The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction between 2000–5000 words. Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country. Overall winner receives £5000 and one winner from each of the five Commonwealth regions receives £2500. Entries close 1st November.
Writers are invited to submit a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length to Fiction Collective Two's Innovative Fiction Contest. Entries should be previously unpublished. Prize is USD$1500 and publication by FC2. $25 submission fee. Entries close 1st November.
Submissions are open for FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology, which will be published monthly online from January–December 2019. Each issue will feature three original young adult stories. Submissions must be previously unpublished, run between 2000–7000 words and feature a single-word title that offers a suggestion of what to expect. Submissions for next round close 1st November.
Odyssey House invites entries to its annual Short Story Competition, this year themed 'reflection'. Stories must make reference to alcohol and/or drugs and must not exceed 1500 words. First prize is AUD$1000, second prize $100 and third prize $50. $10 entry fee. Entries close 2nd November.
The Digital Writers' Festival welcomes entries to its Swinburne Microfiction Challenge. Entrants must provide a work of microfiction (up to 500 words) in response to a daily prompt. Daily winners will be published online and the prize for the overall winner is AUD$1000. Entries are welcome from anywhere in the world, but to be eligible for the cash prize entrants must be an Australian or New Zealand resident. Prompts will be released daily from 30th October until 3rd November.
Luna Station Quarterly, a speculative fiction magazine featuring stories by emerging women authors, is currently open for submissions of short fiction between 500 and 7000 words. $5USD payment for each story and a lifetime subscription to the ebook version of the magazine. Submissions close 15th November.
Overland journal is open for entries to its annual Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. Short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of 'travel' is accepted. Winner receives AUD$4000 first prize and publication in Overland. Two runners-up receive $500 and online publication. $20 entry fee (or $12 for subscribers). Entries close 19th November.
The Penguin Literary Prize endeavours to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors writing literary fiction. Entrants must currently be living in Australia and must submit a synopsis, pitch and full manuscript. Prize is AUD$20,000 advance against royalties and a publishing contract with Penguin. Submissions close 25th November.
The Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest welcomes short stories up to 10,000 words in any speculative fiction genre. Grand prize is €1000 and publication in horror, fantasy and science fiction magazine Albedo One; second and third prizes are €200 and €100 as well as publication. €8.50 entry fee. Entries close 30th November.
Everything With Words seeks 'a vibrant debut novel for young adults/adults, set in today’s multi-cultural Britain'. Entrants must be living in the UK and their submission must be their first novel for a young adult audience. No fantasy; 40,000–70,000 words. Prize is £1000 and possible publication by Everything with Words. Submissions close 30th November.
Fish Publishing welcomes entries up to 5000 words for its annual Short Story Prize. First prize is €3,000 plus five-day Short Story Workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival; second prize is €300 and a week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat; third prize is €300; seven honourable mentions receive €200 each. All winners will be published in the Fish Anthology 2019. €20 entry fee. Entries close 30th November.
InkTears is open for entries of short fiction for its 2018 Short Story Contest. Entries may be on any theme and must be between 1000–3500 words. Winner receives £1000, runner-up receives £100 and six highly commended entries receive £25; the best entry from a US writer receives USD$250. All winners will be published online. £7.50 entry fee. Entries close 30th November.
The ServiceScape Short Story Award welcomes entries of short fiction up to 5000 words, in any genre, on any theme. First prize is USD$1000 and winning short story will be featured on ServiceScape blog. Entries close 30th November.
The Matador Review is open for submissions for its Winter 2019 issue. Fiction and nonfiction up to 10,000 words and poetry (1–6 poems per submission) will be accepted. Submissions close 30th November.
WOW! Women On Writing welcomes all styles and genres of flash fiction between 250–750 words for its Flash Fiction Contest. Twenty prizes on offer, including cash, Amazon gift certificates and publication. $10 entry fee. Entries close 30th November.
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.