Owl Canyon Press invites entries to its second Short Story Hackathon. Entries must consist of a short story with 50 paragraphs – the contest provides the first and twenty-fifth paragraphs, and the writer crafts the rest. First prize is $3000USD, second prize $2000 and third prize $1000. The winning short stories and 24 finalists will be published in an anthology. Entries close 1st December.
The Fiddlehead is now open for entries to its 28th annual literary contest. Short fiction up to 6000 words is welcome. $2000CAD will be awarded for Best Short Story and $250 for two honourable mentions. Entry fees start at $30 depending on your country of residence. Entries close 3rd December.
The Beloit Fiction Journal is currently open for entries to its short story contest. Stories up to 7000 words on any theme will be accepted. Winner receives $2000USD and publication. $20 entry fee. Entries close 10th December.
Inkshares invites entries to both its Horror and Mystery/Thriller contests. Authors of novels in the horror and mystery/thriller genres are invited to submit their book for consideration. The top three novels in each category will be selected. Entries close 14th December.
F(r)iction magazine is currently open for entries to its 2018 literary contests. The publication favours stories that celebrate the weird, take risks, and are driven by a strong, unique voice. There are three categories – short stories, flash fiction and poetry – with a total of $1600USD prize money. Entry fees apply. Entries close 15th December.
$1000USD and publication in the forthcoming Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters will be awarded to the winners in each category of the Hidden River Review Trilogy Award: poetry, non-fiction and very short fiction. $17 entry fee. 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. Entries close 15th December.
Boulevard magazine invites entries of short fiction up to 8000 words for to its emerging writers' contest. Entrants must have not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. First prize is $1500USD and publication. $16 entry fee. Entries close 31st December.
Buzz Words, the twice monthly online magazine for those in the children's book industry, is open for entries to its inaugural Short Story Prize for Australian adults writing for children. Stories should be for children aged 8 to 11 years. 1500-word limit. First prize winner receives $1000AUD; second prize receives $500. $10 entry fee. Entries close 31st December.
The Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction is open for submissions. Stories up to 10,000 words in any genre or style are welcome. Winner receives $1000USD and publication. $10 entry fee. Entries close 31st December.
The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize is now open for entries. Open theme; short stories up to 4000 words and
poetry up to 50 lines is accepted. First prize is £1000; second prize is £300; third prize is £100; two highly commended £50. £5 entry fee. A tree is planted in Boré, Kenya for every entry received, and entry fees go towards building a classroom for the local community. Entries close 31st December.
Bayou Magazine invites entries to its James Knudsen Prize for Fiction. Short stories up to 7500 words will be accepted. Winner receives $1000USD and a year's subscription to Bayou Magazine. $20 entry fee. Entries close 1st January.
The Hunter Writers' Centre welcomes entries for the 2019 Newcastle Short Story Award. Open theme; 2000-word limit. First prize $3000AUD, second prize $1700, third prize $1000. Cash prizes for three highly commended and two commended entries. $16.50 entry fee. Entries close 4th February.