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award for adventure writing, split into two separate categories: the best published adventure novel and the best unpublished manuscript by a debut author.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 Winner of the Best Unpublished Manuscript category will receive a £7500 travel grant to undertake research for their next story, as well as a mentoring relationship with agents at Tibor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

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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.

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