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Indiana Review Fiction Prize
This competition is open to short stories up to 8000 words in length. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in Indiana Review. The final judge is author Caitlin Horrocks and all entries will be considered for publication. Entries close 31 October.
We Need Diverse Middle Grade Short Story Contest
We Need Diverse Books™, a grassroots organisation dedicated to promoting literature that reflects the lives of all young people, is inviting entries from unpublished writers for its middle grade short fiction contest. The winning entrant will receive a US$1000 prize and their story will be included the Heroes Next Door Anthology. Entries close 31 October.
Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction
Named in memoriam, the 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 close 31 October.
We Need Diverse Books™, a grassroots organisation dedicated to promoting literature that reflects the lives of all young people, is inviting entries from unpublished writers for its middle grade short fiction contest.
The winning entrant will receive a US$1000 prize and their story will be included the Heroes Next Door Anthology, to be published by Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House. This new book follows WNDB’s first anthology Flying Lessons & Other Stories, published in January 2017, which featured many distinguished and award-winning writers including Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina and Sherman Alexie.
Boston Review is now accepting entries for the 2018 Aura Estrada Short Story Contest.
Founded in 1975, Boston Review is one of America’s most prestigious literature and politics magazines. Past contributors include Saul Bellow, Jhumpa Lahiri and John Updike.
Boston Review’s Aura Estrada Short Story Contest is open to all writers, regardless of citizenship or publication history. The winner of the contest will receive $1500 and have his or her work published on the Boston Review website. The runners-up stories may also be published.
The Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation’s fifth international flash fiction contest is now accepting entries. Administered by the Museo de las Palabras (Museum of Words) in Madrid, the competition is for very short fiction pieces of up to a maximum of 100 words. The winner will receive a prize of US$20,000, with three runners-up each receiving $1000.
This contest is open to writers from all countries and entries are accepted in four languages: English, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew. The slogan for the 2017 contest is ‘The Word, bridging the gap between different cultures and religion’ but there are no subject or genre restrictions. All stories entered must be original and unpublished.
Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The winner will receive £30,000 (approx US$40,000), making this the most valuable prize in the world for a single short story.
The prize is for stories up to 6000 words in length and there is no entry fee. Stories can be either unpublished or published. If published, the work must have first appeared after 31 December 2016.