Prizes and Competitions
If you’d like your competition or award added to this page, please contact me. Most of the competitions listed below are UK-based, but many are open to entrants from other countries.
Be warned that some competitions are better than others. You can find some useful information on how to spot the bad eggs on this page from the Winning Writers website.
This page was fully revised and updated in August 2023.
Short stories are usually categorised as those less than 8,000 words long, but definitions can vary widely. ‘Flash fiction’ aims to capture a complete story in a tiny number of words. A common maximum is 350, but again this can vary.
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