Writing Competitions & Opportunities – April 2018

Daffodils are out, Easter eggs and hot cross buns are legitimate writing fuel, and it’s the perfect time to send out some story submissions. Join us in our quest to send out 100 Submissions in 2018 and give your writing CV a boost.

Peruse our mahoosive collection of writing contests, competitions and opportunities for April, polish up your best stories and GET PUBLISHED!

Claymore Award

Deadline: 1st April 2018
Word Limit:
 The first 50 double-spaced pages of unpublished English-language manuscripts containing elements of thriller, mystery, crime, or suspense NOT currently under contract
Prize:
A traditional publishing contract with a Mystery Writers of America and/or International Thriller Writers’ approved publisher. The Top 3 finalists receive heavily discounted admission (a $285 value!) to that year’s Killer Nashville where the winners will be announced and introductions will be made to agents and/or editors to kick-start their publishing careers.
Entry Fee: $40
Notes:
Genres can include Action, Adventure, Alternate History, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Suspense, Thriller, and Western manuscripts, and any of their derivatives.(Self-published manuscripts are considered already published and are not eligible.)

More details and submissions info HERE

Rattle Tales

Deadline: 1st April 2018
Word Limit:
Short stories 1000-2000 words, flash fiction up to 350 words
Prize: 
Read your story at the next Rattle Tales live event in Brighton on 16th May
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
This is a spoken word event and entrants must be able to attend the event on 16th May

More details and submissions info HERE

Waterston Desert Writing Prize

Deadline: 1st April 2018
Submission Requirements:
 Biographical statement + proposal title and description + writing sample
Prize: 
$2,000 cash award, a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and a four-week residency at PLAYA at Summer Lake, Oregon.
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
This prize annually honours literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy – with the desert as both subject and setting.

More details and submissions info HERE

Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Competition 2018

Deadline: 2nd April 2018
Word Limit:
 2500 words
Prize: 
A two-night stay for two at Amberley Castle Hotel
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
 Theme: ‘The Looking Glass’

More details and submissions info HERE

Leicester Writes Short Story Prize

Deadline: 2nd April 2018
Word Limit:
 3000 words
Prize: 
1st prize: £100 + a bundle of books, 2nd prize: £50 + a bundle of books, 3rd prize: a bundle of books
Entry Fee: £7
Notes:
A longlist of a maximum of 20 stories will be published in an anthology.

More details and submissions info HERE

New Deal Writing Competition

Deadline: 2nd April 2018
Word Limit:
 10,000 words
Prize: 
1st prize: $200, 2nd prize: $100, 3rd prize: $50
Entry Fee: $5
Notes:
 Stories must be inspired by the painting ‘Old North Church’ by Thomas Cole (click the link below to view)

More details and submissions info HERE

Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Deadline: 2nd April 2018 (earlybird entry)
Prize: 
Grand prize: $8000, 1st prize in each category: $1000,
Entry Fee: $99
Notes: 
All entrants must send a printed and bound book. All books published or revised and reprinted between 2013 and 2018 are eligible. Categories include: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction/Reference, Inspirational Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Early Readers/Children’s Picture Books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult, Poetry

More details and submissions info HERE

Best Gender Swap Fairy Tale Competition

Deadline: 6th April 2018
Word Limit:
 300-5000 words
Prize: 
$200 Amazon gift card
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
 Write a new version of a classic fairy tale or folk tale and change the gender roles within, plus add other elements if you like. Entrants must register an account with Fairytalez.com

More details and submissions info HERE

FAB Prize 2018

Deadline: 6th April 2018
Word Limit:
 5000 words for text entries AND/OR max 10 A4 pages of illustrations or the full layouts for a 32-page picture book
Prize:
1st prize: £500 each for the winning writer and illustrator, 2nd prize: consultation with Leah Thaxton, Donna Payne, Emma Eldridge and Davinia Andrew-Lynch, plus a selection of Faber books.
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
 Entrants must be of black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background and previously unpublished.

More details and submissions info HERE

Great Eighty Challenge (RECURRING)

Deadline: 9th & 23rd April 2018
Word Limit:
Exactly 80 words
Prize: 
royalties on publication
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Title not included in word count (but limited to 6 words)

More details and submissions info HERE

Mslexia – Issue 78

Deadline: 9th April 2018
Word Limit: 
Flash Genre (subscribers only): 300 words, Bedtime Stories: 400 words, First Page Surgery: 300 words (unpaid), Pitch Perfect: 100 words (unpaid), Flash Fiction Competition (subscribers only): 100 words
Payment: 
£25
Entry Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

2018 Winchester Writers’ Festival Competitions

Deadline: 11th April 2018
Word Limit: 
Various – see website for details of each competition category
Prize:
Consultations and editorial meetings with industry professionals + subscriptions to Writing Magazine + books + more (see site for details)
Entry Fee: £6 (optional critique for £10)
Notes: 
Competition categories include: Poetry, Writing Can Be Murder, Memoir, Writing for Children (Picture Books), Children’s Funny Fiction, Skylark Soaring Stories, Flash Fiction, First Three Pages of a Novel, Short Stories, Young Writers.

More details and submissions info HERE

International Sweek Campaign #HerStory

Deadline: 15th April 2018
Word Limit:
5000 words
Prize: 
The top 10 stories will be bundled and published via Sweek self-publishing. Winners will receive a free copy of the e-book.
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Sweek encourages entrants to think critically about the role of women in our society, or you can simply write a story to tribute them. However, the protagonist of your story must be female.

More details and submissions info HERE

Limnisa Short Story Competition 2018

Deadline: 15th April 2018
Word Limit:
500-1500 words
Prize:
1st prize: one week writer’s retreat in 2018 or 2019 at Limnisa, Greece, 2nd and 3rd prize: 50% discount on a Writers’ Retreat or Workshop, 2 runners up: 25% discount on a Writers’ Retreat or Workshop
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: 
Entrance is FREE provided you LIKE the Limnisa Facebook page or FOLLOW them on Twitter, and SHARE the competition page on social media. Optional critique for £30.

More details and submissions info HERE

Shooter 2018 Short Story Competition

Deadline: 15th April 2018
Word Limit:
5000 words
Prize:
1st prize: £500, 2nd prize: £100
Entry Fee: £7 for one story, £10 for two
Notes: 
All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s summer issue

More details and submissions info HERE

Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest

Deadline: 18th April 2018
Word Limit:
50 pages
Prize:
$100
Entry Fee: $10
Notes:
All entries will be considered for publication in both online and print editions of AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought.

More details and submissions info HERE

Sustainable Societies

Deadline: 19th April 2018
Word Limit:
3500 words
Prize:
1st prize: £200, 2 x 2nd prizes: £50
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: 
The contest is looking for short stories that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society.

More details and submissions info HERE

Bath Short Story Award

Deadline: 23rd April 2018
Word Limit:
2200 words
Prize:
1st prize: £1200, 2nd prize: £300, 3rd prize: £100, local prize: £50 in book vouchers, Acorn Award (for unpublished writers): £100
Entry Fee: £8

More details and submissions info HERE

The James White Award

Deadline: 27th April 2018
Word Limit:
1000-6000 words
Prize:
1st prize: £200
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Stories should be Science Fiction (though the judges will take a broad definition of what that term means).

More details and submissions info HERE

A3 Review (RECURRING)

Deadline: 28th April 2018
Word Limit:
150 words (not incl title)
Prize:
1st prize: £175, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: £75
Entry Fee: $5/£3
Notes:
Theme: ‘circles’ – optional critique for an extra $10

More details and submissions info HERE

SmokeLong Quarterly Award For Flash Fiction

Deadline: 29th April 2018 (the 2nd round of the contest continues until 20th May)
Word Limit:
1000 words (incl title)
Prize:
 1st prize: $1500 + automatic nomination for The Best Small Fictions series, the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and other awards, at least 14 runners-up will also be published in the June 2018 contest issue–and each of the finalists will receive $15.
Entry Fee: $10 up to 2 stories

More details and submissions info HERE

Bath Novel Award

Deadline: 30th April 2018
Word Limit:
The first 5000 words of your novel + synopsis
Prize: £2500
Entry Fee: £25
Notes: Open to adult and YA novels. The writer of the most promising shortlisted novel will receive manuscript feedback & literary agent introductions. The writer of the most promising longlisted novel will receive an online professional editing course worth £1800 from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.

More details and submissions info HERE

London Magazine Novel Writing Competition

Deadline: 30th April 2018
Word Limit:
40,000-100,000 words + synopsis (up to 400 words)
Prize: 1st prize: £1000 and your novel published by Author Enterprises, 2nd prize: £200
3rd prize: £100
Entry Fee: £20
Notes: Genre: Literary fiction

More details and submissions info HERE

Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award

Deadline: 30th April 2018
Word Limit:
250 words
Prize: £500
Entry Fee: £5
Notes: Entry fees are donated to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust. All funds paid to the Trust are used to support the the arts in Scotland.

More details and submissions info HERE

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: 30th April 2018
Word Limit:
300-3000 words
Prize: 1st prize: $2000 + publication and 10 copies of Glimmer Train Stories, 2nd prize: $500*, 3rd prize: $300* (*Or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies of that issue)
Entry Fee: $16
Notes: The Very Short Fiction Award is open to all writers. Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome.

More details and submissions info HERE

Glimmer Train Open Contest

Deadline: 30th April 2018
Word Limit:
Most entries run from 3000 to 6000 words, but we invite stories from 3000 to 20,000 words
Prize: 1st prize: $3000 + publication and 10 copies of Glimmer Train Stories, 2nd prize: $1000 (and, if selected for publication, 10 copies of that issue), 3rd prize: $600 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies of that issue)
Entry Fee: $21
Notes: Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers!

More details and submissions info HERE

Momaya Press Short Story Competition

Deadline: 15th April 2018
Word Limit:
3000 words
Prize: 
1st prize: $200, 2nd prize: $100, 3rd prize: $50
Entry Fee: $15
Notes:
Theme: Coming of Age

More details and submissions info HERE

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award

Deadline: 30th April 2018
Word Limit:
1500-10,000 words
Prize: 1st prize: $1000, 2nd prize: $250, 3rd prize: $100
Entry Fee: $20
Notes: Ghost stories are welcome, of course—but your submission may involve any paranormal or supernatural theme, as well as magic realism.

More details and submissions info HERE

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Deadline: 30th April 2018
Word Limit:
6000 words
Prize:
1st prize in both categories: $2000, 10 honourable mentions: $100
Entry Fee: $20
Notes: 
The top 12 entries will be published online

More details and submissions info HERE

Txtlit (RECURRING)

Deadline: 30th April 2018
Word Limit:
160 characters
Entry Fee: Submissions are made by text message. You will be charged for one standard text by your network operator.
Notes: Themed (check website for details) – 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

Ad Hoc Fiction (RECURRING)

Deadline: Various (weekly)
Word Limit:
150 words
Prize:
Free entry to the Bath Flash Fiction Award
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Entries must include the prompt word (see website for latest deadline). Once submissions are closed, entries are published for public voting on the Ad Hoc site.

More details and submissions info HERE

Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest (RECURRING)

Deadline: Rolling
Word Limit:
1000-3000 words
Prize:
1st prize: £300, 2nd prize: £150, 3rd prize: £100
Entry Fee: £6 (£3 for subscribers) 
Notes:
Optional feedback for £5. This is a rolling competition which means that entries received after one issue’s cut-off point are simply placed in the next contest.

More details and submissions info HERE

Check out our 100 Submissions in 2018 challenge here!

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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