Cheshire Prize for Literature
Prizes: The prize-winner will receive £2,000. Additional prize-money of £750 will be awarded and the best entries will be published.
Entry fee: Not stated.
The 2011 Cheshire Prize for Literature will be awarded for an original and previously unpublished piece of writing for children. The entry may be in prose or verse. A prose entry should not exceed 1,500 words. A verse entry should not exceed 100 lines. The intended readership is seven to 14-year old children. The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire. chester.ac.uk/literatureprize
Cowboy Up Contest
Western theme, max 3500 words. 15 dollars entry. Top prize 250 dollars. See website for details: http://www.moonlightmesaassociates.com/id10.html
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly Award
For imaginative fiction. First prize is 1000 dollars and publication in Rosebud Magazine. The judge for this year’s award is distinguished fantasy and sci - fi author Kij Johnson, winner of both the World Fantasy and Nebula Awards. Stories upto 4500 words. Entry Fee: 15 dollars. See website: http://www.rsbd.net/NEW/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=76:shelley&catid=35:contests&Itemid=54
Satirical Short Story Competition
Prizes: 10 prizes of £15.00.
Entry fee: Free.
To enter simply join this group (you need to join The Daily Satire first if you aren't a member), submit a short satirical story, and select this group from the submission ‘step two’ page. You must publish your full story here and not just a link to it. There are no rules except that your story can’t have been commercially published before. As long as it is satire and it is a short story it qualifies. thedailysatire.com/groups/
Story: 3000 wds. Theme: The Visitor (please do not use the theme as your title). Fee: £5 first story, £4 for subsequent entries. Prizes: £100/£50/£25. Details: web post: Park Publications, 14 The Park, Stow On The Wold, Cheltenham, Glos., GL54 1DX
The Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction
(USA) Prizes: Winning books awarded $1000 and offered a standard contract with the University of Notre Dame Press. This is a biannual fiction prize but is judged quadrennially. Entry fee: $15 Address: C J Waterman, Creative Writing Program, Department of English, 340 O'Shaugnessy Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5611, USA.E-Mail: email@example.com
Novel: 1st 10,000 wds. Fee: £20. Prizes: £500 and publication/£250 and publication/details critique for honorable mentions. Details: web post Unbound Press, PO Box 16864, Glasgow, Scotland, G11 9DJ
Previously unpublished short stories up to 5,000 words, relating to a sense of place or the natural world, interpreted as broadly or narrowly as you wish.Judge: Rivka Galchen
Winner: $1,000 and national publication in The Bear Deluxe Magazine, writer’s residency at the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology in Otis, Oregon. (up to 10 weeks)
Finalists (1-3): Honorable mention in The Bear Deluxe Magazine. See website: http://www.beardeluxe.org/doug_fir_guidelines.html
Story: min 2000 wds, max 5000 wds. Theme: Fantasy. Fee: FREE. Prizes: Apple iPad/2x Amazon Kindles/every entrant receives free ebook of Frank P Ryan's The Snowmelt River. Rules: Strictly one entry per person only. Details: web email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: FBRFSSC
100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest (USA)
Prizes: 1st, $500 / 2nd, $150 / 3rd, $100 / 4th, $50 For original, complete and riveting stories of not more than 100 words. The writing of such is not easy; nevertheless, we often meet characters and enjoy plots that match the work of great novelists. The theme is open. Enter by e-mail only. Located in Seattle, Washington, USA, director Idore Anschell will be glad to reply to questions or comments by e-mail. Entry fee: $15. Checkmark evaluation, $15. Critique, $55. E-Mail: email@example.com Visit www.100wordsorfewerwritngcontest.com for winning stories, sample critiques, and complete guidelines
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition
Prizes: Prizes: £150 (First), £75 (Second), £50 (Third), 3 x £10 (Highly Commended). All winning and commended stories will receive first publication in Sentinel Champions magazine in print and eBook formats.
Entry fee: £5 for 1 story, £9 for 2 stories, £12 for 3 stories.
For previously unpublished short stories in English language up to 1500 words long, on any subject, in any style. Stories entered may not be under consideration for publication, or accepted for publication elsewhere.
Judge: Adnan Mahmutovic, author of "Thinner than a Hair", and "Illegitimate."
Results will be announced on 31-Oct-2011 at www.sentinelquarterly.com
Send stories with Cover Note or Entry Form with Cheque/Postal Order in GP£ only payable to SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT. Address: Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom.
Enter online or download Entry Form at: sentinelquarterly.com/short-story-competition
Zouch Lit Bits Super Flash Fiction Contest (USA)
Prizes: Custom artwork, including a clock by Ostlund Custom Works valued at over $175. For work of 140 words or less. The top 14 stories will all win prizes. Entries can be on any topic, in any style and in any time period. Entry fee: FreeE-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quirky Guide Travel Writing Competition
Prizes: First prize is a weekend in Wales with Quality Unearthed.
Entry fee: None
"We want to read about the very strangest thing that ever happened to you on the road. No matter what your story is - whether the time when you wrestled with Bolivian grandmothers or just stayed in an unusual hotel - it's the telling of your tale that counts. Keep your story to 300-700 words. The three best entries will go forward to a public vote from September 24th to 29th, and the winning entry will be announced on September 30th, 2011."
Novel: 150 wd outline plus first 1500 wds. Novel must be set in Wales. Story: 3500 wds. Poem: max 60 lines. Theme for short story and poetry comps: Action. Fees: novel £3. Story £1.50 or 3 for £3. Poem £1 or 3 for £2. Prizes: novel; chance of publication by Accent press (subject to work being considered good enough) and one to one workshop with Catrin Collier. Story; £80/£45/£30. Poetry; £50/£30/£15. Details: web post Undercurrents, 15 Graig y Fedw, Abertridwr, Caerffili, CF83 4AQ
Aeon Award 2011 Short Fiction Contest
Prizes: The Aeon Award short fiction contest has a Grand Prize of €1000 and publication in Albedo One! Second and third place prizes are €200 and €100 as well as guaranteed publication in Albedo One, the leading Irish magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Entry fee: €7 per entry.
The Aeon Award is a fiction writing competition for short stories in any speculative fiction genre, i.e. fantasy, science fiction, horror or anything in-between or unclassifiable! albedo1.com/
Novel: 1st 3 chapters. Song: 3 mins max (and to include mandatory lyrics as stated on website). Fee: £8 for novel. FREE for songwriting comp. Prizes: £80/£60/£40 in novel comp. No prize for songwriting comp though entrants will have link to their site and chance to charge for downloads. Details: web
Capri-sun Perfect Day Competition
Prizes: "Your Perfect Day" up to £5,000; 17 x £80 Eventim gig tickets; 1,000 x £15 iTunes vouchers.
Entry fee: None. Type in your entry online. capri-sun.co.uk/perfectday
Chorley & District Writers' Circle National Flash Fiction Competition
Prizes: £100, £50 & £25 plus publication in Circle's annual digital collection of writing
Fee: £3 per entry or £5 for 2. Unlimited number of entries. Copyright remains with author.
Theme: Urban myths - open to a very wide interpretation. Odd, bizarre, funny, scary or horrific, it's up to you.
Maximum length: 500 words.
Judge: David Gaffney.
Sponsor: Fiction Feedback.
Entry by post please with cover sheet (no name on story) to Aware Competition, 27 Thirlmere Road, Blackrod, Bolton BL6 5EB, together with a cheque made out to Chorley & District Writers' Circle.
chorleywriters.co.uk or fictionfeedback.co.uk
Story: 1500 wds. Poetry: 40 lines max. Fee: £1. Prizes: 1 yr subs to Fleeting Mag/3 mnths subs x 2 runners up. Details: web
Anything (incl any sort of writing - poem, prose etc - graphic novel, cartoon strip.): 1000 wds, 4 A4 pages or 2 A3 pages. (Must be able to be printed in mag, so sending a sculpture might not work). Fee: £4 or 3 entries for £10. Prizes: £100 plus several writing related books. Details: web post:Leaf Books Ltd, GTi Suite, Ty Menter, Navigation Park, Abercynon, RCT, Wales, U.K. CF45 4SN
Novel: 1st 5000 wds (but novel should be completed before you enter and be at least 50,000 wds). Fee: £25. Prize: £5000. Details: Web post Women's Novel Competition, Mslexia Publications Ltd, PO Box 656, Freepost NEA5566, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1BR
Print Express Short Story Competition
Prizes: The winner will receive 10 printed copies of their short story published in a 14.8x10.5cm book with a 350gsm card cover. The author can design their own cover or our in house design team can help. Illustrations inside the book are optional.
Entry fee: None. Make sure your story is no longer than 4000 words. Please only send in one story.
If you're an unpublished author that loves to write short stories, we want to hear from you. If you send us a short story that you've written, you could be in with the chance of having it printed and receive 10 copies. To enter, email your short story in a Word document (or a .txt document, if it's easier) to email@example.com.
Non-fiction/Life Writing: 3000 wds. Fee: £7. Prizes: £3000/£1000/£500. Details: web (email entries only)
Story: 2500 wds Fee: £4 or 3 for £10. Prizes: £80/£45/£20. (cheques payable to J M Derrick) Rules: Both men and women are welcome to enter. Entrants may pay online, but all entries must be sent by post. Entry: web post: The Yellow Room Competition, 1 Blake Close, Bilton, Rugby CV22 7LJ
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest (USA)
Prizes: 1st, $3000. Altogether there are 10 cash prizes totalling $5550. For poems in any style or genre. This competition is now in its 9th year. Both published and unpublished work is accepted. Winning entries will be published on line. Entries can be submitted by post or on line. Entry fee: $7 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers. Address: Tom Howard Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060, USA. Visit www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry for more information or to enter.
Writers' Village Story Contest Autumn 2011
Prizes: The top award is £250, with a £100 second prize and third prize of £50, plus five runner-ups gain a free entry in the next round. All entrants gain a free critique of their story in the autumn 2011 round of the Writers' Village 'Best Writing' award. Winners will be awarded the title 'Winner, the Writers' Village Best Writing autumn 2011 Award' and see their work showcased online.
Entry fee: £10 for two entries and multiple entries are permitted.
Stories up to 3000 words may be submitted in any genre of prose fiction, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide. Entry rules plus all winning stories since 2009 can be found on the web site. writers-village.org
A collection of international (USA) contests in addition to the previous list
1. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 8, 2011:
Quid Novi Writing Contest Fiction Award Prize: $1000
2. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 9, 2011:
Family Circle Fiction Contest Prize: $750
3. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 12, 2011:
Bartleby Snopes Dialogue Only Contest Prize: $250
4. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 14, 2011:
Annual UCD Anthology Contest Prize: £150
5. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 14, 2011:
Riddle Fence Short Fiction Contest Prize: $500
6. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 15, 2011:
Robert Watson Literary Prize Prize: $1000
7. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 15, 2011:
The Short Story Contest Prize: £300
8. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 18, 2011:
100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest Prize: $500
9. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 21, 2011:
Anderbo Novel Contest Prize: $500
10. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 21, 2011:
Tenth Glass Woman Prize for Short Fiction Prize: $500
11. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
Flash 500 Flash Fiction Contest Prize: £250
12. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
Writers' Forum Short Story Contest Prize: £300
13. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
The International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest Prize: £1000
14. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
Glimmer Train Fiction Open Award Prize: $2000
15. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
AICW Flash Fiction Contest Prize: $500
16. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
Writers of the Future Fiction Contest Prize: $1000
17. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
Carpe Articulum Short Fiction Contest Prize: $1250
18. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
Dark Tales Short Story Competition Prize: £500
19. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
Chariton Review Short Fiction Prize Prize: $1000
20. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest (3rd quarter) Prize: €1000
21. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
Writers' Village Best Writing Award Prize: £250
22. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
Fault Zone Words from the Edge Contest Prize: $300