Writing competition – short story – To Hull & Back

To Hull & Back 2019

Entries will be accepted from the 1st August 2018.

Closes to entries at 11.59pm GMT on 31st July 2019. 

The shortlist will be announced on this website by 20th September 2019.

Winners will be contacted by email or telephone by 30th September 2019 and announced on this website, celebrated and generally adored by 1st October 2019.

International short story competition.

All stories must be written in English.

Stories must be no longer than 2,500.
There is no minimum word count.
This is an open competition and there is no set theme, but stories must contain some element of humour.

Top Prize: £1000 and anthology publication


Writing competition – short story – Bristol

The 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize

The writing competition is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based.

20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 12. The winner and 2 runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony which will be held in Bristol in October 2019.


1st prize is £1,000

2nd prize is £500

3rd prize is £250.

17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology. Prizes will be sent to any writer on the shortlist who is unable to attend the awards ceremony.

Closing date for entries to our 2019 writing competition is midnight (BST) May 1st 2019.

The maximum word limit is 4,000, there is no minimum. Stories may be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online or by post.

£9 entry fee for all stories

The judging panel for the 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize will be chaired by literary agent, Kate Johnson. Kate is joined on the panel by editor, Lucy Cowie, and writers Polly Ho-Yen and Billy Kahora.


Writing competition – short story – Bridport

Bridport Prize Rules of Entry 2019

All entries are judged anonymously.

Please do not include your name,
address, phone number, email, website, twitter handle etc on the document.

The deadline date for entries is 12 midnight (UK time) on 31st May 2019

•Poems: 42 lines max. No minimum. Title not included in the line
count. Dedications not included in the line count. Lines between text /
stanzas are not counted.
• Short stories: 5000 words max. No minimum, Title not included in the
word count.
• Flash fiction: 250 words max. No minimum. Title not included in the
word count.
• Novel: 8,000 words max. 5,000 words minimum from opening chapters
PLUS 300 word synopsis


The Prize is open to writers of any nationality writing in English, 16
years old and over at the time of the closing date.

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you
are confirming that the work is your own.


The Bridport Prize will award the following prizes:
Poetry: 1st prize £5,000, 2nd prize £1,000, 3rd prize £500, Highly
Commended 10 x £100
Short story: 1st prize £5,000, 2nd prize £1,000, 3rd prize £500, Highly
Commended 10 x £100
Flash fiction: 1st prize £1,000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £250, Highly
Commended 3 x £100
Novel award: 1st prize – £1,000 plus up to a year’s mentoring from The
Literary Consultancy through their Chapter & Verse mentoring scheme (worth
£2,340), plus a short, written report on the winning entry from the named


Writing competition – short story – Moth Magazine

The Moth Short Story Prize 2019

Judge: Kit de Waal.


1st prize €3,000
2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend
3rd prize €1,000

International entries accepted. The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

There is a word limit of 5,000.

Entry fee: €15 per story.


The winners will be announced in September 2019 and all three stories will appear in the autumn issue of The Moth.



Writing Competition – short story – Gemini Magazine



First: $5000

2nd: $250

Three Honorable Mentions: $50 each

Entry fee: $10

Deadline: April 1, 2019

All Five Finalists will be published online in the June 2019 Issue of Gemini.

ANY subject, style, genre or length. Stories must be unpublished but work on personal blogs is eligible.

Entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance.
Both new and experienced writers have won our contests.
All previous winners and finalists may be read below.