; each will also receive a marketing prize pack. One honourable mention in each category will receive $250. Entries close 30th June.

The Moth International Short Story Prize

The Moth magazine is open for entries to its annual International Short Story Prize. Short stories up to 5000 words are accepted. First prize is €3,000; second prize is a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend; and third prize is €1,000. All three winners will be published in The Moth. Entry fee is €12 per story. Entries close 30th June.

Opportunities: May 2018

Bristol Short Story Prize

The Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries of short fiction up to 4000 words. Open internationally. First prize is £1000; second prize £700; third prize £400. Seventeen further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All winners and shortlisted stories receive publication in anthology. £8 entry fee. Entries close 1st May.

Remastered Words Fantasy Short Story Submissions

Remastered Words seeks submissions of short stories up to 5000 words within any fantasy sub-genre. Authors of the top three selected stories will receive a one-time payment of £75 (first), £50 (second) and £25 (third), as well as having their stories produced as an audio work by Remastered Words. Entries close 1st May.

Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Writer's Digest welcomes entries to its annual Self-Published Book Awards. Open to all English-language self-published books. Categories include Mainstream/Literary Fiction; Genre Fiction; Nonfiction/Reference; Inspirational; Life Stories; Early Readers/Children’s Picture books; Middle-Grade/Young Adult; and Poetry. One Grand Prize winner, one First Prize winner and Honourable Mentions. Entry fees apply. Entries close 1st May.

Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition

Writer's Digest is currently open for entries to its Annual Writing Competition. Categories include Inspirational Writing; Memoirs/Personal Essay; Magazine Feature Article; Genre Short Story; Mainstream/Literary Short Story; Rhyming Poetry; Non-rhyming Poetry; Script; and Children’s/Young Adult Fiction. One grand prize winner; prizes for first through tenth place and honourable mentions. Entry fees apply. Earlybird entries close 4th May.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Short fiction up to 3500 words is now being accepted for the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. First prize is $1500USD and publication in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. Second and third prizes are $500 each and honourable mentions will also be awarded. Earlybird entry fee is $15; all other entries $20. Earlybird entries close 1st May; final entries close 15th May.

SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction

To celebrate their 15th anniversary, SmokeLong Quarterly is hosting their first-ever flash fiction competition. Entries must be under 1000 words. Winner receives $1500USD, publication and automatic nomination for a number of awards. Runners-up receive $15 and publication. Entry fees apply. Entries close 20th May.

Fiction War Magazine's $5,000 Atom Bomb Prize

Writers are invited to submit pieces 100 words or fewer to Fiction War Magazine's Atom Bomb Prize. The theme is 'When I Lived'. One grand prize of $5000USD will be awarded. Shortlisted works will be announced periodically and offered publication. Entries close 23rd May.

Nowhere Magazine Spring 2018 Travel-Writing Contest

Literary travel magazine Nowhere is accepting submissions for its Spring 2018 Travel-Writing Contest. Fiction, nonfiction and essays between 800 and 5000 words that possess a powerful sense of place will be accepted. Winner receives $1000USD and publication. Up to 10 finalists will also be published. Entries close 31st May.

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award is currently open to Australian writers under 35 years of age. Fiction, Australian history or biography between 30,000 and 100,000 words is accepted. First prize is $20,000AUD plus publication by Allen & Unwin with an advance against royalties. $25 entry fee. Entries close 31st May.

The Lifted Brow & non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction

The Lifted Brow and RMIT's non/fictionLab invite international entries to the 2018 Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction. The competition seeks non-fiction pieces up to 5000 words that differ from traditional non-fiction and convey meaning using unorthodox form, style, voice, point of view, etc. First prize is $5000AUD and publication in The Lifted Brow. Two runners-up will each receive AU$500 and discussion with editors. $7 entry fee. Entries close 31st May.

The Newcomer Prize for Short Stories

The Fiction Desk welcomes entries for its 2018 Newcomer Prize for Short Stories. Open to short stories between 1000 and 7000 words from authors who have not been previously published by The Fiction Desk, and who have not yet published a novel or collection of short stories on paper. First prize is £500 and second prize is £250. Entry fee is £8. Entries close 31st May.

The Yeovil Literary Prize

The Yeovil Community Arts Association invites entries for the 2018 Yeovil Literary Prize. There are four categories: novel, short story, poetry, and 'Writing Without Restriction'. Cash prizes for first, second and third place in each category. Entry fees apply. Entries close 31st May.

Wundor Short Fiction Contest

Wundor Editions is currently open for entries of flash fiction, short stories and novellas for its 2018 short fiction contest. Anything up to 45,000 words will be accepted. Winner receives £500 and the winner and two runners up will have an extract of their work published on the Wundor website. £10 entry fee. Entries close 31st May.

Impress Prize

The 2018 Impress Prize opens for entries on 1st May. Open to fiction and non-fiction submissions from all writers who have not been traditionally published. Entries consist of a book proposal and a sample chapter of no more than 6000 words. Winner receives a print and ebook publishing contract with Impress Books and a £500 advance. £25 entry fee. Entries close 29th June.

Opportunities: April 2018

Killer Nashville Annual Claymore Award

The Killer Nashville Claymore Award assists new and rebranding authors in getting published. Manuscripts with thriller, mystery, crime or suspense elements are eligible for entry. Winner receives a traditional publishing contract with a Mystery Writers of America and/or International Thriller Writers' approved publisher. $40 entry fee. Entries close 1st April.

Nowhere Magazine 'This Land Is…' Travel-Writing Contest

Literary travel magazine Nowhere seeks nonfiction and essay submissions for its inaugural 'This Land Is...' Travel-Writing Contest. Stories must be deeply, clearly connected to a protected place and should run between 800–5000 words. Winner receives $250USD and publication. Up to five finalists will also be published. Entries close 1st April.

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Australian Book Review welcomes entries between 2000–5000 words for the 2018 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. Open internationally. First prize is $7000AUD; second prize $2000; third prize $1000. All three receive publication. Three commended stories share the remaining $2500. $25 entry fee. Entries close 10th April.

#LoveOzYA Underdog Anthology Short Story Submissions

Underdog Short Stories is the first #LoveOzYA publication specifically designed to foster the growth of aspiring Australian young adult fiction writers. Currently open for submissions of original, young adult short stories up to 6000 words from unpublished Australian writers. Selected short stories will be published by a local, independent publisher in the Underdog Short Stories anthology. Submissions close 15th April.

The Kerouac Project Writer-in-Residence Program

Applications for the 2018-2019 writer-in-residence positions with the Kerouac Project are now open. The Kerouac Project provides four three-month residencies a year to writers living anywhere in the world. Utilities and a food stipend of $1000USD are included. The categories are: Poetry, Play, Screenplay, Fiction/Short Story and Nonfiction. $30 application fee. Applications close 16th April.

Rachel Funari Prize For Fiction 2018

Lip magazine's Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is now open for entries. The Prize is open to all women, female-identifying and non-binary Australian residents. Short fiction up to 2000 words on the theme 'metamorphosis' will be accepted. First place receives $1000AUD, second place $500, third place $250. All place winners receive publication and other prizes. $10 entry fee. Entries close 20th April.

Bath Short Story Award

The fifth international Bath Short Story Award is now open for entries. Stories can be up to 2200 words on any theme. First prize is £1200; second prize £300; third prize £100. Additional award of £100 for the best entry from an unpublished writer. £8 entry fee. Entries close 23rd April.

Bath Novel Award

The annual Bath Novel Award is now open to novelists of any nationality or residency who have yet to sign a traditional publishing deal. Novels can be in any genre written for adult or young adult (13+) readers. First prize is £2,500. One longlisted writer receives a free place in an online editing course worth £1,800. Shortlisted writers receive manuscript feedback and literary agent introductions. £25 entry fee. Entries close 30th April.

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award competition seeks short stories between 1500 and 10,000 words on a supernatural theme. Winner receives $1000USD and online and print publication. Two Honourable Mention writers receive publication and $250/$100 respectively. $20 entry fee. Entries close 30th April.

The Irene Adler Prize

Lucas Aykroyd invites entries to the Irene Adler Prize, a $1000USD scholarship for a woman pursuing a degree in journalism, creative writing or literature at a recognised post-secondary institution in the U.S. or Canada. Entrants must submit a 500-word essay on one of three given topics. Entries close 30th April.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Winning Writers invites entries to its 2018 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Entries must be either a short work of fiction or nonfiction up to 6000 words. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. $20 entry fee. Entries close 30th April.

Bristol Short Story Prize

The Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries of short fiction up to 4000 words. Open internationally. First prize is £1000; second prize £700; third prize £400. Seventeen further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All winners and shortlisted stories receive publication in anthology. £8 entry fee. Entries close 1st May.

Remastered Words Fantasy Short Story Submissions

Remastered Words seeks submissions of short stories up to 5000 words within any fantasy sub-genre. Authors of the top three selected stories will receive a one-time payment of £75 (first), £50 (second) and £25 (third), as well as having their stories produced as an audio work by Remastered Words. Entries close 1st May.

Nowhere Magazine Spring 2018 Travel-Writing Contest

Literary travel magazine Nowhere is accepting submissions for its Spring 2018 Travel-Writing Contest. Fiction, nonfiction and essays between 800 and 5000 words that possess a powerful sense of place will be accepted. Winner receives $1000USD and publication. Up to 10 finalists will also be published. Entries close 31st May.

Opportunities: March 2018

BBC National Short Story Award

The BBC and Cambridge University welcome entries to the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award. Winning author receives £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors receive £600 each. Open to British nationals and UK residents aged 18 years or over who have a prior record of publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom. 8000-word limit. Entries close 12th March.

Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is an annual award for adventure writing, split into two separate categories: the best published adventure novel and the best unpublished manuscript by a debut author. The Best Published Novel category accepts entries published between 1st January 2017 and 30th April 2018, and the winner receives £15,000. Winner of the Best Unpublished Manuscript category will receive a £7500 travel grant to undertake research for their next story, as well as a mentoring relationship with agents at Tibor Jones & Associates. Entries close 12th March.

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

Colorado State University's Colorado Review is open for entries to the 2018 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. Winner receives $2000USD and publication in the fall/winter issue of Colorado Review. Stories must be at least 10 pages (or 2500 words) but no more than 50 pages (12,500 words). Entry fee is $15  per story. Entries close 14th March.

Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize is a £3000 cash prize awarded to the best piece of writing on the topic of 'Childhood' – the theme of the 2018 Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Venice symposium. 2500-word limit. Entries close 15th March.

Thresholds International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition

Thresholds is seeking feature essays (non-fiction essays with an engaging style) for its 2018 International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition. There are two entry categories: Author Profile, exploring the life, writings and influence of a single short story writer, and We Recommend, personal recommendations of a collection, an anthology, a group of short stories or a single short story. Winner receives £500 and two runners-up receive £100 each. Three shortlisted entries will receive a selection of short story titles. Entries close 18th March.

Eyelands International Flash Fiction Contest

Eyelands.gr and Strange Days Books invite entries to the first Eyelands International Flash Fiction Contest. Flash fiction up to 500 words on the theme 'dreams' will be accepted. First prize is a week holiday οn the island of Crete for 2 people. Three prize winners will receive publication in an anthology, a handmade ceramic gift, a certificate and a  complimentary copy of the anthology. Shortlisted stories will also be published in the anthology. Entry fee is 5€. Entries close 20th March.

Grindstone's 2018 Flash Fiction 500

Grindstone Literary Services invites entries to its 2018 Flash Fiction 500 competition. Entries of flash fiction up to 500 words on the theme 'collision' will be accepted. First prize is £100; second prize £50; third prize £25. All shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology. Entry fee is £4. Entries close 28th March.

Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award

Kill Your Darlings invites entries from Australian citizens and permanent residents for its 2018 Unpublished Manuscript Award. Adult fiction (including short story collections) or adult narrative non-fiction between 40,000 and 80,000 words is accepted. Winner receives a mentorship and $5000AUD in prize money. Entrants must have a current full-year KYD membership. Entries close 31st March.

Rubery Book Award

The Rubery Book Award is an international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self-published authors and books published by independent presses. Entries for the 2018 Award are now open. 'Book of the Year' will be awarded £1500 and is guaranteed to be read by top London literary agency MBA. Category winners each receive £150. Entry fee is £36. Entries close 31st March.

Short Fiction Prize 2018

Short Fiction, a visual literary journal, is open for entries to its 2018 Short Fiction Prize. 5000-word limit. First prize is £500 and publication; second prize is £100 and publication; third prize is a place in an online masterclass. All shortlisted stories published online. Entry fee is £8 per story. Entries close 31st March.

Writers Bureau Short Story Competition

The Writers Bureau Short Story Competition 2018 is now accepting entries. 2000-word limit. First prize is £300; second prize £200; third prize £100; fourth prize £50. All winners receive a Writers Bureau course of their choice worth over £374. Entry fee is £5 per story. Entries close 31st March.

Opportunities: February 2018

The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing

The Text Prize is awarded annually to the best manuscript written for children or young adults by an Australian/New Zealand author. Entries must be between 20,000 and 120,000 words. Winner receives a publishing contract with Text and a $10,000 advance against royalties. Entry fee is $25. Entries close 2nd February.

Newcastle Short Story Award

Entries are now open for the 2018 Newcastle Short Story Award. Open theme; 2000 word limit. Open to Australian citizens or permanent residents. First prize $3000AUD; second $1700; third $1000. Prizes for highly commended, commended and best local entries. $16.50 entry fee. Entries close 5th February.

Nelson Algren Literary Award Contest

Submissions for the 2018 Nelson Algren Literary Award are now open. Original short fiction up to 8000 words is accepted. One grand prize winner receives $3500USD; four finalists receive $1000; and five runners-up receive $500 each. All stories will be considered for publication in a digital literary journal. Entries close 7th February.

Bath Flash Fiction Award

The Bath Flash Fiction Award is currently open for entries of flash fiction up to 300 words. £1000 prize for the winner, £300 second and £100 third. Two commendations £30 each. 50 longlisted entrants offered publication in digital and print anthology. Entries close 11th February.

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Short Story Competition

The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook free annual short story competition is now open for entries. Open theme; stories up to 2000 words accepted. Winning entries will be published online and winners will receive a place on a four- or six-day writing retreat in the UK. Entries close 13th February.

Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize

Desperate Literature's Short Fiction Prize is awarded to an original work of short fiction under 2000 words. First prize is €1000, a week’s residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and a consultation with a US literary agent. Two runners-up will receive €250. All winners and shortlisted writers will receive publication. Entry fee is €20 for the first entry and €10 for every further entry. Entries close 14th February.

American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship

The Visiting Fellowship from the American Library in Paris offers writers and researchers a a $5000 stipend to use in pursuing a creative project in Paris for a month or longer. Applications must include cover letter, biography/CV, referee details, and a description of the project you intend to pursue. Application processing fee is €30. Applications close 15th February.

Words and Brushes Collaboration Five Competition

Words and Brushes seeks short stories between 2000-4000 words, inspired by an artwork of your choice from a provided gallery. Selected stories will be published in an art book that is a collaborative work between writers and artists. Winning story receives $350USD. Entries close 15th February.

Tasmanian Writers' Prize

Forty South Publishing invites Australian and New Zealand residents to enter the 2018 Tasmanian Writers' Prize. Short stories up to 3000 words an island (or island-resonant) theme will be accepted. Winner receives $500AUD and publication in Tasmania 40°South. A selection of the best entries will be published in the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2018. $20 entry fee per story. Entries close 18th February.

1000 Word Challenge

The 1000 Word Challenge is currently open for entries. Stories should be between 750 and 1000 words and must be 'set at a party'. First prize is £100; second prize £50; third prize £25. All winners receive professional editing of their story and publication online. Entry fee is £5 or £10 with feedback. Entries close 28th February.

Booksie Short Story Contest

Booksie is open for entries to its 2017/2018 Short Story Contest. Open to all genres and themes; 5000-word limit. Grand prize is $600USD and runners-up receive $150. Entry fee is $5.95. Entries close 28th February.

Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest

Arizona State University is accepting entries for its Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest. The contest welcomes submissions up to 5000 words in all genres of short fiction, including speculative, realistic, literary, experimental and hybrid forms; all entries must explore the concept of climate change. The winning story will receive $1000USD and nine finalists will receive $50 each. The winner and finalists will be published in an online anthology. Entries close 28th February.

Flash 500 Short Story Competition

The Flash 500 Short Story Competition is an open-themed competition accepting stories between 1000 and 3000 words in all genres. First prize is £500, second £200 and third £100. Entry fee is £7 for one entry, £12 for two, £16 for three and £20 for four. Entries close 28th February.

Hidden River Review Trilogy Award

Entries are now open in each category of the Hidden River Review Trilogy Award: poetry, non-fiction and very short fiction. Entries may consist of up to 25 pages of non-fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a book excerpt); up to 5 poems; or a work of short fiction between 300 and 3000 words. Winners in each category receive $1000USD. Entry fee is $17. Entries close 28th February.

Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

The Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is now open for submissions of unpublished mystery stories up to 3500 words. Winner receives £500 plus two weekend passes to CrimeFest 2019 and a selection of Margery Allingham-related books. Entry fee £12. Entries close 28th February.

Short Story Award for New Writers

Glimmer Train Press is currently seeking entries to its Jan/Feb 2018 Short Story Award for New Writers. Open to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5000. Entries up to 12,000 words accepted. First place wins $2500USD and publication; second place $500 and third place $300 (second and third will each receive $700 if selected for publication). Entry fee $18. Entries close 28th February.