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.

Click on the name of the opportunity/competition to be taken to the respective information page.

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Opportunities for writers page

 

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.

Opportunities: January 2018

Exeter Novel Prize

Authors who are currently without representation by a literary agent are invited to enter the 2017 Exeter Novel Prize. Entrants must submit the first ten thousand words and synopsis of a novel that has not been accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. First prize is £500; five finalists each receive £75. £18 entry fee. Entries close 1st January.

Nowhere Magazine Travel Writing Contest

Literary travel magazine Nowhere is accepting submissions for its Fall 2017 Travel Writing Contest. Entries can be fiction, nonfiction or essays that possess a powerful sense of place, between 800–5000 words. Winner receives $1000USD and publication in Nowhere. Up to ten finalists also will be published. $20 entry fee. Entries close 1st January.

Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize

The sixth annual Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize is open for entries of stories up to 2500 words. Stories must have food and drink at their heart. Winner receives £10,000. Three runner-up entrants receive £250. Entry fee is £10 per story. Entries close 3rd January.

First Crime Novel Competition

St. Martin’s Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America invite entries to the First Crime Novel Competition. Open internationally to unpublished writers aged 18 and over. Entries must be original works of book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words), with murder or another serious crime or crimes at the heart of the story. Winner receives a publication contract including an advance against future royalties of $10,000. Entries close 12th January.

The Kat Muscat Fellowship

Express Media invites entries for the 2018 Kat Muscat Fellowship, offering support and professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young female-identifying or non-binary person. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia aged between 16 and 30. Applications must propose a suitable project that aligns with the theme of ‘Challenge’. Applications close 14th January.

Calibre Essay Prize

The Australian Book Review invites entries from writers anywhere in the world for its 2018 Calibre Essay Prize. Essays must be between 3000 and 6000 words on any non-fiction subject. The winning essay will receive $5000AUD and be published in April 2018. Second prize is $2500. Standard entry fee is $25. Entries close 15th January.

Grindstone Literary Services Open Prose Competition

Grindstone Literary Services invites writers to submit prose poetry, novel openings and short stories under 1000 words for its Open Prose Competition. First prize £250; second prize £100; third prize £50; and fourth/fifth prize £10 voucher for a critical report on a piece of writing of your choosing. Entry fee is £6. Entries close 28th January.

Bath Novella-in-Flash Award

The Bath Flash Fiction Award is open for entries to its annual Novella-in-Flash Award. Entries should be a collection of flash fiction pieces on any theme or subject. Total length should be between 6000 and 18000 words – each flash should not be more than about 1000 words. £300 prize for the winner, two runner-up prizes of £100. Winner and two runners-up are published in a one-volume three-novella collection. Entries close 29th January.

Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize

Presented by the de Groot Foundation and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize seeks entries of original works 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 from Foundry Literary + Media. Two runners-up will receive €250. Entry fee is €20 for first entry and €10 for every further entry. Entries close 31st January.

Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award

Psychopomp Magazine invites entries of short fiction that pushes the boundaries of genre and/or form to its Short Fiction Award. Up to 6000 words of a short story or a self-contained excerpt of a novella or novel will be accepted. First prize is $500 and issue publication. Entry fee is $10. Entries close 31st January.

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition

The Fiction Desk welcomes entries to its annual Ghost Story Competition. Short stories between 1000 and 7000 words are accepted, on any 'ghost story'-style subject, from an encounter with an actual phantom to more unusual paranormal phenomena and unexplained events. First prize is £500, second prize is £250, and third prize is £100. Entry fee is £8 per story. Entries close 31st January.

The Ghost Story Flash Fiction Competition

The Ghost Story invites flash fiction pieces between 250 and 1000 words for its annual Flash Fiction Competition. Stories may involve any paranormal or supernatural theme, as well as magic realism. Winner receives $300 and online publication; two honourable mention entries receive receive $100 and $50 respectively, along with publication. Entry fee is $10. Entries close 31st January.

The Hope Prize Short Story Competition

The Hope Prize invites writers to enter short stories conveying the experience of people facing hardship in their lives. Entrants must be Australian residents and entries must be between 2000 and 5000 words. The total prize pool is $17,500, and two $5000 Women’s Writing Career Development Scholarships will also be awarded. Entries close 31st January.

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.

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.

Opportunities: December 2017

Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition

Michael Terence Publishing invites entries up to 3000 words for its Short Story Competition. Fiction/short novel, science fiction and non-fiction genres accepted. First prize £300; second prize £200 and third prize £100. All prize winners receive publication online and in a print anthology. Open worldwide to new authors who have never had a full-length work published. Entry fee is £5. Entries close 1st December.

Quantum Shorts Flash Fiction Competition

QuantIC welcomes entries to its Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition. Stories can be up to 1000 words long, and must take inspiration from quantum physics and include the phrase 'There are only two possibilities: yes or no'. Prizes up to $1500USD on offer. Free to enter. Entries close 1st December.

TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards

TCK Publishing invites indie/self-published authors to enter its 2017 Readers Choice Awards. Authors may submit one book in any of the given categories for free. Approved submissions will be featured on a voting page, where readers can vote to determine the winner, who will receive a Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet and a book review. Entries and voting close 10th December.

Faber Writing Academy Scholarships

Australian writers are invited to apply for the 2018 Faber Writing Academy scholarships. The Academy offers two scholarships for the 'Writing a Novel: Stage 1' course (one for Sydney and one for Melbourne) and one scholarship for the 'True Stories' course (Sydney). 'Writing a Novel: Stage 1' is a comprehensive, three-month course for aspiring novelists; 'True Stories' is a four-month intensive course for writers who want to concentrate on memoir or narrative non-fiction. Applications close 15th December.

Hidden River Review Trilogy Awards

Hidden River Arts is launching a series of awards in partnership with their forthcoming 2018 online arts journal, The Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters. The Trilogy Award offers prizes of $1,000USD awarded to winners in each category: poetry, non-fiction and very short fiction. Submit 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 to 3000 words. $17 entry fee. Entries close 15th December.

ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest

ScreenCraft is looking for short stories (not scripts) with special cinematic potential. Flash fiction, short stories and novellas (up to 20,000 words) will all be accepted. Winner receives $1000USD and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, producers and publishers. Second prize is $300 and a one-on-one consultation with a ScreenCraft mentor. Top five finalists' work will be read by literary and entertainment industry professionals. Entry fee is $59 per story. Entries close 16th December.

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition

The sixth biennial Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition is open for entries. Short stories in any genre up to 1000 words will be accepted. Stories must be suitable to be read in the sensitive environment of a hospital setting. Winner receives £1000 and will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. Entry fee is £15 per story. Entries close 22nd December.

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Boulevard's Short Fiction Contest is open to any writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Short stories up to 8000 words will be accepted. First prize is $1500USD and publication in Boulevard. Entry fee is $16 per story. Entries close 31st December.

River Styx Microfiction Contest

The River Styx 2018 Microfiction Contest is now open. Entries up to 500 words accepted. $1500USD first prize. First, second and third place winners will be published in Issue 100. $10 entry fee (or $20 with subscription). Entries close 31st December.

The Moth Poetry Prize

The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. Poems can be on any subject and there is no line limit. First prize is €10,000; three runner-up prizes of €1,000. he shortlisted poems will be published in the spring 2018 issue of The Moth. Entry fee is €12 per poem. Entries close 31st December.

Exeter Novel Prize

Authors who are currently without representation by a literary agent are invited to enter the 2017 Exeter Novel Prize. Entrants must submit the first ten thousand words and synopsis of a novel that has not been accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. First prize is £500; five finalists each receive £75. £18 entry fee. Entries close 1st January.

Nowhere Magazine Travel Writing Contest

Literary travel magazine Nowhere is accepting submissions for its Fall 2017 Travel Writing Contest. Entries can be fiction, nonfiction or essays that possess a powerful sense of place, between 800–5000 words. Winner receives $1000USD and publication in Nowhere. Up to ten finalists also will be published. $20 entry fee. Entries close 1st January.

Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize

The sixth annual Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize is open for entries of stories up to 2500 words. Stories must have food and drink at their heart. Winner receives £10,000. Three runner-up entrants receive £250. Entry fee is £10 per story. Entries close 3rd January.

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.

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.