Competition & Submission Deadlines

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



27 May – A3 Review monthly contest (theme: teachers) fee: $5/£3

31 May – Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest fee: $20

31 May – The Bridport Prize 2017: Short Story fee: £10

31 May – Exit Earth Short Story Competition fee: £10 

31 May – Litro call for submissions (theme: the senses) free

31 May – Reflex Flash Fiction Competition fee: £7 NEW

31 May – Posit call for submissions (theme: experimental) free

31 May – Strands International Short Story Competition (theme: water) fee: £6.50  NEW


15 June – Narrative Prize fee: $24

14 June – VS Pritchett Memorial Prize free

24 June – A3 Review monthly contest (theme: dating) fee: $5/£3

30 June – Drue Heinz Literature Prize free

30 June – The BFS Short Story Competition free 

30 June – Myriad Editions First Drafts Competition 2017 (collections) free NEW

30 June – Short Story Award for New Writers fee: $18


01 July – 2017 Arizona Literary Contest free

07 July – Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing free

15 July – The Romeo Lamay Writing Contest free NEW

22 July – A3 Review monthly contest fee: $5/£3

31 July – Blandford Rotary Club Short Story Competition fee: £4

31 July – FlipSide Festival Green Alphabet Writing Competition fee: £3 NEW


23 August – Litro call for submissions (theme: Latin America) free

26 August – A3 Review monthly contest (theme: silver things) fee: $5/£3

31 August – Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2017  free

31 August – The Sixth International Hysteria Writing Competition fee: £5 NEW

31 August – Willesden Herald New Short Stories Competition fee: £7.50 NEW


01 September – Litro call for submissions (theme: after dark) free


02 October – Litro call for submissions (theme: protest) free

31 October – The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction free NEW


01 November – Litro call for submissions (theme: faith & faithlessness) free


04 December – Litro call for submissions (theme: India II) free


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


This list of deadlines for short story competitions, funding opportunities, submission calls, and essay and conference paper deadlines is regularly updated. If you have a date you’d like to add to the page, then please email us at


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