Monday, 29 February 2016

What to do with your short story next...

This one's a winner...
even the dog can't tear himself away.
So, you've written a short story and you're very proud of it. You'd like to get it published...

Here are just a few ideas for publication and competitions.

Centum Press was launched this year (2016) as a new publisher that produces short story and flash fiction anthologies. They will pay each author royalties for his or her work.
They are looking for short stories and flash fiction between 500 and 1,500 words. 

Independent publishers of new short fiction.
Looking for short story submissions for publication in their anthology series; about people and places, rather than about writing itself.
Stories between 1,000 and 20,000 words in length; most of the stories they publish are between 2,000 and 7,000 words
They pay £15 per thousand words for stories they publish
£3 submission fee

This short story magazine welcomes short stories from new and established writers. 
Critiques offered on all unsuitable work (FREE for annual subscribers). At least 72 pages in each issue.
Stories should be no longer than 3000 words.

Comma publish an annual anthology. They are looking for stories between 1500 and 8000 words, usually with a theme. See website for requirements.

No cut off date. All types of story are welcome.
Three prizes every issue, of £300, £150, and £100
Stories MUST be between 1000 and 3000 words
Entry fee is £6 or just £3 for subscribers | Optional feedback for just £5


Closes 14th March 2016. For writers of all levels, writing stories on any subject, in any style.
1st prize £2,000, plus a week's writing retreat at Anam Cara and a day with a Virago editor
2nd prize is £500 | 3rd prize £250 |Three other finalists will each receive £100
All six winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia.
2,200 word limit

Closes 31st March 2016. All types of ghost story welcome. But we may be more likely to respond well to psychological chills and unexplained mysteries than in-your-face gore!
Prizes of £500, £250, and £100
Entries between 1,000 & 7,000 words in length; longer or shorter entries will be disqualified.
Entry costs £8 

Closes 31st March 2016. Crime fiction/crime short story competition for previously unpublished writers. 
Prize: a week-long writing retreat at West Dean College, editorial feedback and six months mentoring from a Myriad author. 
Up to 5,000 words 
Entry fee: £10

Closes 31st March 2016. Competition for unpublished writers - theme of ‘An Extra Day’
Prize: £100 plus trophy
Stories of up to 2,500 words 
Entry fee: £5

Closes 15th April 2016. A new competition open to black, Asian, minority ethnic writers living in the UK and Ireland. “We want to read your story, whatever it may be.”
Prize: £1,000, and publication on the Guardian website.
8,000 word limit  

​Closes 30th April 2016. Stories may be on any theme but only humorous stories will be eligible for the Trisha Ashley Award.
Prizes: £500 + trophy | £150 | £100
In addition, The Trisha Ashley Award for the best humorous story:  £200 + trophy 
Winning and short listed stories will be published in an anthology.
10,000 word limit. There is no minimum word count.
Entry Fee: £10​

Closes May 1st 2016. NO THEMES | NO GENRES! “We’re looking for imaginative, surprising, absorbing and beautifully written stories that bring characters to life and elicit an emotional response from the reader; in short, well written tales that will appeal to both the head and the heart.”
Prize: £150, publication in the summer issue and on the website, and promotion on Shooter’s social media. |The runner-up will receive £50, publication on Shooter’s website, and promotion on social media. |All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s summer issue.
5,000 word limit | £7 entry fee

Closes Tue 31st May 2016. Highly prestigious award 
Prizes: 1st £5,000 | 2nd £1,000 | 3rd £500 | Highly Commended 10 x £100. 
The top winning short stories will be published in the Bridport anthology. The winning stories and shortlist will be read by leading London literary agents with a view to representing writers. The top thirteen eligible stories are submitted to the BBC National Short Story Award (£15,000) and The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award (£30,000)
Word limit: 5,000 words (no minimum). Title not included.
Entry fee:  £10 for each short story submitted.

Closes Tue 31st May 2016. Prizes: 1st £1,000 | 2nd £500 | 3rd £250 | Highly Commended 3 x £50
The top winning short stories will be published in the Bridport anthology... (as above)
250 word limit
Entry fee:  £10 for each short story submitted.

Closes 31st May 2016. WWJ are looking for the most captivating first page of a story. Entries can be from a novel published, unpublished, a part written novel, or simply a first page written purely for the competition. Entries will be judged anonymously.
Prizes: 1st Prize - £500 | 2nd Prize - £100 | 3rd Prize - £50
Up to 400 words
You can submit more than one entry.  First entry submitted is £6, and £4 per entry thereafter.

Closes 1st November 2016. Theme: 'Fear'
Prizes: £100 | £50.00 | £25.00  
The winning entry will appear in the winter edition of Scribble, which will be published during December 2016
Maximum length: 3000 words.
Entry Fee: £4.00

If you know of any more, please feel free to post them in the comments below. 

Happy writing, and GOOD LUCK!

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