The following competitions have multiple runs and deadlines throughout each year.
The TSS International Cambridge Short Story Competition offers prizes for short stories between 1500 – 3000 words. First place wins £1000, second £300 and third £200. Each is also published in an anthology. Entry Fee: £8. Next Deadline: Currently judging.
The Bath International Novella-in-flash Award is looking for novellas between 6000 – 18 000 words, containing short fiction up to 1000 words each on any theme or subject for adult or young adult readers (13+). All entries are considered for publication in the forthcoming Novella Anthology, five copies of which each winner gets. The top prize is £300, with two runner-ups of £100. Entry Fee: £16. Next Deadline: Currently judging.
The Bath International Flash Fiction Award is looking for short fiction up to 300 words on any theme or subject for adult or young adult readers (13+). All entries are considered for publication in the forthcoming Bath Flash Fiction Award Anthology, one copy of which each winner gets. The top prize is £1000, the second £300, the third £100 and two commendations £30. Entry Fee: £9. Next Deadline: February 11.
The Your Story Competition is offered bimonthly by Writer’s Digest. Writer’s Digest provides a short, open-ended prompt. You respond to that prompt. The winner is published in an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc. Entry Fee: Free. Next Deadline: February 19.
The TSS International Flash Fiction Competition offers prizes for flash fiction up to 500 words in any genre. First place wins £75, second £50 and third £25. Each is also published on the site. Entry Fee: £5. Next Deadline: February 28.
The Glimmer Train Press Short Story Award for New Writers offers a prize of $2500 (US), publication and 10 copies of the prize issue for a fiction story of 1000 to 12 000 words. Second place receives $500 and 10 copies of the prize issue, or, if published, $700, publication and 10 copies of the prize issue. Third place receives $300 and 10 copies of the prize issue, or, if published, $700, publication and 10 copies of the prize issue. Entry Fee: $18 per story. Deadline (each contest): February 28, June 30 or October 31. Next Deadline: February 28.
The Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge repeatedly offers publication in Poetry Asides in the Writer’s Digest magazine. Entry Fee: Free. Next Deadline: February 28.
The Scriptapalooza TV Script Competition annually offers TV scriptwriters promotion and prizes for spec scripts for original pilots (30 to 60 pages), existing current half-hour sitcoms (25 to 35 pages), existing current one-hour dramas (50 to 60 pages) and reality shows (1 to 5 page treatment). In each category, the first prize is $500 (US), second prize is $200 and third prize is $100. All winning scripts will be sent to 50 producers, managers and agents, and will also receive a listing on InkTip Script and a one-year Connect membership to the International Scriptwriters’ Association. Entry Fee: $50 (add $100 for a logline, synopsis and 4 to 5 page feedback). Deadline (each contest): April 15 or October 16. Next Deadline: April 15.
The Sixfold Poetry and Short Story Awards offers $1000 (US) and publication for a short story of up to 20 pages (5000 words) or one to five poems of up to 10 pages. Join the Vote! Sixfold runs on writer participation. Rank, critique and comment three times within your form to select the prize-winning manuscripts and everything published (top 15 stories and top 30 sets of poems). The publication is open for anyone to read. Entry Fee: $5. Deadline (each contest): January 24, April 23, July 24 and October 24. Next Deadline: April 23.
The Glimmer Train Press Very Short Fiction Award offers a prize of $2000 (US), publication and 10 copies of the prize issue for a very short story of 300 to 3000 words. Second place receives $500 and third $300, unless these winners’ stories are published in which case both winners receive $700, plus 10 copies of the prize issue. Entry Fee: $16 per story. Deadline (each contest): January 2, April 30 and August 31. Next Deadline: April 30.
The Ghost Story Semi-annual Supernatural Fiction Award offers publication in The Ghost Story website and $1,000 (US), $250 or $100 for full-length (1500 to 10 000 words) short stories that involve any paranormal, supernatural or magic realism theme, of any genre — fictional, historical, cultural, psychological and metaphorical. The winning stories will be published on Midsummer’s Eve and Halloween. If you would like your story to be considered for publication even if you do not win an Award or an Honourable Mention, let The Ghost Story know in your cover letter. Entry Fee: $20 per story. Deadline (each contest): April 30 and September 30. Next Deadline: April 30.
The WILDsound Contests in writing, screenplay and film are offered monthly. All entries full feedback or extra feedback and a free logline listing on the WILDsound site. Winners get entries showcased online and dramatized or read aloud using top professional actors. Winning poems are made into a film vignette. Winners of some of the contests also are guests on WILDsound’s coast to coast radio show to promote their entry and career. Entry Fee: Varies by contest. Most: $45 (CAN) for standard feedback or $100 for extra feedback. Novel: $45 for first chapter or $200 for novel. Poetry: $10 per poem. Next Deadline: Several a month. Varies by entry.
The Ad Hoc Fiction Competition offers weekly publication of flash fiction based on a prompt. Entries are voted on by the public. The author of the entry that receives the most votes wins free entry to the Bath International Flash Fiction Award. Simply put, if the public decides you have the talent, you can take a shot at our £1460 in prizes. Free. The piece that wins you Ad Hoc Fiction cannot be the same piece you submit to Bath Flash Fiction Award. Entry Fee: Free. Next Deadline: Wednesday 23:00 GMT (5:00 pm MDT).
The Historical Novel Society Indie Award is open all year to published, in-print, independent, historical fiction novels of any genre (but set 50 or more years ago) that are submitted for review by the Historical Novel Society. Review editors in the US and UK choose Editor’s Choices. Editor’s Choices are entered into the competition by the editors. First prize is £100. A runner-up receives £50. Entry Fee: Free (submission of one e-document and two to four hardcopy (hardback or paperback) editions of your published book). Next Deadline: None.
The Free Guide to Literary Agents Agent-judged Contest For Writers of (aka “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest) is a recurring online contest with agents as judges. With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes — meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two, such as middle grade fiction. You send in the first page for the contest. The judge picks the top three winners and they win prizes. Entry Fee: Free. Next Deadline: To be determined.
The Earle Birney Prize for Poetry is presented each year to one outstanding poet published in PRISM magazine. An annual prize of $500 is awarded. Entry Fee: None. Deadline: Enter only by regular submission of a piece to PRISM magazine.
Latest update: February 2018