Long-term relationships are all well and good, but sometimes all you want is a short fling. However passionate, heart-wrenching, or emotional, there’s a certain comfort in knowing that it won’t last forever.
Or at least, that’s how I feel about short stories. I’ve avoided them for so long, but writing a submission for The Random Eye has made me realize that short doesn’t necessarily mean unsatisfying. And now that I’m reaching a slight burnout with my novel-sized projects, I’ve realized just how beneficial a few flings can be.
Plus, let’s face it: writing short stories well is hard. Or it is for me, at least. So, there’s no better time to practice than now, and what better way to practice than to entice yourself along with the promise of a reward?
Research (not only my own) has resulted in the following (mostly UK-centric) short story competition and submission opportunities, all presented in a neat table for your viewing pleasure. Many thanks to Adam for supplementing my findings with a list of his own.
Click on the competition name for more information.
|JAN 18||John Muir Trust||Wild places||<1200||–|
|JAN 31||Theatre Royal Onward||Open||<1200||£4|
|JAN 31||Secrets & Spies||Crime||<2500||£3|
|FEB 14||Writers &
|“Unity or Union”
|FEB 28||Myriad Editions||A WIP of yours||<10000||–||FEB 28||Writers’ Reign||“A new day”||1000-1500||£3|
|FEB 28||The Last Laugh||Humour||<2500||£3|
|MAR 20||Fish Flash||Open||<300||€12|
|MAR 31||Bristol Short Story
|APR 14||Biscuit Publishing||Open||1000-5000||£10|
|APR 15||Scribble||“A Country Story”||<2000||£3|
|APR 30||Cooldog Prize||Open||<3000||£6|
|APR 30||Words Magazine||Children’s||<2000||–|
|APR 30||Momaya Press||Family||<3000||£8|
|JUN 30||Bridport Prize||Open||<5000||£7|
|JUN 30||Words Magazine||Open||<2000||–|
|JUL 10||The Guardian||Open||<2000||£7|
|JUL 31||Highlands & Islands||Open||<2500||£5|
|AUG 31||Earlyworks Press||Open||<4000||£5|
|SEPT 1||Scribble DEBUT||“A Old Cottage”||<3000||£4|
|NOV 30||The New Writer||Open||<4000||£5|
|DEC 31||Words Magazine||Open||<2000||–|
|–||Dark Tales||Horror / Spec fic||<5000||£3|
|JAN 29||The New Bedlam||Spring Festival||>6000||–|
|MAY 18||Golden Vision||Alien encounters||1500-3500||–|
2010 details not yet announced for:
Sean O Faolin, Wells Literature, Legend Writing Award, Willesden Herald, Fish Short Story Competition, Vogue Talent Contest, Dundee Book Prize, & Manchester Fiction Prize.
Phew! Am I missing any?