The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2018 Closing date: 21st December 2018. Prizes: 1st - £500; 2nd - £300; 3rd - £200 plus publication in the London Magazine. Entry fee: £10 per short story. Looking for:  Work from writers around the world in any genre, the only guidelines being that the stories are previously unpublished, and at a maximum length of 2,500 words. Website: https://www.thelondonmagazine.org/ Wild Words Winter Solstice Writing Competition Closing date: 21st December 2018. Prizes: Overall winner: A Wild Words one-hour 1-1 mentoring session, online publication.  Two other shortlisted entries may also be published on the Wild Words website. Entry fee: £7.00. Looking for: Prose or poetry up to 1,000 words with a new theme each solstice. Email: hello@wildwords.org  Website: http://www.wildwords.org/competition  Retreat West Themed Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 30th December 2018. Prizes: Winner - £200; Runner-Up Prize x 2: £100. Entry fee: £8 for 1 entry. Looking for: Flash fiction. Word count: Max 500. Further info: Theme: Running Away. Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/ Romance Writing Short Story Contest - Annual Winter Writing Competition Closing Date: 31st December 2018 23:59 GMT Prizes: Top Prize: Amazon Kindle e-Reader, Course e-gift voucher and a beautiful collection of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairytales. The winner and any runners-up will be announced in February 2019 on our extra special blog post. Entry fee: Free. Theme: Retelling of the Snow Queen. Looking for: Romantic retellings of 500 words (or 2,500 characters). Further info: The winner and any runners-up will be announced in February 2019 on our extra special blog post. Website: www.WriteRomanceFiction.com/winter-writing-competition Thriller Writing Short Story Contest - Annual Winter Writing Competition Closing date: 31st December 2018 23:59 GMT. Prizes: Top Prize: Amazon Kindle e-Reader, Course e-gift voucher and a beautiful collection of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairytales. The winner and any runners-up will be announced in February 2019 on our extra special blog post. Entry fee: Free. Theme: Retelling of the Snow Queen. Looking for: Suspense short story of 500 words (or 2,500 characters). Further info: The winner and any runners-up will be announced in February 2019 on our extra special blog post. Website: www.WriteFictionBooks.com/winter-writing-competition Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Closing date: 31st December 2018. Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, two £50 highly commendeds in each category. A tree is planted for every entry Entry fee: £5 Looking for: Short stories up to 4,000 words, poetry up to 50 lines https://www.magicoxygen.co.uk/molp/ The Henshaw Short Story Competition Closing Date: 31st December 2018 Prizes: 1st £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £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. Further info: Results announced by the end of January 2019. Prizes winners published on the Henshawpress website and in our next Anthology Email: editor@henshawpress.com Website: http://henshawpress.co.uk Audio Arcadia's General Fiction Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st December 2018. Prizes: Anthology publication, royalties. Entry fee: £5.50. Looking for: Short stories up to 5,000 words. Further info: Entrants must be aged 18 plus. Email: info@audioarcadia.com Website: http://www.audioarcadia.com/competition/  Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing Closing date: 7th January 2019. Prizes: £10,000. Entry fee: £10.00. Looking for: Short stories with food and drink themes, up to 2,500 words. Website: https://www.mogfordprize.co.uk/how-to-enter/ Forestry Commission Writing Competition 2019 Closing date: 14th January 2019. Prizes:  £2500; Unique access to our nation’s forests; Promotional support and a platform to share your work; Development opportunities. Entry fee: None. Looking for: Prose, fiction or fact. Only one application can be submitted from an individual. Further info: Applicants must be aged 18 or over. Email: centenary@forestryengland.uk Website: https://www.forestryengland.uk/100/writers BradtTravel Guides - Travelling With Kids Anthology Competition  Closing date: 14th January 2019. Prizes:  In addition to their entry being published in the book (together with a short accompanying biography and photo), each entrant will receive a small fee, and 2 free copies of the book. Looking for: Travel writing between 1,000 and 2,000 words of out-of-the-ordinary travel experiences with children. Free entry Email: hollyparsonstebradtguides.com Website: https://www.bradtguides.com/articles/cat/competitions/post/ The Roswell Award for short science fiction by adults Closing date: 28th January, 2019. Prizes: First - $500; Second - $250; Third - $100; and Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award - Dual publication in Artemis Journal and Hollywood NOW site plus $100. Entry fee: None. Looking for: Stories that must be original, unpublished, and 1,500 words or fewer. One submission per author. Further info: Open to adults (18+) worldwide. Website: http://www.lightbringerproject.org/science-fiction-contests Lancashire Authors' Association Open Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 31st January 2019. Prizes:  £100. Entry fee: £2. Looking for: A story in EXACTLY 100 words (excluding title). Further info: Email: laa100word@gmail.com Website: http://www.lancashireauthorsassociation.co.uk/Open_Comp.html Northern Writers Awards Closing date: 1st February 2019. Prizes: up to £40,000 in awards. Free entry. Looking for: For works in progress by new writers in Yorkshire, the North East and North West, whether poetry, prose, children's prose, biography, life writing, or literary non-fiction. Submit up to 5,000 words or 30 poems. Email: info@newwritingnorth.com Website: http://northernwritersawards.com ChipLitFest Short Story Competition Closing date: 7th February 2019. Prizes: Top Prize:  £500; Other Prizes: £100, £50. Top 3 stories will be read by a professional at a ChipLitFest event over the festival weekend in April 2019. Entry fee:  £5 up to 3,000 words, £8 up to 5,000 words. Looking for: Short stories up to 5,000 words. Further info: Stories of any genre accepted. Website: https://www.chiplitfest.com/ Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2019 Short Story Competition Closing date: 13th February 2019. Prizes: a place on a retreat at Arvon Clockhouse. Free entry. Looking for: Stories up to 2,000 words on any theme. Email: cornpetitionepbloomsbury.com  Website: www.writersandartists.co.uklcompetitions Spotlight Books Poetry and Fiction Competition Closing date: 24th February 2019. Prizes: Six writers will be selected and given 1:1 editorial support to shape their manuscripts. The six writers will be published in individual small books with international distribution. Entry fee: Free. Looking for: Fiction: 8,000-10,000 words; Poetry: 40-45pp. at 20 lines/page. Please note this competition is only open to writers from under-represented backgrounds-those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance. Website: https://www.creativefuture.org.uk/spotlight-books/ Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th February 2019. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Entry fee: £10. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words, judged by Alexander McCall Smith https://www.storyawards.org/entershortstoryaward Exeter Writers Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th February 2019. Prizes: £700, £250, £100, plus £100 for a Devon writer. Entry fee: £7. Looking for: For short stories, any genre and theme, but not children's, up to 3,000 words. Email: exeterwriters@gmail.com Website: www.exeterwriters.org.uk Flash 500 Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th February 2019. First: £500 plus a two-year Duotrope Gift Certificate; Second: £200; Third: £100. Entry fee: £7, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four. Looking for: Short stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Email: entry@flash500.com Website: http://www.flash500.com/index_files/ss.htm Crime Writers Association Margery Allingham Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th February 2019. Prizes: £500. Entry fee: £12. Looking for: Short stories 3,500 words based on Margery Allingham's definition of a mystery. Email: secretary@thecwa.co.uk  Website: www.thecwa.co.uk!ShortStory/rules.htn  Fish Flash Fiction Prize Closing date: 28th February 2019. Prizes: 1st: €1,000; 2nd: €300; 3rd: Online Writing Course with Fish. Top ten stories will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2019. Entry fee: €14 (€8 subsequent entries). Website: http://www.fishpublishing.com/competition/flash-fiction-contest/ Bridgend Writers' Circle Open Short Story Competition Closing date: 1st March 2019. Prizes: £100, £50, £30. Entry fee: £5 for one, £7.50 for two. Looking for: Stories between 1,500 and 1,800 words on any theme. Email: fenos51@hotmail.co.uk WebsiteL http://bridgendwriters.webplus.net/comp_gen_info14.html Neil Gunn Writing Competition Closing date: 8th March 2019. Prizes: £500, £300 and £200 in each category. Entry fee: £8. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,500 words and poetry up to 40 lines, interpreting one of three quotes from Scottish writer Neil Gunn. Email: charlotte.macarthur@gmail.com  Website: https://www.highlifehighland.com/neilgunn/ 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize  Closing date: 1st May 2019. Prizes: 1st prize - £1,000, 2nd prize - £500, 3rd prize - £250. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology. Prizes will be sent to any writer on the shortlist who is unable to attend the awards ceremony. Entry fee: £9 per entry. Looking for: Stories up to 4,000 words. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Children’s etc..) . Further info: The winner and 2 runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony in October 2019. Email: enquiries@bristolprize.co.uk Website: https://www.bristolprize.co.uk The To Hull And Back Humorous Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st July 2019. Prizes: 1st £1,000, your head on the cover of a book and the opportunity to star in the winner's video, riding a Harley Davidson to Hull; 2nd £500; 3rd £250; 3 x Highly Commended £100; 14 x Shortlisted £50. Entry fee: Early bird until 30th April 2019: £11 for one story, £18 for two stories and £22 for three stories. Then, until 31st July 2019: £13 for one story, £21 for two stories and £26 for three stories. Looking for: Short stories, 2,500 words max. No limitation on style or genre, but must contain some element of humour. Further info: Entries accepted from anywhere in the world. All short listed and winning writers published in the To Hull And Back Anthology, released on Hulloween (31st October). Website: https://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-competition/

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The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2018 Closing date: 21st December 2018. Prizes: 1st - £500; 2nd - £300; 3rd - £200 plus publication in the London Magazine. Entry fee: £10 per short story. Looking for:  Work from writers around the world in any genre, the only guidelines being that the stories are previously unpublished, and at a maximum length of 2,500 words. Website: https://www.thelondonmagazine.org/ Wild Words Winter Solstice Writing Competition Closing date: 21st December 2018. Prizes: Overall winner: A Wild Words one-hour 1-1 mentoring session, online publication.  Two other shortlisted entries may also be published on the Wild Words website. Entry fee: £7.00. Looking for: Prose or poetry up to 1,000 words with a new theme each solstice. Email: hello@wildwords.org  Website: http://www.wildwords.org/competition  Retreat West Themed Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 30th December 2018. Prizes: Winner - £200; Runner-Up Prize x 2: £100. Entry fee: £8 for 1 entry. Looking for: Flash fiction. Word count: Max 500. Further info: Theme: Running Away. Website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/ Romance Writing Short Story Contest - Annual Winter Writing Competition Closing Date: 31st December 2018 23:59 GMT Prizes: Top Prize: Amazon Kindle e-Reader, Course e-gift voucher and a beautiful collection of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairytales. The winner and any runners-up will be announced in February 2019 on our extra special blog post. Entry fee: Free. Theme: Retelling of the Snow Queen. Looking for: Romantic retellings of 500 words (or 2,500 characters). Further info: The winner and any runners-up will be announced in February 2019 on our extra special blog post. Website: www.WriteRomanceFiction.com/winter-writing- competition Thriller Writing Short Story Contest - Annual Winter Writing Competition Closing date: 31st December 2018 23:59 GMT. Prizes: Top Prize: Amazon Kindle e-Reader, Course e-gift voucher and a beautiful collection of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairytales. The winner and any runners-up will be announced in February 2019 on our extra special blog post. Entry fee: Free. Theme: Retelling of the Snow Queen. Looking for: Suspense short story of 500 words (or 2,500 characters). Further info: The winner and any runners-up will be announced in February 2019 on our extra special blog post. Website: www.WriteFictionBooks.com/winter-writing- competition Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Closing date: 31st December 2018. Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, two £50 highly commendeds in each category. A tree is planted for every entry Entry fee: £5 Looking for: Short stories up to 4,000 words, poetry up to 50 lines https://www.magicoxygen.co.uk/molp/ The Henshaw Short Story Competition Closing Date: 31st December 2018 Prizes: 1st £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £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. Further info: Results announced by the end of January 2019. Prizes winners published on the Henshawpress website and in our next Anthology Email: editor@henshawpress.com Website: http://henshawpress.co.uk Audio Arcadia's General Fiction Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st December 2018. Prizes: Anthology publication, royalties. Entry fee: £5.50. Looking for: Short stories up to 5,000 words. Further info: Entrants must be aged 18 plus. Email: info@audioarcadia.com Website: http://www.audioarcadia.com/competition/  Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing Closing date: 7th January 2019. Prizes: £10,000. Entry fee: £10.00. Looking for: Short stories with food and drink themes, up to 2,500 words. Website: https://www.mogfordprize.co.uk/how-to-enter/ Forestry Commission Writing Competition 2019 Closing date: 14th January 2019. Prizes:  £2500; Unique access to our nation’s forests; Promotional support and a platform to share your work; Development opportunities. Entry fee: None. Looking for: Prose, fiction or fact. Only one application can be submitted from an individual. Further info: Applicants must be aged 18 or over. Email: centenary@forestryengland.uk Website: https://www.forestryengland.uk/100/writers BradtTravel Guides - Travelling With Kids Anthology Competition  Closing date: 14th January 2019. Prizes:  In addition to their entry being published in the book (together with a short accompanying biography and photo), each entrant will receive a small fee, and 2 free copies of the book. Looking for: Travel writing between 1,000 and 2,000 words of out-of-the-ordinary travel experiences with children. Free entry Email: hollyparsonstebradtguides.com Website: https://www.bradtguides.com/articles/cat/competitions/post/ The Roswell Award for short science fiction by adults Closing date: 28th January, 2019. Prizes: First - $500; Second - $250; Third - $100; and Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award - Dual publication in Artemis Journal and Hollywood NOW site plus $100. Entry fee: None. Looking for: Stories that must be original, unpublished, and 1,500 words or fewer. One submission per author. Further info: Open to adults (18+) worldwide. Website: http://www.lightbringerproject.org/science-fiction- contests Lancashire Authors' Association Open Flash Fiction Competition Closing date: 31st January 2019. Prizes:  £100. Entry fee: £2. Looking for: A story in EXACTLY 100 words (excluding title). Further info: Email: laa100word@gmail.com Website: http://www.lancashireauthorsassociation.co.uk/Open_Comp. html Northern Writers Awards Closing date: 1st February 2019. Prizes: up to £40,000 in awards. Free entry. Looking for: For works in progress by new writers in Yorkshire, the North East and North West, whether poetry, prose, children's prose, biography, life writing, or literary non-fiction. Submit up to 5,000 words or 30 poems. Email: info@newwritingnorth.com Website: http://northernwritersawards.com ChipLitFest Short Story Competition Closing date: 7th February 2019. Prizes: Top Prize:  £500; Other Prizes: £100, £50. Top 3 stories will be read by a professional at a ChipLitFest event over the festival weekend in April 2019. Entry fee:  £5 up to 3,000 words, £8 up to 5,000 words. Looking for: Short stories up to 5,000 words. Further info: Stories of any genre accepted. Website: https://www.chiplitfest.com/ Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2019 Short Story Competition Closing date: 13th February 2019. Prizes: a place on a retreat at Arvon Clockhouse. Free entry. Looking for: Stories up to 2,000 words on any theme. Email: cornpetitionepbloomsbury.com  Website: www.writersandartists.co.uklcompetitions Spotlight Books Poetry and Fiction Competition Closing date: 24th February 2019. Prizes: Six writers will be selected and given 1:1 editorial support to shape their manuscripts. The six writers will be published in individual small books with international distribution. Entry fee: Free. Looking for: Fiction: 8,000-10,000 words; Poetry: 40-45pp. at 20 lines/page. Please note this competition is only open to writers from under-represented backgrounds-those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance. Website: https://www.creativefuture.org.uk/spotlight-books/ Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th February 2019. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Entry fee: £10. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words, judged by Alexander McCall Smith https://www.storyawards.org/entershortstoryaward Exeter Writers Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th February 2019. Prizes: £700, £250, £100, plus £100 for a Devon writer. Entry fee: £7. Looking for: For short stories, any genre and theme, but not children's, up to 3,000 words. Email: exeterwriters@gmail.com Website: www.exeterwriters.org.uk Flash 500 Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th February 2019. First: £500 plus a two-year Duotrope Gift Certificate; Second: £200; Third: £100. Entry fee: £7, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four. Looking for: Short stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Email: entry@flash500.com Website: http://www.flash500.com/index_files/ss.htm Crime Writers Association Margery Allingham Short Story Competition Closing date: 28th February 2019. Prizes: £500. Entry fee: £12. Looking for: Short stories 3,500 words based on Margery Allingham's definition of a mystery. Email: secretary@thecwa.co.uk  Website: www.thecwa.co.uk!ShortStory/rules.htn  Fish Flash Fiction Prize Closing date: 28th February 2019. Prizes: 1st: €1,000; 2nd: €300; 3rd: Online Writing Course with Fish. Top ten stories will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2019. Entry fee: €14 (€8 subsequent entries). Website: http://www.fishpublishing.com/competition/flash- fiction-contest/ Bridgend Writers' Circle Open Short Story Competition Closing date: 1st March 2019. Prizes: £100, £50, £30. Entry fee: £5 for one, £7.50 for two. Looking for: Stories between 1,500 and 1,800 words on any theme. Email: fenos51@hotmail.co.uk WebsiteL http://bridgendwriters.webplus.net/comp_gen_info14.html Neil Gunn Writing Competition Closing date: 8th March 2019. Prizes: £500, £300 and £200 in each category. Entry fee: £8. Looking for: Short stories up to 2,500 words and poetry up to 40 lines, interpreting one of three quotes from Scottish writer Neil Gunn. Email: charlotte.macarthur@gmail.com  Website: https://www.highlifehighland.com/neilgunn/ 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize  Closing date: 1st May 2019. Prizes: 1st prize - £1,000, 2nd prize - £500, 3rd prize - £250. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology. Prizes will be sent to any writer on the shortlist who is unable to attend the awards ceremony. Entry fee: £9 per entry. Looking for: Stories up to 4,000 words. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Children’s etc..) . Further info: The winner and 2 runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony in October 2019. Email: enquiries@bristolprize.co.uk Website: https://www.bristolprize.co.uk The To Hull And Back Humorous Short Story Competition Closing date: 31st July 2019. Prizes: 1st £1,000, your head on the cover of a book and the opportunity to star in the winner's video, riding a Harley Davidson to Hull; 2nd £500; 3rd £250; 3 x Highly Commended £100; 14 x Shortlisted £50. Entry fee: Early bird until 30th April 2019: £11 for one story, £18 for two stories and £22 for three stories. Then, until 31st July 2019: £13 for one story, £21 for two stories and £26 for three stories. Looking for: Short stories, 2,500 words max. No limitation on style or genre, but must contain some element of humour. Further info: Entries accepted from anywhere in the world. All short listed and winning writers published in the To Hull And Back Anthology, released on Hulloween (31st October). Website: https://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story- competition/

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