Get Your Writing Published This Winter

23rd Nov 2015

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Winter is drawing close, which means it's a perfect time to cosy up with a good cup of tea and work on that short story/poem/novel you've been meaning to write. Here are some writing competitions and submission deadlines to inspire you...
  • Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest – for short stories of up to 7,000 words. Deadline 30th November 2015. Prize: $1,500, publication, and VIP pass and accommodations to attend the festival.
  • Fish Publishing Short Story Prizefor short stories of up to 5,000 words. Deadline 30th November 2015. Prize: 1st: €3,000, 2nd: a week at Anam Cara Writers’ & Artists’ Retreat, 3rd: €300, top ten stories published in anthology.
  • Mslexia – ‘Monster’ themed short stories and poems for issue 69. Deadline 7th December 2015. Publication, £25/poem, £15/thousand words of prose.
  • The Sunday Business Post/Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize – short stories of up to 5,000 words by Irish citizens and/or residents. Deadline 23rd December 2015. Prize: Publication for top 3 stories. 1st: €2,000, 2nd: €500, 3rd: €250.
  • The Kenyon Review “The Poetics of Science” Issue – for poetry, fiction, essays, and drama that respond to issues in science, ecology, and the environment. Deadline 31st December 2015. Publication.
  • Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize for the opening of a novel by unpublished women writers aged 21 and over “that marries literary merit with unputdownability.” Deadline 5th February 2016. Prize: £1,500 and a consultation from a literary agent for the 5 shortlistees.
  • Exeter Short Story Prize – for short stories of up to 3,000 words. Deadline 28th February 2016. Prize: 1st: £500, 2nd: £250, 3rd: £100.
  • The Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award –  for short stories between 1,800 and 2,000 words. Deadline 1st April 2016. Prize: 1st: €1,000, 2nd: €500, 3rd: €350.
  • The Bath Short Story Award  – short stories of up to 2,200 words. Deadline 25th April 2016. Prize: Publication for 20 shortlisted stories, 1st: £1000, 2nd: £200, 3rd: £100.
  • Bristol Short Story Prize  – short stories up to 4,000 words. Deadline 30th April 2016. Prize: Publication for shortlisted stories, 1st: £1000, 2nd: £700, 3rd: £400.

Want even more opportunities to get your writing published? Don’t forget that the Weekend Read also has open submissions for short stories of 2,000-6,000 words. We welcome all genres and subjects from self-identifying women over sixteen years old.

And if you’re looking to improve your writing or kick-start your writing practice why not join one of our Write Like a Grrrl courses where you can revolutionise your writing, tackle self-doubt, and gain new skills and a sense of community.