A Guide to Short Story Contests in 2018

“When seriously explored, the short story seems to me the most difficult and disciplining form of prose writing extant. Whatever control and technique I may have I owe entirely to my training in this medium.” – Truman Capote

UPCOMING SHORT STORY CONTESTS 

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 2018. Entries close 20 October.

Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction
celebrates writing that captures the strange, surreal, absurd, and magical. Open to stories up to 5000 words, entry is free and the first prize winner will win US$500 and publication in the winter issue of Yalobusha Review. Entries expected to close on 31 October.

John Steinbeck Short Story Award
is one of three prizes offered by Reed Magazine. This award is for a work of fiction up to 5000 words. The winner receives a cash prize of US$1000 and all entries are considered for publication. Entries open on 1 June and close 1 November. View Post

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The 26th International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018

Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 26th International Radio Playwriting Competition. The competition is presented by the BBC World Service and the British Council, and co-produced by the Open University. Three winners will receive fully paid trips to London and there are two cash prizes of £2200 (US$3000).

To be eligible to enter the competition, writers must be over the age of 18 and be living outside the United Kingdom. Entries are encouraged from both new and established writers – one of last year’s winners had never written a play before and another had never written for radio.

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The Mogford Hotels and Restaurants Group is inviting entries for its sixth annual short story prize. The winner will receive £10,000 (approximately US$13,000) and the competition is open to writers worldwide.

The judges for the 2018 contest are bestselling travel writer Bill Bryson and celebrity television cook Lorraine Pascale.

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The Moth Poetry Prize 2017
Entries are now being accepted for one of the world’s richest poetry prizes, the newly named Moth Poetry Prize. The winner of the 2017 prize will receive €10,000 (approximately US$11,700), with three runners-up to receive €1,000 each.

The Moth Poetry Prize, formerly known as the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, is for a single, original poem that has not been published in any form (including being self-published or published online). The prize is open to all poets, both established and emerging, and there are no restrictions on nationality or citizenship. An entry fee of  €12 is payable and multiple entries are accepted.

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Boulevard is accepting entries for its annual short fiction contest for emerging writers. The winner will receive US$1500 and have their story published in the magazine.

Boulevard is an American literary magazine established in 1985 and based at St. Louis University in Missouri. Boulevard aims to publish the finest in fiction, poetry and non-fiction and was described by Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman as ‘one of the half-dozen best literary journals’.

Boulevard’s Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers is only open people who have not yet published a book of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Stories may be up to 8000 words and must be previously unpublished. The 2016 contest was won by Anastasia Selby for her story ‘Certain Fires‘.

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