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Other Competitions



How to Enter Them - Beware of scams.

Please Note

The information given here is for GUIDANCE ONLY. While every effort is made to ensure that it is accurate,

before entering any listed competition you should obtain full rules and an entry form from the organisers.



First Prize


21st September 2017

1st $1000USD


Entry $15

Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival Short Story Contest

Judge: Booker Prize nominee Mike McCormack

5000 word limit

Unpublished work only, international entries welcome

Winner to be announced at the festival on 5 October 2017

Full details and entry

30th September 2017 1st E500

entry free
The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize
Run by the publishers of The Caterpillar, an art & literature magazine for children, this prize is for a story written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). Anyone (over 16) can enter, as long as the story has not been published before (either in print or online). 1st prize €500 plus a 2-week stay at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland, 2nd prize €300, 3rd prize €200. Closing 30 September 2017. See
1st November 2017 1st $4500

entry $45
The Malahat Review's Open Season Awards
Closing date: 1st November 2017.
Prizes: $4500 (Cdn.) over three genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction (one prize of $1500 per genre)
Entry fee: $45 (Cdn.) for UK entrants. Additional entries cost $15, no limit. Can mix/match entries over different genres.
Looking for: Poems (3 poems up to 100 lines each); fiction (2500 words max.); creative nonfiction (2500 words max.)
For further information on conditions of entry visit website below.
See website:
1st November 2017 1st 1000

entry 25
Caledonia Novel Award 2018
Closing date: 1st November 2017.
Prizes: 1,000, writing course at Moniack Mhor, online publication of the winning extract.
Entry fee: 25.
Looking for: The first 20 pages plus 200-word synopsis of a novel by an unpublished writer. Check website for full info.
19th November 2017 1st 2000

entry 25
Bath Children's Novel Award
Closing date: 19th November 2017.
Prizes: 2,000, 500.
Entry fee: 25.
Further info: International prize for unpublished and independently published writers of children's novels. Send first 5,000 words and synopsis.
30th November 2017 1st 300

entry 5

The Writers Bureau 2017 Autumn Flash Fiction Competition with 1722 worth of prizes.
All entrants have to do is write a story, on any theme, in less than 500 words (not including the title).
Prizes are:  1st Place - 300 2nd Place - 200 3rd Place - 100
Plus, each winner can choose a Writers Bureau course worth over 374.  Winners will be published on the competition website.
The judge is Diana Nadin - Director of Studies at The Writers Bureau. She says, "Flash fiction may seem easy but it's not. Writers have to distil everything about their plot and characters into only a handful of words - so tight writing is essential. There's no room for waffle or digression. That's the challenge.  Last time we ran this competition we received some cracking entries so I'm looking forward to reading the next set of stories."
Entry fee: 5 per submission or three entries for 10!
Closing Date: 30th November 201
Winners will be announced by 15th January 2018

For full competition details and to read the winners of previous competitions visit their website at: