From the Mslexia website:-
It’s that time of year again when our Women’s Short Story Competition is open for business! As always, the 2016 competition welcomes writers of all levels of experience, writing stories on any subject – in any style. Up for grabs is a sumptuous £2,000 first prize, publication in the June 2016 issue of Mslexia and the fantastic exposure that this competition gives its finalists. So if you’ve got a story – or an idea – that could fit into our 2,200 word limit, we’d love to see your work.
Alongside the fabulous £2,000 first prize the winner also gets the option of attending a week’s writing retreat at Anam Cara, and a day with an editor at Virago Press.
Entries cost £10 each and there is no limit to the number of stories you can submit The competition closes on 14th March 2016, with prizes valid until May 2017. Full details on how to enter can be found here
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.
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Myriad and West Dean College invite previously unpublished writers to submit entries of up to 5,000 words from a crime novel or crime short story collection in progress.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
It’s all go on the competition front this week. Today it’s the turn of the 2016 Flash Bang competition run by CrimeFest Bristol.
Can you commit a crime story in just 150 words?
‘A shot rang out’ is four words, but it packs a hell of a punch. Flash fiction is the art of surprise, illumination, punch.
Think short fuse, short-arm, Get Shorty. Did you know ‘flash in the pan’ originated with the priming of guns? And flashnotes are counterfeit notes… We could go on, but we won’t, because we’re big on brevity. Surprise us. Burn us. Write us. Whatever you do, do it in a flash.
Bang bang, you’re read.
It costs just £2 per entry and the first prize is a PAIR (yes a pair) of weekend passes to CrimeFest 2017 (access to all interviews, panels and receptions, exc. accommodation, dinner, travel) with runner up prizes of a single weekend pass to CrimeFest 2017, followed by a CrimeFest goodie bag. On top of all that, those on the shortlist will be invited to attend the Crime Writing Day on Friday 20 May 2016, when the winners will be announced.
Think you’re up for it? Why not give it a go, after all 150 words…… how hard can it be? 😉
Entries need to be submitted by 4th March 2016, and full details of prizes and how to enter can be found here
Have fun and Good Luck!
Fancy having a go at some Flash Fiction? Reader’s Digest has, this month launched it’s annual 100 word short story competition.
There are three categories—one for adults and two categories for schools: one for children aged 12–18 and one for children under 12.
Your stories should be original, unpublished and exactly 100 words long—not even a single word shorter or longer!
Entries must be in by February 20.
The editorial team will then pick a shortlist of three in each category and post them online on March 6.
You can vote for your favourite, and the one with the most votes will scoop the top prize.Voting will close on March 27 and winning entries will be published in our June issue.
What you can win…
Adults: The winner will receive £2,000, and two runners-up will each receive £200.
12-18’s: The winner will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8.0, WiFi) and a Samsung Gear S watch (choice of colour), plus £150 for their school. Two runners-up will each receive £100.
Under-12’s: The winner will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8.0, WiFi), plus £100 for their school. Two runners-up will each receive £75.
More information and details on how to enter can be found on the Reader’s Digest website here.
Not just one for crime writing fans, the Bristol Short Story Prize is an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers. Each year they award cash prizes, publish the winning stories in their annual anthology. The 2016 competition opened this week, and don’t worry if you haven’t got a story ready yet, the competition doesn’t close until 30th April 2016. That’s a whopping SIX months away!
Here’s what their website has to say about entering and prizes.
Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words. There is no minimum length. There is an entry fee of £8 per story.
20 stories will be shortlisted for the first prize and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 9.
1st Prize is £1,000, 2nd Prize £700, 3rd Prize £400. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist.
The winners will be announced at the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize Awards Ceremony in October 2016. The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 9 will also be launched at the event.
Rules of entry, and further information on prizes and previous winners can be found here.