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2024 Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction
Deadline: 31 August 2024
The competition is open to all writers worldwide, published and unpublished, who are over 16 years. Entries can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. Maximum length is 250 words. The entry fee is £10 per story. • First prize: £2,000 • Second prize: £300 • Third prize: £150
2025 Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Deadline: 7 October 2024
All poets writing in English are eligible to enter. Poets are invited to submit original poems of up to 60 lines. Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of AU$30. The winner will receive AU$6,000. The other four shortlisted poets will each receive AU$1,000.
Mslexia Women's Short Story Competition 2024
Deadline: 23 September 2024
The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country. You may submit unpublished short stories of up to 3,000 words. Entry fee: £12 per story. The winner will receive £3,000. Three additional finalists will each receive £100.
Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition 2024
Deadline: 31 July 2024
The competition is for original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style. Entry fee: 19 € per story. Prizes: • 1st prize: 2,000 € • 2nd prize: 500 € • Four Runners-Up: 250 €
Winchester Poetry Prize 2024
Deadline: 31 July 2024
The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over. Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style. Entry fees: £6 for first poem and £5 for subsequent poems. • 1st Prize: £1,000 • 2nd Prize: £500 • 3rd Prize: £250
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest 2024
Deadline: 1 October 2024
You may submit poems on any theme, up to 250 lines each. Entry fee: $22 per submission of 1-3 poems. Prizes: • Tom Howard Prize : $3,000 for a poem in any style or genre • Margaret Reid Prize: $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style • Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $300 each (any style)
Rattle Poetry Prize 2024
Deadline: 15 July 2024
The competition is open to poets of any nationality writing in English. You may submit up to four poems per entry. The $30 USD entry fee is a one-year subscription to Rattle magazine. The overall winner will receive a cash prize of $15,000 USD. Ten finalists will each receive $500 USD, and be eligible for the $5,000 USD Reader's Choice Award.
2024 HG Wells Short Story Competition
Deadline: 8 July 2024
The competition is open to anyone. This year’s theme is ''The Fool''. Your story can be set anywhere, feature any characters, and be written in any style. There are two categories: • Authors 21 years of age and under with a prize of £1,000. Entry is free. • Authors aged 22 years and above with a prize of £500 (entry £10 or £5 with student id).
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2024
Deadline: 31 August 2024
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize for established and emerging poets and writers. Entry fees: • Poetry: £12 • Short fiction: £18 Prizes: • £2,500 for the Poetry Winner • £2,500 for the Short Fiction Winner