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.
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.
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.
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 Currently open for submissions of original, young adult short stories up to 6000 words from unpublished Australian writers.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.
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.
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.
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 Additional award of £100 for the best entry from an unpublished writer.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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.