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thu31augAll DayCompletedWriterwerx University 5th Annual Short Story ContestCategoryMultiple categoriesUSAEntry Fee$25 Max word count2,000 words Top Prize$1,000 USD and $3,000 in editorial service credits from Writerwerx University

thu31aug12:01 amthu11:59 pmCompletedLa Viness Short Story Writing ContestCategoryShort StoryUSAEntry Fee$10 Max word count2000 Top Prize$100

thu31augAll DayCompletedUniversity of New Orleans Press Publishing Lab PrizeCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$28 Max word countNo limit Top Prize$10,000 advance on royalties and a contract to publish with The University of New Orleans Press

thu31augAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedMoney Chronicles: A Story InitiativeCategoryShort StoryUSAEntry FeeFree Max word count 7,500 Top Prize$250

thu31augAll DayCompletedAnthology Short Story Award 2023CategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee €18 Max word count1500 Top Prize€1000

thu31augAll DayCompletedLetter Review Prize for Short FictionCategoryShort FictionInternationalEntry Fee$20 Max word count5000 Top Prize$1000

thu31aug1:00 amthu11:59 pmCompletedLetter Review for NonfictionCategoryNon-fictionInternationalEntry Fee$20 Max word count5000 Top Prize$1000

thu31augAll DayCompletedLetter Review Prize for PoetryCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee$15 Max word count70 Lines Top Prize$800

thu31augAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedIntrepid Times - The Soundtrack of Travel - Travel Writing CompetitionCategoryNon-fictionInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count2000 Top Prize$200

thu31augAll DayCompletedAugust Fox Tales Contest: Art of DeceptionCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$9 Max word count2,000 Top Prize$100 and publication

thu31augAll DayCompletedAnthology Flash Fiction CompetitionCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry Fee€8 Max word count250 Top Prize €300 and publication

thu31augAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedDiscourse Literary Journal October Writing ContestCategoryMultiple categoriesUSAEntry FeeFree Max word count5000 Top PrizePublication

thu31augAll DayCompletedFool For Poetry International Chapbook CompetitionCategoryChapbookIrelandEntry Fee€25 Max word count16-24 pages Top Prize€1000, publication, 25 complementary copies + Featured reading at the Cork International Poetry Festival (with three-night hotel stay and full board)

thu31augAll DayCompletedLetter Review Prize for ManuscriptsCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$25 Max word count500,000 Top Prize$1000

thu31augAll DayCompletedWOW! Women on Writing Summer 2023 Flash Fiction ContestCategoryFlash FictionUSAEntry Fee$10 Max word count750 Top Prize$400

thu31augAll DayCompletedAesthetica Creative Writing AwardInternationalEntry Fee£12-£18 Max word count40 lines (poetry), 2,000 words (short story) Top Prize£2,500 and publication

thu31augAll DayCompletedOxford Flash Fiction Prize Summer 2023CategoryFlash FictionUKEntry Fee£6 Max word count1000 Top Prize£1000

thu31augAll DayCompletedGemini Magazine Flash Fiction ContestCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry Fee$7 Max word count1,000 Top Prize$1,000

thu31augAll DayCompletedEdinburgh Award for Flash FictionCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry Fee£7 Max word count250 Top Prize£2,000

thu31augAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedThe Gloucestershire Poetry Society Open Poetry CompetitionCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee£4 Max word count40 lines Top Prize£150 and publication

thu31augAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedThe Kindle Storyteller AwardCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word countNo limit Top Prize£20,000

thu31augAll DayCompletedCreative Writing Ink Short Story CompetitionCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee£9 Max word count3000 Top Prize£1000


fri01sepAll DayCompletedThe Scribes PrizeCategoryFlash FictionUSAEntry Fee$5 Max word count110 Top Prize$250

fri01sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedOwl Canyon Press Short Story HackathonCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count50 paragraphs Top Prize$2,000

fri01sepAll DayCompletedManchester Writing CompetitionCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee£18 Max word count2500 (short story); 120 lines (poetry) Top Prize£10,000

sun10sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedHorror and Ghost Stories AnthologyCategoryShort StoryUKEntry FeeFree Max word count5000 Top PrizePublication

fri15sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedLetterkenny Literary Festival Poetry CompetitionCategoryPoetryIrelandEntry FeeFree Max word count30 lines Top Prize€150

fri15sepAll DayCompletedWriteFluenza 3.0CategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee$2.25 Max word count3000 Top PrizePublication

fri15sepAll DayCompletedRedemption Short Story CompetitionCategoryShort StoryIrelandEntry Fee€10 Max word count4,000 Top Prize€200

fri15sepAll DayCompletedNordic English Writing AwardsCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee€20 Max word count2000 Top Prize€250

sat16sepAll DayCompletedOvacome Writing Competition 2023CategoryShort StoryUKEntry Fee£8 Max word count1,500 Top Prize£250

sun17sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedAbcc Theatre of the Mind's Eye - Short Story/play eventCategoryMultiple categoriesEntry FeeFree Max word count1000 Top PrizePublication (radio)

mon18sepAll DayCompletedMslexia Women’s Short Story Competition 2023CategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee£12 Max word count3,000 Top Prize£3,000

mon18sepAll DayCompletedMslexia Women’s Flash Fiction CompetitionCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry Fee£6 Max word count300 Top Prize£500 and publication

sat23sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedShort story competition: Theme: MicrobesCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count3000 Top Prize£500

fri29sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedThe Failing Writers Podcast Flash Fiction CompetitionCategoryFlash FictionUKEntry FeeFree Max word count500 Top Prize£500, plus your story brought to life by professional actors

sat30sepAll DayCompleted2023 Bardsy Fall Anthology ContestCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$20 Max word count3,000 Top Prize$1,000 and publication

sat30sepAll DayCompletedTom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry ContestCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee$22 Max word count250 lines Top Prize$3,000

sat30sepAll DayCompletedThe Moth Nature Writing Prize 2023CategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee€15 Max word count4,000 Top Prize€1,000 and a week at Circle of Misse in France

sat30sepAll DayCompletedSouthword Editor's Poetry AwardCategoryPoetryIrelandEntry Fee€20 Max word count3 poems Top Prize€1000

sat30sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedDiscourse Monthly Writing Competition: NovemberCategoryMultiple categoriesUSAEntry FeeFree Max word count5000 Top Prize$5 and publication

sat30sepAll DayCompletedThe Paul Cave Prize for LiteratureCategoryMultiple categories,NovelCelebrating new writing talentInternationalEntry Fee£8-£25 Max word count10,000 Top Prize£100

sat30sepAll DayCompletedHenshaw Press Short Story CompetitionCategoryShort StoryUKEntry Fee£6 Max word count2000 Top Prize£200

sat30sepAll DayCompletedBest in Rural Writing ContestCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$5 Max word count6000 Top Prize$200 and Publication

sat30sepAll DayCompletedHAMMOND HOUSE INTERNATIONAL LITERARY PRIZE 2023CategoryMultiple categoriesUKEntry Fee£10 Max word countVaries (check organizer's website for details) Top Prize£1000

sat30sepAll DayCompletedTRIO INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITIONCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee£5 Max word count40 lines Top Prize£1,000

sat30sepAll DayCompleted2023 Vocal Writing AwardsCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$20 Max word countn/a Top Prize$14,000

sat30sepAll DayCompletedThe Galley Beggar Press Short Story PrizeInternationalEntry Fee$10 Max word count6,000 Top Prize£2,500

sat30sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedVII International Flash Fiction CompetitionCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count100 Top Prize$20,000

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