A Guide to Short Story Contests in 2019

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“Short fiction seems more targeted – hand grenades of ideas, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them.” ― Paolo Bacigalupi

UPCOMING SHORT STORY CONTESTS 

Bath Short Story Award
is open to stories up to 2200 words in length. First Prize is £1200 (US$1500) and stories may be in any genre. This year the shortlist judge is literary agent Samuel Hodder from Blake Friedmann Literary Agency.  The entry fee is £8. The deadline for entries is 15 April.

Craft Short Fiction Prize
is open to stories up to 5000 words. Three stories will be selected published in CRAFT, accompanied by an introduction from judge Elizabeth McCracken and a craft essay from each author.  The author of the prize-winning story will receive US$2000; the two runners-up will receive $500 and $300, respectively. Entries close on 30 April.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest
is open to original short stories and essays on any theme. The winner in each category receives US$2000 and there are 10 minor prizes of $100 each. Entries should be maximum of 6000 words. The entry fee is $20. The closing deadline is 30 April.

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£10,000 Food and Drink Short Story Prize: Entries close 7 January 2019

The Mogford Hotels and Restaurants Group is inviting entries for its seventh annual short story prize. The winner will receive £10,000 (approximately US$11,500) and the competition is open to writers worldwide.

The judges for the 2019 contest are Julian Barnes, winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize, and Tim Hayward, winner of the Restaurant Writing Award at the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2018.

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Entries are now open for the $100,000 Nine Dots Prize

The Nine Dots Prize is accepting entries for its second cycle. The winner will receive a $100,000 book deal with Cambridge University Press.

The aim of the prize is to promote, encourage and engage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. To enter writers are asked to respond to a question in 3000 words. The Nine Dots Prize question is for 2018/19 is: Is there still no place like home?

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27 Writing Competitions to Enter Before the End of the Year

UPDATE: Looking for competitions in 2019? Our latest guide to short story contests is now online.

Deadlines and details do sometimes change, so please check the relevant websites for all the latest terms and conditions. For more writing competitions and writing-related news follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

Arkansas International Emerging Writer’s Prize
is open to works of fiction up to 7500 words in length. All entrants must not have yet published a full-length book, and have no book forthcoming before 1 May 2019. Entries close on 20 October.

Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction
is organised by the University of Central Lancashire and Comma Press. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over and based in the UK. Entrants must submit a short story of between 2000 and 6000 words in length. The winning writer will receive £500 and all 10 shortlisted authors will be featured in an eBook anthology. There is no entry fee and only one entry is permitted per writer. The entry deadline is 26 October.

Blue Light Books Prize
is run by the Indiana Review. It is open to full-length poetry manuscripts between 48 and 75 pages, not including table of contents and acknowledgements. A publication contract with IU Press and a prize of US$2000 against future royalties will be awarded to the winner. Entries close on 31 October.

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Win a Writer’s Retreat in Iceland

Iceland Writers Retreat is offering talented writers from around the world the chance to attend its April 2019 program for free.

For this scholarship program, writers can apply for either full or partial funding. The full funding scholarship includes a round-trip airfare plus the full retreat package including accommodation, tours, most meals and all workshops for the duration of the event. Partial funding covers the participant costs only and does not include accommodation or flights.

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