Posts Tagged ‘short fiction contests’


27 January 2014

Each one accepts published as well as unpublished work. Winners are promoted online and in our email newsletter, with over 50,000 subscribers. Follow us on Twitter at @winningwriters.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

No fee, $2,000 in prizes, April 1, 2014 deadline

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest
All subjects welcome. $16 fee, $3,000 in prizes, April 30, 2014 deadline

Sports Fiction & Essay Contest
$16 fee, $3,000 in prizes, May 31, 2014 deadline

2014 South American Short Story Contest

13 December 2013

2014 South American Short Story Contest

Our annual short story contest is open for submissions.  We are
looking for the best possible short stories from writers located in
any country on any topic.Winning prize is $100 USD and publication
in Southern Pacific Review.  

Deadline is 30 March 2014.

Submit entries to There is no reading fee.

Visit the website for details:

The Lascaux Short Fiction Prize

25 October 2013

The Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction

Stories may be previously published or unpublished. Length should not exceed 10,000 words. Entry fee is $5, and authors may enter more than once.

The editors will select a winner and nineteen additional finalists. The winner will receive $500 and publication in The Lascaux Review. Both winner and finalists will earn the privilege of displaying a virtual medallion on blogs and websites:

indiegogo medals

And all twenty stories will appear in The Lascaux Prize Anthology:

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Two copies of the anthology will be supplied to every writer appearing in it. The deadline for submission to the 2013 contest is 31 December 2013. The following link will take you to our online submissions form at Submittable:

The Lascaux Review: Second Annual Lascaux Flash Fiction Contest!

4 February 2013

On behalf of the editors at The Lascaux Review, welcome to the second annual Lascaux Flash Fiction Contest!

Essential Stuff

Using the photo prompt below, compose a work of short fiction, maximum length 250 words. The prompt is for inspiration only; entries will not be judged on how well they relate to it. Title and byline are not included in the word count.


 the prompt


Title and artist will be revealed at the end of the contest.

Attention! One entry per person. Submissions open at noon U.S. eastern time on 6 March and close two weeks later, at midnight on 20 March (the Vernal Equinox). Submit your story using the Submittable form linked here:

Submit to Lascaux Flash

You will need to open a Submittable account, if you don’t already have one. It’s painless (also, since more and more journals are using this function to accept submissions, the account will come in handy (also, as Wendy can attest, they have the best customer support of any company this side of Alpha Centauri (I put this in merely to create a third nested clause))).

The first thing you’ll notice is the option to donate $3. The donation is not required, and will not influence the judges either way. All money raised is used to help offset expenses, especially prize money.

Submittable attachments should look like this:

The Title of Your Story

by Your Name

Story begins, single spaced, with a blank line between paragraphs, and no unconventional formatting.

We’ll post entries on this site in the order they arrive. If you wish to contribute a story but do not want to compete for the prize, declare so in your submission. We’ll treat you as a guest writer. Any poems received will likewise be treated as guest entries.

Contest participants grant Lascaux the right to publish their entries. Authors retain copyright of their work. The editors and advisory board of The Lascaux Review will collectively select finalists and a winner, all of whom will be announced simultaneously as soon as decisions are made.

The winner receives $250 (a dollar a word) as well as the virtual medal depicted here, along with the right to display it on his or her online venues. The winning entry will be published in The Lascaux Review.

Visit the website for details:

Wag’s Revue Writing Contest

31 January 2013

The editors are excited to announce that beginning with Issue 11, the magazine compensates $100 per piece (poem or group of poems, essay, or short story).

Wag’s Revue holds two contests annually, the Winter Writers Contest from December through March and the Summer Writers Contest from June through August. The contests are open to all three genres and are judged by the editors. For each, first prize is $1000 and guaranteed publication, second prize $500 and third $100. All pieces are considered for publication. There is a $20 reading fee per piece.

Open reading periods are held from early March through May and from September through November. Submissions are currently open.

This year, we switched over to Submittable (the service formerly known as Submishmash). There you’ll find all guidelines and can upload your submission. While we allow for simultaneous submissions, if your work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw the piece on Submittable, rather than emailing us about it.

Take Me to Submittable!

If you submitted during the open period this Spring, the editors are still reading those submissions and you will hear from us in the coming months. Thanks to those who submitted to the Summer Writers Contest. Winners will be announced in the new year.

If you are at all concerned about your submission, please email the editors at

If you’re interested in writing for our blog, The Wag, please shoot an email to blog sultan Ray Sultan at  ,including your resume, clips, and pitches of columns to write.

Visit the website:

Wingfeather Books – Writing Competition, Cash Prizes – Disaster Relief Benefit

24 November 2012

Sponsor: Wingfeather Books, a small press

Event: Short Story Competition Benefiting Disaster Relief Fund (use of “American Red Cross” brand permission pending)

A portion of the proceeds, after contest costs are recovered, will be donated to the Disaster Relief Fund

Entry Fee: $10

 Genre: Paranormal Romance – Short Story Competition – 4,000 words or less

Cash Prize: $375 total, $100 first place

 Prize Includes: Publication

 Deadline: 12/31/2012


 Feel free to ask questions in the comments below or email us:

Prizes total $1360 in Writers’ Village story contest

4 November 2012

A first prize of $800 can be won in the winter round of the Writers’ Village contest

for short fiction up to 3000 words in any genre.

Second prize is $400, third is $160

and there are five runner-up prizes of a free entry in the next round.

Every story, win or lose, also gains a free critique –

a feature thought to be unique among low-fee writing contests.

Winning stories will be showcased at the site.

Fee is $19 per story.

Entries are welcomed worldwide.

Deadline is 31st December 2012.

Details at:

Address: Writers’ Village, The Old School House, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9DP, UK. Writing Contests – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

29 October 2012 Writing Community

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A Love Poem Contest

Write a love poem. Your love poem can be fictional or non-fictional.
Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest. Information:
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Write a flash fiction story using only 800 words on the topic provided.
The topic is “the white picket fence”. Cash prize to the winner.
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2013 Bristol Short Story Prize

29 October 2012

2013 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age.
Stories can be on any theme or subject and
entry can be made online via the website or by
postal mail. Entries must be previously unpublished
with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum).

The entry fee is £8 (about $12.83) per story.

The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013.

1st £1000 (about $1603) plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card
2nd £700 (about $1122) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
3rd £400 (about $641) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
17 further prizes of £100 (about $160) will be presented to the writers
whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted
writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short
Story Prize Anthology Volume 6. The winning story will, also, be published
in Bristol Review of Books magazine.

The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony
in Bristol in October 2013 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched.
Any shortlisted writers unable to attend the awards ceremony will be sent their prizes.
The awards ceremony will be part of the 2013 Bristol Festival of Literature.

Judging panel: Ali Reynolds (literary consultant, former Random House editor)
Bidisha (writer, broadcaster, critic) Anna Britten (author and  journalist)
Chris Wakling (novelist, Creative Writing tutor)

Full details and rules at:

The Fiddlehead’s 22nd annual literary contest!

29 October 2012

Deadline: Postmarked by December 1st 2012


Two contest categories: poetry and short fiction.

Prizes in each category: $2000 for winner +

publication payment and $250 for 2 honourable mentions + publication payment.

Winning entries will be published in the spring 2013 issue of The Fiddlehead (no. 255) and on the website.

One short-fiction entry is one story (6,000 words maximum).

One poetry entry is up to 3 poems; no more than 100 lines per poem.

No simultaneous submissions and no previously published works.

Do not put name on the work(s) submitted; send cover page that includes contact information,

the entry’s title(s) and contest category. All entries must be submitted by mail.

Entry Fee: $30 for an entry from Canada and $36 for an international entry.

The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Fiddlehead.

For full contest details go to The Fiddlehead’s website

or contact us at

Last Call for Entries – The Narrated Tales Competition – Deadline: November 14, 2012

26 October 2012

A month or so back I was scanning Google for writing sites when I discovered Radio Wildfire; an online radio broadcast that concentrates on literature, spoken word performances and oral art. I listened to their latest broadcast (known as The Loop) and loved it. When I’d finished I read the ‘About’ page and discovered they’re also based in the West Midlands! So I emailed them.

It turns out Radio Wildfire is run by a collective which includes Dave Reeves; a writer, performer and editor whose writing has been commissioned for inclusion in public art and by BBC national radio, and has appeared in publications which include Poetry Australia and Norwegian text books. As an editor he previously edited Raw Edge; a literary magazine in the West Midlands.

Having taken up far too much of his valuable time on the telephone, I can also reveal Dave is a very friendly, approachable and interesting chap who has kindly agreed to help me with our next competition.

So, the competition rules:


There is no set theme; your bursts can be about anything you like – whatever you feel would make a good narrated tale.

The judges

There will be two judges from the Radio Wildfire team and one Guest Judge invited by Radio Wildfire:

Dave Reeves – writer, editor and presenter of re:Lit, the live literature programme on Radio Wildfire.

Vaughn Reeves – producer of re:Lit, curator of The Loop on Radio Wildfire, and currently developing a non-league football show, Project Football.

And the Radio Wildfire guest judge, Roz Goddard – short story writer, poet and
coordinator of the West Midlands Readers’ Network.


The competition will run for 2 months from October 1st until November 12th.


All submissions must include a narrated audio track of no more than 1,250 words. To submit an entry, post your audio burst on and mark it for the competition by including the words ‘Radio Wildfire Entry’ as the first line in the initial comment. You can submit more than one entry.

Who can take part

The competition is open to all Burrst writers (except those directly involved in running the website).


The winner will receive £50 and have their audio burst broadcast on the December edition of re:Lit on Radio Wildfire, and later in The Loop, with the option to record a longer piece for broadcast on a later edition of The Loop. The winner will also be interviewed for transmission in the same edition of re:Lit (dependent upon the individual having a suitable Skype connection).

The runners-up will have their audio burst broadcast on an edition of re:Lit and in The Loop on Radio Wildfire.

Radio Wildfire reserves the option of transmitting other shortlisted audio bursts.

My background, as many of you will be aware of by now, is predominantly web, and so for the benefit of the community (all of us), I’m actively looking to collaborate with people with far stronger writing backgrounds than myself. I believe this will further establish the credibility of Burrst as a writing community and better promote the writing of our members. I very much hope this is the first of many collaborations with Radio Wildfire and Dave Reeves. If you haven’t already, I recommend you visit the Radio Wildfire website and listen to the latest edition of The Loop at

Radio Wildfire transmissions

re:Lit is transmitted live online on the first Monday of each month at 20.00-22.00 hrs, UK time. It is not recorded and cannot be heard in its entirety at any other time.

The Loop is curated from tracks played on re:Lit and other material and plays at all times between the live transmissions. It is updated monthly.


The 2012 Open City Magazine No-Fee RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest @ Anderbo

24 October 2012

9th Year!

No Fee To Enter!

The 2012 Open City Magazine No-Fee
RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest @ Anderbo

2012 RRofihe Trophy

For an unpublished short story
(Minimum word count: 3,500; maximum to 5,000 words)

Winner Receives:
$500 cash
Announcement & Publication on

Judged by Rick Rofihe

2012 Contest Assistant: Carolyn Wilsey
Carolyn Wilsey has read fiction for Esquire and Swink,
and is the Managing Editor of Anderbo. She teaches
writing privately and at colleges in New York City.

2012 Contest Reader: Jean Hartig
Jean Hartig is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is
former associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine and
has served on the editorial staff of A Public Space and Lumina,
published by Sarah Lawrence College, where she earned her MFA.

–Stories should be typed, double-spaced, with the author’s name, the story’s title, and contact information on the first page
–Submissions must be received by December 31st, 2012
–Limit one submission per author
–Author must not have been previously published in Open City Magazine or on Anderbo
–E-mail submissions to with RROFIHE TROPHY in the subject line
–THERE IS NO READING FEE and all literary rights will remain with the author

Contest Judge Rick Rofihe is the author of FATHER MUST, a collection of short stories published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, Open City, Swink, Unsaid, and on epiphanyzine, slushpilemag, and fictionaut. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, SPY, and The East Hampton Star, and on mrbellersneighborhood. A recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, he has taught MFA writing at Columbia University. He currently teaches privately in New York City, and was an advisor to the Vilcek Foundation for their 2011 prizes in the field of literature. Rick is the Editor of Anderbo.