Submit to 2020 Shooter Short Story Competition

Shooter Literary Magazine’s 2020 Short Story Competition is now open to stories of any style, subject or genre, up to a max of 5,000 words. The contest spotlights the best emerging literary talent, with £500 in cash prizes and publication both in the magazine and online.

Shooter seeks imaginative, absorbing and beautifully written work that brings characters to life and elicits an emotional response from the reader. In short, we want well written tales that appeal to both the head and the heart.

In return for the £7 entry fee (or £10 for two), all entrants receive an e-copy of Shooter’s winter 2021 issue, which will feature the winning story.

  • The winner of the 2020 Shooter Short Story Competition will receive £400, publication in the winter issue and on the website, and promotion on Shooter’s social media.
  • The runner-up will receive £100, publication on Shooter’s website, and promotion on social media.
  • All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s winter issue.
  • Stories may be any theme or genre, up to a max of 5,000 words.
  • The competition is open to entries through May 31st, 2020.
  • Winners will be announced in July 2020
  • All proceeds from entry fees go toward prizes, contributor payments and Shooter’s production costs, supporting our mission to promote the best new writing and encourage the principle of paying writers for their work.

To enter, please email your story (as a Word or PDF file) to by the deadline of May 31st, 2020. Include your name, title of story and word count in the body of the email, with no identifying information on the story itself. Multiple entries are accepted. Payment can be made via Shooter’s website at

Other information can be found at We look forward to reading your work – good luck!

November Round-Up


We welcome a new lit mag to our Lit Mags list – Fat Cat magazine! “the new (and maybe kinda uncool) kid on the block, and we’re passionate about giving a home to the words of writers, especially those at the beginning of their careers.”

Live Lit & Festivals

White Rabbit is calling for submissions for an evening of short stories in Ashford, Kent, on the theme of ‘Wonder’ in March 2020. Untitled Writers is holding its third salon on Nov 7th in London.


Reflex Fiction has announced its Summer 2019 flash fiction contest winners, the Autumn longlist, and submissions for the Winter contest are still open. Ouen Press short story competition for stories on the theme of ‘the gift’ is now open, deadline 31st December. and the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition for stories of up to 1000 words closes on Dec 2nd.

Lit Mags

Fictive Dream is calling for submissions for Flash Fiction February 2020, and submissions are still open for Shooter lit mag‘s “supernatural” issue.

Workshops & Courses

Claire Keegan is running a residential writing weekend in Tullow, Ireland, Jan 3-5th.

March Round-Up


The Creative Future Writers Award for under-represented writers is open, on the theme of “Home”, deadline 2 June. National Flash Fiction Day is calling for flash fiction on the theme of “Doors” for its annual anthology, and for entries to its microfiction competition, deadline 15 March for both. The deadline for Writers HQ’s new quarterly flash competition, for stories up to 500 words, is 31 March.


Lit Mags

Shooter lit mag is open for submissions for its “Identity” issue, deadline April 21st. Fictive Dream is calling for submissions.



Chapbooks & Small Presses

The A3 Press is open to submissions for its chapbook series, especially of weird, hybrid and experimental work.


Live Lit

Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme “Invitation”, deadline 11 March, for their event in Bath on 22 March.

Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions until 31 March

Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions from Gloucs and South Gloucs writers until 31 March – for our 19 May 2019 event in a new venue, the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud. It’s free to submit and we are happy to consider published and unpublished work.

There’s a theme this time – Incendiary! Think of the theme as widely and flexibly as possible – stories about fire, heat, passion, anger, rebellion, incineration, climate change, inflamed senses, etc, etc.

As well as reading before an audience of 150 short story lovers at the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud, the authors of the ten stories chosen will be offered a place in our next published anthology – due 2021.

Tickets for the 19 May event will be available from 21 April on the Cotswold Playhouse website.

All the info you need is on our website –

October Round-Up

Lit Mags & Anthology

Fictive Dream calls for submissions for Flash Fiction February. The A3 Review has launched a new press, the A3 Press, which is open for submissions.

Shooter magazine is calling for submissions for its ‘Rivalry’ issue and the Nottingham Review is open for submissions, as is Breve New Stories, deadline Oct 15th.


Live Lit & Festivals

The John O’Connor Writing School is about to announce the winner of its short story competition, and its literary festival will be held in November in Armagh. Story Friday is calling for submissions on the theme of Feast for its Nov 30th event in Bath.


Short Story Collections & Workshops

Susmita Bhattacharya blogs about A Sense of Place in Short Fiction as her own debut collection is published.

Gail Aldwin is running a flash fiction workshop at the Clevedon Community Bookshop on Oct 4th. Paul McVeigh is running a workshop, That Killer First Page, in Dublin on October 13th.



The BBC National Short Story Award announces an all-female shortlist. The READ Foundation is running a writing competition, deadline Oct 10th, and has 12 tips to get you started.

Crossways #2 Online Now!

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Crossways #2  is now online! Enjoy poetry and short fiction from both emerging and established authors. Crossways publishes a broad selection of work from around the world but we have a particular interest in writing with an Irish connection.

Come visit the site and you are bound to find something you’ll like.

Yes, take a stroll down to the crossways and see who you might meet! It’s fabulous and it’s free! We look forward to seeing you there.


July Round-Up

Dear short story lovers, if you are on twitter, could you spare a minute to vote in our Twitter poll, asking what UK short story writers want, as research for an article I am writing for Mslexia?
Thanks, and happy July!


Lit Mags

Shooter magazine has opened submissions for its next issue, ‘New Life’. DNA mag instructs you to read Issue 1 and submit for Issue 2. Token Magazine also wants submissions for its second issue on the theme of ‘bodies’ and issue 16 of Bunbury is here. Popshot magazine wants your writing for its ‘Light’ issue, and Fictive Dream wants your stories.


Live Lit

 Talking Tales is open to submissions for its 15th event, on Aug 12th in Bristol. Flashers Club brings you news about its next event in August in Cheltenham.