Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Competition Monthly – September 2017



Welcome back to another bumper crop of competitions!

October seems to be a good month for writing contests, particularly flash fiction ones, which represent half of the list below. Some good advice on writing flash fictions can be found here.


The love story themed competition run by Writing Magazine should be right up RNA members' street, but you'll have to be quick as it finishes in a few days. You've got a bit longer for the magazine's adult fairy story. Many examples of past winners of this competition can be found on pages 2, 4, 7, 9, 11 and 15 of the 'Showcase', the link to which is on the left hand side of the
competition page on their website.


I've mentioned a couple of times before about being wary of competitions that state in the rules that entering will be seen as you giving permission for them to publish your story, whether you win a prize or not. The Bath Flash Fiction Award is offering publication to fifty longlisted entries. But the fact they're offering, so you have a choice, is the reason I've included it. You might decide you don't want it published without getting some kind of recompense for you work. On the other hand, the Bath award is quite prestigious, so inclusion in the anthology might be something advantageous to add to your CV.


Happy comping everyone, and don't forget to let us know of any competition success you have.



**Closing very soon**
Writing Magazine Love Story Competition
Theme: Love, 1,500 – 1,700 words
Prize: £200 plus publication in magazine / £50 plus publication on website
Closing date: 15 September 2017
Entry: £5 / £3 subscribers
Details 


**Closing soon **
Flash 500 Quarterly Open-Themed Competition
Theme: 500 words max
Prize: £300 / £200 / £100
Closing date: 30 September 2017
Entry: £5
Details 


Retreat West Themed Flash Fiction Competition
Theme: Black, 500 words max
Prize: £100 / 2 x £50
Closing date: 1st October 2017
Entry: £8
Details 


Writing Magazine Adult Fairytale Competition
Theme: A fairytale suitable for adult audience, 1.500 – 1,700 words
Prize: £200 plus publication in magazine / £50 plus publication on website
Closing date: 15 October 2017
Entry: £5 / £3 subscribers
Details 


Bath Flash Fiction Award
Theme: Open, 1,500 – 4,000 words
Prize: £1,000 / £300 / £100 / 2 x £30
Closing date: 15 October 2017
Entry: £9
Details 


Retreat West Short Story Prize
Theme: Open, 1,500 – 4,000
Prize: £350 / £200 / £100 / £20
Closing date: 29 October 2017
Entry: £15
Details


Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize
Theme: Open, 500 words max
Prize: £250 / £150 / £75 / £15, all prize winners published in anthology
Closing date: 29 October 2017
Entry: £10
Details 


WriteIdea Short Story Competition (For unpublished writers)
Theme: Open, 3,000 max
Prize: £300 / 4 x £50
Closing date: 30 October 2017
Entry: Free
Details


Bare Fiction Flash Fiction Prize
Theme: Open, 500 words max
Prize: £500 / £200 / £100 / 2 x £25
Closing date: 31 October 2017
Entry: £6
Details 


Bare Fiction Short Story Prize
Theme: Open, 3,000 words max (also poetry)
Prize: £500 / £200 / £100 / 2 x £25
Closing date: 31 October 2017
Entry: £5
Details 


NAWG Short Story Competition
Theme: Open, 500 – 2,000 words (also poetry)
Prize: £200 / £100 / £50
Closing date: 31 October 2017
Entry: £5
Details


NAWG 100 Word Mini-Tales Competition
Theme: Open, 100 words max
Prize: £75 / £25
Closing date: Ongoing. Each round closes after 100 entries are received
Entry: £3.50
Details 


Dark Matters Flash Fiction Competition
Theme: Magical / monstrous / inexplicable / horrific, 200 – 700 words (also poetry)
Prize: £200 / £50 / £25 plus publication
Closing date: 31 October 2017
Entry: £4
Details (scroll down a little)


A Story for Daniel Flash Fiction Competition
Theme: Joyful or uplifting, 500 words max
Prize: £100
Closing date: 31 October 2017
Entry: None. They request you contribute to the suggested charities instead.
Details


SWC Annual Short Story Competition
Theme: Open, 2,000 words max
Prize: £150 / £80 / £30
Closing date: 31 October 2017
Entry: £3
Details 


Bath Children's Novel Award
Theme: First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis
Prize: £2,000 / £500
Closing date: 19 November 2017
Entry: £25
Details





Francesca Capaldi Burgess has been placed or shortlisted in a number of competitions including Winchester Writers' Conference, Retreat West, Meridian Writing, Wells Festival and Writing Magazine. She's had stories and a serial published in magazines worldwide and in three anthologies, including Diamonds and Pearls and 100 Stories for Haiti. She is a member of the RNA New Writers' Scheme and the Society for Women Writers and
Journalists. Francesca runs a writing blog along with RNA member Elaine Roberts called Write Minds.





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This blog was prepared by blog team member, Louisa Heaton.

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