June Roundup of Current Writing Competitions

By on Jun 3, 2015 in #amwriting, Author, creative writing, Uncategorized, Writing Competitions, writing craft | 2 comments

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Don’t worry if you didn’t have anything finished in time for all those high profile writing contests in May, June still bristles with deadlines for some great competitions.

The Novella Award 2015 

(Sorry, the deadline for this has now passed)

There isn’t much time left for this one. Entries need to be in for Friday. As the organisers say, a writing competition that celebrates new fiction in the novella form. Novellas are certainly making a comeback with digital publishing. I can’t enter mine because I published it earlier in the year, but if you have a completed manuscript knocking around and £17 burning a hole in your pocket.

Word limit: 20,000 – 40,000 words

Prizes: 1st – £1000 plus publication by Sandstone press, 2nd – £500 plus a reader’s report.

Entry fee: £17

Closing date: 5th June 2015

Judged by award winning author Alison Moore, and Nicholas Royle, the editor at Salt Publishing.

“The venture is a partnership between the Screen School of Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester Metropolitan University’s Department of Contemporary Arts, who originally established The Novella Award. Sandstone Press; Time To Read; and NAWE, also work alongside the award to encourage the publication of new writing.”

“The Novella Award is now open to any unpublished novella, written in English, between 20,000 and 40,000 words”.


Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction

To my mind 1000 words isn’t flash fiction, but that is just semantics. It’s a prestigious magazine to be published in and a worthy contest to enter.

Word limit: 1000 words

Prizes: 1st – $300, 2nd – $75

Entry fee: $15 

Closing date: 15th June 2015

The winning story and the runner up will be published in Pulp Literature Issue 9, Winter 2016. Your entry fee will also give you a 1 year subscription to the digital magazine.


Moth Short Story Competition 2015

Moth is yet another great manifestation of Ireland’s strong literary scene. The short story prize is not only huge, but prestigious.

Word limit: 6000 words

Prizes: 1st – €3,000, 2nd – A week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France with €250 for travel, 3rd – €1,000

Entry fee: €12

Closing date: 30th June 2015

The three winners will also be published in the autumn issue of the Moth Magazine.

“This year’s competition will be judged by Donal Ryan, recipient of the Guardian First Book Award, Best Irish Newcomer and Book of the Year from the Irish Book Awards and longlisted for the Booker Prize.”


Brilliant Flash Fiction ‘Equality’ Writing Competition

One of the newer Irish Literary magazines, Brilliant Flash Fiction is a niche publication worth following. I’m not normally one to enter themed writing competitions but this one is fairly broad and it’s free to enter. Get that –FREE!

Word limit: 300 words

Prizes: 1st – €50, 2nd – €25, 3rd €15

Entry fee: free

Closing date: 15th June 2015

Send in stories on the theme of EQUALITY.  The judge is Liz Nugent, author of Unravelling Oliver. The three winning entries plus the shortlisted stories will be published in the June issue of Brilliant Flash Fiction (that’s this month).


Flash 500 Competition

This is a great competition for those concise little pieces and it comes up often enough that you have no excuse for missing it.

Word limit: 500 words

Prizes: 1st – £300, 2nd – £200, 3rd – £100 

Entry fee: £5

Closing date: 30th June 2015

The fist prize winner will also be published in Words With Jam. This is a quarterly competition and will come up again in September and December this year.


V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize

A prestige prize open only to UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizens only.

Word limit: 2000 – 4000 words

Prizes: 1st – £1000

Entry fee: £5

Closing date: 22nd June 2015

“This prize was founded by the RSL at the beginning of the new millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest English short-story writer of the 20th century, and to preserve a tradition encompassing Pritchett’s mastery of narrative.”

The competition will be judged by Philip Hensher, Adam Mars-Jones and Rose Tremain.

The winning story will be published in Prospect online and the RSL Review. The writer will have the opportunity to read their work during the November Word Factory salon at Waterstone’s Piccadily.


West Sussex Writers’ Short Story Competition. 

The West Sussex writers is a small organisation that punches well above its weight. Their first National Short Story Competition was in 2012 and is still going strong. I’m guessing that the clue to the eligibility is in the title, though the rules don’t specifically forbid non UK entries.

Word limit: 3000 words

Prizes: 1st – £250, 2nd – £75, 3rd – £50 

Entry fee: £5

Closing date:30th June 2015

The final judge will be Author Rosanna Ley.


Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award

Writers’ village offers frequent competitions and do a great deal to support emerging writers. This is an international competition so no excuses on this one. It is a prestige contest and has weight with agents and publishers. So think on that.

Word limit: 3000 words

Prizes: 1st – £1000, 2nd – £500, 3rd – £250, five runner up prizes of £50

Entry fee: £15

Closing date: 30th June 2015

The winning stories will be published on the site. “Ten further Highly Commended entrants will have their stories acknowledged at the site.” Also, anyone who submitted a story may request to see how their story was graded and given advice on how it could be improved.


Any good writing competitions I’ve missed from the list, or any due for next month? Please let me know.

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