january 2018 writing submissions

Writing Competitions and Opportunities – January 2018

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Feeling a bit ‘meh’ about your writing after the cheese-filled ennui of Christmas? Kick off the new year with a BOATLOAD of literary submissions*. (Or even take part in our 100 Submissions in 2018 challenge!)

We’ve put together a bumper list of over 30 competitions, lit mags and organisations baying for fresh words, so what are you waiting for? Dust off those stories and find ’em a new home…

Fiction Factory Short Story Competition

Deadline: 7th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
3,000 words
Prize:
1st: £150, 2nd: £50, 3rd: £25
Entry Fee: £6
Notes:
No YA or children’s fiction

More details and submissions info HERE

The Good Journal

Deadline: 7th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
2,000-5,000 words of fiction, 3-5 poems, 2 pages of comics or photo essays
Payment:
 £150 
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
 Open to British writers of colour

More details and submissions info HERE

Liar’s League London

Deadline: 7th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
800-2,000 words
Prize:
Public reading of your story + mp3 & YouTube recording + free drinks all night at the Liar’s League event (or a free book if you can’t attend)
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
 Theme: Kiss & Tell – accepted stories will be read by a professional actor at the February Liar’s League event

More details and submissions info HERE

The Emerging Writer Award

Deadline: 5pm, 8th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
1,000 word sample of a novel or short story collection work-in-progress
Prize:
A tailor-made package worth up to £2,000 including tuition via open courses, retreat time and/or mentoring
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
 Open to unpublished writers with a novel or short story collection work-in-progress – submissions must also include a CV and synopsis

More details and submissions info HERE

Great Eighty Challenge (RECURRING)

Deadline: 8th & 22nd Jan 2018 
Word Limit:
Exactly 80 words
Payment:
Royalties on collection sales
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Recurring contest – 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month

More details and submissions info HERE

London Independent Story Prize

Deadline: 10th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
300 words
Prize:
1st: £100, 2nd: £30, 3rd: £10
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
LIP is looking for ‘unique, strong voices – BAME, women, LGBTQ especially welcome

More details and submissions info HERE


Henshaw Story Competition (RECURRING)

Deadline: 10th Jan 2018 (recurs quarterly)
Word Limit:
2,000 words
Prize:
£100
Entry Fee: £5 (or £10 with critique)

More details and submissions info HERE

The Stinging Fly Issue 28 Vol 2

Deadline: 11th Jan 2018
Word Limit: 
1 short story or 1-4 poems – submissions should be ‘just as long (or as short) as they need to be’
Payment:
Token payment
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Special interest in publishing new writers

More details and submissions info HERE

Splikety Magazine

Deadline: 12th Jan 2018
Word Limit: 
Flash fiction: 300-1,000 words, nano fiction: 100 words
Payment: 
$0.02 per word
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Theme: Dystopian disaster

More details and submissions info HERE

BBC Writersroom DRAMA Script Room 2018

Deadline: 5pm, 15th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
Drama scripts of up to 30 minutes
Prize: 
Winners will join the 2018 drama writing development scheme
Entry Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Magma Poetry Competition

Deadline: 15th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
11-50 lines
Prize:
1st: £1,000, 2nd: £300, 3rd: £100
Entry Fee: £5
Notes:
Judged by Mona Arshi

More details and submissions info HERE

New Millennium Writings Monthly Muse (RECURRING)

Deadline: 15th Jan 2018 (recurs monthly)
Word Limit:
1,000 words
Prize:
‘Enigma gift’
Entry Fee: $8
Notes:
Themes: Beginnings & Endings / Regrets & Resolutions

More details and submissions info HERE

Room Magazine Short Form Competition

Deadline: 15th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
500 words
Prize:
$500
Entry Fee: $35-45 (entry fee includes 1 year subscription to Room Magazine)
Notes: 
Open to women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and non-binary people

More details and submissions info HERE

Myriad Paradigm

Deadline: 15th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
5,000 words
Payment:
$0.06 per word
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: 
Speculative fiction

More details and submissions info HERE

Electric Literature: Personal & Critical Essays

Deadline: 16th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
1,500-4,000 words (as a general guide)
Payment:
$50
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: 
Electric Lit are particularly interested in “pieces that examine the intersection of the literary experience and other creative endeavors: film, fine art, music, video games, science, tech, architecture”

More details and submissions info HERE

Enchanted Conversation, Feb 2018 Issue

Deadline: 20th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
Fiction: 700-2,500 words, poetry: any length, sequential art/comics: 1-5 pages
Payment:
Fiction: $30, poetry: $10, sequential art/comics: $30
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Theme: Un rêve d’amour (A Dream of Love) – no sci-fi, dystopian, erotica, high fantasy, excessive world building, time-travel, futuristic, or space travel

More details and submissions info HERE

Fiction War Winter 2018

Deadline: 19th-22nd Jan 2018
Word Limit:
1,000 words
Prize:
1st: $1,000, 14 x finalists: $100
Entry Fee: $37.92
Notes:
Themed prompts released over 3 days

More details and submissions info HERE

Ad Hoc Fiction (RECURRING)

Deadline: 24th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
150 words
Prize:
Free entry to the Bath Flash Fiction Award
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Entries must include the word ‘edge’. Once submissions are closed, entries are published for public voting on the Ad Hoc site.

More details and submissions info HERE

Sixfold Spring 2018

Deadline: 24th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
5,000 words of fiction, 1-5 poems
Prize:
$1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Notes:
Stories are submitted into 3 rounds of voting by participating writers (more on how it works here).

More details and submissions info HERE

A3 Review (RECURRING)

Deadline: 27th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
150 words (not incl title)
Prize:
1st: £175, 2nd: £100, 3rd: £75
Entry Fee: $5/£3
Notes:
Theme: ‘losing it’ – optional critique for an extra $10

More details and submissions info HERE

Retreat West First Chapter Competition

Deadline: 28th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
First chapter up to 3,500 words
Prize:
Review of first 3 chapters, cover letter and synopsis by Diana Beaumont from Marjacq lit agency
Entry Fee: £15

More details and submissions info HERE

Grindstone Open Prose Competition

Deadline: 28th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
1,000 words
Prize:
1st: £250, 2nd: £100, 3rd: £50
Entry Fee: £6

More details and submissions info HERE

Bath Novella in Flash Award

Deadline: 29th Jan 2018
Word Limit:
6,000-18,000 words
Prize:
1st: £1,000, 2nd: £300, 3rd: £100, 2 x commendations: £30
Entry Fee: £16
Notes:
Judged by Meg Pokrass

More details and submissions info HERE

Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
4,000 words
Prize:
1st: €1,000, 2nd: a week’s writing retreat in Spain + €300
Entry Fee: €17
Notes:
Memoir. Judged by Marti Leimbach

More details and submissions info HERE

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
1,000-7,000 words
Prize:
1st: £500, 2nd: £250, 3rd: £100
Entry Fee: £8
Notes:
Supernatural fiction (with a loose definition of ‘ghost story’)

More details and submissions info HERE

Lancashire Authors’ Association Open Competition

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
100 words (excludes title)
Prize:
£100
Entry Fee: £2 or 3 for £5

More details and submissions info HERE

Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
1,200 words
Prize:
Scholarship to the 2018 Writers Workshop in Gambier, Ohio
Entry Fee: $24
Notes:
Entrants must not have had a book of fiction already published

More details and submissions info HERE

Asymmetry 2018 Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
1,000 words
Prize:
1st: $40, 2nd: $20, 7 x runners-up will also be published
Entry Fee: $2
Notes:
Theme: ‘Grifts’ – speculative fiction

More details and submissions info HERE

The Plough Prize International Poetry Competition

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
Short poems up to 10 lines, longer poems up to 40 lines
Prize:
1st: £1,000, 2nd: £500, 3rd: £250
Entry Fee: £5 per poem
Notes:
Include an entry form with each poem

More details and submissions info HERE

Autumn House Rising Writer Contest

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
full-length book of poetry, approx 50-70 pages
Prize:
$500 advance + $500 travel expenses + publicity grant
Entry Fee: $25
Notes:
Entrants must be 33 years or younger in 2018

More details and submissions info HERE

The Big Moose Prize

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
full novel manuscript (90-1,000 pages)
Prize: $1000 + book publication + 10 copies
Entry Fee: $25

More details and submissions info HERE

Graywolf Press Non-fiction Prize

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
Minimum 100 page sample (25,000 words) + cover letter + 2-10 page overview
Prize:
$12,000 advance
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Entrants must be a resident in the US

More details and submissions info HERE

BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
A 53-minute radio play with a max of 6 characters + synopsis + entry form
Prize: 
£2,200 + BBC radio broadcast
Entry Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
40 lines
Prize:
1st: £1,000, 2nd: £300, 3rd: £100, 4 x £50 runners-up
Entry Fee: £5 per poem, or for 3 or more poems £4 each
Notes:
Judged by Helen Ivory

More details and submissions info HERE

Hyperion & Theia

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
Short stories:1001-7,499 words, novelettes: 7,500-17,499 words, novellas: 17,500-40,000 words, poetry: up to 100 lines
Payment:
Fiction: $0.01 per word, poetry: $0.25 a line (plus royalties of ebook sales)
Entry Fee: $20 (discounts for multiple entries)
Notes:
Theme: Rebus

More details and submissions info HERE

45th New Millennium Awards

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
Fiction + non-fiction: 6,000 words, flash fiction: 1,000 words, poetry: up to 3 poems (5 pages in total)
Prize:
$1,000 for winner of each category
Entry Fee: $20 (discounts for multiple entries)
Notes:
Categories in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, flash fiction

More details and submissions info HERE

Nonbinary Review Issue #16

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
Fiction/creative nonfiction: up to 5,000 words, flash fiction: 1-5 pieces of up to 1000 words each, poetry: up to 3 pages 
Payment: 
1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 per poem and $25 per piece of visual art
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Theme: The Little Prince – all entries should include a cover letter + 50 word bio

More details and submissions info HERE

The Disquiet Prize

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
Fiction/non-fiction up to 25 pages, or up to 6 poems (10 pages total)
Prize:
Full fellowship (airfare stipend, tuition, and housing included) to the 2018 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal
Entry Fee: $15

More details and submissions info HERE

2018 Crazyhorse Prize

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
Fiction/essays up to 25 pages, or 1-3 poems
Prize:
$2000 in each category (fiction, non fiction & poetry)
Entry Fee: $20
Notes:
All entries receive a one year subscription to Crazyhorse

More details and submissions info HERE

The Iowa Review

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
Fiction/non-fiction up to 25 pages, poetry up to 10 pages
Prize:
First prize: $1,500, runners-up: $750
Entry Fee: $20
Notes: Optional subscription to The Iowa Review for an additional $10 upon entry

More details and submissions info HERE

Lamar York Prizes

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
Fiction and non-fiction up to 6,000 words
Prize:
Two prizes of $1,000
Entry Fee: $18

More details and submissions info HERE

Txtlit (RECURRING)

Deadline: 31st Jan 2018
Word Limit:
160 characters
Prize:
Publication
Entry Fee: Submissions are made by text message. You will be charged for one standard text by your network operator.
Notes: Theme: ‘caught in the act’ – send your story as a text message from a UK mobile phone to our new number 07537 432 432

More details and submissions info HERE

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*NOTE: We’ve mainly included listings that offer payment or prizes here, as an added impetus, but there are huuuundreds more literary mags and submissions opportunities out there that reward you with publication, which is absolutely nothing to be sniffed at, and is a great way to build your ‘writer’s CV’ and prove your mettle. Check out Duotrope or The Submission Grinder for wider listings of non-paying markets – or, y’know, google “list of literary magazines” and you should be busy for the next zillion years…

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