Opportunities: October 2017

London Short Story Prize

The London Short Story Prize 2017 is currently open for entries of stories up to 5000 words. Winner will receive £1000 as well as print and online publication. Two highly commended and three shortlisted stories will also receive publication and payment. Open to writers living in London only. £6 entry fee. Entries close 9th October.

Futurescapes Writing Contest and Workshop

FutureScapes is an annual writing competition that asks writers to envision a particular future and tell its story. The 2017 theme is 'Blue Sky Cities'. Works of short fiction up to 8000 words will be accepted. First prize is $2000USD with $500 each for five runners-up. Winner and runners-up will be published in an anthology. First entry free; second entry $24. Entries close 13th October.

Arkansas International Emerging Writers Prize

Entries for the Arkansas International Emerging Writer's Prize in Fiction are currently open. Prose pieces under 7500 words will be accepted. Prize is $1000USD and publication. $20 entry fee (includes one-year subscription). Entries close 15th October.

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Bath Flash Fiction Award

The current round of the Bath Flash Fiction Award closes for entries this month. Submit flash fiction up to 300 words. £1000 prize for the winner, £300 for second and £100 for third; two commendations receive £30 each. £9 entry fee. 50 longlisted entrants receive publication in print and digital anthology. Entries close 15th October.

Dorset Fiction Award

The Dorset Fiction Award's bi-annual competition is currently open for entries. Short fiction 1000 words or fewer in any genre/topic will be accepted. Winner receives £500 cash prize and publication in anthology and online. Nine runners-up also receive publication. International entries welcome. £7 entry fee. Entries close 15th October.

NUHA Blogging Prizes

The NUHA Foundation, an education NGO, is open for entries to its 2017 Blogging Prizes. There are three categories: Young Writers (age 10-14), Youth (age 15-18) and Adult (age 19 and above). Prizes up to $2500USD on offer. Entries are in the form of articles responding to given topics or prompts. Entries close 15th October.

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards

Writer's Digest invites entries to its annual Popular Fiction Awards. Categories include Romance, Thriller/Suspense, Mystery/Crime, Horror, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Young Adult. Entries up to 4000 words will be accepted. Grand prize winner receives $2500USD, a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference and an interview in Writer's Digest magazine. First prize winners in each category receive $500 and other prizes. $20 entry fee. Entries close 16th October.




Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize

The inaugural Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize is now open for entries. The prize endeavours to find, nurture and develop new Australian authors writing literary fiction and non-fiction. Winner receives $20,000AUD and publication in early 2019. Entries must consist of a 300-word synopsis, manuscript and pitch document. Open to Australian residents aged 18 and above. Entries close 20th October.

Bare Fiction Prize

Bare Fiction magazine is open for entries to its fourth annual competition. Categories include flash fiction (500-word limit); short story (3000-word limit); and poetry (40-line limit). In each category, first prize is £500, second prize is £200 and third prize is £100. Two Highly Commended awards of £25 will also be chosen. First, second and third prize winners will be published online and in the Spring 2018 issue of Bare Fiction. Entries close 31st October.

Kathy Fish Fellowship (Flash Fiction)

SmokeLong Quarterly is now accepting submissions for its 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship for new and emerging writers. The winner will receive $500USD and will be considered a virtual 'writer in residence' at SmokeLong for four issues, each of which will include one flash by the Fellowship winner. $5 donation as entry fee. Entries close 31st October.

The Matador Review Call for Submissions

Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2018 publication. The magazine publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. Call for submissions ends 30th November.

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