Legitimate writing and literary contests, competitions, awards and prizes of all kinds. Contests do not have to have monetary rewards, but that is what is most likely to be found in this category.
Atlantis Short Story Conest
Annual short story contest. Cash prizes and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers. No theme or genre restrictions.
Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest
Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject or write short story, 5 pages maximum on any theme for a chance to win cash prizes.
Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction
Collections of original short fiction. Open to both published and unpublished writers. University of Georgia Press.
Glimmer Train Awards for Fiction
Offers a number of awards for literary short fiction each year. The prize money for short stories less than 2,000 words, for example, totals $2,000. A reading fee of $10 is required. The Press is also open for submissions where no upfront fees are charged.
Indiana Review - Contests
Short story of up to 8,000 words.
InkTears
International competition for short story writers successfully published in magazines and/or placed in competitions.
Less Than 100 Words
Write a story in less than 100 words, incorporating the prompt given. Prize is £20.
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
An annual contest for original, unpublished stories up to 3,000 words in length, open to writers who have not yet achieved major market success. Cash prizes total $2,000. Entry fee: $10. Deadline mid-May. Florida based.
Momaya Press
Seeks original short stories on any theme. Limit: 2,500 words. Deadline July 1. Prizes total $300. Entry fee: $10
Munster Literature Centre
Details the Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition with two thousand Euros in prizes. Limit: 3,000 words. Deadline: July 31.
The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
Awards for original, unpublished short stories. Only three entries per author are permitted.
Scribes Valley Publishing - Annual Writing Contest
Annual fiction short story writing contest. Winners published in annual contest anthology. Open to all writers. Knoxville, Tennessee.
Toasted Cheese Fiction Contests
Toasted Cheese Literary Journal currently offers three short story contests on given themes, each year. No entry fees. Modest prizes. Deadlines vary.
Txt Lit
Write a story in 155 characters or less and enter monthly competitions via mobile phone. A prize is awarded every month. Open to UK mobile users only.
Word Smitten Flash Fiction Competition
Word Smitten offers a Flash Fiction Contest of 500 words or less.
Words Magazine
Seeks original short stories for various themed contests throughout the year. Limit: 2,000 words.
WOW! Women On Writing
Quarterly writing contest every three months. Flash fiction.
The Writer - Contest
Short story contest. Contest listings. Email newsletter with contest listings available.
Writers Weekly 24-Hour Short Story Contest
Ongoing quarterly contests require entrants to submit a short story within 24 hours of the topic's notification.
Zoetrope: Literary Short Fiction Contest
All entries must be unpublished; no longer than 5,000 words.
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