Archive for November, 2022

Last call: WOW! Women on Writing Fall 2022 Flash Fiction Contest

14 November 2022

Deadline: November 30, 2022

Guest Judge: Literary Agent Savannah Brooks with KT Literary Agency

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints/previously published okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints/previously published are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, and an interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card
Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.

Entry: $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10

How to enter, visit:


2023 International Rubery Book Award is now OPEN for self-published and independently published books 

14 November 2022

The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self-published authors, and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges. Creative writing is such a key part of life for those who enjoy writing yet it is increasingly difficult to become traditionally published. Through our reputation of finding quality and outstanding books, we aim to bring recognition to the works that win and heighten an author’s profile.
The Rubery Prize is a well-established name in the publishing world. 

We are now accepting entries for 2023. 

Books and Ebooks

  • As of the 2018 award, we would like you to send both versions of your book if you have the two available. This isn’t compulsory but would help us. When doing this you MUST make it clear that both versions have been sent to us on the entry form.


  • You should send one copy of each book.
  • Entries should be postmarked no later than the 31st of March 2023. If you think your book will be delayed in the post please contact us. Any entries received after the closing date will automatically be put into the next competition.


  • We are happy to receive ebooks if no print version is available or if there is a problem receiving your print version.
  • Ebooks should be uploaded to us from the entry form in any of the following formats: Word, PDF, Mobi. If your ebook is in a different format please use Calibre to convert the file. 
  • Please be aware that books with lots of images will be large files and it may be better to send a hard copy version.
  • Your cover should be included in the file and not added as a separate file.
  • We cannot accept ebooks that are sent as a gift to download from Amazon. This is because the gift goes to just one person. Because of the judging process, the ebook may need to be read by multiple people. 
  • We will not accept invitations to download files from websites.

Terms and conditions

  • This is an international competition and we accept submissions from anyone in the world provided all submissions are in English.
  • Each entrant will submit one copy of their book.
  • Entrants may be asked to send a further copy of their book.
  • Each entrant will fill out the entry form and either send with their book or submit it electronically.
  • Books published by independent presses and self-published books are eligible to enter.
  • Entry fees will be paid either by PayPal or cheque (cheques in pound sterling ONLY). If paid by PayPal, your email confirmation should be printed out and sent with your book.
  • You may enter the competition as many times as you wish so long as each submission is accompanied with the relevant submission fee.
  • There is no publication date requirement but books should not be out of print.
  • Unpublished manuscripts are not accepted and will not be returned. No refund will be issued.
  • Entries cannot be returned.
  • The Rubery Book Award holds no responsibility for incomplete or ineligible entries. 
  • The website makes clear that books sent via a courier cannot be delivered to a PO Box. We are therefore not accountable if you go ahead and use a courier. We will also not issue refunds for undeliverable books.
  •  Anybody associated with the Rubery Book Award and employees is not eligible to enter.
  • Entries containing unacceptable (in Rubery Book Award’s opinion), indecent, defamatory, or discriminatory language, pornographic, or other unlawful content shall not be considered. 
  • You must not use a courier when posting your entry. It is also your responsibility to fill out the customs forms and declarations correctly. Not doing so will result in your entry being returned. We take no responsibility for this.
  • If your entry is returned to you we will expect you to email us your entry as an ebook or Word document.
    If in our judgment a refund is due, the request must be made within twenty-eight days of the entry being made.
  • All prizes will be paid in sterling either by Cheque or PayPal. The Rubery Book Award cannot be held responsible for any fees levied by PayPal or fees associated with currency conversions.
  • By entering you agree that if you win one of our awards you will send us a photo with your award for us to post on our website and/or social media and to be used for any advertising.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 
  • No feedback is offered and no personal comments regarding entries will be given.
  • Entries received after the closing date will automatically be put forward for the following competition. No refunds will be given.​
  • You retain all rights to your work.
  •  By entering this competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Visit the website for details:


14 November 2022

Deadline: November 30, 2022

I’m an Irish author and I run The Plaza Prizes – a series of international literary, art, and dramatic competitions, based in the UK. We have Toby Litt, Sam Blake, Roland Watson-Grant, Tara Laskowski, Richard Skinner, Maya C Popa, Simon Trewin, Anthony Joseph, and many more writers, screenwriters, dramatists, and artists, slated to talent spots in 20 competitions over 2022-23, with over £20,000 in prizes on offer.

These are fabulous opportunities for writers to create a worldwide platform.

Here are some details:

Sudden Fiction

Prize: £1,000, US$1,100 (and publication in an anthology)

Judge: Tara Laskowski

Word limit: 1,500

Deadline: 30th Nov 2022

Short Story

Prize: £2,000, US$2,200 (and publication in an anthology)

Judge: Roland Watson-Grant

Word limit: 8,000

Deadline: 30th Nov 2022

So far, we have seven live comps, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Memoir: First Chapters, Literary: First Chapters, and Crime: First Chapters. Just like the Bridport Prize, we set up a FREE ENTRY Bursary Scheme for low-income and under-represented writers.

For more details, please go to:

Pet Flash Fiction Contest

14 November 2022

Deadline: February 28, 2023

Pet Flash Fiction Contest! Grand prize of $250.

Dogs, cats, parrots, gerbils, hamsters, iguanas, etc. The list of pets could go on and on. The challenge of this contest is to write a true story about a pet in 300 words or fewer. The story can be funny, silly, scary, sad, or any other adjective as long as it involves a pet. And to make it extra interesting, include a picture of the pet in the story if you can.

Remember, the challenge of flash fiction is to create a thought-provoking story within the tight word constraints of the writing form. Good luck and have fun!

The story can be any genre as long as it is based on the picture.


  • One winner will receive
    • $250 in cash
    • Promotion across Booksie
    • A gold contest badge
    • $15 in ebooks from the Booksie bookstore.
  • Two runners-up will receive:
    • $50 in cash
    • Exposure across Booksie
    • A silver contest badge.

Entry fees:

The cost to enter is $4.99 for regular members and $2.50 for Premium members (Premium members receive a 50% discount on all contest entries).

Frequently Asked Questions

Many of the most common questions are answered in our contest rules

Is there a word limit on contest entries?

Yes, this is flash fiction. The maximum length of your story is 300 words.

Can I enter as many stories as I want?

Yes, you can enter an unlimited number of stories.

Do I have to be a member of Booksie to enter?

Yes, you must be a Booksie member but membership is free. If you are not a member, you can easily become one as part of the entry process.

About Booksie Contests

Booksie is an online writing platform to help writers tell their stories and promote their written work. It is not a publisher and does not take any ownership of the writing posted to the site. Booksie has run writing contests for the last three years. Our sister writing workshop site, TheNextBigWriter, has run writing contests for the last thirteen years. Click here to view a list of previous Booksie winners.

Deadline: February 28, 2023

Prizes: $250 grand prize. Two $50 runner-up prizes. Writing fun!

Visit the website for details on how to enter at: