It’s all go on the competition front this month!  Recently announced is Ireland’s Sunday Business Post’s short story competition with a whopping €2,000 prize up for grabs!

The Sunday Business Post is proud to announce its inaugural Short Story Prize in conjunction with Penguin Ireland

We are seeking short stories of up to 5,000 words for our inaugural SBP / Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize. Entrants must be Irish by residence or citizenship. The prize winner will receive a cash award of €2,000, with second and third place awards of €500 and €250 respectively.

Entries must be original short stories, in English, of 5,000 words or less. Any work that has been previously published and / or broadcast, or that is published or broadcast before February 21, 2016, will be disqualified.

Entry is restricted to residents and citizens of Ireland, and the deadline for entries is 5pm on December 23, 2015.  Full details on rules of entry can be found on their website.

Myriad First Drafts Competition 2016: First Crimes

Fancy a chance at winning a week long writing retreat and six months with a Myriad author as a mentor?  Then look no further. The competition has a proven track record in launching writers who have gone on to enjoy creative and commercial success. Myriad has published several writers brought to its attention through the competition in previous years, including Lisa Cutts, whose crime debut Never Forget has been optioned by a major TV company.


Myriad and West Dean College invite previously unpublished writers to submit entries of up to 5,000 words from a crime novel or crime short story collection in progress. This year the competition will focus exclusively on crime and thrillers in celebration of the genre. The competition will be judged by an all-star judging panel of internationally bestselling crime authors

Now in its seventh year, the competition (formerly the Writer’s Retreat Competition) recognises promising work-in-progress, be it a short story collection or the first few chapters of a novel. The competition is open to all writers who have not yet published or self-published a collection of stories or a novel.

The prize is a week-long writing retreat in the luxurious surroundings of West Dean College near Chichester, as well as detailed editorial feedback from the judges and six months’ mentoring from a Myriad author.

Myriad’s First Drafts Competition is at the heart of our mission to discover and nurture bold and exciting new writers. There are very few competitions for a work-in-progress and this is a brilliant opportunity for aspiring authors to get their work noticed by publishers and agents.


The competition closes on the 31st March 2016, so you have plenty time to think about getting your submission in.  Entry costs £10, and you are restricted to only one entry per person.  The complete rules of entry and full details on submissions can be found on the Myriad website