Writing Competitions & Opportunities – March 2018

Spring is sproinging – ’tis the season of renewal and rebirth and all that jazz. So kick off the month of March with some shiny new story submissions. Join us in our quest to send out 100 Submissions in 2018 and rack up some fresh writing credits.

We’ve put together a bumper collection of listings for March, including contests, competitions, opportunities and calls for submission. So pick your faves, polish up your words, and get submitting!

The White Review Short Story Prize 2018

Deadline: 1st March 2018
Word Limit: 
2000-7000 words
Prize: £2500
Entry Fee: £15*

More details and submissions info HERE

Airlie Prize

Deadline: 1st March 2018
Word Limit: 
48 to 90 pages of original poetry in English
Prize: $1000
Entry Fee: $25
Notes: The winner will be notified in the fall following the submission and will receive a $1000 cash award upon publication of the book in October of the next year. A custom bookmark or postcard will accompany the initial print run of at least 500 copies.

More details and submissions info HERE

Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2018

Deadline: 1st March 2018
Word Limit: 
2000 words
Prize: 1st prize: £1000, 2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: a place on a creative writing course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in 2018
Entry Fee: £6 for the first poem, £3.50 for subsequent entries (up to 6)
Notes: Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge.

More details and submissions info HERE

Ginosko Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 1st March 2018
Word Limit: 
2000 words
Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $5

More details and submissions info HERE

City Arts & Nottingham Writers’ Studio  Writing Competition 2017-8

Deadline: 1st March 2018
Word Limit: 
2000 words
Prize: 1st prize: 40% of the prize fund (expected to be between £75 and £220), 2nd prize: 30% of the fund (expected to be between £55 and £165), 3rd prize: 15% of the fund (expected to be between £30 and £80), Best Nottingham Resident prize: 15% of the fund (expected to be between £30 and £80)
Entry Fee: £4 for 1 entry, £7 for 2, £10 for 3, £12 for 4 (+ discounts for students)
Notes: Theme: ’40’ – there are three entry categories: Children (12-16), Young Adults (17-25), Adults (26+)

More details and submissions info HERE

Common People – An Anthology of Working Class Writers

Deadline: 2nd March 2018
Word Limit: 
A piece of prose memoir between 2,000 and 3,000 words in length + a short (max. 200 works) Two Year Writing History + a brief description of why you consider yourself to be working class (max. 200 words)
Payment: £75
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: 
To be eligible you must: live in London, consider yourself from a working class background, be an ‘emerging writer’ (with only modest previous publications), not have an agent or publishing contract.

More details and submissions info HERE

Mselxia Themed Writing 

Deadline: 5th March 2018
Word Limit:
Stories of up to 2,200 words, poems of up to 40 lines, and short scripts of up to 1,000 words
Payment:
 £25
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Theme: ‘weather’. Mslexia only publishes work by women. 

More details and submissions info HERE

Words for the Wounded Writing Prize

Deadline: 6th March 2018
Word Limit:
Each entry must be a self-published work in one of the following categories:
fiction, non-fiction, fiction for young adults, picture books for children
Prize:
The top two entries in each category will receive: a review to be published in Frost Magazine, A Day in the Life feature to be published in Frost Magazine
Entry Fee: £12.50
Notes: Words for the Wounded helps to raise money to support the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women in the UK.

More details and submissions info HERE

BBC National Short Story Award

Deadline: 12th March 2018
Word Limit:
8000 words
Prize: 
1st prize: £15,000, 4 runners-up: £600
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: 
The Award is open to British nationals and UK residents, aged 18 years or over on the submission deadline only, who have a prior record of publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom.

More details and submissions info HERE

2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Deadline: 12th March 2018
Word Limit:
50,000+
Prize:
 Best Published Novel prize: £15,000, Best Unpublished Manuscript: £7500 grant to research their next story + mentoring from Tibor Jones & Associates
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
For published work, 2 hardcopies of each submission must be sent by post. The work in question must have been published by a recognised trade publisher. For unpublished work, submissions can be made by email (self-published works are eligible).

More details and submissions info HERE

Great Eighty Challenge (RECURRING)

Deadline: 12th & 26th March 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

The TSS International Flash Fiction Competitions, 2018

Deadline: 15th March 2018
Word Limit:
400 words
Prize: 
1st prize: £400, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: £50
Entry Fee: £5
Notes:
Up to five further flash fictions will be highly commended and published online.

More details and submissions info HERE

Writers-Editors Network 35th Annual International Writing Competition

Deadline: 15th March 2018
Word Limit:
4000 words (there are four categories to enter: fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature & poetry)
Prize: 
1st prize: $150 + one-year Writers-Editors Network membership, 2nd prize: $100, 3rd prize: $75
Entry Fee: $10
Notes:
50% entry fee discount for WEN members.

More details and submissions info HERE

Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize

Deadline: 15th March 2018
Word Limit:
A dialogue sample of at least 10 pages (a previous play is fine) and a brief proposal of the writer’s intended treatment of the year’s theme of ‘Childhood’ (2 pages max)
Prize: 
£3000 + a rehearsed reading at the Fellowship’s annual Symposium on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice.
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes:
The Winner will be expected to deliver a completed script by May 15th, allowing for casting and rehearsals prior to the reading in Venice.

More details and submissions info HERE

Paper Darts Short Fiction Award

Deadline: 15th March 2018
Word Limit:
1200 words
Prize: 
$500
Entry Fee: $6

More details and submissions info HERE

Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize 2018

Deadline: 15th March 2018
Word Limit:
Entrants should submit a proposal for a book-length essay (over 25,000 words). The proposal itself should be no longer than 5,000 words. Entrants may also submit a separate writing sample of up to 5,000 words.
Prize: 
£3000 advance + up to 3 months’ residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy to complete the book
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: Writers who have existing contracts, or who have previously held contracts, with publishers for books of fiction or non-fiction are not eligible to enter.

More details and submissions info HERE

Opening Up Digital Fiction Writing Competition

Deadline: 15th March 2018
Word Limit:
Entries may include:      
Prize: 
Judges’ Prize: £500, People’s Choice Prize: £500, Welsh Language Prize: £500, Student Prize: £500, Children’s Story Prize: £500
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: 
Digital fiction is fiction that is written to be read/played on digital devices. Importantly, digital fictions are different to e-books. Rather than existing as a digital version of a print novel, digital fictions are what are known as “born digital” – that is, they would lose something of their form and/or meaning if they were removed from the digital medium. Entries accepted in English and Welsh.

More details and submissions info HERE

Thresholds International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition

Deadline: 18th March 2018
Word Limit:
750-2000 words
Prize:
 1st prize: £500, 2 runners up: £100
Entry Fee: FREE
Notes: 
Thresholds is open to submissions in either of the following feature categories: Author Profile: exploring the life, writings and influence of a single short story writer, and We Recommendpersonal recommendations of a collection, anthology, group of short stories or a single short story.

More details and submissions info HERE

Stringybark Short Story Award 2018

Deadline: 18th March 2018
Word Limit:
1500 words
Prize:
 1st prize: $500(AU), 2nd prize: $250(AU), 3rd prize: $125(AU)
Entry Fee: 1 story: $12.50 (AU), 2 stories: $24.00(AU), 3 stories: $33.00(AU)
Notes: Your story must have a link, no matter how tenuous, to Australia.

More details and submissions info HERE

Eyelands 1st International Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: 20th March 2018
Word Limit:
500 words
Prize:
A week’s holiday οn the island of Crete (for 2 people)
Entry Fee: €5
Notes:
Theme: ‘dreams’ – all shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology

More details and submissions info HERE

A3 Review (RECURRING)

Deadline: 24th March 2018
Word Limit:
150 words (not incl title)
Prize:
1st prize: £175, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: £75
Entry Fee: $5/£3
Notes:
Theme: ‘guitar’ – optional critique for an extra $10

More details and submissions info HERE

Retreat West Themed Flash Fiction Competition (RECURRING)

Deadline: 25th March 2018
Word Limit:
500 words 
Prize:
1st prize: : £200, 2 runners up: £100
Entry Fee: £8
Notes:
Theme: ‘forgetting’

More details and submissions info HERE

Grindstone’s 2018 Flash Fiction 500

Deadline: 28th March 2018
Word Limit:
500 words
Prize:
1st prize: £100, 2nd prize: £50, 3rd prize: £25
Entry Fee: £4
Notes:
Theme: ‘collision’. Shortlisted entries will be published in Grindstone’s 2018 anthology.

More details and submissions info HERE

Twisted Mysteries Writing Competition

Deadline: 30th March 2018
Word Limit:
3000 words
Prize:
1st prize: £100, 2nd prize: £50, 3rd prize: £25
Entry Fee: £5
Notes:
Theme: The year is 1933 and we are taking you back to the golden age of steam travel, cinema and art deco. It is an era of fashionable hats for both men and women. Of capturing moments in time on film and camera. Cinematography is the new hobby for the wealthy. A time of working windmills and horses pulling carts. When pitchforks are still used to harvest the fields; hay loaded by hand. It is the setting of mystery and romance. But what lurks beneath its surface? What twists and tales lie unspoken?

More details and submissions info HERE

2018 Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Deadline: 30th March 2018
Word Limit:
Poetry collections of 48-75 pages
Prize:
$1,000 + publication by Graywolf Press + 15 copies of the book and a feature reading
Entry Fee: $20
Notes:
Contest is open to all unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by Black writers of African descent who have not had a full-length book of poetry published by a professional press.

More details and submissions info HERE

Short Fiction Journal Prize 2018

Deadline: 31st March 2018
Word Limit:
5000 words
Prize:
1st prize: £500, 2nd prize: £100, 3rd prize: a place the Short Fiction Journal online masterclass.
Entry Fee: £8
Notes:
All shortlisted stories will be published online.

More details and submissions info HERE

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize

Deadline: 31st March 2018
Word Limit:
15–25 poems of up to 50 lines each
Prize: 
2 prizes of 30 copies + publishing contracts for each of the two winners
Entry Fee: £10
Notes: 
Individual poems may have been published online or in magazines provided the writer retains copyright.

More details and submissions info HERE

The International Rubery Book Award

Deadline: 31st March 2018
Word Limit:
Full book manuscript 
Prize:
Book of the Year prize: £1500, category winners: £150 each
Entry Fee: £36
Notes: 
The contest is open to self-published books and books published by independent presses. The winning book will be read by a top literary agent at MBA.

More details and submissions info HERE

2018 Essay Collection Competition

Deadline: 31st March 2018
Word Limit:
Essay collections between 100-300 pages
Prize:
 $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract
Entry Fee: $28

More details and submissions info HERE

Henshaw Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st March 2018
Word Limit:
2000 words
Prize:
1st Prize: £100, 2nd Prize: £50, 3rd Prize: £25
Entry Fee: £5 
Notes:
Optional critique for an additional £10.

More details and submissions info HERE

1000 Word Challenge (RECURRING)

Deadline: 31st March 2018
Word Limit:
750-1000 words
Prize:
1st prize: £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize: £25
Entry Fee: £5 (£10 with critique)
Notes:
Themed (check website for details)

More details and submissions info HERE

Writers Bureau Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st March 2018
Word Limit:
2000 words
Prize:
1st prize: £300, 2nd prize £200, 3rd prize: £100, 4th prize: £50 + all winners receive a Writers Bureau course of their choice (worth £374)
Entry Fee: £5 (£4 for members of The Association of Freelance Writers)

More details and submissions info HERE

Txtlit (RECURRING)

Deadline: 31st March 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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