Call for submissions – 2019 Ouen Press Short Story Competition
Ouen Press are pleased to extend an invitation for writers to submit an original short story in line with this year’s theme – ‘The Gift’. Winning authors will receive cash prizes and be published in an anthology early in the New Year. This follows on from the success of the competition in previous years and subsequent publications .
The short story must be a work of fiction involving in its theme a ‘gift’ of any sort [e.g. a present, a capability ] at any time [past, present day, future] or in any place [this world or another]. For the purposes of this competition, the term ‘gift’ will be viewed by the judges in the widest possible sense related to both setting and context. They will focus on well-written compelling storylines, thoughtful plots and engaging characters.
Deadline for entries is 31st December 2019 – full information and rules of the competition, which is open to writers worldwide, can be found at www.ouenpress.com
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We are delighted to announce our quarterly short story competition.
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 are:
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
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.
We’re delighted to announce the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2019 is now open for entries.
We’re looking for new and original fiction under 3000 words.
Stories can be any length (up to 3000 words) style, or subject. There is no set theme.
£7 per story. Max three entries per person.
Writers submitting from within Leicestershire can submit for a discounted fee of £3. Free entry for current students at De Montfort University, Loughborough University and University of Leicester.
1st Prize – £100 and a bundle of books
2nd Prize – £50 and a bundle of books
3rd Prize – A bundle of books
A longlist of a maximum of 20 stories will be published in an anthology. A shortlist will be selected by our esteemed judging panel, including writers Rebecca Burns, Jonathan Taylor and Susmita Bhattacharya.
Deadline: 15th April 2019
For more details on how to enter and our prize terms please visit our website.
Best invitation ever? Worst??
Story Friday in March has the theme Invitation… to the ball, to the party, to the pub, to the moon, to the wedding, to heaven, to hell? What is more intriguing than the perfect – or imperfect – invitation? We are inviting writers to write their favourite invitation story for a glorious story-party in March.
Story Friday Invitation will be on 22nd March, deadline for submissions is 11th March. We’re looking for stories that are 2,000 words or fewer. (Full submission details are here). Writers must be available to come to Bath for the event. If you’d rather not read, we have wonderful actors who can read your story for you.
A Gothic Short Story Writing Competition
Hosted by Tavistock Library https://www.facebook.com/TavistockLibrary/ and supported by Tavistock Heritage Trust https://www.heritageintavistock.org/ as part of ‘Tavistock’s 1st Gothic and Neo-Gothic Celebration – Literature, Art, Architecture, Theatre, Film and Creative Fun.’
From Saturday the 12th of October and culminating in a market and author event on Saturday the 19th of October 2019.
This new celebration aims to encompass writing, film, drama and art activities. There will be a Gothic market for writers and traders to showcase their work, and a range of related events.
Theme: A short story in the Gothic tradition incorporating folklore and myth.
Prizes: A cash prize will be offered to the overall winner 30% of all entry receipts will form the prize fund. There will also be a second prize of 30% of all the entry fees awarded to a ‘Gothic’ story based in Tavistock and incorporating its Gothic and Neo-Gothic Heritage. Additional runners-up prizes of books will also be awarded. The prize winners will be notified approximately two weeks prior to the prize giving. The remaining 40% of the entry fees will be used for administration costs and for festival and library events.
Presentation of the Prizes: The results will be announced, and the prizes presented at an event to be during the celebration.
Judging: The judging will be in two stages. The final short list of stories will be judged by a panel of librarians, authors and publishers. Shortlisted entries will be ranked by a final judging panel.
Tips: The judges will be looking for interesting and original stories that are factually correct where appropriate.
Publication: Depending on the number and quality of the entries received an e-anthology may be published.
A Gothic Short Story Writing Competition
For anyone over the age of 18
Rules and Conditions of Entry
- Entries must be in English, original and not previously published in any form or broadcast, and no longer than 1500 words (adult).
- Closing date: May 31st
- Results: Available to the public from the 12th of October 2019.
- Entries must be typewritten or word-processed on single-sided A4 paper, in 12-point typeface, double (or 1.5 times) spaced. Each page must carry the name of the story in the header or footer and pages must be numbered. Do not put your name on the story pages. Please attach a cover sheet with your name, address, telephone and if possible your e-mail contact details, title of your story, and word count. Entries may be emailed to email@example.com and a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Entries may be delivered by hand or by post to Go Gothic – Flash Fiction Competition to Tavistock Library, The Quay, Plymouth Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8HF, England. Please include your payment by cheque (in sterling) made payable to The Friends of Tavistock Library or BACS Transfer: Account name: Friends of Tavistock Library, Account number: 32152922, Sort code: 602149. Payment may also be made in cash at Tavistock Library.
- Entry fees: Adults – £3 for first entry, £2 for second or subsequent entry. If you intend to submit multiple entries, please submit all entries together.
- No manuscripts will be retained so contestants must keep a copy of their work.
- Copyright remains with the author.
- If acknowledgement of receipt is required, please include a stamped and addressed postcard.
- The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
- In accordance with the 2018 European Union General Data Protection Regulation Act (EU GDPR) your information will not be kept on a data base or used for marketing purposes and we will only contact you to tell you if you have won the competition and when all the logos will be on display.
- Entry to the competition implies acceptance of the rules.
Dearest compatriots, collaborators, friends, foes, gentlepeople, unicorns (both sparkly and plain), folkingtons, allies and everyone in between and either side and up and down and diagonal and round and round the whole glorious spectrum of humanity.
You may have heard about a rather unpleasant exclusionary flash fiction competition that’s been doing the rounds on Twitter lately. Not just exclusionary, but implying members of the LGBTQ+ community are somehow comparable to scenes of graphic violence or torture. Yeah. Not exactly what we want to see from a writing competition in 2018.
But you cannot fight hate with hate. The answer is love. Only love and always love. Whatever damn kind of love you’re into. Because love knows no bounds, people.
Specifically, we want your LGBTQ+ stories, your stories of love, grace and compassion (and most importantly your creative swearing). Here’s the lowdown in a handy bullet list – click here for the full rules, FAQs and entry form:
- Word limit: 500 words
- Deadline: 30th November 2018
- 1st prize: £100 + 12 months Writers’ HQ membership + 3 writing retreats
- 2nd prize: £50 + 6 months Writers’ HQ membership + 3 writing retreats
- 3rd prize: £25 + 3 months Writers’ HQ membership + 3 writing retreats
- Honourable mention: £25
- Judges: Kirsty Logan and Paul McVeigh
- Theme: LGBTQ+, love, acceptance, charity, grace (swearing and profanity highly encouraged)