Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Its competition time again with Francesca Burgess

During my research this month, I found quite a few competitions that claimed non-prizewinning, shortlisted entries would be printed online or in an anthology. One even stated that all entrants automatically agreed to their story being published. I immediately discounted these. Unless there is some other benefit, like promoting your work, raising your profile or supporting a charity (I've done the latter two), I wouldn't recommend anyone entering these competitions. You won't be able to submit the story elsewhere so you'll never make any money out of it. Often you have to examine the rules quite closely to find out what happens to the entries, but it's worth doing.

Good luck, everyone.

Writing Magazine 750 Word Short Story Competition
Theme: Open
Prize: 1st £200, 2nd £50. Both will be published in Writing Magazine
Competition deadline: 14 April 2016
Entry: £3 subscribers, £5 others

The Novella Award 2016
Theme: Open, 20,000 – 40,000 word novellas, plus 500 word max synopsis
Prize: £1,000 plus publication with Sandstone Press
Competition deadline: 29 April 2016
Entry: £17

Bristol Short Story Prize
Theme: Open, 4,000 words max
Prize: 1st £1,000, 2nd £700, 3rd 400, plus 17 prizes of £100, and all published in the anthology
Competition deadline: 30 April 2016
Entry: £8

The Writers' Bureau Flash Fiction Competition
Theme: Open, 500 words max
Prize: 1st £300, 2nd £200, 3rd 100 plus Writers' Bureau course for all winners.
Competition deadline: 30 April 2016
Entry: £5, £10 for 3 entries.

Writers' Festival First Three Pages Competition
Theme: Opening 3 pages of novel plus 600 word max synopsis
Prize: Editorial meeting with Little Brown to discuss the entry, either at London office or by telephone.
Competition deadline: 13th May 2016
Entry: £8

Writing Magazine Paranormal Short Story Competition
Theme: ghosts, vampires, werewolves, spooky happenings, aliens etc, 1,500 – 1,700 words
Prize: 1st £200 and published in magazine, 2nd £50 and published online.
Competition deadline: 16 May 2016
Entry: £3 subscribers, £5 others.

Swansea & District Writers' Circle Horror Anthology Competition
Theme: Horror / Psychological Thriller. Short stories 1,800 – 2,000 (plus related comps for scripts and poems).
Prize: 1st £150, 2nd £50 plus publication in anthology
Competition deadline: 20 May 2016
Entry: £6

Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller
Theme: Open, adult novels only, at least 80,000 words, unpublished authors. Submit 10,000 words plus synopsis.
Prize: £50,000 publishing deal
Competition deadline: 31 May
Entry: Free

Francesca Burgess has been placed or shortlisted in a number of competitions including Twyford Writers, Winchester Writers' Conference, Chorley and District Writers' Circle, Flash a Famous Phrase, Meridian Writing, People's Friend and Writing Magazine. She's had stories 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.


Thank you, Francesca.

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