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: 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annual award for adventure writing, split into two separate categories: the best published adventure novel and the best unpublished manuscript by a debut author.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 Winner of the Best Unpublished Manuscript category will receive a £7500 travel grant to undertake research for their next story, as well as a mentoring relationship with agents at Tibor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.

Opportunities: November 2017

The Caledonia Novel Award

The Caledonia Novel Award is open internationally to unpublished and self-published novelists. Prize is £1000. Submissions should consist of the first 20 pages of the novel followed by a 200-word synopsis. Entry fee is £25 per novel. Entries close 1st November.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize

The 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded to the best piece of unpublished short fiction between 2000–5000 words. Overall winner receives £5000 and regional winners receive £2500. Entries must be in English but translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil. Entries close 1st November.

The Blue Mountain Novel Award

The Blue Mountain Novel Award, from Hidden River Arts, offers $1000USD and publication to an original, unpublished novel of any length. All submissions must include name, address, telephone number, email, website, a brief biography, outline, full synopsis and full manuscript. Entries close 15th November.

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards

The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards are open to short stories up to 4000 words in the following categories: Romance, Thriller, Crime, Horror, Science-Fiction and Young Adult. Grand prize winner receives $2500USD, a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference, an interview in Writer’s Digest’s May/June issue and other prizes. First Prize winners and Honourable Mentions in each category also receive prizes including cash, vouchers, books and promotion on writersdigest.com. First entry fee is $25 and additional entries are $20. Entries close 15th November.

Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition

The 18th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition is open to entries of fiction up to 1500 words. 25 prizes consisting of cash, publication and books are on offer, including $3000USD for first place, $1500 for second and $500 for third. Early-bird entry fee is $25 with $20 for each additional entry. Early-bird entries close 15th November.

Bath Children's Novel Award

The 2017 Bath Children's Novel Award is now open to unsigned novelists of any nationality who write for children or young adults. Novels can be in any genre written for middle grade or young adult readers. Prize is £2,000 and one shortlisted entrant receives a £500 voucher from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. Entries should consists of the first 5,000 words of the novel plus a one-page synopsis. Entry fee is £25 per novel. Entries close 19th November.

Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

Overland invites entries to its 2017 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. Short fiction up to 3000 words, themed around the notion of ‘travel’, is accepted. The winning story receives $4000AUD and publication in Overland’s first print issue for 2018. Two runners-up will each receive $500 and publication at Overland online. Open internationally. $20 entry fee. Entries close 19th November.

New Media Writing Prize

The 2017 New Media Writing Prize is now open in multiple categories. The if:book Prize and Unicorn Student Prize seek good storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, the web, or a hand-held device such as an iPad or mobile phone. Prizes include £1000 and a three-month paid internship (or £500 in cash). Entries close 24th November.

1000 Word Challenge

The 1000 Word Challenge presents a different themed competition every three months. The current theme is a story up to 1000 words beginning with the words 'This time'. First prize is £100, second £50 and third £25. Entry fee is £5 (or £10 with feedback included). Entries close 30th November.

Sweek Stars Storytelling Competition

Writers are invited to enter the Sweek Stars Storytelling Competition. $4000USD in prize money is on offer, including a grand prize of $1000. To enter, writers must create a Sweek account, publish a story or poem, and invite others to follow the story. Writers must sign up before 30th November.

The Matador Review Call for Submissions

Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2018 publication. The magazine publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. Call for submissions ends 30th November.

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.

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.

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: October 2017

London Short Story Prize

The London Short Story Prize 2017 is currently open for entries of stories up to 5000 words. Winner will receive £1000 as well as print and online publication. Two highly commended and three shortlisted stories will also receive publication and payment. Open to writers living in London only. £6 entry fee. Entries close 9th October.

Futurescapes Writing Contest and Workshop

FutureScapes is an annual writing competition that asks writers to envision a particular future and tell its story. The 2017 theme is 'Blue Sky Cities'. Works of short fiction up to 8000 words will be accepted. First prize is $2000USD with $500 each for five runners-up. Winner and runners-up will be published in an anthology. First entry free; second entry $24. Entries close 13th October.

Arkansas International Emerging Writers Prize

Entries for the Arkansas International Emerging Writer's Prize in Fiction are currently open. Prose pieces under 7500 words will be accepted. Prize is $1000USD and publication. $20 entry fee (includes one-year subscription). Entries close 15th October.

Bath Flash Fiction Award

The current round of the Bath Flash Fiction Award closes for entries this month. Submit flash fiction up to 300 words. £1000 prize for the winner, £300 for second and £100 for third; two commendations receive £30 each. £9 entry fee. 50 longlisted entrants receive publication in print and digital anthology. Entries close 15th October.

Dorset Fiction Award

The Dorset Fiction Award's bi-annual competition is currently open for entries. Short fiction 1000 words or fewer in any genre/topic will be accepted. Winner receives £500 cash prize and publication in anthology and online. Nine runners-up also receive publication. International entries welcome. £7 entry fee. Entries close 15th October.

NUHA Blogging Prizes

The NUHA Foundation, an education NGO, is open for entries to its 2017 Blogging Prizes. There are three categories: Young Writers (age 10-14), Youth (age 15-18) and Adult (age 19 and above). Prizes up to $2500USD on offer. Entries are in the form of articles responding to given topics or prompts. Entries close 15th October.

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards

Writer's Digest invites entries to its annual Popular Fiction Awards. Categories include Romance, Thriller/Suspense, Mystery/Crime, Horror, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Young Adult. Entries up to 4000 words will be accepted. Grand prize winner receives $2500USD, a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference and an interview in Writer's Digest magazine. First prize winners in each category receive $500 and other prizes. $20 entry fee. Entries close 16th October.

Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize

The inaugural Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize is now open for entries. The prize endeavours to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors writing literary fiction and non-fiction. Winner receives $20,000AUD and publication in early 2019. Entries must consist of a 300-word synopsis, manuscript and pitch document. Open to Australian residents aged 18 and above. Entries close 20th October.

Bare Fiction Prize

Bare Fiction magazine is open for entries to its fourth annual competition. Categories include flash fiction (500-word limit); short story (3000-word limit); and poetry (40-line limit). In each category, first prize is £500, second prize is £200 and third prize is £100. Two Highly Commended awards of £25 will also be chosen. First, second and third prize winners will be published online and in the Spring 2018 issue of Bare Fiction. Entries close 31st October.

Kathy Fish Fellowship (Flash Fiction)

SmokeLong Quarterly is now accepting submissions for its 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship for new and emerging writers. The winner will receive $500USD and will be considered a virtual 'writer in residence' at SmokeLong for four issues, each of which will include one flash by the Fellowship winner. $5 donation as entry fee. Entries close 31st October.

The Matador Review Call for Submissions

Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2018 publication. The magazine publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. Call for submissions ends 30th November.

Opportunities: September 2017

HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Award

The Historical Writers' Association is now open for entries to the Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Award. Short stories of up to 3500 words, set at least 35 years in the past, will be accepted. Prizes include £500, publication, mentoring session from author and agent, and the opportunity to receive your award at the HWA Crowns Ceremony in London. Two Highly Commended entries also receive mentoring and invitations to the award ceremony. Entries close 1st September.

Vancouver Writers Fest Short Story and Poetry Contest

The Vancouver Writers Fest is open for entries to its 19th annual Short Story and Poetry Contest. Poetry up to 500 words and creative short fiction up to 1500 words will be accepted from writers of any nationality. First prize in both categories consist of $500CAD, publication in print and online, and editorial evaluations of written works. Second prize is $350 and online publication. $15 entry fee. Entries close 5th September.

Baum Book Prize 2017

Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts to the Baum Book Prize for the chance to win a $3000 ebook deal with Kwill Books. Fiction or non-fiction books of any genre, including poetry and children's books, will be considered. The winner will receive an ISBN, book formatting and proofreading, cover design and a marketing promotions package. All finalists receive a content edit and editorial notes on their manuscript. Submissions close 10th September.

Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers

Express Media's 2017 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers is now open. The award aims to foster talented Australian writers of longform work aged 30 and under. Entries between 5000–10,000 words are welcome across all nonfiction genres. Winner receives $3000AUD, an editorial mentorship and a book pack. Shortlisted writers receive a craft development masterclass, feedback on their entry and a book pack. Entries close 10th September.

 

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize

The 2017 Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize is now open for entries. International entries welcome. The theme is 'World-Changing Words' and entries must be under 2500 words. First prize is $1000AUD and publication in Mascara Literary Review; a highly commended entry receives $200. Entry fee is $15. Entries close 15th September.

Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition

Mslexia is open for entries to its 2017 Women's Novel Competition, judged by author Philippa Gregory. Women of any nationality from any country can enter extracts up to 5000 words of completed, unpublished novels (manuscripts must be at least 50,000 words total length). First prize £5000. Winner and four finalists also receive manuscript feedback and introductions to agents and editors. Entry fee £25. Entries close 18th September.

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Entries are now open for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Stories up to 6000 words will be accepted. Winner receives £30,000 and five shortlisted authors will also receive £1000. Entrants must have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland. Entries close 28th September.

Manchester Fiction Prize

Manchester Metropolitan University seeks entries for its Fiction Prize. Short stories up to 2500 words will be accepted. Entrants must be over 16 years of age. Open theme. Winner receives £10,000. £17.50 entry fee. Entries close 29th September.

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

Boston Review welcomes entries to its Aura Estrada Short Story Contest. Stories under 5000 words will be accepted. The winning author will receive $1500USD and have their work published on Boston Review's website. Runners up may also be published. $20 entry fee. Entries close 1st October.

Kore Press Memoir Award

Kore Press is open for entries to its Memoir Award, judged this year by Cheryl Strayed. Open to women writers writing memoir or memoir-in-essays in English. Entries should be a minimum of 80 pages and a maximum of 400 pages. Winner receives $1000USD prize plus publication. $27.50 entry fee. Entries close 1st October.

Virginia Prize for Fiction

Aurora Metro invites entries to its biennial prize, which aims to find new women fiction writers. Entries must consist of a completed manuscript for a novel. The prize is open to any woman (over 18) around the world, writing in English. Winner receives £1000 and a conditional offer of publication by Aurora Metro Books. Entry fee £15. Entries close 1st October.

Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize

The inaugural Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize is now open for entries. The prize endeavours to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors writing literary fiction and non-fiction. Winner receives $20,000AUD and publication in early 2019. Entries must consist of a 300-word synopsis, manuscript and pitch document. Open to Australian residents aged 18 and above. Entries close 20th October.

Opportunities: August 2017

Indiana Review 2017 1/2 K Prize

Indiana Review invites submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction under 500 words for the 1/2 K Prize. Winner receives $1000USD and publication in Indiana Review. Up to 3 pieces accepted per submission. $20 reading fee. Submissions close 1st August.

PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship

The PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellowship is a seven-month literary mentorship based in Los Angeles. The fellowship aims to provide new writers who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career. Applications close 1st August.

Best New Fairy Tale Competition

Writers are invited to submit an original fairy tale story to Fairytalez.com's Best New Fairy Tale competition. The winner will receive a $300 gift certificate to Amazon.com, promotion on social networks and a digital winner badge for your blog or website. Stories must be between 300 and 5000 words. Entries close 15th August.

UNO Press Lab Publishing Prize

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

The Epoch Times Inspiring the World Writing Competition

The Epoch Times, part of a New York City-based nonprofit, is open for entries to its Inspiring the World Writing Competition. Submissions should be nonfiction articles between 500-1000 words, and should highlight any of the following themes: compassion, redemption, triumph of the human spirit, and life's surprises. The prize pool is worth $10,000USD ($5000 for first place). Entries close 21st August.

The Writer Magazine 'Let There Be Light' Competition

The Writer magazine invites entries to its 'Let There Be Light' competition. Short stories up to 2000 words using any nuance, definition, or understanding of the word 'light' will be accepted. Grand prize is $1000USD and publication in the magazine. Second place and third place receive publication on writermag.com as well as $500 and $250 respectively. Entries close 21st August.

Scotland Writing Residency

The Scotland Writing Residency awards a free one-week stay in a cottage in the Scottish village of Brora. Applicants must submit 20 pages of fiction, creative non-fiction or playwriting; a CV, including a publication list; two references; and a $22USD fee. Applications close 25th August.

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2017/18

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize is open for submissions up to 6000 words. Winner chooses between a cash prize of £1000 or 12 months of editorial support for a writing project and will also be profiled and interviewed in The Bookseller. Shortlisted authors each receive a cash prize of £150; longlisted authors receive £50 of bookshop vouchers and a 4-book subscription to Galley Beggar Press. £10 entry fee per story. Entries close 27th August.

Grindstone 2017 Summer Novel Opening Competition

Grindstone Literary Services is open for entries to its 2017 Summer Novel Opening Competition. Enter the first 1000 words of your novel. First prize £250; second £100; third £50. Fourth and fifth prize winners receive a free critical overview on a piece of writing. £6 entry fee. Entries close 28th August.

Hammond House Publishing International Short Story Prize

Hammond House Publishing invites entries for its International Literary Prize. Short stories between 2000-7000 words will be accepted. The theme is 'eternal'. Winner receives £600; second place £100; third place £50. 25 shortlisted entries will receive worldwide publication. Prizes are presented at a televised award ceremony held in December. £10 entry fee. Entries close 31st August.

The London Magazine Essay Competition 2017

The London Magazine invites entries for its inaugural essay competition. All essays submitted must be non-academic, previously unpublished and no longer than 1500 words. No set theme or subject. First prize is £500 and publication in the magazine; second and third prize receive publication on thelondonmagazine.org, as well as £300 and £200 respectively. Entry fee: £10 per essay. Entries close 31st August.

The Matador Review Fall 2017 submissions

Online literature and art journal, The Matador Review, seeks submissions for its next issue, the Fall 2017 publication. Fiction and creative non-fiction under 10,000 words, flash fiction under 1000 words, and poetry (up to 6 poems) are accepted. Call for submissions ends 31st August.

Baum Book Prize 2017

Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts to the Baum Book Prize for the chance to win a $3000 ebook deal with Kwill Books. Fiction or non-fiction books of any genre, including poetry and children's books, will be considered. The winner will receive an ISBN, book formatting and proofreading, cover design and a marketing promotions package. All finalists receive a content edit and editorial notes on their manuscript. Submissions close 10th September.

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize

The 2017 Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize is now open for entries. International entries welcome. The theme is 'World-Changing Words' and entries must be under 2500 words. First prize is $1000AUD and publication in Mascara Literary Review; a highly commended entry receives $200. Entry fee is $15. Entries close 15th September.