Competition & Submission Deadlines

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




26 May 2018 – The A3 Review Magazine Monthly Contest (Theme: Moon). Fee: $5 (£3) per submission.

29 May — Popshot Quarterly call for submissions (theme: Dreams/Dreaming/Dreamers) free

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

31 May — Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest free

31 May — The Masters Flash Fiction Contest fee: $20 USD for 2 stories

31 May — Dark Tales Short Story competition fee: £4/$5.25 USD

31 May — BOA Short Fiction Prize (US authors only) fee: $25 USD NEW




01 June — Sapiens Plurum Earth Day Short Fiction Contest free NEW

01 June — The Halifax Ranch Fiction Prize fee: $20 USD NEW

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

06 June — Scottish Book Trust call for submissions (theme: Rebel) free

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

08 June — RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition (Irish residents only) free

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

23 June 2018 — The A3 Review Magazine Monthly Contest (Theme: Wheel). Theme: Wheel Fee: $5 (£3) per submission.

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

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

30 June — MTP Short Story competition for unpublished writers fee: £5 GBP

30 June — The Incubator Selects open call for submissions free

30 June — MTP Short Story Competition fee: £5/$6.50

30 June — The British Fantasy Society short story competition fee: £5

30 June — HASTINGS Litfest Short Story Competition (theme: Conquest) fee: £5

30 June — Wells Festival of Literature Short Story Competition fee:£6 per entry

30 June — Flash500 competition fee: £5/€6.50

30 June — Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon free NEW




01 July — 2018 Brighton Prize flash for fiction/short story fee: £6/£8 GBP

06 July — Sand Journal call for submissions free

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

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




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

31 August — Aesthetica Creative Writing Award fee: £18




14 September — Manchester Fiction Prize fee: £17.50



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

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




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


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