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1,000 Word Challenge
Closing dates: 30 Nov; 28 Feb; 30 May; 30 Aug.
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: Themed quarterly competition for stories up to 1,000 words.
Emall: contact@1000wordchallenge.com
Website: www.1000wordchallenge.com

A3 Review Monthly Themed Competitions, The
Closing Date - Last Saturday of each month.
Prizes - Publication in the latest edition of the A3 Review literary magazine (printed twice a year). Two winners from each month eligible for overall cash prizes of 1st - £150, 2nd - £75 and third - £50.
Entry Fee: £3.
Details: The A3 Review's themed monthly contest is brought to you by the folks who make Writing Maps. We believe in words and images, and love a combination of the two. We're looking for prose, poetry, graphic stories, photography, paintings, drawings, and other visual and word-based creations and various combinations of the above.
Website: www.writingmaps.com/

"A Very Short Story Competition"
Closing date: Last day of every month.
Prizes: £50 and the winning entry will be published on the website.
Entry fee: £4.00 per story. The aim of this competition is to provide a platform for writers to expose their talents for telling a big tale in a small way. Entries must not exceed 1,000 words and any theme or genre is accepted. averyshortstory.co.uk/

Bath Flash Fiction Award
Closing date: rolling deadlines - see website.
Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100.
Entry fee: £9, £4 for members.
Info: This is a rolling competition for flash fiction up to 300 words, and will be judged when 1,000 entries have been received then start again.
Website: bathflashfictionaward.com

Cultured Vultures' Poem of the Week Competition
Closing date: Every Friday weekly.
Prizes: Publication.
Entry fee: Free.
Further info: See website.
Website: culturedvultures.com/poem-week/

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest
Closing dates: (Semi-annual) July 31st and December 31st, each year.
Prizes: Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
Entry fees: $5(USD) per poem, $10(USD) per short story.
Guidelines: The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream. Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed. And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.
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Envoi International Open Poetry Competitions
Deadline for submissions – 20th February, 20th June and 20th October each year.
Prizes: 1st prize £150, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £50. Each winner and three runners up win a complimentary copy with their poem. The three runners up are also awarded an annual subscription worth £15. Entry fee: £3 per poem or five poems for £12. Poems can be in any style, on any theme up to 40 lines. More details on website.

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition
Closing dates: 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.
Looking for: This quarterly open-themed competition is for fiction up to 500 words.
Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories.
Prizes: £300, £200 and £100.
Email: info@flash500.com
Website: www.flash500.com

Fright Cards
Closing date: on-going.
Prizes: Publication and 5 copies of postcard.
Entry fee: Free.
Looking for: Flash/Micro fiction, various word counts less than 200 words.
Further info: Get your work read by many by getting your story published on a quality finish postcard!
Email: horrorscribing@gmail.com
Website: horrorscribes.wordpress.com/fright-cards/

Henshaw Short Story Competition
Closing date: Quarterly, 30th April, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.
Entry fee: £5.
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
Quarterly competition for short stories up to 2,000 words.
Email: editor@henshawpress.co.uk
Website: www.henshawpress.co.uk

Hour of Writes Weekly Writing Competition
Closing date: 11pm (GMT) every Friday.
Prizes: First Prize: Usually min £50 (increases with more participants).
Entry fee: £3.
Further info: Word Limit: 2000 words; Theme: New title every week, check website for latest theme.
Website: hourofwrites.com

The Monkey Collection
Closing date: Rolling deadlines - see the website for details.
Prizes: Publication in The Monkey Collective's short story collection.  All entries receive a percentage of the sales.
Entry fee: Free.
Further info: Entries need to be between 1000 and 5000 words, no specific genre.  Everyone who enters can become part of The Monkey Collective, a collaborative writing group.  See our website for further details.
Website: themonkeycollective.com/join.html

Pages Quarterly Open Short Story Competition & Anthology. The
Submission Deadlines: March 31st, June 30th, September 30th & Dec 31st.
Prizes: 1st £60.00, 2nd £40.00, 3rd £20.00. Entry fee: £4.00 Each additional entry: £2.00. Indepth critique: £2.00 Anthology: £4.00.
Stories can be on any subject and in any genre (except children's). Previously published work will be accepted, however please inform us at time of submission where and when it has been published. Entries should not exceed 4,000 words. Full details on website.

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition
Closing dates: Last days of February, May, August, and November (midnight UK time).
Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250 (or the equivalent in the winner's local currency).
Entry Fee: £7, $9, €9.
Further details: Reflex Fiction is a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. We publish one story every day as we count down to the winner of each competition.
Website: http://www.reflexfiction.com/flash-fiction/

Ron L Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest
Prizes: every three months: $1,000, $750, $500 plus annual grand prize: $5,000!
Here's an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required and entrants retain all publication rights. All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only.

Scribble Quarterly Competitions
Ongoing quarterly competitions for short stories, up to 3,000 words
Prizes: £75, £25, £15 in each issue.
Entry fee: £3 (£5 with critique); free for annual subscribers.
There is no closing date: successful stories are published in the next issue.

Sentinel Short Story and Poetry Quarterly Competition
Closing dates: See website.
Prizes: £200 (First), £75 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (High Commendation). The winners and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine.
Entry fee: short stories, £4, £8 for two, £10 for three, £12 for four.
Entry fee: poetry, £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/ 4, £12/5, £16/7, and £22 for 10 poems.
The competition is for short stories, up to 1,500 words, and poems up to 50 lines.

Story Planner Monthly Story Plan Competition
Closing date: 15th of every month.
Prizes: Writing books and courses.
Entry fee: Free.
Looking for: Story plans and outlines using the plans at StoryPlanner.com
Further info: Judge: Joanne Bartley.
Email: competitions@storyplanner.com
Website: blog.storyplanner.com/story-planner-monthly-competitions/

TXTLIT.co.uk Text Message Competition
Prize: £50.00 monthly.
New competition each month with a different theme. Correct spelling and grammar required, with a maximun text length of 160 characters. Strewth! Is such a thing possible? Entry: £1.00. Vst wbsite 4 dtls:

Telegraph ‘Just Back’ Travel writing Competition
Closing date: Weekly.
Prize: £200 in your choice of currency.
Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
Looking for: If you are just back from somewhere a shade more interesting than the local park, the Telegraph Online would like the gripping details in up to 500 words.  You can read previous winners on the website.  A ‘voyage’ across the Mersey is one of them - proving that you don’t have to write about anywhere exotic to scoop the prize.
Website: www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/just-back-travel-writing-competition/

Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition
Closing date: Monthly.  Entries arriving too late for one comp automatically go into the next.
Prizes: £300, £150, £100.
Entry Fee: £6, or £3 for subscribers to the magazine.  Critique - £5 (enclose sae if entering by post).
Looking for: length of between 1,000 and 3,000 words.
For full entry requirements see website: www.writers-forum.com/storycomp.html

Writers Forum Poetry Contest
Closing date: Monthly.  Entries arriving too late for one comp automatically go into the next.
Prizes: Prize £100 and a Chambers dictionary.
Entry fee: £4 per poem, or pay £6 and get a short critique.
Looking for: Poem must be a maximum of 40 lines.
Further details: Poems must be original and unpublished.
For full entry requirements see website: www.writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html

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