Manchester Fiction Prize


There’s just over 2 weeks left to get your entry in for the Manchester Fiction Prize. The deadline is Friday, 23 September, 2016.

The annual competition, hosted by The Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, is open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over.

This year’s judges are Janice Galloway, Juliet Pickering and Nicholas Royle.

  • Stories must be under 2,500 words.
  • First prize is £10,000.
  • Entry fee is £17.50.

Further details can be found here.


Dalkey Creates Festival First Annual Short Story Competition

dalkey creates bannerThe First Annual Dalkey Creates Short Story Competition is now open for entries.

The festival takes place from 13th-16th of October, 2016.

The shortlist will appear on the Dalkey Creates website two weeks prior to the the festival. The winner will be informed one week before the festival.

First Prize: €1,000

Entry Fee: €15

The closing date for submissions is midnight, 2nd September 2016.

Further details here.

Be Published in the First Issue of The Tangerine

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“When the speaker in Louis MacNeice’s poem ‘Snow’ peels and portions a tangerine, they are struck by ‘the drunkenness of things being various’. The Tangerine is also concerned with ‘things being various’, and seeks to provide a space for a plurality of voices: for new creative work, thoughtful discussion, and critical engagement with culture and politics in Belfast and beyond.”

Belfast-based magazine of new writing, The Tangerine, are now accepting submissions for their inaugural issue.

The magazine will be published three time a year. In addition to providing a platform for new writers of poetry and short fiction, they will publish work with a journalistic focus:

“We hope that by focusing on publishing long form work, we can allow our writers the scope to investigate our current cultural and political climate in depth. Our aim is to offer fresh and meaningful insights into a variety of subjects: from art to music, architecture to the environment, whether through memoir, essays or criticism.”

The Tangerine particularly welcomes submissions from women, people of colour, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities.

The submission deadline is August 31st, 2016.

Full details are available here.


New Print Publication The Ham Seeks Submissions

the-hamThe Ham, a new publication showcasing quality short fiction, poetry, photography and illustration is currently seeking submissions.

“Our brief is broad, we aim to showcase the weird, the wonderful, the quirky, the macabre, the unnerving, and the hilarious. We believe stories and pictures go together like ham and cheese, and the aim of the publication is to provide a space for interesting writing of any form, from anyone who cares to submit their work, alongside engaging visual art.”

The theme for issue 1 is the letter ‘A’, and anything beginning with that letter:

“This is clearly a very broad theme and is designed to give contributors as much creative freedom as possible, whilst still allowing each issue to be loosely categorised.”

There is no deadline for submissions and issues will be published when there is sufficient work to fill the pages. Work that doesn’t fit in with the theme will still be considered and published if of a high quality.

Please send all submissions to:

Copies of The Ham will be distributed around London and Leeds, but will also be available to order online for the price of postage.

Full submission details are available here.

£30,000 First Prize in The 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award


The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is, at £30,000 to the winner, the world’s richest prize for a single short story.

Launched in 2010, the prize is an international award that aims to promote and celebrate the excellence of the modern short story and has attracted entries from some of the world’s finest writers.

The award, for a story of outstanding literary merit, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who is published in the UK or Ireland. As well as the winning prize of £30,000, five shortlisted authors each receive £1,000.

Past winners of the award have included Kevin Barry (2012); Junot Diaz (2013); and Yiyun Li (2015).

To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2015. Stories should be up to 6,000 words written in English.

The deadline for entries is 6pm (GMT) on Thursday, 29 September 2016.

Further details are available here.


Books Ireland Short Story Competition 2016

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As part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, Books Ireland are now accepting entries for their annual short story competition.

First prize is €400, a course with the Irish Writers’ Centre, and publication in Books Ireland magazine.

The closing date is 31 August, 2016.

Entry fee is €10/€5 for subscribers of Books Ireland or writing group members.

Stories should not exceed 2,600 words.

You can read the the winning entries of last year’s competition here.

Full submission details are available here.

Ambit 2016 Short Fiction Competition


Ambit Magazine is currently accepting submissions for the Ambit 2016 Short Fiction Competition.

Stories should not exceed 1,000 words.

The competition will be judged by David Gaffney.

Winners will be announced on 1 September. First, second and third prizes will be awarded (£500, £250 and £100 respectively) and the three winners will be published in Ambit 226, out in October, and invited to read at the launch party in London.

The closing date is July 1st and the entry fee is £8 per story.

Full submission details are available here.