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Deadline: 20 February 2017

ChipLitFest Short Story Competition

We promote and encourage quality writing from amateurs and professionals alike, so the competition is open to everyone aged 16 or over by the closing date, 20th February 2017, not only in the UK, but overseas as well. The authors of the Top 10 stories will have an opportunity to feature on, a website which offers quality short stories for sale.

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition

Exeter Writers runs an annual short story competition, accepting entries between September and February. The competition began in 2009 and is very popular, receiving entries from all over the world.

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2017

At Wundor we plan to champion interesting, unusual fiction in all of its forms. Whether you have a single piece of work, a collection of pieces or a brilliant novella on your hands, we would like to read it. The only stipulation is that the sum total word count of your submission should fall between 5,000 and 45,000 words.

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Flash 500 Short Story Competition

This is an open-themed competition and we accept all genres, including those written by or for children. Adult material is also acceptable providing the content fits the story and is not gratuitous. We are looking for stories ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 words, with strong characters, a well-crafted plot and realistic dialogue (where used). Make us laugh, make us cry, but most of all, make us feel!

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Birds of a Feather Travel Writing Competition 2017

We’re looking for enthusiastic travel bloggers and travel writers who can write about their chosen destination in 500-2,000 words. Share what you’d wish you’d known before you arrived. Your submission should show your travel style and personality, so sections of narrative are highly encouraged. We’re looking for an off-the-beaten path, slow travel, insider knowledge, unique and out of the ordinary travel tips and information, about any destination your heart still flutters about.

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Jane Austen 'A Life in Hampshire' Writing Competitions

Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen with our two writing competitions. To win a first prize of £1000, we invite adults to send in a short story of 2017 words or fewer based on this quote from Mansfield Park: "Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure". Jane Austen was a great writer of letters, and we invite children in two age brackets, 7-11 and 12-16, to write us a letter of 400 words or under on any subject addressed ‘Dear friend’.

Deadline: 1 March 2017

Nature And Place Poetry Competition 2017

The Rialto working with the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, presents their 2017 Nature and Place Poetry Competition. Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place, and will be given a very wide interpretation by the judge.

Deadline: 1 March 2017

Paranormal Short Story Competition 2017

All Types of Paranormal Stories Accepted! After the success of our previous Horror anthology ‘Nightmare Massacre’, we at Severance Publications are actively seeking paranormal short stories for our next anthology. This Paranormal Short Story Competition is conducted with the goal to piece together an anthology of some of the best Horror Writers from across the Western world, with the addition of a Cash Prize for the overall winner.

Deadline: 17 March 2017

Rubery Book Award

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. 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. In 2017 the prize pot is approximately £2000, £1500 of which is allocated to our Book of the Year.

Deadline: 31 March 2017

The Print Express Children’s Short Story Competition

We love storytelling here at Print Express, and today we’re thrilled to announce our first ever children’s short story competition! We’re really excited about getting kids interested in creative writing, and we love reading the imaginative stories they come up with. We’ve got two age brackets for this competition: ages 5 – 9, and ages 10 – 13. The short story can be on absolutely anything they’d like, and anyone entering is encouraged to be as creative and imaginative as they’d like! The winner of each age bracket will win £50 in book tokens, and £175 in book tokens for their school library!

Deadline: 31 March 2017

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to writers worldwide aged over 16 years, published and unpublished. Stories entered for the competition should be 1,500 words or less and can be on any topic. The stories do not have to be associated with Scotland. A team of dedicated readers assists the selection process with Alexander McCall Smith making the final selection of the winner and the runners-up.

Deadline: 31 March 2017

Word by Word Short Fiction Contest

Only unpublished work is eligible for this competition and entrants must declare that their entry is their own, original unpublished/unperformed work. Previous publication is considered to include on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, play or theatrical performance, electronic magazine, personal blog, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

Deadline: 7 April 2017

The Basil Bunting Poetry Award

The Basil Bunting Award poetry competition is open internationally to any poet writing in English. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines. The cost of entry is £7 for a single poem, or £5 per poem for multiple entries. The maximum number of entries per poet is 10. Entries will be judged by Ahren Warner.

Deadline: 28 April 2017

Grindstone Literary New Year Short Story Competition

This year's theme is hope. What does that mean to you? Tell us a story about hope in 1500 words or less - inspire something in us. Prizes are: 1st Place - £500, 2nd Place - £250, 3rd Place - £100

Deadline: 1 May 2017

The Bath Short Story Award

The International Bath Short Story Award is organised by Jude Higgins, Jane Riekemann and Anna Schlesinger. Launched in 2012, it has rapidly become established as one of the prominent short story competitions in the UK receiving over a thousand world-wide entries each year. Jude, Anna and Jane are keen to promote the short story form by means of the yearly award and occasional events, and champion short story writers whenever they can on social media and elsewhere.

Deadline: 3 May 2017

2017 Bristol Short Story Prize

The 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries. The competition is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based. 20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 10. The winner and two runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony, which will be held in Bristol Central Library on October 14th 2017. 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £700, 3rd prize is £400.

Deadline: 31 May 2017

Yeovil Literary Prize

Organised by the Yeovil Community Arts Association, here is an opportunity to enter four very different categories of writing. Aspiring writers throughout the world are invited to enter this prestigious writing competition. All genres are welcome.

Deadline: 31 May 2017

British Essay Writing Contest

UK Writings is proud to announce the British Essay Writing Contest. Show that you’re the best writer around and you can win a cash prize for your top essay! To be eligible for winning, you must “like” the UK Writings Facebook page or follow their Twitter page. A list of topics is provided on the contest website, and essays must be 700-900 words long. First prize is £3500.

Deadline: 31 May 2017

The Bridport Prize

One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over. The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000. A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. In 2014 the Peggy Chapman-Andrews first novel award, named after the Prize’s founder, was launched. The first prize is £1,000 plus a up to a year’s mentoring from The Literary Consultancy through their Chapter & Verse scheme.

Deadline: 30 November 2017

The Aeon Award 2017

The Aeon Award is a prestigious fiction writing competition for short stories in any speculative fiction genre, i.e. fantasy, science fiction, horror or anything in-between or unclassifiable. The Aeon Award short fiction contest has been running since 2004 and has a Grand Prize of €1000 and publication in Albedo One! Second and third place contest prizes are €200 and €100 as well as guaranteed publication in Albedo One, the leading Irish magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror. The contest opens January 1st and ends on November 30th.