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Fun Palaces: WriteScience Competition
Closing date: 31st July 2016.
Prizes: There is no cash prize, but all entries will be read by a panel who will choose six writers to share their poems live at local Fun Palaces on the Fun Palaces weekend 1st & 2nd October 2016.
Entry fee: Free.
Looking for: Fiction including poetry, short story or spoken word up to 250 words.
Website: http://funpalaces.co.uk/writescience-2016/

Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st July 2016.
Entry fee: €15 per story (Paypal will convert your currency to Euro.).
Prizes: 1st Prize: €2000, short story published inSouthword Literary Journal, and a week at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat . ALSO if the winner comes to Cork to collect their prize, we will lavish them with hotel accommodation, meals, drinks and VIP access to the literary stars at the Cork International Short Story Festival (7 - 11 September 2016).
2nd Prize €500 and Southword publication; four more highly commended stories receive publication and €120.
Looking for: Short stories up to 3000 words, in English.
Judge: Danielle McLaughlin.
Email: info@munsterlit.ie
Website: http://munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html

Artificium Short Story competition
Closing date: 31st July 2016.
Prizes: Winner £300. Prize pot of min. £100, to be shared between 1-4 runners up.
Entry fee: £5, or two for £9.
Looking for: For stories between 2,000-8,000 words, in English. Any style or genre. Any theme.
Further info: Enter via our website.
Email: competitions@artificium.co.uk
Website: www.artificium.co.uk

Artificium In Brief Competition
Closing date: 31st July 2016.
Prizes: Winner - £150.
Prize pot of min. £100, to be shared between 1-4 runners up.
Entry fee: £5 or two for £9.
Looking for: Writing between 500-1,000 words, in English. Includes poetry, flash fiction, and anything else.   
Further info: Enter via our website.
Email: competitions@artificium.co.uk
Website: www.artificium.co.uk

Ink Tears Flash Fiction
Closing date: 31st July 2016.
Looking for: Flash fiction up to 500 words.
Prizes: £250, £50,4 x £25.
Entry fee: £3, £5 for two, £6.50 for three, £7.50 for four.
Website: www.inktears.com

Ilkley Literature Festival Short Story and Poetry Competitions
Closing date: 29th July 2016.
Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words and poetry up to 30 lines.
Prizes: £200 in each category.
Entry fee: £5 per poem. £5 per short story.
Email: info@ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk
Website: www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk  

To Hull & Back Humourous Writing Competition
Closing date: 31st July 2016.
Prizes: £1,000, £150, £75, publication in Christopher Fielden's To Hull and Back anthology.
Entry fee: £5, £8 for 2, £10 for 3.
Looking for: Funny stories up to 4,000 words.
Email: chris@christopherfielden.com
Website: www.christopherfielden.com

HISSAC Open Short Story
Closing date: 31st July 2016.
Prizes: £400, £50 for second and third, plus web publication, £150 for flash fiction.
Entry fee: Short stories £6 or £ 15 for three, flash fiction £3 or £7 for three.
Looking for: Short stories up to 2,500 words, flash fiction up to 500 words. No connection to Scotland is needed either by theme or entrant.
Email: info@hissac.co.uk
Website: www.hissac.co.uk

OverThe Edge New Writer of The Year
Closing date: 3rd August 2016.
Prizes: €1,000 in cash prizes (€300 each for winning poet and short story writer, €400 for the overall winner), publication for winning poet, plus readings at Over the Edge.
Entry fee: €1O, €7.50 for each of multiple entries.
Looking for: Poetry (three poems of up to 40 lines or one of 100 lines); short stories, up to 3,000 words.
Email: over-the-edge-openreadings@hotmail.com
Website: www.overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com

Elbow Room Competition
Closing date: 16th August (TBC)
Prizes: £200, 2 x £50, in each category.
Entry fee: £10 for up to three.
Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words, poems up to 40 lines.
Website: www.elbow-room.org

Dream Quest One Writing Contest (Fiction)
Closing date: 17th August 2016.
Prizes(USD): First Prize: $500, 2nd: $250, 3rd: $100. All winner will be published in Dare to Dream pages.
Entry fee: $10(USD) per story.
Looking for: Short stories, fiction, 5 pages max. (no word count).
Further info: This contest is International, open to everyone!
Email: alwest56@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.dreamquestone.com

Writing Out of the Huntington's Disease Shadow
Closing date: 31st August 2016.
Prizes: 1st £500 2nd £300 3rd £100.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: This is a flash fiction competition. Writers are being asked to tell a story about Huntington's disease and how it impacts on the lives of the people that live with it in 150 words or less.
Further info: The competition has been organised by the Scottish Huntington's Association (SHA) and is designed to raise awareness of the degenerative, neurological condition Huntington's disease (HD). Winning entries will be published on the SHA website and publicised.
Website: www.hdscotland.org/wriiting-out-of-the-hd-shadow

1000 Word Challenge
Closing date : 31st August 2016.
Prizes: 1st prize  £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize  £25. Winners are also published on our website.
Entry fee: £5, or £8 with feedback from the judges.
Looking for: Short stories of up to 1000 words. Your story must start with the opening line on our website.
Email: contact@1000wordchallenge.com
Website: www.1000wordchallenge.com

SaveAs Writers International Creative Writing Competition 2016 - Prose
Closing date: 31st August 2016.
Prizes: 1st - 100, 2nd - £50, 3rd - £25.
Entry fee: £4 per story, £10 for three.
Looking for: entries on the theme of rebellion - social, political, personal - interpret as you wish.
Further info: Awards evening will be part of this years Canterbury Festival.
Email: saveas@hotmail.co.uk
Website: http://www.saveaswriters.co.uk/

Exeter Flash Fiction Competition
Closing date: 31st August 2016.
Prizes: £150, £100, £50.
Entry fee: £4.
Looking for: Flash fiction up to 250 words.
Email: creativewritingmatters@virginmedia.com
Website: www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk

Hysteria Writing Competition 2016
Closing date: 31st August 2016.
Prizes: £150 short story, £75 poetry and flash fiction. Winners will be published in the Hysteria 5 anthology.
Entry fee: Short stories, £5; Poetry, £3; Flash fiction, £3.
Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words, poetry up to 20 lines, flash fiction 250 words, by women writers.
Email: info@hysterectomy-association.org.uk
Website: http://hysterectomy-association.org.uk/hysteria-writing-competition/

Earlyworks Press Flash Fiction
Closing date: 31st August 2016.
Prizes: £100, anthology publication for shortlisted entries.
Entry fee: £3, £15 up to 6.
Looking for: Flash fiction, up to 100 words.
Email: services@earlyworkspress.co.uk
Website: www.earlyworkspress.co.uk

Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest 2016
Closing date: 31st August 2016 (Early Bird closing date: 31 July 2016).
Prizes: £50 + publication in FREE category, £100 + publication in PAID category.
Entry fee: FREE and £5 for PAID.
Looking for: Humorous fiction and nonfiction in the form of essays and cartoons about writing/publishing, 100-500 words.
Further info: Judged by Moira Allen, Leigh Anne Jasheway and Geoff Tristram.
Email: v3rbolatry(at)gmail(dot)com
Website: devyaniborade.blogspot.com

Annual Arkbound Competition
Closing date: 5th September 2016.
Prizes: 1st - £100 plus featuring in Boundless magazine; 2nd - £50 and possible featuring (space permitting); 3rd - £25; 3 runners up of £5. Each winner also gets embossed certificate.
Entry fee: £2.50 (but for some it will be free).
Looking for: For this entry we invite people to write a short story about something that has inspired them, or will inspire other people. What is inspiration? What sort of things do we expect it to lead on to? You will be the judge of this. We are looking for a piece that stands out, that grabs the reader's attention, even if perhaps it may be unconventional. Word count 500-2000 words. Because the theme for this category is so broad, word count is also more flexible.
Further info: We sponsor writers from disadvantaged backgrounds (quite a broad term) so for these the entry fee does not apply.
Email for entries: competitions@arkbound.com
Website: arkbound.com/competitions/

The Short Story Competition
Closing date: 15th September 2016.
Prizes: £300, £150, £50.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: Short stories between 1,000 and 5,000 words. No novel extracts, sci-fi, fantasy, poetry or stories for children.
Email: submit.theshortstory@gmail.com
Website: www.theshortstory.net

Ely Amnesty Group Short Story Competition
Closing date: 21st September 2016.
Prizes: £50, publication.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: Short stories up to 1,500 words on the theme of 'peace'.
Email: info@amnestyely.org.uk
Website: www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/ely-city

Manchester Fiction and Poetry Prizes
Closing date: 23rd September 2016.
Prizes: £10,000 each category.
Entry fee: £17.50.
Looking for: Short stories, up to 2,500 words; portfolio of 3-5 poems, maximum 120 lines.
Email: writingschool@mmu.ac.uk
Website: www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/fiction

Chorleywood Literary Festival Writing Competition
Closing date: Friday 23rd September 2016.
Prizes: £50, £25; winning stories are published on the festival website.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: For short stories, up to 800 words.
Email: chorleywoodbookshop@btinternet.com
Website: www.cwlitfest.org

Mere Literary Festival Write in the Week Competition
Closing date: 24th September 2016.
Prizes: £60, £30, £15.
Entry fee: £2, £1 subsequent entries.
Looking for: Stories up to 350 words including a given phrase that will be posted on the MLF website on 13 September.
Email: info@merelitfest.co.uk
Website: www.merelitfest.co.uk

Bump in The Night
Closing date: 25th September, 2016.
Prizes: £25 voucher, secret spooky prize, a feature in our November newsletter to our 500+ members and a place in our Halloween Anthology.
Entry fee: £5.
Theme: Ghost Story.
Looking for: Ghost Story of no more than 3.000 words.
Email: Kayleigh@greenwichwriters.com
Website: www.greenwichwriters.com

Erewash Writers Open Short Story Competition 2016
Closing date: 29th September 2016.
Entry fee: £3 per entry, £2.50 multiples.
Prizes: £100 first, £50 second, £25 third, £15 fourth, two 'Highly Commended' receive comp free entry, donation to charity.  On line publication first four placings.
Looking for: Entries from worldwide welcome. Short stories, max 2,000 words. Critique service available £3 basic, £10 detailed.
Email: erewashwriterscomps@hotmail.co.uk or contact us via postal address on website.
Website: erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/competition

The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize
Closing date: 30th September 2016.
Entry fee €12.
Prizes: 1st prize €500 plus a 2-week stay at The Moth's Artists' Residence; 2nd prize €300; 3rd prize €200.
Looking for: For an unpublished story (of no more than 1,500 words) by an adult for children aged 7-11. The three winning stories will appear in the winter issue of The Caterpillar.
Further info: Judged by Mark Lowery, award-winning author of The Jam Doughnut that Ruined My Life, Pants are Everything and Socks are Not Enough.
Website: thecaterpillarmagazine.com/

RW Short Story Prize
Closing date: 30th September 2016.
Prizes: £350, £200, £100, £20 short listed.
Entry fee: £15, £28 for two, £35 for three.
Looking for: Short stories, 1,500-4,000 words.
Website: www.retreatwest.co.uk

RW Flash Fiction Prize
Closing date: 30th September 2016.
Prizes: £250, £100, £75, £15 short listed.
Entry fee: £1 0, £18 for' two, £25 for three.
Looking for: Short fiction up to 500 words.
Website: www.retreatwest.co.uk

Off the Beaten Track Writing Competition
Closing date: Midnight on 30th September 2016.
Prize: £100.00 cash prize plus 10 runner-up vouchers and published on website.
Entry fee: Free to enter.
Length: Maximum 750 words, fact or fiction.
We are looking for interesting, original articles which relate to the theme: Off the Beaten Track.  The winning entry will be the one that is judged to most effectively persuade readers of the Senior Travel Expert website that they would like to visit the place described!
See the website for full details: seniortravelexpert.com/off-beaten-track

Bedford Writing Competition
Closing date: 30th September 2016.
Prizes: Cash prizes now total £750 with all the shortlisted entries published as an e-book.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words, any theme.
Website: http://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk

Caterpillar Short Story Prize
Closing date: 30th September 2016.
Prizes: €1,000, publication in The Caterpillar.
Entry fee: £12.
Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words for children aged 7-11.
Email: enquiries@thecaterpillarmagazine.com
Website: www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com

County Linx Radio Short Story Competition
Closing date: 30th September 2016.
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
Entry fee: £3.
Looking for: Short stories up to 1,500 words on the theme of 'radio'.
Email: jay.smedley@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.countylinxradio.co.uk

NAWG Open Writing Competition
Closing date: 31st October 2016.
Prizes: £250, £100 and £50 in each category plus anthology and online publication.
Entry fee: £5. For poems only, 3 for £10.
Looking for: Stories 500-2,000 words. Poems up to 40 lines.
Email: comp-open@nawg.co.uk
Website: www.nawg.co.uk

SCPSW Annual Children's Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st October 2016.
Prizes: £70, £40, publication in Author magazine.
Entry fee: £5/£3 SCPSW members.
Looking for: Short stories for children up to 2,000 words.
Email: membership@scpsw.co.uk
Website: www.scpsw.co.uk

Early Works Press Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st October 2016.
Prizes: £100, anthology publication for shortlisted entries.
Entry fee: £5 up to 4,000 words, £10 if 4,000-8,000 words.
Looking for: Short stories, up to 8,000 words.
Email: services@earlyworkspress.co.uk
Website: www.earlyworkspress.co.uk

Ouen Press Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st October, 2016.
Prizes: £300, 2 x £100, anthology publication.
Free entry.
Looking for: True travel tales 3,000-10,000 words.
See website for full details: www.ouenpress.com

Lancashire Authors Association Flash Fiction Open Competition
Closing date: 31st October 2016.
Prize £100.
Entry fee is £3 non-members and £2 members.  
Looking for: The competition is for a short story in exactly 100 words (excluding the title) on any theme or subject.
Further info: Entry is open to anyone over 16 years of age. Entries may be submitted by e-mail or post.
Details, rules and entry form can be downloaded from the website: lancashireauthorsassociation.co.uk

Tom Gallon Trust Awards
Closing date: 31st October 2016.
Prizes: £1,000.
Free entry.
Looking for: Short stories, up to 5,000 words, by authors who have had at least one story accepted for publication.
Email: info@societyofauthors.org
Website: www.societyofauthors.org

Southport Writers' Circle Open Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st October 2016.
Prizes: £150, £80, £30.
Entry fee: £3 or £10 for four.
Looking For: Short stories, up to 2,000 words.
Email: swcstorycomp@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.swconline.co.uk

Oriel Davies Open Writing Competition
Closing date: 1st November 2016.
Prizes: £50 voucher to spend in Oriel Davies Gallery shop. 1 for best poem and 1 for best prose.
Entry fee: £3 per entry.
Looking for: Poems ( up to 50 lines each) or prose pieces ( up to 1,000 words each) that focus on the theme of "Imaginary Worlds'.
For further information on conditions of entry visit website below.
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Website: www.orieldavies.org

Scribble Annual Short Story Competition
Closing date: 1st November 2016.
Prizes: £100, £50, £25, publication in Scribble.
Entry fee: £4.
Looking for: Stories up to 3,000 words, theme 'fear'.
Email: parkpub14@hotmail.com
Website: www.parkpublications.co.uk

Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Closing date: 1st November 2016.
Prizes: £2,500 for winner from each region, £5,000 for overall winner.
Free entry.
Looking for: Original, unpublished short stories, 2,000-5,000 words, by writers from Commonwealth countries.
Website: www.commonwealthwriters.org

HE Bates Short Story Competition
Closing date: 28th November 2016.
Prizes: £500, £100, £50, £50 for best short story by a Northampton writer.
Entry fee: £6.
Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words.
Email: hebatescomp@gmail.com
Website: www.hebatescompetition.org.uk

Aeon Award
Closing date: 30th November 3016.
Prizes: €1,000, €200, €100.
Entry fee: €7.50.
Looking for: SpecFic short stories up to 10,000 words.
Email: fraslaw@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.albedo1.com/aeon-award

Fish Prize for Short Stories
Closing date: 30th November 2016.
Prizes:  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. Top ten stories will be published in the 2017 FISH ANTHOLOGY.
Entry fee: €20 post. €22 online.
Looking for: Short stories up to 5,000 words.
Email: info@fishpublishing.com
Website: www.fishpublishing.com

Ink Tears Short Story Competition
Closing date: 30th November 2016.
Prizes: £1,000, £100, 4 x £25.
Entry fee: £7.50.
Looking for: Short stories, 1,000-3,500 words.
Website: www.inktears.com

Atlantis Short Story Competition 2016
Closing date: 30th November 2016.
Prizes: 1st Prize: $300 + in-depth feedback; 2nd Prize: $100 + in-depth feedback; 3rd Prize: $50 + in-depth feedback.
TOP 15: In-depth feedback.
TOP 40: Name and short story's title posted on website.
Every participant receives a brief comment and evaluation.
Entry fee: $10 - £25. See website for details.
Looking for: Fiction and stories based on true events, up to 2,500 words.
Further info: No theme or genre restrictions.
Website: http://atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
Closing date: 31st December 2016.
Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, rwo £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
Website: www.magicoxygen.co.uk

Flash 500 Short Story Competition
Closing date: 28th February 2017.
This annual competition for stories up to 3,000 words (open theme and any genre).
Entry fees: £7 for one, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four. Optional critique: £25.
Prizes: £500, £200, £100.
Email: entry@flash500.com
Website: www.flash500.com/index_files/ss.html

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