Competition & Submission Deadlines

 photo © Matt West


Calls for Short Story Submissions
+ Upcoming Competition,
Conference & Funding Deadlines:


MARCH 2018


25 March — Jabberwock Review The Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize fee: $15 USD

29 March — Margo Collective call for submissions for anthology  free

30 March — Lunch Ticket Flash Prose call for submissions free

31 March — The Short Fiction Prize fee: £8

31 March — Scottish Arts Club Short Story awards free

31 March — Flash500 competition fee: from £5/€6.50

31 March — Bridge House Annual Anthology call for submissions (theme “Crackers”) free

31 March — The Writers Bureau short story competition fee: £4

31 March — FWS Vernal Equinox competition for flash fiction/short stories fee: £3/£5

31 March — The Ryedale Book Festival short story competition free


APRIL 2018


01 April — The Clarion Call Vol 4. call for submissions (theme: Retelling of classic folklore, fables and fairytales) free

02 April — The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2018 fee: £7 GBP NEW

06 April — FAB Prize for Undiscovered BAME Talent free

09 April — Harper’s Bazaar short-story competition 2018 (theme: The Looking Glass) free

15 April — Limnisa Short Story Competition 2018 (theme: Plastic) free

23 April — Bath Short Story award fee: £8

30 April — To Hull and Back short story competition fee: from £9

30 April — Bandit Fiction call for submissions flash fiction (theme: Underdog) free

30 April — PENning magazine call for submissions (subscribers or Scottish residents only) free


MAY 2018


01 May — Bristol Short Story prize fee: £8

20 May — The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction fee: from $20 USD

31 May — The Fiction Desk Newcomer Prize for Short Stories fee: £8.

31 May — The Bridport Prize fee: £10

31 May — Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2018 fee: £10 GBP NEW


JUNE 2018


04 June — Literary Taxidermy Short Story competition fee: $10 USD NEW

07 June — Readfing Room Cafe Publishing flash fiction competition fee: £4

20 June — EYELANDS 8th International Short Story Contest (theme: Luggage) fee: €10 NEW

29 June — Royal Society of Literature V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize fee: £7.50 NEW

30 June — The Moth International Short Story Prize fee:£12

30 June — MTP Short Story competition for unpublished writers fee: £5 GBP


JULY 2018


1st July — 2018 Brighton Prize flash fiction/short story/ fee: £6/£8 GBP NEW




31 August — Aesthetica Creative Writing Award fee: £18 NEW



01 October — Mslexia Magazine flash fiction and short story competitions fee: £5/£10 per entry NEW




 For Ongoing Calls: see our listings of
Literary Magazines and Other Markets


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