The Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize for unpublished short stories is currently accepting entries. There is a prize of £1,000, and the winning entry will be published in Prospect Magazine online and in the RSL Review. In addition to this, there will be an opportunity for the winner to appear at an RSL event with established short story writers in autumn 2017. Entrants must be resident in the UK and likely to be available for the prize-giving event in autumn 2017. Stories entered for the competition must not have been published previously, or broadcast in any other medium. Stories should be 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. Submission fee is £5 per story.
This year’s judges include Chibundu Onuzo and Michèle Roberts.
More information and entry details can be found on the RSL’s submittable site: https://theroyalsocietyofliterature.submittable.com/submit.
The closing date for entries is 14 June 2017.
The very best 2016 competition entries have been published in one anthology entitled Journey through Uncertainty & other short stories features physical and emotional journeys, endured and enjoyed, with humour and courage – each one a testimony to a place, or an event, or a sentiment.
A collection of thought provoking and inspirational travel tales.
Contributors were encouraged to relay through their writing how they might have been changed by a ‘journey’ or how their travels allowed them time to reflect and reinforce, or challenge, accepted viewpoints.
Congratulations to the prizewinners and many thanks to all who entered the competition – visit www.ouenpress.com to view the FINAL RESULTS.
Eire based business writer and housewife, Emma Smith won top place for her work Journey through Uncertainty. Other prizewinners include former UK government advisor and diplomat John Frew, for Danny on the Beach, and London based actor, writer & adventurer Sophia Jackson-Gill for The Land of the Free.
We were delighted again with the global reach of the competition as we promoted a worldwide submissions policy, reflecting our interest in talented writers regardless of geography.
And what’s more, the show of interest in the competition from both experienced writers and those new to the short story form has encouraged us here at Ouen Press to continue with the annual competition. Deadline dates and details of the upcoming theme will be made available on our website later in the year – or you may wish to check in with us on Twitter @OuenP or Facebook @ouenpress for more regular updates on future competitions and all our other activities.
Wishing you every success with your future writing projects, all the best from the Ouen Press team.
Entering writing contests is possibly one of the best things you can do to improve yourself as a writer. You are given a challenge – it’s a motivation, a framework. You write for longer to meet a deadline, and edit better to meet a word limit. After that, once you submit your piece, you learn about the hope and anticipation of having your work judged. Then after a wait, when the winners are announced, you might be disappointed, or you might be ecstatic. Either way, you’ll always come out of it a better writer.
This is an ethos we believe at our competition, The Dorset Fiction Award. We’re running a short story contest, rolling twice a year. It’s open to anyone from anywhere, closing on the 10th of June. We’re looking for fewer than one thousands words of fiction in any genre/topic. The first prize is our unconditional love and admiration… as well as £500. You’ll also get published in our yearly anthology.
Also, on a lighter note, do you like otters? They’re the cute furry things that can swim. Because on this turn, we are supporting the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF). A brilliant charity dedicated to the protection and conservation of otters. The winner of this competition will also get to choose the charity of the next turn.
For all the details, check out our website http://www.dorsetfictionaward.co.uk/
Also connect with us @DorsetFiction
And to all the writers out there – keep on at it, and we hope to read you soon!
The Casket of Fictional Delights
2017 Flash Fiction Competition
Launched as part of the nationwide Get Creative weekend. We are looking for entries with a maximum of 300 words (excluding title). The competition is open to anyone over 18.
Judge: Kit de Waal
Closing date: 31st May 2017
Entry: £5 per flash fiction, £12.50 for 3 or £20 for 5
- The winning flash fiction will receive £150.
- The top three flash fictions will be published on The Casket of Fictional Delights.
- The top 10 flash fictions will be professionally recorded and broadcast as a special audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn and Stitcher, and promoted by The Casket of Fictional Delights.
Full set of rules and writing tips available on the website The Casket of Fictional Delights
Good Luck Everyone
Check out our interview with Kit De Waal talking about what she is looking for in a flash fiction
Print Express are running a children’s short story competition! We’re really excited about getting kids interested in creative writing, and we love reading the imaginative stories they come up with, and so we wanted to celebrate by running a short story competition for two age brackets: 5-9 and 10-13. The winner of each age bracket will win £50 in book tokens, along with £175 in book tokens for their school library!
Email your short story to email@example.com to enter, and be sure to read the full rules and details here.
The deadline for entries is March 31st, 2017 and the winner will be announced shortly after. Good luck!
The Summer 2017 Reflex Fiction flash fiction competition is now open for entries.
We had a fantastic response to our inaugural competition; over one thousand entries from seventy different countries. We’re busy reading and judging in preparation for announcing the longlist on April 1. In the meantime, the next round of the competition is now open for entries. We’ve introduced an entry fee but also stuck a zero on the end of each of our prizes . . .
First place £1,000, second place £500, third place £250 (or the equivalent in the winner’s local currency).
£7 / $9 / €9
Vanessa Gebbie will be picking the winners.
Submissions should be made via our online entry form.
Entries must be received before midnight UK time on May 31, 2017. Judging will take place in June. The longlist will be announced on July 1, 2017, after which we’ll start publishing one story each day, starting with some of our favourites that didn’t quite make the longlist, then non-winning long-listed stories, culminating in the publication of the winning stories at the end of September.
Stories must be fiction, must be the entrant’s own work, and must be between 180 and 360 words inclusive. See the Reflex Fiction website for full Rules.
“Probably the best short story event in the South West” (Cheltenham LitFest programme), Stroud Short Stories is open again for your story submissions. And will be until 22 April 2017.
Ten stories will be selected to be read by their authors at our event on Sunday 21 May 2017 at the SVA (Stroud Valleys Artspace) in John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA. Doors 7.30 for an 8.00 start. Tickets only in advance as we sell out each time. Ticket info will appear here when available.
The Rules and How to Submit are here. It’s free to submit, and the stories can be unpublished or previously published. These stories will be in our next anthology – due 2018.
The judges this time are brilliant short story writer Ali Bacon and SSS organiser John Holland. More info on them here.
Check out our website.