Flash Fiction 1000 Closing date: 28th May 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £50; Runner Up: £10. Entry fee: £3.00. Looking for: Submit up to 1,000 words of fiction of any genre or theme. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions Bedford International Writing Competition Closing date: 30th May 2018 Prizes: 1st - £500; 2nd - £159; 3rd - £100. Special Bedford Prizes donated by The Harpur Trust. All shortlisted entries will be published. Entry fee: £6 per entry, 3 for £12. Looking for: Stories up to 3,000 words, poems up to 40 lines. Further details: Judges: Sue Moorcrost, Rory Waterman and Sharon Priestley. Email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.com Website: http://www.bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk Reflex Quarterly Flash Fiction Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Entry fee: £7.00. Looking for: Stories between 180 and 360 words. Website: www.reflexfiction.com Metamorphose Short Story Contest Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: $50 and publication in the anthology. Entry fee: $5. Looking for: short stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words. Further details: Four finalists will be considered for publication in the fall anthology. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome Email: lyn.lee@metamorphoselit.com Website: https://www.metamorphoselit.com/submit/contest-submission/ Frome Festival Short Story Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: £400, £200, £100, extra prizes for local entrants, winning entrants published on the website and may be sent to Women's Weekly and/or Frome FM for consideration Entry fee: £8. Looking for: Short stories, 1,000-2,200 words, on any theme. Email: fromefestivalshortstorycomp@gmail.com Website: www.fromeshortstorycompetition.co.uk Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2018 Closing date:  31st May 2018. Prizes: Winner receives £500. The winner and two runners up will have an extract of their work published on the Wundor website. Their work will be strongly considered for publication in print, in which case a publishing contract will be offered. Entry fee: £10 per entry. Looking for: The competition is open to novellas, short stories or pieces of flash fiction. The word count of your submission should be no greater than 45,000 words. Email: enquiries@wundoreditions.com Website: http://www.wundoreditions.com/short-fiction-contest-2018.html Solution Loans Short Story Writing Competition Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: The winner will receive £200 and publication on the Solution Loans website, with £50 and publication for three runners-up. Entry fee:  Free to enter. Looking for: short stories with the title or theme of "The Wedding Gift." Further details: Send us your story, between 1500 to 2500 words, in a single pdf, doc, docx, or txt file to shortstorycomp@solution-loans.co.uk with the subject heading: Solution Loans short story competition. Website: https://www.solution-loans.co.uk/short-story-writing-competition/ Bridport Prize 2018 Short Stories Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: £1,000, £500 and ten £50 highly commendeds for short stories. Dorset Award for best local winner or runner-up; anthology publication for all. Entry fee: £8 per flash fiction, £10 per short story. Looking for: short stories (up to 5,000 words), and flash fiction (up to 250 words). Email: kate@bridportprize.org.uk Website: www.bridportprize.org.uk Cinnamon Press Annual Short Story Prize Closing date: 31st May, 2018. Prizes: First place: one year's free mentoring/free place on a Ty'n y coed course; Second place: pack of short story collections + one year's subscription to the bookclub; Third place: one year's subscription to the bookclub; Publication of the winners and two runners' up stories in our new annual, The Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction. Entry fee: £12.00 (you can optionally add £4 to this to include a copy of the winners' anthology). Theme: Short Story Fiction on any subject. Looking for: a story of 2,000-4,000 words (short story competitions) in a clear type script, double spaced for prose. Further info: Entries should be submitted electronically, via the forms on each competition page, in .doc, .docx or .rtf file formats only. Please ensure you have up to date virus protection before sending any files. (If you have problems please email for guidance). You may also send send your work by post, without your name on the MS, but please add a cover sheet with your contacts details and the name of your work. Please mark your story with a nom de plume and working title in the header (this is simply for reading purposes to guarantee that all pieces are read blind and judged fairly) Do not put any other identification on the work. Email address: jan(at)cinnamonpress(dot)com Website: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/annual-short-story-prize The Fiction Desk Newcomer Prize for Short Stories 2018 Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: First prize £500, second prize £250. Entry fee: £8. Looking for: Short stories between 1,000 and 7,000 words. For full details and online entry form, see: http://www.thefictiondesk.com/short-story-prize.php Yeovil Literary Prize Closing date: 31st May 20127. Entry fee: £12 for novels, £7 for short stories, £7 for one poem, £10 for two, £12 for three, writing without restrictions £5. Prizes: For novels, £1,000, £250 and £100, £500, £200 and £100 for poems/short stories, £500, £200 and 100, writing without restrictions £200, £100 and £50, £100 local prize. Looking for: novels (opening chapters and synopsis, up to 15,000 words), short stories (max 2,000 words), poems (up to 40 lines), and writing without restrictions. Website: www.yeovilprize.co.uk 1,000 Word Challenge Closing date: 31st May 2017. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. Entry fee: £5. Looking for: Themed quarterly competition for stories up to 1,000 words. Email: contact@1000wordchallenge.com Website: www.1000wordchallenge.com Bath Flash Fiction Award Closing date: 10th June 2018. Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100. Entry fee: £9 Looking for: flash fiction up to 300 words. Website: https://bathflashfictionaward.com/ Segora Short Story and Poetry Competitions Closing date: 15th June 2018. Prizes: £300 for poetry and short story, £100 for vignettes and plays. Entry fee: £5 poems and vignettes, £7 story, £12 play. Looking for: Short stories between 1,500 and 3,000 words, poems up to 50 lines, vignettes up to 300 words, one-act plays. Email: simms.gordon@orange.fr Website: www.poetryprosenandplays.co.uk Creative Future Literary Awards Closing date: 18th June 2018. Prizes: £12,000 in development opportunities. Free entry. Looking for: Poetry up to 200 words, short fiction up to 300 words, by disadvantaged writers. Email: literary@creativefuture.org.uk  Website: https://literary.creativefuture.org.uk Eyelands International Short Story Competition  Closing date: 20th June 2018. Prizes: A week's holiday for two in Crete. Entry fee: €10. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,500 words on the theme of 'luggage'. Email: info@eyelands.gr Website: https://eyelands.gr  Erewash Writers' Free Entry Writing Competition Closing date: 21st June 2018. Prizes: One short story entry will be awarded £25. Winning entries will be published on this website. Free entry. Looking for: Writing on the theme of Summer Garden. Email: erewashwriterscomps@hotmail.co.uk https://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/competition.html Wild Words Summer Solstice Writing Competition Closing date: 21st June 2018. Prizes: mentoring session, online publication Entry fee: £7. Looking for: prose or poetry, using as a title, one of the traditional names for the full moon (see website):maximum of 1,000 words, in prose or poetry. Email: hello@wildwords.org Website:http://www.wildwords.org/competition Flash Fiction 500 Closing date: 28th June 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £100; Runner Up: £25. The short list entries will be published in either the Literary Magazine or the year-end Anthology.. Entry fee: £3.00. Looking for: Submit up to 1,500 words of fiction of any genre or theme. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions VS Pritchett Short Story Prize Closing date: 29th June 2018. Prizes: £1,000 plus publication in RSL Review and Prospect online. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: Unpublished short stories between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Website: https://rsliterature.org/award/v-s-pritchett-memorial-prize/ Win your way to NAWGFest 2018 Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: First: A long weekend at the University of Warwick for NAWGFest 2018, 31st August-2nd September. One runner-up will receive a WM mini-critique of up to 9,000 words from a writing professional, worth £100. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: 1,500-1,700 words, fiction or non-fiction, on the theme of "unity". Website: http://www.writers-online.co.uk British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: £100, £50, £20, plus year's membership of BFS and web publication. Entry fee: £5, free for BFS members Looking for: Any kind of fantastical story is welcome. For example: fantasy, science fiction, horror, supernatural, fabulation, magic realism, slipstream, etc, or indeed any combination of those genres. Up to 5,000 words. Email: shortstorycomp@britishfantasysociety.org  Website: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/british-fantasy-awards/ British Czech & Slovak Association Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: £300, £100, publication in the British Czech 6- Slovak Review. Free entry Looking for: Short stories and non-fiction, up to 2,000 words, exploring the links between Britain and the Czech/Slovak Republics at any time. The suggested, but optional, theme for 2018 is 'anniversary' to commemorate the centenary of the creation of Czechoslovakia. Email: prize@bcsa.co.uk  Website: www.bcsa.co.uk  The Henshaw Competition Closing Date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: 1st £100, Second £50, Third £25. Entry fee: £5 by PayPal or by cheque to G. Jennings. Optional Critiques: a further £10. Entry Requirements: A short story on any subject up to 2000 words. Results: Announced by 31st July 2018. Further details: Wining stories will be published on the Henshawpress website. Winners and Authors of commended stories will be offered the opportunity of inclusion in our next Anthology. Website: http://henshawpress.co.uk Wells Festival of Literature - Short Stories Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: Top prize - £750 Entry fee: £6.00. Further details: Maximum words: 2,000. Website:http://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/ Crimson Cloak Publishing Writing Competition 2018 Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: First Prize - Book publishing contract on SUBMITTED story for 100% of royalties, no substitutions; Second Prize - Book publishing contract on the second winning SUBMITTED story for 80% royalties, no substitutions. Third Prize - Book publishing contract on the third winning SUBMITTED story for 60% of royalties, no substitutions. Runner Ups - Free entry into the next competition. Entry fee: $20. Looking for: A story of 3000 to 5000 words where the main character slowly falls in love with the reader. Full T&C's on the website. Email: carly@crimsoncloakpublishing.com Website: http://www.crimsoncloakpublishing.com Michael Terence Publishing (mtp) Short Story Competition Closing date 30th June 2018. Top prize £300, publication & Trophy; Second Prize: £200, Publication in the 2018 Summer MTP Anthology (print book); Third Prize: £100 & Publication in the 2018 Summer MTP Anthology (print book). Entry fee £5.00. Looking for: English language. Genres: fiction or non-fiction (biography, memoir, true story etc.), Open to new authors only - an author who has never published a full-length work at the time of entry. Further info: Maximum word count of stories 3,000. Winners announced 16th July 2018. Email: admin@mtp.agency Website: https://www.mtp.agency/competition The Moth Short Story Prize 2018 Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: 1st prize €3,000; 2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend; 3rd prize €1,000. Entry fee: €12 per story. This year's judge is Kevin Barry, former winner of The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize. Further details: The Moth Short Story Prize is open to anyone as long as their story is previously unpublished. The word limit is 5,000. See website for full details: http://www.themothmagazine.com Earlyworks Press Flash Fiction Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: £100, anthology publication for shortlisted entries. Entry fee: £4 per story. £16 for up to six entries. Looking for: Flash fiction, up to 100 words. Email: services@earlyworkspress.co.uk Website: http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/competitions_flash_2018.htm Flash 500 Competitions Closing date: 30th June. 30th September, 31st December 2018. Entry fee: £5 for 1 story, £8 for two. Looking for: flash fiction, up to 500 words. Prizes: £300, £200 and £100, Highly Commended: Copy of Bad Moon Rising. Email: info@flash500.com  Website: http://www.flash500.com/index_files/flashfiction.htm   Henshaw Short Story Quarterly Competition Closing dates: 30th June, 30th September, 31st December 2018. Entries must be a fictional short story of up to 2000 words on any theme. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. Entry fee: £5. Email: editor@henshawpress.co.uk  Website: www.henshawpress.co.uk  Scibble Quarterly Short Story Closing date: 30th June 2018 and quarterly, ongoing. Prizes: £75, £25, £15 in each issue Entry fee: £3 (£5 with critique); free for annual subscribers Looking for: short stories, up to 3,000 words Email: parkpub14@hotmail.com  Website: http://www.parkpublications.co.uk/competitions.html  The Brighton Prize Closing date: 1st July 2018. Entry fees: Short story entries £8, and flash fiction entries £6. Prizes: Winning short story: £1000. 2 runners-up: £100 each. Looking for: Short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words and flash fiction up to 350 words. Email: hello@brightonprize.com Website: http://www.brightonprize.com/ Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition Closing date: 12th July 2018. Prizes: £200, £100, £50, winning entries may be published in the annual Wrekin Writers anthology. Entry fee: £5. Looking for: Short stories up to 1,200 words on an open theme. 50 of all profits will be donated to the Severn Hospice. Email: wrekinwriters@gmail.com Website: https://wrekinwriters.doris-gooderson-short-story-competition/ Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition Closing date: 12th July 2018. Prizes: 1st - £1,000 and a week at Ty Newydd, 2nd - £500, 3rd - £250. Entry fee: £5, £3.50 each subsequent Looking for: Poetry up to 40 lines. Website: www.poetry-festival.co.uk Wasafiri New Writing Prize Closing date: 13th July 2018. Prizes: £300 in each category plus publication in Wasafiri. Entry fee: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories, £15 for three categories. Looking for: Poetry (up to five poems), fiction and life writing up to 3,000 words. Email: wasafiri@qmul.ac.uk  Website: https://www.wasafiri.org/new-writing-prize/ Grist Competition 2018 Trouble & Strife: A Celebration of Protest Closing date: 15th July 2018. Prizes: £500, £250, £125. Entry fee: £5. Further info: Stories up to 5,000 words or Poetry up to 40 lines with a protest theme. Email: grist@hud.ac.uk Website: http://mhm.hud.ac.uk/grist/ Staunch Book Prize Closing date: 15th July 2018. Prize: £2,000. Entry fee: £20. Looking for: Novels (traditionally published, self-published or not yet published) in the thriller genre in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered. Website: http://staunchbookprize.com/about-2/ HG Wells Short Story Competition  Closing date: 23rd July 2018. Prizes: £250 Senior and £1,000 Junior prize and free publication of all shortlisted entries in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology. Short stories between 1,500 and 5,000 words on the theme of Peace. Entry fee: Aged over 21 on 23/07/18: £10 per entry (£5 students accompanied with copy of student id), under 21 on 23/07/18: no entry fee. Email: hgwellscometition@gmail.com Website: http://hgwellscompetition.com Flash Fiction 1500 Closing date: 28th July 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £100; Runner Up: £25. The short list entries will be published in either the Literary Magazine or the year-end Anthology.. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: Submit up to 1,000 words of fiction of any genre or theme. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions HISSAC Annual Open Short Story Competition  Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £250, £50 and £25 in both categories. Entry fee: Short stories £5 or £12 for three, Flash fiction £5 or £12 for three. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words, flash fiction up to 500 words. No connection to Scotland is needed either by theme or entrant. Email: info@hissac.co.uk Website: http://www.hissac.co.uk/Competition   Ink Tears Flash Fiction Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £250, £50, 8 x Highly Commended £25. Entry fee: £3.50. Looking for: Flash fiction up to 500 words. Website: http://www.inktears.com/ffentry Stroud Book Festival International Flash Fiction Competition 2018  Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: 1st: £500, 2nd: £250, 3rd: £100. Entry fee: £5, £3 additional entries. Looking for: Poetry up to 40 lines. Further details: Flash Fiction judge: Sue Limb. Website: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/writing-competition/ Stroud Book Festival International Fiction Competition 2018 Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: 1st: £100 plus a 5-day writing retreat at Hawkwood College, Stroud, 2nd: £75, 3rd: £50. Entry fee: £5, £3 additional entries. Looking for: Synopsis of up to 200 words plus excerpt of up to 3000 words. Further details: Fiction judge: Katie Fforde Website: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/writing-competition/ Norwich Writers' Circle Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2018 Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £400, £250 and £100. Entry fee: £8. Looking for: Previously unpublished work of fiction tp to 2,000 words on the theme 'Markets'. Email: norwichwriters@hotmai1.com Website: http://norwichwriters.wordpress.com To Hull and Back Humorous Writing Competition Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £1,000, £200, £100, publication in Christopher Fielden's To Hull and Back anthology. Entry fee: From 1st May £11, £18 for two. Further reductions for more. Looking for: Funny stories up to 4,000 words. Email: chris@christopherfie1den.com Website: www.christopherfielden.com Sean O Faolain International Short Story Prize 2018 Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: First: €2,000, week-long residency at Arnan Cara Writers' and Editors' Retreat, Second: €500. Four more shortlisted entries will be selected for publication in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120. Entry fee: €15 per story. Looking for: Short stories on any subject, in any style up to 3,000 words. Email: sofcomp@munsterlit.ie Website: http://www.munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html SaveAs Writer's International Writing Competition - Short Stories Closing date: 31st August 2018. Prizes: First: The SaveAs Writers’ International Prose Prize sponsored by Hot Monkey Publishing of £200; Second: £100; Third: £50. Entry fee: £4 per short story £10 for three. Looking for: Short stories: 2500 words max. on the subject: Nightmare: Gothic Dreams. Website: http://saveaswriters.co.uk/competitions.html Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award Closing date: 1st September 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize is €1,000, 2nd Prize €500, 3rd Prize €300. Entry fee: €10. Looking for: Short stories between 1,800 and 2,000 words. Website: http://wexfordliteraryfestival.com/colm-toibin-short-story-award/ Manchester Fiction Prize Closing date: 14th September 2018. Entry fee: £17.50. Prize: £10,000. Looking for: Short stories, up to 2,500 words Email: writingschool@mmu.ac.uk https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/fiction-prize/ Mere Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 22nd September 2018. Prizes: £60, £30, £15. Entry fee: £2, £1 each subsequent. Looking for Flash fiction on a theme announced on 14th September. Email: info@merelitfest.co.uk  Website: www.merelitfest.co.uk  Grindstone International Short Story Prize Closing date: 28th September 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £500; Runner Up: £50. The short list entries will be published in the year-end Anthology.. Entry fee: £10.00. Looking for: 3,000 words of fiction in any genre. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions Chorley & District Writers' Circle Annual Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Prizes: £100, £50, £30. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: Short stories on the theme of 'Natural Justice'. Email: mail@chorleywriters.org.uk; dea@fictionfeedback.co.uk  Website: www.chorleywriters.org.uk Bedford International Writing Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Entry fee: £6, £12 for three. Prizes: £500, £150, £100, special Bedford Prizes £100 in each category. Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words, poems up to 40 lines, on any theme. Email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.co.uk Website: http://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/homepage.php Hammond House Publishing Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st September 2018. Prizes: Short stories £500, £100, £50 plus worldwide publication for 25 shortlisted entries. Entry fee: £10.00; Members £5.00 Looking for: Short stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words on the theme of 'precious'. Website: www.hammondhousepublishing.com Women’s Fiction Awards 2018: Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 1st October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize: £500. Three other finalists will each receive £50. All four winning stories will be published in the March issue of Mslexia. Entry fee: £5 per story. Looking for: The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes flash fiction of up to 300 words in length (not including the title). Further details: All genres welcome. Email: competitions@mslexia.co.uk Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/products/wfa-flash-fiction-comp-2018/ Women’s Fiction Awards 2018: Short Story Competition Closing date: 1st October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize: £5,000. Entry fee: £10 per story. Looking for: stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length (not including the title). Further details: All genres welcome. Please include a cover sheet with your entry. Email: competitions@mslexia.co.uk Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/womens-short-fiction-competition-short-story-competition/ RW Themed Flash Fiction Prize Closing date: 28th October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize £350, 2nd Prize £200, 3rd Prize £100, Shortlisted £15. All winning and shortlisted stories published in the annual anthology. Entry fee: £8 per story. Looking for: Short fiction up to 500 words on quarterly set themes. Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/flash-fiction-prize/  Benjamin Franklin House Lierary Prize Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: £750, £500, web publication. Free entry. Looking for: Fiction and non-fiction interpretations, 1,000-1,500 words, by young writers aged 18-25, of a Benjamin Franklin quote (see website). Email: info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org Website: www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

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Flash Fiction 1000 Closing date: 28th May 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £50; Runner Up: £10. Entry fee: £3.00. Looking for: Submit up to 1,000 words of fiction of any genre or theme. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions Bedford International Writing Competition Closing date: 30th May 2018 Prizes: 1st - £500; 2nd - £159; 3rd - £100. Special Bedford Prizes donated by The Harpur Trust. All shortlisted entries will be published. Entry fee: £6 per entry, 3 for £12. Looking for: Stories up to 3,000 words, poems up to 40 lines. Further details: Judges: Sue Moorcrost, Rory Waterman and Sharon Priestley. Email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.com Website: http://www.bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk Reflex Quarterly Flash Fiction Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Entry fee: £7.00. Looking for: Stories between 180 and 360 words. Website: www.reflexfiction.com Metamorphose Short Story Contest Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: $50 and publication in the anthology. Entry fee: $5. Looking for: short stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words. Further details: Four finalists will be considered for publication in the fall anthology. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome Email: lyn.lee@metamorphoselit.com Website: https://www.metamorphoselit.com/submit/contest- submission/ Frome Festival Short Story Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: £400, £200, £100, extra prizes for local entrants, winning entrants published on the website and may be sent to Women's Weekly and/or Frome FM for consideration Entry fee: £8. Looking for: Short stories, 1,000-2,200 words, on any theme. Email: fromefestivalshortstorycomp@gmail.com Website: www.fromeshortstorycompetition.co.uk Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2018 Closing date:  31st May 2018. Prizes: Winner receives £500. The winner and two runners up will have an extract of their work published on the Wundor website. Their work will be strongly considered for publication in print, in which case a publishing contract will be offered. Entry fee: £10 per entry. Looking for: The competition is open to novellas, short stories or pieces of flash fiction. The word count of your submission should be no greater than 45,000 words. Email: enquiries@wundoreditions.com Website: http://www.wundoreditions.com/short-fiction- contest-2018.html Solution Loans Short Story Writing Competition Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: The winner will receive £200 and publication on the Solution Loans website, with £50 and publication for three runners-up. Entry fee:  Free to enter. Looking for: short stories with the title or theme of "The Wedding Gift." Further details: Send us your story, between 1500 to 2500 words, in a single pdf, doc, docx, or txt file to shortstorycomp@solution-loans.co.uk with the subject heading: Solution Loans short story competition. Website: https://www.solution-loans.co.uk/short-story- writing-competition/ Bridport Prize 2018 Short Stories Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: £1,000, £500 and ten £50 highly commendeds for short stories. Dorset Award for best local winner or runner-up; anthology publication for all. Entry fee: £8 per flash fiction, £10 per short story. Looking for: short stories (up to 5,000 words), and flash fiction (up to 250 words). Email: kate@bridportprize.org.uk Website: www.bridportprize.org.uk Cinnamon Press Annual Short Story Prize Closing date: 31st May, 2018. Prizes: First place: one year's free mentoring/free place on a Ty'n y coed course; Second place: pack of short story collections + one year's subscription to the bookclub; Third place: one year's subscription to the bookclub; Publication of the winners and two runners' up stories in our new annual, The Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction. Entry fee: £12.00 (you can optionally add £4 to this to include a copy of the winners' anthology). Theme: Short Story Fiction on any subject. Looking for: a story of 2,000-4,000 words (short story competitions) in a clear type script, double spaced for prose. Further info: Entries should be submitted electronically, via the forms on each competition page, in .doc, .docx or .rtf file formats only. Please ensure you have up to date virus protection before sending any files. (If you have problems please email for guidance). You may also send send your work by post, without your name on the MS, but please add a cover sheet with your contacts details and the name of your work. Please mark your story with a nom de plume and working title in the header (this is simply for reading purposes to guarantee that all pieces are read blind and judged fairly) Do not put any other identification on the work. Email address: jan(at)cinnamonpress(dot)com Website: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/ann ual-short-story-prize The Fiction Desk Newcomer Prize for Short Stories 2018 Closing date: 31st May 2018. Prizes: First prize £500, second prize £250. Entry fee: £8. Looking for: Short stories between 1,000 and 7,000 words. For full details and online entry form, see: http://www.thefictiondesk.com/short-story-prize.php Yeovil Literary Prize Closing date: 31st May 20127. Entry fee: £12 for novels, £7 for short stories, £7 for one poem, £10 for two, £12 for three, writing without restrictions £5. Prizes: For novels, £1,000, £250 and £100, £500, £200 and £100 for poems/short stories, £500, £200 and 100, writing without restrictions £200, £100 and £50, £100 local prize. Looking for: novels (opening chapters and synopsis, up to 15,000 words), short stories (max 2,000 words), poems (up to 40 lines), and writing without restrictions. Website: www.yeovilprize.co.uk 1,000 Word Challenge Closing date: 31st May 2017. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. Entry fee: £5. Looking for: Themed quarterly competition for stories up to 1,000 words. Email: contact@1000wordchallenge.com Website: www.1000wordchallenge.com Bath Flash Fiction Award Closing date: 10th June 2018. Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100. Entry fee: £9 Looking for: flash fiction up to 300 words. Website: https://bathflashfictionaward.com/ Segora Short Story and Poetry Competitions Closing date: 15th June 2018. Prizes: £300 for poetry and short story, £100 for vignettes and plays. Entry fee: £5 poems and vignettes, £7 story, £12 play. Looking for: Short stories between 1,500 and 3,000 words, poems up to 50 lines, vignettes up to 300 words, one-act plays. Email: simms.gordon@orange.fr Website: www.poetryprosenandplays.co.uk Creative Future Literary Awards Closing date: 18th June 2018. Prizes: £12,000 in development opportunities. Free entry. Looking for: Poetry up to 200 words, short fiction up to 300 words, by disadvantaged writers. Email: literary@creativefuture.org.uk  Website: https://literary.creativefuture.org.uk Eyelands International Short Story Competition  Closing date: 20th June 2018. Prizes: A week's holiday for two in Crete. Entry fee: €10. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,500 words on the theme of 'luggage'. Email: info@eyelands.gr Website: https://eyelands.gr  Erewash Writers' Free Entry Writing Competition Closing date: 21st June 2018. Prizes: One short story entry will be awarded £25. Winning entries will be published on this website. Free entry. Looking for: Writing on the theme of Summer Garden. Email: erewashwriterscomps@hotmail.co.uk https://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/competition.ht ml Wild Words Summer Solstice Writing Competition Closing date: 21st June 2018. Prizes: mentoring session, online publication Entry fee: £7. Looking for: prose or poetry, using as a title, one of the traditional names for the full moon (see website):maximum of 1,000 words, in prose or poetry. Email: hello@wildwords.org Website:http://www.wildwords.org/competition Flash Fiction 500 Closing date: 28th June 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £100; Runner Up: £25. The short list entries will be published in either the Literary Magazine or the year-end Anthology.. Entry fee: £3.00. Looking for: Submit up to 1,500 words of fiction of any genre or theme. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions VS Pritchett Short Story Prize Closing date: 29th June 2018. Prizes: £1,000 plus publication in RSL Review and Prospect online. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: Unpublished short stories between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Website: https://rsliterature.org/award/v-s-pritchett- memorial-prize/ Win your way to NAWGFest 2018 Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: First: A long weekend at the University of Warwick for NAWGFest 2018, 31st August-2nd September. One runner-up will receive a WM mini-critique of up to 9,000 words from a writing professional, worth £100. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: 1,500-1,700 words, fiction or non-fiction, on the theme of "unity". Website: http://www.writers-online.co.uk British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: £100, £50, £20, plus year's membership of BFS and web publication. Entry fee: £5, free for BFS members Looking for: Any kind of fantastical story is welcome. For example: fantasy, science fiction, horror, supernatural, fabulation, magic realism, slipstream, etc, or indeed any combination of those genres. Up to 5,000 words. Email: shortstorycomp@britishfantasysociety.org  Website: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/british-fantasy- awards/ British Czech & Slovak Association Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: £300, £100, publication in the British Czech 6- Slovak Review. Free entry Looking for: Short stories and non-fiction, up to 2,000 words, exploring the links between Britain and the Czech/Slovak Republics at any time. The suggested, but optional, theme for 2018 is 'anniversary' to commemorate the centenary of the creation of Czechoslovakia. Email: prize@bcsa.co.uk  Website: www.bcsa.co.uk  The Henshaw Competition Closing Date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: 1st £100, Second £50, Third £25. Entry fee: £5 by PayPal or by cheque to G. Jennings. Optional Critiques: a further £10. Entry Requirements: A short story on any subject up to 2000 words. Results: Announced by 31st July 2018. Further details: Wining stories will be published on the Henshawpress website. Winners and Authors of commended stories will be offered the opportunity of inclusion in our next Anthology. Website: http://henshawpress.co.uk Wells Festival of Literature - Short Stories Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: Top prize - £750 Entry fee: £6.00. Further details: Maximum words: 2,000. Website:http://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/ Crimson Cloak Publishing Writing Competition 2018 Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: First Prize - Book publishing contract on SUBMITTED story for 100% of royalties, no substitutions; Second Prize - Book publishing contract on the second winning SUBMITTED story for 80% royalties, no substitutions. Third Prize - Book publishing contract on the third winning SUBMITTED story for 60% of royalties, no substitutions. Runner Ups - Free entry into the next competition. Entry fee: $20. Looking for: A story of 3000 to 5000 words where the main character slowly falls in love with the reader. Full T&C's on the website. Email: carly@crimsoncloakpublishing.com Website: http://www.crimsoncloakpublishing.com Michael Terence Publishing (mtp) Short Story Competition Closing date 30th June 2018. Top prize £300, publication & Trophy; Second Prize: £200, Publication in the 2018 Summer MTP Anthology (print book); Third Prize: £100 & Publication in the 2018 Summer MTP Anthology (print book). Entry fee £5.00. Looking for: English language. Genres: fiction or non-fiction (biography, memoir, true story etc.), Open to new authors only - an author who has never published a full-length work at the time of entry. Further info: Maximum word count of stories 3,000. Winners announced 16th July 2018. Email: admin@mtp.agency Website: https://www.mtp.agency/competition The Moth Short Story Prize 2018 Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: 1st prize €3,000; 2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend; 3rd prize €1,000. Entry fee: €12 per story. This year's judge is Kevin Barry, former winner of The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize. Further details: The Moth Short Story Prize is open to anyone as long as their story is previously unpublished. The word limit is 5,000. See website for full details: http://www.themothmagazine.com Earlyworks Press Flash Fiction Closing date: 30th June 2018. Prizes: £100, anthology publication for shortlisted entries. Entry fee: £4 per story. £16 for up to six entries. Looking for: Flash fiction, up to 100 words. Email: services@earlyworkspress.co.uk Website: http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/competitions_flash_2018.h tm Flash 500 Competitions Closing date: 30th June. 30th September, 31st December 2018. Entry fee: £5 for 1 story, £8 for two. Looking for: flash fiction, up to 500 words. Prizes: £300, £200 and £100, Highly Commended: Copy of Bad Moon Rising. Email: info@flash500.com  Website: http://www.flash500.com/index_files/flashfiction.htm   Henshaw Short Story Quarterly Competition Closing dates: 30th June, 30th September, 31st December 2018. Entries must be a fictional short story of up to 2000 words on any theme. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. Entry fee: £5. Email: editor@henshawpress.co.uk  Website: www.henshawpress.co.uk  Scibble Quarterly Short Story Closing date: 30th June 2018 and quarterly, ongoing. Prizes: £75, £25, £15 in each issue Entry fee: £3 (£5 with critique); free for annual subscribers Looking for: short stories, up to 3,000 words Email: parkpub14@hotmail.com  Website: http://www.parkpublications.co.uk/competitions.html  The Brighton Prize Closing date: 1st July 2018. Entry fees: Short story entries £8, and flash fiction entries £6. Prizes: Winning short story: £1000. 2 runners-up: £100 each. Looking for: Short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words and flash fiction up to 350 words. Email: hello@brightonprize.com Website: http://www.brightonprize.com/ Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition Closing date: 12th July 2018. Prizes: £200, £100, £50, winning entries may be published in the annual Wrekin Writers anthology. Entry fee: £5. Looking for: Short stories up to 1,200 words on an open theme. 50 of all profits will be donated to the Severn Hospice. Email: wrekinwriters@gmail.com Website: https://wrekinwriters.doris-gooderson-short-story- competition/ Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition Closing date: 12th July 2018. Prizes: 1st - £1,000 and a week at Ty Newydd, 2nd - £500, 3rd - £250. Entry fee: £5, £3.50 each subsequent Looking for: Poetry up to 40 lines. Website: www.poetry-festival.co.uk Wasafiri New Writing Prize Closing date: 13th July 2018. Prizes: £300 in each category plus publication in Wasafiri. Entry fee: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories, £15 for three categories. Looking for: Poetry (up to five poems), fiction and life writing up to 3,000 words. Email: wasafiri@qmul.ac.uk  Website: https://www.wasafiri.org/new-writing-prize/ Grist Competition 2018 Trouble & Strife: A Celebration of Protest Closing date: 15th July 2018. Prizes: £500, £250, £125. Entry fee: £5. Further info: Stories up to 5,000 words or Poetry up to 40 lines with a protest theme. Email: grist@hud.ac.uk Website: http://mhm.hud.ac.uk/grist/ Staunch Book Prize Closing date: 15th July 2018. Prize: £2,000. Entry fee: £20. Looking for: Novels (traditionally published, self-published or not yet published) in the thriller genre in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered. Website: http://staunchbookprize.com/about-2/ HG Wells Short Story Competition  Closing date: 23rd July 2018. Prizes: £250 Senior and £1,000 Junior prize and free publication of all shortlisted entries in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology. Short stories between 1,500 and 5,000 words on the theme of Peace. Entry fee: Aged over 21 on 23/07/18: £10 per entry (£5 students accompanied with copy of student id), under 21 on 23/07/18: no entry fee. Email: hgwellscometition@gmail.com Website: http://hgwellscompetition.com Flash Fiction 1500 Closing date: 28th July 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £100; Runner Up: £25. The short list entries will be published in either the Literary Magazine or the year-end Anthology.. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: Submit up to 1,000 words of fiction of any genre or theme. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions HISSAC Annual Open Short Story Competition  Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £250, £50 and £25 in both categories. Entry fee: Short stories £5 or £12 for three, Flash fiction £5 or £12 for three. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words, flash fiction up to 500 words. No connection to Scotland is needed either by theme or entrant. Email: info@hissac.co.uk Website: http://www.hissac.co.uk/Competition   Ink Tears Flash Fiction Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £250, £50, 8 x Highly Commended £25. Entry fee: £3.50. Looking for: Flash fiction up to 500 words. Website: http://www.inktears.com/ffentry Stroud Book Festival International Flash Fiction Competition 2018  Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: 1st: £500, 2nd: £250, 3rd: £100. Entry fee: £5, £3 additional entries. Looking for: Poetry up to 40 lines. Further details: Flash Fiction judge: Sue Limb. Website: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/writing- competition/ Stroud Book Festival International Fiction Competition 2018 Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: 1st: £100 plus a 5-day writing retreat at Hawkwood College, Stroud, 2nd: £75, 3rd: £50. Entry fee: £5, £3 additional entries. Looking for: Synopsis of up to 200 words plus excerpt of up to 3000 words. Further details: Fiction judge: Katie Fforde Website: https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/writing- competition/ Norwich Writers' Circle Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2018 Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £400, £250 and £100. Entry fee: £8. Looking for: Previously unpublished work of fiction tp to 2,000 words on the theme 'Markets'. Email: norwichwriters@hotmai1.com Website: http://norwichwriters.wordpress.com To Hull and Back Humorous Writing Competition Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: £1,000, £200, £100, publication in Christopher Fielden's To Hull and Back anthology. Entry fee: From 1st May £11, £18 for two. Further reductions for more. Looking for: Funny stories up to 4,000 words. Email: chris@christopherfie1den.com Website: www.christopherfielden.com Sean O Faolain International Short Story Prize 2018 Closing date: 31st July 2018. Prizes: First: €2,000, week-long residency at Arnan Cara Writers' and Editors' Retreat, Second: €500. Four more shortlisted entries will be selected for publication in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120. Entry fee: €15 per story. Looking for: Short stories on any subject, in any style up to 3,000 words. Email: sofcomp@munsterlit.ie Website: http://www.munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html SaveAs Writer's International Writing Competition - Short Stories Closing date: 31st August 2018. Prizes: First: The SaveAs Writers’ International Prose Prize sponsored by Hot Monkey Publishing of £200; Second: £100; Third: £50. Entry fee: £4 per short story £10 for three. Looking for: Short stories: 2500 words max. on the subject: Nightmare: Gothic Dreams. Website: http://saveaswriters.co.uk/competitions.html Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award Closing date: 1st September 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize is €1,000, 2nd Prize €500, 3rd Prize €300. Entry fee: €10. Looking for: Short stories between 1,800 and 2,000 words. Website: http://wexfordliteraryfestival.com/colm-toibin-short- story-award/ Manchester Fiction Prize Closing date: 14th September 2018. Entry fee: £17.50. Prize: £10,000. Looking for: Short stories, up to 2,500 words Email: writingschool@mmu.ac.uk https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/fiction-prize/ Mere Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 22nd September 2018. Prizes: £60, £30, £15. Entry fee: £2, £1 each subsequent. Looking for Flash fiction on a theme announced on 14th September. Email: info@merelitfest.co.uk  Website: www.merelitfest.co.uk  Grindstone International Short Story Prize Closing date: 28th September 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £500; Runner Up: £50. The short list entries will be published in the year-end Anthology.. Entry fee: £10.00. Looking for: 3,000 words of fiction in any genre. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions Chorley & District Writers' Circle Annual Short Story Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Prizes: £100, £50, £30. Entry fee: £5.00. Looking for: Short stories on the theme of 'Natural Justice'. Email: mail@chorleywriters.org.uk; dea@fictionfeedback.co.uk  Website: www.chorleywriters.org.uk Bedford International Writing Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Entry fee: £6, £12 for three. Prizes: £500, £150, £100, special Bedford Prizes £100 in each category. Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words, poems up to 40 lines, on any theme. Email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.co.uk Website: http://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/homepage.p hp Hammond House Publishing Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st September 2018. Prizes: Short stories £500, £100, £50 plus worldwide publication for 25 shortlisted entries. Entry fee: £10.00; Members £5.00 Looking for: Short stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words on the theme of 'precious'. Website: www.hammondhousepublishing.com Women’s Fiction Awards 2018: Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 1st October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize: £500. Three other finalists will each receive £50. All four winning stories will be published in the March issue of Mslexia. Entry fee: £5 per story. Looking for: The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes flash fiction of up to 300 words in length (not including the title). Further details: All genres welcome. Email: competitions@mslexia.co.uk Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/products/wfa-flash-fiction- comp-2018/ Women’s Fiction Awards 2018: Short Story Competition Closing date: 1st October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize: £5,000. Entry fee: £10 per story. Looking for: stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length (not including the title). Further details: All genres welcome. Please include a cover sheet with your entry. Email: competitions@mslexia.co.uk Website: https://mslexia.co.uk/womens-short-fiction- competition-short-story-competition/ RW Themed Flash Fiction Prize Closing date: 28th October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize £350, 2nd Prize £200, 3rd Prize £100, Shortlisted £15. All winning and shortlisted stories published in the annual anthology. Entry fee: £8 per story. Looking for: Short fiction up to 500 words on quarterly set themes. Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/flash-fiction-prize/  Benjamin Franklin House Lierary Prize Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: £750, £500, web publication. Free entry. Looking for: Fiction and non-fiction interpretations, 1,000- 1,500 words, by young writers aged 18-25, of a Benjamin Franklin quote (see website). Email: info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org Website: www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org

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