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A place to share details of any upcoming flash fiction, short story or novel writing competition, but also share successes, ask for advice. If people are interested in sharing stories and asking for feedback I can make this group private.

Small Win, Huge Grin

It was only 100 words long but I just won the latest National Association of Writers' Groups 100x100 competition. 


Another competition just arrived in my Facebook feed. This one is run by the Jane Austen's House (museum).

WRITING COMPETITION 2020   16 Sep — 30 Oct 2020

'Little Matters and Universal Truths', inspired by Jane Austen's life, home and genius - and in response to lockdown and the small-scale way in which we've all been living our lives this year.

There are 3 categories: letter writing, poetry and fiction. Also 3 age categories. Worldwide submissions welcome. More details on link.

I found this competition, bit of a change from the usual ones I thought. Cheers, K.

Stop Loan Sharks Short Story Competition

Deadline: Fri 16 Oct 2020 / UK writers only

The England Illegal Money Lending Team have launched a short story writing competition to help people learn about the dangers of loan sharks. Entrants must write a short story or poem of no more than 1,250 words, which may be fiction or non-fiction and be related to one of the loan shark categories listed on the website. 

More info. on link

Hi, I’m interested to know if anyone has had any experience in being published by a vanity publisher eg Typishly Literary Magazine. It’s really tempting to put something up just to see it go online but I can’t help wondering if it’s all just a grab to get your money. Thoughts? 

This one has a fiction and a non-fiction category but they close after 300 entries so enter early!


I assume everyone who's competing already knows about Submittable....but maybe not. Signing up with Submittable is a good way to find suitable competitions and track your entries. You can create an account for free, and then select the categories you're interested in - e.g., Fiction Short Stories. You can also indicate whether you are looking for submissions without a fee, or whatever.

 After that, you'll get a list of opportunities - for now and later. And of course, it tracks your submissions -  what you entered/when/result... 

Apologies if this is a duplicate post...I haven't yet figured out how to search previous entries. 

If you write science fiction or fantasy you might be interested in these 3 anthologies:

THE MODERN DEITY’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, DERELICT, and WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE anthology Kickstarter has hit its goal!  If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration. 

Here's the URL: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40888189

Hi everyone, this is a charity competition raising funds for Ovacome, an ovarian cancer support charity, worth consideration if you have a short story up to 2K words on the theme 'Overcoming' which can be interpreted however you wish. First prize is £500, submissions open, close 31 October 2020, more details here. K.

Do you know about Furious Fiction? The first weekend of every month, they host a 500 word competition that has a 500 dollar first prize, plus shortlisted and longlisted authors. They release a prompt with specific details or words that need to be in the story, and you have 55 hours from the time of the announcement to complete the story. It's really fun, and I feel like my writing is improving just be participating. The quality of the winners is quite high and it's fun to read the winning entries. Here's the link: https://www.writerscentre.com.au/furious-fiction/

QueryLetter.com are holding a writing competition for talented and original writers. Here are the contest details including the cash award: https://www.queryletter.com/contest

The Cambridge Short Story Prize closes in five days on 15th June 2020, at midnight UK time.

There's a £2,350 prize fund and all shortlisted writers are published online and paid via PayPal.

This year's judge is award-winning writer, Katy Darby.

Full details: