Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020

SSC20 flyer
Thursday 1st August 2019
will see the launch of the seventh Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition hosted by the award-winning charity InterAct Stroke Support.

 

The competition asks writers to write a piece in any genre in no more than 1000 words. The winner of the competition will receive £1000 and will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Monday 2nd December 2019 and first place will be awarded at the winner’s ceremony on Tuesday 3rd March 2020, InterAct’s 20th birthday. This year the competition will be judged by esteemed novelist Margaret Drabble.

 

Entries can be submitted by email or post and the submission fee is £15.00 per story. Please find more details and terms and conditions of entry on the InterAct Stroke Support website: https://www.interactstrokesupport.org/ssc2020

 

Previously shortlisted competition entrants have been published alongside authors such as Ruth Rendell, Toby Young and Nell Dunn in our illustrated collection of short stories and poems, Interactions, which is available to purchase on our website: https://www.interactstrokesupport.org/shop

 

InterAct Stroke Support is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting stroke recovery by using professional actors to deliver hospital readings and community projects. InterAct specialises in delivering stimulating and inspiring short stories specially selected to suit the needs of stroke patients.  The readings are designed to assist recovery by improving mood, stimulating the brain and providing much-needed entertainment.

Advertisements

The Autumn 2019 Reflex flash fiction competition is open

Autumn 2019 - Reflex Fiction - Flash Fiction Competition - shortstops

Reflex Fiction is a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. We publish one story every day as we count down to the winner of each competition.

We had a fantastic response to our Summer competition: 413 entries from 25 different countries. We’re busy reading and judging in preparation for announcing the longlist on 1 July. In the meantime, the next round of the competition is now open for entries. In the interest of making the competition more inclusive, we’re trialling a choose your own entry fee system for this round. Visit our website for more details.

We’re delighted to have Naomi Booth, 2018 Guardian ‘Not the Booker’ Award shortlisted author acting as judge. Here are the important details:

Prizes: £1,000 / £500 / £250 (or the equivalent in your local currency)
Entry fee: Choose your own
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Judging: September 2019
Longlist announced: 1 October 2019
Judge: Naomi Booth
Submissions: via our online entry form.

Witches Sail in Eggshells by Chloe Turner

Witches Sail in Eggshells coverWe’re excited to announce our first publication under the Reflex Press banner. Witches Sail in Eggshells by Chloe Turner is a collection of seventeen short stories and is available to order now through our website. You can also read a taster story from the collection, ‘Hagstone’, online here.

Michael Mullan Cancer Fund Writing Competitions 2019

2019 Writing Competitions Michael Mullan Cancer Fund

Entry is now open!

Great competitions for a great cause!

This is an open competition for short stories, flash fiction and poems on any subject matter.

The competition is open to people of 16 years and over.

All entry fees will go to the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund.

Closing Date is 12.00 midnight (GMT) on Thursday 18th July 2019.

Short Story Entries

– Entries should not exceed 2,000 words.

– Entry Fee €15

Flash Fiction Entries

– Entries should not exceed 500 words.

– Entry Fee €10,

Poetry Entries

– Entries should not exceed 40 lines.

– Entry Fee €10

*A longlist of the top 20 submissions in each competition will be published on the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund website in August 2019.

*The top 6 shortlisted in each competition will be listed in September.

*Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at a special event on Wednesday 9 October 2019 (7.00 pm for 7.30 pm) at Newbridge Library, Co. Kildare as part of the 2019 Kildare Readers Festival. 

*The winning entries in each competition will be published on the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund website and also on the Kildare Readers Festival

To enter and for more information go to

https://www.michaelmullancancerfund.com/writing-competitions

Announcing the Show Me Yours Prize

Fiction // Nonfiction // Poetry // Image

I’ll Show You Mine: A Sex Writing Symposium was organised by two students – James Smart and Melissa Wan – on the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. It began as a desire for conversation about the role of sex writing in literature.

With the Show Me Yours Prize, we want to open that conversation to artists and writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry to celebrate work that engages with the world of sex and desire in surprising and exciting ways.

OPEN NOW – CLOSING JULY 10
£300 GRAND PRIZE
£50 PRIZE TO HIGHLY COMMENDED
ENTRIES IN EACH CATEGORY

Find out more at showyouminesymposium.com/prize

FlashBack Fiction’s Summer 2019 Microfiction Competition: Moon Landing

 

Full_moon_partially_obscured_by_atmosphere20 July 2019 marks fifty years since the Apollo Moon Landing. To celebrate that small step and giant leap, FlashBack is holding our second historical microfiction competition.

We are looking for flash fiction, prose poetry and hybrid work of up to 100 words (excluding title) on the theme of  ‘Moon’.

Feel free to write about space programmes, but you don’t have to. Let your historical imagination lift off. Think eclipses, explorers, navigators, astronomers, smugglers, sonatas, festivals, harvests and hunters but the moon must play a significant role. Don’t just tell us the moon was shining. Your story can be set anywhere or anytime, as long as it’s before 2000 CE and linked to human history. We are not open to futuristic stories.

Want to know what type of story boosts our thrusters? Check out our WW1 micro comp winners and our timeline.

We will publish the top five stories, one each day, from 15-19 July on the FlashBack website.

The first entry is free (£3 for subsequent entries). Prizes are £25 for the winner, £15 for second place and £10 for third place.

Because of the very short turn-around time, we cannot consider simultaneous submissions. No previously published work either, please.

Entries must be received by 11.59pm BST on Sunday, 16 June 2019. Read the full competition submission guidelines here.

We look forward to reading your work!


Image of full Moon partially obscured by atmosphere courtesy of NASA under Photo ID: S103-E-5037.

Just two weeks left to enter Cranked Anvil short story competition

The very first quarterly short story competition from Cranked Anvil closes in just TWO WEEKS. Still plenty of time to get down your 1,500 words and enter, for a chance to win one of three top prizes plus publication on our website.

The competition is open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). Closing dates throughout the year are:

30th April
31st July
31st October
31st January

You can enter up to three stories in each quarterly competition.
Entry fees:
£5 for the first | plus £3 for the second | plus £2 for the third

Prizes
1st – £150
2nd – £75
3rd – £30

The three placed stories from each quarter will be published on this website. Future anthologies will also be considered, published by Cranked Anvil Press, in which shortlisted stories from each competition will be published.

Full details of the competition, how to enter, and competition rules, can be found on our website.

Good luck!

Reflex Fiction Winter 2018 Winners!

Summer 2019 - Reflex Fiction - Flash Fiction Competition - ShortStops
Reflex Fiction is a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. We publish one story every day as we count down to the winner of each competition.

Winter 2018 Winners

At the end of March, we published the three winning stories from our Winter 2018 flash fiction competition as chosen by David Swann. Here are the winners and links to the stories:

First Place: The Endless Conversation With My Mother by E L Norry
Second Place: Still Warm by K M Elkes
Third Place: Heartwood by Johanna Robinson

You can read David’s thoughts on the winning stories (and many of the long-listed ones) here.

Spring 2019 Long-List

We’ve also just published the long-list for our Spring 2019 competition and have started publishing stories as we count down to the announcement of the winners at the end of June.

Summer 2019 Open for Entries

We’re also accepting entries for our Summer 2019 competition. For this round, we’re delighted to have Desmond Elliott Prize winner Claire Fuller as our judge. Here are the important details:

Prizes: £1,000 first, £500 second, £250 third (or the equivalent in your local currency)
Entry Fee: £7
Entries close: 31 May 2019
Judge: Claire Fuller

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY