Category Archives: Short story competition

The Bridport Prize – poems; short stories; fiction


The Bridport Prize is now welcoming submissions for their annual competitions

  • Poems – 42 lines maximum
  • Short stories – 5000 words maximum
  • Flash Fiction – 250 words maximum

Titles are not included in the word counts.

Prizes for poetry and short stories

  • £5000 first prize
  • £1000 second prize
  • £500 Third prize

prizes for flash fiction

  • £1000 first prize
  • £500 second prize
  • £250 third prizes
  • 3 additional prizes of £25

Closing date Friday 31 May 2013

More information available from The Bridport Prize


Museo de la Palabra Short Tales Contest


“Words and Freedom”

Entries for the third Museo de la Palabra (Museum of the Word) Short Tales Contest for International Flash Fiction are now being accepted. The Flash Fiction stories must not exceed 100 words; can be written in Hebrew, English, Arabic or Spanish and fit the slogan “Words and Freedom” – deadline on the International Day of Words,  23rd November 2012.

  • $20,000 top prize
  • $ 1,000 will be awarded to three runners up for the best stories from the languages supported in the competition

More information from Museo de la Palabra – Fundación Cesar Egido Serrano

Home-Start Bridgewater Short Story Prize


The Home-Start Bridgewater Short Story Prize 2013

Entries are now invited for the Home-Start Bridgewater short story prize 2013. Stories, on any theme, must not be more than 2,200 words in length, should be the original, unpublished work of the author and not have won a prize in any previous competition- closing date 21st January 2013.

Judge: Dame Margaret Drabble

  • 1st Prize – £500
  • 2nd Prize – £200
  • 3rd Prize – £100

Entry Fee £7 per Story (All proceeds going to the Charity’s work)

Further details can be found at Home-Start Bridgewater

Creative Writing For All


Creative Writing for All – Short Story Contest

Entries are now invited for short stories of up to 2,000 words and poems of up to 40 lines on the theme of ‘Childhood Memories’ – Closing Date: 31st January 2013

  • Short Story Prizes: £60, £30, £15
  • Poetry Prizes: £60, £30, £15
  • Entry fee: £5, additional entries £3.

All profits made will go to ‘Women’s Aid’

More information from Creative Writing For All

Flash 500 competition


Flash 500 quarterly flash fiction competition

Flash 500 run quarterly fiction writing competitions for stories up to 500 words long – next deadline 30th September 2012

Entries cost £5 for one story and £8 for two.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First: £300 plus publication in Words with JAM
  • Second: £100
  • Third: £50
  • Highly commended: Choice of The Writer’s ABC Checklist or Bad Moon Rising (e-book)

More information from Flash 500



Fish Publishing International Short Story Prize


Fish Publishing Writing Contests

The annual Fish Anthology short story prize is now open for entries – deadline 30th November 2012

Fish publishing are also running competitions on

  • Short Memoir writing – deadline 31st January 2013
  • Flash Fiction – deadline – 28th February 2013
  • Poetry – deadline – 31st March 2013

Further details can be found at Fish Publishing

Good Luck!

Writer’s Village Short Fiction Prize


Writer’s Village ‘Best Writing’ competition

Writer’s Village are offering a £500 cash prize for prose writing in any genre up to 3000 words – deadline 30th September 2012.

Prizes will go to those writers whose short fiction shows the greatest originality, mastery of the craft skills of creative writing, and power to move the reader

In addition, all entrants will receive personal tips on how to improve their stories.

The prizes are: First Prize £500 ($800); Second Prize £250 ($400); Third Prize £100 ($160). Three further shortlisted entrants will gain £50 ($80). The entry fee is £10 – further information available from Writer’s Village

Good Luck!