Seeking a Short Story Competition

Eddie Walsh from the sadly defunct Emerald Writing Workshops competitions has refunded entry fees for his competitions that

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would have closed later in the year. So now I’ve got £3.60 to use as the entry fee in another contest. So I’ve been looking around to see what there is with a £3 to £4 entry fee and discovered the following selection of short story competitions:

  • Monthly ‘Writing Magazine’ Competitions – £3 for subscribers and £4 for non-subscribers but I’m going to give these a miss because, as a subscriber, I can enter the contests in the Writers’ News section of the magazine for free (I’ve unofficially set myself the challenge of entering the WN comp. each month & have managed 3 so far, with th 4th in the pipeline).
  • Monthly ‘Writers’ Forum Competitions – £3 for subscribers and £6 for non-subscribers, plus there is the option of paying an additional £5 for a critique. This is a possibility but I know I’ll be tempted by the critique and a total of £8 is a lot for one competition.
  • Dickens Bicentenary Writing Competition – £3 per prose piece/£2 per poem. Entries to be inspired by a character from a Charles Dickens novel. Closes 15th August 2012. Not for me – I’ve read very little Dickens so unless I went for Scrooge, I wouldn’t know who to base my hero on.
  • The Word Hut 5th Short Story Writing Competition – £4 entry fee with prizes of £50, £25, £10. 1,000 words and an open theme. Closes 16th September 2012. I’ll give this one some thought and have a look through my ‘stock’ of 1,000 word stories.
  • Speakeasy Open Creative Writing Competitions – £4 per story/£3 per poem with prizes of £125, £75 and £50 in each category. 2,100 words and an open theme. Closes 31st October 2012. This is another one for me to consider but I might have to write something new to meet the word count – most of my stuff seems to be shorter.

And if you’re looking around for other competitions to enter a good resource (which I’ve used in my searching) is the Writers’ Reign website.

Good Luck!

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  1. #1 by Keith Havers on August 1, 2012 - 1:05 pm

    Thanks for those links, Sally. As you say, it’s sad about Eddie’s comps.

  2. #2 by Tracy Fells on August 1, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    Hi Sallly, shame about Emerald Eddie, but he may resurface! I really like the idea of targeting competitions with only so much to spend – nice blog. I did the same thing with Writing Mag/Writers News and entered 1 story a month for a year. Amazingly my final story won (Adult Fairy) – so it did pay off, and of course I generated 12 new stories. Trying the same with Writer’s Forum, but no luck so far. Hope you find a good home for your entry fee 🙂

  3. #3 by susanjanejones on August 1, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    Hi Sally, good luck with your competition entries. There’s one over at as well, the theme is hero’s and I’m sure it’s £3.00 to enter.

  4. #5 by Mary Skehill on August 1, 2012 - 6:44 pm

    Thank you Sally or some useful information on where to send short stories. I am only in the process of starting to write and hope to enter some of the competitions. Good luck with your entries.

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