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A collection of chances to become known as a short story writer. Some free; some with nominal entry fees.

42 Writing competitions for 2017 | nothingintherulebook. Excelsior! Welcome all ye saviours of the written word! 2016 is almost over (thank goodness), and while we try to distract ourselves from the horrors of a year that culminated in the election of Donald Trump to the US Presidency, it is also important we look forward to a 2017 as we try to make sure it isn’t quite as terrible as the last one. For our part, we’ll endeavour to ensure 2017 is filled with a multitude of writerly insights and discussion, and (just for you) we’ve compiled a list of upcoming writing competitions scheduled for the year ahead.

Included are details about word counts, deadlines and direct links to each event. If you’d like to add a writing competition to our list then please feel free to contact us! James Knudsen prize for fiction The deadline for this year’s James Knudsen prize is 1st January 2017. The winner of this year’s contest will receive US$1,000 and a year’s subscription to Bayou Magazine. There is a reading fee of US$20 Exeter Novel Prize 7. 8. 10. 11. 12. 13. A Curated List of Creative Writing Competitions, Contests and Awards. The Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize will be open to submissions from 15 April to 15 July 2019. The judges will be looking for novels which explore and expand the possibilities of the form, which are innovative and imaginative in style, which tackle subjects and themes relevant to the world we live in.

The winner will receive a £3,000 prize in the form of an advance against publication with Fitzcarraldo Editions. The winning novelist will subsequently be published in Fitzcarraldo Editions’ fiction list, alongside writers such as Claire-Louise Bennett, Mathias Enard, Camila Grudova, John Keene, Esther Kinsky, Olga Tokarczuk and Alejandro Zambra. Jeremy Cooper won the inaugural Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize in 2018 for Ash before Oak, a novel in the form of a nature diary, obliquely charting the narrator’s slow return to health. The winning novel was one of 181 submissions, and one of six to be shortlisted. . – Never Connect by Duncan White. Short Story Competitions 2017, List of Writing Competitions UK - Christopher Fielden. Quick links on this page: Last updated 24th April 2017 Below are tables listing various short story competitions. Some are based in the UK, some are global. Some contests are of high renown (like the BBC Short Story Award or the Bridport Prize), offering huge prizes, and some are lesser known, but offer great opportunities for newer writers to become published authors.

I will try and keep this list up to date, but please check the rules and dates on the different competition websites before entering. Most of the competitions accept entries from anywhere in the world, but require stories to be written in English. I’ve kept the information on the writing competition calendar brief, only detailing the important bits, like genre, approximate opening dates, approximate closing dates, word count and, of course, the amount of prize money you can win.

If you run a short story competition and would like me to add it to the lists below, please contact me and provide the following information: Short Story Competition: Philosophy Through Fiction | Blog of the APA. We are inviting submissions for the short story competition “Philosophy Through Fiction”, organized by Helen De Cruz (Oxford Brookes University), with editorial board members Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside), Meghan Sullivan (University of Notre Dame), and Mark Silcox (University of Central Oklahoma).

The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of US$500 (funded by the Berry Fund of the APA) and their story will be published in Sci Phi Journal. Rationale As philosophers, we frequently tell stories in the form of brief thought experiments. In the past and today, philosophers have also written longer, richer stories. Famous examples include Simone de Beauvoir, Iris Murdoch, and Jean-Paul Sartre. Fiction allows us to explore ideas that cannot be easily dealt with in the format of a journal article or monograph, and helps us to reach a broader audience, as the enduring popularity of philosophical novels shows.

Eligibility Dates Submission requirements Review process Funding. BBC National Short Story Award 2017. Latest update 'Submissions for the 2017 Award are now closed' Celebrating the power of the short story The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The 2017 Award is now closed for submissions. The shortlist will be announced on 15th September 2017, and the winner on 3rd October 2017. Please see for more information on the BBC National Short Story Award and submissions. Read the 2017 press release For updates on the Award follow #bbcnssa on Twitter. Previous winners 2016 Orr 'Disappearances'; runner-up Claire-Louise Bennet 'Morning, Noon & Night' 2015 Jonathan Buckley 'Briar Road'; runner-up Mark Haddon 'Bunny' 2014 Lionel Shriver 'Kilifi Creek'; runner-up Zadie Smith 'Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets' 2013 Sarah Hall 'Mrs Fox'; runner-up Lucy Wood 'Notes from the House Spirits' 2011 D W Wilson 'The Dead Roads'; runner-up Jon McGregor 'Wires'

The Short Story Challenge 2017. 2ND Round View the Assignments View the Assignments View the Results The 11th Annual Short Story Challenge is a creative writing competition open to writers around the world. There are 3 rounds of competition. In the 1st Round (January 20-28, 2017), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment. Registration is now closed. Official Rules & Participation Agreement Not only does every writer receive feedback from the judges for every story submitted, but a special review forum is available for the participants to submit their stories for review from fellow writers throughout the competition. 31 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes. Before you submit your work, run it through a grammar checker! Here are several grammar checkers to choose from.

When I was about 12, I saw an ad in a magazine for a poetry contest that sounded fancy and impressive, something like “International Library of Poetry.” I bled poetry at that age, so I crossed my fingers and sent in a poem I’d been slaving over for weeks. And, lo and behold, the people behind the contest quickly wrote back to tell me my poem had been selected as a winner! I was speechless with honor. Of course, I had to pay $50 if I wanted to see my work in print in the anthology, and I had to pay another $100 if I wanted the plaque. Even as a pre-teen, I sensed a scam. Sadly, not much has changed when it comes to companies trying to take advantage of writers who want a chance at recognition and maybe a little bit of money.

So we’ve done the legwork for you. We found 32 reputable, well-reviewed, free writing contests for poets, fiction writers, essayists and more. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Writing Competitions | A Guide to Short Story Contests in 2017 | Aerogramme Writers' StudioA Guide to Short Story Contests in 2017. Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contestis open to original short stories and essays on any theme. The winner in each category receives US$1500 and there are a total of 10 minor prizes of $100. Entries should be maximum of 6000 words. Closes 30 April. Bath Short Story Award is open to stories up to 2200 words in length. Stories may be in any genre and entries from both published and unpublished writers are encouraged. First Prize is £1000 (US$1250) and a selection of twenty winning, shortlisted and longlisted stories will be published in a print and digital anthology. David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories.

Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest is for new writing that takes risks and shows something new with its subject, style or characters. Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. Short Short Story Competition. Want to manage your competitions account? Log In Here Deadline: February 1, 2017 CLOSED We’re looking for short fiction stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!

The winning entries will be on display in the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Already Entered? One First Place Winner will receive: $3,000 in cashTheir short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2017 issueA paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The Second Place Winner will receive: The Third Place Winner will receive: Fourth through Tenth Place Winners will receive: Eleventh through Twenty-Fifth Place Winners will receive: NEW! How to Enter All entries must be submitted online. You might also like: No Related Posts. Short Story Contest - Fish Publishing Fish Publishing. Neel Mukherjee: Judge of the Fish Short Story Contest 2016 Summary: Closed Judge: Neel Mukherjee Word Limit: 5,000 words Closes: 30 November '16 Results: 17 March '17 Anthology Published: July '17 Entry Fees: €20 (€10 subsequent entries) Prizes: Top ten stories will be published in the 2017 FISH ANTHOLOGY. 1st: €3,000 plus 5 day Short Story Workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival. 2nd: A week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat and €300. 3rd: €300 Prizes – Rules – Entry Fees – How to Enter – ENTER NOW The Fish Short Story Contest was started in 1994, and has become an established event on the literary calendar.

This year’s judge, Neel Mukherjee, will be selecting 10 short stories to be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology. Publication in the annual Fish Anthology (Fish Books) has, for many authors, been a stepping-stone to a successful writing career. Critique Service is for writers who require an appraisal of their work prior to entering a writing contest, or at any time. Prizes: Short Story Contest. Bristol Prize | Welcome to the Bristol Short Story Prize. Costa Short Story Award | Costa Coffee. Harper's Bazaar short story competition 2017. David-Slijper, July issue 2015 David-Slijper Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Fiction has always held a special place in Bazaar.

The magazine has published work by writers from Virginia Woolf, DH Lawrence and Nancy Mitford to AS Byatt and Ali Smith. For 150 years, Harper's Bazaar has published the best new work from the world's most famous writers. In the late 19th century, the magazine serialised fiction by Thomas Hardy, Anthony Trollope and Henry James, while the 1930s proved a golden age for the short story, with contributions from Virginia Woolf, Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh. The last few years have seen contemporary greats such as Margaret Atwood and Jeanette Winterson write for the publication, as well as the introduction of our annual short-story competition.

Terms and conditions: the competition is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, published or unpublished. Writing Competitions | Poetry Competition | the Bridport Prize. Competitions. Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards is currently accepting entries. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest’s oldest and most popular competition, the Annual Writing Competition, is currently accepting entries.

Winners will be announced in our December 2017 issue. Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published eBook Awards is no longer accepting entries. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for self-published ebooks. Writer’s Digest’s Popular Fiction Awards is no longer accepting entries. Writer’s Digest’s only competition exclusively for poetry, the Annual Poetry Awards, is not currently accepting entries. Writer’s Digest’s competition for short fiction. Writing Competitions and Events | NZ Writers College. Writing Contests - The Writer. Sign up for The Writer e-newsletter to get the inside scoop on our latest contest announcements. You can also download our free guide to summer 2017 writing contests, which contains info on prizes, entry fees, and submission guidelines for more than 35 competitions. Get the guide today! As you already know, The Writer encourages all of our readers to practice their craft and put their stories in front of the eyes of as many people as possible.

Contests have always been a vital part of the writing world, giving writers the chance to have their work reviewed by editors and possibly published. Literary journals, universities and even The Writer regularly host contests, helping authors gain exposure and hone their craft. Choose your inspiration, submit before the deadline, and, as always, keep writing. Spring is finally here. Pick your very best draft, polish it up, and send it for consideration in our short story contest. Deadline: May 8th, 2017 Add my contest. Writing - Writing. 2017 SA Writers College Short Story Competition. The HG Wells SHORT STORY COMPETITION | Founded by the world-renowned BBC Aeronautics Correspondent Reg Turnill and his wife, Margaret, to celebrate the life and works of HG Wells and encourage creative writing, especially among the young, the prestigious. Books.

Explore the 2017 CBC Short Story Prize shortlist. The winner will be announced on April 19, 2017. Submissions for the 2018 CBC Short Story Prize will open in September. WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished stories. WHEN:The competition is open for submissions from September 1 to October 31. WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. HOW: While the competition is active, submit online by clicking the "submit" link below or, if you wish to submit by mail, you can download the offline submission form. WHAT YOU CAN WIN: The winner receives $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their story published in Air Canada enRoute magazine and will have the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

WHAT YOU CAN WRITE: You can submit original, unpublished fiction between 1200 and 1800 words. The 2016 winner was David Huebert for "Enigma. " Latest free writing competitions from Writers & Artists | Writers & Artists. Writers & Artists and Retreat West have teamed up for a free writing competition that offers you the chance to win a place on one of Retreat West’s incredible writing retreats. All you have to do is write a short story no longer than 1,000 words! Find out more For published and aspiring writers alike - enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on an Arvon residential writing course of your choice (worth £1,000), as well as seeing your story published on

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that's it. Unlike previous years, there's no theme for you to base your story on; all you have to do is make sure you're registered with the website, the subject line of your email reads 'W&A Short Story Competition 2017' and you send it to The closing date for entries is midnight on Monday 13th February, 2017. Good luck! This year's judge 1.

Raymond Carver Contest — Carve Magazine. Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition.