The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019
Closing Date: 28th June
There are three categories: Fiction, Poetry, and Life Writing.
The winners in each category will receive a £1,000 cash prize. They will also be published in Wasafiri and offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (dependent on eligibility).
Entry Fee: £6 for one entry, £10 for two, £15 for three.
The competition for 2019 is open to submissions
Judges: Holly McNish for Poetry, Kirsty Logan for Short Stories and Flash Fiction
Naomi Wood for The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel.
Close on 31 May at midnight BST.
Closing Date: May 1st, 2019.
Submit stories of up to 4,000 words on any theme.
Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. There are 17 runner-up prizes of £100 each. The twenty shortlisted stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology.
Entry Fee : £9
Short stories up to 2,000 words; poems up to 60 lines.
Entry fee: £5.00, £3.50 each subsequent
Closing date: 14th March
NiTH is a weekly writing contest that offers feedback as prizes.
Every week they release contests that prompt the author to write about a particular theme, circumstance or character within fairly short word limits.
Each Tuesday they post the shortlist and a volunteer judges scores them out of 10 and provides feedback on what they liked or disliked.
Every shortlisted author receives feedback and the winner also receives a prize.
Short stories of up to 17,000 words
Stories should be science fiction, fantasy or horror with fantastic elements
Prizes: $1,000, $750, $500
Free to Enter
A new contest in each issue of the writers’ magazine
All types of stories are accepted, from horror to romance, with a length of between 1,000 and 3,000 words.
Entries arriving too late for one comp automatically go into the next.
Prizes: £300, £150, £100.
Entry Fee: £6, or £3 for subscribers to the magazine. Critique - £5 (enclose sae if entering by post).
Free to enter short story competition
The deadline is the last day of each month.
Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme.
Monthly prize is AUD$30.
The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website.
The competition is open to all writers aged 18 or over regardless of their nationality or country of residence. Please submit one entry per month.
Monthly contest open until the 4th Saturday of every month.
They accept prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories, hybrid forms, photography, illustration, painting. Maximum number of words is 150.
The two winning entries each month are published in The A3 Review, to be published every six months. From this shortlist of winners, 3 will be chosen to win £150, £75, £50.
Entry Fee: £3.50 ($5)
From the website:
Founded in 2012 by David Weinstein, Write The World is a program dedicated to the development of high school aged writers. They’ve created a global community and a guided interactive process that’s subscribed to by thousands of youth writers and educators.
No Entry Fee
Writing forms vary each month
Prize: Up to $100
RUNS EVERY MONTH
Closing date is the last day of the month
Free to Enter
Short Stories 3000 words
Poems 40 lines
Prize: Publication on website and an Amazon voucher worth €10
To Hull And Back Humorous Short Story Competition
Run annually, now in its 6th year
Based in the UK, but entries accepted from anywhere in the world
Closes 31st July 2019
Shortlist announced September, winners announced October
• 1st £1,000, your head on the cover of a book and the opportunity to star in the winner’s video, riding a Harley Davidson to Hull
• 2nd £500
• 3rd £250
• 3 x Highly Commended £100
• 14 x Shortlisted £50
Short stories, 2,500 words max
No limitation on style or genre, but must contain some element of humour
• Early bird until 30th April 2019: £11 for one story, £18 for two stories and £22 for three stories
• Then, until 31st July 2019: £13 for one story, £21 for two stories and £26 for three stories
All short listed and winning writers published in the To Hull And Back Anthology, released on Hulloween (31st October)
From the webpage:
The seventh international Bath Short Story Award is now open for entries and closes at midnight BST, 15th April 2019. This year the short list judge is literary agent, Samuel Hodder, from Blake Friedmann Literary Agency.
Prizes for the 2019 Award are: £1200 first prize, £300 second prize, £100 third prize, £100 for the Acorn Award (for an unpublished writer), £50 for the local prize.
We accept stories online or by post up to 2200 words long on any theme and subject.
£8.00 per entry. Check the rules for more details and enter here.
Our anthology of the twenty winning and shortlisted stories from the 2018 BSSA Award is now available for sale in several different currencies from our new publisher, Ad Hoc Fiction’s online bookshop.
Short stories up to 2,500 words on the theme "Liberty"
Closing date: 15th March
Short stories up to 3,000 words on the theme "You're NEXT"
Prizes: One week’s writing retreat at Limnisa, Greece, including full board and accommodation
Closing date: 30th March
The WICKED Young Writer Awards 2019 are open until March 18, 2019
Free to enter
Open to 5-25 year old residents of the UK
Submit a piece of writing on a theme or subject of your choice
There are five age categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. The overall winners from each category will win tickets to the West End production of WICKED, including a backstage tour and cast meet-and-greet, £50 book/eBook tokens, plus £100 worth of books for their school library. The individual school with the highest number of entries will receive a writing workshop for their school. All finalists’ entries will be printed in the Wicked Young Writer Awards anthology
From the webpage:
JUDGES ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 BBC NATIONAL SHORT STORY AWARD and YOUNG WRITERS’ AWARD as submissions open
Broadcasters Nikki Bedi and Katie Thistleton to chair BBC Short Story panels that include Booker shortlistee DAISY JOHNSON; award-winning children’s authors PATRICE LAWRENCE and KIRAN MILWOOD-HARGRAVE; previous BBC NSSA winner CYNAN JONES; and writer and beatboxer TESTAMENT.
The BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) today calls for submissions for the 14th year with broadcaster Nikki Bedi chairing the judging panel for 2019. Nikki is a television and radio broadcaster who writes and presents The Arts Hour on BBC World Service and BBC Radio London.
Nikki’s counterpart on the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University (YWA) is BBC Radio 1 and CBBC’s Book Club presenter Katie Thistleton, who will chair the judging panel for the teenage award for the second time as it opens for submissions for the fifth year. Katie is the co-presenter of Radio 1’s Life Hacks and author of Dear Katie: Real Problems, Real Advice.
Nikki Bedi, Chair of the 2019 BBC National Short Story Award Judging Panel, says:
“I’m honoured, delighted and excited to be chairing the BBC National Short Story Award. It is my favourite form of literature and there is nothing more delicious and perfect for me than devouring, digesting and loving a surprising and perfectly formed short story. From sneakily reading my parents’ copies of Roald Dahl’s dark works when I was far too young, and then discovering the joys of Carson McCullers, Graham Greene, Rohinton Mistry, Jhumpa Lahiri & Gauri Deshpande . . . I developed a taste for the form that has never left me. There are so many undiscovered voices and stories waiting to be told out there and we’ll be in the privileged position of receiving and reading them. I’m looking forward to works that transport me to new places, physically and culturally. Bring it on!”
Katie Thistleton, Chair of the 2019 BBC Young Writers’ Award Judging Panel, says:
“I am so excited to be chairing the BBC Young Writers Award for the second year in a row. Last year I was blown away with the submissions, I think we found some of the best future writers whilst shortlisting and learnt a lot about what young people care about at the moment. I cannot wait to read the young people’s stories this year. As a keen writer myself, this is the sort of competition I would have jumped at the chance to enter.”
Bedi and Thistleton will be joined by an esteemed group of award-winning writers and artists on their respective panels. For the BBC National Short Story Award: novelist and writer of narrative non-fiction, Richard Beard; short story writer, novelist and youngest author to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Daisy Johnson; screenwriter, novelist and 2017 BBC National Short Story Award winner, Cynan Jones; and returning judge, Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio.
For the BBC Young Writers’ Award, Thistleton will lead former teacher and Betty Trask Award winner, Anthony Cartwright; Waterstones Prize and YA Bookseller Prize winning-YA writer, Patrice Lawrence; winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year children’s author, Kiran Milwood-Hargrave; and writer, rapper and world-record breaking human beatboxer, Testament.
Di Speirs, Editor of Books at BBC Radio and judge of the Award since its launch, says:
“We are so delighted to be launching the fourteenth BBC National Short Story Award, incorporating the fifth BBC Young Writers' Award and second Student Critics' Award. All three reflect the BBC’s commitment to both the writing and the reading of short stories and our listeners' continued love of the form. We have ten judges who are keen to start reading and I know from past experience we, and our listeners, are about to go on a terrific journey of discovery, finding delights from writers new and old.”
The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The stories are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in an anthology. Last year’s winner of the BBC National Short Story Award was Trinidadian writerIngrid Persaud, who won for ‘The Sweet Sop’, her ‘tender and ebullient’ story about a father-son relationship. Previous alumni include Lionel Shriver, Zadie Smith, Hilary Mantel, Jon McGregor and William Trevor.
The writers shortlisted for the BBC Young Writers’ Award have their stories broadcast on a special Radio 1’s Life Hacks Podcast, and published in an anthology. The winner of the 2018 Young Writers’ Award was 17-year-old Davina Bacon for her ‘compassionate’ and ‘intelligent’ story ‘Under a Deep Blue Sky’. The previous winners are Brennig Davies for ‘Skinning’, Lizzie Freestone for ‘Ode to a Boy Musician’ and 2017 winner, Elizabeth Ryder for ‘The Roses’.
In addition, the BBC Student Critics’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University (SCA) launches today and calls for applications. 2018 saw 600 16 – 18-year-old students from 40 schools flex their critical muscles as they read, discussed and critiqued the five shortlisted NSSA stories. For 2019, this activity is being extended to encourage wider community link-ups between schools, colleges, libraries and bookshops around the UK.
William Fiennes, Co-Founder of First Story says:
“At First Story, we believe passionately in the value of creative writing for young people. We know that writing can be a source not just of pleasure but also of power. We urge young people across the country to enter their short stories for the Young Writers' Award 2019. And, on the basis that a writer is just a reader inside-out, we encourage young people to get involved in the Student Critics’ Award too, engaging with and reflecting on stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award 2019. Parents, teachers and librarians, please help us reach as many young writers and readers as possible!”
James Gazzard, Director Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, says:
“Cambridge has produced great writers for many hundreds of years, and we look forward in eager anticipation to discovering the new and diverse writers these awards give a voice to in the forthcoming year. This collaboration with the BBC and First Story contributes to the University’s and our Vice-Chancellor’s commitment of opening up Cambridge to all, to nurturing talent in new ways, while drawing on the unique teaching and academic environment that the University famously provides. We were delighted with the numbers of writers who decided to take part last year and the success of First Story’s Young Writer’s Festival on our Sidgwick Site campus – as well as our own Short Story Festival at Madingley Hall – proved that the form is not only alive and well, but thriving.”
Full ‘Terms and Conditions’ for the NSSA and YWA are available with submissions accepted online at www.bbc.co.uk/nssa and www.bbc.co.uk/ywa from 9am (GMT) 13th December 2018. The ‘Terms and Conditions’ for the BBC Student Critics’ Award can be found here. The deadline for receipt of entries for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University is 9am (GMT) Monday 11th March 2019. The deadline for receipt of entries for the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University is 9am (GMT) Monday 25th March 2019. The deadline for receipt of applications for the BBC Student Critics’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University is 9am (GMT) Monday 1st April 2019.
The shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University will be announced on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row at 7.15pm on Friday 6th September 2019. Readings of the shortlisted stories will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from Monday 9th to Friday 13th September and interviews with the shortlisted writers will air from Friday 6th September 2019 on Front Row. The shortlist for the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University will be announced on Radio 1’s Life Hacks from 4pm on Sunday 22nd September 2019.
The announcement of the winners of the BBC National Short Story Award and BBC Young Writers’ Award will be broadcast live from the Award ceremony in BBC Broadcasting House on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 1st October 2019.
SEE WHAT THE JUDGES ON THIS YEAR’S BBC NATIONAL SHORT STORY AWARD PANEL HAVE TO SAY HERE
• Submissions for the 2019 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University, the 2019 BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University and the 2019 Student Critics’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University opened on Thursday 13th December 2018.
• The deadline for receipt of entries for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University is 9am (GMT) Monday 11th March 2019. The deadline for receipt of entries for the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University is 9am (GMT) Monday 25th March 2019. The deadline for applications for the BBC Student Critics’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University is 9am (GMT) Monday 1 April 2019.
• The shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University will be announced on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row at 7.15pm on Friday 6th September 2019. The shortlist for the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University will be announced on Radio 1’s Life Hacks from 4pm on Sunday 22nd September 2019.
• The stories shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University will run on BBC Radio 4 from Monday 9th to Friday 13th September 2019 from 3.30pm to 4pm. The announcement of the winners of the two awards will be broadcast live from the award ceremony at BBC Broadcasting House, central London, on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 1st October 2019.
Stories between 1,500 and 1,800 words
Prizes: £100, £50, £30
Entry fee: £5 for one, £7.50 for two
Closing date: 1 March
Single-author short story collections
Prizes: £5,000, £1,000 Readers’ Prize
Closing date: 3 March
Short stories up to 2,500 words and poetry up to 40 lines, interpreting one of three quotes from Scottish writer Neil Gunn
Prizes: £500, £250 and £100 in each category
Entry fee: £7
Closing date: 8 March
Short stories up to 1,500 words on the theme ‘Rule Britannia’
Prizes: £100, £75
Entry fee: £6
Closing date: 16 March
Evesham Festival of Words 2019 Short Story Competition
Competition for short stories on any theme up to 2,500 words
Entry fee: £5
Closing date: 22 March
Short stories, 2,000-7,000 words
Entry fee: £15
Closing date: 4th March
Poetry up to 40 lines, poems in short category, short stories up to 1,000 words
Prizes: €500 + Others
Entry fee: £8
Closing date: 31 March
For short stories, up to 2,000 words
Prizes: £300, £200, £100, £50, a choice of Writers Bureau course worth over £374
Entry fee: £5
Closing date: 31 March
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