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.
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.
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.
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 Open internationally to unpublished writers aged 18 and over.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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.