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.

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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.

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