Competition & Submission Deadlines

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



15 July — Grist Competition 2018 (theme: Protest) fee:£5 GBP

15 July — Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers free

20 July — Michael Mullan Cancer Fund writing competition fee: €10/15

23 July — HG Wells Short Story competition (theme: Peace) fee:£5 (students)/£10/free for under 21s

28 July 2018 — The A3 Review Magazine Monthly Contest (Theme: Thieves) Fee: $5 (£3) per submission. 

31 July — V.Press Flash Fiction call for submissions (UK residents only) free

31 July — The Masters Review Summer Short Story Award fee: $20 USD

31 July — Narrative Magazine Spring 2018 Story Contest fee: $26 USD

31 July — Polar Expressions Publishing National Short Story Contest (Canadian residents only) free

31 July — The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Prize 2018 fee: €15



01 August - Orison Anthology Awards fee: $15 USD

03 August — The Emma Press call for submissions (theme: Night-time stories) free

20 August — Chester B Hines Memorial Short Fiction Prize fee: $20 USD

25  August 2018 — The A3 Review Magazine Monthly Contest (Theme: All) Fee: $5 (£3) per submission.

31 August — Aesthetica Creative Writing Award fee: £18

31 August — Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest fee: $5 USD

31 August — Storgy Shallow Creek Short Story competition fee: £10

31 August — On The Premises Short Story Contest (theme: near death experiences) free

31 August — WOW Summer Flash Fiction Contest fee: $10 USD

31 August — Aftermath End of Our World short story competition free



14 September — Manchester Fiction Prize fee: £17.50

30 September — THRESHOLDS call for submissions (short story essays) free NEW



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

01 October — Southword Fiction Chapbook Competition fee:€25.00 NEW

21 October — Ibiza Quills Black and Write Compilation Competition (theme: Ibiza) fee: €12

26 October — Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction (theme: Scent) free



01 November — Into The Void Fiction Prize fee: $12 Canadian NEW

30 November — ServiceScape Short Story Award free NEW


 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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