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Writers Bureau Autumn Flash Fiction Competition
Closing date: 30th November 2016.
Prizes: £300, £200, £100 plus Writers Bureau course worth over £349.
Entry fee: £5, £10 for three.
Looking for: Stories up to 500 words on an open theme.
Email: studentservices@writersbureau.com
Website: www.wbcompetition.com

The Final Word
Closing date: Midnight, 30th November 2016.
Prize: £ I 00, plus a bottle of personalised champagne, plus a FREE critique of up to 1,000 words.
Fee: £3.50 per entry - £ I goes to literacy charity Children in Crisis.
Looking for: The final 100 words or so of a story - that's it! No need to write the rest Anyone can enter - as many times as you like - and your entry can be in any genre.
Email: info@writestars.co.uk
For Rules and further info: www.writestars.co.uk

The Creative Competitor Open Poetry Competition
Closing date: 30th November 2016.
Prizes: £500, £300, £200, £100.
Entry fee: £3.50.
Looking for: Poetry up to 40 lines.
Emall: info@creativecompetitor.co.uk
Website: http://creativecompetitor.com

Aeon Award
Closing date: 30th November 2016.
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

Erewash Writers 'Books' Competition
Closing date: 8th December 2016.
Prizes: A cash prize and books for the winner, runners-up win books.
Entry fee: £2 up to 500 words, £3 up to 2,000 words, £6 for max 5,000 words.
Looking for: Themed writing of any kind.
Email: erewashwriterscomps@hotmail.co.uk
Website: erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/

Atlantis Short Story Competition 2016
Closing date: (REVISED) 11th December 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/

Opening Up Digital Fiction Writing Competition
Closing date: 15th December 2016.
Categories: The prize categories are: Judges’ Prize; People’s Choice; Welsh Language Prize; Student Prize; Children’s Story Prize.
Prizes: Winners will receive a cash prize (£300 to the winner of each category), publication on the Reading Digital Fiction website, and a series of mentoring meetings with select judges on a future digital fiction project.
Free entry.
Looking for: Digital fiction for a mainstream audience.
Website: https://readingdigitalfiction.com

Soundwork Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st December 2016.
Entry is free.
Prizes: Winners will have story recorded and placed on soundwork-uk.co.uk website and Soundcloud along with photo and details.
Looking for: Stories up to 2000 words. Any style and theme.
Details on website: www.soundwork-uk.co.uk

WORDS Magazine Short Story Competition
Closing date: 31st December 2016.
Prizes: First Prize: £50, 2nd: £25.
All entries will be considered for publication in WORDS Magazine.
Entry fee: FREE.
Looking for: Short stories (up to 2000 words).
This contest is open to writers worldwide!
Email: december2016@wordsmag.com
Website: http://www.wordsmag.com

Mearns Writers New Beginnings Short Story Competition
Closing date: Midnight 31st December 2016.
Prizes: £250 first prize and £50 each for three runners up.
Entry fee: £7 for first entry, £5 for subsequent entries.
Looking for: All genres are accepted, between 1,000 and 3,000 words.
Further info: Winning entry will be published on the Mearns Writers Website.
Email: mearns.writers@mail.com
Website: mearnswriters.simdif.com/competition.html

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

The Henshaw Competition
Closing Date: 10th January 2017.
Prizes: 1st £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £25. Prizes winners published on the Henshawpress website.
Entry fee £5 by PayPal or by Cheque to G. Jennings.
Optional Critiques a further £5.
Entry requirements: A short story on any subject up to 2000 words.
Results announced by the end of January 2017.
URL of competition page: http://henshawpress.co.uk

Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing 2017
Closing date: 15th January 2017.
Prizes: £10,000.
Entry fee: £10.
Looking for: Short stories on food and drink themes, up to 2,500 words.
Email: shortstoryprize@mogford.co.uk
Website: http://writ.rs/mogfordprize

National Memory Day Creative Writing Competition
Closing date: 20th January 2017.
Prizes: £4,000 in each category; £2,000 best young writer, £2,000 best primary carer voice.
Entry fee: £3, £2 each subsequent.
Looking for: Short stories up to 1,500 words on the theme of memory.
Website: http://nationalmemoryday.org.uk/competitions/

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2017
Closing date: 31st January 2017.
Prizes: First prize £500, second prize £250, third prize £100.
Entry fee: £8 per story.
Looking for: The competition is for supernatural stories from 1,000 - 7,000 words. The term "ghost story" can be interpreted loosely, but there should be a supernatural element.
For more details and online entry form, see: thefictiondesk.com/ghost-story-competition.php

Wundor Short Fiction Contest
Closing date: 31st January 2017. Winners announced at the end of February 2017.
Prizes: The winner of our inaugural short fiction contest will receive £500. The winner and two runners up will have their work published in full or an extract will be published on the Wundor website. Their work will be strongly considered for publication in book form.
Entry fee:  £10 per entry. Maximum of two entries per writer.
Looking for: The competition is open to novellas, short stories or collections of short work.
Further info: The prize is open to anybody writing English, aged 18 or over. The word-count limitations for individual works and collections are 5,000 to 45,000.
Website here: http://www.wundoreditions.com/wundor-editions---contests.html

Caine Prize for African Writing
Closing date: 31st January 2017.
Prizes: £10,000, £500 each shortlisted; publication.
Free entry.
Looking for: For short stories, 3,000-10,000 words, by African writers (born in Africa, African nationals, and children of African parents).
Email: info@caineprize.com
Website: www.caineprize.com

Plymouth Writers' Group Open Competition
Closing date: 31st January 2017.
Prizes: £250, £50; anthology publication.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: Short stories up to 1,500 words.
Email: competition@plymouthwritersgroup.co.uk
Website: https://plymouthwritersgroup.co.uk/pwg-competition/

Northern Writers Awards
Closing date: 2nd February 2017.
Prizes: up to £40,000 in awards.
Free entry.
Looking for: For works in progress by new writers in Yorkshire, the North East and North West, whether poetry, prose, children's prose, biography, life writing, or literary non-fiction.
Submit up to 5,000 words or 30 poems.
Email: awards@newwritingnorth.com
Website: www.newwritingnorth.com

Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize
Closing date: 10th February 2017.
Prizes: £1,500.
Entry fee: £12.
Looking for: The opening of an unpublished novel by a woman writer.
Email: executiveassistant@lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk
Website: www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk/fictionprize/

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2017 Short Story Competition
Closing date: 13th February 2017.
Prizes: A place on an Arvon course of the winners' choice, online publication.
Free entry.
Looking for: Stories up to 2,000 words.
Website: www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

The Kit de Waal Scholarship
Closing date: 15th February 2017.
Prize: a fully funded MA place at Birkbeck, University of London.
Free entry.
Looking for: Writers from disadvantaged backgrounds who would not otherwise be able to afford a part-time creative writing MA.
Website: www.bbk.ac.uk/news/birkbeck

Reader's Digest 100-word Competition
Closing date: 20th February 2017.
Prizes: £2,000, £200 for two runners-up.
Free entry.
Looking for: Stories told in exactly 100 words.
Email: 100wordstory@readersdigest.co.uk
Website: www.readersdigest.co.uk/100-word-story-competition

ChipLitFest Short Story Competition
Closing date:  20th February 2017.
Prizes:  £500, £100, £50, Top 10 to have chance to appear on pennyshorts.com.
Entry fee:  £5 up to 3,000 words, £8 up to 5,000 words.
Judge:  Martyn Waites.
Looking for:  short stories, max 5,000 words, any genre.
Email: editor@pennyshorts.com
Website:  www.chiplitfest.com for details on how to enter.

Nottingham Writers' Club National Short Story Competition
Competition opens on 1st February 2017 and closes on 28th February 2017.
Prizes: £200, £100, £50 plus 5 x Runners up prizes.
Entry fee: £5, £10 for two, £4 each subsequent (£6, £12 and £5 each online).
Looking fot: Stories up to 2,000 words on the theme of food and drink by writers who have not earned more than £300 from short stories sold in 2016.
Email: info@nottinghamwritersclub.org.uk
Website: www.nottinghamwritersclub.org.uk

Writers Bureau Annual Short Story
Closing date: 28th February 2017.
Prizes: £300, £200, £100, £50 publication in Freelance Market News. All winners receive a choice of Writers Bureau course worth over £349.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: For short stories, up to 2,000 words.
Email: studentservices@Writersbureau.com
Website: www.wbcompetition.com

Artificium Short Stories and In Brief
Closing date: 28th February 2017.
Prizes: short stories: £300, £100; briefs: £150, £100.
Entry fee: £5, two for £9.
Looking for: Short stories, 2,000-8,000 words, and short writing in any genre, 500 and 1,000 words.
Email: competitions@artificium.co.uk
Website: www.artificium.co.uk

Flash 500 Short Story Competition
Closing date: Last day of February 2017.
Prizes: £500, £200 and £100.
Entry fee: £7/€9 for one; £12/€15.50 for two; £16/€21 for three; £20/€26 for four.
Looking for: Stories ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 words, with strong characters, a well-crafted plot and realistic dialogue (where used).
Email: info@flash500.com
Website: http://www.flash500.com/index

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition
Closing date: 28th February 2017.
Prizes: £500, £250, £100; £100 for a Devon writer.
Entry fee: £6.
Looking for: For short stories, any genre and theme, but not children's, up to 3,000 words.
Email: exeterwriters@gmail.com
Website: www.exeterwriters.org.uk

Crime Writers Association Margery Allingham Short Story Competition
Closing date: 28th February 2017.
Prizes: £250.
Entry fee: £15.
Looking for: Short stories, 3,500 words, based on Margery Allingham's definition of a mystery.
Website: www.thecwa.co.uk

Fish Flash Fiction Contest
Closing date: 28th February 2017.
Prize: €1,000.
Entry fee: €14, €16 postal.
Looking for: For flash fiction, up to 300 words.
Email: info@fishpublishing.com
Website: www.fishpublishing.com

Bridgend Writers' Circle Open Writing Competition
Closing date: 1st March 2017.
Prizes: £200, £50, £30.
Entry fee: £5 for one, £7.50 for two.
Looking for: Stories. 1,500-1,800 words, on any theme.
Email: Izmahoney@googlemail.com
Website: http://bridgendwriters.webplus.net/comp_gen_info14.html

Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2016-17
Closing date: 3rd March 2017.
Prizes:  1st prize £500; 2nd Prize £300; 3rd prize £200; highly commended and commendeds.
Entry fee: £8.
Themes: Choose between a) "Wrong is a difficult word" (from Young Art and Old Hector) and b) "Knowledge is high in the head, but the salmon of wisdom swims deep" (from The Green Isle of the Great Deep).
Looking for: Up to 2,500 words.
Further info: The lead judge for the 2016/17 competition is author Michel Faber.
For queries please email competition administrator charlotteemacarthur@gmail.com
For full information and entry forms please go to www.highlifehighland.com/neilgunn

Words for the Wounded - Independent Author Book Award
Closing date: 11th March 2017.
Prizes: A review of the top three and an opportunity for the winner to write A Day in the Life for e-Frost magazine.
Entry fee: £12.50.
Looking for: Self-published memoir or fiction published in the last four years.
Email: queries@wordsforthewounded.co.uk
Website: www.wordsforthewounded.co.uk

Limnisa Short Story Competition 2017
Closing date: 15th March 2017.
Prizes: 1st Prize:  One week Writers' Retreat or Workshop in 2017 or 2018 at Limnisa, our seaside location near Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece:  http://www.limnisa.com    All inclusive: Full board, 7 nights accommodation in single room,  optional daily yoga sessions, literary evening, use of all Limnisa facilities: beach, bikes, international library etc. OR five online sessions of personal tutoring. 2nd and 3rd Prize: 50 % discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above) OR a free online session of personal tutoring or feedback on written work. 2 Runners up: 25% discount on the Writers' Retreat or Workshop (see above).
Entry fee: FREE. Please like and share our facebook page.
Looking for: This international contest is open worldwide and is for short stories on any subject up to 3,000 words.
Questions regarding entries should be directed to: entries@limnisa.com
Website: limnisa.com/competition-2017

2017 Bristol Short Story Prize
Closing date: 3rd May 2017.
Prizes: 1st - £1,000, 2nd - £700, 3rd - £400. 17 further prizes of £100 to other shortlisted writers.
Entry fee: £8.00.
Theme: No specific theme or subject.
Looking for: Stories up to 4,000 words max., no minimum.
Further info: Entry online or by post. 20 stories will be published in the 10th BSSP anthology.
Website: www.bristolprize.co.uk

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