Writing Competitions: May 2015

As I missed April’s competition round up thanks to a full schedule and a holiday I thought I’d kick off May with a competition post. So, here’s a selection of writing competitions – free and paid entry – to get your creative juices flowing.



The Fiction Desk’s Annual Flash Fiction Competition
Deadline: 31st May 2015
Entry Fee: £5
The Fiction Desk are looking for submissions from authors not previously published in their anthologies, but that does not mean existing authors are ineligible – it just means they might not be placed first. The request flash fiction between 250-1,000 words and will be judged by the founder of The Fiction Desk, Rob Redman. Prizes are £300 for first place, £100 for second and £50 for third. All will be published in one of their anthologies.

The Brighton Prize
Deadline: 7th July 2015
Entry Fee: £6
This prize is set up by Brighton based live literature night, Rattle Tales, and is looking for short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words. The judge is crime writer Peter James and first prize is £500 with two runner-up awards of £100 each. The top ten stories will be published by Rattle Tales and authors will be invited to read their stories at a live literature event on the 2nd November.

Ouen Press Dog Diaries Competition
Deadline: 15th July 2015
Entry Fee: FREE
A short story competition for entries between 2,000-8,000 words that must involve a working dog – though the judges have a very broad definition of this and do not exclude any breed from being written about. Entries are limited to one per person and must be written in English and submitted by email only. There is a Winner’s prize of £300 and two Runners-up places for £100 each, and there’s also a selection of ‘Highly Commended’ entries. All of these entries may by published in a compilation after the competition.

Olga Sinclair Open Short Fiction Competition
Deadline: 17th/31st July 2015 (for postal and email entries respectively)
Entry Fee: £7
Norwich Writers’ Circle have launched this competition in memory of their former-president who dies last year aged 91. They are seeking short stories up to 2,000 words in length that must make reference to the word ‘mustard’ in the text. Prizes are £500 for first place, £250 for second and £100 for third place and each of the placed submissions will be considered by Unthank Books’ Editorial Board for publication.

Prolitzer Prize for Prose Writing 2015
Deadline: 30th September 2015
Entry Fee: £4 & £3
(first & subsequent entries)
Submissions are invited for fiction or creative non-fiction that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Entries must be 2,500 words or less and the winner will get £200 plus publication in Prole. Two runners-up will receive £50 with the potential to be published in Prole also. Jaki McCarrick is the judge.

And finally, something a little bit different for those who prefer the longer form of story-telling: The Penny Dreadful Novella Prize opens for submissions between 1st June and 30th September 2015 and they are looking for fiction between 15,000 and 35,000 words from writers in Ireland the UK. Cost is €10 per manuscript and you can submit two entries per author. There’s a €2000 prize up for grabs and publication by The Dreadful Press.

Remember you’ve got to be in it to win it!
Good Luck to those who enter!


Later this month I’ll be sending out the second instalment of my e-newsletter.
Treats to look forward to this time around are a short piece of fiction and some of my favourite reads of 2015 so far!

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If you missed the first one, don’t worry, you can see it here. 


5 responses to “Writing Competitions: May 2015

    • And the next one!!


      Deadline: July 15th
      Fee: Free
      Format: Entries should be fiction, between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length.
      Prizes: First place, US$25; Second Place: US$15; Third Place: US$10; payable to your PayPal account

      And along with Shorties, we now have a Reels competition for animation scripts.

      Deadline: July 31th
      Prizes: US$50/35/15

      Special thanks to our anonymous sponsors for raising the prize $$$!


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