Opportunities: May 2018

Bristol Short Story Prize

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 Fantasy Short Story Submissions

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.

Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Writer's Digest welcomes entries to its annual Self-Published Book Awards. Open to all English-language self-published books. Categories include Mainstream/Literary Fiction; Genre Fiction; Nonfiction/Reference; Inspirational; Life Stories; Early Readers/Children’s Picture books; Middle-Grade/Young Adult; and Poetry. One Grand Prize winner, one First Prize winner and Honourable Mentions. Entry fees apply. Entries close 1st May.

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Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition

Writer's Digest is currently open for entries to its Annual Writing Competition. Categories include Inspirational Writing; Memoirs/Personal Essay; Magazine Feature Article; Genre Short Story; Mainstream/Literary Short Story; Rhyming Poetry; Non-rhyming Poetry; Script; and Children’s/Young Adult Fiction. One grand prize winner; prizes for first through tenth place and honourable mentions. Entry fees apply. Earlybird entries close 4th May.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Short fiction up to 3500 words is now being accepted for the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. First prize is $1500USD and publication in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. Second and third prizes are $500 each and honourable mentions will also be awarded. Earlybird entry fee is $15; all other entries $20. Earlybird entries close 1st May; final entries close 15th May.

SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction

To celebrate their 15th anniversary, SmokeLong Quarterly is hosting their first-ever flash fiction competition. Entries must be under 1000 words. Winner receives $1500USD, publication and automatic nomination for a number of awards. Runners-up receive $15 and publication. Entry fees apply. Entries close 20th May.

Fiction War Magazine's $5,000 Atom Bomb Prize

Writers are invited to submit pieces 100 words or fewer to Fiction War Magazine's Atom Bomb Prize. The theme is 'When I Lived'. One grand prize of $5000USD will be awarded. Shortlisted works will be announced periodically and offered publication. Entries close 23rd May.




Nowhere Magazine Spring 2018 Travel-Writing Contest

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.

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award is currently open to Australian writers under 35 years of age. Fiction, Australian history or biography between 30,000 and 100,000 words is accepted. First prize is $20,000AUD plus publication by Allen & Unwin with an advance against royalties. $25 entry fee. Entries close 31st May.

The Lifted Brow & non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction

The Lifted Brow and RMIT's non/fictionLab invite international entries to the 2018 Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction. The competition seeks non-fiction pieces up to 5000 words that differ from traditional non-fiction and convey meaning using unorthodox form, style, voice, point of view, etc. First prize is $5000AUD and publication in The Lifted Brow. Two runners-up will each receive AU$500 and discussion with editors. $7 entry fee. Entries close 31st May.

The Newcomer Prize for Short Stories

The Fiction Desk welcomes entries for its 2018 Newcomer Prize for Short Stories. Open to short stories between 1000 and 7000 words from authors who have not been previously published by The Fiction Desk, and who have not yet published a novel or collection of short stories on paper. First prize is £500 and second prize is £250. Entry fee is £8. Entries close 31st May.

The Yeovil Literary Prize

The Yeovil Community Arts Association invites entries for the 2018 Yeovil Literary Prize. There are four categories: novel, short story, poetry, and 'Writing Without Restriction'. Cash prizes for first, second and third place in each category. Entry fees apply. Entries close 31st May.

Wundor Short Fiction Contest

Wundor Editions is currently open for entries of flash fiction, short stories and novellas for its 2018 short fiction contest. Anything up to 45,000 words will be accepted. Winner receives £500 and the winner and two runners up will have an extract of their work published on the Wundor website. £10 entry fee. Entries close 31st May.

Impress Prize

The 2018 Impress Prize opens for entries on 1st May. Open to fiction and non-fiction submissions from all writers who have not been traditionally published. Entries consist of a book proposal and a sample chapter of no more than 6000 words. Winner receives a print and ebook publishing contract with Impress Books and a £500 advance. £25 entry fee. Entries close 29th June.

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