I've listed below a large selection of forthcoming competitions, but the list isn't exhaustive. If you are aware of something I've missed, please let me know...
Chapter One International Open Short Story Competition
Annual International Open Short Story Competition with prizes of £2,500, £1000 & £500plus publication for the top three winners, ten runners up and five highly recommended stories.Max. words: 2500Status: unpublishedEntry fee: £10 per storyClosing date: 14 January 2007All entries must include the author's contact details on a separate sheet.Please make cheques or postal orders payable to Chapter One Promotions.For more information please check out our rules page at http://www.chapteronepromotions.co.uk/sstory2007rules.htm .
University of Hertfordshire Writing Award
Do you like to write? Would you like to win £1000 and a three year scholarship to the University of Hertfordshire?
If so why not enter our competition. All you have to do is submit a short story of 3,500 words on the theme of 'vision' to the University of Hertfordshire Writing Award. This is a fabulous opportunity for new writers to showcase their talent as the top twenty stories will be published in an anthology by UH Press. 1st prize £1,000 2nd prize £500 3rd prize £300 4th prize £200 The winner will also be able to apply for the UH Writing Award three-year scholarship* to the University of Hertfordshire, study commencing in 2007. *Eligibility terms and conditions apply. These can be viewed on the Entry Form. Deadline for entries 15 January 2007.
International short story competition from HappenStance Press
HappenStance is proud to announce a new short story venture. Primarily a poetry publisher, we are interested in short narrative forms, in prose or verse. We believe short stories and poems have close connections—they may have more in common, for example, than novels and short stories. The short story is a form where every word counts, where what is not said can be as important as what is. Competition entries will help fund the publication of a chapbook of winning entries. We hope this will be an annual event and that it will provide a new and valued outlet for short story writers.
· 1st prize £100
· 2nd prize £50
· 3rd prize £25
Length: up to 2,500 words
Judge: James Robertson, award-winning novelist, short story writer & poet: author of The Fanatic (2001), Joseph Knight (Scottish Book of the Year 2003) and The Testament of Gideon Mack (2006). Short story collections include: Close and Other Stories (1991); The Ragged Man's Complaint (1993).
Winners and runners-up will be published in a HappenStance Press short story chapbook. Each contributor will receive three complimentary copies.
Every entrant will receive a tick box critique of their story if SAE is enclosed. Short listed entries will also receive a commendation listing on this website.
Postal or online entry available
By post: £3.50 per story. An optional additional payment of £3.00 (£6.50 total) secures a copy of the competition winners' anthology (when published) if inside the UK.
For Europe, fee £3.50 (£7.00 if requesting anthology). Outside Europe: submission £3.50 (£7.50 to include anthology).
Online entries: Inside UK £5.00. The additional charge covers printing costs and mailing out of free critique. Outside UK, £5.50. Winners' anthologies can also be ordered online here.
Entries close January 25th 2007
· Short list announced February 28th, 200
· Winners announced March 31st, 2007
· Pamphlet published Spring, 2007
Biscuit Flash Fiction Prize
Write a short story of 500-750 words in any genre, including children's. First prize is £1,000.
£5 per story, £4 each for additional stories.
Deadline 27 January 2007
See the website for entry details
Leaf Open Short Story Competition 2006
Closing date January 31st 2007
Overall winner receives £200.
Runner-up receives 10 free Leaf Books.
Short stories on any topic welcome.
Word limit 1,500-5,000.
Entry fee: £6.00 per submission, which includes a Leaf Book of your choice
The Countryside Tales COUNTRY GHOST STORY COMPETITION
Maximum length 2000 words. Prizes: £75.00. £25.00. £15.00.
Closing date 31 January 2007.
Entry fee £3.00 per story. Free entry for annual subscribers to either of their magazines. The winning story will appear in the spring issue of Countryside Tales (published in March 2007). Short-listed entries may also be considered for publication.
More details HERE