Writing Competitions & Opportunities – August 2018

August ahoy! Time to kick back for summer and invest in some serious writing time (y’know, in between swanning off on your holibobs and wrangling the kids etc). Get your subs in order and send something off to a competition or contest why dontcha? If you’re in need of inspiration, have a look at our massive list of writing contests and opportunities below and join us in our quest to send out 100 Submissions in 2018.

Gigantic Sequins Poetry & Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 1st August 2018
Word Limit:
1000 words
Prize:
$100 + swag from Small Fires Press
Entry Fee: $5
Notes: For an additional $10 you can receive the issue that features the winning works

More details and submissions info HERE

The Good Life in Galicia 2018

Deadline: 1st August 2018
Word Limit:
Fiction: 1200-4500, Poetry: 20 lines
Prize:
1st prize: €10, 2nd prize:€5 (in each category)
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: All works must be about Galicia in a significant way. Selected entries will be published in The Good Life in Galicia 2018 anthology. 

More details and submissions info HERE

The Costa Short Story Award

Deadline: 3rd August 2018
Word Limit:
4000 words
Prize:
1st prize: £3,500, 2nd prize: £1,000, 3rd prize: £500
Entry Fee: FREE

More details and submissions info HERE

Synaesthesia Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 5th August 2018
Word Limit:
500 words
Prize:
1st prize: £200 + becoming Resident Writer 2019, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: £75.
Entry Fee: £5
Notes: All winners will also receive an interview and a copy of the first print issue.

More details and submissions info HERE

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition

Deadline: 6th August 2018
Word Limit:
50 lines
Prize:
1st prize: £1000, 2x runners up: £200
Entry Fee: £5 for one entry or £4 for 3 or more entries
Notes: There are two categories: the open category (open to all poets aged 18 and over) and the English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an additional language).

More details and submissions info HERE

The Molotov Cocktail – Flash Beast Contest

Deadline: 8th August 2018
Word Limit:
1000 words (entries of 750 words are most favourable)  
Prize:
1st prize: $200, 2nd prize: $100, 3rd prize: $50 (4th-10th place entries will also get ‘mad props’ and be published in future anthologies)
Entry Fee: $7
Notes: Flash Beast challenges writers to come up with dark and offbeat stories that involve non-human creatures. The Molotov Cocktail wants strange and surreal entities rife with primal impulses or majestic dignity, tales that range from domesticated to feral. 

More details and submissions info HERE

Great Eighty Challenge (RECURRING)

Deadline: 13th & 27th August 2018
Word Limit:
Exactly 80 words
Payment: 
Royalties on publication
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Title not included in word count (but limited to 6 words)

More details and submissions info HERE

The Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Contest

Deadline: 15th August 2018
Word Limit:
 Feature scripts: 70-130 pages, TV pilots: 20-70 pages
Prize: 1st prize: $5,000 + your script will be optioned by Producer Danny Roth, 2nd prize: $1000, 3rd prize: $500 (2nd and 3rd place entries will also have their scripts considered for optioning and all winners will receive writing workshops worth over $1000)
Entry Fee: $39
Notes: The contest’s final deadline is Oct 10th but higher entry fees apply. Feedback available for an additional fee. 

More details and submissions info HERE

The Publishing Laboratory Contest

Deadline: 15th August 2018
Word Limit:
 Novels or short story collections
Prize: 
$1000 advance + a contract to publish with UNO Press
Entry Fee: $18

More details and submissions info HERE

Robert Graves Poetry Prize

Deadline: 15th August 2018
Word Limit:
 40 lines
Prize: 
1st prize: £1000, 2x runners up: £100
Entry Fee: £5 per poem

More details and submissions info HERE

Yale Drama Series Prize for Emerging Playwrights

Deadline: 15th August 2018
Word Limit:
 Full-length plays
Prize: 
1st prize: $10,000 + publication + a staged reading
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: 
Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.

More details and submissions info HERE

Bench Theatre One-Act Play Competition

Deadline: 17th August 2018
Word Limit:
 One-act plays no longer than 45 minutes
Prize: 
Selected plays will be performed by Bench Theatre at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre during a Supernova festival
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: 
Plays should require no more than 6 actors. Open to UK/British citizens.

More details and submissions info HERE

The Retreat West Novel Prize

Deadline: 19th August 2018
Word Limit:
The first 7,500 words of a novel + 500 word synopsis
Prize: 
1st prize: A standard publishing contract with Retreat West Books for a paperback and ebook edition of the novel, with a £500 advance; 2nd prize: A full MS critique and editorial report from Amanda Saint; 3rd prize: A year’s Gold Author Membership with Retreat West.
Entry Fee: £15
Notes:
Every writer that enters the competition will also receive an ebook copy of the winning novel when it is published. Ten shortlisted entries will be invited to send their full manuscript.

More details and submissions info HERE

Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme

Deadline: 22nd August 2018
Word Limit:
2500-5000 words of fiction or non-fiction, or 4 poems (180 lines max) + an outline of the project you would focus on during the mentoring process + a writing CV
Prize: Mentoring via four meetings with an experienced writer over a period of up to eight months.
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
Words Ireland is initiating a minimum of 15 literature mentoring relationships to begin in September 2018 -open to writers resident in any county in Ireland.

More details and submissions info HERE

Dalkey Creates Short Story Competition

Deadline: 24th August 2018
Word Limit:
2000 words
Prize:
€1,000
Entry Fee: €15
Notes:
The winner will receive their prize at Open Mic Live! on the evening of Thursday 11th October.

More details and submissions info HERE

A3 Review (RECURRING)

Deadline: 25th August 2018
Word Limit:
150 words (not incl title)
Prize:
1st prize: £175, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: £75
Entry Fee: $5/£3
Notes:
Theme: ‘ball’ – optional critique for an extra $10

More details and submissions info HERE

The Apparitionist National Ghost Story Competition

Deadline: 27th August 2018
Word Limit:
5500 words
Prize: 1st prize: $200, 2nd prize: $100, 3rd prize: $50, Heritage Award: $25
Entry Fee: $10
Notes: The contest was set up to embrace and honor the heritage of storytelling in the Western North Carolina Region (open to US residents only). Each winning entry will be read to an audience October 31st, 2017, Halloween Night (preferably, by the author) at Tryon Arts & Crafts School.

More details and submissions info HERE

John O’Connor Short Story Competition

Deadline: 28th August 2018
Word Limit:
1800-2000 words
Prize: £250 + a bursary to attend the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival (1st-4th November, 2018 in Armagh)
Entry Fee: £10
Notes: The contest closes at midday (GMT) on 28th August

More details and submissions info HERE

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
Fiction: 2000 words, Poetry: 40 lines
Prize: £1000 in each category + a selection of books + a year’s subscription to Granta + membership to The Poetry Society/consultation with Redhammer Management
Entry Fee: Fiction: £18, Poetry: £12
Notes: 60 longlisted stories will also be published in the Aesthetica anthology

More details and submissions info HERE

Bray Literary Festival Poetry and Flash Fiction Competition

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
Flash fiction: 500 words, Poetry: 40 lines
Prize: 1st prize: €200, 2nd prize: €50 in each category
Entry Fee: €5 for one entry, €10 for three entries
Notes: Bray Literary Festival runs from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September

More details and submissions info HERE

Broken River Prize for Poetry Chapbooks

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
Poetry chapbooks between 20-40 pages
Prize: £250/$200 + 10 copies of the chapbook
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Include a title page and acknowledgements page with your submission

More details and submissions info HERE

The Children’s Society Writing Competition

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
2000 words
Prize:
1st prize: Exclusive advice and feedback from a top literary agent + writing goodies
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: 
As part of The Children’s Society Seriously Awkward campaign for vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds, they are looking for fictional stories on the theme of 16-17 year olds. There are two categories: 16 to 25 year olds and adults aged 26 and over.

More details and submissions info HERE

The End of Our World Short Story Contest

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
1500-5000 words
Prize:
1st prize: $1000 2nd prize: $300, 3rd prize: $100
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: This contest is meant to raise people’s awareness of what is happening to our (natural) world right now and what this may mean for the near future. We are looking for short stories dealing with the many existential issues facing us. No nonsense, no wild, impossible fantasies but strong, intelligent stories, based on realistic speculation, cautionary tales, plausible and thought-provoking. Dutch writers may submit their stories in Dutch. If they end up in the top 3, the contest will have them translated, free of charge.

More details and submissions info HERE

Gemini Flash Fiction Competition

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
1000 words
Prize: 1st prize: $1000, 2nd prize: $100, 4x honourable mentions: $25
Entry Fee: $5
Notes: Entries must be unpublished but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible.

More details and submissions info HERE

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: 31st August 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: 31st August 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

Jan Michalski Foundation Residencies (PAID)

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
An extract of writing (max 10 pages) + a list of published work (if applicable) + any other useful information about your work
Prize: Residents are allocated one of the seven ‘Treehouses’ for as long as they need to complete their writing project + travel costs + a monthly allowance of CHF 1200 + breakfast and lunch
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Two week and one-six month stays are available.

More details and submissions info HERE

Kindle Storyteller Award

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
minimum 24 pages
Prize:
1st prize: £20,000 + marketing campaign, Judge’s prize: £5000
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Books must be written in English, previously unpublished and be available as an eBook and in print via Kindle Direct Publishing or CreateSpace (print edition only).

More details and submissions info HERE

Link Age Southwark Writing Competition

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
fiction: 250-1000 words, poems: 40 lines
Prize:
1st prize: £200, 2nd prize: £150, finalists: £100 (adult category) / book vouchers (children’s category)
Entry Fee: £5 for over 18s, FREE for under 11-17s (open to UK and Ireland residents only)
Notes: Theme: friendship and/or generations

More details and submissions info HERE

Prague – City of Literature (Paid) Residency for Writers and Translators

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
An extract from a published work or sample from a translated work (in Czech or English), max 2 pages
Prize:
A two-month residency in 2019 + reimbursement for a return ticket + accommodation + a stipend of €600 per month
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: There are six residencies available every year, each lasting two months

More details and submissions info HERE

Preservation Foundation 2018 Non-Fiction Contest for Unpublished Writers

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
1000-10,000 words
Prize:
1st prize: $200, 2nd prize: $100, finalists: $50
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: There are four categories for the non-fiction contest: Biographical Non-fiction, General Non-fiction, Travel Non-fiction, and Animal Non-Fiction (further information on the website)

More details and submissions info HERE

Reflex Fiction Autumn Flash Fiction Competition

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
180-360 words
Prize:
1st prize: £1000, 2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: £250
Entry Fee: 1 entry for £7, 2 for £12, 3 for £15
Notes: All long-listed stories will be eligible for publication in the year two print anthology to be published in April 2019.

More details and submissions info HERE

RWL Short Story Contest

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
1000-10,000 words
Prize:
1st prize: £100, 2nd prize: £50, finalists: £20
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: There are various categories to submit to, including Romance, Fanfiction, Thriller, Teen Fiction and Science Fiction.

More details and submissions info HERE

SaveAs Writers’ International Writing Competition

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
Fiction: 2500 words, Poetry: 60 lines
Prize:
1st prize: £200, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: £50 (in each category)
Entry Fee: £4 per short story £10 for three / £3 per poem or £8 for three
Notes: To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, poems and stories are invited in the Gothic tradition.

More details and submissions info HERE

STORGY Shallow Creek Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
5000 words
Prize:
1st prize: £500, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: £50
Entry Fee: £10
Notes: After paying the entry fee, writers will be sent a competition pack containing a character, location, and item of interest with which they can craft a story to contribute to a collection about Shallow Creek

More details and submissions info HERE

Txtlit (RECURRING)

Deadline: 31st August 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

WOW: Women on Writing Summer Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
250-750 words
Prize: 1st prize: $400 + $25 Amazon gift card, 2nd prize: $300 + $25 Amazon gift card, 3rd prize: $200 + $25 Amazon gift card, 7x runners up: $25 Amazon gift card, 10x honourable mentions: $20 Amazon gift card
Entry Fee: $10
Notes: The WOW flash fiction contest is open to any style anred genre. From horror to romance. Optional critique for an additional $10

More details and submissions info HERE

The Writing District Competition (RECURRING)

Deadline: 31st August 2018
Word Limit:
3000 words
Prize: $50
Entry Fee: FREE

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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